Herbs to Help You Conceive and Prevent Miscarriage

Apr 5, 2000

I'm a big believer in herbs, and have taken both herbs and homeopathic remedies when sick, and also as a prophylactic for disease.

I've never had a problem conceiving, indeed I always conceived on the first try (or even by accident) But within the last five years my periods have become heavier, more painful, and filled with clots. I also suffered two miscarriages within a year. After the second one, I took action and began to research herbs for fertility and miscarriage prevention. I had my second miscarriage in August 1999, and I immediately started on dong quai and chasteberry. I had two normal menstrual cycles and IMMEDIATELY I noticed a difference. My periods were now pain-free with no clots and came like clockwork on day 28 and lasted 4-5 days. After the second cycle I immediately got pregnant. I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and have had no problems of any kind. I also have a neighbor who has been trying to get pregnant for nine months. I put her on two herbs and after just two cycles similar to mine, she is now pregnant as well!

So, without further ado, here is a little more about herbs. Herbs can help in such areas as regulating the menstrual cycle and helping the body produce more natural progesterone after ovulation. The following info has been compiled by me, but it should not replace the advice of an herbalist or other knowledgeable practitioner. Herbs, like any other form of medication, are drugs and should be used with caution.

Herb "Recipe" for Fertility

The following are some of the herbs best known for regulating the female cycle. Since we are all different it is impossible to write a one-fits-all herb recipe. Each herb has a specific function, and what helps one may harm another. This list is intended as preliminary information to help you as you begin to investigate herbal remedies.
Please do not begin taking herbs until you have read quite a bit about
them, and then take only those that are best suited to your individual needs, or better yet, consult a Naturopathic Doctor. Amounts have been intentionally removed from this list. Only a doctor's prescription or some in-depth research can tell you how much of which herb is right for you.

Day 1 (first day of bleeding) - Day 5 of cycle
No herbs, gives body a chance to naturally use herbs that have already been taken, and gives your body a break from herbs.

Day 6 until Ovulation
Dong Quai (hormone regulator, blood thinner)
Red Raspberry Leaf (uterine tonic, hormone regulator)
Vitex (Chasteberry) (uterine tonic, hormone regulator)

Ovulation - End of cycle/first day of bleeding
Vitex (Chasteberry)
Wild Yam (promotes production of progesterone in second half of the cycle. Also known as a contraceptive. Should not be taken before ovulation, as it may delay or prevent ovulation.)

More Information on Specific Herbs

Chaste Tree Berry (Chasteberry, Vitex)
Chasteberry has the effect of stimulating and normalizing pituitary
gland functions, especially its progesterone function. It may be called
an amphoteric remedy, as it can produce apparently opposite effects
though in truth it is simply normalizing. It has for instance a
reputation as both an aphrodisiac and as an anaphrodisiac! It will
usually enable what is appropriate to occur. The greatest use of
Chasteberry lies in normalizing the activity of female sex hormones
and it is thus indicated for dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual stress and
other disorders related to hormone function. It is especially beneficial
during menopausal changes. In a similar way it may be used to aid
the body to regain a natural balance after the use of the birth
control pill. Because it is not recommended for pregnancy, many
women stop taking it when they ovulate. However, because it can
increase progesterone and extend the luteal phase, some women
begin taking it when they ovulate. It may suppress ovulation in some

Dong Quai

This is the BEST female herb as far as I'm concerned. Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis root) is the noted Chinese herb that is used as a blood tonic. It contains micronutrients known for their blood building properties (iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin E). Dong Quai balances estrogen in the body, and is traditionally used in China to regulate the menstrual cycle. Dong Quai is also a blood thinner, and for this reason it should not be taken DURING menstruation. It may be helpful in improving the chances of implantation for women who have auto-immune problems, but should not be taken if you are already taking "baby" aspirin to reduce blood clotting.

Evening Primrose Oil
A fatty acid that helps to increase thyroid function in women who are
mildly hypothyroid. Hypothyroidism can cause annovulation and
miscarriage. It is also used to improve cervical mucus and increase
estrogen. But because it may thin the uterine lining, making implantation more difficult, many take it only prior to ovulation.

False Unicorn Root or Helonias Root
In my experience, this one is hard to find in stores and must be order from the internet
Used for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, hormonal imbalance (balancing effect), infertility, morning sickness, ovarian cysts, spermatorrhea, threatened miscarraige, uterine prolapse. It is a tonic for the reproductive organs, expecially beneficial as an aid to getting pregnant and staying pregnant, has a normalizing effect upon the ovaries. Used in infertility caused by dysfunction in follicular formation in the ovary. Eases ovarian pain and vaginal dryness. Some specialists warn not to take this herb unless you want to get pregnant! Follow directions: Taking too much may cause hot flashes, kidney and stomach irritation, blurred vision or vomiting.

Red Raspberry Leaf
Raspberry leaf has a long tradition of use in late pregnancy to
strengthen and tone the tissue of the uterus, assisting contractions
and checking any hemorrhage during labor. As an astringent it may
be used in a wide range of cases, including diarrhea, leukhorroea and
other loose conditions. It is valuable in the easing of mouth problems
such as mouth ulcers, bleeding gums and inflammations. As a gargle it
will help sore throats. Raspberry is also very rich in iron and calcium.
As for the Red Raspberry leaf tea, it is not recommended until after
the third month and then it is only a cup a day. It is not until your third trimester that you can take up to 3 cups a day.

Wild Yam
Wild Yam can increase progesterone production. This can increase
progesterone production for those with short luteal phases but should
only be taken AFTER ovulation. If taken before it can actually
prevent ovulation.

Remember, be sure to consult an herbalist/midwife/doctor before using any herbs (midwives will probably be more open to the idea of using herbs than a standard OB-GYN) and research as much as you can.

Good Luck!


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