Is Toxic Waste Stopping Me From Getting Pregnant?

If you want to get pregnant faster, you need to rethink your fertility strategy. Unexplained infertility in both men and women can be caused by mercury and other environmental pollutants. This is why the BUMP®Fertility method utilizes the most up to date natural fertility screening techniques based on peer review research and modern science.

The accumulation of mercury causes infertility in both men and women.  It can interfere with the production or action of hormones, sperm production, and health and oocyte quality.

If you have been trying to conceive with no luck and you have ‘unexplained infertility’, it’s time to rethink your strategy and find new ways to improve your health so you can conceive naturally.

Heavy Metals a link to Unexplained Infertility

Mercury is a nasty heavy metal that a lot of people are exposed to through dental fillings. Women with 4-10 amalgam fillings were estimated to uptake 8-30 mcg mercury daily through their saliva, women with over 10 fillings were estimated to uptake 163 mcg (4,6), with this amount more than doubling if they were chewing (for instance on gum). To put this in perspective, the World Health Organisation puts the upper limit at 1 mcg per day (4).

Significantly higher levels of mercury were found in women with PCOS, possibly because mercury lowers progesterone levels but increases estrogen (4,6), impairs ovulation and lowers thyroid function (4,6) – which are all causes for PCOS and infertility.

How do you know if you have high mercury?

Heavy metals are quickly deposited in body tissues. Therefore blood tests are poor indicators for the heavy metal load. (4) Urinary excretion tests give an indication of how much is eliminated through urine, but if your body is not yet excreting it but keeping it in storage it still isn’t a good indicator. Urine tests are useful once you have started a monitored heavy metal detoxification program.

Reduce heavy metal load to improve fertility

If tests show that you have elevated levels of mercury, the next step is to plan elimination carefully. Various studies have shown that the toxic effects of mercury can be reduced by taking zinc, calcium or vitamin C (6). However, it is recommended to consult your health care practitioner for the best approach. Firstly because taking one mineral to counteract another can create imbalances amongst other minerals and do more harm than good; and secondly because once mobilized from their storage, the heavy metals become more toxic. You need a practitioner who is trained in this area to guide you safely through this process.

How can I confirm I have Heavy Metals?

One of the most reliable ways to determine whether heavy metals may be causing your symptoms is to keep a diary of symptoms. Common symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include irregular ovulation, Premature Ovarian Failure, failed IVF cycles, poor egg or sperm quality, recurrent miscarriage and many more.

In addition, several tests are available to help confirm a heavy metal diagnosis. 

BUMP offers both a Pre and Post chelation metal test. A challenge test is a means of comparing the respective quantities of heavy metals in two urine samples. The first sample is normally taken from an early morning specimen (Pre-chelation), whilst the second is sampled from a subsequent 24hr urine collection following the administration of a chelating agent (Post-chelation). From this we can compare the excretion patterns before and after administration of the chelating agent, thereby obtaining vital information as to the propensity of the body to store heavy metals. It is recommended that the PRE chelation and POST chelation are ordered together.

Other detective work may include:

  • Stool analysis – Which will confirm whether the gut is functioning optimally
  • Liver function testing - to determine ALT and the ability to remove heavy metals
  • Genetic testing – To help establish whether genetic defects (MTHFR) may be contributing

How can Narelle help?

Navigating unexplained infertility alone can be both isolating and confusing, particularly when undertaking IVF. Working with a Naturopath can provide you with the necessary support to pinpoint the issue and work on correcting it.

For more information on managing heavy metals or if you think you are experiencing symptoms of unexplained infertility decide to take action to work with us so we can tailor a treatment plan to your own unique needs and ensure the most successful outcome.

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** research references available on request.

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