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Infertility - Natural Home Remedies


Infertility is a condition that affects many couples who want to have a child. Infertility means that a couple is unable to conceive a baby after trying for at least a year without using any birth control methods. Infertility can be caused by various factors, such as hormonal imbalances, structural problems, infections, lifestyle factors, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders. Infertility can affect both men and women, and sometimes the cause is unknown.

Infertility can be a stressful and frustrating experience for couples who want to start a family.


While there are many medical treatments available for infertility, such as medications, surgery, assisted reproductive technologies, and donor eggs or sperm, some couples may prefer to try natural or home remedies to boost their fertility and improve their chances of conceiving. Natural or home remedies are methods that use natural ingredients, herbs, supplements, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes to enhance fertility and address the underlying causes of infertility. However, not all natural or home remedies are effective or safe for everyone, and some may have side effects or interact with other medications. Therefore, it is important to consult with your doctor before trying any natural or home remedies, especially if you have any medical conditions or allergies.


In this article, we will explore some of the natural and home remedies that may help you with infertility.


Natural and Home Remedies for Infertility

Here are some of the natural and home remedies that may help you with infertility:

  • Drink pomegranate juice: Pomegranate is a fruit that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that may help improve fertility in both men and women. Pomegranate juice may increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, enhance the quality and quantity of eggs and sperm, and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation that may impair fertility. A study of 150 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of infertility, found that drinking pomegranate juice for 12 weeks improved their hormonal balance, ovulation rate, and pregnancy outcomes. Another study of 70 men with infertility found that drinking pomegranate juice for 3 months improved their sperm quality, motility, and concentration. You can drink a glass of fresh pomegranate juice daily or take pomegranate extract supplements as directed by your doctor.

  • Take maca root: Maca root is a plant that grows in the Andes mountains of Peru and has been used for centuries as a natural aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer. Maca root contains compounds that may regulate the hormones, improve the function of the endocrine system, and increase the libido and sexual performance in both men and women. Maca root may also improve the quality and quantity of eggs and sperm, and increase the chances of implantation and pregnancy. A review of 16 studies involving 1311 participants found that maca root improved sexual function, sperm quality, and hormone levels in men and women with infertility. You can take maca root powder, capsules, or liquid extract as directed by your doctor.

  • Use ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is an herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years as a natural adaptogen, meaning that it helps the body cope with stress and restore balance. Stress is one of the major factors that can affect fertility, as it can disrupt the hormonal balance, impair the ovulation and menstrual cycle, and reduce the sperm quality and count. Ashwagandha may help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve the mood and well-being of couples who are trying to conceive. Ashwagandha may also enhance the reproductive function, improve the quality and quantity of eggs and sperm, and increase the chances of conception and pregnancy. A study of 46 men with low sperm count found that taking ashwagandha for 90 days increased their sperm count, motility, and volume, and improved their hormone levels. Another study of 150 women with PCOS found that taking ashwagandha for 6 months improved their ovulation rate, pregnancy rate, and hormone levels. You can take ashwagandha powder, capsules, or liquid extract as directed by your doctor.

  • Try acupuncture: Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy or qi. Acupuncture may help improve fertility by modulating the nervous system, regulating the hormones, increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs, reducing stress and inflammation, and enhancing the implantation and pregnancy outcomes. A review of 24 studies involving 5834 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), a type of assisted reproductive technology, found that acupuncture increased the clinical pregnancy rate and the live birth rate compared to no acupuncture or sham acupuncture. Another review of 30 studies involving 4247 women with infertility found that acupuncture improved the ovulation rate, the pregnancy rate, and the hormone levels compared to no treatment or medication. You can consult with a licensed acupuncturist who has experience in treating infertility and follow their recommendations.

  • Practice yoga: Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, breathing exercises, and meditation. Yoga may help improve fertility by enhancing the physical, mental, and emotional health of couples who are trying to conceive. Yoga may improve the blood circulation, reduce stress and anxiety, balance the hormones, and support the reproductive function in both men and women. A study of 100 women with infertility found that practicing yoga for 3 months improved their psychological well-being, reduced their stress levels, and increased their pregnancy rate. Another study of 45 men with infertility found that practicing yoga for 21 days improved their sperm quality, motility, and concentration. You can join a yoga class that is suitable for your level and needs, or practice yoga at home with the guidance of a qualified instructor or a video.


Summary

Infertility is a condition that affects many couples who want to have a child. Infertility means that a couple is unable to conceive a baby after trying for at least a year without using any birth control methods. Infertility can be caused by various factors, such as hormonal imbalances, structural problems, infections, lifestyle factors, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders. Infertility can affect both men and women, and sometimes the cause is unknown.

Infertility can be a stressful and frustrating experience for couples who want to start a family.


While there are many medical treatments available for infertility, such as medications, surgery, assisted reproductive technologies, and donor eggs or sperm, some couples may prefer to try natural or home remedies to boost their fertility and improve their chances of conceiving. Natural or home remedies are methods that use natural ingredients, herbs, supplements, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes to enhance fertility and address the underlying causes of infertility. However, not all natural or home remedies are effective or safe for everyone, and some may have side effects or interact with other medications. Therefore, it is important to consult with your doctor before trying any natural or home remedies, especially if you have any medical conditions or allergies.


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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