7 Herbs For Increasing Fertility & Conception
By Tamra Speakman - May 02, 2014
God has given women a natural gift and desire to bear children. Infertility can be a frustrating and heartbreaking issue to deal with. There are actually different causes of infertility for each person. Some of the causes of infertility are, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, blocked fallopian tubes, hormone imbalance, hypothyroidism, poor egg health, and low sperm count in men. Orthodox medicine turns to artificial hormones, medications, and invetral fertilization to overcome infertility. Unfortunately these therapies can have unwanted side effects. God has designed His creation to provide helpful medicinal herbs to nourish, cleanse, and heal our bodies. Many herbs taken prior to conception can help nourish, cleanse, and prepare the body for pregnancy as well as increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Though many herbs have a long history of safe use during pregnancy there are some general safety considerations to ensure the health of mom and baby. There are some herbs that should be avoided altogether during pregnancy. It is wise to educate yourself on these safety considerations while attempting to conceive so that you can make any needed adjustments upon conception. I will share with you seven herbs that can be beneficial for increasing fertility and conception. It is important to keep in mind that we are each individuals and that herbalism is not one size fits all. If there is a health issue preventing pregnancy it is wise to seek a qualified herbalist or natural health care practitioner to assist in healing and to help increase the chances of conception.
Herbs To Increase Fertility and Conception
1. Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)A nourishing herb rich in iron and other nutrients, it can be used for anemia and may help boost egg quality. Astringent properties help to stop excessive bleeding and strengthens uterus. This makes it beneficial after miscarriage. Used post surgery it can help heal the uterus in cases of endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, prolapse, and cesarean section. It has a toning affect on the uterus and muscles of the pelvic region preparing the body for pregnancy and eventually labor. Red Raspberry is safe to consume throughout pregnancy in tea or nourishing infusion form. Let's not forget that this is also a safe and nourishing herb for daddy to be. It can also be purchased as Mama's Red Raspberry Brew that includes nettle, alfalfa, and peppermint. For those with a history of miscarriage it is best to consult an experienced herbalist for special cautions on this herb before using it to increase conception.
2. Red Clover Blossoms and Leaf (Trifolium pratense)This nourishing herb, rich in vitamins and minerals is also a beneficial as a blood purifier. This can help to detoxify the body prior to conception and pregnancy. Other benefits are digestion and liver health, improved circulation, hormonal balance. It can be used for unknown infertility issues, blocked fallopian tubes, and irregular menses. This herb can be taken as a nourishing food in an infusion or tea.
3. Nettles (Urtica dioica)This is one of the most amazing nourishing herbs and my favorite nourishing infusion. Rich in vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, iron, and vitamin C, it is often used for anemia and with excessive bleeding. It's high vitamin and mineral content supports blood and tissue formation. Nettle also supports liver and provides hormonal balance. This herb can be used to support the body in gentle cleansing prior to conception as well as nourishing it for conception.
4. Milk Thistle (Sylibum marianum)Milk thistle is most commonly used for liver health. As it helps the liver filter toxins it helps to balance hormones, eliminating any excess. It also has been shown to actually heal liver damage and protect the liver from future damage. This is a great part of a pre-pregnancy and infertility detoxification used by both men and women. It can also be used during early pregnancy to assist with morning sickness. I have seen the most benefit from this herb by grinding 1-3 T of the seed daily and sprinkling it on food. It is commonly taken in standardized tincture form containing 80% silymarin.
5. Chaste Tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus)This little berry is one of the best for balancing hormones thus increasing fertility. It is said to help reduce endometriosis from advancing, balance progesterone levels, decrease PMS, restore an absent or calm a heavy menstrual cycle, reduce uterine cysts. Chaste Tree Berry is said to encourage ovulation by increasing lutenizing hormone, lengthening the luteal phase and increasing progesterone. This herb can be bitter and is best made into a tincture. Some of the information below contains affiliate links that allow me to receive a small percentage when you purchase using these links.
6. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)For those having difficulty conceiving choosing an adaptogen herb such as Ashwagandha can help provide overall endocrine and hormone balance. This herb can help regulate and restore thyroid and adrenal gland function. It is also a nervine so can provide a calming effect on stress and assist in regular sleep patterns. This is another herb that is great for men and can be used to increase libido and increase sperm count.
7. Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)Motherwort has a long history of use by midwives for female health. It's uses are PMS, absent or painful menstrual periods, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts. This is a great herb for heart health and increased circulation for mom to be. Calming depression, stress, and anxiety is another benefit of Motherwort. Because Motherwort is a uterine tonic that can stimulate mild contractions it is best used as healing prior to pregnancy and conception and should be stopped if conception occurs. Though you can use Motherwort in tea form this is another bitter herb and is often taken as a tincture.
Diet, Exercise, and Stress Reduction ResourcesIt is important to make sure that your body is as healthy as possible prior to conception. Herbs can be very beneficial to help increase fertility however there are other areas that should also not be overlooked. Diet, exercise, stress, and sleep are all just as important when trying to conceive. This month you can look forward to the BHS Blog team sharing articles covering many subjects related to fertility, conception, and pregnancy. I have included a few links for Products, or articles that can help educate you in these areas so that you can make sure your body is in the best condition possible for conception and pregnancy. Making Babies Book and DVD Series by Shoshanna Easling The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy by Shonda Parker E-Book Review-Feed Your Fertility by Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich Herbs to Boost Your Fertility by Sara Elizabeth Infertility by Shay
The Natural Fertility Diet: How to Eat for Optimal Fertility by Hethir Rodriguez C.H., C.M.T.