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Infertility and the Causes

Infertility and the Causes

When women over 40 are suffering from infertility the cause is almost always attributed to menopause.  However for women in their 20’s and 30’s that are having trouble conceiving there can be a number of other causes.  While you can’t completely rule out menopause it is highly unlikely as the cause of your infertility problems.  Let’s look at infertility and the causes.

Premature menopause

You will find the symptoms of premature menopause to be the same as naturally occurring menopause.  You will still have the mood swings, hot flashes and vaginal dryness.  If you suffer from premature menopause, you will not be able to conceive using your own eggs.  Many women who do get pregnant with this condition have gone through IVF and used donor eggs.  You can have a normal pregnancy through IVF but you will have to work with a fertility specialist.

Anovulation

Anovulation is one of the more common causes of infertility.  Anovulation means that your ovaries aren’t able to release eggs.  However there is good news, this condition can be easily treated with medication that induces ovulation.  Anovulation is the cause of 40% of the cases of infertility.  Here is some more information on anovulation.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis causes a tremendous amount of pain during your menstrual cycle and this condition can also lead to infertility.  Endometriosis is often undiagnosed as women believe the pain they experience during their cycle is perfectly normal.  If the condition is left untreated it can result in scar tissue to form outside of your uterus.  This scar tissue causes even more painful periods and infertility.  You need to see a doctor as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage from happening.  Much of the scar tissue and damage that you have from endometriosis can be surgically corrected.

PCOS

PCOS of polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormone disorder that prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs.  PCOS can be easily treated with medication, lifestyle changes can be just as effective in treating PCOS too.  Women who are overweight and live unhealthy lifestyles have a higher risk of developing PCOS.  Most doctors will prefer changes to your exercise regimen and diet before prescribing medication. Being overweight and pregnant comes with its own health risks. Both mother and child are at risk when a very overweight woman conceives.

If you aren’t sure of the cause of your infertility then it is time to speak with your doctor and get a referral to a specialist or fertility clinic.  In may not be a problem with your ovaries it may be caused by a low sperm count in your partner.  IVF is one of many possible solutions to your infertility issues along with various medications.  The situation is far from hopeless.

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Bone Strengthening Exercises Like Yoga can Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Bone Strengthening Exercises Like Yoga can Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Women just accept osteoporosis as a normal consequence of aging, but it doesn’t have to be the case.  Mounds of medical research has shown that these conditions are not in fact caused by aging but rather they are caused by inactivity.  Inactivity causes your bones to become weak and brittle, breaking easily.  There are medications available that can treat the condition but you’re far better off trying to prevent osteoporosis from happening in the first place.  Bone strengthening exercises like yoga can help prevent osteoporosis.  You need to make sure that you get the right nutrition to keep your bones dense.

The popularity of osteoporosis

There are over 40 million women and men who are suffering from osteoporosis or at high risk of developing the condition because of low bone density.  In the early stages there is little or no pain but as the bones get even more brittle and start to break the pain can be severe and disabling.  Fractures and breaks can occur and this is one of the reasons that seniors fall and suffer from broken hips.  For a senior to fall and break bones can result in needing long term care and in extreme cases even death.

Osteoporosis is not the only age related health problem that can increase your risk of falling and breaking bones.  Poor posture, poor balance, poor vision, inner ear problems, poor circulation and medication that can cause vertigo or poor balance, all of these conditions can cause falls.  With low bone density or brittle bones on top of any of those conditions lead to falls and easily broken bones.  Here are some of the risk factors that can affect bone density:

  • Being a woman
  • Smoking
  • Little physical activity
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Previous bone breaks or fractures

How Yoga can Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Yoga is one of the safest and best preventative measures and treatments to combat osteoporosis along with osteopenia.  On top of that anyone can do yoga no matter their age or physical fitness level.  If you do yoga correctly the benefits are many while the risks are very few.  That being said modify the poses as you need and take a class in an accredited yoga studio.

Yoga uses both dynamic loading and static loading as you go through the poses.  It can stimulate the production of synovial fluid which will help you lubricate and nourish your joints.  Yoga also activates chondrocytes  and these are the cells you need to keep your cartilage healthy.