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I am (yikes!) about to TTC, I think, and my cycle has been kind of a mess. I am nursing my 2.5 year old and struggling with an endometriosis flare-up and truly awful headaches. I keep coming across some herbs and natural treatments and wonder if anyone can tell me about them and their safety for use during early pregnancy and lactation. Here's my short list:<br><br>
vitex<br>
evening primrose oil<br>
wild yam / natural progesterone<br>
red raspberry leaf<br><br>
Any others I should be looking at as well?
 

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I have heard a lot of bad things about vitex, like making women not ovulate or making them ovulate late in their cycle.<br><br>
Progesterone: can also cause problems, only take it if you have a confirmed deficiency.<br><br>
Red Rasp Leaf: I use this, I think it's wonderful, it has helped regulate my cycles and I believe it decreased bleeding after my last birth.<br><br>
I drink this <a href="http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/prod_femaletoner.html" target="_blank">http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com...maletoner.html</a> you can get it at the grocery store.<br><br>
Here's some more info I have:<br><br>
From <a href="http://sdsd.essortment.com/fertilityherbs_rgqs.htm" target="_blank">http://sdsd.essortment.com/fertilityherbs_rgqs.htm</a><br><br>
HORMONE REGULATORS<br>
Dong Quai<br>
Vitex (ChasteTree Berry) - also known as the “female herb”<br><br>
INCREASES FERTILE QUALITY CERVICAL FLUID<br>
Evening Primrose Oil - This is to be taken from menstruation to ovulation. Because<br>
evening primrose oil is an essential fatty acid too - it is recommended to take flax seed oil<br>
from ovulation to menstruation. Essential fatty acids are an excellent brain foods - and<br>
flax seed oil is safe to take during pregnancy as well.<br><br>
MALE IMPOTENCE HELPER<br>
False Unicorn<br><br>
OVARIAN PAIN RELIEVER<br>
False Unicorn<br>
Wild Yam Root<br><br>
RELIEVES MENSTRUAL CRAMPING<br>
Black Cohosh<br>
Wild Yam Root<br><br>
REPRODUCTIVE TONICS<br>
Alfalfa<br>
Black Haw<br>
Cayenne<br>
Cramp Bark<br>
False Unicorn<br>
Ginseng<br>
Lady’s Mantle<br>
Licorice<br>
Loveage<br>
Motherwort<br>
Nettle<br>
Red Clover<br>
Rehmannia<br>
Saw Palmetto<br>
Siberian Ginseng<br>
Squaw Vine<br>
True Unicorn Root<br>
Valerian<br>
White Peony<br><br>
UTERINE PAIN RELIEVER<br>
Black Cohosh<br>
Wild Yam Root<br><br>
UTERINE TONER<br>
Dong Quai<br>
Evening Primrose Oil<br>
Red Raspberry Leaf<br>
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From <a href="http://www.conceivingconcepts.com/learning/natural/herbs.html" target="_blank">http://www.conceivingconcepts.com/le...ral/herbs.html</a><br><br>
False Unicorn Root<br>
Although there currently is no clinical data on this herb, there is much folklore about it as a female and male fertility promoter. It is said to contain "precursors of estrogen," which could be the premise behind it aiding both sexes. It has been claimed to be a uterine tonic, diuretic, and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. It possibly also contains progesterone-like constituents, since it apparently is also useful to help prevent miscarriage, delayed periods, and painful periods.<br><br><br>
Dong Quai<br>
Dong Quai is an ancient Asian herb. Although not containing any known phyto-estrogens, Dong Quai does seem to act like an estrogen "modulator" which activates or suppresses estrogen receptors within the pituitary to even out the hormones that pulsate to the ovaries and bring on ovulation. Dong Quai is also believed to increase metabolism within the uterus and ovaries and has been attributed with helping to build a receptive uterine lining. Among its many active ingredients, Dong Quai also contains constituents that are thought to have immune enhancing and anti-tumor activity as well. However, due to its vasodialating effect, dong quai should be discontinued when a pregnancy is confirmed.<br><br><br>
Hope that helps, good luck!
 
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