The focus on Infertility in the Homeopathic Community in 2012
This year World Homeopathy Week focused on Infertility. Infertility is a condition that affects one out of six couples, wiith approximately 10 % of all cases being of unknown origin. Causative factors associated with infertility in women are irregular menstrual cycles, age, long term use of the pill. problems of the uterus or fallopian tubes, lifestyle issues (e.g. alcohol, smoking), illness (especially std’s), hereditary disposition and stress or emotional factors. 

Conventional medicine recognises two main themes in women; reduced ovarian function (more common in older women), and absence of menstruation cycle or irregular cycle (found in 20-25% of women with infertility problems) Conventional treatment for these conditions are; OI - Ovulation induction where ovulation is stimulated with hormones, Artificial insemination where the sperm of the woan's own partner (or a donor) is introduced during ovulation, IUI – Intrauterine insemination, where lab treated sperm is introduced directly into uterus and IVF –In vitro fertilization where the egg is fertilized with sperm outside the womb and then the fertilised embryo is re introduced. Success rates with conventional treatment are limited (10% - 30%) and often carry a heavy emotional and physical burden for couples. The process can be long and arduous and can place stress on relationships creating further stress and anxiety. The side effects of hormonal treatment carry their own risks including ovarian hyperstimulation and the risk of gestating twins.

Couples treated with homeopathy report improvements in symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances STD’s and other diseases. Couples also report a reduction in stress and improved emotional well being. Many couples taking conventional treatment also report that homeopathy taken in conjunction with conventional treatments is very supportive to their general sense of well being.

The main homeopathic remedies used in cases of infertility include cimicifuga racemosa, pulsatilla, folliculinum, natrum muriaticum sepia and sabina. Here are a few keynotes of a few of these remedies,
 
Sabina
 Physical characteristics
 specifically with complaints of the uterus
 pain extending from coccyx to groin and thigh
 loss of clear blood with dark lumps
 tendency of miscarriage, esp. in 3rd month

 Psychological characteristics
 caring and helping to others
 ignorant of her own complaints

Cimicifuga racemosa
 Physical characteristics
 irritation of the ovaries
 cramping pain in the uterus
 heaviness of the limbs
 cramping pain in the muscles
 Psychological characteristics
 talkative
 strong emotiones: sadness + fear + anger

Sepia
 Physical characteristics
 menstruation irregular: too early, too late, too little or too abundant
 uterine prolapse
 pain with intercourse
 Psychological characteristics
 irritation
 exhausted
 aversion to company