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Male infertility affects 1 in 20 men globally and is the sole factor in half of the assisted reproductive treatment which is the profound concern in failure to conceive for 1 in 7 couples.
Sperm Analysis is the primary step to diagnose male infertility that includes sperm count, sperm motility and sperm morphology. if we talk about sperm count just few decades back the average sperm count was approximately 80-100 million/ml says- Dr. Ramya Mishra, Consultant (Department of infertility & IVF).
But due to Excessive use of alcohol, electronic gadgets, contaminated food, work pressure, medicines, and other environmental factors. Chronic and excessive intake of alcohol seems to have a detrimental effect on male reproductive hormones and semen quality with decrease in sperm count revealed by a study- Reprod Biol Endocrinal.2018. Similarly, Alpha-1 adrenergic blockers tamsulosin is a drug of choice in BPH but possess a negative effect on sperm count states- Dr. Cigdem Tanrikut, Urology/male infertility, Boston, USA. As per WHO, 15 million/ml or above is considered as normal now but once it gets less than 5 million, infertility treatment has to come in action.
In most of the cases of oligospermia, no direct medical or surgical interventions are agreed to be effective. To fill this gap different treatments are available that take place within the context of infertility management and have been tried including clomiphene-citrate, tamoxifen, HMG, FSH, HCG, Testosterone, Vitamin-C, Vitamin-E, anti-oxidants, zinc and high protein diet but pose many challenges.
It would surprise you that available treatment benefits the patients but may cause other health complications as well. Just like Clomiphene-Citrate is effective in oligospermia but could have an adverse effect on Libido in hypogonadal men as per study published in Indian journal of urology. similarly, testosterone therapy can also cause oligozoospermia, hepatic carcinoma on long term usage and contraindicated in men aged above 65 years. These results signals that physicians should be concerned because that is going to throw the whole system into the disarray potentially.
Fortunately, “there is still a hope” as nature has always served as a saviour for mankind by providing solutions in the form of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda provides a very effective, holistic & wide range of treatment modalities for curing oligospermia. Treatment of oligospermia comprises of administration of rasayana and vajikara dravyas or medicines internally along with lifestyle modification and diet.
Certain herbs are very well mentioned in the holy books of Ayurveda which can play a vital role to combat oligospermia and overall reproductive health.
1. kaunch seeds (Mucuna pruiens) are the rich source of L-Dopa which improves semen quality and increases testosterone synthesis.
2. Vidarikand (Pueraria tuberosa) improves the adrenergic and sexual parameters thus improves sperm count
3. Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.) seeds provide natural zinc and exerts anti-oxidant effect thus improves fertility.
4. Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans) provides sterols, phenols, alkaloids and amino acids and increases the activity of neurotransmitter norepinephrine in central nervous system thus improves sexual functions.
5. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) reduces fatigue, stress, and reduction in cortisol level upto 26%, thus improves psychosexual endurance.
6. Gokhru (tribulus terresteris) increases production of nitric oxide and enhance smooth muscle contraction, increases blood flow thus manages erectile dysfunctions.
In the conclusion, it could be said that Ayurveda is a lot safer & more effective treatment regime which is at our disposal and can give benefits to your patients which will bring change in their lives.
So this is the right time to embrace Ayurveda and let our patients experience the ancient benefits.