Adrenal Fatigue: A Major Missing Link in Infertility
There are several possible causes for infertility including advancing age, hormonal imbalances, inhibited ovulation, structural problems, inflammation, autoimmunity, and genetics. However, some potential causes of infertility are often overlooked in the medical community. One that often goes unnoticed, yet has a profound impact on infertility, is adrenal fatigue.
You may have heard the phrase ‘adrenal fatigue,’ but may not be sure where exactly the adrenal glands are located or what they do in the body. The adrenals are small glands located on top of the kidneys. They are responsible for regulating blood sugar, blood pressure, and the body’s stress response. Cortisol is produced in the adrenals and is the primary hormone involved in the stress response. Over time, cortisol production can gradually decrease with recurrent stress resulting in chronic fatigue, insomnia, and potentially infertility.
The adrenal glands, thyroid and ovaries/testes make up the endocrine ‘triangle’ in the body. These three glands depend on each other for optimal functioning. So if one is adversely affected, they all become imbalanced. When investigating infertility, conventional lab testing looks at thyroid function and ovarian/testicular function, but adrenal function is rarely tested. This leaves one-third of the puzzle missing.
A salivary adrenal function test can be done to give a picture of your cortisol production in a 24-hour period. If the levels are not optimal, treatment is focused on supporting the adrenals naturally to foster normal function. This oftentimes can be the missing link in unexplained infertility cases. The physicians at Arizona Natural Medicine have expertise in infertility and will examine all of the possible ‘missing links’ in your case.