Motherhood is one of the most blessed experiences in life. But not everyone gets to experience it. Stressful life, hectic working schedules, and bad eating habits have affected the health of many. As a result, many people are experiencing fertility issues.
According to research, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important if you're trying to conceive. Fitting into a healthy lifestyle is of vital importance since it helps restore stamina and boosts energy levels. In the process of trying to get pregnant, exercise can be helpful. When you're overweight, a sensible exercise program in combination with prescription diets can help you conceive. A yoga pose or asana prepares your body and mind for childbirth by developing a hospitable and calm body. The practice of yoga encourages positivity when you're dealing with infertility issues.
How Yoga Boosts Fertility?
There are several health benefits to yoga asanas. However, yoga can aid in issues relating to fertility in the following ways-
Yogic practices stimulate the uterus and the ovaries
Exercises the back muscles and strengthens them
It detoxifies the body by flushing out toxins
Provides flexibility to the groin and hips
Makes the neck muscles stronger and the spine more flexible
Reproductive organs are supplied with more blood
Improves mood and reduces depression, tension, and mood swings
Facilitates smooth delivery.
Try These Yoga Poses To Boost Fertility:
Yoga pose of seated forward bend (Paschimottanasana)- Contains stretches for the lower back, hips, and hamstrings. Enhances uterine and ovarian functions and relaxes the body.
"Viparita Karani" (legs up the wall)- Relieves backache and provides improved blood circulation in the pelvis. To do this pose, install support on the floor next to the wall. Place your left side along the wall. You should place the support under your hips and low back. Lean on your elbows and your shoulders. Your palms should face upwards as your arms are placed to the sides. Spend at least 5 minutes in this pose. Slowly exhale while you descend. Take a deep breath and relax in Shavasana.
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Fertility treatment is a stressful process for a couple. At times, it becomes so intense that either of the two partners starts to withdraw and isolate from family, friends, and community. This happens mostly with the females because the anxiety and anticipation tends to overwhelm her. This is exactly when she needs the support of her partner. It's essential that the male partner communicates so that he not only lets her know he is there for her, but also helps her express what she is going through.
A study of 525 infertile couples presented at the 57th annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, has clarified that women are more likely to feel depressed about the whole situation compared to their partners. Female depression is especially common in couples in which partners feel different levels of stress.
Here are some tried and tested tips to help men in the fertility journey to make the whole process less cumbersome and stressful for their partners:
Respect Her Feelings
If your partner doesn't want to go to a party or talk to somebody, instead of being indifferent to her, respect and support her decision. Try and understand what she's going through.
Don't Hide Your Own Feelings
Sometimes, in order to manage so many responsibilities, men tend to ignore their own feelings thinking it might aggravate the issue. While women are generally expressive about their feelings, men are exactly opposite of them. Sharing your own feelings also enable your partner also to open up. Bottling up your own feelings makes your partner more alienated and alone.
Share The Burden
After a diagnosis of infertility, there are many options that couples consider, including IUI treatments, and sometimes both husband and wife may have to go for treatments together. They involve a whole lot of paperwork, uncomfortable questions from doctors and invasive procedures for the man as well as the woman. In such a situation it is important to lean on each other, talk, and ease the process for each other.
Do Your Part Diligently
If your partner needs medical help, make sure to schedule an appointment with a doctor for you both. One should not forget the fact that men are also partly responsible for infertility in as much as 50 per cent of cases, where couples struggle to conceive. When you people are going through infertility issues, your doctor may recommend medical treatments or lifestyle changes to boost your chances for parenthood. Many causes of male infertility are treatable and curable.
Infertility treatment is not merely a procedure but also a life-altering journey for a couple. It demands a whole lot of patience, perseverance and understanding. Before you kick start the procedure, set goals about how much time and money the two of you would be willing to spend. Do your own research and speak to the doctor. With so much pressure from society and your own family members, infertility is often extremely hard to go through for a woman. If she doesn't get the support of her spouse at this crucial point of time, it often leads to feelings of hopelessness, or inadequacy.
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New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) As millions of people get prepared for the International Yoga Day around the world, those staying indoors, after going through a lethal second Covid wave in India, can find solace in some fresh iOS apps for their overall well-being from the comforts of their homes.To stay fit during the pandemic, people can use iOS apps like Beats & Breath, Restorative Yoga, Flow State, Pure Meditation, Yoga-Go, Aura, Endel, Motivate and the popular Breathe apps.According to Nidhi Mohan Kamal, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga trainer and certified strength fitness trainer, yoga has been her go-to-ritual for mental health and a way to connect with divine in these stressful times. "Don't worry about complicated poses and vinyasa if that intimidates you, just breathing deeply and a few basic poses can be amazing too, the important thing is to show up on the mat everyday with devotion to yourself and creator," she told IANS."Connection with your breath is known to be the best way to beat stress out of your life, I have been using Apple Watch for 4 years now, and the Breathe App has been helpful in mindful breathing everyday," she added.With its long holds, deep breathing and focus on low physical activity, Restorative Yoga app is meant to give your body a break while still providing a challenge for the mind. In that spirit, this is a playlist of meditative music meant to complement the pace and mood of a great restorative practice.In the Flow State iOS app, there is a playlist designed specifically for vinyasa practice. Flow State playlist keeps rotating selections regularly, so if users hear something they like, they can add it to their library. While ‘Calm' is one of the best apps for sleep, meditation and relaxation, the ‘Yoga-Go' app is a source of home-based yoga workouts. Yoga-Go workouts only take between 7-30 minutes, and you can burn up to 200 calories per session. It integrates with HealthKit, so users can export nutrition and exercise data from Yoga-Go to HealthKit, and import fitness data and weight and body measurements from HealthKit to Yoga-Go.The ‘Endel' app creates personalised soundscapes to give your mind and body what it needs to achieve total immersion in any task. Endel's soundscapes are algorithm-powered and designed to gently rise and fall in line with your immediate internal and external conditions like location, time zone, weather, and heart rate.--IANSna/
Over the last 3 to 4 decades, average sperm count in men as well as sperm quality, have declined alarmingly on a global scale. 1 out of 20 men, at present, are facing different fertility challenges. The growing numbers can be accredited to the exposure to environmental chemicals that disrupt ones endocrine balance.
Dr. Shweta Goswami, Associate Director- Fertility, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Noida says: "Ever-increasing cases of obesity and the trend of delaying parenthood, be it due to work or any other personal reason, have also been great contributing factors. It is pertinent to understand that the reasons behind male infertility can vary greatly, though these are usually linked to congenital, acquired and idiopathic factors that directly or indirectly affect the sperm."
What do the numbers say?
Dr Goswami tells: "One out of six couples who are trying to conceive are not able to achieve pregnancy naturally and are diagnosed with infertility. In fact, an article on Male Infertility, published in The Lancet on December 10, 2020, clearly suggests that 12 percent of couples globally, with a malefactor being a primary or contributing cause in approximately 50 percent of couples'."
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Impact of the current pandemic on male fertility
Ever since the first case of the pandemic was reported in 2019, experts all across the globe have been thriving seamlessly to explicate the unknowns of the deadly virus, Covid-19. While many new facts have come to light, studies are still going on to find out more about the virus and its side effects. Mounting evidence has pointed towards the negative impact of the virus on male infertility, she says.
"A study, COVID-19 and male reproductive function: a prospective, longitudinal cohort study', published in the journal Reproduction in January 2021, suggests that the human reproductive system may be potentially vulnerable to COVID-19 infection and the same can lead to significant impairments in semen volume, progressive motility, sperm morphology, sperm concentration and the number of spermatozoa.
"It is not uncommon for a virus to attack the male reproductive tract as previously documented evidence has shown that there are a variety of viruses that can severely impact male fertility. In light of the global decline in sperm quality, the virus has led to further concerns," says the expert.
The expert burst male infertility myths
If we are talking about male infertility how can we forget the myths that surround it? Here are a few myths and misconceptions related to male infertility that need to be busted:
Myth 1- Infertility is a female problem and males have nothing to do with it
This common myth prevailed in our society for a very long time. In fact, there are still people out there who believe that infertility is only related to females. It is important to understand that infertility is not a gender-specific problem and can affect both females as well as males. Male infertility predominantly depends upon the quality and quantity of the sperm. Studies suggest that two-thirds of the males with fertility issues have found to have low sperm count or impaired sperm quality. Rest can be contributed to problems in the male reproductive tract, genetic conditions, hormonal imbalance and other factors.
Myth 2- Only women need to take care of their health when it comes to planning for pregnancy.
This is completely false as the quality of the sperm is as important as the quality of the egg. There are various factors that can affect the quality of the sperm which include excessive smoking, drinking, substance abuse, exposure to harmful chemicals, wearing tight fitted underwear's and sexually transmitted diseases. As most of the problems concerning male infertility are related to sperm, it is extremely important to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine.
Myth 3- Men can have children as long as they live
No doubt males do not have a fertility window like females but this does not mean that they can impregnate their partner anytime they want. Although it is possible for some males to have children in their 70s, the time taken for or achieving the pregnancy is considerably longer than males who are below 45 years of age. This happens because sperm quality is likely to decrease after a certain age. It is also important to note that the chances of miscarriage and premature birth are higher when the man is older. Not only this, if you are planning a pregnancy after crossing 70 years of age, the child is quite likely to have genetic, chromosomal and developmental defects.
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London, June 8 (IANS) Leading online dating apps have teamed up with the British government to encourage more adults to get Covid-19 vaccinations, the British Department of Health and Social Care said on Monday.Dating brands including Tinder, Match and Hinge, among others, will add new features to their apps and websites to support the government's "every vaccination gives us hope" campaign.The new features will allow users to show their support for the vaccine on their dating profiles and give in-app bonuses to those who say they are vaccinated, the Xinhua news agency reported.The partnership came as a YouGov poll shows 59 per cent of adults would either prefer their date to be vaccinated or wouldn't date an unvaccinated person.The poll shows 31 per cent of adults would prefer to date someone who was vaccinated and a further 28 per cent would not date someone unless they had received the jab.George Kidd, CEO of the Online Dating Association, said: "Dating apps and services are the start point for about a third of all new relationships. When meeting in person was not possible, services were an important way of meeting others online, with the hope of meeting up later when safe to do so."About 10 million people in Britain use or have used dating apps and services, Kidd said.More than 40.3 million people, or more than three-quarters of adults in Britain, have been given the first coronavirus vaccine jab, according to the latest official figures. --IANSint/rs