If a couple is not getting pregnant after trying for many years, then they are considered infertile. Among partners, either one or both can be responsible for infertility.
Approximate 5-10% of couples are categorized as infertile, which means that they have been trying to conceive with repeated unprotected intercourse for at least a year or more than a year with no success. Among them, almost 30-40% of Infertility cases found to be due to malefactors.
Male Infertility can be caused due to various reasons like low sperm count, low quality of sperms, chronic health issues, illness, and much more. But, it can be treated too with the help of Ayurvedic medicines naturally.
Symptoms of Male Infertility
However, male infertility can be a genetic disorder or occur because of hormonal imbalance, testicles or semen problems; the symptoms vary entirely from man to man. Below are the signs and symptoms of male infertility
- Difficulty with ejaculation because of expanded veins around the testicles or difficulty in maintaining an erection
- Decreased sperm count (less than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen or total sperm count of less than 39 million per ejaculation) or a small volume of semen ejaculated
- Loss of respiratory functions (smell) or repetitive respiratory infections
- Low libido, nightfall, or premature ejaculation
- Abnormal breast growth (Gynecomastia)
- Pain, swelling, and lump around the testicle area
Causes of Impotence in Men
Male Infertility can be caused by various issues that impact sperm production and quality. In some cases, the movement or traveling of the sperm is the primary cause of the impotence. In these cases, sperm doesn’t go where it’s supposed to. Some common causes of impotence in men are related to health, diet, and lifestyle, which includes:
Alcohol and drugs: The use of steroids, cocaine, marijuana, etc., can be the primary cause of male infertility.
Emotional stress: Stress can trigger certain hormones that produce sperm and can result in impotence.
Lifestyle generated disorders: Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension can cause hormonal and other metabolic changes that reduce male fertility.
Electromagnetic radiation: Excessive use of a laptop, computer, cell phone, x-rays, etc. can cause infertility by damaging the male sperm cells.
Malnutrition: Deficiencies of nutrients like vitamin C, selenium, zinc, and folate can lead to infertility.
Environmental exposure: It includes both indoor and outdoor pollution. Indoor pollution factors include Pesticides and other household chemicals. On the other hand, outdoor pollution factors include pollution due to vehicles, factories, environmental factors, etc.
Causes of Male Infertility according to Modern Science
Apart from the improper lifestyle, male infertility can be caused due to other reasons as well. Modern science has a different perspective towards the causes of impotence. These causes and these factors can also be considered as a health problem separately. These factors include:
- Azoospermia – A lack of sperm in semen characterizes Azoospermia. It can be a natural disease or caused due to the excessive use of steroids as well as androgens.
- Oligozoospermia – In this condition, sperm count is low, i.e., less than 20 million per ml of semen, and is responsible for infertility.
- Teratozoospermia: An abnormal morphology of sperms seen in diseases like Crohn’s disease & Hodgkin disease leads to infertility.
- Aspermia – This condition is responsible for delayed ejaculation of sperm or retrograde ejaculation. The situation occurs when semen enters the bladder instead of ejaculating through the penis during orgasm.
- Haematospermia – It denotes the blood in semen due to infection of the prostate gland or urethra. This can also promote anxiety.
Ayurvedic Overview of Impotence in Men
According to Ayurveda, the channel carrying nutrition to the reproductive system is called Shukravaha Srotas (semen channels). The healthy functioning of Shukravaha Srotas plays an essential role in maintaining harmony and happiness in a couple’s life.
According to Acharya Charaka, “The man alone without offspring looks like a single tree having a single branch, shadeless, fruitless, and with a foul smell.”
Shukra Dhatu (semen) is one of the Saptadhatus as per Ayurveda texts. It is produced from Sneha Bhag (oleation) of Majja Dhatu (bone marrow).
Shukra Dhatu consists of four Mahabhoot (elements), i.e., Tej (fire), Vayu (air), Aap (water), and Prithvi (earth). It is Saumya (mild) in nature. It develops Dhairya (patience), Priti (love), Dehabala (physical strength), Harsha (happiness) and helps in the production of a healthy progeny. Along with that, typical characteristics of Shukra are Sfatikabham (white like alum), Dravam (liquid), Snigdham (viscid), Madhuram (sweet), and Madhugandhi (honey-like odor).
Ayurvedic Causes for Male Infertility
Ayurveda’s concept of infertility is different due to which it views the causes of impotence in the other way. The reasons revolve around sperm-related issues like sperm quality, quantity, and more. But some lifestyle, diet, and psychological factors are also responsible for impotence. Here are the causes of male infertility as per Ayurveda:
1. Bija dosha (Congenital abnormalities)
In this situation, defects in the sperm cells lead to the reproductive system’s development and structural abnormalities. Along with that, chromosomal disorders and various genetic disorders fall in this group.
2. Sukra Dosha (Diseases of sperm)
Sperm diseases can occur due to poor lifestyle, diet, and other behavioral issues. These causes may vary from person to person. Shukra dosha includes three factors affecting male infertility as follows:
Food factor – These factors include overuse of dry, bitter, astringent, salted, sour, and hot foods. The variance in food with the place, time, water, quantity, habit, digestion, doshas, and mode of preparation also impact fertility.
Behavioral factors – Excessive sexual indulgence, absolute sexual denial, overexertion of the body, suppression of natural excitements, and sexual arousal comes under behavioral factors of Shukra Dosha. Also, behavioral habits, like sleeping late at night & disturbed lifestyle lead to Rakta and Pitta Dosha’s vitiation, which ends up causing Shukra (semen) Kshaya, i.e., decreased amount of Shukra Dhatu.
Psychological factors – Grief, anxiety, fear, anger, lack of mutual love, and low confidence leads to male infertility.
Traditional Ayurvedic Impotence Treatment
According to Etiopathogenesis, various methods, including Ayurvedic medicines, can be used to treat male infertility. As per Ayurveda, a specific medication group/therapy named Vajikarna therapy (aphrodisiac) is beneficial for treating impotence. It plays a vital role in improving the quality as well as quantity of sperms. It helps in maintaining sexual health. Apart from this, some Ayurvedic Medicines For Low Sperm Count and impotence are as follows –
- Shilapravanga special – 1 tablet twice a day with milk
- Tantex forte – 1 tablet twice a day with normal water
- Basant Kusumakar Rasa – 1 tablet at bedtime with warm water
- Chandraprabha Vati – 2 tablets twice a day with warm water
Along with the Ayurvedic medicines, some herbs or spices are also effective for treating male infertility. For different conditions of impotence, various herbs are suggested in Ayurvedic texts. Some herbs are mentioned below.
- Semen enhancing herbs: Shatavari, Ashwagandha, and Museli
- Semen purifying herbs: Sugarcane, Kushtha, and Vasaka
- Increase the fertilization capacity of semen: Brahmi, Shatavari, and Guduchi
- Libido enhancing herbst: Kesar, Garlic, Long pepper, and Lavanga (clove)
- Herbs for premature ejaculation: Ashwagandha, Chandana, and Asparagus
You can also go for some home remedies for impotence using these herbs.
Apart from male impotence’s natural remedies and medicinal treatments, Ayurveda proposes another method called Panchkarma treatment. It is a combination of five procedures that involves elaborated purification for the effective treatment of the disease. Panchkarma procedures include:
- Vaman Karma: This is a therapeutic medicinal administration of drugs through the mouth, which induces Vaman karma (removing toxins from the body through vomiting).
- Virechan karma: Virechan karma (purgation therapy) is the therapeutic medicinal administration of drugs through the Anus.
- Nasya Karma: Nasal administration of any Ayurvedic medicines to clear the nasal and nervous passage is called Nasya Karma.
- Uttar Basti: It is fertility induce therapy administered through the genitals (male penis).
- Shiro Dhara: This stress reliever therapy helps in balancing hormonal coordination, relieves stress, and treats insomnia.
As per Ayurveda, it is essential to change the dietary habits for treating male infertility. A healthy and nutritious diet supports medication for effective results. The diet recommendations include:
- Consume nutritious food and diet rich in micronutrients like milk, carrots, spinach, peas, almonds, honey, sweet potatoes, etc.
- Include organic and sweet fruits, juices, coconut, and vegetables in your diet.
- Increase the intake of eggs, poultry, fresh fruits, nuts, cereals, seafood, and fresh vegetables.
- Avoid foods that lead to constipation, and cause gastric problems.
- Avoid excess salt in diet, alcohol, astringent, bitter, and sour foods.
Lifestyle changes also play an essential role in treating male infertility. If you adopt a healthy and balanced lifestyle, then it will help a lot in treating infertility. Here are some of the lifestyle changes recommended in Ayurveda:
- Follow a systematic daily way of life (Ayurvedic Dincharya) that includes enough sleep or proper waking patterns, satisfactory sexual activities, and exercises.
- Avoid actions that lead to stress, and suppress urges (Vegavidharan).
- Don’t smoke and drink alcohol.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Avoid things that lead to prolonged heat for the testicles because heat can harm the semen quantity and quality.
- Avoid the use of pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins.
- Do yoga asanas like Padmasan, Paschimotanasana, Bhujangasana, Sarvangasana, and Trikonasana.
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Ayurvedic treatment does not directly affect the hormonal system but plays a vital role in making the reproductive system normal and maintaining equilibrium, resulting in favorable fertilization conditions. Ayurveda considered male sexual dysfunction thousands of years ago and mentioned a unique treatment method named Vajikaran-Chikitsa (Aphrodisiac therapy). Along with that, appropriate use of plant-based remedies, a proper diet, lifestyle pattern, and Panchakarma therapy are recommended for treating male infertility.