Infertility is the inability to fall pregnant despite having unprotected sex for 12 months or longer. It affects 1 in 6 Australians, or 10-15% of couples of the reproductive age.
Medical causes are varied including irregular ovulation, disorders of the fallopian tubes, endometriosis, pcos, hormonal imbalances, problems with sperm production or poor sperm mobility, problems with egg production or other immune or hormonal conditions.
In 20% of cases infertility is unexplained. In these circumstances it’s important to investigate other potential origins that may influence reproductive hormones. Infertility is not a disease, but is symptomatic of an underlying cause.
Other factors that can interfere with ovulation and reproduction include poor diet or nutritional status, genito-unrinary infections, allergies or a build up of toxins in the body, stress, exposure to radiation or other chemicals along with the psychological health of the individual.
Long term use of contraceptives such as the pill or inter-uterine devices may also interfere with reproductive hormones. Smoking, drinking alcohol and coffee, use of some medicines, and immune disorders can also hinder reproduction.
Yoga therapy works to help the individual lower stress hormones, and identify behaviours in their life that might be detrimental to falling pregnant.
Yoga therapy works to not only support the reproductive organs, but also provides the individual an opportunity to address any other psychological matters that may prevent pregnancy. For example, a women in a stressful, high demanding job may find it hard to fall pregnant. At a deep psychological level she may not be ready for this commitment or change to her work behaviour. The body will often reflect subconscious thoughts—including limiting belief patterns
In the case of trauma symptoms, a woman may find it hard to fall pregnant. The body often continues to function as though the traumatic event is still present. It therefore will protect the woman against pregnancy in an seemingly ‘unsafe’ environment.
Trauma sensitive yoga therapy helps the individual to safely navigate her way through trauma or grief healing, activating the parasympathetic nervous system which supports hormone production and pregnancy.
Whilst Devi Shakti provides alternative options to managing your health, always consult your doctor as to the best treatment for you. Information provided by Devi Shakti is not intended to be a substitute for professional, medical advice, diagnosis, or complete treatment.