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Ayurvedic Methods Of Semen Analysis (Sperm Test)!

Dr. Jeevan Sampat Jadhav 87% (80 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Nashik
Ayurvedic Methods Of Semen Analysis (Sperm Test)!

AYURVEDIC METHODS OF SEMEN ANALYSIS :- 
DETAILED description of examination of the seminal fluid is available in the ayurvedic classics. It is in common practice to use the terms retas, shukra, and virya to be vaguely
However, these words are coined for a specific purpose; that is to say, Shukra denotes the whole testicular secretion comprising of sperms and androgens; while retas denotes the ejaculate and Virya, the androgens .
The examination of retas (semen) has been explained by Charaka under eight factors, where as Sushruta has described different pathological conditions of the semen .

The eight factors of examination of semen are said to be. 
* Phenila 
*Puti 
*Tanu 
*Picchila 
*Ruksha 
*Anya dhatu samsrsta 
*Vivarna 
*Avasadi

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Infertility In Men And Women!

Dr. Vinod Raina 89% (6011 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Infertility In Men And Women!

Infertility is a widespread problem. for about one in five infertile couples the problem lies solely in the male partner and in another quarter, both partners have problems. In most cases, there are no obious symptoms or signs of infertility. Intercourse, erection and ejaculation will usually happen without difficulty. The quantity and appearance of the ejaculated semen generally appears normal to the naked eye. Medical tests are needed to find out if a man is infertile. Male infertility is usually caused by problems that affact either sperm production or sperm transport. Through medical testing, the doctor may be able to find the cause of the problem.

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What Is Premature Ovarian Aging?

Dr. Richika Sahay Shukla 93% (938 ratings)
DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MBBS
IVF Specialist, Delhi
What Is Premature Ovarian Aging?

What is Premature Ovarian Aging?

Premature ovarian failure aging (POA) is defined as having low ovarian reserve, a low number of good quality eggs for one's age.  POA is one of the major, often overlooked, causes of female infertility.As women get older, their ovarian reserve declines. 

 Women attempting pregnancy after age 40 often have difficulty getting pregnant because of low ovarian reserve.  In some women this decline of ovarian function occurs much earlier than others, these women are considered to have premature ovarian aging (POA).  

POA negatively affects fertility primarily because of sub-optimal quantity and quality of eggs produced.  Unfortunately, quality of eggs declines with quantity.  Therefore, women with diminished ovarian reserve experience the highest miscarriage rates of any infertility diagnosis.  With appropriate aggressive treatment women with POA can have their own genetic children.

Premature Ovarian Aging (POA) and Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) – What’s the Difference?

The distinction between POA and premature ovarian failure (POF) is of importance.  POF is defined by an FSH level above 40 mIU/mL (post-menopausal range).  Premature menopause is a term used to refer to this condition.  Women with high FSH levels, but still below 40 mIU/mL are considered to suffer from POA.Pregnancy in women with POF is a rare event.  

Infertility - Know The Most Common Factors Causing It!

Dr. Abhishek Daga 84% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Kolkata
Infertility - Know The Most Common Factors Causing It!

Most couples look forward towards completing their family with a child. However, getting pregnant isn’t easy for everyone. The inability to conceive a child despite having unprotected sexual intercourse for a year is termed as infertility. Infertility can be caused due to issues related to both man and woman's health.

Reasons behind infertility in women

  1. Ovulation disorders: Many women suffer from hormonal disorders such as PCOD which prevents the formation of egg by the ovaries as per the monthly cycle. If the ovaries do not release eggs at the right time, sperm cells will have nothing to fertilize. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are two other common hormonal disorders that can affect ovulation. In addition to this, your ovulation cycle can get adversely affected by eating disorders, exercising too much or an injury.
  2. Fallopian tube damage or blockage: The ovaries are connected to the uterus through fallopian tubes. Once an egg is released by the ovaries it must pass through these tubes to reach the uterus where it can be fertilized. In some cases, a woman may have a damaged fallopian tube as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis or any other problem. In such cases, the inflammation and scarring can restrict the egg’s movement and keep it from being fertilized.
  3. Poor egg quality: It is important that the health of the egg must also be considered as a poor quality egg can cause complications at a later stage during the pregnancy.  There are a number of factors that can affect the quality of an egg being released. Some of the most important factors are age of the woman, stress level and overall physical health.

‚ÄčSome of the most common causes of infertility in men are:

  1. Poor sperm quality: To penetrate the egg and fertilize it sperm cells must be the right shape and be agile. Thus sperm health includes the shape of sperm cells, sperm motility and tail whip. The quantity of sperm cells produced also plays a large role in determining a couple’s fertility. Low sperm count and poor quality sperm could be the result of prolonged exposure to electromagnetic frequencies, smoking, poor diet and alcohol consumption.
  2. Blocked Vas Deferens: The Vas Deferens is the tube through which sperm travel from the testicles to the penis. A blockage in this tube will restrict the amount of sperm being ejaculated and can cause infertility. This blockage may be caused by scarring as a result of an STD or varicocele.
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Infertility - Ayurvedic Ways Of Treating It Well!

Dr. Krishna Kumar 87% (80 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Trivandrum
Infertility - Ayurvedic Ways Of Treating It Well!

Infertility has emerged as a common problem as a result of the modern day lifestyle. Extremely hectic schedules, stress, burnout, depression and unhealthy diets can contribute to fertility issues. As per a study published by Pharmion, around 30 million Indian couples were estimated to suffering from lifetime infertility, in 2015. Also, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) fell to 2.3% in 2013 against 3.9% in 1990.

Couples often seek help with methods such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF), but the problem can be solved in natural ways too. Sometimes, the root cause of infertility is simply irregular functioning or blockages in the body systems. The basic principle of Ayurveda is to get the body functioning to its optimum capacity and this is often all that is needed to treat diseases.

Here are a few ways in which Ayurvedic medicine can help treat infertility:

  1. Phal Ghrit: The medicine is made by combining a number of herbs and it is taken with warm milk. It has been developed especially to treat infertility by controlling the level of hormones secreted in the body. It cannot remedy structural problems, but it can effectively treat functional disorders in the reproductive system.
  2. Shatavari (Asparagus): This plant is used to treat female infertility by regulating the cycles of menstruation and ovulation.
  3. Triphala Churna: A combination of three different fruits - baheda, amla and haritaki, this medicine helps to cleanse the body of toxins, strengthens the immune system and clears blockages in the fallopian tubes.
  4. Ashwagandha Churna (Indian ginseng): The medicine is used to treat male infertility by naturally increasing the production of sperm in the system.

There are also a few Ayurvedic therapies which can help to cure infertility:

  1. Vamanam: In this treatment procedure, medicated oil is swallowed to induce vomiting, which expels all the contaminating elements in the body. This process can be done regularly depending upon the overall health of the patient and also helps to combat digestive and psychological conditions.
  2. Swedanam: This therapy is usually done before other Ayurvedic therapies to prepare the body systems. For patients of infertility, the patient is made to sweat excessively. This also flushes most nitrous compounds out of the body.
  3. Dhatu Nirman Karma: The cells of the body are made to metabolize, absorb and assimilate nutrients leading to the formation of healthy cells and destruction of the unhealthy ones. This is turn rejuvenates the organs. Usually, this is helpful for female infertility.
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Things You Should Know About Infertility In Women!

Dr. Divya Malik Chawla 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DGO
Gynaecologist, Vadodara
Things You Should Know About Infertility In Women!

The inability to conceive after indulging in unprotected sex is known as infertility. It can also be referred to the biological incapability of a male to cause the conception or a woman being unable to carry the pregnancy for full-term. Research has shown that female problems contribute to over half of all the infertility cases while a majority of the other causes include sperm disorders.

Treatment of infertility depends on:

  1. Cause of Infertility
  2. Duration of Infertility
  3. Age of both partners
  4. Personal preferences

Causes:
Causes of infertility in women include:
1. Ovulation disorders: This is regarded as the most common cause of infertility in women. The disorders can be caused due to the following

2. Problems in fallopian tubes or uterus: Abnormalities in the uterus or fallopian tubes render the woman incapable of conceiving naturally. This might be due to:

3. Medications: There is a possibility that treatment will cure infertility. Examples include NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy. Treatment of infertility might involve a significant amount of psychological, physical, temporal and financial commitments. In men, treatment is done to treat lack of healthy sperm or general sexual problems. The treatments include:

  1. Medications
  2. Surgery
  3. Change in lifestyle
  4. Sperm retrieval

Even though it is possible to restore fertility in women using only one or two therapies, a number of treatments might be required before conception is possible. Some of these treatments include:

  1. Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  2. Stimulation of ovulation with fertility drugs
  3. Surgery to restore fertility

In situations where pregnancy does not happen spontaneously, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) can be used by couples to achieve pregnancy. It is a form of fertility treatment which involves the handling of sperm and egg. The entire ART team consists of psychologists, physicians, embryologists, nurses and lab technicians.

One common ART technique is In vitro fertilization (IVF). It is a process where an egg and sperms are manually combined in a laboratory dish, followed by transfer of embryo to the uterus. Some aspects involved in an IVF cycle are:

  1. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  2. Assisted hatching
  3. Donor eggs or sperm
  4. Gestational carrier

Some complications that may occur during the treatment of infertility are:

  1. Multiple pregnancy
  2. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
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I am 28 and I have infertility problem. I have 2 cysts on both ovaries size ranges from 3 cm to 5.9 cm and doctors advice laparoscopy. I need to know is the surgery is the only option for this?

Dr. K Sasidharan 91% (217 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda, Ernakulam
I am 28 and I have infertility problem. I have 2 cysts on both ovaries size ranges from 3 cm to 5.9 cm and doctors ad...
Cyctic ovaries are much related to hormone problems and Ayurveda can give better treatments for the same . Two weeks treatments with internal and external medication s...
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Infertility - Know More About It!

Dr. B Chandra 88% (93 ratings)
Diploma In Traditional Siddha, B.H.M.S
Sexologist, Bilaspur
Infertility - Know More About It!

Infertility is generally defined as one year of unprotected intercourse without conception. Sub fertility to describe women or couples who are not sterile but exhibit decreased reproductive efficiency.

According to the WHO report about 2-10% of couples worldwide are unable to conceive primarily and about 60-80% couples in the world are infertile. It is estimated that 10% of normally fertile couples fail to conceive within their first year of attempt. Further 10-25% couples experience secondary infertility. Among these couples, causative factors are found about 30-40% in females and 10-30% in males. Genetic factors, changed lifestyle, increased stress and environmental pollution are identified as factors contributing to the rise of infertility.

Management of infertility involves specific identifiable cause and its correction along with counseling to both the partners.

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Infertility - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

Swapnadeep Ayurveda 86% (30 ratings)
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Infertility - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

Fertility is a potential for reproduction. In other words, fertility is an ability to have babies or to reproduce. When fertility rate in a community, increases more babies are born. To produce an offspring it depends on age, health and other factors of the woman. When we talk about fertility rates it means the number of births that happen during a certain time period in a specific location. On the other end, lack of ability to reproduce is termed as infertility. There are various treatments to deal with fertility issues and one of the ancient and natural as well as a trusted treatment is Ayurveda.

Causes
Female infertility is caused due to structural problems like blocked fallopian tubes, a defect in cervical canal, uterine fibroids or polyps. Hormonal imbalance leading to ovulation problems too can cause infertility. In males. infertility may have anatomical, psychological, hormonal or lifestyle related causes. The cause of infertility in approximately 20% of couples can't be determined using the currently available methods of investigation. From Ayurvedic perspectives, shukra dhatu can get affected by various physical, mental causes and even by serious diseases. Poor quality shukra dhatu can cause infertility in males & females.

Symptoms

Failure to reproduce

Ayurveda For Infertility

Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and Spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. Fertility problems are increasing these days for many young couples. There are many factors which account for this like Lifestyle, delayed marriages, diet, etc. But Ayurveda not only does explain how to increase fertility with herbal supplements, but it also focuses on how to have healthy children.

For a pregnancy to be healthy and successful, a couple needs to take care of the following four essential factors:

  1. Sperm/Ovum (Seeds)
  2. Uterus (Soil)
  3. Nourishment (Water)
  4. Time for Conception (Timing of Sowing)

Reproductive health, in both men and women, depends on the health of the reproductive tissue or shukra dhatu. In women, shukra creates the ovum as part of the monthly cycle, and in men, the semen is formed due to sexual stimulation. The shukra is created as part of a long chain of metabolic transformations. It starts with the digestion of food, then goes on to the transformation of food to nutrient fluid, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow, and finally, to shukra tissue. Healthy shukra tissue, then, according to Ayurveda, depends on the health of all the other tissues in the body.

Foods to Nourish All Seven Dhatus (Bringhana)

  1. Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables
  2. Dairy proteins, including milk, lassi, and panir (a fresh cheese made of milk)
  3. Whole grains
  4. Mung dhal
  5. Soaked almonds or soaked walnuts
  6. Dried fruits such as dates, figs, and raisins
  7. Sweet, juicy fruits such as mangoes, peaches, plums, and pears
  8. If your digestion is strong, eat urad dhal (available at Indian grocery stores) cooked with equal parts turmericcumincoriander, and fennel.
  9. banana cooked in ghee, cinnamon and cardamom is a tasty and wholesome dessert for people with strong digestion.

Foods to Enhance the Reproductive Tissue (Vrishya)

  1. Asparagus
  2. Broccoli
  3. Milk
  4. Date-milk shake
  5. Mango milkshake
  6. Rice pudding

Spices such as ajwain powder, cumin (which purifies the uterus in women and the genitourinary tract in men), turmeric (to improve the interaction between hormones and targeted tissues), and black cumin.
In general, it's important to eat a wide variety of foods in order to receive all the essential nutrients. Keep trying new vegetables and fruits, and rotate your menus to make sure you're not eating the same thing day after day. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda and ask a free question.

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Can Stress Lead To Infertility In Male?

Dr. Priti Thakre 90% (31 ratings)
BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery), CGO
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
Can Stress Lead To Infertility In Male?

Male infertility basically refers to the inability of a man to result in pregnancy in female, who is fertile. In human beings, this problem accounts for around 50% of infertility. Almost 7% of all men get affected by infertility. Change in status and current stress, which is on the rise, leads to making a man infertile. When a man has the problem of obesity, this, in turn, tends to affect his fertility as well, with the sperm quality going down along with the sperm count.

Causes of Male Infertility

There are quite many reasons due to which a male can become infertile. They include:

  • Varicocele: This is a situation where an enlargement of veins occurs in the testicles. It results in blood to pool, thus creating an increased temperature. This rise in temperature in the scrotum leads to the reduction of sperm count, hence affecting fertility.
  • Undescended testicles: males with an undescended testicle remains at the increased risk of an inguinal hernia.Infection: An infection occurring in the testicle or prostate can make a male infertile.
  • Chemotherapy for cancer: Chemotherapy for cancers or any kind of radiation can have an adverse impact on a male's ability to produce quality sperm and also affecting the sperm count.

Normal Range of Sperm Count

  • The normal volume varies from 1.5 to 5 ml per ejaculation.
  • The sperm count tends to vary from 20 to 150 million sperm per milliliter.

Different Issues Related to Male Infertility

There are certain issues relating to male infertility. They include:

  • Oligospermia: This is an issue mainly characterized by low sperm count.
  • Asthenozoospermia: This is the medical term used for reduction in sperm motility.
  • Azoospermia: Azospermia is a medical condition wherein a man.s semen has no sperm.
  • Teratospermia: Teratospermia is condition mainly characterized by the presence of sperm having different shapes (Morphological defect)

Risk Factors for Male Infertility

  1. Consumption of Alcohol
  2. Smoking
  3. Stress
  4. Tight clothing (Jockeys) affecting the circulation of the blood in the groin area
  5. Hormonal imbalance
  6. Indulgence in too much exercise
  7. High temperatures- hot saunas
  8. Caffeine
  9. Toxin and pollutants

How to Prevent Male Infertility?

Males can prevent themselves from becoming infertile by following a healthy lifestyle:

  1. They must not get addicted to things like smoking, drugs or in consuming alcohol.
  2. Exposure to radiation and toxic substances must be avoided.
  3. Avoidance of long hot bath or saunas in a must.
  4. Cold water seat bath is very useful to increase sperm count and motility.

Various Kinds of Investigations Include:

  1. Ultrasound of the scrotal
  2. Testing of hormones
  3. Analysis of the urine after ejaculation
  4. Some genetic tests
  5. Biopsy of the testicles
  6. Semen analysis

Role of Diet and Yoga in Male Infertility

In fertility yoga, the body is put through number of exercises, mainly designed to help in fertility. The yoga poses help to stimulate the endocrine system in a positive manner, where the system is made up of glands, responsible for the production as well as dissemination of hormones throughout the body. Yoga aids male infertility by:

  • Stimulation of blood flow around the pelvic area.
  • Helping mind and body to stay relaxed, thus avoiding stress.
  • Oxygenation to reproductive organ helps in healthy sperm count and increase motility.

Diet maintenance which helps in fertility among males:

  • Walnuts: These are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which help to enhance sperm motility as well as vitality.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes is a rich source of lycopene, involving great benefits in improving male's fertility.
  • Blueberries: They are anti-inflammatory antioxidants, beneficial for the good health of the sperm.
  • Dark Chocolate: It is one of the best food to increase male fertility, as it not only helps to increase sperm count but also the motility.
  • Vitamin A: Egg, yellow fruits, veggies, milk and dark green vegetables.
  • Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid: Green leafy veggies, broccoli, yeast root, whole grain, asparagus oatmeal, avocados.
  • Vitamin C: Used as antioxidants . all citrus fruits.
  • Vitamin E: Wheat, gram, egg, sweet potatoes, leafy veggies, nuts seeds, whole grain.
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