“Herbal products are considered dietary supplements and are not regulated by the FDA”, says Dr. Amos Grunebaum, MD, FACOG of the departments of obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Medical Director of Web MD. “Manufacturers of are not required to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of their products before they reach the market and, as a result, the composition may vary greatly from one batch to another.”
It’s important to remember Dr Grunebaum’s advice about fertility supplements, especially since he’s voicing the thoughts and concerns of many conventional medical doctors. The following tips may help you decide if you should try herbal remedies while trying to conceive a baby. And to learn more about getting pregnant, read The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth, and Everything In Between.…
Should You Try Natural Herbal Remedies to Get Pregnant?
Some previously infertile men and women say natural fertility supplements were the only thing that helped them get pregnant. Other couples try herbal remedies without success.
Nobody can say “yes, natural supplements can help you conceive” or “no, fertility remedies won’t help you get pregnant” without considering many factors! For instance, why can’t the couple can’t get pregnant (low sperm count? Polycystic ovarian syndrome?)? What other health issues are they facing? How old are they? (because a woman’s age affects her chances of pregnancy).
To determine if natural herbal remedies are right for you…
Learn as much as you can about natural fertility supplements. Different herbal remedies have different effects on the body. For instance, folic acid isn’t just a supplement for women who are trying to get pregnant – it can improve sperm counts for men! And chasteberry can improve PMS symptoms and balance a woman’s hormones, which can make conception easier. Before you try a herbal remedy, learn what it can potentially do for your body.
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Find out what’s in the herbal remedy. A “fertility tea” can contain citrus peel, ginger, lemon balm, orange peel and rose hips – all of which are known to be safe. But, different herbal teas for fertility can contain different ingredients…and it’s not wise to ingest unknown ingredients, especially if you’re on medication for other health issues.
Consult a naturopathic doctor. One of the best ways to determine if you should try a natural herbal remedy to get pregnant is to talk to a naturopath. Not only can she recommend a natural fertility supplement, she can advise you about side effects, possible interactions with other medications, etc. If you purchase a natural fertility booster on the internet, make sure it’s from a well-respected source.
Don’t neglect your medical doctor or fertility specialist! If you’re on prescription medication for other health issues or if you’re undergoing infertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination, make sure you talk to your doctor before taking any fertility remedy – even one prescribed by a naturopath.
Remember the other ways to get pregnant naturally. Conceiving a baby isn’t just about what you put in your body, it’s also about how you treat your body! There are all sorts of different fertility boosters. For instance, acupuncture can increase circulation, which allows nutrients and hormones to flow more freely (which increase the chances of egg meeting sperm successfully). Yoga can increase the chances of pregnancy by reducing stress and increasing the mind-body connection. Traditional Chinese Medicine can address issues of “unexplained infertility” for both men and women.
Infertility can be a difficult problem to overcome, both physically and emotionally! Infertility treatments can be expensive, so it’s natural for couples to consider herbs and supplements as a way to increase pregnancy chances. But, to date there isn’t any firm evidence from the medical community that herbal therapies or supplements work to treat infertility.
If you have any questions or thoughts on natural herbal remedies and conceiving a baby, please comment below…
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Source of Dr Grunebaum’s quotation: “Defining a Healthy Lifestyle for Trying to Conceive Couples: Supplementing Safely. FairHaven Health.