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Yoga is an ancient gift that traces its path from India and China. Commonly performed for general body fitness and balance, yoga can offer more benefits when it comes to enhancing pregnancy rates and combating infertility cases in both males and females.

What is Fertility Yoga?

Fertility Yoga is generally a Yoga approach with specific poses and exercises to improve fertility or enable a woman to conceive. The recent studies point to how Yoga poses have increased energy flow throughout the entire body and improved the function of the endocrine and the reproductive system.

A Case Study of Fertility Yoga

According to a study conducted by the Mind/Body Medical Institute (MBMI), 185 women who had previously failed to conceive in the past two years were selected and divided into three groups. The first group was placed under the Mind and Body training program, the second under a support group, while the third was the test group. Interestingly, these were the conception percentages;

  • Mind & Body Program Group- 55%

  • Support Group- 54%

  • Control Group- 20%

In addition, women who were placed under the mind and body training program reported drastic positive psychological changes in the terms of reduced stress and lower cases of depression compared to other women in other groups

Other studies based on the same approach confirmed that 42% of the women who had effectively completed the program conceived after trying for more than 3 years.

The studies also indicate that these exercises help in reducing stress and improving the mental state of women struggling with infertility.

Also, Yoga fertility approaches help in normalizing hormonal balances in a woman since they improve the endocrine function. Different postures are recommended for efficacy

What does Fertility Yoga Treat?

  • Unexplained infertility

  • Weakened pelvic muscles

  • Weakened reproductive system

  • Hormonal imbalances

Trying yoga alongside other infertility treatments can help improve your chances of conception. These infertility treatments can include;

  • Fertility drugs

  • Fertility massage

  • Fertility cleansing

  • Dietary changes

  • Weight loss

Infertility is caused by a number of issues in women and the major victims are the Fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterine lining, and mucus. Practicing yoga can help strengthen the reproductive system and the muscles, reducing the effect of hormonal imbalances, the improper working of the Fallopian tubes, and stress levels.

Various Fertility Yoga Poses/Exercises to try out

  • Kapalbhati Pranayama- also known as Rhythmic rapid breathing, it helps in improving the quality of reproductive cells.

  • Paschimottanasana- (Seated Forward Bend), rejuvenates your ovaries and the uterus

  • Janu Shirasana- (one-legged forward bend), strengthens the lower back muscles and the hip regions

  • Hastapadasana- (Standing Forward Bend), effective in improving blood flow and also stretching the important muscles

  • Baddha Konasana- (the butterfly pose), provides flexibility in the lower part of the body. This includes the hips, abdominal region, pelvis, and the thighs

  • Viparita Karani- (Legs Up the Wall), one of the easiest poses for relieving backache and improving blood flow. Enhances conception chances since it involves the entire body.

  • Balasna- (the child’s pose), helps in stretching the thigh muscles, hips, and ankles. It has a positive impact on the brain thereby relieving stress, fatigue, and depression

  • The Supported Shoulder Stand- it helps in triggering the thyroid gland when the sternum presses in the thyroid region. It also increases blood flow to the uterus and helps in relaxing the pelvis

  • The Bridge Pose

One of the complicated yoga poses, but once you master it, it is very interesting. This pose helps in stretching the entire body, especially your uterus

General benefits of Fertility Yoga

  • Increases blood flow in the reproductive region

  • Helps in case of hormonal imbalances

  • Improve mental status

  • Reduces stress, depression, and fatigue

  • Helps in detoxifying the body

  • Maintains the ovaries’ health

  • Increases circulation

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