Struggling to get pregnant? Introducing more herbs into your diet could be the answer.
There are many fertility herbs for women that can help you improve your chances of conceiving.
… a good question. Restoring hormone imbalances and encouraging ovulation where it is absent is key to your success.
Herbal treatment is aimed at doing just that – ‘fine tuning’ your body so everything is working at an optimum level to help you conceive. It will also help prevent the risk of a miscarriage and give you the best possible chance of having a healthy baby.
Let’s take a lot at some different herbs and their benefits.
Chaste Tree Berry (aka Vitex or Agnus Castus)
Chaste Tree Berry is helps reduce hormonal imbalances by stimulating the action of the pituitary gland which controls the hormones. It is especially beneficial during menopausal changes. In can also be used to aid the body to regain a natural balance after the use of the birth control pill.
It also helps to:
- Regulate periods
- Restart periods which have stopped
- Help with heavy bleeding
Great name, isn’t it? It sounds like some secret, sinister organization from a James Bond movie, aimed at taking over the world!
Black Cohosh is in fact a phytoestrogen which mimics the effects of estrogen, helping the hormone balance in the body. Black Cohosh can treat mood swings, hot flashes and vaginal dryness associated with menopause. It also helps regulate the menstrual cycle and helps stimulate egg release from the ovary.
Another great name! I’m not making these up – honest!
Dong Quai is a Chinese herb that is used as a blood tonic. It contains iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin E that have blood building properties.
Dong Quai balances estrogen in the body and is traditionally used in China to regulate the menstrual cycle. It can also improve implantation of the egg for women with auto-immune problems.
Dong Quai is also a blood thinner and so should not be taken during menstruation. For best results, herbalists suggest using Dong Quai in tincture form during the days between ovulation and menstruation only.
It should only be used in combination with other fertility herbs.
False Unicorn Root
These names just keep getting better and better, don’t they?
False Unicorn Root improves reproductive health and has a normalizing effect on the ovaries. It can ease ovarian pain and vaginal dryness.
A note of caution: Taking too much may cause hot flashes, kidney and stomach irritation, blurred vision or vomiting.
Wild yam increases the progesterone production which increases your chances of getting pregnant.
Another note of caution: Wild yam should always be taken after ovulation occurs. Taking it before ovulation can actually prevent ovulation from taking place.
Red Clover Blossoms
Some herbalists consider Red Clover Blossoms as the single most useful herb in establishing fertility. It has a high vitamin content which is particularly valuable to the uterus, whilst its high protein content benefits the whole body.
Because it is also high in calcium and magnesium, it helps relax the nervous system. This herb also contains nearly every trace mineral needed by the glands.
This is possibly the most popular of all fertility herbs. It is a well known uterine tonic, high in calcium. Its fertility promoting effects are most useful when combined with Red Clover.
Nettle Leaves nourish the whole system, in particular the adrenals and kidneys. It’s also a helpful uterine tonic. Its high chlorophyll and mineral content are good for the hormonal system.
Ginseng is more for the men. It stimulates the immune system and can help fight male impotency and improve male fertility. Measurable test results show that it can increase sexual desire, raise testosterone levels, increase sperm count and increase sperm mobility.
Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the Maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France. Its components make it a super antioxidant which can improve the quality and function of sperm in men.
Some studies show that up to 60% of infertile couples have difficulty conceiving due to abnormalities in the male’s sperm. Taking Pycnogenol helps to increase normally functioning sperm naturally.
This potentially has immense consequences for infertile couples, enabling them to enjoy improved natural fertility or undergo less invasive and less expensive fertility procedures.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil is an essential fatty acid that helps to increase the quality and fertile effectiveness of cervical mucus. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Evening Primrose Oil lowers cholesterol and helps to alleviate Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). It is best taken from menstruation to ovulation, otherwise it can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy.
Flaxseed oil helps treat menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis by stabilizing a woman’s estrogen-progesterone ratio.
It can also improve uterine function and thus treat fertility problems. The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil can block the production of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that, when released in excess amounts during menstruation, can cause the heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis.
Flaxseeds, rather than flaxseed oil, can also help men to increase their fertility. Flaxseed ingredients help to keep the sperm healthy and may also help reduce male impotence. However, men should be wary of using flaxseed oil as some studies suggest it could provoke prostate problems.
Fertility Herbs For Women – An Important Reminder
Each of us is a unique individual. What works for some may not work for others. In general, don’t take any herbs unless prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner while you are:
– using fertility drugs
– going through assisted conception (such as IVF)
– taking The Pill
– undergoing HRT or any other hormonal treatment