Herb & vitamin list explaining uses for infertilityJuly 3 2005 at 4:35 PM
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Im not a doctor nor do I consider myself one. This is information Ive collected from studies, research and from those who study herbs. I highly recommend consulting a doctor or a professional before taking any of them. Please note that only some of the herbs listed below indicate whether or not they are safe for pregnancy. Please treat all as being unsafe until speaking about there usage with your RE or OB/GYN.
**Angelica (Dang Gui) regulates menstrual flow (scanty flow) and aids in the lining of the uterus. Helps lowers FSH.
AlfalfaAids in pituitary problems. Works well with fertility drugs. Alfalfa is safe to take all cycle long.
Bee pollenWith royal jelly can improve or eliminate menstrual problems. Is rich in vitamins, minerals, nucleic acids, and steroid hormones. Strengthens pituitary gland.
BeechwoodFor those taking Clomid or SeropheneBeechwood aids in CM and is an alternative to Robitussin. Can be found in most health food stores.
Black CohoshA natural supplier of estrogen. Black Cohosh should ONLY be taken from menstruation to ovulation
Blessed Thistleis used when Black Cohosh isnt tolerated.
Blue-green algaeContains chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Strengthens pituitary gland. There are two typesChlorella (from freshwater) and Spirulina (from saltwater)
CatnipElevates mood. Helps prevent miscarriages and morning sickness.
CayenneIncreases the effectiveness of other herbs. Take from menstruation to ovulation.
Chaste Tree (aka Vitex)Inhibits FSH & makes hormones more subdued. Regulates estrogen and progesterone. Vitex should be taken from menstruation to ovulation, though some women claim that it is beneficial to take all cycle. Great to take a few months before doing an FSH level test or CCT to help lower the results of FSH levels. **Works against Sarsaparille, Maca, Damiana, and infertility drugs including clomid!
DamianaInhances FSH & LH. Natural aphrodisiac.
Dong QuaiIs a hormone regulator and uterine tonic. It is known as the female hormone regulator. Dong quai should be taken in the first half of the cycle from menstruation to ovulation. **Not recommended during pregnancy
Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is a uterine toner and helps to increase the fertile quality cervical fluid. Regulates menstrual flow (scanty, dark flow) and aids in the lining of the uterus. It neutralizes over-acidity in the body. EPO should be taken the first half of the cycle - from mensturation to ovulation.
False Unicorn Lowers estrogen. Tones & strengthens the muscles of the uterus. Prevents miscarriage (especially when used with Lobelia). Used for all types of complications of pregnancy. Helps lowers FSH.
GinkgoImproves blood flow to the brain & pituitary gland.
GinsengContains steroids similar to estrogen and progesterone. Aids in reducing stress. Helps lowers FSH. Regulates male hormones especially when taken with Sarsaparilla. Take from menstruation to ovulation.
HawthornHelps prevent miscarriages.
HopsHas estrogenic effects. Has a calming effect. **Can slow down sex drive.
KelpGreat for the pituitary glands. Helps lower prolactin levels.
Licorice RootIt contains Estroil, an estrogen. Depresses the pituitary gland. Helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Take from menstruation to ovulation **shouldnt be taken for long periods of time nor in large doses. Works against fertility drugs.
LobeliaPrevents miscarriage. Works great with False Unicorn.
MacaEnhances FSH & LH. Reduces stress.
Red CloverUsed to restore fertility. Take from menstruation to ovulation
Red Raspberry leavesStrengthens the uterus and entire reproductive system. Helps prevent miscarriage.
Royal jelly with bee pollen can improve or elimate menstrul prolems. Contains high amounts of amino acids, vitamins, and enzymes. Considered to be the queen bees equivalent of fertility drugs.
SarsaparillaIt contains both male and female hormones. For men, it increases sperm count especially when taken with Ginseng.. For women, it balances female hormones, strengthens the pituitary gland and enhances both FSH & LH. Contains progesterone.
Saw Palmetto may be beneficial for infertility, menstrual disorders, ovarian dysfunction, lactation, thyroid deficiencies, and painful menstrual periods. This herb is mainly used for male problems and have only found it to may be work for female problems.
Valerian root does the same as wheatgrass. Very relaxing to the whole body.
VitexSee Chaste Tree
Wheatgrass or Barley grasshelps the cervical mucus and uterus have the right ph balance needed for conception and implantation. Helps restores hormonal functioning.
Wild YamIncreases progresterone. Prevents miscarriage.
*White Peony (Bai Shao)regulates menstrual flow (scanty flow) and aids in the lining of the uterus.
*For those taking Clomid or Serophene--an alternative to Robitussin is (found in most health food stores).
Lady´s Mantle is considered a reproductuve tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation.
Camp Bark is considered a reproductive tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation
Loveage is considered a general reproductive tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation
Motherwort is considered a reproductive tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation.
Nettle is considered a reproductive tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation.
Vitamin & Minerals
Alpha-linolenic acidimportant for ovulation. Aids in the egg release (from the follical) and allowing the development of the corpus luteum that is responsible for progrestrone production.
B6a deficiency and cause low progesterone.
Coenzyme Q-10 (co Q-10)Helps support and improve mitochondrial (the powerhouse of cells) function. As we age, the mitochondrial DNA is damaged by free radicals in our system contributing to poor egg quality occurring with aging.
DHEAis a hormone building block that decreases with aging. It can be used in place of growth hormoneto help the ovaries respond. A study reported that taking 80 milligrams per day for 2 months improved response to gonadotropic drugs.
Notedont take for long periods of time. Women with elevated male hormones should not take DHEA.
Folic acidimportant for cell division. It also can prevent spinal bifida.
L-arginineImproves bloodflow to the pelvic organs. In a study, this amino acid was found to increase ovarian response, endometrail receptivity, and pregnancy rates in IVF patients who took 16 grams of L-arginine by increasing blood flow to the ovaries. It not recommended to take that much though.
LecithinB6. For pituitary gland. Its known for helping to normalize hormone levels which in turn helps to lengthen the luteal phase and to minimize PMS and morning sickness.
MagnesiumLow magnesium levels are accociated with low progesterone. Can lower the risk of premature birth, may reduce preeclampsia, cerebral palsy and mental retardation.
Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) a B vitamin which stimulates the pituitary gland and sometimes restores fertility to a woman. PABA affects the formation of red blood cells, and stimulates the production of folic acid in the intestines. Supplements of 300 to 400 milligrams daily has been found to prevent and correct aspects of some autoimmune conditions including infertility. Can has side effects such as skin rash.
Pantothenic acidIs a B5 vitamin. Synthesizes hormones and cholesterol Improves the body's resistance to stress Deficiencies can cause infertility though being deficient is rare.
Pycnogenol or oligomeric proanthocyanidinsA super-antioxidants that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondria.
Seleniuman antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondria. . A deficiency of selenium can lead to infertility in women.
Vitamin Ais an antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondria.
Vitamins Cis an antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondria.
Vitamin Ean antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage to mitochondria (in cells). Is very important if you wish to conceive.
Zincis an antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondria.
Avoid stress as much as possiblewomen who have very high levels of stress have shown to be 93% less likely to conceive and have a live birth. Stress is one of the linked to miscarriage. Mediate, do yoga, massages, etc to reduce your stress.
Get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep can interfere with your hormones and body regeneration.
AvoidCaffeine, Nicotine, and alcohol. All are said to reduce success rates in IVF treatment and may cause miscarriages.
Nicotine is found in higher concentrations in the uterine fluid (uterus). It causes the ovaries to age faster and the eggs resistant to fertilization. The percentage of IVF fail rate was high but I misplaced the information and dont remember the exact amount.
Alcohol has been shown to reduce IVF success by 50%
There is conflicting data regarding Caffeine. Its claimed to increase the risk of miscarriage.
Exercise moderately. Too much and too little exercise can lead to an imbalance of hormones.
Stay clear of chemicals.
- awesome info.. thank you so much for posting. - groll on Jul 3, 2005, 6:14 PM
- Wow - Heather on Jul 3, 2005, 6:38 PM
- Your very welcome - LaDawna on Jul 3, 2005, 9:36 PM
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- LaDawna - NikkiJ on Jul 4, 2005, 8:17 AM
- Hello - LaDawna on Jul 4, 2005, 8:03 PM
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- very interesting info - Olena on Jul 5, 2005, 8:09 AM
- Thanks a bunch - Marie on Jul 22, 2005, 12:48 PM