Infertility is a challenge facing many women. With an increasing number of women waiting until their 30s and 40s to have children, age related infertility is becoming more prevalent. It is estimated that 20% of women in the U.S. have their first child after age 35.
In addition to advancing age, there are several other potential causes of infertility: hormonal imbalances that affect ovulation, such as PCOS, or structural abnormalities like uterine fibroids and or blockage of the fallopian tubes. Even with fertility treatments, some women have recurrent miscarriages or remain unable to conceive. There are some ‘missing links’ that are often overlooked as a potential cause of infertility.
One of them is a deficiency of an enzyme in the liver needed to convert an essential nutrient, folate, into a form useable by the body. The reason for this enzyme deficiency is mutation of a genetic pathway, which is called MTHFR genetic polymorphism.
Without the ability to covert folate to methylated folate you cannot adequately address DNA repair and can negatively affect both female and male fertility.
You need to get a methylation genetic test, which is usually done with a cheek swab, to determine what mutations you have. With this information you can support your body with the proper nutrients for healthy cell division. This equals + Pregnancy + Healthy Pregnancy + Healthy Babies!
If you do not have access to this type of testing then your best bet is to at least make sure you have a methylated prenatal vitamin that contains methylenetetrahydrofolate (MTHF) and methyl cobalamin (B12) and Vitamin B6 (P5P).