Could Poor Gut Health Be Leading to Infertility?
Deciding to add a new baby to your family should be one of the happiest times for you and your partner. Picking out baby clothes and agreeing on a name for your new addition is an exciting feeling.
But the struggles and frustrations of not being able to conceive can really take a toll on this happy time for you.
Even the mention of yet another friend or family member getting pregnant before you can make it worse. You might feel as though you’re suffering alone – but you aren’t.
Infertility in both women and men is actually common – about 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. And over half of women will meet the standard criteria of infertility at least once during their menstruating years.
Fortunately for those struggling with infertility, this means there’s ongoing research to crack the case.
Infertility doesn’t necessarily refer to a permanent state. It just means the inability of a couple to conceive a child after 12 months or more of unprotected intercourse.
Infertility is a complex issue and hormonal imbalance is one of the leading causes of infertility in both men and women.
When it comes to fertility, your gut microbiome can make a significant difference.
New research shows how poor gut health can cause an estrogen imbalance which may lead to infertility issues such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and testicular dysfunction.
Estrogen’s Role in Fertility
One hormone out of the many you produce and