Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a person to contribute to conception.
Definitions of infertility differ, with demographers tending to define infertility as childlessness in a population of women of reproductive age, while the epidemiological definition is based on “trying for” or “time to” a pregnancy, generally in a population of women exposed to a probability of conception.
When considering the time, definitions vary. For, instance, a couple in their twenties that has tried unsuccessfully to have a child may not worry about it over a course of one, two or three months. If they are unsuccessful for, say, six months, they may be said to be subfertile, meaning less fertile than a typical couple. Both infertility and subfertility are defined as the inability to conceive after a certain period of time (the length of which vary), so often the two terms overlap. For older couples, fertility changes so quickly that losing the extra six months could be a major concern. Instead of waiting further, they may consider consulting a doctor for diagnosis.
Yoga means “Union”, union of both the male and the female energy. Infertility could be due to various problems in the male and/or the female. Yoga can help and change a couple’s daily activities for the better. For example, Yoga can help activate hormonal secretion. It improves and activates the abdominal and the reproductive areas. It helps reduce stress level and improve the understanding and relationship with in the partners. Yoga can be practised by the couple together, which enhances the overall health. Practice of various asanas and pranayama brings balance in both the partners.
In addition, reducing stress is the best way to improve fertility. Couples with high stress level are not fertile. Women with prolonged stress may experience a direct effect on the menstrual cycle – either stopping or irregular periods. Women with high stress level have a high risk of miscarriages.
Further, male infertility has been linked to a number of factors. Some men have low sperm counts, which reduce the chances of pregnancy. Smoking and drinking, exposure to high temperature can affect the fertility too. Improving the immune system is therefore very important for men and women.
Yoga is beneficial in both pre and post pregnancy stages. It builds the immune system and relives stress. Inverted and abdominal posture can improve circulation to the pelvic floor and the abdominal organs. Overall, Yoga improves the quality of life, particularly the relationship.