If you have ever battled with fertility you will know exactly how frustrating, painful and desperate a process it can become. Many women sob at the sight of their periods each month and even more take on radical therapies to try and fall pregnant. One of these is known as urine therapy and it is not as crazy as it sounds.Also known as urotherapy or shivambu, urine therapy has been around for centuries and many cultures see it as a valuable resource that can be used to heal a variety of ailments from infertility to sperm motility to hair loss and cancer. The ancient Incans used to wash their hair and shave their legs using urine and it has been used by the Egyptians, Hindus, Aztecs and Chinese for centuries. The American Cancer Association even has a page dedicated to the topic and there are definitely health benefits associated with the components of urine that include: urea, Urokinase and uric acid.
You may be even more surprised to learn that one of the most popular fertility drugs on the market today, Pergonal, is created with Luteinizing hormones (LH) and follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) that are taken from the urine of post-menopausal nuns.
I’ll give you a moment to digest that fact (pun intended)…
A real-life account
Undertaking urine therapy in our culture is likely to get you some strange looks and plenty of judgemental remarks, but Judy Connors was bold and brilliant enough to open up about how it has changed her life:
“About ten years ago I sought out alternative healing as I was feeling constant fatigue and depression,” explains Judy. “I ended up at an Ayurveda healing centre called Sohum Sanctuary in Benoni, which was run by a group of Hindu Swamis who introduced me to urine therapy.”
Judy did her research and decided to try the therapy for herself, “I told myself that if people have been doing this for thousands of years, then I can too. I remember the first day I made up my mind to drink my own urine, I decided to do it outside in case I hurled. I didn’t.”
Judy did not experience any side-effects and in two to three weeks she felt more energetic and positive, then in February 2014 she was diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst and doctors pressed her to have a full hysterectomy.
“I went the alternative route that included homeopathy, acupuncture, urine therapy and a 40-day green diet and by the end of May the cyst was gone,” she says. “I cannot say which modality worked, but I believe urine therapy played an important role.”
Keith McFarlane from Rebound SA has a rich background in practicing and teaching natural health modalities so I asked him if he believed that urine therapy could help a woman struggling to conceive.
“It is quite a personal experience and most people have a healthy scepticism about the practice,” says Keith. “The traditional method is to drink midstream, first morning, urine as this is the most potent. There are a couple of theories as to why it works and one is that it helps to balance hormonal issues due to the hormone content in the urine.”
He suggests that people who have issues due to hormone imbalances would benefit from the treatment.
“Urine is not waste, it is simply filtered blood, and if a couple was working together with fertility issues, they would share their urine,” says Keith. “By doing so, they would have to overcome deeper underlying issues they may have which may be contributing to their inability to conceive.”
Would you do it?
Whatever the science or psychology behind urine therapy, it is still a difficult thing to down with all our preconceived ideas about it being dirty and disgusting. So I asked women who had struggled to fall pregnant if this is something that they would do…
“I tried for two years to fall pregnant and had started to trial nutrition approaches and reflexology before I fell pregnant a few months ago,” says Holly Robinson. “While I think NO WAY at this point, if it had been another two years I might have tried anything.”
Sharon Williams agrees: “I tried to get pregnant for five years and they could find no reasons for my failure to conceive. If I hadn’t fallen pregnant I would have tried anything else at all and yes, if this had come along, I would have done it. I wouldn’t have told anyone, but I would have tried anything.”
Would you try it out? Are you sitting on the edge thanks to infertility and prepared to try anything? A part of me is starting to think that perhaps the idea is worth the possible outcome of a baby…
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