Can SIBO Cause Infertility?

gut health May 10, 2022

SIBO can be tricky to deal with & YES; it can have a massive impact on your fertility! Your whole gut, including your intestine, can contribute to your fertility issues by increasing inflammation & oxidative stress if you are having major issues. And unfortunately, it’s not always a case of taking antibiotics and/or a combination of herbs- BOOM, SIBO is gone, and your fertility is restored.

Is blog post is taken from Week 9 of The Fertility Formula - an easy, six-step online program that can help boost your fertility naturally & make your DREAMS of growing your family come true.

Your body is going to need time to heal from SIBO [and most likely leaky gut] and then time to restore your fertility. Best case scenario, you're looking at 4-6 months of healing time. Still, for many to maximise your egg quality [and sperm], you'll need 3+ months after you feel VERY CONFIDENT that the SIBO is gone, your gut lining is restored, and your endocrine system isn't in overdrive. 

SIBO does not cause fertility issues, but it can contribute to them. When you're dealing with SIBO, it can cause a lot of inflammation & oxidative stress to your gut health, and as when known, this can lead to autoimmune issues, thyroid issues & low egg quality. Therefore to maximise your chances with or without medical assistance, you want to resolve your SIBO 3+ months before TTC or any medical treatment. 

SIBO is most likely a symptom, not a single diagnosis, and there may be many possibilities as to why it is occurring and contributing to your fertility issues:

  • Nutrient imbalance and/or Dysbiosis
  • Poor Blood Sugar & Pancreas Function 
  • Antibiotics [found in foods as well]
  • Liver and/or gallbladder not functioning properly
  • Intestinal Permeability
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Methylation Issue
  • Sulphur Intolerance
  • IIeocecal (ICV) Valve Dysfuntion
  • All of the above 🤯

Now. Antibiotics can be helpful [some for only a for a short time] & if there are other underlying issues, then SIBO can come back. 

If you want to move forward with the antibiotics asap, make sure you support your gut with diet [SCD/FODMAP info below], and I’m sure you know this. Still, antibiotics will kill off most things - even the good stuff, so we’ll want to make sure to really support your gut - [you'll find this information in the supplement section.

Before any diet changes, supplement protocol or holistic support, please consult your doctor.

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🦩 Diet:

Dr. Seibecker SCD/FODMAP - You can eliminate all the foods in the red [on top of any of the foods you've decided to avoid for the time being] and be mindful of how many organ ones you’re eating. They say about three months, and then re-introduce and see how you feel. If you have KNOWN food intolerances, keep avoiding these as much as possible until you reach your ultimate goal. You will know your SIBO is healed when your symptoms are gone, and do not return when you eat foods on the FODMAP.

 

🦩 Inspirational SIBO Healing Protocol:

Digestive Enzymes with HCl.  Take this right at the end of the meal. You’ll start with one and move your way up to see how much you need [some get up to 7]. If you don’t feel well on the HCl, it indicates inflammation of the lining of the stomach and esophagus.  If this happens, we’ll need to give the gut lining time to heal before adding in HCl. You can try the Digestive Enzymes [without HCl] in the meantime. [DO NOT TAKE IF H PYLORI IS PRESENT]

Pan 5x – Take 1 or 2 tablets five minutes before meals and snacks.  Pancreatic enzymes that will help you break down your food.  Will improve digestion and absorption of nutrients. https://nutridyn.com/pan-5xr

Lipo-Plex – Take 2 tablets with each meal. Bile salts and bitter extracts help the body break down fats in the diet. Supports optimum fat digestion as well as healthy GB and liver fxn. https://nutridyn.com/lipo-plex

Spectrum AR – Take 2 softgels 3x daily. Aromatic oils which work as well as gold standard antibiotics at killing bad bugs, yet has no negative side effect found with antibiotics.  Cleanses the bowel of bacteria/viruses/yeast/parasites. After finishing one large bottle, dosage should be reduced to 40-50%. https://nutridyn.com/spectrum-ar

Spectrum BR – Take 3 tablets 3x daily. Berberine which also works as a cleanse for the GI tract killing more bacteria/viruses/yeast/parasites. After finishing one large bottle, the dosage should be reduced to 40-50%. https://nutridyn.com/spectrum-br

Probiotic NOTE: Not every individual with SIBO tolerates taking a probiotic during the initial phases of treatment. It is recommended you start this probiotic and if it gives you any flaring of symptoms, simply discontinue use for 2 weeks before trying it again.

 

🦩 Hiatal Hernia

See if you can relate to any of this. When the hiatal hernia happens it can cause symptoms ranging from GERD, reflux, bad breath, burping, hiccups, to chest pain, difficulty breathing & arrhythmia. If so there are things you can do at home to help

Healing the Hiatal Hernia

*Seek out a doctor that specialises in healing this naturally if you do think it's an issue.

 

🦩 ICV Massage

The ICV is the gatekeeper between the small intestine and the large intestine. Show it some TLC : 

IC Valve Massage: 2 Minute SIBO Therapy Rediscovered

*Seek out a doctor that specialises in healing this naturally if you do think it's an issue.

 

🦩 KEY Support for Sulphur Intolerance: 

 

🦩 Liver Support 

We need to keep that bile moving!! Seeking Health Ox Bile: start with one and work your way up to 4 over a week, then take 4 for [The die off from this isn’t fun, so you would want to use charcoal, vitamin C and even colonics if needed.] 

 

🦩 Avoid glyphosate at all costs - go organic as much as possible if you’re not already.

🦩 Avoid tap water if you haven’t sorted out your water filter yet.

🦩 Lower Oxalates: You’ll be doing this through diet & stress reduction.

🦩 Focusing on the vagus nerve and calming the amygdala/limbic system.

🦩 Supplements to think of for support if sulfide is an issue:

  • Molybdenum (to support the SUOX enzyme)
  • Butyrate (to support gut barrier integrity)
  • Zinc acetate (to reduce hydrogen sulfide)
  • Sublingual hydroxocobalamin (to bind with hydrogen sulfide)
  • Bismuth (to reduce hydrogen sulfide production in the gut) 

 

EMPOWER YOURSELF:

How Stress Contributes to SIBO

Sulfate IV: Chronic SIBO/Gut Dysbiosis As A Protective Adaptation To Supply Sulfate

SIBO and Hydrogen Sulfide with Dr Greg Nigh

SIBO, Genes, and Gut Health

It’s a lot to take in, so take your time to decide what the best course of action for you is going to be.

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Monica

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Anything written or said about health and diet are my opinions, that I have formed over the years, through trial and error, study, reading, listening and observing. What worked for me may not work for you. I am not a doctor, nutritionist or dietician and all medical advice should be gotten from a qualified professional. Product recommendations are based on what I used during my infertility journey or wish I had.

 

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