Most of the married couple wish to complete their families with the laughter of a baby, however, the bad news is that more than 45% of couples in India face infertility problems, and it is not limited only to women!!!
As per information from the Centers for Disease Control, 1/3 of the infertility are due to Female Infertility. Similarly, the rest of 1/3 of the cases are linked to male-infertility and in case of the remaining one, both partners can be the cause. In 20 per cent of cases, the reason for infertility cannot be determined.
The major cause of Infertility is our current inactive lifestyle, eating habits, rising stress and pollution accompanied by medical disorders such as diabetes and obesity. Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a person to contribute to conception, and also includes an inability to maintain a pregnancy or carry a child to live birth.
The physiology of the reproductive system as a whole is governed by sadhaka pitta, prana vata, and apana vata, yet the reproductive organs themselves are endowed with the qualities of kapha. Kapha is the growth-promoting (anabolic), structure-forming dosha that generates and sustains creation. Together with ojas (life force) and rasa dhatu (plasma tissue), kapha dosha organizes the nourishment required to build and re-build the endometrial lining during a lifetime of artava (menstruation) and has an unctuous quality that lubricates the uterus and its ‘sister’ organs (e.g. ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, and vaginal canal). Kapha also confers stability and strength to the reproductive tissues helping maintain ovarian structure and uterine shape, tone and ability to contract.
- Ovulation disorders, which affect the release of eggs from the ovaries.
- Uterine or cervical abnormalities, including abnormalities with the opening of the cervix, polyps in the uterus or the shape of the uterus.
- Fallopian tube damage or blockage, often caused by inflammation of the Fallopian tube (salpingitis).
- Endometriosis, which occurs when endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus, may affect the function of the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes.
- Primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause), when the ovaries stop working and menstruation ends before age 40.
- Pelvic adhesion, bands of scar tissue that bind organs after pelvic infection, appendicitis, or abdominal or pelvic surgery.
Many of the risk factors for female infertility are:
- Age: A woman’s fertility gradually declines with age, especially in her mid-30s, and it drops rapidly after age 37. Infertility in older women may be due to the number and quality of eggs, or to health problems that affect fertility.
- Tobacco use: Smoking tobacco or marijuana by either partner reduces the likelihood of pregnancy. Smoking also reduces the possible benefit of fertility treatment. Miscarriages are more frequent in women who smoke.
- Alcohol use: For women, there’s no safe level of alcohol use during conception or pregnancy. Avoid alcohol if you’re planning to become pregnant.
- Being overweight: An inactive lifestyle and being overweight may increase the risk of infertility.
- Being underweight: Women at risk of fertility problems include those with eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia, and women who follow a very low calorie or restrictive diet.
- Exercise issues. Insufficient exercise contributes to obesity, which increases the risk of infertility. Less often, ovulation problems may be associated with frequent strenuous, intense exercise in women who are not overweight.
- Irregular periods, No periods, Painful periods, Abnormal periods
- Loss of hair
- Pain during sex
- Weight gain
- Absence of Ovulation
- Ovarian Cysts
Step 1 Healthy Lifestyle & Diet:
- Drink a lot of water. Tea and coffee in moderation are fine. Stay away from sodas, they have been found to increase your risk of ovulatory infertility.
- Eat your iron. Iron-rich plants such as beans, spinach, tomatoes, pumpkin, beats and whole grains are all fertility boosters.
- Eat protein from vegetables, not meat. Proteins from peas, beans, soy and nuts are found to improve fertility.
- Refined carbs, such as white bread, pasta and rice, should be limited.
- Sweet, juicy fruits such as mangoes, peaches, plums, and pears are recommended.
- Consume more of dairy proteins, including milk, Lassi (buttermilk), and paneer (fresh cheese made of milk.
- Quit smoking: Tobacco has multiple negative effects on fertility, not to mention your general health and the health of a fetus. If you smoke and are considering pregnancy, quit now.
- Avoid alcohol and street drugs: These substances may impair your ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. Don’t drink alcohol or use recreational drugs.
- Limit caffeine: Women trying to get pregnant may want to limit caffeine intake.
- Exercise moderately: Regular exercise is important, but exercising so intensely that your periods are infrequent or absent can affect fertility.
- Avoid weight extremes: Being overweight or underweight can affect your hormone production and cause infertility.
Bee Breath (Bhramari Pranayama): This Pranayama calms the body and relieves it of stress, anxiety, and worry. With a calm state of mind and body, you can increase your chances of conception to a remarkable extent.
Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana): Paschimottanasana, helps exercise the hamstrings, lower back, and hips. This asana even helps vitalize the ovaries and uterus, the key organs responsible for the conception. This asana can also improve your psychological state.
Standing forward bend (Hastapadasana): In Hastapadasana you have to bend forward touching the hand to the feet. It stretches all the important muscles of the back and this will improve the blood supply to the pelvic region and nervous system.
Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana): This helps to stimulate the thyroid gland, the dysfunction of which can lead to infertility. It also helps calm your mind and relieve stress.
Legs up the Wall (Viparita Karani): The Viparita Karani asana when performed after intercourse enhances the chances of conception. This asana will help keep the sperm in your body close to the uterus, opening and thus increasing its chances of reaching the matured egg for fertilization.
Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana): The Baddha Konasana improves the flexibility in your private part and hip regions, as it stretches the inner thighs, genital and knees. It helps release any toxins and negative energy in the areas of hip and groin. Your pelvis, abdomen and back are stimulated by plentiful blood supply.
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, also called Indian ginseng, is very helpful for women having difficulty conceiving. This herb is effective in maintaining hormonal balance and promoting proper functioning of the reproductive organs. It also helps tone the uterus for those who have recurrent miscarriages.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of ashwagandha powder in a glass of warm water.
- Dosage: Drink it twice a day.
Pomegranate: Pomegranate also boosts fertility in women. It helps increase blood flow to the uterus and thickens the uterine lining to reduce the chance of miscarriage. Plus, it promotes healthy development of the fetus.
- Take ½ tbsp of finely powdered pomegranate seeds with a glass of warm water.
- Dosage: Take the powder twice a day for a few weeks.
- You can also eat fresh pomegranate fruit and drink pomegranate juice.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon can help with proper ovarian functioning and thus be effective in fighting infertility. It even helps in the treatment of PCOS, one of the main causes of infertility.
- Add 1 tbsp of cinnamon powder to a cup of hot water.
- Dosage: Drink it once a day for a few months.
Chasteberry (Nirgundi): If infertility is due to a hormonal imbalance in the body, an effective remedy is chasteberry, also called vitex.
- Add 1 tbsp of fresh or dried chasteberries to a cup of boiling water. Leave for 10 minutes and strain it.
- Dosage: Drink this tea once a day for a few weeks or months.
- Halwa supari pak: Very useful to treat male & female sexual health, cure spermatorrhoea, cure leucorrhoea.
Dosage: 25 grams to be taken in the morning for 40 days.
- Shatavari: Satavari may be very helpful with women who have stress related or immune-mediated fertility issues, Threatened Miscarriage, Menstrual Cycle Regulator, etc.
Dosage: One capsule, twice a day with water.
- Majun muqawwi reham: Especially useful to treat Weakness of the uterus, leucorrhoea, recurrent miscarriages and premature deliveries.
Dosage: 5gm taken with water or milk.
- Habbe hamal: If the sterility is caused by uterine atony, metritis or any other uterine disorder, in these conditions, Habb-e-Hamal plays important role for conception.
Dosage: 1 pill at empty stomach early in the morning and at bed time with fresh water after completion of menstrual period.
Do try these effective remedies and share your experience with us in the comment box!