Over the past ten to fifteen years, fertility problems have increased dramatically. One in six couples now find it difficult to conceive and a quarter of all pregnancies can end in a miscarriage.
We find that more and more couples are turning to fertility treatments to help them have a family.
There are multiple factors responsible for infertility Apart from the actual physical aliment we need to consider the emotional aspects, the levels of stress, our personal habits, etc as all this makes up who we are.
It is important to consider the person as a whole and how well she is alligned with nature.
Who is responsible ?
The life of the modern women has changed drastically, Gone are the days when she would just sit home and cook food, now she is seen rubbing shoulders with men in every walk of life.
As she is doing this, her working pattern has changed, her habits have changed,she is more stressed out trying to maintain the balance between home and work.
As a result she is losing her connection with nature and the most important effect is seen on her menstrual cycle.
All this imbalance eventually causes lot of stress and leads to hormonal imbalance.
The result- irregular menses, ovulation failure,polycystic ovaries and infertility.
Stress is affecting men equally, late working hours, targets to achieve, smoking, alcohol all this adds to the stress levels causing low sperm count and other abnormalities.
The reasons can be varied but many times infertility is unexplained which means that doctors can find a specific or identifiable medical problem at the root.
Such cases are difficult to treat and hence an holistic approach is required.
A holistic approach is an integrated approach to health care that treats the “whole” person, not simply symptoms and disease.
Mind and body are integrated and inseparable. What ever one feels at an mental emotional level has a huge impact on the wellbeing of an individual.
Homoeopathy becomes the first choice as in homoeopathy we don’t consider just the symptoms that a patient is expressing but we view the person as a whole and try to go to the root cause of the problem.
Homoeopathy is based on the principles of nature and can help you in realigning with nature.
In infertility It’s no good labelling infertility ‘unexplained’.
The answer is to look deeper – at lifestyle factors, nutritional deficiencies and even emotional elements.
In this article we will see what are the important factors that lead to infertility and how an holistic approach can help one overcome the problem.
The cause of Infertility is Multi- Factoral– meaning that there are many elements that can be the root of your fertility problems.
natural choices like homeopathy are of enormous help because it considers the physical,mental,emotional aspects of the clients, identifies and addresses the root cause.
Homeopathic remedies are made from naturally occurring substances hence there are very minimal chances of side effects.
The homoeopathic medicine work on your disturbed energy and balance the same so that all the functions are restored naturally.
Pre conception care-
When you are trying to improve your fertility you must remember that it takes at least three months for immature eggs (oocytes) to mature enough to be released during ovulation.
It also takes at least three months for sperm cells to develop, ready to be ejaculated.
This period is called pre- conception period and a lot of care and attention needs to be given to this period.
Medicines alone won’t help one will have to look into the lifestyle factors and modify them if required.
The most important part of any fertility treatment is diet, one should follow mindfull eating practices and eat or avoid certain thngs totally.
The first thing is to avoid alcohol – the more you drink the lesser are the chances of conception.
Research has also shown that drinking alcohol causes a decrease in sperm count, an increase in abnormal sperm and a lower proportion of motile sperm.
Alcohol also inhibits the body’s absorption of nutrients such as zinc, which is one of the most important minerals for male fertility.
So the best way is to eliminate alcohol totally.
This is another substance that is consumed in large quantities in all corporate offices
There is plenty of evidence to show that caffeine,( active ingredient of coffee ) decreases fertility. Drinking one cup of coffee a day can reduce the chances of conception by half. Increased consumption of coffee is also known to cause abnormality in the motility of the sperms.
So it is important to eliminate all caffeine-containing food and drinks ( including cola,chocolate,black tea, coffee etc) for at least three months before trying to conceive.
Most of the times the food we consume is sprayed with pesticides, and transported in plastic containers.
The pesticides and plastic contain xenoestrogens, these can hamper your delicate hormonal balance thus making it more difficult to concieve, the best alternative is to swith to organic food.
Smoking– Smoking has become a cult these days and now we find lot of young indian women smoking.
It is a known fact that in women smoking causes infertility and early menopause.
Smoking can decrease the sperm count in men and is an important cause of sluggish movement of the sperms.
Supplements are necessary
Supplements are necessary because even the best diet in the world may not contain all the nutrients you need to give you the best chance of conceiving.
supplements can be very effective in re-balancing your hormones, as well as improving you and your partner’s overall health, which are so vital for successful conception.
By eliminating nutritional deficiencies and improving sperm production and mobility you can dramatically increase your chances of getting pregnant. In order to do this it is essential that you are obtaining the right nutrients and in the right quantities to enhance your success.
Folic Acid,- It is now known fact that folic acid and b complex together are essential to ensure that your baby’s genetic codes are intact. It is also known to improve sperm count
It is an essential component of genetic material and a zinc deficiency can cause chromosome changes in either you or your partner, leading to reduced fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage. Interestingly, several studies have also shown that reducing zinc in a man’s diet will also reduce his sperm count.
Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to protect your body from highly reactive chemical fragments called free radicals. For this reason, selenium can prevent chromosome breakage, which is known to be a cause of birth defects and miscarriages.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
These essential fats have a profound effect on every system of the body, including the reproductive system and they are crucial for healthy hormone functioning. Omega 3 fatty acids also control inflammation which may interfere with getting and staying pregnant.
Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant and has been shown to increase fertility when given to both men and women.
Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, it is known to enhances sperm quality, protecting sperm and the DNA within it from damage.
Vitamin C also prevents the sperms from clumping together and makes them more motile.
The role of Homoeopathic treatment-
The homoeopathic physician will take an detailed account of the underlying hormonal disorder, for e.g pcos,irregularity in the menstrual cycle etc.
A detail study of the pattern of your cycle for e.g the length of the cycle, the type of discharge , associated complains at physical and emotional level all are taken in to consideration.
In addition your preferences about food, your thermal modalities and peculiar aspects of your personality will be studied in great details and a medicine corresponding to this will be prescribed.
A well selected homeopathic medicine has the capability to correct hormonal imbalance stimulating the glands to secrete various hormones as required for the normal functioning.
Research shows that homeopathy offers effective treatment for infertility, It is very safe and can be combined with the conventional treatment if required.
Dr Abhay Talwalkar .M.D.(Hom)