Regular detox could ease ovulation problems by Prof. Oladapo Ashiru
The desire to sustain and nurture human life is one of the most basic instincts of the female species. The ability to do this is made possible through a series of complex processes, beginning with ovulation, fertilisation, implantation, established pregnancy and, eventually, labour and delivery.
Ovulation is one of the major requirements for fertilisation and it is an indication of fertility. It signals the release of an ovum or egg from the ovarian follicle. The ovum or egg cell is the female reproductive haploid cell (gamete). In humans, ova are produced by the female gonads (sexual glands) called ovaries and all of them are present at birth and mature in cycles.
This ovum, once released, will make the journey down the fallopian tube into the uterus, where it will be ready for fertilisation by spermatozoa (sperm cells). Ovulatory disorders are among the common reasons why women are unable to conceive, and account for 30 per cent of women’s infertility.
Anovulation describes a condition in which a woman’s ovaries do not properly develop and mature eggs to be released monthly. This can be due to:
- Premature ovarian failure — a situation which occurs when the woman’s ovaries stop working before she is 40.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome — the woman’s ovaries function abnormally. She also has abnormally high levels of androgens (male hormones).
- Hyperprolactinaemia — that is high prolactin levels. Such women may experience milky nipple discharge.
- Poor egg quality — meaning the eggs are damaged or develop genetic abnormalities that cannot sustain a pregnancy. Older women are at risk.
- Overactive/underactive thyroid gland
- Chronic medical conditions, such as AIDS or cancer and other such conditions
- After-effect of chemotherapy in cancer patients.
It is also a fact that failed ovulation occurs as a result of various behavioural, hormonal and environmental factors which, when present in affected women, have been proved to consistently impair fertility.
Behavioural factors include bad dietary habits leading to obesity, overweight or underweight; lack of or too much exercise; smoking, leading to accumulation of toxins in the body; alcohol and drug abuse, which not only impair ovulation, but can also cause damage to the unborn child and even reduce sperm production and quality in males.
Some examples of these culpable drugs include steroids (found in some body/hair creams and soaps, among others), marijuana and cocaine. The passive smokers, in case of cigarette and marijuana, are also not spared.
Environmental and occupational factors include exposure to toxins and chemicals from the environment. These toxins may be absorbed into the body through the skin and respiratory airways; foods ingested, such as fish from contaminated lagoon or sea; repeated X-rays, etc. Women working or living in or around chemical industries, women who use certain types of bleaching creams and soaps, as well as women who consume some types of food which have been exposed to these chemicals ,are particularly at risk.
Another important risk factor is the consumption of fruits and vegetable salads that have not been thoroughly washed. They could transmit some bacteria and fungi into the alimentary canal, causing the intestinal Candida which, in itself, is a source of toxins.
Hormonal factors have also been implicated in impairing ovulation. This is because the process of ovulation is a delicate and complex interaction between multiple endocrine glands, involving the timely release of certain hormones in the correct quantities in order for a desired response to be achieved.
Behavioural and environmental factors earlier mentioned have been shown to be key players in determining how well this hormonal interplay balances out and results in overall reproductive health.
The problem of anovulation can be addressed with the use of medications and other therapies to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs if indicated. However, a more integrative approach to addressing this problem is now being discovered in the form of detoxification. This approach views anovulation as part of a larger systemic problem in which the organs of the individual’s body are not functioning as optimally as they should as a result of these behavioural, environmental and hormonal factors.
Detoxification helps to not only improve the possibility of ovulation, it has also been proved to enhance the quality as well as quantity of eggs produced during ovulatory cycle.
This is because detoxification can correct hormonal imbalances and biochemical hindrances to ovulation; it increases blood circulation to the ovaries and other reproductive organs, supplying them with more oxygen to function at their best. It reduces the heavy metal burden by ridding the body of harmful chemicals that prevent ovulation. Detoxification also enhances weight loss and helps in achieving a healthy body weight.
The process and practice of detoxification are well understood at Mart Life Detox Clinic, the first Modern Mayr Medicine Clinic in Africa.
The whole aim of treatment is to introduce the client to lifestyle modifications and proper re-education on how to live a healthy life and consequently enhance reproductive health, especially in terms of dietary rehabilitation and removal of excess toxins from the body.