Five Alternatives to Fertility Drugs
If you are concerned that it is taking too long to get pregnant, you may be worried that some invasive high-tech and expensive fertility treatments may be in your future. Not so fast. While some couples do need to rely on modern medical techniques to conceive, many do not. There are other (more natural) alternatives to IVF and other invasive procedures.
Natural Alternatives to Fertility Drugs...
If taking a lot of fertility drugs concerns you, than consider one of these five alternatives to fertility drug treatment for your fertility problems:
1. Herbal Help
If you are looking for a good alternative to synthetic fertility drugs than you may want to turn to nature’s medicine... herbs. Offering minimal side effects, fertility herbs have been used for centuries to rebalance the body’s internal energies and hormones. Unlike fertility drugs which force the body to do something; herbs are used to help address the underlying issues, so not only are you fertile, but healthy as well.
While there is not one herb for every fertility issue out there, there is an herb or supplement that can help with many of the fertility issues women face. Wether it be PCOS, Endometriosis, miscarriages, egg health, sperm count, lack of ovulation... and the list goes on.
Watch Video: Fertility Herb Vitex
Here are some of the most effective fertility herbs I use with clients:
Vitex also is sometimes known as Chaste Berry. Vitex has been used for centuries to aid in fertility and has many studies proving its actions. This herb has an amazing intelligence by balancing which hormones need to be balanced without affecting the other hormones. Vitex takes some time to work, expect to take it for 3-6 months to experience its effects. Learn more about Vitex here.
- Helps to balance out the menstrual cycle
- Lengthens the second half of the cycle if a woman’s cycle is too short (luteal phase defect).
- Promotes ovulation
- Increases progesterone without containing hormones
- Helps amenorrhea
- Regulates the pituitary gland
Vitex Capsules – 900 – 1,000mg a day. Take all month long except during menstruation.
You can take vitex daily for up to 18 months, unless you get pregnant. Vitex is traditionally taken in the morning as a single daily dose.
Dong Quai works by promoting blood flow to the pelvis where it will stimulate an absant or scanty period. It also nourishes the blood (it is in nearly all chinese herbal blood-building formulas). Treats iron deficiency and anemia. One of the best uses is it helps women who are not menstruating to invite there menstruation back. The increased circulation also helps to stregthen and balance the uterus. In rat studies it has been show to help build the uterus lining.
Dong Quai also has a relaxing effect on both the uterus and the nervous system. This can be helpful in situations such as PMS and cramping during your period. It’s relaxing effects are just as powerful as well known herbs lavender, chamomile, or valerian root.
- Menstrual irregularities
- Delayed or absent menstruation
- Short periods with cramping
- If you experience cramping and PMS during your period.
- Women who have stoped taking birth control pills and need to encourage a regular cycle
2 capsules daily. Do not take during menstruation. For long term use take for two weeks beginning one day after your menses is over and ending one week before menstruation. Dong quai can safely be used over a long period of time.
While Dong Quai is considered safe for most people, there are some instances this herb should not be used. Not for use during menstruation or pregnancy. Dong quai should not be used by those with diarrhea, hemorrhagic diseases, or excessive menstrual flow. If you are using any anti-coagulant or blood thinning medication such as warfarin or aspirin, consult your health care professional prior to using this product. Discontinue use prior to undergoing surgical procedures.
Watch Video: Fertility Herb Maca
Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding both the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) Maca has the ability to affect key hormones in both women and men without containing hormones itself.
Maca helps to stimulate and nourish the pituitary gland, acting as a tonic for the hormone system. When the pituitary gland functions optimally, the entire endocrine system becomes balanced, because the pituitary gland controls the hormone output of the other three glands.
In women Maca works by controlling estrogen in the body. Estrogen levels that are high or low at the wrong time can keep a woman from becoming pregnant or keep her from carrying to term. Excess estrogen levels also cause progesterone levels to become too low. Taking Maca may help to increase the progesterone levels, which are essential to carrying a healthy pregnancy.
Estrogen in men produces erectile dysfunction, low/lack libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid. Men who use Maca have been shown to have an increase in libido and healthy sperm.
Maca would really be good for anyone
preparing or trying to become pregnant. It is a food, so it is healthy
to take daily. But it can specifically help women who are experiencing:
- Poor egg health
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Preparing for IVF
- Infertility due to stress
Maca should be taken daily for the best effect. It comes in powder form and capsule. General usage is 1000mg a day. That can be increased once your body is accustomed to using Maca.
Self Fertility Massage is a wonderful therapy you can apply for yourself in the comfort of your own home. It incorporates various types of massage techniques to help promote circulation, break up adheasions, clear blockages and tone the uterus. Click here to learn more about Self Fertility Massage...
Watch Video: Self Fertility Massage Sneak Peek
Any type of internal chaos (especially that caused by stress) can be a real fertility killer, disrupting hormone production and release and actually diminishing circulation and blood flow to the ovaries and uterus where it is needed to nurture a baby. Fertility Yoga is a great way to help relieve internal stress and calm the entire reproductive system so it can work better. Plus, there are certain yoga poses and stretches which can actually unblock energy obstructions in the reproductive system, giving you a real fertility boost.
4. Mind & Body Therapies
When it comes to treating both the mind and body without pharmaceutical drugs there certainly are a lot of options. For those trying to enhance their fertility in a more natural manner, a combination of these methods may be helpful:
- Reflexology can be used to calm the body (and mind) and to improve function in the reproductive glands, by utilizing specified pressure points throughout the body to stimulate the proper reaction.
- The Bowen Technique is not widely known or understood among the general population, but fertility experts often use this rolling method to release tight muscles in the pelvic region that could be blocking blood flow to the reproductive system and inhibit lymphatic drainage.
- Acupuncture has been used throughout the world for thousands of years; acupuncture utilizes precise points on the skin in order to cause an exchange of electrons within the bodies’ meridians by piercing them with special needles. This can cause a long-lasting positive effect on the bodies’ organs – especially those involved in reproduction. Acupuncture can also be used on men to help increase the volume and mobility of sperm.
5. Eating For Fertility:
Nutritional health has a huge impact on fertility. Many fertility issues can be caused from nutritional deficiencies such as iron, b vitamins, folic acid, and zinc. Eating too much or too little of certain foods may also create an imbalance in your body, which can inhibit pregnancy. Here are some foods to consider adding to your diet to help give your reproductive system a boost:
- Opt for alkaline foods rather than acidic ones. Bring the Ph levels in your reproductive system into alignment with plenty of non-citrus fruits, vegetables, sprouts, cereal grasses and herbs.
- Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables. Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts all contain Di-indolylmethane (DIM), which is know to increase the metabolism of Estradiol (a form of estrogen) in the body.
- Eat Healthy Fatty Acids. Cells need the right amount of linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid to thrive. These important fatty acids are also key to ovulation, so eating plenty of fish, fish oil, soy, eggs, broccoli, and dark green vegetables can all help make your body baby-ready.
Eat organic only. Stay away from any foods (including
meat and dairy) that may have come in contact with pesticides, hormones and
even antibiotics. If you are going to eat meats or dairy foods make sure they are organic.
For More Information and Support...
I hope you found this article helpful. If you end up having any questions I would suggest for you to join the Natural Fertility Community and post them there. Not only will you have access to natural fertility speciallists, but you can also get feedback and support from women who are going through the same experience as you.
I wish you the best on your journey and look forward to hearing about your BFP!
All the best,
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