Infertility is the inability of a person, animal or plant to reproduce by natural means. It is usually not the natural state of a healthy adult organism. In humans,Woman infertility may describe as a woman who is unable to conceive as well as being unable to carry a pregnancy to full term and Male infertility is usually caused by problems that affect either sperm production or sperm transport. Estimates suggest that worldwide 20-30 per cent of infertility cases are due to male infertility, 20-35% is due to female infertility. In 10-20per cent of cases, no cause is found. Modern undisciplined life style and some unhealthy psychological factors like anxiety, depression, stress etc also lead towards infertility. Renowned Yoga trainer Krishnakumar G looks at Yoga postures to improve fertility
Causes of infertility:
At least 10 per cent of all cases of female infertility is caused by an abnormal uterus. Conditions such as fibroid, polyps, and adenomyosis may lead to obstruction of the uterus and Fallopian tubes. Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes prevent sperm from getting to your egg and also prevent the fertilized egg from getting to your uterus. Another major cause of infertility in women may be the inability to ovulate. Malformation of the eggs themselves may complicate conception. For example, polycystic ovarian syndrome is when the eggs only partially developed within the ovary and there is an excess of male hormones. Some women are infertile because their ovaries do not mature and release eggs. Other factors that can affect a woman’s chances of conceiving include being overweight or underweight or her age as female fertility declines after the age of 30. Sometimes it can be a combination of factors, and sometimes a clear cause is never established.
The main cause of male infertility is low semen quality. In men infertility can be caused by low sperm count due to endocrine problems, drugs, radiation or infection. There may be testicular malformations, hormone imbalance, or blockage of the man’s duct system. It is estimated that one in 20 men has some kind of fertility problem with low numbers of sperm in his ejaculation. Drinking alcohol can lower testosterone levels, cause erectile dysfunction and decrease sperm production. Liver disease caused by excessive drinking also may lead to fertility problems. Men who smoke may have a lower sperm count than do those who don’t smoke.
Yoga is a science and technique in the form of mental and physical discipline that can be followed to avoid, prevent and restrict the problems and diseases mentioned above. Simple techniques like proper breathing, relaxation and stretching body parts result in removal of common ailments and help to manage the stress resulting to function at the optimum of abilities. It is not only resistance to emotional storms but the best kind of health (mental, physical, spiritual), insurance starting a beneficial cycle with improved functioning of glands leading better metabolism, better vitality and vigour, a pleasant appearance. Yoga helps complete integration with self, control of thoughts and thus living a full healthy life. According to medical scientists, Yoga is successful because of the balance it creates in the nervous and endocrine systems, which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body. Experts also say that by doing very specific yoga poses you can encourage the flow of blood to the groin, thereby stimulating your reproductive organs, as well as releasing any muscle tension.
Yoga postures to improve fertility
This posture stretches all the muscles of the back and improves blood supply to the pelvic region and makes the spine more flexible. But people with spinal problems should avoid this posture.
- Butterfly pose or Baddhakonasana pose
This is a seated posture as well as a forward bend pose, which stimulates the pelvic region. We all tend to carry a lot of tension in our hip areas. For many people this pose can be quite difficult at first, because the hip area is ‘tight’ and needs to be opened out so that the tension can be released.With practice, this pose can help to release any negative energy that we hold in the hip and groin area. Hold this pose from one to five minutes.
This asana is beneficial for stimulating blood flow to the pelvic region. Do not force yourself forward. Gently bend forward as far as you can, even if it means you can only put your hands on your knees.
This pose does wonders for your back and pelvis. It is known for stimulating the hormones while bringing energy to the uterus and ovaries. Hold this pose for several seconds, adding to the time with each practice.
This is a fairly strenuous posture as it requires you to use your buttock muscles to hold yourself up. In this pose you are lifting your pelvic region, allowing energy to circulate to the uterus and ovaries.This is also slightly stimulating the thyroid gland in the throat. Stay in this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes, depending on your strength.
- Nadi shodhan pranayama
This breathing technique helps to calm the mind and body by releasing accumulated stress. It purifies the subtle energy channels (nadis) and enables smooth flow of prana (vital energy). As a result of this distressing the body and mind is much relaxed which makes the body more fertile and ready to conceive. A relaxed mind and body improve the fertility.
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