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Are There Any Home Remedies I Can Use To Increase Fertility?

Many couples struggle with fertility issues. Yet, getting fertility treatments can be extremely expensive, and in some places such treatments are not covered by insurance. Or, it may be that the medications used to treat fertility problems, such as Clomid or hormone injections, are not an option. In these cases, many couples turn to home remedies to increase fertility.

One of the most effective home remedies you can use to increase your fertility is to keep good track of exactly when you are ovulating. During ovulation, a variety of changes happen to your body, such as changes to cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and levels of luteinizing hormone. For many couples, simply tracking ovulation to maximize your window of conception will resolve fertility problems.

Vitamins and nutritional supplements may also help to increase your fertility. A woman’s body needs certain nutrients to be able to conceive, and to be healthy enough to conceive. By making sure that your nutritional stores are at their best, you can help to increase the chances that your pregnancy will be a healthy and successful one and that your baby will be at less of a risk for problems.

One way that home remedies such as vitamins and supplements can help improve your fertility is in the area of cervical mucus. Cervical Mucus is a jelly-ish substance produced by a woman’s body during her monthly cycle. During ovulation, cervical mucus resembles the white of an egg, and is often referred to as “egg-white cervical mucus.” Cervical mucus is an important part of conception. Cervical mucus helps the sperm to survive once inside a woman’s body, and helps the sperm get to the egg so that the egg can be fertilized. There are certain vitamins that may help increase cervical mucus.

They can include:

- Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to make blood vessel walls stronger, fight infections, and to speed the healing of wounds. In addition, Vitamin C is thought to increase the amount of water in your cervical mucus, which will help cervical mucus to be more plentiful.

- Nitric Oxide. Nitric Oxide, sometimes referred to as NO, helps to make blood vessels dilate. It also helps blood to flow to the reproductive organs, including genitals, uterus, and ovaries. Some studies suggest that NO will also help to increase the amount of mucus secreted by the cervix.

- Lactobacilli. While not exactly a vitamin per se, Lactobacilli are tiny organisms that are an important part of a healthy environment in the vaginal. Lactobacilli can help to create an environment in which cervical mucus is more effective.

- Grapeseed Extract. Grapeseed extract works with Vitamin C to make it more effective. In addition, the presence of this specific antioxidant can give additional support and protection to the sperm.

- Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) – Evening Primrose Oil is a herb that is often used specifically to help increase cervical mucus. Evening primrose oil is an essential fatty acid that is also an anti-inflammatory. Evening primrose oil will not only help to increase cervical mucus, it can also help to increase the quality and effectiveness of cervical mucus, and produce more “egg-white cervical mucus.”

In addition, healthy eating and nutrition when trying to conceive is an important part of increasing fertility. When you are trying to conceive you should try to eat a nutritionally balanced diet each and every day. Such a diet should include:

  • 2 to 3 servings of foods that are rich in calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or low-fat milk.
  • Up to seven servings of vegetables and fruits, two of which should be rich in folic acid. Foods rich in folic acid include spinach, broccoli, orange juice, and lentils. One of your fruits or vegetables should be high in vitamin C, including oranges, papaya, kiwi, or cantaloupe.
  • Significant amounts of protein, preferably by eating lean meats such as poultry.
  • A minimum of six servings of whole-grain foods, such as oatmeal, brown rice, or whole wheat bread.
  • Be sure to get plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. This will also help to increase the amount of cervical mucus that you produce, which is a key component of conception.

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.