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Posted by: babe bear | 2006/03/23

can soil affect fertility?

i am a 21 yers old woman and have been consuming soil for + / - three years now. people have always warned not take it coz it can impair my fertility. my boyfriend and i have been trying to have a baby for the past six months an dnothing we try never works . iam afraid it might be the effect of the soils i've been eating

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Dear Babe Bear

Soil craving is a condition which we term medically as geophagia or pica. It is often accompanied by a deficiency in certain elements, in particular an iron deficiency, but may also be associated with other trace elements as well. These trace elements may have an adverse effect on fertility. Eating soil is also hazardous in that it can predispose you to worm infections, which can contribute or aggravate the iron deficiency and cause anaemia. I would advise you to visit your family doctor and have the necessary blood tests to determine whether you suffer from anaemia and iron deficiency. In addition I would recommend an iron and mineral supplement be taken to alleviate the craving and to assist in restoring your fertility.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

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Our users say:
Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/08/13

Hey! What are the effects done by eating soil? Please help me. How can I stop?

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Posted by: nokuthula m. | 2016/07/21

am 25 years old & i've been eating soil ever since i was 8.at the age of 22 i met someone & we tried to conceive for about 6 months but nothing happened.i would like to know if the cause is the result of eating soil.i need help because in future i want kids

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Posted by: Nicole Smith | 2016/06/07

hi I'm Nicole I'm 19 this year I have been eating soil for the past 3 years now it was suppose to be four years...but due to having anemia I stopped for a year took my medication...then it happened that dis year early I craved for soil then that's how I started eating it again...I'm experiencing terrible pains when I'm on ma periods...and I'm afraid that I will not be able to concieve babies...I'm really fighting my craving I can stay a day or two without eating it...but i want to stop permanently sometimes I eat chocolate to prevent me from craving soil but it really doesn't help.

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Posted by: Aphelele | 2016/05/15

I've been eating soil since I was 8 years,I've never stopped since then. I'm now 19 years and its getting worse day by day. I crave for soil so much now to an extent that I eat about a kilo per day. Saliva just fill my mouth when I'm craving, I can't go a day without eating it. I just can't stop the craving.

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Posted by: Mosa | 2016/05/12

I have been a soil eater since 2010 and now I wanna stop but I can't and I wanna know if are there any pills which I can consume in order to heal or stop craving soil I'm afraid for my productivity health would I be able to conceive

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Posted by: babyface | 2016/05/08

Eish guys dnt knw where to start i ve been eating soil for 8years now en im 26 now ts hard to stop now The cravings are worse especiall wen am stressed i just buy it at de streets Ive been told u cant have a baby wen eatng dirt My problem now is that my womb is so painful to a point where i cant walk im afraid ts killing me slowly please help what can i do to stop these craving?

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Posted by: cate letsoalo | 2016/05/04

Hey guys, I've been eating soil when I was 15 years till now,now I have 20 years.I've tried 2 leave that but its not easy and I have pains in my appendix. Please help me,what can I do 2 abstain it

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Posted by: Petronella | 2016/03/25

I have 17 years old.Since i have 9 years I've eat soil,even if my parents tell me that eating soil it's not healthy I never listen.But nw I am growing up I want leave to eat soil it very defficult to me.SO KNW I NEED HELP TO LET TO EAT SOIL AGAIN.I NEED SOMEONE TO HELP ME PLEASE....!!!

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Posted by: Zinhle M | 2016/02/25

I have been eating soil since i was 7 years old and now my stomach is growing my only concern is will i be able tu have a baby am only 22 years and its hard for me to stop eating soil what must i do to srop eating soil??

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Posted by: Heart Broken | 2016/02/15

Hi guys I have been eating soil for 6 years and I lost lost my baby in 2015 because of soil.So I have been triying to stop but its hard.These days I usually have pains in my stomach and Im afraid that i might die 2o like my baby.Please help I cant die I have a 4 year old daughter to live for and a loving partner plz help.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/12/05

Im a 31 and i have been eating toilet paper frm high school, im scared coz me nd my husband have bin tryng to conceive from last year september

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Posted by: jay | 2015/07/02

i have been eating soil and soft rocks from my lower grades till now .but right now my left side of stomach is hurting.iam afraid that the soil and rocks have been affected me..i dnt know what to do please help me am only 18 yrs old.

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Posted by: makho | 2014/12/07

I am eating soil for 5 years I will be able to produce baby

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Posted by: rebecca | 2014/04/19

am scared coz i eat soil evry day nd too much so am evn scared to consult a doctor coz i may be infertile

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