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6 Yoga poses for women to boost fertility - A bit of physical exercise towards motherhood!

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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--

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--  

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--

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-- 

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 --

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 -- 

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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Vajrasana - Thunderbolt pose

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvGDPyS_u4k&index=8&list=PL688B90D67A48842A

Benefits:

  • Increases blood flow to pelvic regions
  • Reduces bloating and discomfort
  • Prevents backache

 

Baddha konasana - Butterfly pose

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXOeBUjmERI

Benefits:

  • Strengthens and improves flexibility in the inner thighs, reproductive organs and the knees
  • Eases discomfort caused due to endometriosis
  • Plays major role in stimulating prostate glands and ovaries, in-turn improving the functioning of reproductive organs
  • It acts as a stress relieve

 

Supta baddha konasana - Goddess pose

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1e0gQBenlE

Benefits:

  •  Helps stretch groin muscles
  •  Frees energy flow in the pelvic area
  •  Helps to soothe menstrual discomfort 
  •  Relieves symptoms of stress and mild depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PMS and menopause.

 

Supta virasana - Reclined hero pose

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kozcox4T2U

Benefits:

  • Stetches pelvic muscels
  • Relieves menstrual cramps and discomfort
  • This asana retorts whole body rather than just pelvic region, thereby soothing the body with great flow of energy

 

Upavistha konasana - Wide angle seated forward bend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKL_vlMhKs0

Benefits:

  • Releases muscles of groin
  • Enhances blood circulation in pelvic region
  • Helps relieve stress, thus benefiting fertility
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Over the past few decades, we have witnessed a confluence of Western medicine and psychological theories with ancient Eastern practices such as yoga and mindfulness meditation or addressing women’s health issues. This marriage of ideas is reflected in and supported by the many benefits of yoga for women including emotional (e.g., feeling calm and relaxed), physical (e.g., improved sleep and weight loss), and social (e.g., feeling connected to others in class) benefits.

Yoga is a mindfulness technique that involves breathing and physical poses.  Science has shown yoga to be beneficial in its ability to increase mind-body awareness, promote physical movement, and cultivate acceptance of one’s internal experience of emotions, thoughts, and sensations. So, what are the benefits of yoga for women? Women, relative to men, are at risk for experiencing reproductive-related health issues during the childbearing years due to normal physiological hormonal transitions that are associated with the reproductive lifecycle, namely menstruation, pregnancy and the postpartum period, and also generally for women over 50 due to menopause.

Menstruation

Women of reproductive age can experience monthly fluctuations in emotional and physical symptoms that are associated with the cyclical rhythm of their menstrual cycle.

The majority of women experience some negative emotional, physical, or relational symptoms in the days prior to menses, with symptoms ranging on a continuum from mild to severe and debilitating. Emotional symptoms include mood lability and irritability, while physical symptoms include fatigue, bloatedness, and breast tenderness. Excercises for women such as a regular yoga practice can address these symptoms by helping to calm the central nervous system through stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response), which facilitates decreased stress and tension in the body and cultivates deep relaxation. Further, the practice of asanas with an emphasis on linking breath with movement can work to increase the flow of oxygenated blood to the reproductive organs and tissues, working to alleviate discomfort associated with cramps, and increase circulation in the body to minimize the storage of fluids that causes bloating.

Childbirth (pregnancy and postpartum)

The benefits of yoga for women who are pregnant and postpartum are manifold. Research has shown yogato decrease the perception of pain during labor, reduce physical discomfort during pregnancy and labor, significantly reduce stress and sleep disturbance, as well as improve overall quality of life.

Approximately 13% of women experience a major depressive episode during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Research has documented poor outcomes associated with depression, such as higher rates of preeclampsia, spontaneous abortion, and complications during pregnancy and labor. Prenatal yogahas been associated with reduced depression and anxiety, and has been shown to support women with high-risk pregnancies by reducing the potential for pregnancy-induced hypertension or preeclampsia. The transition to motherhood can have a significant impact in the areas of work and relationships. Further, postpartum women often experience weight gain coupled with decreased physical activity following childbirth, with weight gain an important factor contributing to poor emotional health during this time. A regular postpartum yoga practice may affect change in these areas by helping to cultivate and support vitality, energy, weight loss,  and social functioning. Morever, the physical aspect of yoga can counteract inactivity and agitation associated with depression and anxiety, as well as to promot self-master and self-efficacy.

Menopause

Menopause is defined as the cessation of ovarian function and marks the completion of a woman’s reproductive phase. The transition to menopause, called the perimenopausal period, usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55 and generally takes several years to unfold.

During perimenopause, fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels manifest in uncomfortable psychological, somatic, and vasomotor symptoms. The most common menopausal symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, pain, decreased libido, and mood swings, with most symptoms persisting for several years postmenopause. While not all women experience all of these symptoms, over half will likely experience mild symptoms. Perimenopausal women may turn to yoga to reduce the unwanted side effects of menopausal symptoms. While a yoga practice cannot directly effect estrogen production, restorative postures in particular can help to calm the nervous system by way of turning down the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) and supporting activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response), as well as to improve functioning of the endocrine system, which can support the body in adapting to hormonal fluctuations.​

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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.

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ayurvedic medicines

Endometriosis is the condition in which the uterus tissue lining grows outside of uterus. It is one of the major reasons for female infertility.

Flax seeds or Alasi

flax seeds

 

For treating the issue of Endometriosis, you have to consume 4 tbsp of flax seeds, which were soaked overnight in about a cup of water. Next morning, just strain and drink the water on empty stomach. Do so for at least 10 days to see visible results.

Daruharidra or Berberis aristrata

berberis aristata

 

For this remedy, you have to consume the decoction of Daruharidra on an empty stomach for at least 3 menstrual cycles. Capsules of the same are available in the market too, but if you can get the fresh herb, then nothing like it. Doing so helps the uterus to gain strength for controlling bleeding, receives pain and also controls the abnormality in the cells. You can combine the same with some Lodhra [Symplocos racemosa] and Arjun [Terminalia arjuna].

Shavatri or Asparagus racemosus

shavatri

 

5 grams of Shavatri along with 5 grams of Vidarikanda - commonly known as Pueraria tuberosa and 3 grams of Arjun is suggested for this remedy. Boil all the herbs in about 50ml of cow’s milk along with 150ml of water till thickens up. Filter the same and drink every day till you experience relief.

Sarivadyasava

sarivadyasava

 

This is a very common ayurvedic medicine that is known to prevent and control bleeding. You will find it very easily in most ayruvedic stores. Just have 1 spoon on an empty stomach or with water.

Ashok Trees Bark

ashok tree bark

 

Buy the bark of Ashoka tree and then crush the same using a mortar and pestle or even in the mixer. Mix 2 spoons of the same in 1 glass of water and heat till it reduces to half. Drink the same twice a day to get respite from the bleeding and pain.

Chandraprabha vati

You can either have 2 tablets of 250mg each of this ayurvedic medicine twice a day or mix 2 spoons of the powdered form with pomegranate juice/ cow’s milk and drink it for cleansing the reproductive organs.

Ashwagandhaaristha

This is basically a medicated sort of wine that helps the uterus to get strengthen the organ. Mix 5ml of this along with 10 ml of water and drink it twice a day. It will take about 3-4 months to show results but in the long run, it eliminates the problem of Endometriosis completely.

Triphala Churna

Triphala Churna is easily available in ayurvedic stores and is known as a mild laxative. Just mix this with a bit of water or any juice of your choice and drink daily. 1 spoon a day is known to cleanse the intestine and detoxifies the body, while clearing up the build up of these excessive cell growth.

 

Image sources:

Image 1 -gazettereview

Flax seeds - fitindian

Daruharidra - Indiamart

Shavatri - Shavatri

Sarivadyasava - amritherbs

Ashok Tree Barks - Kislaya

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