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Fertility Herbs

  • Evening Primrose Oil - Not only does evening primrose oil help lower cholesterol and alleviate symptoms of PMS, it also aids in the production of fertile quality cervical mucus, which is a huge proponent in the process of conception. Drinking plenty of water in addition to taking evening primrose oil can help you produce thinner, more watery cervical mucus, which is easier for your partner's sperm to swim through, increasing the chances of fertilization. Evening primrose oil causes uterine contractions, so you should not take it after ovulation in the event that conception has occurred.
  • Palmetto - One of the primary herbs used by men with fertility issues is palmetto. Its tissue-building and gland-stimulating properties can help tone and strengthen the male reproductive system and can help correct male impotence and low libido, and promote prostate health.
  • Combination Supplements - An herbalist will sometimes recommend more than one herb that can be taken together in one form to help increase your chances of conception.

    For you: A combination of chaste tree berry, ginseng, red clover blossoms, dong quai and more, Ovulex is an herbal fertility supplement that can treat a hormonal imbalance or nutritional deficiencies, and can help strengthen your uterus to create ideal conditions for conception to occur.

    For your partner: An herbal fertility supplement specifically for men, Amberoz contains ginseng, ginger, tribulus, palmetto and vitamin E to increase sperm count, sperm motility and strengthen the reproductive system as a whole.

  • Precautions

    There is very little regulation of herbal remedies in the United States. The FDA does not regulate the manufacturing of herbs, but the U.S. Pharmacopeia, a publication that contains legally recognized standards of therapeutic drugs including herbal supplements, does enforce a few standards in the process. Companies that produce herbs meeting these standards have the "USP Dietary Supplement Verified" seal of approval on their label. Looking for herbs with this stamp can help reassure you that are buying a product with some quality. While they can help treat a variety of problems, herbs can also cause adverse affects when mixed with prescription or over-the-counter drugs, so it is important that you talk to your doctor before taking any type of natural remedy for your fertility issues.

    If you are considering trying herbs for fertility, it is important to remember the following things:

    • Never use herbal remedies and fertility drugs consecutively.
    • Only take the herbs recommended by your doctor or an experienced herbalist.
    • Use a brand of herbs that has been on the market for quite some time and has good credibility. Higher prices do not necessarily mean better quality.
    • Always take the recommended dosage and pay attention to the way your body responds to the herbs.
    • Don't expect immediate results. Most herbs take anywhere from three to six months to produce maximum benefits.
    • Because some herbs can cause your uterus to contract, discontinue your use of all herbal medicines once you become pregnant.

    Even though they are considered "all-natural," herbal medicines are quite potent and should be taken with as much precaution as traditional medicines. If you are interested in using fertility-promoting herbal remedies, discuss the possibility with your doctor. It may help improve your chances of conception considerably.

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