WHAT IS INFERTILITY IN AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda is a science of wellness. Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a person to contribute to conception. Infertility may also refer to the state of a woman who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. There are many biological causes of infertility, some which may be bypassed with medical intervention. 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. 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. 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
REASONS FOR INFERTILITY IN MEN?
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
radiation treatment and chemotherapy for cancer
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.
MANY REASONS THAT CAN AFFECT A WOMAN’S ABILITY TO HAVE A BABY. THESE INCLUDE:
being overweight or underweight
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
health problems that cause hormonal changes
HOW DOES AGING DECREASE 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. A woman’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30. 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.
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:
They are based on individual body constitution of the sufferer. Ayurvedic treatments will help to remedy the causative factors of infertility and enhance the capability.
Ayurvedic Panchkarma therapies:
The patients of this disease give excellent results even without any therapies still the following therapies are extremely helpful especially in obese patients: Sarwanga Sneham with Alsika tailam followed with sarwanga sneham with dashmoola kashayam.
Ayurvedic classical medicines:
Kachner Guggulu, Varunaadi Kashayam tabs, Nimbaadi choornam, Jambawasavam, Kumaryaasavam.
The best part of ayurvedic treatment in this case is that is completely without any side effects.
Ayurvedic treatment gives excellent results in patients of PCOD.
Excellent results in Ovulation, fertilization, uterine structures in holding the baby that will prevent abortions.
Improves the 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.