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Sovata gynaecological treatment for female infertility

Sovata is renowned in Romania and the surrounding countries for its treatment of infertility in women, performed with salt water and mud. In addition, the effective results attract more and more women to seek out Sovata’s gynaecological treatment for the purpose of preventing infertility (especially for those who are at risk of infertility) and for preparing the uterus prior to in-vitro fertilization.

I. Therapy:

  • In Sovata, we treat infertility caused by:
  • stenosis or blockage of the fallopian tubes
  • chronic pelvic inflammation
  • adherences (after pelvic surgery, peritonitis, inflammation)
  • hypo-function of the ovaries (low estrogen and progesterone levels, ovulation disorders)
  • hypo-plastic uterus
  • endometriosis
  • polycystic ovaries 
  • stress

Salt water and mud are extracted from the helio-thermal Bear Lake, and contain human-like estrogen and progesterone hormones liberated by Artemia salina, which significantly improves the hormonal status of the body. Human-like measured hormone levels are: estrogen human-like 95 S.U.% and progesterone human-like 0.7- 0.8 mg% in saltwater, estrogen human-like 355 S.U.%, and progesterone human-like 2.5 mg% in mud (“Natural curative factors of the main balneoclimateric resorts in Romania”, Ed. Sport-Turism, Bucharest 1977- Stoicescu C-tin., M.D., Munteanu Laviniu, M.D., p. 162). On the other hand, the high amount of salt in water - 300g/l and in mud: 95% of mineral percentage of mud (Fulop-Nagy J., Alexe M., Serban G.: “Salt lakes in Sovata”, 2006) relieves pelvic tissue fluids and stasis and decreases pelvic inflammation.

Treatment at Sovata is not recommended for the following cases:

  • ovarian cysts greater than 3cm in diameter (ecography)
  • uterus fibroma greater than 2cm (ecography)
  • recent at-risk Bethesda/ Papanicolaou smears
  • genital surgery (or abdominal surgery) conducted within the last three months (cervix conization, ovarian cyst removal, laparoscopy)
  • acute pelvic inflammation – anexitis, methroanexitis, etc. (fever, antibiotic use) within the last three weeks
  • malignant tumour anywhere in the body treated within the last five years (i.e.: tumour removal, specific treatment and rigorous follow-up)

Discussion about possible infertility causes follows a detailed questionnaire and examination of a guest’s previous medical documentation (if such documentation already exists, both for a woman and her partner) in order to screen other unexplored causes of infertility (as well as male infertility causes). We do not treat male infertility in Sovata, except in the case of psychogenic infertility caused by prolonged stress. Beyond that, the climate of Sovata has a highly relaxing effect, and pregnancies among those with idiopathic (no cause found) infertility after treatment in Sovata likely correspond to a high number of stress-induced infertility cases.
Treatment at Sovata consists of saltwater irrigation, intra-vaginal mud pads, external mud pack, electrotherapy, and saltwater baths. The required period of treatment is at least one week, with optimal effects following 2–3 weeks of treatment.
Pregnancy after gynaecological treatment in Sovata is achieved in 15% of cases, according to ten years of non-rigorous statistics:

  • the total number of women included gynaecological problems besides infertility, like menstrual disorders, chronic pelvic inflammation, etc
  • pregnancy cases registered were only those reported directly by mothers by phone – in other words, cases were not followed up individually. As a consequence, we think the real percentage of pregnancies achieved after treatment at Sovata is higher. (Pregnancy achieved by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in rigorous statistics is about 15–25% in Romania.)

II. Prevention related to cases at risk of infertility:

repeated anexitis, methroanexitis, other pelvic inflammations
genital infections (especially repeated,  chronic - Mycoplasma, Candida)
hypo- and oligomenorrhoea

III. Preparing uterus for in-vitro fertilization
Both estrogen and progesterone levels are important for embryo implantation. Estrogen induces the development of the progesterone receptors in the uterus. The main role of progesterone is to prepare the uterus for implantation of the embryo, but progesterone has also an anti-abortive role, by modulating the mother’s immune response. The loss of embryo after in-vitro fertilization (IVF) caused by insufficient levels of estrogen and progesterone in the mother could be avoided in some cases if the uterus is “prepared” for IVF in advance with gynaecological treatment at Sovata.

Sapropelic mud and salt water, both taken from Bear Lake, have a high content of salt and human-like estrogen and progesterone hormones (liberated by Artemia salina arthropode). The high temperature of the mud and salt water increases local circulation, and thus the absorption of salt and hormones. Salt decreases local inflammation, heals genital lesions and dissolves adherences. Hormones, with nearly the same chemical structure as the human ones, are received by ovaria, hipophysis and hypothalamus as their own, effectively stimulating and balancing the body’s hormonal synthesis. Ovarian synthesis of estrogen and progesterone increases, regulating menstruations, optimising vaginal pH and ovulation and preparing the uterus for egg implantation.
In this way, treatment at Sovata prevents repeated miscarriages, including miscarriages after IVF caused by inadequate preparation of the uterus (low endogenous estrogen and progesterone levels). Ovarian insufficiency with low estrogen levels decreases the number of progesterone receptors in the uterus, so non-natural progesterone supplements (used in IVF protocols) are not able to mature the uterus completely (there are not enough progesterone receptors in the uterus). On the other hand, increased progesterone levels after treatment at Sovata (validated in clinical cases) also have an effect on preventing miscarriages by modulating the mother’s immunity levels and maturing the uterus.

The climate of the resort in Sovata has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, neutralising chronic stress (there are direct connections between the brain and genital organs through nerve fibres: the brain, stimulated by stress, causes spasms of the tubes – blocking the ovule and fecundation, and also uterine contractions that eliminate the recently-implanted egg). About 20% of cases of female infertility have unknown causes: some of them are certainly caused by chronic stress.

A simple treatment - gynaecological treatment at Sovata, using natural, scientifically-recognized remedies, can increase the number of pregnancies in well-documented cases of infertility (mentioned above), within the limits of contraindications (also mentioned)

Dr Susanna Pretorian June 9, 2010


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