Today, many women are turning to herbs for fertility, hoping to increase their chance of conception. Herbs have been found to increase the body’s healing potential and balance the hormones.
Herbs have less unwanted side effects than drugs and other invasive medical procedures.
• Uterine fibroids
• Unusually long periods
• Corpus Luteum Insufficiency (CLI)
• Irregular menstrual bleeding
• Ovarian cysts
• Hormonal imbalances
Here you will find a list of herbs that have been found to increase fertility and improve health during pregnancy.
Chaste berry is sometimes referred to as the female herb and is also known as vitex. It has been found to normalize levels of progesterone and other hormones, while containing no hormones itself. Vitex is especially helpful at regaining the natural hormonal balance after the use of birth control pills. A study found that vitex increases fertility and a woman’s chance for conception.
In other studies, vitex was found to regulate and balance a woman’s menstrual cycle, thus giving her a better chance for conception. When taken in recommended doses, vitex has been found to be safe.
Dong Quai is derived from the angelica sanseis root and is used as a blood tonic, containing micronutrients known for blood building properties. Dong quai balances estrogen levels and has been used to regulate menstrual cycles. Dong quai is a blood thinner, however, so avoid use during the menstrual cycle. Also, you should not take dong quai if you are taking aspirin to prevent blood clotting.
False Unicorn Root
False Unicorn Root is safe and effective for many fertility issues, such as hormonal imbalances, dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and more. It aids in the woman being able to become pregnant, as well as to stay pregnant, reducing chances of miscarriage. Take only the recommended dose. In large doses, False Unicorn Root can cause hot flashes, vomiting, blurred vision and stomach irritation.
Wild Yam is used to increase the production of progesterone. It should be taken after ovulation however, because if taken before, it can have the opposite effect, preventing ovulation.
Evening Primrose Oil
Even Primrose oil contains essential fatty acids and aids in the increase of quality cervical fluid. Take Evening Primrose oil from the time of menstruation up to ovulation.
Flaxseed oil should be taken after ovulation, as it contains essential fatty acids and aids in fertility as well.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red Raspberry leaf should be taken during the entire menstrual cycle. Red raspberry leaf has been shown to strengthen the lining of the uterus and lengthen the luteal phase. Once you become pregnant, check with your doctor about whether or not to continue the use of red raspberry leaf. It is often recommended during the third trimester to help tone the uterus and prepare for birth.
Herbal Fertility Blends
Fertile XX, FertileAid and Fertility Blend contain a variety of fertility herbs, as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you don’t want to bother with individual herbs, these blends may be the solution for you.
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