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Yoga – A step towards enhanced fertility!

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Lifestyle, the most vital factor everyone in the race is for. With the growing day to day needs and the objective of achieving more than what 24 hours has to offer, we are left behind with sedentary habits. Lack of physical activity, increased levels of stress and exposure to a not-so-healthy diet has led to problems ranging from small to big.

Fertility is one important aspect greatly influenced by the lifestyle, to which stress is the major contributor. Anxiety, depression, guilt can significantly reduce fertility as well. Yoga, with not only its proven positive effects since time immemorial, also plays an important role in elevating fertility levels. This does not mean, one can completely rely upon yoga to overcome the major issues and replace the artificial reproductive technologies, but can simply practice it to make the body ‘conception-ready’.

Below are some of the benefits why one should consider yoga as a means to enhance fertility:

  • Stress :

                                                    

Cortisol is the adrenal hormone essential to regulate and maintain the levels of stress in the body, there by establishing homeostasis. The levels fluctuate whole day depending upon the levels of stress involved. A consistent increase in this level leads to a cascade of problems like impaired cognitive functions, thyroid issues, infertility etc.  Yoga is a great way to beat stress and achieve peace of mind. Since yoga not only involves bodily movements, but also directs the breathing regime.  The breathing techniques help reduce the levels of cortisol, thereby enhancing the chances of conception.

 

  • Detoxification:

                                                

Detoxification is process by which body removes toxins to maintain the normal metabolism. When this does not occur at specified intervals, the body might feel tired and sluggish which greatly affects the sexual drive. Practicing yoga helps detoxify the body since it helps relax the connective tissues and muscles. 

  • Boosts immune system:

                                               

 

Immune system is the defense mechanism of the body, through which it keeps various diseases at bay. Impairment in this system affects fertility to some extent. Since yoga helps you find the inner solace it helps increase the number of white blood cells which fight against the bacteria and viruses.

  • Circulation enhancement:

                                          

Sometimes the sole reason for pregnancy hindrance could be sufficient blood not reaching the reproductive organs. Certain yoga postures pay great emphasis on blood circulation around the reproductive organs, thus creating a feasible environment for conception

 

  • Healthy ovaries and better hormones:

                                            

 

Some yoga poses reroute the blood flow to reach the ovaries increasing oxygenation, which in-turn plays a vital in easy conception. Also, if the woman is already undergoing ARTs followed by hormonal therapy, practicing yoga can elevate the effect of the hormones, thus aiding conception.

posted Feb 1, 2016 by anonymous

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Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend):

The following video gives a complete explanation on the step by step process, along with the breathing techniques involved in Paschimottanasana-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT06Rg3zrys

Benefits of the asana are:

  • Stimulates the uterus

  • Increases the fertility factor of male, removes the infertility

  • Strengthens the hip bones reducing menstrual problems in females

  • Can aid in normal delivery by strengthening the bones and inner reproductive organs

  • Relieves symptoms of dysmenorrheal and menopause

  • Good for reducing weight and obesity, which are some of the reasons for infertility

  • Relieves symptoms of dysmenorrhea and menopause

  • Relieves stress and tension by calming the brain in-turn enhancing fertility

 

Hastapadasana (Standing forward bend):

The following video gives a complete explanation on the step by step process along with the breathing techniques involved in Hastapadasana-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zEJ4VBAxwc 

Benefits of the asana are:

  • Improves blood circulation to the pelvic region

  • Stimulates urogenital and endocrine systems

  • Tones abdominal region which involves reduction of fat/ reducing the obesity

Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose):

The following video gives a complete explanation on the step by step process along with the breathing techniques involved in Baddha Konasana-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXOeBUjmERI

Benefits of the asana are:

  • Strengthens and improves flexibility in the inner thighs, reproductive organs and the knees

  • Eases menstrual discomfort

  • Plays major role in stimulating prostate glands and ovaries, in-turn improving the functioning of reproductive organs in men and women

  • Addresses sexual inhibitions

  • It acts as a stress relieve

Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose):

The following video gives a complete explanation on the step by step process along with the breathing techniques involved in Viparita Karani-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfzQ1UOPmto 

Benefits of this asana are:

  •   Enhances the flow of blood to pelvic region

  •  Thus, help in overcoming testicular, semen, and ovarian problems

  •   Helps alleviate depression, which could be a hindrance to fertility

  •   Lying in this position post intercourse can enhance the chances of conception

Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing):

This is one of the breathing techniques which involve inhaling from one nostril and exhaling from the other. This alternate nostril breathing has a calming and purifying effect on body. 

The following video shows the step by step procedure for Nadi Shodhan Pranayam -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpehQZiMfWU&list=PL688B90D67A48842A&index=46

Benefits of alternate nostril breathing are:

  • Helps purify the Nadis, which are small energy channels in the body

  • Since it has a calming effect on the body, it enhances fertility, increasing the chances of conception

Bhramari Pranayama (Bee breath):

This breathing technique is characterized by producing humming vibrations which activate the human body.

The step by step process to do this is explained in the following video --  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoQwZnW8nD8

Benefits of bee breathe technique:

  • Activates the pituitary gland - which is the master gland for regulation of other glands, including endocrine glands

  • Since endocrine glands are regulated in an active way, child birth also becomes easy

  • Helps reduce stress, rejuvenating the body

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infertility and drug abuse

Drugs are known to affect male and female fertility - sometimes even when supervised or given due to medical conditions. So you can imagine the havoc it create on your fertility quotient when you are abusing a drug. The term drug abuse is used to define a condition where illegal or sometimes legal drugs are taken in excessive quantities. This leads to dependance on the drug and acute physical and emotional problems are faced when trying to leave them. Some of these include cocaine, nicotine, marijuana, etc.

Heres’ how different drugs affect fertility-

Marijuana

drug abuse

A harmless drug often taken in college for the sake of fun - can wreck your fertility. Studies reveal that old habits die hard and these drugs are continued way into the 30’s. Doctors recommend that anyone planning to start a family should immediately stop consumption of these drugs. In men, studies reveal, that sperm movement becomes super fast after smoking marijuana. This means that early sperm movement prevents penetrating the egg, thus causing fertility issues. In women, this risk is slightly less but is known to cause ovulation abnormalities.

Cocaine and Heroin

Cocaine like marijuana is known to suppress ovulation and thus hampers your fertility cycle. It can also lead to an increased production of prolactin, which is a hormone related to your menstrual cycle. In some cases, excessive cocaine consumption is known to have caused acute abnormalities in the fallopian tube. In pregnant women, it puts the health of the foetus at risk. In this reference, Heroin too is known for creating problems in fertility, just like cocaine.

Opiates

opiates

 

Opiates like methadone is a very complicated issue when it comes to fertility. But it has a direct impact on the fetus. The opiate chemicals continue to stay in the body, in spite of quitting the drug at the right time. And through the umbilical chord, it reaches the baby. Sometimes these dozes can be too high and lethal for the child. Acute detoxification prior to try getting pregnant is suggested in women. In men, opiates are known to slow down the process of erection and feeling of wanting to have sex.

Amphetamines

amphetamines

Amphetamines here comprise of various forms of drugs like MDMA/ecstasy, methamphetamine along with speed. All of these drugs are dangerous for your baby and restrain your chances of conceiving in the first place. Consumption of the same are known to create issues in mothers like stroke, arrhythmia, hypothermia, seizures, etc. The same applies for men. On the whole, it reduces your overall immunity. In comparative studies, women give birth to kids with more medical complications as compared to women who don’t abuse this drug.

LSD

lsd

 

Though there is no negative connotation associated with this drug, it doesn’t mean that you have a green signal to abuse the same. Remember that LSD still is a drug and over abusing the same would have some adverse effect on your health.


Your action-plan

action plan

 

  • Quit these drugs now. Since it is easier said than done, visit an expert or a rehab to help you in the process.
  • Detoxify the natural way by eating healthier fruits, vegetables and other detoxifying juices that help in flushing out the same. Some rehabs have outpatient options where detoxification using chemicals is done to ensure that your reproductive organs are free from such toxins.
  • And lastly, be strong and adamant. You are planning on bringing a new life to this plant - make the difference by saying no to drugs.

 

 

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fertility and conception

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Alcohol is known to reduce fertility in both men and women. Though a light dose of drink on and off won’t hurt your health, but too much of drinking is always a problem. Even if you are not trying to conceive now, it could affect your fertility health later. Here is an insight on the same-

Lower fertility levels

lower fertility levels

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Both men and women are known to suffer from lower fertility levels when they are drinking heavily. In women, it is known to reduce reproductive systems along with creating acute hormonal imbalance. This imbalance causes irregular menstrual cycles, changes in ovulation dates, etc. For men it results in reduced sperm count and lower sperm quality as it has an adverse effect on hormones and overall health too.

Risk of Miscarriage

risks of miscarriage

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Women are more prone to risks of miscarriage too because of their drinking habits. It has been seen that women who drink heavily right up to conception are known to have higher miscarriage risks as compared to those who don’t. The first three months pose a higher risk of miscarriage for such mothers.

Lower chances of conception

lower chances of conception

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Drinking about 1-5 drinks every week means that you are lowering your chances at conception. If you drink more than 10 glasses of alcohol in a a week, it takes a toll for the worse. Here is why-

  • Binge drinking is known to make you fatter. And this leads to obesity, which is known as the biggest hindrance for conception. Most alcohol drinks are known to contain high amounts of sugar too, which in turn again leads to weight gain and hampers your fertility.
  • Chances of having unprotected sex during a drunk state is much higher. Contrary to popular beliefs that it could mean unwanted pregnancy it also means unwanted diseases like Chlamydia, which are responsible for causing infertility.
  • Alcohol drinking also means that there is a lower chance of conceiving at later stages. Women are known to reduce their fertility rates and get earlier menopause because of heavy drinking.

The sperm and fertility

sperm and fertility

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Along with reduced levels of sperm, alcohol is also known to reduce testosterone levels, which means loss of libido. Furthermore, it is known for metabolising vitamin A, which is essential for development of healthy sperm. On another note, alcohol is known as a toxic for the testes because it reduces production of the sperms too.

What you can do?

say no to alcohol

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One of the best options here is to reduce drinking or start drinking less while there is time. You should remember that reducing alcohol would act as a booster to conceive. You should restrain your drinking to 1-2 units of alcohol, which is about a 175 ml glass of wine in a week.

Risks for baby

risks for baby

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You are putting your child at risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) because this alcohol goes directly to the baby through your placenta. For the unborn child, this is more of a threat for survival along with risks for the liver. Overall growth and development of the baby is impacted because of heavy drinking.

So quit drinking today if you are planning to start a healthy family in the near future.
   

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