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Comprehensive Guide to Infertility Treatment and Diagnosis Options for Men and Women According to Ayurveda



Discover the pathway of parenthood with Ayurvedas bespoken solutions 


Key Takeaway Points:
  1. Understanding Infertility: Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive naturally after a year or more of unprotected intercourse, is a complex issue affecting both partners.

  2. Causes of Infertility: Ayurveda identifies various factors contributing to infertility, including lifestyle disorders, stress, habits like alcohol consumption and smoking, environmental factors, chromosomal defects, and nutritional deficiencies.

  3. Ayurvedic Approach to Male Infertility: Ayurvedic treatments aim to rejuvenate the reproductive system, improve sperm quality and quantity, and enhance overall health through herbal remedies, dietary modifications, and lifestyle changes.

  4. Ayurvedic Approach to Female Infertility: Customized treatments address hormonal imbalances, irregular ovulation, and uterine health issues through herbal remedies, dietary recommendations, and stress management techniques.

  5. Treatment Principles in Ayurveda: Ayurvedic treatments focus on supporting overall health, balancing energy levels, and improving fertility through ojus-enhancing foods, lifestyle hygiene habits, stress management, and adherence to ritucharya and dinacharya.

  6. Ayurvedic Techniques: Various Ayurvedic therapies like abhyanga, sirodhara, swedana, panchakarma (including vamana, virechana, basti, uttara vasthy, and nasya), and herbal remedies help address infertility issues by detoxifying the body, balancing doshas, and improving reproductive health.

  7. Herbs for Menstrual Irregularities: Ayurvedic herbs like Ashoka, Shatavari, Kumari, Guggulu, and others are used to tackle menstrual irregularities and promote proper conception.

  8. Lifestyle Modifications: Maintaining a Satvik diet, practicing stress management techniques, and following healthy lifestyle habits are crucial for enhancing fertility and exploring treatment options.

  9. FAQs on Infertility: Addressing common questions about infertility, including lifestyle factors, medical treatments, and lifestyle modifications to improve fertility outcomes.

  10. Preventive Measures: Understanding the risk factors for infertility and adopting preventive measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, and seeking medical help when necessary, can help improve fertility outcomes.

  11. Timing and Frequency of Intercourse: Couples are advised to have intercourse during the ovulation period, approximately 12 to 14 days before the next menstrual cycle, to increase the chances of conception.

  12. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): Explaining the procedure of IUI, which boosts pregnancy chances by placing sperm directly into the uterus, and its role in fertility treatment.

  13. Secondary Infertility: Understanding secondary infertility, which refers to difficulty conceiving after previously having a child, and seeking appropriate medical help when needed.


Embarking a path of parenthood is a cherished aspiration shared by countless couples in this universe .But the path can be hurdled by many circumstances, especially infertility. Its a complex issue for both the couples.In this blog lets look into the reasons behind infertility and how couples can explore potential of Ayurveda to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents.

If you are ready to embark a holistic and natural approach to address your infertility,there are several avenues in  Ayurveda worth exploring . Experience the transformative power of Ayurveda and take that first pivotal step in realizing your dreams to beget  a progeny  .

Defined as the inability to conceive naturally through unprotected intercourse over an extend period of 1 year or more is called infertility

Let's delve a little deeper into its causes and the possible ways in Ayurveda to treat unexplained infertility.  make your wish come true

 

Causes of infertility according to Ayurveda

"Soumyam shukram agneyam artavam"

“Shukram/Sperm should be cold in nature and Artavam/Ovum should be like fire."


Uncovering the cause of male infertility

·      Life style disorders like Obesity ,diabetes can change the quality of sperms

·      Stress like the physiological stress can affect the quality of sperm

·      Habits like alcohol ,drugs and smoking can cause negative effect on sperms

·      Environmental factors like radiation to rays emitting devices and chemical exposures, environmental pollutions

·      Chromosomal defects

·      Nutritional deficiencies like Vitamin C ,E B,and zinc can affect  male fertility

The above can cause hormonal imbalance and impact sperm production

A normal count for a male sperm count exceeds 15 million per mm with 70 percent of motility .When there is a low count its called oligospermia .When the motility is below 30 percent its astenozoospermia and when there is structural deformity its called teratozoospermia .A complete absence of sperm is called azoospermia ,and with absence of semen  is called aspermia

 

Ayurvedic understanding behind male infertility

Beeja dosha – Defects in gametes ,chromosomal defects ,tubular defects ,testicular cancer

Sukra dosha – Disease of sperms  may be due to food factors like excess oily, spicy, bitter, and astringent foods etc., affecting fertility and possibly leading to conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome.

Behavioral patterns like excess sex indulgence ,suppressing natural urges ,late night sleep ,etc

Psychological factors like anxiety ,anger ,stress  etc

 

 

Understanding the causes which lead to female infertility

·      Hormonal causes – Problem with improper ovulation leads to not occurring of proper releases of  egg from ovary and the thickening of endometrium in preparation for the fertilized egg to implant .With hormonal imbalance the above may not function properly

·      Damage of fallopian tubes – pelvic infections ,endometriosis and surgeries may cause fallopian tube damage thus it can prevent contact between the eggs and sperm

·      PCOD – Which is again a hormonal disorder leading to infertility

·      Obesity – Ovulation is disturbed in obese patients dur to hormonal and metabolic disorders

·      Stress, anxiety ,fear ,emotional distress  – can easily cause infertility

·      Cervical causes – like cervical cancer

·      Endometriosis – a condition where endometrial tissues grow outside the uterus and can cause unexplained infertility.  tubal blockage and ovulatory problems

·      Pre mature ovarian failure

·      Unfollowing a strict diet and life style pattern

·      Uterine fibroids 

·      Age factor – as women ages ,the quality and quantity of egg decreases making it more challenging to conceive .fertility naturally declines with age

·      Hyperacidity ,long term constipation

·      Over stimulated adrenals

·      Environmental pollution

·      Auto immune disorders ,Cancer

·      Certain medicines for radiation ,chemo can have permanent or temporary effects on infertility

 

Ayurvedic factors affecting conception

·      Rithu – age of the couples and pattern of the menstrual cycle

·      Kshetra -Uterus, healthy womb

·      Ambu – hormones supplied for the fetus, a process that can be influenced by fertility drugs.

·      Beeja -Healthy sperm and ovum

 

 

Treatment principles in ayurveda to treat infertility

 

Ayurveda aims at supporting overall health by giving strength to the body's healing and also balancing the energy levels and mechanism

Diet plays a crucial role in enhancing ojus in the body . The ojus-enhancing foods like sweets, ghee, nuts, milk, fresh fruits, vegetables  can improve energy levels  and balance the hormones

 

Using artificial preservatives, sweeteners, fatty diets, MSG, artificial flavors, toxic foods, excessive alcohol, caffeine, cigars, red meat, refined sugar, and carbohydrates can affect the hormones and can interrupt the ovulation  and fertilization process

So, maintaining good lifestyle hygiene habits, eating organic foods, watching out for good digestion, managing stress levels, adequate sleep, and following ritucharya and dinacharya are essential steps in enhancing fertility and exploring treatment options.  a routine can help in healthy ovulation and supporting a healthy conception

 

 

Ayurveda for male infertility

 

Male infertility treatment is explained under Vajikarna chikitsa in Ayurveda 

It includes combination of therapies ,herbal remedies,dietary modification and life style changes .they help to rejuvenate the reproductive system alsong with improving sperm quality and quantity and enhance overall health

 

Along with the herbal medicines the therapies like  abhyanga (massage)  sirodhara (continuous pouring of oil on to forehead)  and swedana (herbal fomentation ) help in reducing stress and improving blood circulation and detoxifying the body

 

Ayurveda for female infertility

 

Infertility treatment offers a personalized ayurvedic treatment tailored to the specific needs and circumstances.It can focus on restoring harmony of body, mind and spirit addressing the root cause of the diseases 

Based on the findings,the customized treatment plans includes herbal remedies, dietary recommendations, life style modifications and stress management techniques 

They help to regularize the ovulation and manage to restore hormonal imbalances ,improve the ovarian functions and enhance uterine health and regulate the cycles 

 

Techniques in ayurveda includes

·      Ama pachana treatments to correct agni

·      Vatanulomana – correcting the functions of vata

·      Swedana – cleansing by inducing sweat.There are different forms of swedana therapies like pinda swedanam ,baspha swedam ,nadi swedam ,upanaha swedam ,patra pinda swedam ,podi swedam etc

·      Panchakarma treatment techniques which involves the following schedules like

 

·      Vamana - It helps in balancing the female hormones, weight management, and endometriosis. It is the vomiting method of balancing vitiated Kapha. Thus, it helps in cleaning the channels (strotas), and increases the blood circulation in the reproductive system. So, it is one of the best ways to increase fertility.

 

·      Virechana - It eliminates body toxins in normal language while as per Ayurveda, it is the best treatment for Hyperacidity, to maintain temperature and pH in the reproductive system. It eliminates the vitiated Pitta from the body, an approach sometimes paralleled in the detoxification processes recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. It is the purgation method to remove toxins. Specially, in cases of recurrent abortions, it is an infertility cure.

 

·      Basthy - Enema of medicated oil or Decoction is given through the Rectum. As per Ayurveda, Yoni Vyapads (Reproductive system-related disorders) are mainly due to vitiated “Vata”. Basti releases obstructions in the way of Vata dosha and thus regulates the normal phenomenon of “Vata.” Different types of medicated Oils, Ghruta (ghee), milk or decoctions are used for Basti treatment. It can state miracles in infertility treatment in Ayurveda if administered properly with appropriate medicines. Apana Vayu is the type of “Vata Dosha”, which controls on the Shukra Dhatu (Semen) in males & Aartava (Ovum) in females. “Apan Vayu” controls the reproductive system. The procedure “Basti” regulates Apan Vayu which improves the quality of Sperm & Ovum, similar to how certain fertility drugs function to enhance reproductive capabilities.

 

·      Uttara vasthy - Uttara Basti (Vasti) is the most effective treatment in gynecological disorders. Medicated oil or ghee is inserted in the uterus for 3 days in a cycle. Signs of Infertility in women or Infertility symptoms are not specific but scanty bleeding, dysmenorrhea, delayed cycles etc may be considered as a few that causes Infertility. It helps in the purification of the toxins in the uterine cavity like adhesions and clears the Aartava Vaha Srotas, pacifies vitiated Apana Vayu and improve follicular maturity. Hence it is very important to boost fertility.

 

·      Nasya  - an ayurvedic nasal therapy holds potential fits n addressing infertility  by targeting the underlying imbalances and promoting reproductive health


Herbs used to tackle menstrual irregularities and helps in proper conception

Asoka, dasamoola, Sathavari, kumari, nagakesara, guggulu, jeevanthy, guduchi, Punarnava , Eranda , goksura, kapikachu, amlaki, aswagandha etc

 

How to deal with infertility as a woman?

You may have to rule out the root cause of the problem ,learn about the dietary changes recommended, follow the life style changes ,understand to deal with the stress and social pressures and by taking appropriate treatment ,you can deal with infertility by many ways

 

Why I'm not getting pregnant?

Three could be ennumber of reasons like hormonal changes, age, obesity, stress, problems with ovulation, structural deformities etc, etc 


What is the first treatment for infertility?

Oral intake of  medicines to rule out the cause of infertility would be the first line of treatment


Which infertility treatment has the highest success rate?

IVF could have the highest success rate

In Ayurveda uttaravasthy can bring out positive results 


Which medicine is best to get pregnant fast?

Oral medicines can stimulate ovulation by causing the pituitary glands to release FSH  and LH which can stimulate the growth of an ovarian follicle containing eggs


What to do after infertility?

You need to reach out for the proper medicines and treatments


Can ivf treatment cause cancer?

Ladies aged above 55 who tries for IVF  are susceptible to cancer by 0.7 percent


Can ivf treatment cause breast cancer?

0.7 percent chances are there due to over exposure of hormones


Does fertility treatment cause cancer?

There may be possible risk of ovarian cancer with the medicines gives to stimulate the ovulation


What's ivf treatment?

It’s a complex series of procedures that can lead to a pregnancy.During this process ,mature eggs are collected from ovaries and fertilized with spem in the lab . When the fertilization happens ,these eggs or embryos are planted in the uterus and develops as babies 

 

Which infertility treatment technique is the most common?

IVF is the most common technique used for infertility


Is male infertility treatment common ?

Yes it do.It is common with quality of sperm or some tubular defects


Why ivf treatment fails?

Due to embryo quality and life style disorders ,weak uterus


Does ivf treatment make you gain weight?

Yes you gain weight due to controlled ovarian stimulations


What is art infertility treatment?

It includes all fertility treatment in which eggs or embryos are handled is one of the main ART fertility treatment


Can ivf treatment cause early menopause?

No


Can ivf treatment cause ovarian cysts?

May be cause functional ovarian cyst during the hormonal variations in procedures


Alcohol and fertility: how much is too much?

Yes alcohol can reduce the sperm count and quality and quantity


Are there any long-term complications linked with this or other infertility treatments?

They may cause multiple pregnancy ,hot flushes ,breast tenderness ,weight gain etc


Are there any nonmedical approaches, such as relaxation or meditation, that could improve our chances of getting pregnant?

Yes it does .Stress management can help in safer pregnancy


Are there lifestyle changes we can make to improve the chances of getting pregnant?

Yes following a Satvik diet and by following a healthy life style one can improve the chances of pregnancy


Based on my partner’s age and my age, how soon should we get tested for fertility problems?

If you are under 35,even after 1 year of unprotected sex if its difficult to conceive ,you should seek medical help


Can birth control cause infertility?

Not really .It can prevent pregnancy but not make you infertile


Can chlamydia cause infertility?

It can hamper fallopian tube which can indirectly lead to infertility


Could smoking, alcohol, or stress affect my fertility?

Yes it does


Do I need to see a fertility specialist?

Weh you have been trying to conceive more than a year without any results ,you need to seek medical help


Does Female Age Affect Fertility?

By around 30 .female fertility starts declining


Does PCOS affect pregnancy?

Yes its one of the major reason for infertility


Fallopian tubes: Is pregnancy possible with only one?

Yes you can


Have you been charting your cycles or testing for ovulation?

It’s a measure to know the average basal body temperature over the length of the menstrual cycles which has been a tool to determine if ovulation has happened or not .Its useful to optimise the  fertile period


How is female infertility diagnosed?

By USG  abdomen and by hormonal assay


How is male infertility diagnosed?

By sperm analysis


How many times might we need to try this Ayurveda treatment before we conceive?

At least until your periods gets perfect and ovulation is proper


How often is assisted reproductive technology (ART) successful?

About 50 percent success is there


Hypothyroidism and infertility: Any connection?

Yes it can interfere in release of eggs from ovary which can hamper fertility


Is endometriosis a cause of infertility?

Yes it does


Is infertility just a woman's problem?

Absolutely no. Male partners are equally a cause 


Semen allergy: A cause of infertility?

It may be difficult to have a contact if there is a semen allergy .Though it may not be a direct cause for infertility


Should my partner and I both get tested for fertility problems?

Yes its Better to for a faster results


Sperm selection in natural conception: What can we learn from Mother Nature to improve assisted reproduction outcomes?

In natural conception only a few sperms can reach the site of fertilisation through the cervical mucous .It means  its already decided which womb would carry which progeny


The role of the cervix in fertility: is it time for a reappraisal?

Yes cervical health is very important for fertility .Endo cervical canal should produce mucous for a facilitated entry of  sperm


What are some complications of infertility?

Ectopic pregnancy ,multiple pregnancy ,gestations ,ovarian hyperstimulation’s ,obesity ,hormonal elevations


What increases a woman's risk of infertility?

Obesity. Sedentary life style ,stress, poor dietary habits


What increases a man's risk of infertility?

Childhood infections like mumps ,low hormones ,alcohol and poor life style and diet


What is intrauterine insemination (IUI)?

Intra uterine insemination  isa  procedure boosts the chances of pregnancy by placing the sperm directly to uterus


What is secondary infertility?

Difficulty in conceiving after previously having  a progeny 


When and how often should we have sex if we hope to conceive?

You are more fertile during ovulation, which usually occurs 12 to 14 days before your next period starts. This is crucial information for those trying to become pregnant. This is a period when you are most likely to get pregnant .Having a contact almost every day or every alternate day during ovulation can increase your chances of pregnancy

 

 

 

 

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