What is primary and secondary infertility and Complete Sterility?
Primary infertility refers to couples who have not been able to conceive even after at least one year without using birth control methods. Secondary infertility refers to couples who have been able to conceive at least once, but now are unable. In complete sterility, a woman has completely lost her Artava (Menstruation) and is unable to ovulate. Here, we will discuss Ayurvedic treatment for secondary infertility.
How common is secondary infertility?
Nowadays, the problem of primary infertility, as well as secondary infertility, is commonly seen.
When a couple decides to take a second chance after having one child, the first pregnancy was an easy pregnancy, so next time people take the casual approach towards the next pregnancy. Once they notice that pregnancy does not occur after even 2-3 cycles, then comes a little restlessness. Secondary infertility is just as common as primary infertility and it can be treated with Ayurveda. Here we will discuss how Ayurveda treatment helps in secondary infertility.
Causes for secondary infertility:
Problems in the quantity or quality of eggs: There are several reasons for the quantity or quality of eggs in females such as age, autoimmune or genetic conditions. Three aspects of ayurvedic treatments viz Shamana, Shodhana and Rasayana have to be incorporated to improve AMH levels.
Shamana treatments include internal medications to balance the ‘dosha’, improve metabolism (Deepana and Pachana) and improve hormonal balance
Blocked fallopian tubes: This could be a reason for the same. In Ayurveda, we have Uttar Basti treatment to remove fallopian tubes blockages. For more information, please read our blog.
Stress: In today’s stressful lifestyle, competition, lack of faith and trust, distance in nuclear family relationships, lack of happiness-sharing, can lead to loneliness and irritability. Ayurveda treatment such as Shirodhara, Takradhara, Abhyangam helps to release stress. Along with this regular meditation, morning walks, listening to music, singing, pranayama, Yoga Nidra are all used to improve mental health.
Along with this PCOS, PCOD, Fibroids, Endometriosis Obesity, hormonal imbalance, Thyroid are also some common causes for secondary infertility in females. Breastfeeding is also one reason, during breastfeeding women body stops ovulating or releasing eggs for potential fertilization.
The end of the topic will discuss how Ayurveda helps. Now, will discuss the causes for secondary infertility in males.
What is secondary male infertility?
Secondary infertility, defined as a preciously fertile male, now experiencing an inability to have another child, is most commonly caused by a varicocele, Lack of sperm count, incontinence, as well as lack of sexual desire, Prostate enlargement, Testicular varicocele obesity, are most common factors are responsible for male infertility.
Can diet help with fertility? Dietary management for fertility
The answer is definitely Yes. Eat a lot of salads. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Drinking at least 3 to 4 liters of water a day controls the heat. Eat less fried and baked items. Dioxin is a by-product produced during the digestion of meat. So, avoid non-veg. Dioxin can interfere with the ovulation process. Raw or boiled peanuts, olive oil, flaxseed can be used. This type of diet keeps the haemoglobin in the blood normal and the acidity maintained.
Regular consumption of turmeric and honey (with warm water) removes microbial barriers and regulates energy flow. Dates, jaggery, almonds, walnuts, etc. are very helpful in male infertility, azoospermia and sexual dysfunction. Java Plum or Indian blackberry is useful to control bleeding and adenomyosis. Papaya, Turmeric, Kiwi are useful for menstruation
Less trans-fat and more monounsaturated fat (from foods such as avocados and olive oil)
Less animal protein and more vegetable protein
More high-fibre, low-glycaemic carbohydrate-rich foods (including whole grains)
More vegetarian sources of iron and fewer meat sources
High-fat dairy instead of low-fat dairy
Infertility doesn’t come due to a single reason, there are multiple reasons involved in infertility. It’s always better to consult an expert Ayurveda doctor to plan a course of treatment and medicines.
The most common herbs are Shilajit, Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Amalaki plays a vital role in the balance of hormones.
Ayurvedic herbs used in the treatment for infertility:
Ovulation disorder – Ashoka, Dashmoola, Shatavari, Aloe vera, Guggulu etc.
Premature ovarian failure (POF) – Ashoka, Dashmoola, Shatavari, Guduchi, Jeevanti etc.
Blocked fallopian tubes, adhesions (scar tissue) and pelvic inflammatory disease – Guduchi, Punarnava etc.
PCOD/ PCOS: Shatavari, Kanchanar guggul, Navak guggul, Ashwagandha
Low AMH: Dadimadi ghritam, Shatavari Gulam, shatapushpa choornam, saraswatharishtam, mahanarayana tailam etc. Deepana pachana medicines like vaiswanara choornam, hinguvachadi choornam etc
It is always better to consult an expert Ayurveda doctor to plan medication based on symptoms and physical condition, history to get perfect results.
Panchakarma treatment for Infertility
Summary: Ayurvedic treatment for secondary infertility helps to improve metabolism, Improve Agni ( Digestive system ) Detoxify the body. Ayurveda Panchakarma treatments help to remove Ama from the body and correct Agni. Healthy Agni will also contribute to healthy Ojas. Utter Basti, Panchakarma -Virechanam, Vamana, Lekhana Basti, Udwarthanam, Shirodhara, such treatments help to get the best result.
Ayurvedic treatments help to release tension as well as remove impurities from the body. They nourish the body, revitalize the mind and strengthen the immune system. They are helpful in reducing stress, nourishing all Dhatus in the body, and soothing Vata. Along with Ayurveda treatments, internal medication, as well as diet, exercise is equally important to get perfect results.
The right combination of Ayurvedic treatments, Diet, Exercise, and ayurvedic herbs helps regulate menstrual cycles, improve overall health and well-being, revitalize sperm (improve sperm count, body shape and motility in a man), reduce stress, improve sleep, control anxiety and increase energy level, balance endocrine system and improve blood flow in the pelvic cavity, thereby promoting fertility.