Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples. It can be primary infertility where a woman has never been pregnant or it can be secondary infertility where one had previous pregnancy with or without a live child.
Apart from being unable to conceive, there may be no other obvious symptoms. Sometimes, a woman with infertility may have irregular or absent menstrual periods. In some cases, a man with infertility may have some signs of hormonal problems, such as changes in hair growth or sexual function.
Infertility may occur due to male or female factors. Causes of infertility in woman include ovarian and tubal factors, age-related factors, uterine problems, PCOS, endometriosis, mental factors. Male infertility is usually caused by problems that affect either sperm production or sperm transport which include varicocele, infections, ejaculation problems, tumours, hormone imbalances, defects of tubules that transport sperm and mental stress.
Ayurveda describes infertility as vandhyatva which could happen as a result of the following:
Ahara : improper dietary habits like excess use of poultry chicken and other fast food and junk foods adversely affect the hormonal balance in the body affecting fertility.
Vihara : sedentary lifestyle and tremendous stress and strain in the present day affects the mind and indirectly affects hormonal balance.
According to Ayurveda, a healthy conception takes place in the presence of a healthy sperm (beeja) and ovum in a healthy womb (kshetra) at proper time (rtu) with proper nourishment (ambu). Any discrepancy among these factors results in infertility.
For both men and women, reproductive health depends on the health of the shukra dhatu, or reproductive tissue. In women the shukra tissue creates the ovum as part of the monthly cycle, and in men the semen is formed due to sexual stimulation. The shukra tissue 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.
Hence according to ayurveda, fertility depends on the health of all the other tissues (dhatus) in the body and any disturbance in this vitiates apana vayu and blocks channels (srotas) causing vandhyatva.
Ayurveda supports health by strengthening body's own self-healing and balancing mechanisms and doesn't rely on intervention by any outside or foreign substance to replace or correct the hormones in the body. It focuses on the treatment of infertility holistically with an aim of improving the overall health and quality of life of the individual.
Kooplicat Ayurveda Hospital helps you achieve this through the use of specific drugs and drug combinations both externally and internally to balance the doshas (basic body elements), nourish the dhatus (tissues) and improving mental health. We also provide personalised ayurvedic diet that you may follow further to improve quality of health and well being.