10 Best Fertility Herbs for Women

How to use herbs to boost your fertility and get pregnant naturally

If you’re trying to conceive and nothing is happening, herbs are a natural option that can help to address the underlying causes of infertility and increase your chances of conceiving.

In this article I’ve compiled a list of the most effective herbs for fertility along with the best ways to use them to overcome infertility and get pregnant naturally.

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Fertility herbs for women

Herbs for Fertility

Herbs have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and Western Herbal medicine for balancing hormones, increasing fertility and helping women to conceive.

Herbs taken prior to conception can help to cleanse, nourish and prepare the body for pregnancy as well as increasing your chances of becoming pregnant naturally.

How do herbs help with fertility issues?

Herbal medicine can help to balance the hormones, correct luteal phase defects, support the ovaries and promote regular ovulation.

Herbs and herbal remedies are also helpful for women over 40 who are trying to conceive, male fertility issues and unexplained infertility.

Herbal remedies

What causes infertility in females?

Infertility can be caused by a wide range of factors including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), hormonal imbalance, endometriosis, fallopian tube blockage, ovulation problems, low hormone levels and a short luteal phase.

Poor nutrition, extreme or ongoing stress, over-exercising and exposure to certain chemicals can also have an impact on fertility.

The World Health Organisation has calculated that 10% of women worldwide struggle with fertility issues. [1]

Herbs for Fertility

Important Note: These herbs should not be taken alongside hormone treatments, fertility medication or hormonal birth control.

If you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, ovarian cysts or fibroids, it’s best to see a practitioner first to address these issues before commencing herbal treatment for fertility.

Herbs

These are my top ten fertility herbs:

1. Vitex

Vitex, also known as Chaste Tree or Chaste Berry is one of my favorite hormone balancing herbs.

It balances estrogen and progesterone levels in the body which is helpful for women with estrogen dominance.

Symptoms of estrogen dominance include heavy or long periods (longer than 7 days), short menstrual cycles (shorter than 25 days) and severe premenstrual symptoms including mood swings, irritability, fatigue, anger and depression.

Vitex also helps to promote ovulation, lower prolactin levels and lengthen the luteal phase (the time from ovulation to menstruation).

2. Red Clover

Red Clover contains plant based estrogens (phytoestrogens) that help to boost fertility in women with low estrogen levels.

Red Clover also helps to thicken the uterine lining, leading to better implantation, which increases the chances of conceiving.

3. Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant.

It’s a popular natural remedy for PMS and helps to reduce premenstrual symptoms including anxiety, irritability, breast tenderness, bloating and anger, while also maintaining hormonal balance.

Evening primrose oil also increases cervical mucus, which is essential for fertilization.

4. Red Raspberry

Red Raspberry is a popular fertility herb that is also a uterine tonic.

It helps to raise progesterone levels naturally and is also known to prevent miscarriages and pregnancy complications.

5. Shatavari

Shatavari is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used in India for centuries for infertility.

It helps to increase cervical mucus and regulate the menstrual cycle.

6. Dong Quai

Dong Quai is a powerful fertility herb and is commonly used to treat menstrual problems.

It’s especially helpful for promoting blood flow in the pelvic region and balancing estrogen levels.

Dong Quai is also helpful for women suffering from endometriosis, uterine fibroids and polyps.

7. Damiana

Damiana is an aphrodisiac herb that stimulates the nerves and increases blood flow to the sexual organs.

8. Wild Yam

Wild Yam helps to increase progesterone levels naturally and reduce PMS symptoms.

Wild Yam is especially helpful for women with short cycles or a short luteal phase.

Wild Yam can also be applied as a topical cream.

9. Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps to reduce insulin resistance, which is one of the factors that causes Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

PCOS affects approximately 1 in 10 women of childbearing age and it’s one of the leading causes of infertility. [2]

Cinnamon also helps to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding and cramps. [3]

10. White Peony

White Peony is also helpful for women with PCOS. It helps to remove excess testosterone from the body, reduces painful menstruation and increases circulation of blood to the pelvic area.

Herbal medicine

If you’d prefer a herbal formula, Michael’s Female Reproductive Factors contains a range of nutrients including vitamins A, C, E, thiamin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and zinc along with a blend of herbs including flax seed extract, damiana, ginseng, licorice, gotu kola, red raspberry leaf, wild yam, cayenne fruit and clove flower bud.

Hormone Tests for Fertility

If you’d like to check your hormone levels without needing to see a doctor, you can order a test online from Walk-In Lab.

Then all you need to do is visit a local lab at a time that suits you and your results will be available online within one to two days.

Hormone #1 Baseline Blood Test Panel for Women includes 
Estradiol, Progesterone, Cortisol, Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Testosterone and DHEA,s.

This will give you a good overview of your hormone levels so you can choose the right herbs to correct any imbalances.

See the tests available here

Common Questions about Fertility Herbs

How long do fertility herbs take to work?

It’s recommended that fertility herbs are taken for at least two to four months.

Herbal medicine works to correct imbalances and underlying fertility problems, so herbs can take a few months to work.

What else can I do to increase my chances of getting pregnant naturally?

Optimize  your nutrition – Ensure you’re eating a well balanced, nutritious diet including lots of brightly colored vegetables, fruits, high quality protein and healthy fats.

Get plenty of sleep – Aim for 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night.

Reduce stress – Chronic stress can have a big impact on fertility, so try to including some stress reducing activities into your day like yoga, meditation, journaling or reading.

Final Thoughts on Fertility Herbs

Herbs are not a cure for infertility and they don’t work for everyone, but combined with a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle, herbs can be very helpful for overcoming infertility naturally.

It’s a good idea to discuss any fertility supplements or herbal remedies with your healthcare provider because some supplements and herbs can interact with prescription medications.

Have you tried any herbs for boosting your fertility? Let me know in the comments below.

Are you on Pinterest? I have boards dedicated to Boosting Fertility Naturally and Herbal Remedies that you may enjoy. You can also find me on Facebook.

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Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a qualified Nutritionist and Herbal Medicine Practitioner. I have a passion for all things natural, healthy and holistic. I created this blog to share my knowledge and inspire women who are looking for natural health solutions. Read more

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. I love that you told us exactly what these herbs do to increase fertility. So many people scoff at herbs, but showing what these do for the body to increase fertility is a great way to prove that it’s not just made up snake oil.

  2. I’ll be sure to keep evening primrose oil in mind as my cramps are terrible!

  3. “These herbs should not be taken alongside hormone treatments, fertility medication or hormonal birth control.” Very powerful statement, I love it.

  4. While we have no plans to have any other kids, I do know a number of women who would find this information helpful.

  5. Great organic and natural way to increase fertility! Herbs are always good for health, especially for the would-be mother. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow.. This would be really helpful for those who are having infertility issues. I will definitely share this blog.

  7. I love this. It can be hard getting pregnant naturally. I’ll have to pass this along to a few friends of mine that are having issues conceiving.

  8. I literally just learned about red clover less than a day ago. I had no idea there were so many herbs for fertility!

  9. It is a little late for me to test these fertility herbs. But I have a friend who might be trying soon; I am sending them her way!

  10. Thank you for all this information. I am sure this will come in handy one day. I will share this with some friends!

  11. I didn’t know these herbs were so helpful for fertility. Thanks for sharing this information!

  12. Thanks Kelly for a very informative post. I was not aware about a lot of herbs that you have talked about here and it was a great learning experience.

  13. I have friends who struggled with fertility treatments. It was so hard to see them go through these emotions.

  14. Saving this blog post for when I am ready to get pregnant! I always like a herbal solution!

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