Ayurveda and Infertility
Ayurveda sees male and female fertility as the ultimate act of creation and as the most powerful driving force of human destiny. According to the principles of anatomy and physiology within Ayurveda practice, fertility is the sum total of optimal food digestion as well as optimal experiences.
Healthy female and male fertility requires a healthy digestive fire, quality of tissue and free flowing channels in order for the reproductive system to be well nourished. This is because according to Ayurveda, digestive fire converts food that enters the stomach into the essence of food, which then flows and nourishes the tissues within the body.
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What is Infertility
Incapability of the woman to conceive, after one year of regular sexual union without contraceptives, or to retain the foetus till childbirth is called as infertility. It is a problem, which not only affects the physical life of the woman but also disturbs the social and emotional life of the couple. According to some experts about half the childless marriages are due to abnormalities in the male partners though women are traditionally blamed for sterility. Infertility is also assigned to factors relating to non production of sperms or to other reasons relating to quality.
A couple considered to be infertile if:
- the couple has not conceived after 12 months of contraceptive-free intercourse if the female is under the age of 34
- the couple has not conceived after 6 months of contraceptive-free intercourse if the female is over the age of 35 (declining egg quality of females over the age of 35 account for the age-based discrepancy as when to seek medical intervention)
- The female is incapable of carrying a pregnancy to term.
There are two types of infertility in general, primary and secondary. Couples who have never been able to conceive is known as Primary infertility, but the couples who have conceived once and carried a full term pregnancy, but face difficulty in conceiving for the next time is known as Secondary Infertility.
In some cases, both the man and woman may be infertile or sub-fertile, and the couple’s infertility arises from the combination of these conditions. In other cases, the cause is suspected to be immunological or genetic; it may be that each partner is independently fertile but the couple cannot conceive together without assistance.
In about 15% of cases the infertility investigation will show no abnormalities. In these cases abnormalities are likely to be present but not detected by current methods. Possible problems could be that the egg is not released at the optimum time for fertilization, so it may not enter the fallopian tube, sperm may not be able to reach the egg, fertilization may fail to occur, transport of the zygote may be disturbed, or implantation fails. It is increasingly recognized that egg quality is of critical importance and women of advanced maternal age have eggs of reduced capacity for normal and successful fertilization.
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Infertility: An Ayurvedic View
Ayurveda is a science of wellness. Ayurveda not only aims about the absence of the diseases and sign and symptoms but also aims at the general health and wellness of one in all spheres. Infertility is not less than a psychological trauma to a couple. Every lady wants to be mother and every man wants to be responsible as a father. When it doesn’t happen it is not less than a trauma for anyone. When expectations are not achieved by any reason, obviously it hurts!!
Ayurveda has developed a special branch to deal with such problems, known as Vajeekarana. Vajeekarana means to make one potent like a Vaji– A Horse!! Every ancient science of the world used horses as symbol of the reproductive powers. According to Ayurveda, conception takes place due to healthy sperm, healthy ovum, and a healthy uterus. For both men and women, reproductive health depends on the health of the Shukra Dhathu, or reproductive tissue. In women the Shukra tissue produces the ovum as part of the monthly cycle, and in men the semen is formed due to sexual stimulation.
The Shukra Dhathu itself is created as part of a long chain of metabolic transformations, starting with the digestion of food and including the transformation of food to nutrient fluid, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow and finally, to Shukra tissue. (These are detailed under the icon Basic Principles of Ayurveda as Nutritive Levels of the body.) Healthy Shukra Dhathu, then, according to Ayurveda, depends on the health of all the other tissues in the body.
Causes of Infertility According to Ayurveda
- Problems with infertility can arise when nutrition does not reach the reproductive tissue; this can happen due to under nutrition, poor digestion or obstruction due to toxins.
- Having sex by compulsion with a person whom you do not like.
- Mental disturbance- diseases like anxiety, depression and insomnia.
- To not to control the sexual excitement, and to do the wrong jobs to satisfy oneself.
- Eating spicy, salty and hot food increase Pitta and destroys weakens and restricts the formation of Shukra Dhathu.
- Overindulgence in sexual activities leads to Shukra Kshaya. It may lead to Klebya (impotency).
- By controlling sexual urges for longer duration leads to Veeryaavarodha (Obstruction of semen) and this leads to decreased libido.
- Infertility can also arise when the reproductive tissue is damaged by infection or trauma.
- Some acquire the impotency by birth- the well known genetic causes.
General Guidelines for treatment:
- Determine the Constitution of both the partners
- Clear any obstructions or blockages
- Tonify any weaknesses
- Ensure that the digestive fire is strong
- Ensure that the nervous system is relaxed
- Being loving and loved is the best tonic for fertility
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Causes of infertility in men?
Infertility in men is most often caused by:
- problems making sperm — producing too few sperm or none at all
- problems with the sperm’s ability to reach the egg and fertilize it — abnormal sperm shape or structure prevent it from moving correctly
Sometimes a man is born with the problems that affect his sperm. Other times problems start later in life due to illness or injury. For example, cystic fibrosis often causes infertility in men.
Factors increasing infertility in man
The number and quality of a man’s sperm can be affected by his overall health and lifestyle. Some things that may reduce sperm number and/or quality include:
- environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead
- smoking cigarettes
- health problems
- radiation treatment and chemotherapy for cancer
What things increase a woman’s risk of infertility?
Many things can affect a woman’s ability to have a baby. These include:
- poor diet
- athletic training
- being overweight or underweight
- tobacco smoking
- sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- health problems that cause hormonal changes
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How does age affect a woman’s ability to have children?
More and more women are waiting until their 30s and 40s to have children. Actually, about 20 percent of women in the United States now have their first child after age 35. So age is an increasingly common cause of fertility problems. About one third of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility problems.
Aging decreases a woman’s chances of having a baby in the following ways:
- The ability of a woman’s ovaries to release eggs ready for fertilization declines with age.
- The health of a woman’s eggs declines with age.
- As a woman ages she is more likely to have health problems that can interfere with fertility.
- As a women ages, her risk of having a miscarriage increases.
How long should women try to get pregnant before calling their doctors?
Most healthy women under the age of 30 shouldn’t worry about infertility unless they’ve been trying to get pregnant for at least a year. At this point, women should talk to their doctors about a fertility evaluation. Men should also talk to their doctors if this much time has passed.
In some cases, women should talk to their doctors sooner. Women in their 30s who’ve been trying to get pregnant for six months should speak to their doctors as soon as possible. A woman’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30. So getting a complete and timely fertility evaluation is especially important.
Some health issues also increase the risk of fertility problems. So women with the following issues should speak to their doctors as soon as possible:
- Irregular periods or no menstrual periods
- Very painful periods
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- More than one miscarriage
Scope of Ayurvedic treatments in infertility:
Ayurvedic treatments for infertility are based on individual body constitution of the sufferer. Ayurvedic treatments will help to remedy the causative factors of infertility and enhance the capability of ovulation, fertilization, uterine structures in holding the baby (preventing abortions), sperm production, sperm motility etc. Treatments are directed at enhancing the self healing mechanism of your body, so that the body can rectify the underlying root cause of the symptoms.
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