Infertility, or the inability to conceive, has become an issue for many women and men in recent times. The cause is not always known but there are ways to determine and correct imbalances in the body which may help to reestablish fertility.
Physical problems, including infection or scarring of the reproductive organs are sometimes the cause of infertility. Uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts or endometriosis can also be a factor. These problems can be detected by modern medical tests and are often correctable. Structural issues such as a tilted or prolapsed uterus should also be considered. Low sperm count or low sperm mobility can be tested for. Any disease or infection needs to be addressed and cleared up before strengthening and balancing can be achieved.
Mental and Emotional issues definitely take their toll on fertility health. Depression, fatigue, stress and tension all hinder normal processes of the body and block energy.
Poor health in the body can greatly contribute to infertility. Improper circulation and a lack of energy flow through the reproductive organs will weaken fertility in women and men. This is often due to imbalances in hormones caused by improper diet and lifestyle. Regaining the health of the reproductive system is often the key to resolving fertility issues. Achieving health of the body as a whole will only help to increase fertility health. The natural approach is to nourish the body first. This helps to boost vitality and well being and helps the reproductive system work optimally. Hormone-balancing remedies can be an added benefit if needed.
Chinese medicine teaches that all aspects of good health, including fertility are dependent on a balance of yin and yang energy. Yin supplies body fluids- blood, phlegm, and semen. Our bodies are made up of water! Without enough moisture there can be endocrine imbalances, blood deficiency, and excess acid conditions which can all lead to infertility. Yang supplies energy to fuel metabolism. If you lack yang energy, then body systems do not function optimally. The result is fatigue and low endocrine function. Eggs can be weak, and menstruation may become irregular or stop altogether. Both yin and yang are necessary to support life. They provide healthy hormones, sperm, eggs, and the drive and energy to create and sustain a pregnancy.
Maintaining a healthy and regular menstrual cycle is important for women, especially those trying to become pregnant. A regular cycle allows for determining and charting the time of the month when ovulation happens thus determining when conception will most likely happen. Some health issues prevent a regular period. Endometriosis or hormonal imbalances can adversely affect the menstrual cycle. Stress and dietary deficiencies (including low body weight) can cause the menstrual cycle to become irregular or to stop altogether. Again, determining any imbalances or issues is the first step.
Good nutrition is very important. Iron deficiencies could cause lack of ovulation or poor egg health. Animal sources of food provide excellent sources of iron. Vegetable sources include blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, beans, nettles, amaranth, dark leafy greens, apricots, seaweed, and quinoa. Vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women. The body requires food sources of vitamin C for proper iron absorption, so it is important to combine the 2 nutrients. Great food sources of vitamin C are red bell peppers, oranges, strawberries and hibiscus flower tea. Green vegetables are rich in B vitamins which are necessary for proper hormonal balance. Swiss chard, kale, watercress, seaweed, spirulina, collard greens, and nettles are all great choices! Cholesterol is also necessary for hormone production. Including some good animal fats in your diet is helpful. Zinc is found to keep hormone levels stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle. Zinc helps to produce mature eggs that are ripe for fertilization. Good sources of zinc are oysters, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.
Other natural remedies for reversing infertility or enhancing fertility in general are readily available! Long before fertility drugs, ovulation tests, sperm analysis, or assisted reproduction techniques women and men have relied on traditional plant remedies. Herbs are very helpful when infertility is due to endocrine imbalances or when the body needs strengthening and supporting. Herbs can help heal and balance the reproductive organs and hormonal levels in both men and women. Improving overall health, restoring vitality, and balancing hormone levels all work towards boosting reproductive health. In addition to herbs, a complete fertility protocol would emphasize good nutrition, exercise, and stress management. When the body is healthy, conditions are more favorable to conceive. Below is a list of herbs that can benefit and support reproductive health:
Alfalfa is very nutritious. It is high in vitamins and minerals and contains some phytoestrogens that can help your body make the best use of its own natural estrogen. It may also help with vaginal dryness.
Ashwagandha supports overall endocrine system functions as well as proper immune response. It is also a great herb for stress.
Chaste Tree Berry or Vitex is known as an all-around female reproductive enhancer. It can be used to treat many female issues. It increases circulation to the genitals, as well as increases vaginal mucous. It can also help make the menstrual cycle more regular.
Dong Quai is a star herb for women’s health. It increases circulation which helps to remove excess tissue growth, heal tissue damage, and limit scar tissue and adhesion formation. This is very important for women with endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and irregular or absent menstruation. Dong Quai stimulates healthy immune response, and reduces depression and fatigue.
False Unicorn Root is a Native American Herb popular with women for its fertility enhancing abilities. It is used for many gynecological issues as it seems to have a normalizing effect on female hormones.
FML Tea (Female Tea) is Hanna Kroeger’s herbal tea for the female system. Cleanses and tonifies the reproductive organs optimizing their health to support pregnancy.
Fo-ti, also known as Ho Shou Wu root is traditionally used for men who have low libido, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction and poor sperm mobility. It supports both thyroid and adrenal function, helping the body overcome stress.
Eleuthero is an Adaptogen herb that supports overall endocrine function which supports hormonal balance. It strengthens the immune system and is a wonderful herb for stress.
Evening Primrose Oil supports overall reproductive health. Its high content of the omega-6 essential fatty acids help balance and regulate hormone levels. It also helps to tone the uterine muscles in preparation for pregnancy. Borage Oil is also high in omega-6s.
Ginkgo is a supreme herb for erectile dysfunction. It increases circulation and is high in antioxidants.
Ginseng is often recommended for men and women. It increases heat to the pelvic region and can help remove blockages. Ginseng promotes vitality and is great for energy.
Ginger is anti-inflammatory and many help to increase and improve circulation.
Lady’s Mantle helps to ease menstrual pain, curb heavy menstruation, and strengthen uterine muscles.
Maca helps to balance the hormones, but does not contain any hormones itself. It is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, supporting the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance). It also works to protect the body from stress damage. It supports and increases egg health and has been known to increase libido in both men and women.
Motherwort can be very effective at reducing uterine muscle spasm, painful cramping and improving uterine tone. It has been found to mildly stimulate the uterus, helping the uterus work efficiently.
Nettles is astringent, high in iron and very nutritious. Supporting healthy iron levels is very important in conditions where there is internal bleeding (like endometriosis) or excessive menstrual bleeding.
Red Clover contains protein, lots of minerals and some plant hormones.
Red Raspberry is one of the best herbs for uterine health. It tones the uterine muscles, helps prevent excessive bleeding, and reduces endometriosis. It also provides calcium, iron, and vitamins.
Yohimbe increases circulation to the male reproductive organs. It has been shown to help sustain an erection and support a healthy libido.
Kroeger Herb’s newest product, Shatavari Complete Concentrate is a star herb for Women’s reproductive health. In Ayurveda, Shatavari is prized as the ‘Queen of Herbs’! It is the herb most recommended for all aspects of female health, though it is also excellent for men. Shatavari tones and nourishes the female reproductive organs, optimizing fertility. It increases cervical mucus which aids in the transport of sperm to egg. Rich in phytoestrogens, it helps to restore hormone balance and regulate the menstrual cycle. This is very important when trying to conceive. Its many actions help prepare a body for pregnancy and also supports healthy libido in men and women. Shatavari benefits male reproductive health by increasing sperm count, helping with impotence and easing inflammation of the sexual organs.
Mayan Uterine Massage can be very helpful when the uterus is prolapsed or tilted. It is a gentle, non-invasive massage that guides the uterus into its normal position. Due to a variety of reasons, the ligaments and muscles around the pelvis can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side. This can cause uncomfortable symptoms and may hinder fertility by restricting blood and energy flow. By re-positioning the uterus, physical and emotional congestion is released from the abdomen allowing chi and blood to flow where they are supposed to! Men may benefit from this massage technique as well. By increasing circulation to the prostate, swelling can be alleviated as well as the need to urinate frequently. Some impotency issues may also be resolved! There is a lot more information to learn about this amazing technique! To read more and find a practitioner visit this site: https://arvigotherapy.com/practitioners
Meditation is very effective for stress management. Acupuncture can also be a very supportive tool. It is effective for removing stagnation & energy blockage, and may even help to build blood to nourish the uterus. It can also help to ease stress and regulate many functions in the body. This site may be helpful for more information: http://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/acupuncture/
The Fertility Calendar is helpful to learn about. Finding out your ovulation time can greatly improve your chances of becoming pregnant. See this site for more information: https://www.ovulationcalendar.com/menstrual-cycle/. There is also the lunar fertility cycle. It charts a specific woman’s ovulation cycle based on the moon cycle when she was born. Studies show good success conceiving when following this cycle. Visit this site for more information: http://pregnancyweekly.com/preconception/preconception_information/lunar_fertility_calendar.htm
Supporting the body’s natural processes, achieving balance, becoming happy and reducing stress all work towards the ability to create & sustain life!