By Jackie Scrivanich, Contributing Writer
Where to Begin
Time and time again I hear of couples who are having problems conceiving. They are young, they are healthy, and yet they are unable to get pregnant. We live in a toxic world, and unexplained infertility seems to be rampant. It is devastating when a couple longs to have a child, and for some unknown reason, they are unable to conceive. Understanding fertility and their bodies can help a couple to combat infertility and increase their chances of conceiving.
One of the first and easiest things any couple can do when they are having trouble getting pregnant is to learn about and understand in detail their cycle. Natural Family Planning is one method where a woman charts her cycle based on symptoms like temperature, cervical mucus, and more. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a fantastic book for anyone that is trying to understand their cycle in more detail. Charting your cycle can also help you see where there may be issues if you are faced with fertility problems. Once you know where the issue lies you may be able to address it.
Another very important thing is for a couple to ensure they are living healthy lives. Diet and exercise are important in ensuring that our bodies are working well. Proper nutrition can help to encourage your body to be more regulated which will increase your fertility. When our bodies are properly nourished, then our hormones are better regulated and our bodies are not living in a constant state of stress.
Looking Towards Herbs
Beyond basic nutrition and charting, a couple may be interested in using different supplements to assist in regulating their cycle and increasing their fertility. One natural supplement many couples turn to is herbs.
Herbs have been used by many people for thousands of years. Many ailments can be healed with the use of herbs. Just the sheer amount of time that herbs have been used is a testament to their effectiveness. Understanding proper herb use is important and finding an educated herbalist to assist you in your endeavor would be very beneficial.
While there are many options for herbs that increase fertility, I would like to share with you five of them that have been proved to assist couples.
5 Herbs to Increase Fertility
This herb helps to tone and nourish the uterus while strengthening other parts of your body. With its high mineral content, it helps to restore your body’s overall health to where it needs to be. Drinking stinging nettle in the form of tea during the months prior to conception will help to prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy and for sustaining the baby (Source).
Red Clover contains high amounts of both calcium and magnesium. These minerals are important for a woman’s fertility. This herb also contains every single trace element needed by the glandular system which makes this herb “the single most effective plant used for balancing of the hormones needed for conception to take place” (Source). An overnight infusion of red clover can help women go from the brink of infertility to fertility. (Source)
This herb, which is usually used in the form of tea or tincture, is very high in calcium. It serves as a uterine tonic and is a very effective fertility herb. (Source). Red Raspberry Leaf promotes hormone balance as well.
Chaste Tree Berry
This herb is best used in the form of a capsule or a tincture, as a tea would be very bitter. This herb can stimulate ovulation and it enhances pituitary function which improves ovarian function. Research has shown that this herb corrects any hormone deficiency of either estrogen or progesterone. (Source) It has been used for years to balance hormones.
Research has shown that this herb contains 31 different minerals and 60 different phytonutrients. These minerals and nutrients can improve fertility in both females and males by supporting hormonal balance and thyroid function, among other things (Source). Maca is usually taken in the form of pills or the powder is added to smoothies or other foods.
Speaking of Males
It is important for males to remember that they are a vital part of the fertility equation. As such, there may be an issue on their end that can be solved with herbs. Some herbs men can look into are “panax ginseng, schizandra, he shou wu, saw palmetto and some of the nourishing herbs for women work as well” (Source).
It is important that both males and females are doing all they can to be healthy and that they are nourishing their bodies. Herbs can definitely help in this process.
When you know your cycle, you can work closely with an herbalist who can determine where your cycle has issues and can use different herbs to assist. For example, if the luteal phase is too long, there are certain herbs that can be used to adjust this accordingly which will increase a woman’s chance of conceiving.
By using herbs in the form of pills, teas, or tinctures, a couple may be able to increase their fertility. With infertility being a problem that affects about one in every six to ten couples, it is important to be aware of the different options that couples struggling with infertility can turn to (Source).
Have you or anyone you know used herbs to increase their fertility?
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