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I found this article and was wondering if anyone has tried any of these recommended natural herbal remedies to help aid in fertility?

Natural Remedies That Can Help Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/na...-boosters.html

When you make the decision to try and get pregnant, most think it will happen easily. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case for many women. If you have long or short menstrual cycle or a cycle that varies in length drastically from month to month, pinpointing ovulation can be extremely frustrating. Luckily, there are herbs and supplements, that you can take, that will help get your system back into optimal hormonal balance.

Chasteberry or Vitex (vitex agnus-castus, chastetree berry) stimulates the hormones involved in ovulation, restores female hormonal balance, and increases ovulation frequency. Vitex is useful in normalizing pituitary gland functions and the balance of progesterone and estrogen levels. Vitex is often used as herbal treatment for infertility and is especially helpful for women with irregular menstrual cycles, failure to ovulate or a shortened second half of the menstrual cycle. The effectiveness of vitex increases over time with continued use.

Red Clover (trifolium pretense) restores and balances hormonal function and nourishes the uterus. Red Clover contains isoflavones (estrogen-like compounds) which promote estrogen production and which may enhance fertility in women and boost estrogen levels in women with estrogen deficiencies. In addition, the Red Clover contains calcium and magnesium which can relax the nervous system and improve fertility. Traditionally, Red Clover has been administered to help restore irregular menses and to balance the acid-alkaline level of the vagina to promote conception.

Siberian Ginseng (eleutherococcus senticosus root) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to reinforce the body’s vital energy (what the Chinese call chi). Siberian ginseng may positively affect hormone levels, tone uterine muscles, support healthy uterine function, and enhance fertility.

Ginkgo Biloba has been used in traditional medicine to treat circulatory disorders and enhance memory – and recent scientific studies lend credence to Gingko claims. In addition, laboratory studies have shown that Gingko improves blood circulation and increases peripheral blood flow to the reproductive organs, maintaining healthy blood vessel tone. Gingko also performs a cleansing antioxidant function.

PABA is a B Complex vitamin that is synthesized in the body. PABA is believed to increase the ability of estrogen to facilitate fertility and increases the ability of some infertile women to become pregnant. A clinical trial reported that 12 of 16 previously infertile women were able to become pregnant after supplementing with PABA over several months.

Antioxidant Support: Vitamins C and E are important vitamins and cleansing antioxidants that play a vital role in repairing damage caused by the environment, aging, and in preventing cellular damage due to oxidizing free radicals. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant central to overall reproductive health and wellness. In a preliminary human trial, infertile couples given vitamin E showed a significant increase in fertility. Other studies indicate that preconceptional vitamin supplementation can increase fertility.

Red Raspberry Leaf is highly regarded for its ability to tone the uterus and muscles of the pelvic region. A highly nutritive ingredient, Red Raspberry is a powerful fertility-promoting herb, especially when used in combination with Peppermint.

Green Tea is a powerful antioxidant that enhances reproductive health by repairing the oxidative damage that occurs naturally as the result of environmental toxins and aging. A study from the American Journal of Public Health found that drinking 1/2 cup or more of green tea daily doubled the odds of conception per cycle. Due to the inclusion of Green Tea, there is a very slight touch of caffeine (equal to just 1/25th a cup of coffee).

Ladies Mantle is a “tonic” (tones and brings health) herb that is useful in regulating a woman’s monthly cycle. It also exerts a toning effect on the cervix.

Nettle Leaf contains a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals that are critical to good reproductive health, including Vitamins A, C, D, K, Potassium, Phosphorous, Iron, and Sulfur. Nettle Leaf also contains Calcium – a mineral that affects a woman’s ability to conceive and maintain pregnancy.

*Note: If you are already under a doctor’s care and are taking medicine to help your cycle and fertility, you SHOULD NOT take these natural remedies as they can interact with the medicine your doctor has prescribed.

Please share your personal experiences or those of people you know.
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I've used vitex with great success. I also drank quarts of red raspberry leaf tea, I consider that more of an herb to enhance the job of the uterus then a fertility aid, but I know it's usually mentioned in herbal fertility books.

One that I would add that wasn't on the list would be maca root. Vitex improved my cycles but I still didn't get pg until I added in maca and then I did. I've used that combo to get my DD2 and then the baby due next month.

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I was able to successfully lengthen my luteal phase from 9-10 days to 12 days.
Thanks for this list and the link, btw! It's so great! I love adding info to my Materia Medica and this helped. Thanks again! :
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I've used vitex with great success. I also drank quarts of red raspberry leaf tea, I consider that more of an herb to enhance the job of the uterus then a fertility aid, but I know it's usually mentioned in herbal fertility books.

One that I would add that wasn't on the list would be maca root. Vitex improved my cycles but I still didn't get pg until I added in maca and then I did. I've used that combo to get my DD2 and then the baby due next month.
What exactly is Maca? Is it an herb? I saw it at Whole Foods, but didn't buy it.

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The Whole Foods girl that helped me pick out my stuffs (Red Raspberry tea, Green Tea and Red Clover pills) said that she got pregnant (I would guess she was around 6 months or so from looking at her belly) by drinking tons of the R.R. tea and she recommended the R.C. as well. Can't remember if she'd said she took that too or not. But, anyway, she was the floor department specialist for supplements, so I listened and did what she said. Ha! :

I don't know, I don't want to bog down my body with too much new stuff, but I think drinking tea and taking one additional supplement is ok, at least for now. I know it works because I did the recommended (on the bottle) 2 pills twice a day with food yesterday and drank about 5 cups (recommended 1-3) of tea and by the evening I could tell...I was a little dizzy and stuff, but it was my first day taking it and so today I'm just doing 1 pill twice a day with food and so far I'm not dizzy.

Think I'm going to work up to the full dosage over the course of a week instead of going full force on it.

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I'm currently on a Chinese herb formula. I also drank some Red Clover tea during the beginning of my cycle. I drink nettle and RRL on a regular basis. I take the usual B6, B complex, vit E & C, fish oil supplement, folic acid, iron, probiotic and spirulina.

We shall see if my LP is back to normal this cycle. It was 8 days last cycle. I've read the LP can be shorter for a few cycles after giving birth.

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I picked up more RRL tea this weekend so I can be ready when AF comes I think I will go get some red clover too... I would love to O early!

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Been drinking about 4 cups of RRL/green tea a day for the past 5 days now and taking 1 pill of Red Clover twice a day w meals. I hope it works to strengthen the uterus and the green tea per online article at babyhopes.com says: "Some research suggests that two of the main ingredients in green tea, hypoxanthine and polyphenols, may lead to a higher percentage of viable embryos. Other research has suggested that these compounds help increase the maturing of eggs, and may even make the eggs more fertile", so we shall see what happens!

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Thanks for posting this! Does anyone know the dosing of these items?
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I am going to get some red clover once my little friend shows her ugly face... that is, not a real friend

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Thanks for posting this! Does anyone know the dosing of these items?
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Well, most of them are individual supplements you can buy in a bottle and that would have the dosage in the directions. Just go to a health store like Whole Foods or GNC and check out the vitamin supplement isle and check them out. When you read the back of the bottle or box it will tell you the dosage/amt, etc. Hope that helps some.

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