Female Reproductive Problems


Overview

A gynecological disorder is a condition which affects the female reproductive organs, namely the breasts and organs in the abdominal and pelvic area including the womb (uterus), ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. It can be devastating or minor as well. Some problems can affect the proper functioning of the reproductive system and a woman’s ability to get pregnant. 

In Ayurveda, Three elements/doshas are there which control the body functions. Imbalance in these elements are the cause for every disease. 

Majority of gynecological diseases are described as Yonivyapad, though some of the menstrual abnormalities i.e. asrgdara/menorrhagia etc have been described separately.

Symptoms

It  may vary from person to person like irregular periods, heavy or less menstrual bleeding, pain or may not show any symptoms at all. 

Gynecological symptoms may also resemble other medical conditions or urological problems like: 

  • Bleeding between periods
  • Frequent and urgent need to urinate, or a burning sensation during urination
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding, particularly during or after intercourse
  • Pain or pressure in your pelvis that differs from menstrual cramps
  • Itching, burning, swelling, redness, or soreness in the vaginal area
  • Sores or lumps in the genital area
  • Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant or unusual odor, or of an unusual color
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Pain or discomfort during intercourse

Causes

  1. Sedentary lifestyle.
  2. Unhealthy diet -
    • Excessive intake sour, spicy food(vitiate pitha)
    • Excessive intake sweet, oily, unctuous food.(vitiate kapha)
  3. Hormonal disorders.
  4. Excessive indulgence in coitus.
  5. Hormonal imbalance.
  6. Following unhygienic conditions post intercourse.
  7. Infections.
  8. Lack of personal hygiene.
  9. Injury.
  10. Heavy weightlifting.
  11. Emaciation/debilitating diseases.
  12. Grief and stress.
  13. Repeated abortions.
  14. Indigestion.
  15. Alcohol and smoking.
  16. Obesity.
  17. Not taking adequate physical and mental rest during periods.
  18. Lack of proper sleep.
  19. Lack of physical exercise.
  20. Suppression of natural urges (Natural urges are the Involuntary functions such as hunger, tears, urination, sneezing, farting etc)

Treatment

Ayurveda treats gynaecological disorders through a combination of 

  • Diet and lifestyle Modifications
  • Herbs and Herbo-Mineral Preparations

Treatment includes the following with their respective herbs

  • Cure dysmenorrhoea - Ashoka
  • Regulate hormone imbalance - Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Gokshura.
  • Reduce the size of cyst, fibroid etc - Kanchanara guggulu.
  • Tonic for urogenital system, Effective in conditions like Leukorrhea, mood changes associated with menopause - Chandraprabha gulika.

Herbs

Chandraprabha vati, Kanchanara guggulu, Kanchanara guggulu, Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Gokshura, Ashoka

When to see a doctor?

Gynaecological symptoms may resemble other medical conditions or urological problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

Consult your physician if you have any of the following symptoms:

Pain or discomfort during intercourse.

Increased vaginal discharge.

Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant or unusual odor, or of an unusual color.

Sores or lumps in the genital area.

Itching, burning, swelling, redness, or soreness in the vaginal area.

Pain or pressure in your pelvis that differs from menstrual cramps.

Abnormal vaginal bleeding, particularly during or after intercourse.

Frequent and urgent need to urinate, or a burning sensation during urination.

Bleeding between periods.


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