The journey of infertility can be exhausting, and sometimes every little step counts. While there are not many studies supporting herbal supplements for infertility, several supplements undoubtedly supply vitamins, minerals, and show some promise in supporting fertility. Here are 4 herbal supplements worth your consideration for infertility.
Note: always talk to your Obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) before taking any herbal supplements. Herbal supplements can interact with medications and affect people differently.
The herb vitex—also known as chasteberry extract—is shown to balance the body’s hormone function and elevate progesterone which aids in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. The luteal phase is after ovulation and prior to your period when your ovaries release progesterone, triggering the growth of your uterine lining. A healthy, well developed uterine lining is necessary for implantation of the fertilized egg.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Also commonly used during pregnancy, red raspberry leaf is packed with critical vitamins and minerals that can boost fertility. There are indications that red raspberry leaf can help strengthen the uterine lining and lengthen a short luteal phase. Red raspberry leaf also reduces inflammation in your body which can have an affect on infertility in both men and women.
Maca is a popular supplement for its adaptive properties which helps the body cope in times of stress. Stress can interfere with a woman’s ability to get pregnant, and researchers believe this supplement causes an increase in androgens and elevates testosterone in men. Women who suffer from PCOS, a condition associated with increased androgens, should avoid maca.
Red clover is known for its ability to increase blood flow which carries with it a multitude of fertility benefits. Improved circulation is excellent for both your ovaries and uterus, as they need healthy blood flow to function at their best. Because it improves circulation, red clover can also help promote the production of cervical fluid.
If you or a loved one is suffering from infertility, we recommend talking to your doctor before seeking alternative treatment methods. If you are in the south Denver Metro Area and are interested in learning more about herbal supplements, Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center in Centennial would be happy to help. Call us or contact us online today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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