The Use of Herbs to Improve Fertility

HerbsIf you are struggling with your attempts to conceive, it can be a very stressful experience.  Well-meaning friends and family may be pushing you toward visiting a fertility doctor to seek a medical solution.  However, you may be interested in trying some all natural remedies before taking that step.  Below are some common infertility issues and herbs that have been known to remedy them.

  • Amenorrhea– If you are suffering from either irregular periods or a complete lack of them, there are several herbs that can help.  For example, motherwort is a mild uterine stimulant that is used worldwide to treat these ailments.  The flowering tops, leaves, and stalk can all be used for medicinal extracts and vinegars.
  • Cervical Mucus Issues– To encourage healthy production of cervical mucus, it is important to stay hydrated and ingest essential fatty acids, especially omega-6, and evening primrose oil is a fantastic source of this.  The seeds of the evening primrose plant are pressed into this oil, which is typically enclosed in a capsule for use as a dietary supplement.
  • Endometriosis– To soothe the pain of endometriosis, you will want to seek out herbs that reduce inflammation and strengthen your body’s immune response.  A great example of this is bee propolis, a resin mixture of tree sap, buds, and leaves which bees make to seal openings in their hives.  A 2003 study published in Fertility and Sterility showed that 60% of the participants suffering from endometriosis who took 500 milligrams of bee propolis twice a day for 9 months became pregnant, as opposed to 20% of the group taking a placebo.
  • Ovarian Cysts– Ovarian cysts can be diminished by taking herbs that promote regular ovulation, proper circulation, and hormonal balance.  Black cohosh root is known to regulate the entire menstrual cycle.  This very powerful herb, which should be used for no more than 6 months, has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy blood flow throughout the pelvic area, and aids in regular shedding of the uterine lining.

Before starting any herbal regimen, it is recommended you seek the advice of both your physician and an experienced herbalist.


Foods that Boost Fertility in Women

Plenty of detailed information exists on what pregnant women should and should not ingest. However, when you are trying to conceive, the guidelines are less clear.   Read on to learn more about great foods to eat when you are trying to become pregnant.

  • Plant-Based Proteins– A study of 19,000 women conducted at the Harvard School of Health uncovered that women with a high intake of animal proteins were 39% more likely to be infertile that those with a diet higher in plant protein.  Examples of plant proteins you can add to your plate are beans, edamame, nuts, tofu, and lentils.
  • Whole Milk Products– The aforementioned study also found that one to two servings daily of whole milk or products containing this ingredient can protect you from ovulatory infertility.  However, this only applies to whole milk; skim and low-fat milk can have the opposite effect.  (The lower fat milk products have a higher amount of lactose so if you are able to tolerate it at all, the best bet would be organic whole milk products. The other thought would be soy milk but that is still a hot topic in the food world and it is said that it negatively affects fertility.)

vegetables food boost infertility

  • Leafy Green Vegetables– Dark leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and arugula contain high levels of folate, a B vitamin found to improve ovulation.
  • Foods High in Iron–  Studies show that women regularly taking a non-heme iron supplement were 40% less likely to have difficulty conceiving than those who do not.  One great example of a plant-based product high in non-heme iron is pumpkin seeds.
  • Complex Carbohydrates– Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest than refined carbohydrates, and therefore help keep your blood sugar and insulin levels stable.  This is important because women with high blood sugar and/or high insulin levels are 50% less likely to become pregnant within a six month time frame than those with stable levels.  When you are trying to conceive, choose dark bread, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta over their counterparts.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids–  Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help regulate your reproductive hormones, as well as increase the blood flow to your reproductive organs.  Salmon is an excellent source of this.  (However, not all fish is. When you are trying to conceive, you should avoid swordfish, shark, tilefish, and king mackerel.)

Top 6 Tips for Conceiving in 2012

Everyone is making New Year’s resolutions this season. If you’re thinking about having a family in 2012, here are our top 6 suggestions for women trying to conceive.

Get your health in order. Before you get pregnant, get a checkup. Have your pap smear done, and get tested for infectious diseases and hereditary disorders that can affect a baby. Whatever has been on your heath and dental check list, take care of it before you get pregnant. Also, make sure your partner is in good health and takes his health seriously, too. Continue reading

Using Vitamin B-6 to Help Fertility

fertility monitor    Salmon is rich in Vitamin B-6.

Vitamin B-6 can play a critical role in fertility.  It can be especially helpful for dealing with the condition of luteal phase defect. Luteal phase defect (LPD) causes the menstrual cycle to be shortened to less than 10 days. Therefore, the uterine lining does not mature properly. As a result, the fertilized egg does not implant or the woman is not able to maintain a pregnancy.
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