Fertility Herbs for Women

Dozens of conditions can contribute to infertility in women. In some cases, women are unable to conceive because of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, nutritional deficiency or perimenopause. In other cases, no specific cause can be determined. No medicinal herb can completely eliminate the causes of infertility, but some may help to strengthen the lining of the uterus, improve hormone imbalance and reduce the likelihood of a miscarriage. Consult a gynecologist, obstetrician, medical herbalist or midwife before taking any medicinal herb to improve fertility.

Chasteberry

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, chaste tree berry may help to treat some forms of infertility. Chasteberry works by promoting e a healthy balance of estrogen and progesterone; it strengthens the uterine lining and promotes ovulation.

Licorice

Supplements containing licorice root may help to increase levels of estrogen and prolactin, two hormones associated with fertility and pregnancy. The U.S. National Institutes of Health report that licorice may be a viable complementary treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome, a common underlying cause of infertility. In theory, licorice may stimulate contractions of the uterus; stop using it when you confirm that you are pregnant.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Midwives and holistic obstetricians widely recommend red raspberry leaf supplements for toning and strengthening the uterus. According to the American Pregnancy Association, red raspberry leaf reduces the likelihood of preterm labor and other pregnancy-related complications. Renowned naturopath Dr. Andrew Weil additionally notes its common use as a treatment for endometriosis.

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Juniper Russo Tarascio, an eclectic autodidact, has been writing professionally since April 2008. Her work has appeared in several online and print-based publications, including “Animal Wellness” magazine. Tarascio’s primary writing interests include holistic health, natural living and animal care.