Infertility Management With Ayurveda

Infertility is a problem that affects nearly 8%-12% of couples worldwide [1] and the numbers are growing alarmingly fast in India. Couples are facing huge problems with conceiving given the modern, hectic lifestyle that we live. Along with stressful lifestyles, the recent trend of late marriage is also a major factor to be held accountable in the rising numbers of infertility cases in India. 

Couples facing problems conceiving and eager to have a child often incline towards modern medicine. Even though it has been a success in most cases, modern medicine can also have many side effects and can cost a fortune. Therefore, we have an equally effective and a safer option to reverse infertility – Ayurveda. Here we talk about how Ayurveda can help increase fertility and your chances of conceiving. 

Infertility and Its Causes

Infertility is the inability to conceive a child. It can either be due to problems in the male partner or the female partner. The condition is characterised by the female partner not getting pregnant even after regular coitus for at least a year. Some other symptoms of the condition include women having an irregular menstrual cycle or missing them often. In men, the signs include hormonal problems [2]

Causes of male infertility include abnormal sperm production, premature ejaculation, genetic disorders, chronic conditions such as diabetes, infections such as chlamydia or sexual health-related diseases such as HIV [2].  

Causes of female infertility include ovulation disorders, uterine or cervical abnormalities, fallopian tube damage or blockage or pelvic adhesions [2].

Cancer treatment, excessive smoking and drinking, overexposure to radiation or certain chemical, stress, and other environmental factors can also cause infertility [2].

Ayurveda For Increasing Fertility

Ayurvedic literature suggests certain methods of increasing fertility that can help couples struggling with the problems restricting them from conceiving.

  • Sattvic Diet: A Sattvic diet is said to be rich in life. It comprises fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lentils and pulses that are locally available, seasonal and prepared freshly for consumption. It is extremely essential that both parents are healthy to be able to conceive and give birth to a healthy child. Following a Sattvic diet will help you improve your health and increase your chances of conceiving. 
  • Herbs: Ayurveda has a wide range of herbs that can help improve fertility. Some of the most common herbs used for the purpose include Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Kapikacchu, and Musali [4]. However, it is suggested that you seek the guidance of an experienced Ayurvedic vaidya to help you understand the impact of the herbs and help you make an informed decision. 
  • Regular Detoxification: We have established that environmental toxins can have a negative impact on your sexual health and lead to infertility. Ama accumulation in the body can impact the quality of the sperms in men and disrupt the ovulation cycle in women. Therefore, Ayurveda recommends regular cleansing of the internal system to get rid of the ama and to achieve optimal functioning of the organs and the body [3]
  • Stress Management Through Yoga: Stress can take a toll on your overall health, including your sexual health. From an underwhelming performance in bed to infertility, stress and anxiety can have a massive impact on you. Therefore, it is essential to manage it. Yoga and meditation are both extremely effective when it comes to stress management. Some easy poses that you can try include tree pose, child pose, corpse pose, triangle pose and fish pose. 

Conclusion: 

Ayurveda takes a holistic approach when it comes to wellness. Managing infertility or increasing fertility in couples who are looking forward to starting a family with the help of Ayurveda can be beneficial and bring desired results. The Ayurvedic treatments to increase fertility are natural and don’t showcase any side effects when done right. If you can someone who is struggling with infertility, Ayurveda can be your answer.   

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