23rd Dec

11 Essential Herbs/supplements for improving female fertility

Can herbal supplements actually aid in conceiving and boosting female fertility? Multiple research studies and reviews have shown that yes, continual and dedicated intake of herbal supplements can infact enhance female fertility. The theory that most of these herbs when used in combination with conventional medicine are at their most effective has also been presented. If you take the time to read on, I will discuss some of the herbal supplements that are effective in boosting female fertility. Some of these herbs aid ovulation, some treat hormonal imbalance and some assist in regulating menstrual cycles but, they are all aimed towards women and are proven as having positive effects on fertility.

1. Maca Root

Lepidium meyenii is an all round, hormone-balancing herb with benefits for both men and women. This powerhouse herb is high in mineral and contains hormone balancing properties. Maca root also increases stamina and energy levels and supports over-all body health. A great plus for Maca root is that it is suitable and has fantastic benefits for both males and females. Therefore, you and your partner can take this supplement daily to increase your chances of conception.

Benefits of Maca Root

  • Balances out hormones.
  • Increases stamina and energy.
  • Assists you in having a healthy sex life.
  • Contributes to overall body health.

2. Chaste Tree Berry (vitex)

Vitex agnus-castus significantly improves your chances of conceiving. It regulates the hormones in your body, encourages ovulation and lengthens the luteal phase (the phase of your menstrual cycle when your body is preparing for pregnancy). If your luteal phase is short, your chances of conceiving are usually smaller.

Benefits of Vitex

  • Increases luteal phase, encouraging conceiving.
  • Regulates hormonal balance.
  • Supports ovulation.

3. Mucuna Pruriens

Mucuna Pruriens is a popular Indian medicinal plant, and it has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine. In clinical trials, Mucuna Pruriens was shown to increase sperm concentration and motility in all the infertile study groups. It has also been shown that Mucuna Pruriens  treatment to infertile men regulates steroidogenesis and improves semen quality because it reactivates the antioxidant defence system of infertile men, while helping in the management of stress and improvement of semen quality.

 4. Horny goat weed

Horny goat weed or Epimedium grandiflorum is an aphrodisiac, testosterone booster and erectile aid which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. In addition to improving sexual performance, it has also been found useful in preventing osteoporosis (weak bones) and arthritis.


5. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) is a herb popular for its de-stressing properties. It also helps regulate and balance out hormones and adrenal gland function. The herb’s de-stressing effect makes it great as a first option for boosting fertility because, sometimes your inability to conceive may just be due to stress. Another plus is that it is also ideal for men and can boost your partner’s sperm count and libido.

Benefits of Ashwagandha

  • The herb is effective for dealing with stress hormones.
  • It balances hormones.
  • Assists in restoring your regular sleep patterns.

6. Motherwort

Leonurus cardiaca is an effective herb for improving uterine health. The herb is known to treat uterine fibroids, painful or irregular periods, and ovarian cysts, among others. It also increases circulation and has calming effects. Motherwort is a stimulant and may cause mild contractions, it is best to take this tonic prior to conception and all usage should be discontinued once you conceive.

Benefits of Motherwort

  • The herb improves over-all uterine health.
  • It has calming and de-stressing properties.
  • Aids in menstruation.

 7. Red Clover

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a herb just bursting with nutrients and health benefits. It is known as a herb that treats vaginal dryness by increasing cervical mucus. The herb also improves circulation and treats irregular menstruation.

Benefits of Red Clover

  • It increases cervical mucus.
  • Detoxifies the body.
  • It assists in proper circulation to the reproductive organs.
  • It aids in hormonal balance.
  • Can be used as treatment for a host of other infertility causes such as irregular periods and blocked fallopian tubes.

8. Red Raspberry Leaf

Red raspberry leaf is often combined with Red Clover by women looking to enhance their fertility. The herb can be taken during pregnancy and are bursting with essential nutrients and minerals. It is also safe to be taken after conceiving, during pregnancy.

Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf

  • The herb improves the quality and health of your eggs.
  • It supports the uterus.
  • It reduces heavy and painful menstrual periods.

9. Nettles

Nettle leaf (urtica dioica) is a fantastically nourishing herbal supplement. The herb is loaded with vitamins and iron and is an effective treatment for excessive menstrual bleeding and anaemia. It also supports the health of your uterus and assists in preparing the body for conceiving and a healthy pregnancy. The leaf can be taken either as a tea or in supplement form.

Benefits of Nettles.

  • Replenishes blood lost due to excessive menstrual bleeding.
  • Cleanses and prepares the body for conception.
  • Greatly benefits the uterus.
  • Provides hormonal balance.

 10. Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle (sylibum marianum) eliminates excess hormones, therefore balancing out the hormones. It is a great detoxification method commonly embraced by both men and women looking to treat infertility. The herb may also work as a combatant against morning sickness suffered during the early stages of pregnancy. The herb may be consumed in small amounts daily by grinding and sprinkling some quantity on food.

Benefits of Milk Thistle

  • Protects the liver from damage.
  • Assists in eliminating excess hormones.
  • May treat morning sickness.
  • It is a fantastic infertility detoxification.

 11. White Peony

White peony (paeonia officinalis) aids fertility by encouraging and improving blood flow to the reproductive and sexual organs. Generally, the herb is a wonderful hormone balancing aid and also assists in relaxation and de-stressing.

Benefits of White Peony

  • It improves circulation to the reproductive organs.
  • It aids in relieving pain.
  • It acts as a treatment for irregular or missing periods.
  • The herb contains hormone balancing properties.

Hopefully, one or all of these natural fertility enhancers will assist you in conceiving and having a healthy, safe pregnancy. It is important to note that although all these herbs and supplements listed are healthy for pre-pregnancy use. However, if you do find that you are pregnant, please do not take these supplements as they are not all certified safe for use in pregnancy. If you are in doubt, please consult with your doctor before you begin taking these herbs or ask for their advice on which to stop using after you get pregnant. Also, diet, enough sleep, exercise and lack of stress all come into play when trying to conceive. Don’t forget that statics have shown that 30% of infertility problems are termed as ‘unexplained’, whereby no medical problems seem to be the cause of the infertility and it is probably a lifestyle, emotional and diet-induced problem.

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