If you are struggling with fertility issues, you may be enticed to try a home remedy or two to help improve your fertility. You are not alone. With the rising cost of fertility treatments, more and more women today are turning to home remedies to increase their chances of conception.
One of the easiest ways to increase your fertility is to simply keep track of your monthly cycle so that you can pinpoint ovulation. By knowing when you ovulate, you can time intercourse perfectly and this will boost your conception chances.
Start by buying a basal body thermometer and take your temperature every morning before you rise out of bed. Write down your temperature on a chart. After a while, you will notice a rise in your temperature and this will indicate that ovulation has occurred.
Do not forget to also keep track of your cervical mucus. The quantity and texture changes throughout your cycle and becomes more slippery and egg white the closer to ovulation you get.
For approximately 2500 years, Chinese herbs have been used to treat a variety of health issues, including infertility. This is because certain herbs can help improve fertility by supporting the natural biological performances of the reproductive organs.
However, according to the American Pregnancy Association, since the effects of herbal remedies are cumulative, the true effects of using them are usually only seen after 60-120 days of full use. In addition, herbs are cycle-dependent, meaning that they need to be taken for the whole cycle in order to reap the most benefit from them, especially if they are taken for multiple cycles in a row.
A few of the better herbs taken to increase fertility are:
- Evening Primrose Oil (EPO)
Evening Primrose Oil is an herb that is specifically used to improve cervical mucus. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, it is also an essential fatty acid. Evening Primrose Oil can also help by increasing the quality and effectiveness of cervical mucus, and produce more “egg-white cervical mucus.”
- Vitex/Chaste Tree Berry
This herb is thought to be the natural equivalent of Clomid. It works by nourishing the pituitary gland and lengthening the luteal phase. Vitex can also decrease prolactin and increase progesterone.
- Red Raspberry Leaf
This is wonderful when drunk as a tea before and during pregnancy. It is a fertility enhancing herb that has a high nutrient profile, especially calcium. Red Raspberry Leaf acts as a uterine tonic preparing the uterus for pregnancy. It should not be taken during the last trimester as it may stimulate early labor.
This herb is known to be a hormone balancing one that promotes fertility and vitality. Women and men can take it, although it is best taken between your period and ovulation only.
Take your Vitamins
Your body needs certain quantities of vitamins before, during, and after pregnancy:
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most popular vitamins in the world. This super-vitamin works to ward off infections, heals wounds faster, and makes blood vessel walls stronger. Plus, it also helps to increase the amount of water in your cervical mucus so that your cervical mucus is more plentiful.
- Nitric Oxide
Sometimes referred to as NO, Nitric Oxide aids in making blood vessels dilate, improving blood flow to the reproductive organs, such as the genitals, uterus, and ovaries. There have been a few case studies compiled wherein it is suggested that NO may help to increase the amount of mucus that is secreted by the cervix.
- Grapeseed Extract
Taking Grapeseed Extract alongside Vitamin C can increase its potency. Grapeseed Extract is a powerful antioxidant that provides additional support and protection to sperm.
- Vitamin D
Most people in America today suffer from a deficiency in Vitamin D and do not even know it! A lack of Vitamin D can decrease fertility, cause migraines, and alter moods.
- Folic Acid
This vitamin is extremely important to take in early pregnancy in order to prevent complications. It is also most beneficial when taken for a few months prior to conception to avoid birth defects. Folic Acid aids in proper cell division and promotes ovulation. It is suggested that a dose of 2,000 mcg per day is sufficient for women trying to conceive.
Eating healthy can go a long way in increasing fertility. Try to include the following in your diet:
- Consume 2 to 3 servings of calcium rich foods like cheese, yogurt, and low-fat milk
- Eat substantial amounts of protein, such as nuts and meats, including lean meats like poultry
- At least six servings of whole-grain foods, like oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat bread should be part of your daily diet
- Avoid dehydration and increase your cervical mucus by drinking eight to ten glasses of water per day.
- Eat at least seven servings of vegetables and fruits per day. Two of these should be rich in folic acid, like spinach, broccoli, orange juice, and lentils. One of the fruits or vegetables must be high in Vitamin C, such as oranges, papaya, kiwi, or cantaloupe.