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Herbs to Help Female Fertility

More women are turning to herbs to help them conceive than ever before. That’s because the use of herbs has been successful with many women so naturopathy is gaining in popularity. Certainly, managing disease, illness, and the corresponding symptoms is best done through herbs. There are herbs that are used to boost fertility in both men and women. In most cases, herbs do not have many side effects, if any, and are safe to take to improve chances of pregnancy.

If you are taking any prescription drugs, infertility drugs, or other types of medications it is important to talk with your doctor before taking any herbs because there could be dangerous interactions. Your health care provider and/or your naturopath can help you determine what herbs to take and those to avoid if you are taking other drugs.

Popular Herbs

Some of the most popular herbs for female fertility include Dong Quai, Evening Primrose Oil, Red Raspberry Leaf, Vitex, Black Cohosh, and False Unicorn.

Dong Quai is an herb that helps tone the uterus and regulates hormones. Before taking Dong Quai you should talk with a naturopath because some women should take it during the second half of their cycle while some women benefit from taking it in the first half.

Evening Primrose Oil is an herb that helps improve cervical mucus. This herb should not be taken after ovulation has occurred in case the woman becomes pregnant because it can cause uterine contractions.

Red Raspberry Leaf is an herb that makes the uterine lining stronger and makes the luteal phase longer. However, you will want to talk with your naturopath or doctor before continuing this herb through the rest of the pregnancy.

Vitex, also known as chaste berry, is a hormone regulator herb that is very effective.

Black cohosh is an herb that offers significant cramp relief.

Finally, false unicorn is an herb that is beneficial for infertility and pain from ovulation.

If you are having trouble conceiving don’t run out and buy all of these herbs to take at one time. Instead, research the ones that will benefit your personal situation the most. Always talk with your doctor or naturopath regarding the herbs you want to take and any interaction they might have with other drugs.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.