CBD & Reproductive Health
Exploring CBD and Its Effects On Reproductive Health
The Endocannabinoid System
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) — the primary purpose is to maintain homeostasis (balance) through various physical and cognitive processes.
Cannabinoid (CB) receptors are located everywhere — the skin, organs, bones, tissues, and glands.
CBD has been shown to act as a modulator of the CB receptors, making it more difficult for them to be over-or under-stimulated, thereby helping the body achieve and maintain homeostasis more efficiently.
CB receptors have also been found in the female reproductive system, as well as in sperm. For this reason, scientists and researchers believe that CBD may be able to positively influence their function in the same way that it boosts other functions in the body.
CBD And Fertility
The interesting thing about CBD, and one of the reasons it’s thought to be a good product for fertility, is that its chemical structure looks similar to some of the hormones our body produces called endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoid receptors have been found in sperm and the female reproductive tract. Because of this, it’s thought that they can improve a sperm’s ability to fertilize an egg, boost ovarian function and follicle maturation. In short, that CBD can be a natural way to boost fertility with minimal adverse side effects.
It’s been suggested that endocannabinoids can boost follicle maturation and ovarian function and increase sperm’s ability to fertilize an egg. It seems logical that CBD, which can boost endocannabinoid production, could be a beneficial supplement to consume while trying to conceive.
In a study on the male reproductive system, researchers noted that G-protein coupled receptors (GPR18) could activate an acrosome reaction. This reaction allows the sperm cell to penetrate the egg, allowing fertilization to happen.
Meanwhile, some female reproductive issues linked to infertility may be addressed with CBD’s impact on the Endocannabinoid System, ECS.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can be linked with how the ECS works. In this condition, the uterus shows a decrease in fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), the enzyme that breaks down the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA).
AEA may aid in the production of immature eggs leading to ovulation. AEA continues to produce eggs because FAAH levels are too low to function. Overproduction of immature eggs may appear as multiple cysts inside the ovaries, hence the condition.
PCOS is an ovulation disorder that causes hormonal imbalance in women. This condition is a common cause of a woman’s infertility.
Endometriosis is another reproductive issue that may account for a woman’s infertility. It occurs when the endometrium tissues, the lining of the uterus, grow out of the womb. This condition is characterized by chronic pain and inflammation.
CBD has anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties that may help pain management in the female reproductive tract and provide stress relief.
A note worth remembering is that CBD has an array of potential health benefits backed up by science. If you have underlying health conditions or if conception issues have caused you to develop stress, anxiety, or any other cognitive problems that may be detrimental to fertility issues in their own right, you may find that CBD could help alleviate them.
The issues that CBD can potentially help to alleviate include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic pain
- Inflammation-related disorders
- Skin conditions
Infertility, Stress & Anxiety
When we are subjected to stress and anxiety daily, it can threaten our social life, mental and physical health. Several studies have found links between a woman’s level of day-to-day stress and lowered chances of pregnancy. It can be so stressful when you don’t know why you’re having trouble getting pregnant.
Infertility is often a silent struggle. Patients who struggle to conceive report feelings of depression, anxiety, isolation, and loss of control. Infertile patients can experience a tremendous amount of emotional turmoil as a result of their diagnosis.
CBD oil is a natural and effective way to reduce these daily worries and stressors.
When the body is experiencing these emotions, it can be hard to let go of fears and concerns, and CBD oil can help mitigate these feelings bringing the body back into balance. Creating an environment of peace and ease can be precisely what the body needs to overcome fertility struggles.
Infertility is a common problem among men and women in the U.S. CBD has anti-inflammatory, pain relief, and stress relief properties that may help with male and female reproductive system issues. The consensus is that CBD helps to improve fertility through indirect means. By supporting overall health and wellbeing, CBD may help someone to become more fertile.
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Written by: Laura Oswald
Holistic Health Practitioner & Certified Holistic Nutritionist
Laura is part of the Fort Collins community, a mama of two, and an avid advocate for holistic well-being! We are proud to have her as part of our FoCo Organics family.
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