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Infertility

What is Infertility?

Inferitility

Inability of a couple to achieve conception after a year or more of regular, unprotected intercourse.

Primary Infertility

Primary Infertility is defined as neither partner having achieved a pregnancy.

Secondary Infertility

Secondary Infertility is defined as when a pregnancy has previously been achieved by the couple but regular, unprotected intercourse has not resulted in a second pregnancy.

Causes of Male infertility


  • Problems with ejaculation or erection
  • Problems within the fine, small reproductive tract ducts
  • Problems with sperm production
  • Ejaculation Failure

    Ejaculatory failure is the inability to ejaculate. It has a variety of causes, including pelvic nerve damage from diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis or abdominal-pelvic surgery and spinal cord injury.

    It is important to distinguish ejaculatory failure from the inability to achieve an erection, premature ejaculation and retrograde ejaculation (ejaculating into the bladder and not into the penis).

    Ejaculatory Duct Obstruction

    Ejaculatory duct obstruction is diagnosed in approximately 10 percent of men without sperm in the ejaculate. Usually caused by stones, cysts or scar tissue blocking the prostate ducts

    Problems with sperm production

    Problems with sperm production is by far the most common of the three, and can be detected during semen analysis. There are many causes of abnormal sperm production, including:


  • Varicocele (varicose veins)
  • Genetic problems
  • Infections
  • Physical and chemical factors
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Varicocele

    The varicocele is defined as dilated and twisted veins within the scrotum, similar to varicose veins in the legs, and is basically a consequence of upright posture. A varicocele can be found in 40 percent of infertile men and 15 percent of normal fertile men.

    A varicocele develops when the one way valves in these spermatic veins are damaged causing an abnormal back flow of blood from the abdomen into the scrotum creating a hostile environment for sperm development. Varicocoeles may cause reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm morphology which cause infertility. Variococles can usually be diagnosed by a physical examination of the scrotum which can be aided by the Doppler stethoscope and scrotal ultrasound.

    Physical and Chemical Factors — Hyperthermia (increased temperature), Tight underwear--increases scrotal temperature which results in decreased sperm production, testicular or pelvic injury, radiation, electromagnetic fields, Cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and cocaine use as well as caffeine intake may contribute to the causes of infertility.

    Infections

    Acute: smallpox, mumps, other viral infections
    Chronic: TB, leprosy, prostatitis

    Hormonal imbalance

    - A small percentage of male infertility is caused by hormonal problems. The hypothalamus-pituitary endocrine system regulates the chain of hormonal events that enables testes to produce and effectively disseminate sperm. Several things can go wrong with the hypothalamus-pituitary endocrine system.

    Piturary Gland

      Hyperprolactinemia: Elevated prolactin--a hormone associated with nursing mothers, is found in 10 to 40 percent of infertile males. Mild elevation of prolactin levels produces no symptoms, but greater elevations of the hormone reduces sperm production, reduces libido and may cause impotence.

      Hypothyroidism: Low thyroid hormone levels--can cause poor semen quality, poor testicular function and may disturb libido. May be caused by a diet high in iodine. Reducing iodine intake can elevate sperm count. This condition is found in only 1 percent of infertile men.

      Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Occurs when the pituitary is suppressed by increased levels of adrenal androgens. Symptoms include low sperm count, an increased number of immature sperm cells, and low sperm cell motility. This condition is found in only 1 percent of infertile men.

      Hypogonadotropic Hypopituitarism: Low pituitary gland output of LH and FSH. This condition arrests sperm development and causes the progressive loss of germ cells from the testes and causes the seminiferous tubules and Leydig (testosterone producing) cells to deteriorate.

      Panhypopituitafism: Complete pituitary gland failure--lowers growth hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and LH and FSH levels. Symptoms include: lethargy, impotence, decreased libido, loss of secondary sex characteristics, and normal or undersized testicles.

      Genetic problems- Klinefelter's Syndrome, Is a genetic condition in which each cell in the human body has an additional X chromosome--men with Klinefelter's Syndrome have one Y and two X chromosomes. Physical symptoms include peanut-sized testicles and enlarged breasts

    Spermal anomalies


  • Aspermia- Absence of Semen
  • Azoospermia- Absence of sperm
  • Oligospermia- Total Count below 20million/ml
  • Teratospermia- Abnormal sperm
  • Necrospermia- more than 40% of sperm dead.
  • Polyspermia- count more than 200million
  • Globozoospermia- Rounded headed sperm
  • Common causes of Female infertility

  • age-related factors
  • ovulation problems
  • tubal blockage
  • uterine problems
  • previous tubal ligation
  • endometriosis
  • Age-Related factors

    Age is the most important factor when dealing with female infertility. With advancing age, many biological changes take place that work against conceiving and carrying a pregnancy. It is common for women over the age of 35 to suffer from age-related infertility as their egg reserve declines and hormonal changes make conception and pregnancy more difficult. Unlike some types of female infertility, age-related infertility is progressive. After age 40, there is another sharp decline in the ability to conceive. Women in this age range wishing to conceive should seek treatment as soon as possible.

    Ovulation problems

    Ovulation problems are some of the most common causes of infertility in women. These are caused by hormone imbalances which disrupt reproductive function. For ovulation to occur, the right balance of hormones has to be produced. This balance is controlled by the pituary gland that produces luteinizing hormone or LH and follicle stimulating hormone or FSH which are needed for ovulation. Without these two hormones ovulation will not occur. If the woman's hypothalamus does not function properly, the pituary gland won't either, causing a deficiency of these hormones. Other problems that can interrupt ovulation are hyper- and hypothyroidism, vitamin deficiency, weight issues, persistent illness and luteal phase defect. The last is when the latter phase of ovulation is shortened, not allowing implantation to be completed.

    Blocked Fallopian Tubes

    After the egg is released, it passes through the fallopian tubes — where fertilization takes place — to the uterus. If the fallopian tube is blocked, totally or partially, it will not be possible for the egg to move into the uterus for implantation to take place. Some of the causes of this condition are: previously experienced ectopic pregnancies; adhesions caused by endometriosis; pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which are bacterial infections that mostly attack the reproductive system; fibroids and abdominal surgery.

    Endometriosis

    Endometriosis is a common condition that can cause female infertility. Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue found in the uterine lining (called endometrial tissue) grows outside your uterus, usually in the abdominal-pelvic cavity. Some women have no symptoms of endometriosis while others experience severe menstrual cramps and other pelvic pain, fatigue, and abnormal menstrual bleeding.

    The endometrial tissue inside and outside of your uterus responds to your menstrual cycle hormones in a similar way - it swells and thickens, then sheds to mark the beginning of the next cycle. Unlike the menstrual blood from your uterus that is discharged through your vagina, the blood from the endometrial tissue in your abdominal cavity has no place to go. Inflammation occurs in the areas where the blood pools, forming scar tissue. Scar tissue can block the fallopian tubes or interfere with ovulation which can result in infertility.

    Uterine Problems

    Infertility can also be caused by problems in the uterine cavity such as fibroids, polyps, scarring, and an abnormally shaped uterus. Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors of the uterine muscle. The size and location of the fibroid are important. The large majority of them are very small or located in an area of the uterus such that they will not have any impact on reproductive function. A polyp is a non-cancerous overgrowth of tissue in the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. They are basically normal tissue, but growing in an abnormal formation. Many polyps are very small and do not represent a compromise to reproductive capabilities. However, large or multiple polyps can interfere with reproduction by causing infertility, or by increasing risks for miscarriage.

    Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

    Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is caused by hormonal imbalances that prevent ovulation. This is when the eggs in the follicles (sacs in the ovary) don't mature and the woman is unable to ovulate. This happens because of an imbalance in the production of female sex hormones which consist of estrogen and progesterone and small amounts of the male hormones androgen and testosterone. PCOS occurs when the body produces too much of the male hormones and not enough estrogen and progesterone. Rather than a single ovarian follicle developing and releasing a mature egg each cycle, multiple ovarian cysts form but do not release any eggs. Common symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome include irregular menstruation and signs of hyperandrogenism, such as excess body hair, acne, and thinning hair on the head.

    Why Homeopathic Medicine Is Effective In Treating Infertility

    Homeopathic medicine is very effective in treating men and women's reproductive problems because it stimulates the body's own ability to heal itself rather than inhibit or suppress the body's attempt to become well.

    Homeopathic remedies help infertile couples to achieve pregnancy even if there are physical conditions that can prevent the implantation of the embryo contributing to infertility or miscarriages. Special homeopathic prescribing is necessary by a trained homeopath. The careful selection of the most suitable homeopathic remedies over the course of treatment can give very successful results especially when in association with healthy living, healthy diet and nutritional and herbal support.

    Homeopathy medicines assist in reconditioning the female organs such as the uterus, the fallopian tubes and the ovaries.

    MIGRAINE

    Headache

    Is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by moderate to severe headaches, and nausea. It is about three times more common in women than in men.

    Migraine headaches result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels. During the headache, an artery enlarges that is located on the outside of the skull just under the skin of the temple (temporal artery). This causes a release of chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery.

    The typical migraine headache is unilateral (affecting one half of the head) and pulsating in nature and lasting from four to 72 hours; symptoms include nausea, vomiting, photophobia (increased sensitivity to light) and phonophobia (increased sensitivity to sound); the symptoms are generally aggravated by routine activity. Approximately one-third of people who suffer from migraine headaches perceive an aura—transient visual, sensory, language, or motor disturbances signaling the migraine will soon occur.

    Signs and symptoms

    The four possible phases to a migraine attack are listed below — not all the phases are necessarily experienced.


  • 1. The prodrome, which occurs hours or days before the headache
  • 2. The aura, which immediately precedes the headache
  • 3. The pain phase, also known as headache phase
  • 4. The postdrome
  • Prodrome

    Prodromal symptoms occur in 40–60% of those with migraines. This phase may consist of altered mood, irritability, depression or euphoria, fatigue, yawning, excessive sleepiness, craving for certain food (e.g. chocolate), stiff muscles (especially in the neck), dizziness, hot ears, constipation or diarrhea, increased or decreased urination, and other visceral symptoms. These symptoms usually precede the headache phase of the migraine attack by several hours or days.

    Aura

    For the 20–30% of migraine sufferers who experience migraine with aura. They appear gradually over five to 20 minutes and generally last fewer than 60 minutes. The headache phase of the migraine attack usually begins within 60 minutes of the end of the aura phase. Symptoms of migraine aura can be sensory or motor in nature.

    Visual aura is the most common of the neurological events, and can occur without any headache. There is a disturbance of vision consisting often of unformed flashes of white or black or rarely of multicolored lights or formations of dazzling zigzag lines. Some patients complain of blurred or cloudy vision, as though they were looking at an area above a heated surface, looking through thick or smoked glass.

    The somatosensory aura, a feeling of pins-and-needles experienced in the hand and arm, as well as in the nose-mouth area on the same side. The paresthesia may migrate up the arm and then extend to involve the face, lips and tongue.

    Pain

    The typical migraine headache is unilateral, throbbing, and moderate to severe, and can be aggravated by physical activity. Not all these features are necessary. The pain may be bilateral at the onset or start on one side and become generalized, and may occur primarily on one side or alternate sides from one attack to the next. The onset is usually gradual. The pain peaks and then subsides and usually lasts four to 72 hours in adults and one to 48 hours in children. The frequency of attacks is extremely variable, from a few in a lifetime to several a week, and the average sufferer experiences one to three headaches a month. The head pain varies greatly in intensity, and can be very severe.

    The pain of migraine is invariably accompanied by other features. Nausea occurs in almost 90 percent of patients, and vomiting occurs in about one third of patients. Many patients experience sensory hyperexcitability manifested by photophobia, phonophobia, and osmophobia and seek a dark and quiet room. Blurred vision, delirium, nasal stuffiness, diarrhea, tinnitus, polyuria, pallor, or sweating may be noted during the headache phase. There may be localized edema of the scalp or face, scalp tenderness, prominence of a vein or artery in the temple, or stiffness and tenderness of the neck. Impairment of concentration and mood are common. The extremities tend to feel cold and moist. Vertigo may be experienced.

    Postdrome

    The effects of migraine may persist for some days after the main headache has ended. Many sufferers report a sore feeling in the area where the migraine was, and some report impaired thinking for a few days after the headache has passed. The patient may feel tired or "hungover" and have head pain, cognitive difficulties, gastrointestinal symptoms, mood changes, and weakness. According to one summary, "Some people feel unusually refreshed or euphoric after an attack, whereas others note depression and malaise."

    What causes migraines?

    Some people who suffer from migraines can clearly identify triggers or factors that cause the headaches, but many cannot. Potential migraine triggers include:


  • Allergies and allergic reactions
  • Bright lights, loud noises, and certain odors or perfumes
  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Changes in sleep patterns or irregular sleep
  • Smoking or exposure to smoke
  • Skipping meals or fasting
  • Alcohol
  • Menstrual cycle fluctuations, birth control pills, hormone fluctuations during menopause onset
  • Tension headaches
  • Foods containing tyramine (red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and some beans), monosodium glutamate (MSG), or nitrates (like bacon, hot dogs, and salami)
  • Other foods such as chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, avocado, banana, citrus, onions, dairy products, and fermented or pickled foods.
  • Whether Homeopathy can cure these headaches permanently?

    The answer - Yes it can?

    Homeopathic approach to the Treatment of Migraine:

    The Homoeopathic approach to the treatment of migraine patients is more individualistic. Homoeopathy considers migraine as a personality disorder and for this reason the treatment must be decided on the basis of a complete study of the patients' personality. There are hundreds of Homeopathic medicines which are used successfully for the treatment of migraine. For a permanent relief from Migraine, you need to consult an experienced Homeopath who can understand the picture of the disease from a detailed analysis of the patient to find the correct remedy for that particular patient based on the patient's individuality. This constitutional approach helps treat all cases of migraine successfully. Also, Homeopathic medicines are 100% safe with no side effects and are proven effectively on human beings. The positive effect of Homeopathic treatment is long lasting and can last for life.

    With most of the patients the initial improvement starts after 2-4 week treatment, reducing the frequency and interval of the attacks. But to achieve the maximum and the most permanent result the patient has to undergo 8-18 month treatment.

    THYROID PROBLEMS

    Thyroid

    Thyroid Gland:

    Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland, in the front of the neck. The function of the thyroid gland is to convert iodine found in many foods into thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). Only the thyroid gland has cells that can absorb iodine. The thyroid takes the iodine from foods, supplements and iodized salt and combines it with the amino acid tyrosine to produce T3 and T4. T3 and T4 travel throughout the body through the bloodstream and help cells convert oxygen and calories into energy. The normal thyroid gland produces about 80% of T4 and 20% of T3.

    Pituitary Gland and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH):

    The pituitary gland is the size of a peanut and is located at the base of the brain. When the levels of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones drop too low, the pituitary gland produces the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). TSH stimulates the thyroid gland to produce more T3 and T4 hormones. If the levels of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones in the blood increase, the pituitary gland responds by reducing the production of TSH.

    Hypothalamus Gland and TSH Releasing Hormone (TRH):

    The hypothalamus gland is located in the brain. This gland produces the TSH Releasing Hormone (TRH) which communicates with the pituitary gland which in turn stimulates the thyroid gland by producing and releasing TSH.

    Hypothyroidism:

    Hypothyroidism is a condition in which body doesn't have sufficient thyroid hormone levels in the blood stream. Since the body's metabolism is managed by the thyroid hormones, persons suffering with hypothyroidism will have a slow metabolism.

    Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

    The symptoms of hypothyroidism mainly depend on the severity of the hormone deficiency and how long the decrease has been present. For most patients, the symptoms are mild and can often be confused with other problems. The symptoms may include the following:


  • Weakness
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Coarse dry hair
  • Cold intolerance
  • Depression
  • Decreased concentration
  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle aches
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycle
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Hyperthyroidism

    Hyperthyroidism is a disorder that occurs when the thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormone than the body needs.

    What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

    Hyperthyroidism has many symptoms that can vary from person to person. Some common symptoms of hyperthyroidism are


  • nervousness or irritability
  • fatigue or muscle weakness
  • trouble sleeping
  • heat intolerance
  • Increased sweating
  • hand tremors
  • rapid and irregular heartbeat
  • frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
  • weight loss
  • Protruding eyes
  • mood swings
  • goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid that may cause your neck to look swollen
  • Diagnosis of Thyroid Disorders

    Measuring the blood levels of hormones secreted by the thyroid gland, and the pituitary gland which controls it, is the most common test for detecting thyroid gland disorders.

    Individuals with suspected thyroid problems need to be assessed by a physician. Information about the history of symptoms is obtained and the thyroid is examined for signs of increase in size or irregularity

    Homeopathic approach towards Thyroid Dysfunction:

    Homeopathy considers a disease to be the result from emotional distress and frustration, which blocks the life force energy into various different organs or glands. Homeopathy considers thyroid problem as one such autoimmune glandular dysfunction. Homeopathy offers better chances of a cure since the treatment is based on the person's individual constitution.

    Conventional treatment of thyroid dysfunction relies mainly on drugs and surgery whereas Homeopathic treatment improves the function of the thyroid gland through natural means. Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing power. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body to reactivate the hormone secretions, replenish and restore the thyroid tissue through the pituitary and other glands as a whole allowing the body to heal itself.

    Kidney stones

    Kidney Stone

    Kidney stones (renal lithiasis) are small, hard deposits that form inside your kidneys. Kidney stones are made of mineral and acid salts. Kidney stones have many causes. In one common scenario, kidney stones form when the urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together.

    What causes kidney stones?

    Kidney stones form when a change occurs in the normal balance of water, salts, minerals, and other things found in urine. The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water. Try to drink enough water to keep your urine clear (about 8 to 10 glasses of water a day). Some people are more likely to get kidney stones because of a medical condition or family history.

    What are the symptoms?

    The pain of a kidney stone typically starts in your side or back, just below your ribs, and moves to your lower abdomen and groin. The pain may change as the kidney stone moves through your urinary tract. You may also feel sick to your stomach (nausea) and may vomit.

    Diagnostic Tests

    A number of different diagnostic techniques may be used to help confirm the diagnosis, or to identify precisely where a kidney stone is. These include:


  • X-ray: an imaging technique that uses high-energy radiation to show up abnormalities in your body tissue
  • an ultrasound scan, which uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the inside of your body
  • a computed tomography (CT) scan, which takes a series of X-rays of your body at slightly different angles and uses a computer to put the images together
  • an intravenous urogram (IVU) (also known as an intravenous pyelogram, IVP), where dye that shows up on an X-ray is injected into a vein in your arm so that, as the kidneys filter the     dye out of your blood and into your urine, the X-ray image highlights any blockages
  • Urine Test: 24-Hour Analysis
  • Do's & Don'ts

    Drink enough water to keep your urine clear (about 10 to 12 glasses of water a day). Food which may irritate the urinary system and kidneys like alcohol, pickles, fish, chicken etc., should be avoided.

    Other food items to be restricted are peas, soyabeans, beetroot, cauliflower, carrots, almonds and eggs.

    Orange juice may help prevent calcium oxalate stone formation, blackcurrant may help prevent uric acid stones, and cranberry may help with UTI-caused stones.

    Grapefruit juice and dark colas have been found to increase the risk of stone formation and should be avoided by people who are prone to calcium oxalate stone formation. Avoid or eat sparingly food containing calcium oxalate (spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, grapefruit juice, apple juice, chocolate, celery, bell peppers, beans, asparagus, beets, soda, and all types of teas and berries).

    Diet should be low in protein, as a diet high in protein may lead to kidney stones because extra protein causes calcium to be excreted from the body, raising calcium levels in the urine.

    Calcium from food does not increase the risk of calcium oxalate stones. Calcium in the digestive tract binds to oxalate from food and keeps it from entering the blood, and then the urinary tract, where it can form stones. People who form calcium oxalate stones should include 800 mg of calcium in their diet every day, not only for kidney stone prevention but also to maintain bone density.

    Homeopathic approach to Kidney stones:

    Homeopathic remedies will give symptomatic relief to the patient and it will crush or dissolve the stone gradually by acting on its chemical composition, will help push forward the stone in the urinary tract and further helps in easy passage of these stones. More than that homoeopathic medicine prevents the reformation of renal stones. But if the size and number of stones is too much, then kidney stones should be removed surgically. However, even after surgical removal of stones, Homoeopathy still has a role to play in preventing its recurrence, and in treating secondary infections of the urinary tract arising after injury from the moving stone. Based on the classical approach of Homeopathy a Homeopathic practitioner looks at the person holistically, that is mind, body and emotion together and not just at the symptoms of the illness.



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