Herbs for Fertility and Pregnancy

Fertility Herbs: Holistic Herbs and Fertility Foods
From Vitex to Fertility Blend

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Pregnancy is a time of increased self-awareness - and caring for your self is the first step in caring for your baby. Pregnancy health - both emotional and physical - brings increased fertility for the mother, the healthy development and growth of the baby, and a happier pregnancy for both mother and child.

Planning for a healthy pregnancy, of course, begins with common sense: avoid nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs. A balanced and healthy diet is also important, as is regular, moderate exercise and reduced levels of stress.

If you are not eating organic, now might be a good time to switch to organic foods - especially when it comes to meat and dairy products. You are what you eat - and cows, poultry and fish are what they eat, too - so by implication, organic and "free-range" foods will not have the added hormones and additives.

Herbs for Fertility

Many women are also turning to herbs for fertility and pregnancy support. Below you will find a list of herbs to use - or avoid - to enhance fertility and increase pregnancy health.

Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex)

Chasteberry has the effect of stimulating and normalizing pituitary gland functions, especially its progesterone function. The greatest use of Vitex Agnus Castus - or Chasteberry - lies in normalizing the activity of female sex hormones and it is thus indicated for dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual stress and other disorders related to hormone function. It is especially beneficial during menopausal changes. In a similar way it may be used to aid the body to regain a natural balance after the use of the birth control pill. Because it can increase progesterone and extend the luteal phase, some women begin taking it when they ovulate, though regular daily use is indicated in the promotion of fertility.

Vitex agnus castus (chasteberry, vitex) is a traditional herb that has been used for centuries for hormonal imbalances in women. More recently, numerous clinical research studies have provided compelling evidence for vitex as a treatment for infertility, female hormonal imbalance, dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual stress, ovulatory irregularity, annovulation, amenorrhea, and other disorders related to female hormone function..

In research studies, vitex may relieve symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances and vitex may be helpful for women who do not have regular or normal menstrual cycles. Because vitex impacts key hormones that regulate and balance the menstrual cycle, vitex can help balance the levels and ratios of hormones required for normal menstrual function, ovulation, and fertility. As vitex is safe, it may be used by women seeking to become pregnant to increase chances of conception. More specifically, it can be used by women with irregular ovulatory function and by women with shorter luteal phases. Vitex may also be used after discontinuing use of birth control pills to restore normal ovulation.

As vitex has the effect of stimulating and normalizing pituitary gland functions, especially its progesterone function, vitex may be particularly useful in cases of low levels of progesterone (corpus luteum insufficiency) during the luteal phase (the period between ovulation and the end of the menstrual cycle). As the studies below indicate, vitex may be very effective in promoting normal hormal function, regular and fequent ovulation, and support fertility and conception.

Dong Quai

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis root) is the noted Chinese herb that is used as a blood tonic. It contains micronutrients known for their blood building properties (iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin E). Dong Quai balances estrogen in the body, and is traditionally used in China to regulate the menstrual cycle. Dong Quai is also a blood thinner, and for this reason it should not be taken during menstruation. It may be helpful in improving the chances of implantation for women who have auto-immune problems, but should not be taken if you are already taking "baby" aspirin to reduce blood clotting.

False Unicorn Root

Used for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, hormonal imbalance (balancing effect), infertility, morning sickness, ovarian cysts, spermatorrhea, threatened miscarraige, uterine prolapse. It is a tonic for the reproductive organs, expecially beneficial as an aid to getting pregnant and staying pregnant, has a normalizing effect upon the ovaries. Used in infertility caused by dysfunction in follicular formation in the ovary. Eases ovarian pain and vaginal dryness. Follow directions: Taking too much may cause hot flashes, kidney and stomach irritation, blurred vision or vomiting.

Wild Yam

Wild Yam can increase progesterone production. This can increase progesterone production for those with short luteal phases but should only be taken after ovulation. If taken before it can actually prevent ovulation.

FertilAid and Fertility Blend

If you are considering using a herbal supplement, FertilAid and Fertility Blend contain a number of key fertility herbs, as well as central vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. FertilAid is particularly rich in vitamins and minerals, and both blends containt vitex agnus castus or chasteberry.

Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy

Various sources have recommended avoiding the following herbs during pregnancy. These herbs should also be avoided after ovulation, in case you may be pregnant.

Barberry Bloodroot, Calamus Cascara, Sagrada Fennel Flaxseed,
Goldenseal Juniper, Lavender Licorice Root, Male Fem Mayapple,
Mistletoe Passion Flower, Pennyroyal (a strong uterine stimulant!!!),Periwinkle Poke Root, Rhubarb, Sage, St. John's Wort,
Tansy Thyme, Wild Cherry Wormwood, Yarrow


am 42 years Please I had my fibroids removed two time 2002 and 2005 and I have trying so many thing to get a baby but no any advice what herbs to take to boost my fertility level will be appreciated. Thanks mabeleed

My husband and I tried for 4 years to get pregnant and we almost gave up. I had done some research on Chinese fertility and then decided to give it a try. I took the chasteberry in capsule form for 3 months and then gave my body a 1 month break and in the 4th month I was pregnant. She just turned 5 and she has no side effects and neither do I. In fact she is very smart and beautiful. Good luck TTC

How much chasteberry should I take every day? I bought both capsules and tincture form. I am 41 and seeking to advance my chances of trying to conceive over the next six months. I just miscarried and I will begin trying again in March as long as my period comes on time. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.

Please I just had my fibroids removed in October and I want to start trying for a baby any advice what herbs to take to boost my fertility level will be appreciated. Thanks esther

Hey ladies I would never get a period but after taking Vitex I get it every month also I drink 1 cup a night of Raspberry tea!!!! Good luck and may God bless uyou all on getting pregnant!!! I have been trying for three months, so we will see!!!!

I had pcos and I need a son and my hubby had less male sperm(boy , Y) . Can you recommend any thing ? I got one daughter and had done one abortion and one ivf treament failed

Hey guys this thread may be a bit old. But I had a miscarriage in October 2011 it really broke my heart. I've been depressed ever since. So after the mc my doc diagnosed me with pcos I have quite a few of the symptoms most common is Im really irregular. I get a period maybe 2-4 times a year. So I had blood work done. Sugar levels are good, thyroids are good, however testosterone was elevated and cholesterol was really elevated ! Well basically my point here is I'm thinking I've had the hardest time getting preg bcus I have sporadic ovulation and my hormones are out of wack. Do you guys think that vitex would help me??? From everything I've read I think it should (I hope) I bought some and started taking them dec 16. It's only dec 24 and I've had some spotting. Not sure what it means but I'm going to continue to taking the herb bcus I've got nothing to loose. I mean it's not like it can screw up what was already screwed up right? I've been eating healthier and exercising to help get the cholesterol under control. If vitex helps me with making me regular it would be awesome. And a pregnancy would be such a blessing. I've also been charting my bbt witch is extremely wild. I usually have low temps 96.3-96.9 since taking vitex it's risen and to be honest I can't make any since out of my temps. But I'm going to continue to chart. Either way if vitex works in any way for me I'll deff be back to let you ladies know. Also keep in mind it took over a year of unprotected sex with my hubby to even get preg the first time. !! I'm almost positive that's due to the sporadic ovulation. However if u ladies have any advise or feedback for me if love to hear:D

ok so im trying to get pregnant. im 30yrs old and was diagnosed with endo 7 years ago. im kinda tired of all the proding and poking and want ot try something new off my own since its costing me thousands of dollars at my gynae and no results. so i bought vitex,false unicorn root and red clover tea bags. Is taking all these too much or should i go for it. I plan on taking the vitex once per day, false unicorn root twice a day and dring the red clover twice per day too. help.. dont want to over do it

me and my husband have been trying for 2yrs now. i am not a regular person. been reading some of your comments but i cant seem to get those herbs here where i live. am from Belize. any advice? feel as if though am falling into a depression because of this, crying myself to sleep every night. God plz help me. am begging!

ps- i've tried all kinds of stuff; they all failed!

i canrt wait until this medicine works for me

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