A woman is considered to have infertility or sterility problem when she is unable to conceive a child after at least one year of unprotected, regular, well-timed intercourse.
Infertility also includes an inability to maintain a pregnancy or carry a child to live birth, as described by the World Health Organization.
In women, fertility can be affected by various health problems, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids, anemia, thyroid problems, blocked fallopian tubes, Candida and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Other factors, such as heavy drinking, smoking, age (older than 35), obesity, excessive stress, a history of irregular or painful periods, a poor diet and intense physical training, can also increase a woman’s risk of infertility.
Here are 5 home remedies for female sterility.
Ashwagandha, also called Indian ginseng, is very helpful for women having difficulty conceiving. This herb is effective in maintaining hormonal balance and promoting proper functioning of the reproductive organs. It also helps tone the uterus for those who have recurrent miscarriages.
Mix 1 tablespoon of ashwagandha powder in a glass of warm water. Drink it twice daily.
Pomegranate also boosts fertility in women. It helps increase blood flow to the uterus and thickens the uterine lining to reduce the chance of miscarriage. Plus, it promotes healthy development of the fetus. Mix equal amounts of finely powdered pomegranate seeds and bark and store it in an airtight jar. Take ½ teaspoon of this mixture with a glass of warm water twice daily for a few weeks. You can also eat fresh pomegranate fruit and drink pomegranate juice.
Cinnamon can help with proper ovarian functioning and thus be effective in fighting infertility. It even helps in the treatment of PCOS, one of the main causes of infertility.
It is also used to treat problems such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids and amenorrhea (absence of menstrual periods) that can affect a woman’s fertility. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of hot water. Drink it once daily for a few months.
If infertility is due to a hormonal imbalance in the body, an effective remedy is chaste berry, also called vitex. This herb helps improve ovulation due to its high prolactin levels. Add 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried chaste berries to a cup of boiling water. Cover, steep for 10 minutes and strain it. Drink this tea once daily for a few weeks or months. You can also take chaste berry supplements, available as capsules, liquid extract or tinctures. For proper dosage and suitability, consult your doctor.