Homeopathic Treatment for Infertility in Women
Homeopathy treatment for infertility in women is highly effective. Complex cases of infertility are able to achieve pregnancy with the help of homeopathic treatment. Homeopathic treatment is non-surgical, natural, and effective. Be it cases of PCOD, endometriosis, PID, fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes; homeopathic treatment has high success rate. Even cases of unexplained infertility are found to have effective homeopathic treatment. This article covers the causes, symptoms and types of infertility in women, and most importantly, how to get rid of infertility using homeopathy treatment. It also covers the preventive measures and food you can consider to expedite management of infertility on your own.
Did you know that approximately 12% of women in America between the ages of 15 to 44 struggle with getting pregnant or carrying the pregnancy to term? Did you also know that in India, between 10 to 14% of the population struggle with infertility?
As shocking as this is, it is a consolation that you are not alone. Battling infertility can send one into a state of shame, hopelessness, guilt, anger, and feeling like a failure.
The first thing you should know is that you’ve done nothing wrong.
Infertility is slowly moving from being a taboo word to a scenario whose existence we have to acknowledge as the first step to finding a solution.
You can still conceive naturally even if you are infertile. Keep reading to find out how.
Success Rate of Homeopathic Treatment of Infertility
Homeopathy is a holistic form of treatment that uses the concept of stimulating our bodies to heal themselves. This is done by introducing remedies/substances in small doses that can manifest the same symptoms as the disease you are trying to cure when a healthy person consumes it.
This is where the popular phrase ‘likes are cured by likes’ comes from, meaning the same elements that produce particular symptoms can also have the power to treat them.
Natural elements such as plants, minerals, etc. are used to create homeopathic medicine. The medicine is administered in the form of pellets, tablets, ointment and drops.
These treatments are tailored for individual patients and isn’t about providing everyone with the same remedy. A holistic practitioner takes into account your diet, environment, age, appetite levels, previous treatments and more before he or she prescribes a remedy for you.
Samuel Hahnemann, a German Doctor introduced this practice in 1790. Fast forward to now, homeopathy is the second largest form of medicine that human beings practice worldwide. This statistic goes to show how popular it has become which brings us to the question of ‘how effective are homeopathic remedies in treating infertility in women?’
A 3-year study was conducted on 40 infertile women in India between the ages of 18 and 40. These women were suffering from Chronic Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), endometriosis, and Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) which had caused their infertility.
The participants were given individualized Homeopathic treatment and 27 of them got pregnant which makes up 67.5% of the participants. This goes to show that homeopathy is effective in treating infertility.
The results further revealed that the women who had Chronic PID experienced a 70% success rate with the treatment, the ones with PCOD had an 85% success rate while those suffering from endometriosis had 30% success.
Another study involving 5 infertile women was conducted in Athens. The participants had infertility due to tubal factor issues, ovulation disorders and some had no scientific explanation as to why they couldn’t get pregnant. These women received individualized homeopathic treatment regimens and at the end of the experiment, they all became pregnant.
If you were looking for reasons to give homeopathy treatment a chance, there you have it.
What is Infertility?
According to World Health Organization (WHO), infertility is one’s inability to get pregnant after having regular unprotected sex for a year or more.
In order to get a good understanding of Infertility, let’s first of all understand basic process of Fertilization. Refer to the pictographic illustration of Female Reproductive System. Male sperm travels from vagina to Fallopian tube through uterus. Female egg travels from ovary to Fallopian tube. When sperm meets egg inside Fallopian tube, successfully; it is then called fertilization. Any hindrance/issue during this entire process can lead to failure to fertilization.
This can eventually lead to infertility.
For you to get pregnant, several things need to happen in a particular order:
- As a woman, you have two ovaries so one of them needs to let out a mature egg.
- This egg needs to then travel through the fallopian tube.
- The man’s sperm needs to swim to the fallopian tube where the egg is and fertilize it.
- Once the fertilization has taken place, the egg needs to go down to the uterus, passing through the fallopian tube.
- When the egg gets to the uterus, it implants.
When anything interferes with the process outlined then pregnancy will not occur. If that happens for a year or more then one is considered infertile.
Types of infertility in women
There are two types of infertility in women.
- Primary infertility, and
- Secondary infertility
If a couple has sex for one year or more without getting pregnant yet they are not on any birth control then that is referred to as primary infertility.
Secondary infertility on the other hand is whereby a couple got naturally pregnant at least once but can’t seem to conceive again.
Secondary infertility is difficult for couples to comprehend because they reason that if they were able to get pregnant without medical interventions, why would they have a problem the second time around.
Just like we’ve discussed in the previous section, any interruption of the process outline from when the egg is released to the time it is implanted in the uterus can lead to infertility. This scenario applies to both primary and secondary infertility.
We will go further into the causes of female infertility in subsequent sections.
Researchers conducted a study in sub-Saharan Africa to determine how common primary and secondary infertility issues are in women.
Results showed that primary infertility was at an average rate of 3% while secondary infertility ranged between 5% to 23%.
Signs and Symptoms of Female Infertility
The most obvious sign that a woman is infertile is that she has not gotten pregnant after trying for a year. However, there are physical symptoms of infertility that you should watch out for. It is vital to know that the signs may vary from one female to another according to the cause of infertility.
Irregular menstrual cycle
A woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days. However, it can vary by a few days. So, you can have 30 days this month, 27 the next month and 32 the following one. This is okay.
When you notice that your periods are so irregular to an extent that you can’t tell when next you’ll have them, there might be a problem. You might be having PCOS or hormonal problems which can all result in infertility.
There are various reasons such as stress or engaging in extreme workouts that can cause you to miss periods occasionally. However, if you stop having periods for a while, please visit a doctor to assess your fertility.
Hair growth and sudden weight gain
When you experience these two, you might be suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and this is a contributor to infertility. If you have PCOS you can suddenly add weight yet you haven’t made any change to your lifestyle like dieting or exercising.
You can also start growing hair in unusual areas like your back, arms, or face.
Extremely painful periods
A lot of females experience cramping during their periods and the pain levels vary from one woman to another. However, some females always have extremely painful periods to a point that they can’t function, and they also get nausea and vomiting. If you experience this and also have painful sex and your urine or stool has blood in it then you could be suffering from endometriosis, which is one of the causes of infertility.
What causes infertility in a woman?
Several factors can interfere with the processes required for pregnancy to occur which can then lead to infertility. Below are the top causes of female infertility.
Studies show that ovulation issues are the cause of infertility in 1 out of every 4 couples that struggle to get pregnant. Ovulation disorders include the inability to ovulate or always having infrequent ovulation.
These issues can occur when one’s pituitary gland or the hypothalamus fail to properly regulate the reproductive hormones. They can also be a result of issues with the ovary.
Below are some of the things that lead to ovulation disorders.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): This condition results in hormonal imbalance which prevents one from having normal ovulation and thus the inability to get pregnant. PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women and 1 out of 10 women have it.
Different issues can lead to PCOS. For instance, when the eggs in the ovaries are immature and so they are not ready to be fertilized. Or, when the hypothalamus, which is a section of the brain, malfunctions and so cannot communicate to the pituitary gland to stimulate the process of producing mature eggs. If the pituitary gland also malfunctions then it cannot send signals for the production of mature eggs as it should and so all these issues result in infertility.
- Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI): Also called Premature Ovarian Failure. This is a situation where a woman’s ovaries stop functioning before she reaches 40 years. When the eggs cannot mature or be released then they cannot be fertilized and hence no pregnancy.
- Excess prolactin: This condition is also known as hyperprolactinemia. The Pituitary gland which is in charge of producing prolactin can create too much of it which then lowers the level of estrogen produced and thus preventing pregnancy.
- Hypothalamic dysfunction: When the body goes through things like stress, losing substantial weight, or even having extremely low or high body weight, the hormones responsible for stimulating ovulation can be affected therefore interfering with how ovulation takes place.
Blocked fallopian tubes / Damaged fallopian tubes
When a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked or damaged, there is no way the egg and sperm will meet because the egg cannot travel through. The result is no pregnancy.
There are various causes of tubal infertility which include pelvic inflammatory illness resulting from sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea, history of surgery in the pelvis or abdomen area, endometriosis, and a condition known as pelvic tuberculosis.
Our fertility does not stay the same throughout our lives. Studies show that women are most fertile from their late teens to their late twenties. When a female gets to their 30s, their fertility starts declining and by the time one gets to 45 years, conceiving naturally becomes a challenge.
When you are at your fertile peak years, you have a lot of quality eggs that can be fertilized. With time, the quality eggs become fewer and fewer.
Additionally, according to studies, you have lower chances of miscarrying (between 12-15%) if you get pregnant during your fertile years and a higher chance (25%) when you reach 40 years.
Studies indicate that Endometriosis can interfere with a woman’s ability to get pregnant.
Normally, the tissue in the uterus grows inside it. In some cases, this tissue starts growing in other areas such as the ovaries, inside the fallopian tubes, and at the back of the uterus. This is what is referred to as endometriosis.
When the growth happens where it shouldn’t, it creates irritation and promotes the development of scar tissue. In the end, it can block the fallopian tubes, prevent implantation or even affect the quality of the eggs in the ovary.
Problems with the Uterus
Various issues within a woman’s cervix or uterus can prevent implantation or put her at higher risk of having a miscarriage. These include.
- Fibroids: Research shows that between 5% to 10% of females with infertility struggle with fibroids. These are tumors that grow in the uterus but they are not cancerous.
The presence of fibroids does not automatically mean you cannot conceive. You can do so naturally.
How big the fibroids are and where they are located determines whether or not they can hinder pregnancy. For example, if they are in the uterine cavity and/or are bigger than 6 cm then they can make it hard to get pregnant.
Fibroids alter the cervix’s position and shape which lower the number of sperms that can go into the uterus and how fast they can swim. They can also prevent blood from flowing freely into the uterus as this is essential to the embryo’s implantation process. Fibroids can also block one’s fallopian tubes. These are various ways in which they contribute to infertility.
- Abnormalities in the uterus: Some women are born with abnormally shaped uteruses that make it difficult for the process of getting pregnant to happen smoothly.
- Cervical stenosis: When your cervix is damaged or has a structural defect, it can be hard to conceive.
- Abnormal cervical mucus: The cervix produces mucus that enables sperms to survive inside a woman’s vagina. When this mucus is abnormal, the sperm cannot swim and reach the egg. So, if fertilization cannot occur then pregnancy cannot happen.
There are cases where it is not clear why a woman or couple cannot get pregnant. If a woman has normal regular ovulation, no problem with her fallopian tubes, no signs of fibroids or endometriosis, the man’s sperm is okay and the couple is having regular unprotected sex yet they can’t conceive then that is unexplained infertility.
Prevention of Infertility
Some diseases or genetic issues can lead to infertility. There’s little you can do to prevent the genetic ones. The good news is that there are actions you can take to significantly lower your chances of being infertile. These include:
- Protecting yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. Since some of these diseases like chlamydia can cause infertility, avoid getting them. And if you do, have them treated immediately.
- Have a normal weight. If you can, avoid being underweight or overweight as these can reduce your ovulation levels and hence make it difficult to get pregnant.
- Avoid stress. I know it’s easier said than done but try to remain stress-free. Apart from all the negative effects of stress such as high blood pressure, low immune systems, and insomnia, it also leads to fertility problems.
- Avoid alcohol and illicit drugs. If you are trying to get pregnant, it may be time to stay away from heavy alcohol and illicit substances like tobacco because these lower your fertility level.
- Take less caffeine. Drinking caffeine will not prevent you from getting pregnant especially if you do one to two cups daily. However, having a lot of it like between 300mg to 600 mg increases your chances of having a miscarriage. So, if you want to carry the pregnancy to term, take caffeine moderately. Ideally, avoid it.
- Use your fertile years. As we have discussed, the older a woman gets, the more challenging it is to conceive so do it during your most fertile years.
- Go for check-ups. When you become sexually active, it is important to see a gynecologist. Annual check-ups will let you know if there is something that can prevent you from getting pregnant and it can be fixed in time.
Diet / Foods for Boosting Fertility
Are there foods I can eat to improve my fertility? This is a question frequently asked by women trying to get pregnant and the answer is yes. A nutritious diet boosts your fertility by giving you a healthy body which includes the reproductive system too.
Let’s look at the diet you can follow to increase your chances of conceiving.
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables improve the quality of your eggs and great examples are asparagus and watermelon. They do this by supplying your body with lots of glutathione which helps to form quality eggs.
Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study on 18,000 women who were trying to get pregnant. They discovered that those who were feeding on significant amounts of animal protein had a 39% higher chance of being infertile compared to the women who ate plant protein.
You might consider exchanging some of the red meat on your plate for beans, peas, and lentils.
Foods rich in calcium
Your reproductive system will be able to function well if you take a good amount of calcium. This mineral also helps the baby’s bones and teeth to develop properly when you conceive.
You can get your calcium from:
- Milk. A glass will do either as plain milk or in a smoothie. You have various options you can explore like almond milk or soy milk.
- Yogurt. You can enjoy plain yogurt or add fruit to it.
- Cheese. You can get your dose of calcium from cheese.
- Ice cream. Yaay! Who knew you would be advised to take ice cream? Well, today is your lucky day. Have some delicious ice cream and boost your fertility.
Food rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants get rid of harmful molecules in your body that usually destroy the eggs and sperms. This is how they improve your fertility.
232 women in Massachusetts were subjected to a study where they took folate. Results showed that the women on higher levels of folate experienced high rates of fertilization, implantation, and live births.
Examples of antioxidants include zinc and folate. You can also get these antioxidants from nuts, fruits, grains, and vegetables.
Food rich in omega-3 fatty acid
Omega-3 fatty acids enable more blood flow to a woman’s reproductive organs which helps them stay healthy and function well.
Additionally, the acids regulate the hormones that stimulate ovulation. Thus, if you can ovulate normally and your reproductive systems are working well then that equals higher chances of getting pregnant.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a good alternative to trans fats which contribute to ovulatory infertility. Examples of sources of trans fats include fried and processed foods and baked products.
You can get your Omega-3 fatty acids from seafood (salmon, herring, and sardines), nuts and seeds.
Homeopathy for Unexplained Infertility
Statistics show that out of every five couples that go through fertility tests, one of them will be diagnosed with unexplained infertility. This means that the tests from your ovulation assessment, reproductive system, the man’s semen are all normal so there is no explanation as to why you can’t get pregnant.
Although it feels good to know that everything is okay, it can be frustrating to have no answers as to why you can’t conceive.
Homeopathy is a great way of treating unexplained infertility because it works by improving your general health which means it can solve any minute issues that might not be detected through diagnostic evaluations yet they could be contributing to your infertility.
Homeopathy remedies do not isolate a problem and solve it on its own. Instead, the treatment targets anything that could be interfering with your health which means it can treat many issues that cause infertility at the same time.
Here is how homeopathic treatment works.
- Homeopathic treatment promotes hormonal balance. Some issues like ovulation and period problems result from a hormonal imbalance which can lead to infertility. Homeopathy remedies help to balance a woman’s hormones which means you’ll have normal ovulation and menstrual flow, thus increasing your chances of conceiving since
- Homeopathic treatment detoxifies your body. Homeopathic medicine helps to cleanse your body of harmful substances. This process of detoxifying the body, also known as fertility cleanse in this case results in better egg quality and a healthier womb for a woman. The result is higher chances of getting pregnant.
- Homeopathic treatment relieves stress and anxiety. When we are stressed or anxious, we engage in unhealthy habits that make it harder to conceive. For example, you suffer from insomnia and your body cannot function well when it is sleep-deprived, you skip meals or eat too much, you can indulge in excess alcohol, get into smoking, or have no desire for lovemaking.
If you don’t have sex regularly, you reduce your chances of conceiving. If you eat too much, you might become overweight or underweight. If you are overweight, your body produces excess estrogen and when you are underweight, it releases an anti-estrogen hormone known as 2-hydroxyestrone. Both of these cases force your reproductive system to shut down. Without a functioning reproductive system, the processes involved in getting pregnant cannot take place.
Homeopathic medicines come in to relieve stress and anxiety depending on the symptoms that one has. For example, if you get anxious because of everyday things in life a holistic practitioner can prescribe argentum nitricum. If you suffer from anxiety and panic attacks out of the blue then you will need aconite.
When you have your anxiety and stress under control, you can embrace healthier habits such as getting started on a diet that improves your fertility (such as the one mentioned in this article), having enough sleep, engaging in regular sexual intercourse especially during ovulation. These habits will make it easier for you to get pregnant.
How to get Pregnant Faster?
There are practices you can include in your life to speed up the process of getting pregnant while on homeopathic treatments and increase your chances of carrying your baby to full term.
Here are some of those practices.
Have enough sex during ovulation
The best time to make love if you want to conceive is during ovulation. If you don’t know your menstrual cycle, take some time to study it so you can take advantage of the ovulation period.
It may seem obvious but we have to mention it. Your chances of getting pregnant are low if you have sexual intercourse once in a while. I know you have a lot of commitments especially with work, family, and your social life but making time for sex is crucial to getting pregnant.
This doesn’t mean you have sex all the time. Given that sperm can live inside the vagina for 3 -5 days, you can have intercourse thrice a week. This is the fun part so go ahead and enjoy it.
Maintain a healthy weight
Body Mass Index (BMI) in the range 20-24 is ideal for having the best chances of fertility. This is what you should strive for if you are trying to get pregnant.
Being overweight and underweight reduces your chances of conceiving because they interfere with your ovulation and periods. In some cases, you can stop ovulating if you are at an unhealthy weight and no ovulation means no pregnancy.
If you are overweight, you can engage in physical activities to help you have a normal weight and thus boost the odds of getting pregnant.
Physical activity doesn’t have to be intense workouts. It can even include walking or jogging.
If you are underweight, avoid going on extreme diets or exercises that make you lose significant weight rapidly.
Go for a pre-pregnancy check-up
Many women or couples do not go for a check-up before they start the process of getting pregnant. Instead of getting homeopathy treatments and administering them yourself, you need to see a doctor.
A check-up will help to identify underlying medical problems that need to be dealt with before you conceive. Also, the doctor or holistic practitioner can correctly identify why you haven’t gotten pregnant which will determine the medication you will be given instead of putting in a lot of effort to conceive, and then it doesn’t happen because of issues you don’t know exist.
Desiring a baby and not having one when you are ready is already a stressful situation not to mention the pressure from society. However, at this point, you already know that stress can make you infertile because your reproductive organs go into survival mode and their focus is not on reproduction.
You may be tired of hearing this but you need to stop stressing and RELAX! so your body can focus on making a baby.
Lie down after sex
For fertilization to occur, the sperm needs to swim to the egg. When you lie on the bed for some time, you give the sperm a chance to do this as opposed to getting up immediately after intercourse or going to the toilet which makes the semen fall out. 10 to 15 minutes is enough.
You may have heard suggestions of putting your legs in the air for this to work. Well, this does not make any difference. Just lie down normally.
Female infertility tests
Given below are some of the tests that provide clear picture about the causes of infertility.
- Ovulation Testing: A blood test measures hormone levels to determine whether you are ovulating.
- FSH/AMH Test: Measures level of FSH and AMH hormones. It can help in determining the quantity of remain egg supply. FSH – Follicle Stimulating Hormone. AMH – Anti-Mullerian Hormone.
- Hysterosalpingography (HSG): Examines fallopian tubes to determine possibility of blockages.
- Chromopertubation: Examines fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus with a small camera
Top Homeopathic Medicines for Infertility in Women
Here's the curated list of top homeopathic medicines effective for treatment of infertility in women. An expert homeopathic doctor administers the best suited remedy according to the causes for one’s infertility. The causes of each case of infertility are unique hence the prescribed medicines along with their potency and dosage are not common. A detailed case analysis is required in order to identify most suitable constitutional homeopathic medicine for curing infertility in a woman.
These medicines are recommended if there is acidic vaginal discharge. Such discharge typically kills the sperms. Thereby not allowing the fertilization. These medicines are effective when the discharge is acidic, whitish, copious and warm.
- Calcarea Carbonica
Calcarea Carbonica is normally administered to women who bleed a lot during their menstrual cycle or those with prolonged periods (known as menorrhagia), both of which can contribute to infertility. Females who experience these issues can also have irregular periods.
When you experience a combination of the above symptoms, Calcarea Carbonica is the best medicine.
Menorrhagia or prolonged periods may be accompanied by general body weakness and fatigue, anemia, or having a thick vaginal discharge that is whitish, greenish, or yellowish (also referred to as leucorrhoea).
You can also take this medication if you have had many abortions or if you have early and heavy menstrual flow.
- Aletris Farinosa
Aletris Farinos for infertility is prescribed in case of early and copious menses. Other accompanying symptoms are – leucorrhoea, anaemia, weakness, fatigue with menorrhagia. It is also recommended when a tendency of frequent abortions is observed.
Pulsatilla is great for females who have short and extremely light periods from the time they started having menstrual flow. If you fall in this category, you may notice that your periods come later than the expected date. Pulsatilla is also used to treat infertility resulting from Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) which significantly contributes to infertility.
It is prescribed when there is irregular or absent ovulation. Patient feels aversion to intercourse. Patient feels dryness and pain while intercourse. Menses are short, scanty and suppressed.
- Agnus Castus
Women with infertility who have low sex drive are usually put on Agnus Castus. This medication is also recommended for women who constantly give excuses not to have sex. Most of the time when these two happen, you may also notice that your vaginal discharge is transparent in color.
There may be many reasons for a decreased interest in sex and Agnus Castus helps to fix this.
Another variation of this scenario is when you have a low sex drive which is accompanied by excessive dryness which makes sex painful. You might also feel like something is pushing down on your uterus like described in the previous point. In this case, the Sepia mentioned before is the best remedy.
- Natrum Carb
Being unable to retain sperms means getting pregnant becomes an uphill task. Natrum Carb is therefore used in this scenario.
If you have this issue, you may also experience thick, yellow, irritational vaginal discharge. Your periods may be short, come late or early, or heavy. In short, your periods may not be normal.
This condition can also be accompanied by high sexual desire so you may wonder why you are having a lot of sex but are not getting pregnant. The solution lies in improving your semen retention levels by taking Natrum Carb.
Note that this is just an indicative list and not a comprehensive list. There are many more medicines which are quite effective on the given case constitution.
Just because you haven’t gotten a child now doesn’t mean it will never happen for you. Yes, you may need to put in more effort than the average person but infertility can be treated. Homeopathy offers you the chance to get a baby naturally by boosting your overall health. This means that you don’t have to subject your body to harmful chemicals to conceive. Our bodies are very powerful and we should give them a chance to heal themselves. That is what homeopathy is all about. With all the evidence showing that homeopathy treatments are effective in treating infertility, it is worth giving it a shot. You never know. You could be next in line to get that baby you have wanted for so long.
|About the Author|
|Dr. Sanchita Dharne is an expert homeopathic doctor for treatment of women-related health issues including infertility, endometriosis, PCOD, PID, fibroids, UTI, menstrual issues, and migraine. Her case study titled "A case report of primary female infertility treated with homoeopathy" is published in International Journal of Homoeopathic Sciences. She is an ardent follower of classical homeopathy. She believes in stimulating natural healing mechanism of body. Click Here to Book Online Consultation with the doctor.|
Disclaimer: Please don’t consume these medicines without the prescription of an expert homeopath. The list above is not a comprehensive list of medicines. An expert homeopath, prescribes combination of medicines on the basis of your case and various symptoms pertaining to the same.