Fertility is not only a physiological condition required to have a baby, but is also a crucial state for overall health and a way to utilise the potent energy that is available in a woman.
About Heather Grzych
Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide To Fertility.
A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives.
Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In this Episode we Discuss:
The Epidemic of Infertility
The Australian Department of Health reports 1 in every 6 Australian couples suffers from fertility problems, which they attribute to the decision to have children later in life as well as declining sperm count.
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 percent, or 6.1 million, women in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant each year.
Male Infertility Epidemic
According to the largest and most comprehensive meta-analysis of its kind published in August 2017, sperm counts around the world declined by more than 50% between 1973 and 2013, and continue to shrink.
Related Reading: Sky Rocketing Male Infertility Skyrocketing Warns the Human Race
Fertility is not just about having a child, it’s a by-product of good health.
Ayurveda doesn't consider fertility to be just a matter of procreation but a matter of enlivening creative intelligence within the body which becomes manifest in many ways that transcend one's capacity to reproduce.
Re-identifying the role of a woman to benefit the women
The Misaligned Superwoman
- The challenge to harmonise between the divine masculine and the divine feminine in the workplace.
- Excess androgens (male hormones) in woman.
- Women want success financially and in their job, but they are less successful at making babies.
- Controlling a time to have a child.
- Intellectual mind dominating the primal mind.
- PCOS - excess androgens.
The Trend of Having Children Later In Life
Although we are extending our longevity as a species, we are not extending the age of our fertile window.
The Physical Benefits of Having a Child in Earlier Years
Your Eggs Are In Your Grandmother / You (Woman) Are Born Containing Your Grandaughter
- Modern science says that all your eggs in your ovaries. All of them.
- You don’t grow new ones in your life.
- While your mother was growing within your grandmother, you were one of the follicles in her teeny tiny ovaries.
- Ovarian Follicle - secretes hormones and has the potential to develop into healthy eggs that could be available for a future baby.
- This oocyte may undergo divisions to form an ovum - a mature female reproductive cell, which can give rise to an embryo, usually only after fertilisation by a male cell.
If you are pregnant right now with a girl, you are carrying your daughter AND your future grandchild.
This is bija dosha - and why consciousness conception ie. preconception health is so important for your future generations (plural).
Don’t let the man off the hook either.
Ayurveda considers this herbal formula to be particularly efficient at enlivening cellular memory of perfect health, enhancing health at a quantum level and hence in many cases increasing fertility.
Sex During The Menstrual Period
- According to Ayurveda this is the most inauspicious thing one can do and it will severely compromise fertility.
- Blocking the pathway and blocking the cleansing.
- Reversing the flow towards upwards.
- Reversing the energy.
Deep respect and honour for the very special event that is the menstrual cycle
Ayurveda states that honoring the menstrual cycle is fundamental to promote overall health and enliven your fertility.
Not only to pull back the bow for stronger ojas and fertility, but a time to perform introspection on your sexual energy, sensations, arousal levels, emotions, desire for sex - where do I put my energy when I’m not having sex?
Good to practice pre-conception.
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The Ayurvedic View on Sex
How much to have and when.
Essential Elements for Conception
The intersection between Ayurveda and fertility: Garbha Sambhava Samagri
The “Fetus forming ingredients”
- Rtu - ideal season, in terms of fertile period in a woman. Ideal climate in the garbhashaya (uterus and fallopian tubes) for the sperm to fertilise the ovum.
- Sperm should enter the uterus a couple of days before ovulation. Ovulation is the release of egg or ovum from the ovary in woman.
- Dvadasaratram: Day 12 when artava is manifested. Days 12-16 (fertile period) is the ideal kala for conception.
- If not fertilised, the ovum gets distorted.
- “As lotus flower closes positively when the day is over, a woman's uterus contracts after the period of conception is over (thus, does not receive the seed).” S.S. Sarira Sthana, Ch 2.
- Kshetra - Fertile land. Mother. Healthy womb (uterus).
- Good land for implantation to occurs. Implantation: the ovum which is coming towards to uterus following ovulation meets the sperm. Then fertilisation occurs. The fertilised ovum (sukra shonita) now comes into the uterine cavity and gets adhered in to the wall of the uterus.
- Now, uterus is home for the garbha and growing foetus until it gets matured until delivery. The first home of all living beings.
- Treat diseases related to the uterus before conception so a healthy women allows for proper implantation.
- Ambu - Proper water supply for the land.
- Rasa dhatu to supply nutrient for the foetus.
- To create this: PK, shodana, nasika, pranayama, asana, ensuring spine is in good position always.
- If this rasa to the garbha is cut off, the foetus doesn’t grow properly or one can find stunted growth or mal-formation.
- Foetal circulation - the exchange centre of the two bloods of mother and foetus is the Jarayu (placenta). The circulation takes place trough the blood vessels of the mother drain and receiving through the umbilical cord of the foetus (nahbi) via the umbilical cord.
- Bija - healthy seed.
~ Susruta Samhita, Sarira Sthana, Ch 1 & 2.
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