Can Herbal Supplements Boost My Chances of Getting Pregnant?

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If you are trying to get pregnant, the chances are that you are willing to try just about anything to conceive. There are many options available from special treatments, such as acupuncture, to medical procedures and fertility drugs. However, many women wish to avoid some of these methods due to price or risk factors of side effects and have found that an herbal method is a better option for them.

When you are looking at natural ways to improve your fertility, you may become overwhelmed with all the options that you have to help you get pregnant. However, we have summarized these options and provided information regarding some of the most popular options below. Feel free to try them out for yourself!

1. Ovulation prediction kit

The first most helpful herbal fertility aid is an ovulation prediction kit. The bottom line is, if you are not having sex around the time that you are ovulating, you won’t get pregnant. That coupled with the fact that there is only about a 24 hour window each month when your egg can become fertilized, makes planning your sexual encounters difficult.

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Some have felt that having sex every day is a good option, but this actually decreases the amount of sperm that your guy has and actually lowers the chances that you will get pregnant. It is best that you monitor your ovulation schedule carefully so that you can plan to have sex about five days before you begin ovulating. One of the best ways to do this is by using an ovulation prediction kit.

There are also certain kinds of lubricants that have been shown to improve the mobility of sperm. One of the most important things about getting pregnant is cervical mucus. This fluid changes drastically while you are ovulating and its texture and quantity can help guide sperm where they need to go.

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However, there are many women who have a difficulty producing quality cervical mucus and many have found that they do not produce it at all. For these women, lubricants such as Preseed can be used to replace or enhance the cervical mucus in the woman’s body. This is definitely something to try when you are trying to get pregnant, just look for specific brands that help with sperm mobility.

2. Vitex

Vitex is also an herbal supplement that has been shown to help women who are having problems with irregular periods and ovulation cycles. However, if you are taking a prescribed fertility drug, you should refrain from taking this herbal supplement, because it can actually counteract with your drugs and prevent them from working correctly.

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3. Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil is also a popular herbal treatment for fertility. It has been used for many years and has a multitude of uses. Some women have found that it helps induce labor naturally when they are pregnant and lowers their cholesterol. It can also improve fertility, help with PMS and improve cervical mucus quality.

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4. Robitussin

Some women have found that taking Robitussin regularly helps improve the quality of their cervical mucus as well. By making your cervical mucus thinner and slippery, sperm has a better chance of getting to your egg and fertilizing it.

You may also want to try lying down after you have sex. Although this claim is not proven, many believe that laying still for 15 -20 minutes before standing up after sex, helps semen stay in place longer and encourages more sperm to travel to the egg. There are also devices available, called Softcups, that can be inserted to prevent semen from falling out at all. The idea is to keep semen as close to the cervix as possible in order to increase the number of sperm that reach the egg.

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One of the most important parts of the conception process is eating right, exercising and staying stress free. Many women have found that by eating and living like they are pregnant is a great way to become pregnant. It is also a good idea to begin taking a prenatal vitamin early on in your conception process.

If you are trying to get pregnant, there are a number of herbal fertility aids that can help you to conceive. Whether you are looking to avoid taking fertility treatments or have found that fertility treatments to be unsuccessful, these methods are widely used by women of all ages. For even more options, you can talk to your doctor for suggestions.

Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.