Wandering with broken dreams? Ever thought of a child after being tagged as infertile? Here you are! Let us look deeply into the ayurvedic treatment for infertility in females.
Infertility is a common condition nowadays. Irrespective of gender, couples have been tormented by this devastating condition.
Today, it is prevalent among 10-12% of couples worldwide. But have you ever wondered about the reason behind the rapid escalation of infertility cases lately?
Is age a factor that influences fertility? While the medical discourse of infertility is predominant, its mental, emotional and sociocultural aspects are still a part of this condition.
When the world says ‘give up,’ Ayurveda can offer you a helping hand with our time-tested remedies so that you can bring about new seeds of joy into your life.
Ayurvedic perspective of infertility
“Soumanasyam Garbha Dharanam”
Says our ancient Ayurvedic epics emphasize the relevance of a tension-free lifestyle for procuring a healthy progeny.
You should take Ayurvedic advice and live a tension-free life by understanding the proper daily routine, menstrual cycle, and proper cleansing of the body. Ayurveda is not just a science of treatment, but rather, it is a science of life. Reproduction is not just about sperm conjugation, but if there is a calm mind, if you live without tension, the endocrine glands work properly and balance the hormones, and it helps in conceiving quickly. Therefore, a couple seeking infertility treatment first needs psychological awareness.
The age of getting married for females should not be less than 16 years, and for males should not be less than 20 years. Getting married at later stages, particularly after 30 years, can lead to many other lifestyle diseases (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol levels etc.), affecting fertility.
And nowadays, most of them follow the trend of avoiding children for the first 2 years of marriage. For this, they use contraceptives, Safe Period, Depots etc. All these form a contributing factor to female infertility. Those who opt out often find it difficult to conceive later and undergo many expensive treatments. In most women, diseases like PCOS and Endometriosis affect ovulation and egg quality. Therefore, a woman should give birth before 25 (max. age limit – 30) in healthy conditions. Later, hardships and complications are subjected to increase. Similarly, men also experience DNA damage, loss of libido, and a decline in sperm quality as they age.
A proper bed for the baby to grow
The uterus and associated organs (tubes, ovaries etc.) should be disease-free and blood-free (antibodies), and sperm and ovum should be healthy.
Metabolism should be regular. In addition, in case of illness (e.g., fibroid, cyst, haemorrhoids, etc.), one should approach a doctor and get the necessary treatment done in due course. Most diseases can be cured if treated correctly in the early stages.
Ayurveda says that if this is properly maintained, there will be vigorous procreation. If not, the child may be born sick, or the pregnancy may not happen.
Favourable time for reproduction
In addition to all the above factors, a favourable time is to be selected for procreation.
The first day of a woman’s menstrual cycle is considered Day 1 and can be counted as 28 or 30 days. Then the best time for reproduction is Day 10 – Day 20.
Day 1 to Day 5 – 7: Do not have physical intercourse while menstruating. During this time, infection and disease are most likely to occur.
Day 8 to Day 9 are clean days so that the vaginal pH will be correct.
Ovulation will take place between days 10 and 20. A woman with a 28-day menstrual cycle usually ovulates on Day 14.
Because the egg and sperm stay alive in the woman’s body for about 72 hours, intercourse is recommended on alternate days between days 10 and 20. Do physical intercourse at least one and a half hours after eating.
Infertility in female
Infertility is the inability to conceive after a year of unprotected sexual intercourse.
Reasons for infertility in female
- Anovulation or oligo ovulation
- Luteal phase defect (LPD)
- Corpus luteum has 14 days life span
- Luteinized unruptured follicle (LUF)
- Premature ovarian failure (POF)
- Chronic oophoritis
- Chocolate cyst
- Ovarian tumours
- Impaired tubal motility
- Loss of cilia Obstruction
- Peritoneal factors
- Peritubal adhesions
- Endometrial problems
- Fibroid uterus
- Congenital problems
- Chronic PID
Cervical and Vaginal factors
- Pinhole Os
- Abnormal discharge
When to start treatments?
You should start your infertility treatment if the conception doesn’t occur within 6 months if you are above 25 years of age and within 3 months if you are above 36 years of age.
Ayurvedic treatments for infertility in females in Kerala
Ayurvedic reproductive science shows promising responses in the management of infertility. The first line of treatment is always avoidance of the causative factors in the form of dietary and lifestyle changes, correcting the psychological impairment, improper time of coitus and other physical illnesses.
Certain factors are essential for conception, which includes a healthy uterus and other related appendages. It is also very essential to prepare your mind for the same. By maintaining these factors, one can obtain a healthy progeny.
The ayurvedic treatment protocol includes purificatory and alleviating therapies based on the individual’s condition. Under the alleviating therapies, various Kashaya, arishtasavas, ghrita, and taila preparations have been used since time immemorial.
Under the panchakarma procedures, Rookshana, Snehapanam, Vamana, Virechana, Vasti, Nirooha vasti, Uttaravasti etc..can be done according to the condition of the patient. Finally, Rasayana (rejuvenating) and Vajikarana (aphrodisiacs) drugs are also administered to replenish the reproductive system. In addition to all these treatment procedures, nutrition plays an important role. A well-balanced diet and other lifestyle changes can bring about significant changes in this condition. Yoga, Asanas and meditation are also necessary alongside.
Dos and don’ts during Treatment
- Intake of Madhura (sweet), Amla (sour), Lavana (salt) and Snigdha (unctuous) foods, garlic, milk, ghee, Shatavari, yastimadhu, goat meat etc.
- Regular Exercise is mandatory.
- Maintaining optimum weight;
- Healthy diet and lifestyle
- Avoid foods such as yam, alcohol, and junk foods
- Long fasting and excess heavy food
- Awakening at night (Ratri jagaran),
- Vega dharana (suppression of natural urges)
- Stress, anxiety and depression
Ayurveda can pave the way for budding up your young generations when every door closes. Various Ayurvedic therapies are proven to be very beneficial in managing infertility. Mindfulness and prayers help foster a healthy generation with a holistic approach to contentment.
Let your contempt end in fruitfulness.