This is the inability to conceive children and may be due to problems with either partner. In females, the common causes range from malnutrition, structural problems in the reproductive organs, scarred Fallopian tubes (from pelvic inflammatory disease), hormone imbalances, inability to ovulate, or advanced age. Emotional issues can also be a contributing factor.

In males, the cause can be related to low sperm count, motility and penetration; abnormally-shaped sperm; insufficient seminal fluid; undescended testicles; injured testicles; childhood disease (such as mumps); infection, and prostate disorders.

Nutritional deficiencies (especially Essential Fatty Acids), radiation (too many X-rays), and heavy metal toxicity can also be contributing factors in both ovum and sperm dysfunction. The consumption of too much marijuana has been connected to low sperm count in men.

Recommended Action

If a period of more than twelve months has gone by without pregnancy, physical examinations are appropriate (to determine sperm count, pelvic inflammation, etc.). It is possible other glandular systems (especially the thyroid) might be involved. It is often hard for females who exercise excessively to get pregnant.

It is, of course, important to eat as whole a diet as possible, both preceding and during pregnancy. The elimination of processed food, alcohol, cigarette and excessive caffeine should be implemented. It is often best to detoxify the body before trying to get pregnant (see D-Tox Diet). A hair analysis will determine if there is any heavy mineral toxicity. It is important to make sure the liver and the bowels are not sluggish.

Fill in Flower Essence Questionnaire to deal with underlying stress.

Single Herbs (Females): Dong Quai, False Unicorn (Helonias), Vitex, Siberian Ginseng, Royal Jelly, Rhodiola, Ground Ivy, Astragalus, Green Oat Straw.

Single Herbs (Males): Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola, Ashwaghandha, Reishi, Cordyceps.

Nutritional Supplements (Female): Beta-carotene (20,000 IU, twice daily), B complex (1 tablet, twice daily), Vitamin B6 (20-500 mg daily), Vitamin C (at least 3,000 mg daily), Vitamin E (400 IU daily), Zinc (15-60 mg daily), Magnesium (at least 400 mg daily), Selenium, Essential Fatty Acids.

Nutritional Supplements (Males): The above supplements also work well for males. Men often don’t need as much Vitamin B6, but more Zinc, Selenium, Essential Fatty Acids. Sometimes the addition of the amino acid Arginine (up to 1,000 mg, if no herpes present) is useful.