Nearly 10 percent of Americans experience reproductive difficulties. Reproductive issues range from the proper functioning of reproductive organs to infertility, and can be caused by trauma, genetic or congenital abnormalities, exposure to chemicals in the environment or sexually transmitted infections.
Living with a reproductive condition can place a great burden on you and your loved ones and make daily activities unnecessarily painful and difficult. To effectively manage the symptoms of reproductive conditions, it’s important to understand their root cause: inflammation.
Inflammation is the body’s first line of defense against injury and infection. You may not know the science behind inflammation, but you’ve certainly seen it. When you have scraped your knees or cut your finger, you likely observed: the area around the wound immediately became red, swollen or pain, and later, pus and clots began to form. This was inflammation at work.
During an inflammatory response, two important substances are released: cytokines and fibrin. Cytokines promote inflammation, while fibrin aids in blood clotting and scarring. Without cytokines, your immune system would not know where the damage or problem exists in order to start the healing process. If it weren’t for fibrin, a scab would not replace your open wound, and your skin could not begin to repair itself underneath.
Normally, inflammation subsides when an injury is fully healed or the source of an infection goes away. However, sometimes it persists and leads to chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is a long-term, low-level inflammatory response. The constant stimulation of the immune system during chronic inflammation not only exhausts the body, but also produces excessive amounts of cytokines and fibrin, which cause pain, swelling and scarring.
In reproductive conditions, chronic inflammation occurs in reproductive organs. Uncontrolled release of cytokines and fibrin causes continuous redness, swelling and scarring in reproductive tissues, which eventually hardens these organs and interferes with their normal functions. People with reproductive disorders may not initially experience any symptoms, but if the condition is left untreated, it can worsen and possibly lead to a low libido or even infertility.
In Peyronie’s, fibrin builds up in the penis and often manifests as nodules or an abnormal bend of the penis during an erection, which can be painful or lead to a loss of erection. The cause of Peyronie’s isn’t completely understood, but it is associated with the rupturing of small blood vessels inside the penis, leading to the inflammatory response and recruitment of clotting factors. Heredity, connective tissue disorders and age are risk factors for developing Peyronie’s.
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors (non-cancerous cell growths) made of fibrin. An estimated one in five women have uterine fibroids during their childbearing years and half of all women have uterine fibroids by age 50. The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, but their development has been linked to increased estrogen levels. Most women with uterine fibroids don’t experience any symptoms. However, in cases where the conditions are more severe, symptoms may include bleeding between periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, increased frequency of urination and pelvic cramping.
Endometriosis, a female reproductive disorder, in which cells from the lining of the uterus grow and spread into other parts of the body, including the ovaries, bowel, bladder and rectum. This abnormal growth can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and complications with conception and pregnancy. The tissue surrounding areas of rapid cell growth frequently become inflamed, leading to scar tissue production. Though endometriosis is quite common, its cause is still unknown. Some risk factors are family history, early menarche, no prior births and frequent periods that last more than a week.
Fibrocystic Breast Condition
Fibrocystic breast condition, also known as benign breast condition, is characterized by painful lumps in the breast. Fluid accumulates in the breast ducts, leading to fibrin build-up, scar-tissue formation, and eventually, lumps in the breast. Fibrin and scar tissue are a result of chronic inflammation. The cause of fibrocystic breast condition is unclear. Women who suffer from the condition often experience discomfort and pain of the breasts before and during menstruation each month.
Reproductive Health & Systemic Enzymes
Systemic enzyme therapy is a safe and natural alternative to help manage some of the symptoms related to reproductive health conditions and improve quality of life. The safety and efficacy of systemic enzymes are well-supported by numerous independent studies.
Serrapeptase, an enzyme originally extracted from silkworms, and nattokinase, an enzyme derived from the fermented soybean food natto, have exhibited potent fibrinolytic (fibrin-degrading) and immune response properties in several studies. Research shows that these enzymes can promote the break-up of fibrin and the body’s natural anti-inflammatory process, both of which support normal reproductive health.
Systemic enzymes are to be taken orally and on an empty stomach, and absorbed from the small intestine into the bloodstream. Enzymes can then circulate throughout the body, acting upon complexes in the blood, as well as in tissues and organs. It’s important to follow systemic enzyme therapy daily, without missing doses.
As recognition of the benefits of systemic enzymes grows, more and more people with reproductive conditions are integrating systemic enzyme therapy into their daily regimens.