Fertility in women has greatly decreased in the last few decades. With the hectic lifestyles, hormone-filled foods, and constant pollution that pervade the lives of women everywhere, it is not hard to understand why 1 in 8 couples experience infertility. However, sources from the Mayo Clinic and the American Pregnancy Association suggest that a woman who is struggling to fall pregnant try herbal boosters before visiting a specialist. Considering the relative costs of the former as opposed to the latter, it is no surprise that most women try these suggestions.
Herbal Fertility Boosters
There are a number of homeopathic remedies that can be used to boost the chances of pregnancy, however, the Mayo Clinic warns that none of these have been found to scientifically influence reproduction, and though some women have found them helpful, there are no guarantees.
Some of the supplements recommended include Evening Primrose Oil, a naturopathic tincture found in many pharmacies that can increase the quality of the cervical fluid, thus providing a less hostile environment in which sperm can wait for the release of an egg. Although it is not an herb, Vitamin C, has proven itself to have a positive influence on fertility for both men and women.
One of the more popular alternatives is Red Raspberry Leaf Extract, especially if drunk as an herbal tea. Taken during your entire cycle, this herb can help to strengthen your uterine lining, which in turn, helps to lengthen your luteal phase. Once pregnancy is achieved, you should only continue taking Red Raspberry Leaf under a doctor’s supervision and it should only be taken in the last trimester as it helps to tone the uterus and prime it for delivery.
Another commonly used herb is Vitex, otherwise known as Chaste Berry. This herb helps to normalize hormones when taken during the first half of your cycle from menstruation to ovulation or for the entire cycle.
Oriental Herbs for Fertility Enhancement
A majority of the recommended fertility boosting herbs originates in the Orient, and may only be available online or through a Chinese clinic, acupuncturist, or herbal practitioner. A few of these Chinese herbs are:
- Dong Quai: This herb is a hormone regulator known to tone the uterus.
- Black Cohosh: This anti-spasmodic herb reduces cramps that could cause miscarriage.
- False Unicorn: Take this herb during the first half of your cycle only, from menstruation to ovulation as an aid for female infertility and ovarian pain.
Of course, you do not need to take ALL of these herbs at once. Rather select that ones that you feel you need the most. These herbs are available in many different forms such as teas, tablets, capsules, and tinctures. There are also specially created fertility blends that can help you benefit for the synergistic effects of all the right herbs in the right dosages.
Keep in mind that benefits from taking fertility enhancing herbs will most likely only show up 60 to 120 days after commencement. Such herbs are also cycle-dependent and in order to be most effective, will need to be taken for the duration of your entire menstrual cycle. Therefore taking these herbs over the course of multiple cycles will most beneficial.