10 Best Natural Fertility Boosters and Herbs For Women
If you have been trying to get pregnant for a few months without success, you may be looking for some help in the fertility department. Before you jump to measures like prescription medication or in-vitro, you may want to look through our list of natural fertility boosters.
Or perhaps you have not started trying yet, but want to give your body the best odds for quick and easy conception.
You want to stay all-natural find supplements that are great for you and your reproductive hormones/organs. Either way, this list has you covered.
These supplements are geared toward women. All of these herbs, vitamins, minerals, etc. have proven, positive effects on improving fertility. Some regulate menstrual cycles, others help ovulation, and others help balance hormones.
There are quite a few options, so I am going to take you through alphabetically. Read more about each natural fertility booster to find some that are just right for you.
Starting out our list of fertility boosters is an Ayurvedic herb that may not be the first thing that normally comes to mind for conception: ashwagandha. It’s #1 contribution to your health? De-stressing!
There are many, many different reasons why your body is having difficulty conceiving. You may not be ovulating, you might have endometriosis, you may have imbalanced hormones, and on and on the list goes. One reason simply may be that you are too stressed. The anxiety spikes your cortisol and then your whole system is out of whack
Ashwagandha has been shown to “safely and effectively” help your body deal with stress hormones. So if you think stress is playing a factor, this medicinal herb is a great option for you.
2. Chaste Tree Berry (AKA Vitex)
By lowering prolactin and raising progesterone, chaste tree berry increases odds of fertility. But it also does another important thing: it increases your luteal phase. You see, menstrual cycles actually have four unique phases:
- Menstruation: when you have your period
- Follicular: when the follicles that contain your eggs start to mature
- Ovulation: when your body releases the egg
- Luteal: when your body preps for pregnancy
When your luteal phase is too short, you just may have a really hard time staying pregnant right after the sperm and egg meat.
Maca actually comes from a root-like vegetable native to Peru, and it is a mineral and phytonutrient powerhouse. These compounds join together to help you:
- Boost your energy and stamina
- Balance your hormones
- Have “normal” sexual function
- Prevent disease
One of maca’s big “claim to fame” properties is its ability to regulate your levels of estrogen and progesterone. Sometimes that simple function is all you need to go from “trying” to “pregnant.”
But do be aware: some people recommend that you only take maca between your period and ovulation since you are not supposed to take it while you are pregnant.
Learn more about the many health benefits of maca in this short YouTube video:
Now let’s move on to a non-herb fertility booster: myo-insitol. Considered a “pseudo vitamin,” this substance is naturally found in many foods you are already consuming. When taken as a supplement, it can absolutely combat infertility issues.
One study looked at 25 women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. They were given myo-insitol (combined with folic acid) two times a day for 6 months. 88% ended up having “at least one spontaneous menstrual cycle” during this treatment. Of that 88%, 72% maintained normal ovulatory activity.
Plus, 10 of the 25 women actually got pregnant while on myo-insitol.
Another study that looked specifically at women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome found myo-insitol improves ovarian cells and embryo quality when the woman is in the ovarian stimulation process.
5. Red Clover
Red clover is filled with health benefits: it helps to balance the body’s levels of acid vs. alkaline, it has high calcium and magnesium, and increases cervical mucous. All of which, are super helpful for conceiving a baby.
Outside of fertility help, red clover has many properties that help with other reproductive health issues like:
- Cyclic acne
- Menstrual cramps
- Vaginal dryness
Many people steep red clover into a tea. Often you can find recipes where it is combined with out next natural fertility booster for women…
6. Red Raspberry Leaf
Red raspberry leaf is a fabulous herbal supplement that many people are not even aware of. These leaves are high in calcium and plenty of vitamins. Though it can help the body in many ways, red raspberry leaf provides fertility support in the following ways:
- Reducing heavy menstrual bleeding
- Improving egg quality
- Supporting the uterus
- Preventing miscarriage
A common way to get red raspberry leaf is through tea. Make sure you aren’t just buying a raspberry-flavored tea. It is important that the tea pouch is filled with actual red raspberry leaves.
7. Stinging Nettle
Stinging Nettle is one of those long-recommended fertility herbs. It happens to be high in some pregnancy-boosting substances like iron (helps the menstrual cycle), folic acid, and vitamin k. Not only does it help the menstrual cycle, it also benefits the uterus and gets the body ready for a healthy pregnancy.
Many people take stinging nettle as a tea, which you can absolutely do. The Healthy Home Economist recommends drinking the tea through pregnancy and breastfeeding. But it is also effective in supplement form.
Like myo-insitol, PABA is a pseudo vitamin already found in the foods you eat (like mushrooms). Aside from its high antioxidant content, PABA actually stimulates the pituitary gland, helps produce more red blood sells, and even increases estrogen production.
Interestingly, PABA was researched all the way back in the 1940s as a top fertility booster. During that study, 16 infertile women were given 400mg of PABA each day for a few months. 12 of the 16 became pregnant. And yet, relatively little study has happened since then.
If you are already taking a vitamin B complex supplement, you are probably already consuming PABA. If not, look for a prenatal with PABA or start taking a B complex pill.
9. Vitamin B
The B vitamins are massive health powerhouses. But one thing you may not know is how they help a woman’s fertility and overall reproductive health. When you are deficient in the B vitamins, you can start having issues like:
- Irregular periods
- Reproductive hormone imbalance
- Weakened egg development
- Stronger PMS symptoms
Vitamin B6 can “help lengthen the luteal phase of your cycle and regulate blood sugar levels.” The luteal phase is when your body preps for a possible pregnancy, and good blood sugar is absolutely connected to good reproductive health.
10. Vitamin D
Low vitamin D levels can cause a whole swarm of issues related to a woman’s productive system, including infertility. Adding extra vitamin D to your routine can bring consistency to your menstrual cycle and improve sex hormone levels.
As added bonuses: when you add in the vitamin D you not only improve polycystic ovary syndrome, you also can improve the income on in-vitro fertilization.
Taking These Fertility Boosters And Herbs
I hope one or some or all of these fertility boosters help you on your journey to conceiving, but I want you to remember one thing first: not every supplement that help you get pregnant is safe for pregnancy.
So do your own research and talk to your doctor or midwife to learn which supplements to stop taking as soon as you do get pregnant.