12 fertility boosting herbs to try

Can’t bear downing any more bitter TCM potions to improve your conception chances? Ask your doc about natural tonics instead.

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For any couple, running into fertility problems can put a real damper on your baby-making efforts. Besides having to put up with multiple rounds of fertility treatment, the mounting bills can also take a toll on your relationship.

You and your spouse may want to consider alternative treatments like Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, some couples may find it a pain to have to keep preparing and consuming bitter herbal soups. If so, you may wish to consider taking Western herbs.

That said, be warned that National University Hospital senior pharmacist Ng Pit Wei has this advice. “If you have any doubt, you may want to consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal supplements.” Make sure to also consume the product as directed by your doctor or follow the instructions on the bottle.

 

Make sure to also consume the product as directed by your doctor or follow the instructions on the bottle.

 

Ng suggests that you check important information on the herbal supplements before purchasing. These include:

* The amount of active ingredients the product contains. And whether these are within the acceptable range of trusted medical sources.
* Can you still take the herb although you have a pre-existing health condition?
* Will consuming it cause any harmful interactions with the meds you’re currently taking?
* The production and expiry dates of the supplement.

You may want to ask your doc if the following herbal remedies are suitable for you, even if you are buying them from a reputable source…

 

For women

1) Black cohosh A member of the buttercup family, this is used to treat menstrual issues such as painful periods, as well as control menopause symptoms. The chemicals seem to produce the same effects as female hormone oestrogen, which is crucial for a healthy pregnancy.

2) Chasteberry The fruit extract stimulates the functions of the pituitary gland, which produces and regulates progesterone levels in your body. Low levels of progesterone in the body usually means a higher risk of miscarriage.

3) Evening primrose oil A well-known health supplement for women, the oil extracted from the evening primrose plant is rich in essential fatty acids said to enhance your well-being. The oil can lower your risk of high cholesterol, heart disease and obesity, which have a negative impact on your fertility. However, stop taking the supplement once you are pregnant as it may trigger premature labour.

4) Motherwort An over-active thyroid or hyperthyroidism can compromise your chances of conceiving by causing infrequent periods — a condition that can be treated by consuming motherwort. This herb has been observed to cause blood thinning, so stop taking it once you’ve conceived as you may harm your foetus.