Making the decision to try to have a baby is easy; the hard part is actually conceiving the child. Most people think it happens easily and for some it actually does, unfortunately, it does not go that smoothly for everybody. It can be extremely frustrating figuring out the length of your cycle or even pinpointing the exact date of ovulation. In addition, if you were on birth control, it may take a bit of time for your cycle to return to its natural state. As such, once you make the decision to have a baby the key principle you will need is patience as chances are you will be waiting for a while.
Luckily, you can cut down this waiting period using a few natural remedies that will assist in getting your cycle back to its initial hormonal balance.
Chasteberry or Vitex
Also known as agnus-castus, chasteberry, or chaste-tree berry, women who have had success with it often refer to is ‘herbal Clomid’. Vitex works by stimulating the ovulatory hormones, creates a hormonal balance, and boosts the frequency of ovulation. Vitex controls the functions of the pituitary gland, as well as aids in balancing the levels of progesterone and estrogen. This herbal supplement is often used to treat infertility and can help regulate menstrual cycles and ovulation. It has also been shown to lengthen the luteal phase. According to the NYU Langone Medical Center, a standard dose of vitex or chasteberry extract is 20 mg taken 1 to 3 times per day. In liquid form, the suggested dosage is 40 drops every morning. The longer you use this supplement, the stronger the effects will become over time.
Red Clover (trifolium pretense)
Red Clover is said to nourish the uterus as well as restore and stabilize hormonal functions. It consists of isoflavones, a compound that promotes the production of estrogen, which helps improve female fertility. Red Clover can also increase estrogen levels for those women suffering from deficiencies.
Two other important ingredients of Red Clover are calcium and magnesium; these relax the nervous system, which prompts fertility. Red Clover most commonly used to aid in restoring irregular menstrual cycles and to promote pregnancy by balancing the acid-alkaline levels inside the vagina.
Siberian Ginseng (eleutherococcus senticosus root)
This traditional Chinese medicine is used to reinforce the chi or vital energy your body requires. Siberian ginseng has been proven to normalize hormone levels, tone the muscles of the uterus, aid in maintaining healthy uterine function, and increase fertility.
Ginkgo Biloba has also been a traditional form of medicine over the years. Used to treat memory and circulatory disorders, scientific findings indicate that using this antioxidant will improve the circulation of blood in your body. It also helps improve the peripheral blood flow to the reproductive organs, supporting healthy blood vessel tone.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red Raspberry Leaf is extremely popular for toning the pelvic muscles and uterus. It is a very potent fertility-enhancing herb, especially when it is taken alongside Peppermint.
This herbal tonic is used to regulate a woman’s monthly cycle, as well as toning the cervix.
Another plant that promotes improved reproductive health is Nettle Leaf. It is comprised of a variety of minerals and vitamins that promote fertility. These include Vitamins A, C D, K, Iron, Potassium, Sulfur, and Phosphorous. Nettle Leaf is also a good source of Calcium, which increases a conception chances and helps maintain healthy pregnancies.
Two of the most important antioxidant vitamins are Vitamins C and E. These cleansing antioxidants help by repairing environmental damage, as well as damage caused by aging. They also block any cellular damage created by free radicals. As a fundamental antioxidant, Vitamin E is essential to reproductive wellbeing. During one scientific trial, couples with infertility who were asked to add Vitamin E to their diet, demonstrated a substantial improvement in fertility.
This B Complex vitamin is synthesized within the body and it is thought to boost the power of estrogen to improve fertility. However, it also helps increase the chances of pregnancy in some infertile women. After adding PABA to their diet over a certain period, a clinical trial showed evidence that 12 of 16 previously infertile women were able to conceive.
One of the most powerful antioxidant is Green Tea. Its main function is to improve reproductive health by repairing any naturally occurring oxidative damage due to aging and environmental toxins. The American Journal of Public Health published a study that stated that by just drinking at least 1/2 cup or more of green tea per day, chances of conceiving each cycle was doubled. Do note, however, that Green Tea does contain a small amount of caffeine, which is equivalent to 1/25th of a cup of coffee.
Be sure to consult your doctor before taking any of these natural remedies, especially if you are already taking prescribed medication to increase fertility, as there is a small change that they might contraindicate each other.