Herbs to Increase Fertility in Women

Humans have been using herbs for medicinal purposes since time immemorial. This article will provide you with information about some herbs that are used for boosting female fertility.
It is a common fact that infertility is the inability to produce an offspring naturally. While both genders are prone to infertility, females are found to have an increased risk. As per statistics, around 10% of couples in the reproductive age group may face difficulty in conception. While female infertility is the problem in 30 to 40 per cent of these couples, male infertility is seen in 30%. The rest of them fail to produce an offspring due to unexplained causes. Infertility in women is often found to be associated with medical conditions, like endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, problems with ovulation, fallopian tube damage, poor egg quality, etc. There are various methods of treating infertility, and herbs are one among the age-old remedies for this problem.

Herbs for Boosting Female Fertility

Herbs have long been used by humans for remedying fertility problems in both men and women. However, the most important factor is to take these herbs as per the instructions of a qualified herbal practitioner. It is also not advisable to use such herbs along with the conventional fertility medication. The following are some of the popular herbs for increasing female fertility.

Evening Primrose Oil
Rich in gamma linolenic acid, evening primrose oil is said to boost the glands that produce hormones. It is believed that this oil improves the quality of cervical mucus, thereby increasing the chances of pregnancy. Evening primrose oil is to be taken from the date of menstruation till ovulation. After ovulation, you have to discontinue its use, as it may cause uterine contractions and cramping. It can be replaced with flaxseed oil, after ovulation. This herb is not recommended for those with epilepsy or schizophrenia.

Chasteberry or Vitex
One of the popular herbs to aid fertility in females, chasteberry (or Vitex) is said to be highly effective in regulating hormones. This herb is claimed to normalize the functions of the pituitary gland, thereby regulating the vital sex hormones in females. So, it is used to treat hormonal imbalance, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, irregularities in ovulation, premenstrual stress, etc. Women who have stopped taking birth control pills for a long time are often advised to start chasteberry, so as to restore normal ovulation. It is particularly useful for those with low progesterone levels.

Dong Quai
A traditional Chinese herb, dong quai is very popular as a blood tonic. It is also said to be useful in regulating female sex hormones, and is one of the popular herbs to increase fertility in women. This herb is also claimed to tone the uterus, and regulate menstrual cycles. Dong quai is also used for treating endometriosis, ovarian cysts and fibroids. Some women find it beneficial for combating the symptoms of menopause. Above all, it is a blood purifier and thinner that improves circulation. So dong quai should not be used by those with blood clotting disorders, and those who take blood thinning medication. Even diabetics and pregnant women must avoid use of this herb. As it can increase the menstrual flow, avoid using dong quai during menstruation.

Other Herbs
  • Black cohosh: This herb is said to be useful for boosting the health of the ovaries as well as the uterus. Black cohosh may promote ovulation, and prevent miscarriage. It is also used for relief from menstrual pain and cramps.
  • Red clover: Another popular herb is red clover, which is also claimed to balance hormones, and nourish the uterus. It is used to reduce menstrual cramps, and to relieve vaginal dryness. Red clover is one of the herbal remedies for female infertility caused by blocked fallopian tubes and irregular menstruation.
  • False unicorn root: This herb is said to encourage ovulation, and regulate menstruation. It is used for treating uterine prolapse, recurrent miscarriages, and amenorrhea.
Apart from those mentioned above, there are various other herbs that are used for boosting female fertility. Maca root is also used for balancing female hormones, and regulating ovulation and menstruation. Others include red raspberry leaf, stinging nettle, wild yam, shatavari, Siberian ginseng, etc.

This is only a brief overview about the various herbs that are used to increase fertility in women. Those who want to use such herbs must seek the opinion of their physician, before doing so. You must take such herbs as per the instructions of a qualified herbal practitioner. You may also approach a fertility specialist for instructions with regard to treating infertility with herbs. Even though these herbs are completely natural, they may not be free of side effects. Another point to note is that the choice of herbs depends on individual problems. Herbs should not be taken along with other types of fertility treatment, as the former may cause adverse effects, when taken with certain prescription medication and over the counter drugs.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
By Sonia Nair
Last Updated: 10/10/2011
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