Optimizing gastrointestinal health is important in creating a balance in the gut so bacteria, yeast and other organisms can’t over grow. An imbalance in the gut can cause a cascade of immunological reactions which could directly affect your fertility. Up to 40% of unexplained infertility may be immune modulated or caused by immune factors. Dysbiosis and other gut imbalances can lead to impair immunity systemically.
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) refers to an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. SIBO symptoms usually include bloating shortly after eating, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, nausea and other IBS type symptoms. SIBO can lead to gut permeability, impaired absorption of nutrients and a dysregulation of the immune system. If you think your gut health is leading to impaired immunity and chronic inflammation, then get tested for SIBO by your doctor. This involves a 3 hour breath test which is used to identify bacteria in the small intestine. SIBO can be effectively identified and treated. This can reduce inflammation in the body and reduce the burden on the immune system and improve fertility outcomes.