Struggling to get pregnant? You're not alone -it is estimated that one in seven couples have problems conceiving worldwide. While many choose to go for invasive fertility treatments, you might want to know that this is not your only choice. If your diet and lifestyle are healthy, the following herbs can help boost your chances of conceiving in a natural way. Make sure to check with your healthcare provider before using any of these herbs especially if you are using a blood thinner or have a chronic medical condition, allergies, liver or kidney diseases.
1. Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex agnus-castus)
Also known as vitex, the chaste tree berry has been used for centuries in Europe to support gynecological imbalances. suggest that it acts on the pituitary gland in the brain to optimize the balance of fertility hormones and facilitate ovulation. The berry may also help prevent mild endometriosis from progressing. Vitex also helps and can therefore be helpful for those with irregular cycles or those coming off birth control pills.
German studies demonstrate that vitex can be taken safely until the end of the third month of pregnancy - taking it throughout pregnancy could stimulate lactation too early.
While the chaste tree berry may start working within 10 days, you will need at least 6 months to reap its full benefits. Try to take it daily for a month without skipping any days.
Women suffering from infertility and amenorrhea (lack of menstruation) can take vitex for , unless pregnancy occurs during treatment.
How to take:
For consistent results, go for capsules or tinctures - since vitex is quite bitter, I do not recommend making vitex tea unless you blend it with other herbs. Take once in the morning on an empty stomach at least half an hour before breakfast.
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