I can still remember the first time I looked at all the needles, vials of oily progesterone, alcohol swabs, estrogen patches, pill bottles, and the lengthy instructions my doctor gave me to help me prepare for IVF. It was scary and daunting. What in the world was I doing? Getting pregnant was supposed to be easy. Just go have sex and then a few weeks later get a BFP (big fat positive) on a pregnancy test. Umm… Nope. There was nothing easy about the mammoth task that I was about to begin to survive the curse of infertility.
From the dawn of time until now, infertility has ravaged men and women. It was once thought to only be a woman’s curse if she was unable to bear children. However, rank or riches does not spare a person from its grasp.
For thousands of years, per the Journal of Reproductive Infertility, “fertility has a deep and strong relationship with the perennial human desire to survive and perpetuate his existence.” Simply put, if the human race is to continue, what can men and women do to increase their chances to have children?
Infertility: The Rates and Causes
It’s so sad. Even with all the advances in medicine, infertility is still very prevalent today. “About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant,” the Centers for Disease Control says. It’s not just women who have trouble with fertility. The Reproductive Medicine Association of Pennsylvania, states for “couples experiencing infertility, approximately 35% is due to male factors”
Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are a huge concern today for people and it often raises many questions: Does BV (bacterial vaginosis) cause infertility? What about chlamydia; how long does it take for chlamydia to cause infertility?
According to the British Medical Journal, “Bacterial vaginosis does not affect conception but is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage.” Whenever an infection is present in the uterus or penis, it can cause inflammation and scarring to the reproductive organs. For other infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea, it is impossible to know how long before the scarring will cause infertility because each person’s body is different. But, it is crucial to know that each time an infection is present or the length of time it is there, it has the potential to be very damaging. This is why it is so important for you and your partner(s)to be tested for STI’s.
There are also many other reasons that infertility may be present, here are just some of them:
Poor health and vitamin deficiencies
Alcohol and drug usage
Exposure to heavy metals or radiation
On birth control for many years
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Disease: Diabetes, Celiac Disease, or other autoimmune conditions
Improperly developed sexual organs
Poorly regulated hormones
Edible Bird’s Nest: The Four Benefits to Improve Fertility
For women and men who want a more natural approach to improve their ability to conceive, scientists are studying the historical and present-day abilities of Bird’s Nest. In China, it has been considered a medicinal food for centuries, but just recently, it has become more available to westerners, and the benefits of it are rather surprising.
Reduces Oxidative Stress
In an interesting study done by Veterinary World in 2018, it was shown that the animals who were given EBN had increased “the antioxidant (AO) and total AO capacities and reduced the oxidative stress (OS).”
The term oxidative stress may sound fancy, but it’s not. It’s actually rather frustrating to your body. Every time that you breathe in, the oxygen is taken and used in your lungs to keep you alive. However, not all the oxygen is used up with each breath. Some of it just remains free-floating in your body and causes oxidative stress. According to Obstetric Medicine, it can cause complications such as “miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction and preterm labour.”
This is why you hear so much in the news about the positive benefits of antioxidants; they’re really that important. As the study showed, EBN improved the body’s antioxidant levels to fight against the stress.
Improves Uterine Tone
When a mother lays her baby down to sleep, she will make sure the place is just right. Soft. Cozy. Safe. The same idea happens internally when the fertilized egg comes to the uterus to implant. The inner layers have to be just right for the egg to settle in and continue to grow.
In the same study, EBN was found to have a “stimulatory effect on cell growth and regeneration.” For each menstrual cycle, a woman’s uterus has to create and thicken the internal lining to get ready for implantation. If the uterus cannot do this, some women who were initially pregnant may quickly miscarry. The study showed that “EBN supplementation could be used to enhance reproduction and uterine functions” which could help to improve the chances of becoming pregnant.
Works to Balance Hormones
The Asian Journal of Chemistry studied the hormones of the black and white Swiftlet’s nests and found that they contain six hormones. The hormones are “testosterone, estradiol, progesterone, luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone and prolactin.”
Estradiol is not a misspelling of estrogen, but it is actually an estrogen steroid hormone. The term estrogen encompasses four specific hormones. Estradiol, E-2, helps a woman’s uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries to grow and function at the right level. Since “EBN contains estradiol” in very small amounts, it may be helpful for those who are not able to take fertility drugs.
Helps to Treat Erectile Dysfunction
Viagra may be the popular little blue pill, but it’s not always the best answer for men trying to get an erection. A study published in the African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, found that EBN promotes “secretion of sex hormones (T and LH) and the expression of eNOS [nitric oxide].”
By improving the secretion of the sex hormones - testosterone and luteinizing hormones - men can regulate sexual arousal better. In essence, this allows them to have an erection at the right time.
Another necessary ingredient for an erection is Nitric Oxide. This colorless gas is present “for the muscles in the penis to relax. This relaxation allows chambers inside the penis to fill with blood so the penis becomes erect,” per Gavin Van De Walle MS, RD. Without the relaxation of the muscles, the blood flow would be stopped and the penis would not be firm enough for sexual intimacy.
Coping with infertility is a mentally, stressful and painful condition for men and women. Fertility treatments are expensive and often very difficult, but it is important to remember that there are other options available. Edible Bird’s Nest has many scientifically-proven results that may improve your health and help you along in your journey to having children.
Have you struggled with infertility? We know it’s a difficult thing and we do not take it lightly. It is our goal to share that there are other options available to you. If you know someone who might benefit from this article, share this with your friends and family members.