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Herbs to Increase Fertility in Women

Infertility, defined as not conceiving after at least one year of regular, unprotected sex, is a problem for a significant percentage of American women. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 10 to 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile, reports "Medical News Today." The "female factor" is responsible for 40 to 50 percent of these cases, which can include issues such as faulty ovulation, inadequate nutrition, scarring from endometriosis or sexually transmitted disease, hormonal imbalance or ovarian cysts. Herbal treatments sometimes successfully correct hormonal imbalances contributing to infertility. Consult a qualified health practitioner prior to consuming herbs medicinally.

Shatavari

Shatavari is a member of the asparagus family considered the most important herb in Ayurvedic medicine for problems related to women's fertility. The name Shatavari means "a woman who has a hundred husbands" in Sanskrit. The herb has rejuvenative effects on the female sexual system and helps create healthy reproductive fluids, according to the "Yoga Journal." Consult a qualified health practitioner prior to consuming Shatavari medicinally.

Dong Quai

Dong quai root, one of the most revered herbs in Traditional Chinese medicine, has been used to treat health issues in Asia for at least 2,000 years. Chinese medical doctors associate dong quai's use with womb coldness, or deficiency of kidney yang in females, which can lead to infertility problems. Herbalists often combine dong quai with ginger to treat female fertility issues. These herbs are warm in nature and strengthen yang energy, which can stimulate fertility. About three to four capsules of dong quai per day are recommended. There are few known side effects of dong quai, but the herb's users may become more sensitive to sunlight, and it may interact with anti-inflammatory, diuretic and some lithium-based medications. Consult a qualified health practitioner prior to consuming dong quai medicinally.

Chaste Berry

Chaste tree berry, also known as vitex, is an herb native to the Mediterranean region that has been used for centuries in Europe to correct female hormonal imbalances. There are two primary types of imbalances that cause infertility that chaste tree berry treats. The first is a corpus luteum insufficiency, which involves low progesterone levels after ovulation, which interferes with a favorable uterine environment necessary for conception. The second is an excess of prolactin, a hormone that suppresses fertility, according to website OBGYN.net. The recommended dose for chaste berry is 60 drops of tincture, or 175 mg in capsule form per day. Chaste berry can be taken for up to 18 months consecutively, unless pregnancy occurs. Consult a qualified health practitioner prior to consuming chaste berry medicinally.

References

  •     "Yoga Journal": Lost That Lovin' Feeling?
  •     "Acupuncture Today": Dong Quai (tang kuei)
  •     Dong Quai: Dong quai -- fertility herbs
  •     OBGYN.net: Vitex (Chasteberry) and Fertility
  •     "The New York Times": Infertility in Women

Article reviewed by Lisa Michael Last updated on: Oct 18, 2010

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