Infertility & IVF

Infertility is rising and I’m seeing more and more couples struggling to conceive naturally, or asking for help alongside their IVF treatment.

Sperm counts have dropped dramatically in the last 50 years and around 25% of couples are having trouble conceiving. In 4 out of 10 cases the problems are with the male.

A low sperm count can be due to an infection during earlier like, such as having mumps, or it can be due to a poor diet, nutrition deficiencies or environmental toxins. Food additives, smoking, alcohol, food intolerances, urinary tracts infections, plus STRESS can all affect fertility.

Some common organisms can live in the system undetected, such as toxoplasma and Chlamydia infecting the urinary tract of both men and women. They don’t always cause infertility, but can be found in couples struggling to conceive.

Smoking and alcohol may reduce sperm count, and scientists are now openly saying that sperm counts in the western world maybe dropping due to the use of herbicides and pesticides which boost oestrogen effects within the body that counteract male testosterone.

Female infertility may be due to blockages in the fallopian tubes, which may be caused by infections like thrush or cystitis, Chlamydia and other STDs. Sometimes there’s an issue around ovulation due to a hormone imbalance.  Other female conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low thyroid, nutrition dietary deficiency such as zinc, magnesium, vitamin D and environmental toxins are also common causes of fertility in women.

Candida, a yeast fungal overgrowth may also be linked to infertility. Then there’s STRESS, when women are stressed they release excess adrenaline, eventually exhausting the endocrine system and affecting hormone levels, which can prevent conception.

Things to avoid

  • Coffee, chocolate and cola, or caffeine products which have been shown to affect impotence and reduce the changes of conception.
  • Sugar, excess sugar upset the hormone balance.
  • Alcohol can reduce your chances of conceiving. It affects your zinc levels, can reduce sperm count and affect the formation of the sperm, plus it can impair sperm motility in men whilst preventing the implantation in women.  It’s often worse if the couple consume excess caffeine alongside.
  • Food high in saturated fats such as junk food and packaged food deplete the body of nutrients.
  • Dairy from cows can lead to malabsorption of essential nutrients if you have an intolerance.
  • Wheat sometimes contains chemicals which can deplete the body of minerals.
  • Refined soya products including soya milk may have a negative effect on fertility.
  • Non organic good may be high in pesticides which can have a hormone disrupting effect. As can some meats as cattle are often exposed to high levels of pesticides and chicken can often by fed hormones to help them grow.
  • Tap water in the UK contains high levels of fluoride, aluminium, copper and cadmium, which can strip the body of essential nutrients. Pesticide residue and traces of the contraceptive pill are excreted via urine, which eventually find their way into the water system and can also affect fertility.
  • For women when the tissue in the body are more alkaline, this can help with conception, because the body functions are more efficient when the pH is alkaline.  Adding liquid Chlorophyll to your water is a simple way of balancing your pH levels and increasing magnesium levels.  Alkalising the body in men can also help with sperm formation.  Click here to find out more on Liquid Chlorophyll product “Phytolife”, this is part of the 3 month Fertility package on offer.

Things to add

  • Good quality protein is needed for hormone health and sperm synthesis. Choose lean organic poultry, meat, eggs, fish, seeds, nuts and beans.
  • Fibre from wholegrains such as brown rice, quinoa, barley and oats help to reduce oestrogen levels in the body.
  • For sperm eat more brown rice, lentils, beans, organic nuts and seeds all containing zinc.
  • Eat oily fish for the omega-3 essential fats needed for hormone health.
  • Brown rice, seafood, oats, barley and garlic are high in selenium which has been shown to reduce egg production and reduced testicular growth and sperm maturation in men.
  • Fresh fruit and veg high in vitamin C help to boost sperm motility, choose mango, papaya, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, watercress, cabbage, red and yellow peppers, peas and oranges.
  • Leafy green veg, honey, beans and nuts are all good sources of magnesium which may also be deficient. Having an alkaline diet is important for conception.
  • Mixed seeds are full of minerals such as zinc, manganese, chromium and essential fats which may help boost fertility.


  • Folic acid, B12 and B6, zinc and selenium, essential fats, vitamin C and E are important. B Complex are important for both sperm and egg production. And both male and female should take 1-3g vitamin C daily.
  • Omega-3 oils and essential fats are crucial for hormone function in both male and female.
  • To keep testosterone levels optimal, men need a supplement containing at least 30mg zinc, 200mcg selenium and 250g magnesium.
  • L’arginine is needed for sperm production, and to prevent sperm from becoming too sticky.

STRESS relief, deal with stress, as it can lower the chances of conception. Meditation, gentle exercise and leaving work on time can help.

Sitting for long periods of time can raise the temperature in the testicles, which may reduce male fertility levels.

More info can be found on this page

Research has shown that for couples planning a natural treatment plan for their reproductive health, they should follow a nutrition programme for 3-4 months.

Fertility Programme

For those struggling with Infertility, Hormone Balance or PCOS, I offer a 3 month programme with Homeopathic Remedies to take on various days throughout the female cycle. Together with high quality nutritional supplements to balance the hormones and help with sperm production and motility.

The nutritional supplements have shown to work well alongside IVF treatment, helping to reduce inflammation in the uterus after the egg has been collected and prior to the implantation of the embryo, and to help sperm motility and formation in males.

Get in touch via the contact page or call me on 07942 868118.

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I’m Catriona Armor founder of Vital Remedy & The Hormone Fairy Programme, a registered Homeopath & Health Coach, Reiki and Crystal Practitioner, practicing in the Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard, Bedford and Aylesbury area, and across the UK via Skype.

My passion is helping and inspiring others, in particular women, to make the changes they need to feel healthier, more grounded, excited and confident about their lives. I specialise in Hormonal health, Pregnancy, Menopause, Anxiety & Depression.

If you’ve been struggling with your health and wellbeing and feel that now is the perfect time for you to make some changes then I would love to help you!