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The journey to conceive isn’t always as easy as some make it out to be. In fact, it can also be wrought with challenges. Anyone who has had difficulty conceiving can attest to the many hurdles some must leap through in order to start a family, whether you’re suffering through physical pain from intensive IVF treatments or coping with feelings of hopelessness after facing another negative pregnancy test. Luckily, there are many tools at your disposal to increase fertility and help you build the family you’ve always desired. Whether you’re searching for ways to enhance your current fertility treatments or simply trying to discover the best natural fertility treatments available, there are many ways for women to optimize their lives when trying to conceive.

Jacquelyn White
March 27, 2017

In this article:

  1. How to Increase Fertility
  2. Fertility Diets and Cleanses

How to Increase Fertility

Increasing fertility is a more common problem than you might think—and it’s a problem that isn’t always accompanied by a medical diagnosis. “One in six women or couples experience infertility. 40% of infertility is attributed to women, 40% is to men, and the last 20% is ‘unexplained,’” points out Kristen Darcy, fertility coach and motivational speaker. While there are many factors that can contribute to infertility, certain lifestyle choices can also make conception more difficult.

There are many ways to increase fertility that simply involve tailoring your lifestyle to a healthier, happier way of life. It’s no secret that eating healthy, staying active, and maintaining a positive attitude are the foundation of any fertility treatment. Of course, in today’s hectic world, accomplishing these goals can seem impossible—especially when facing difficulty trying to conceive. But there are many ways you can start making lifestyle choices that will serve as natural fertility boosters, whether used alone or in conjunction with traditional medical treatments like IVF.

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Exercise & Massage

Whether you’re speaking to a medical professional or a naturopath, there’s one thing that everyone can agree on: Circulation and increased blood supply are essential for increasing fertility. “Because we tend to have more sedentary lifestyles, our pelvis becomes very stagnate and that means there's not a lot of bloodflow going to our pelvic floor and our reproductive organs,” says Dr. Jessica Sangiuliano, Naturopathic Doctor, Birth Doula, and owner of Path on Nature. With this fact in mind, exercising regularly is extremely important to boost fertility. Exercising doesn’t just improve your overall health, but also gets your blood flowing to all the right places. Though most forms of exercise are encouraged, some types of exercise are favored by fertility experts.

Yoga

Yoga is beloved by fertility experts because of its gentle yet enhancing effects on circulation, muscular strength, and flexibility. “Any type of movement within the yoga poses really help increase circulation to the pelvic floor and opens up the hips...Our muscles can become so tight that they start constricting blood vessels and nerves and they can't get enough oxygen to those tissues,” says Dr. Sangiuliano. Another benefit of yoga is its proven effects on wellbeing. Recent studies have shown that yogic practice reduces stress, anxiety, and depression while improving quality of sleep and overall happiness—all factors that play into fertility.

Strength Training

Though women have often avoided strength training the past for fear of “getting bulky,” recent research supports this form of exercise for muscle development and bone density. Studies have even shown that it can boost your body image. According to Dr.  Sangiulano, a well-rounded weight training routine “should include not just core work, but leg work and arm workouts as well. It will help increase insulin sensitivity, decrease any glucose and blood sugar issues, and also help increase circulation to the pelvic floor.” However, it is also important to focus on reducing inflammation in the body—something that intensive strength training can induce. When actively trying to conceive, consider lifting lighter weights with higher repetitions  and working against your own body instead of focusing on lifting heavier weights.

Stretching

Stretching is an important yet often overlooked aspect of any fitness routine—and this is doubly true for women who are trying to get pregnant. “We have to remember that when we're exercising to incorporate a lot of stretching so the pelvis doesn't get too tight,” says Dr. Sangiulano. This may not seem like exercise compared to more intense activities like lap swimming or HIIT, but most of the exercises touted by experts err on the gentler side. “We don’t recommend strenuous exercises like high intensity interval training when you're trying to get pregnant because it adds way too much inflammation to the body,” says Dr. Sangiuliano.

Uterine Massage

Massage can be an additional way to increase circulation to your reproductive organs while relaxing tightened muscles. One technique that Dr.  Sangiuliano applies and teaches her patients is massaging the uterus to stimulate blood flow. “You can actually start massaging the uterus, massaging the ovaries and the fallopian tubes, and breaking up adhesions within those areas,” says Dr. Sanguiliano. Her technique involves massaging the reproduction organs in circular, clockwise motions—focusing on any areas that where scar tissue might be. However, women with certain conditions should be wary of massaging too aggressively. “If you know you have ovarian cysts, you want to be very cautious when you go over that area when massaging because it can actually rupture the cyst,” warns Dr. Sanguiliano.

Acupressure

Similar to acupuncture, which has been praised across fields for its positive effects on fertility, acupressure massage applies pressure to certain areas of the body that are identified to reduce tension and increase blood flow. The best part? You don’t need to drop big bucks on a specialist. “You can be at home stimulating these same points with your fingers and just putting pressure on them,” Dr. Sangiuliano points out. Of course, not all pressure points are created equal when it comes to fertility. “There's certain points along the abdomen and just above the pubic bone that are highly beneficial for normalizing the menstrual cycle and boosting egg quality and balancing hormones,” says Dr. Sangiuliano. Combining relaxation with affordability in the comfort of your own home, there’s a whole lot to love about using acupressure as a natural fertility treatment.

Proceed With Caution

Getting your blood flowing with the power of massage is one great way to increase your chances of becoming pregnant. However, when it comes to massage, it’s important to proceed with caution. Though Dr.  Sangiuliano performs fertility massage on many of her patients, she points out that it is best used as a proactive measure to increase blood flow before trying to conceive. “We don't recommend this massage after ovulation if you're trying to get pregnant because it's contraindicated to pregnancy,” she points out.

Dr. Jeffrey Russell, a seasoned reproductive endocrinologist and Director of The Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine (DIRM), points out that scientific information on massage’s effects on fertility have not been adequately studied. “The question is if you’re trying to implant an embryo, do the toxins released in your bloodstream and in your body’s immune system after a massage affect implantation? I don’t know the answer to that...I don’t think we have the information on massage,” he says. With this fact in mind, Dr. Russell recommends remaining cautious and only performing massages that are “very gentle, rolling where you’re just rubbing oils into the body without causing any tissue damage” if you’re actively trying to conceive.

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Hydrate

Considering that water is one of the most essential components for life to begin, it may come as little surprise that staying hydrated is a natural fertility booster. First and foremost, your body must be hydrated in order to perform at optimum levels—a goal that you should be striving for if you’re trying to conceive. Staying hydrated can bolster liver function, allowing it to filter out more harmful toxins from your system that might be hindering your ability to get pregnant. Hydration also prevents cervical mucus from becoming too viscous, allowing sperm to easily penetrate the cervix and reach the egg inside the uterus. Being dehydrated has also been associated with increased levels of fatigue and anger, both of which are detrimental to conception. Most health professionals recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, which is about the equivalent of half a gallon.

Take Supplements

Though having a quality diet as a foundation to your fertility efforts is essential, taking fertility supplements can also increase your chances of becoming pregnant. While many of the products advertised as natural fertility supplements can be counterproductive for conception, there are some supplements that are safe to take when actively trying to conceive.

“The B-complex vitamins—particularly the folic acids—seem to improve egg quality,” says Dr. Russell. These essential fertility vitamins have been prescribed for years to help lower the chance of birth defects, but studies also show that the supplement seems to help women who suffer from egg production complications.

Dr. Russell pointed out that CoQ-10, also known as Ubiquinol, has shown recent promise for improving fertility. Studies reveal that this antioxidant eliminates free radicals that damage cells and alter DNA. For men, it has also been shown to increase sperm motility. Though the evidence is still rolling in, CoQ-10 could make a great addition to your fertility supplement routine.

Dr. Russell also regularly prescribes Vitamin D supplements to his patients. Studies suggest that up to 42% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient, so it comes as little surprise that this would be an essential for those trying to increase fertility.

Before taking any fertility vitamins or supplements, you should consult with your doctor. Supplements are not strictly regulated and many studies on their effects do not yield definitive results. Certain supplements may also be contraindicated with your particular medical conditions. It is important to keep this fact in mind with any substance you put into your body, particularly when trying to conceive.

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De-stress

The mind and the body are regularly intertwined, and it is rare that problems with one don’t affect the other. Unfortunately, going through infertility can be stressful. “You’re thrown into this medical way of trying to deal with something that should be really natural and done in the privacy of your bedroom...Of course this is going to affect every part of you,” says Darcy, whose main focus is coaching her clients through the emotional challenges of infertility. While most cases of fertility are rooted in diagnosable medical problems, there’s plentiful evidence that shows that eliminating stress is a natural fertility booster. Of course, “just relaxing” is much easier said than done. Here are a few ways you can unwind your way to the family you’ve always wanted!

Acupuncture

When it comes to natural fertility treatments, acupuncture might be one of the most well-known. While the direct physical effects of acupuncture on fertility aren’t fully understood, it’s been proven to be quite effective for destressing. When paired with IVF treatments, studies have shown that women who regularly undergo acupuncture have a higher likelihood of getting pregnant. “There are many studies showing that acupuncture is effective for reducing stress. It lowers blood pressure and heart rate and people sleep better,” says Dr. Russell. Some of these studies suggest that acupuncture encourages endorphin production and reduces the impact of our “fight or flight” response to create a relaxing effect.

Practice Meditation and Mindfulness

Destructive thought patterns are a leading cause of stress, and sometimes issues with infertility can inspire you to turn against yourself. “A lot of women become discouraged and they repeat these thought patterns like ‘Why can't I get pregnant?’ or ‘I'm not good enough,’ or ‘Maybe my partner should be with someone else that can conceive,’ or ‘What's wrong with my body?’” says Dr. Sangiuliano. Recently, many studies have been performed on the effects of meditation and mindfulness on the human mind and body. The majority of these studies have yielded promising results, finding that the practice increases self-compassion and reduces self-destructive thinking. In today’s chaotic world, setting aside 15 minutes each day to clear your mind may seem difficult, but taking this time to yourself is vital for improving your overall sense of wellbeing.

Be Self-Loving

When you feel like your body has turned against you, it can be difficult to love it the way you should. According to studies, many women suffer from depression and low self-esteem when experiencing infertility—particularly when the causes of this fertility is unknown. “If you’re in knee-deep in fertility treatments, you need to be reminded that you’re doing everything you possibly can to create your family,“ says Darcy. Studies show that practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you defeat self-destructive thought patterns, but what are some other techniques for encouraging self-love during in the face of these challenges? Darcy has an easy technique that she recommends to her clients: Write “I love and accept myself” on an index card every day for 21 days straight. “It takes 21 days to create a habit and...you start off your fertility journey being positive, but you then start having doubts. If you can overlay that with some other practices, that keeps you connected with your center,” Darcy advises.

Create a Support System

Going through issues with infertility can be an isolating experience, particularly when you don’t know anybody else who has had to cope with these issues. While your friends and family can be helpful, they won’t always be able to fully understand what you’re going through. “You need to add a different kind of support system, because it really is a kind of sorority that you don’t really want to be in, but once you find your tribe and find those women that ‘get it,’ it brings in so much peace,” says Darcy. Even if no one in your circle is going through difficulties, there are many other ways to reach out and create a support system for yourself. See if your local hospital or fertility treatment center offers a support group for couples that are trying to conceive. You can even find groups online that can offer remote support. Some women even find hiring a fertility coach like Kristen Darcy helpful for overcoming the stress that this experience has brought into their lives.

There is also an intuitive way that you can tap into your friends, family, and significant other. The answer is much simpler than you might think: Tell them exactly what you need from them. “Sometimes we expect people to just know what we need, which places a lot of burden on the other person,“ Darcy points out. Of course, this is much easier said than done—particularly for women who have been taught to subvert their own needs and accommodate others. Luckily, Darcy has an easy, non-confrontation method for communicating exactly what you need. She suggests taking an index card and writing down three things that you need from an important person in your life, while also asking them to do the same. “It’s so powerful because you’re clearly asking for what you need to get through this life-altering journey,” says Darcy.

Take a Break

When you’re focused on building a family, trying to conceive can start to become the only thing you think about. However, putting this kind of stress on your body and your psyche can actually work against you. This is especially important for those going through IVF or other intensive medical treatments. “The medications that you take are the equivalent of running a marathon or climbing a mountain. You wouldn’t expect an athlete to climb down Mount Everest and then climb back up the next day,” says Darcy, encouraging an attitude of self-compassion. “Take a break after a treatment and allow your body to come back to its own equilibrium so you can start again at that restful high point mind, body, and soul.”

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Fertility Diets & Cleanses

Eating healthy is proven to be one of the best natural fertility boosters. In fact, many doctors believe that what a woman eats has a greater impact on her ability to conceive than her weight. “A lot of people focus on obesity and weight for fertility, which is important, but when you look at fertility rates, overweight people who are eating healthy don’t have a hard time getting pregnant,” says Russell. Of course, everyone’s interpretation of “eating healthy” is different. Following a specific fertility diet or fertility cleansing regimen can provide a little more structure. We’ll cover a few options below.

The Fertility Diet

In recent years, a number of different studies have been released to indicate the direct correlation between diet and fertility rates. Of course, not all diets are created equal. “Everybody says that you have to watch your calories and that you can’t be overweight, but it’s really about the components of what you’re eating,” says Dr. Russell, one of the many reproductive endocrinologists who have taken an interest in this subject. Though there has always been an emphasis on healthy eating when it comes to fertility, certain nutrients play larger roles in priming the body for conception than others. Read more to see the details behind the ideal fertility diet!

What Is It?

Based on studies conducted by Dr. Russell’s team and many others, Dr. Russell recommends that women trying to conceive follow a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. The fertility diet, as it has come to be known, is rooted in the idea of lowering carbohydrates and boosting the intake of proteins and healthy fats. In Dr. Russell’s study, patients undergoing IVF to decreased their carbohydrate intake to less than 40% a day and increased their protein intake. “What we found was a dramatic increase in the number of better quality eggs, better quality embryos, and more embryos available for them to be able to transfer back to their uterus. They conceived at a four-time increase than they did initially,” he said. This study, along with others that produced similar results, inspired Dr. Russell to begin prescribing this diet to his patients across the board. Overall, he recommends that women hoping to become pregnant drop their carbs to less than 40% a day and increase their protein intake between 40-50% a day.

How to Follow It

One of the best ways to follow the fertility diet is through tracking. Fitness and nutrition tracking apps allow you to keep a detailed record of everything you consume, giving you a detailed breakdown at the end of the week. Though many of these apps focus on calorie counts, some will also provide nutritional breakdowns as well—perfect for ensuring that you’re reaching your nutritional goals.

It’s no secret that most grab n’ go food is carb-heavy, making them less-than-ideal for following the fertility diet. To ensure that you successfully achieve your goals, Dr. Russell encourages preparing meals ahead of time. “We have [our patients] packing or putting their meals together for a couple of days so they’re not reaching for a donut or a cookie or something that isn’t healthy. It lets them have their food within grasp and they can control their destiny and their nutritional intake during the day,” he offers.

One of the best perks of this diet? It will likely help you lose weight. “My average patient loses 2-4 pounds every 7-10 days on the higher protein diet. Even though they’re not hungry and they’re not starving themselves, they’re all losing weight. The protein satiates their desire to snack all day long,” Dr. Russell notes.

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Fertility Foods

Many women suffering from infertility wonder what to eat to conceive. Science is just starting to explore the effects that diet has on fertility and it seems to be substantial. Eating the right foods is one of the easiest ways to increase fertility, but some foods are better than others. Here you’ll find some of the best fertility foods you can eat when trying to conceive. While none of these will magically wipe away physical ailments, they do contain many healthy properties that promote egg health, ovulation, and overall virility.

Avocado

Avocados have been a trendy food in recent years for a reason. These nutrient powerhouses are high in folate, potassium, and monounsaturated fats—all essential nutrients for women trying to conceive. In fact, recent studies have even shown that eating foods that are high in monounsaturated fats—which is believed to lower inflammation—tripled the chance of success with IVF treatments. If you’re looking for a filling food that will also help boost your chances of conceiving, look no further than the avocado!  

Greek Yogurt

High in protein and healthy fats, Greek yogurt is a health superfood—even for those trying to get pregnant. Greek yogurt boasts a number of beneficial nutrients, including calcium, zinc, vitamin B, and probiotics. Dr. Russell regularly recommends Greek yogurt as an easy replacement for other on-the-go breakfast options that are high-carb. However, not everyone agrees that dairy has a place in the fertility diet. “Dairy products are highly inflammatory. They're mucus-forming and dampening to the body, so anybody that has cysts or any lumps within the pelvic region should avoid this because it’s just going to make things worse,” notes Dr. Sangiuliano.

Eggs

Considering that protein is a huge part of the fertility diet, it should come as little surprise that eggs would be considered a natural fertility booster. Despite their antiquated cholesterol stigma, eggs are now known for being one of nature’s superfoods. They not only provide large quantities of protein, but also contain ample amounts of essential nutrients like iron, selenium, magnesium, vitamin B, zinc, and many other elements. This nutrient-dense food is a great addition to any diet, but especially for those who are trying to get pregnant.

Asparagus

Commonly used as a fertility food in India, this nutrient-rich veggie should regularly be on your menu if you’re trying to conceive. Not only do they stimulate the immune system and act as anti-inflammatories, but they also have been thought to increase circulation—an important factor for healthy reproductive organs. Regularly eating asparagus also increases activity in the kidneys, causing higher rates of urine production that flushes toxins out of your system—leaving you with a healthy, clean system that’s primed for babymaking!

Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon

Alaskan Salmon has been long-known as a health food, but its high levels of protein and dense levels of omega-3 fatty acids helps make it a fertility food. Omega-3 fatty acids are chock full of vitamin D, help create the building blocks of a healthy fetus, and are even speculated to help regulate reproductive hormones. Though there are a number of farmed salmon options at the grocery store, opting for wild caught is ideal, since farmed salmon can have a higher chance of carrying disease. Fish in general can be a fantastic source of lean protein, though raw or deep water fish that may contain high levels of mercury should be avoided.

Walnuts

Nuts are regularly praised as a healthy snack, particularly with adhering to the fertility diet. Walnuts not only contain a substantial amount of healthy fats, but are also high in Vitamin E—a nutrient with antioxidant properties that may also improve the thickness of uterine lining in women. Walnuts are also high in omega-3 fatty acids compared to many other nuts. Eating nuts in general has shown some signs of combating ovulatory issues associated with infertility. For men, studies have also shown that eating walnuts can increase sperm count and vitality, making it a well-rounded fertility food for couples that are trying to build their families.

Organic, Grass-Fed Meats

Though plants are considered the favorable protein source according to many studies, eating leaner meats that are organic and grass-fed is often considered ideal when it comes to the fertility diet. While not yet fully backed by scientific study, there is some speculation that non-organically raised meats may contain more hormones in their systems, possibly throwing off your delicate hormone balance when trying to conceive. While loading up on protein is important, opt for lean, organic, and grass-fed sources of animal protein when possible.

Fermented Soy Products

If you’re a vegetarian, fermented soy products can be a fantastic source of protein. Dr. Sangiuliano recommends tempeh and miso in particular. “There are some non-fermented soy products that are actually worse for your body, but fermented soy products are not gonna have quite as much of an impact on your estrogen levels and you're able to digest them a lot better, so it's not as inflammatory,” she explains.

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Fertility Cleanses

Fertility cleansing has begun to rise in popularity in recent years as a natural fertility treatment. Using special herbs, these cleanses are regularly administered by naturopaths and offered online as fertility cleansing kits. Their purpose? Flush out the heavy metals, toxins, and inflammation that have accumulated in the body—factors that may lead to infertility.

“These toxins are basically just sitting in our fat cells where they can be released very easily when we detoxify,” says Dr. Sangiuliano. She administers a two-fold cleanse to her patients that focuses on cleaning the liver and uterus. Her fertility cleanse consists of orally administering specific herbs that detoxify the body and promote healthy physical function, leaving women and men with a healthy, happy body that is prepared for conception.

Why cleanse?

For women who are struggling with infertility, cleansing can be important for ensuring that their bodily systems are completely ready to conceive. “After we detoxify, we get pregnant faster because of egg quality and the environment of our womb is much healthier for conception,” says Dr. Sangiuliano, who regularly administers fertility cleanses to her patients. This is especially important to consider for patients whose infertility causes are unknown.

Fertility cleansing not only gives women the perfect “blank slate” for conceiving, but can also improve the quality of her pregnancy in general. “We need to make sure that our eggs and our sperm are the best quality possible before conception takes place, because if you’re conceiving with eggs that are poor quality, you’re increasing the risks of miscarriage, childhood leukemia, autism, ADD, and diabetes,” warns Dr. Sangiuliano.

Are fertility cleanses safe?

To cleanse are not to cleanse? That seems to be the million dollar question—a question that comes with with mixed opinions. However, most experts can agree that cleansing with powerful herbs while actively trying to conceive isn’t a good idea. Instead, Dr. Sangiuliano recommends cleansing before attempting to get pregnant. “When I cleanse and detoxify with my clients, I tell them to try to not get pregnant during those three months. There are a lot of herbs that I use that may be contraindicated in pregnancy, so nobody should be cleansing with any herbs while trying to get pregnant, but you can absolutely cleanse with dietary practices and teas and those types of things,” recommends Dr. Sangiuliano, encouraging a gentler approach while trying to conceive.

From a traditional medical standpoint, Dr. Russell points out that many herbal supplements and components of these cleanses are not strictly regulated. “Some of the royal jellies and herbal medicines that promote reproductive health are actually roots and herbal medicines that increase your cholesterol and estrogen levels, but they are not scientifically administered or monitored or supported in the right way they should be supported or monitored,” he cautions.

So what’s the verdict on the safety of fertility cleanses? While cleansing before pregnancy isn’t physically harmful for most, it’s important to discuss its effects with your doctor or a professional naturopath to tailor your treatment to your body. “Do your research. Do your homework. See if the information and studies are out there...Try to be smart about it,” recommends Dr. Russell.

How does cleansing differ from a fertility cleansing kit or other detoxifying cleanses?

There are troves of different fertility cleanse kits offered in online natural foods stores—many with questionable ingredients and instructions. So what makes a quality fertility cleanse stand apart from these online kits? When posed this question, Dr. Sangiuliano says that these cleanse kits do not take individual person’s needs into account. “Our methods take into consideration the individuality of the person. We look at what is going on in that person's body, because even one fertility diet for one person is not the same as it's going to be for the next person,” she says. “We can put out information about what components have benefits for fertility and that may be true for the masses, but it's important that you always discuss this with a practitioner because it may not be right for you.” Many women also use these cleansing kits while actively trying to conceive, possibly consuming herbs that are contraindicated to pregnancy. Ultimately, it’s important to consult an expert before taking on a fertility cleanse, which often involves herbs that can have powerful effects on the body.

Cleansing Herbs

Though every naturopath recommends different herbs based on each woman’s condition, there are certain cleansing herbs that are generally selected to detoxify the liver and uterus. For the liver, Dr. Sangiuliano likes to use milk thistle in tandem with the nutritious dandelion root for digestion and licorice root to support the hormonal system. Ginger is a great amplifier for any of these herbs, boosting their effects. For cleansing the uterus, she utilizes a different set of herbs. “I may look at Dong Quai...which increases circulation to the reproductive organs and is iron-rich. It also helps relax uterine muscles, which is great for women who had recent miscarriages,” she says. Another favorite herb she likes to apply for this stage of the cleanse is white peony, which balances hormones, reduces pain, induces relaxation, and helps reduce pelvic blood stagnation.  Dr. Sangiuliano also regularly combines red raspberry leaf tea and nettles to create a powerful fertility tea. “When you combine these two elements it help tonify uterine tissue and normalize menstrual blood flow,” she says.

In today’s world of prescription pills and chemical compounds, it can be easy to forget how powerful herbs are actually are. While the herbs listed above are what Dr. Sangiuliano generally likes to use in her fertility cleanses, she warns that everyone should treat their cleanse differently. “If anyone is doing any type of herbal cleansing or using any herbs for fertility, they should consult with a holistic practitioner, naturopath, or an herbalist and their doctor before doing anything on their own. There are a lot of herbs that could be contraindicated to whatever their issue is,” she warns.

Cleansing Tips

When it comes to fertility cleansing, timing is everything. The two-fold fertility cleansing method takes place over the course of three months, following the cycle of the eggs. “The first part of the cleanse focusing on the liver is done from the day after their menstrual cycle ends to the point of ovulation. In the last half of their cycle—during the luteal phase—we do a uterine cleanse,” says. Dr. Sangiuliano. Beginning the cleansing process three months to a year before you will start actively trying to conceive is considered best practice for increasing your chances of conception.

Once you have the timing down, there’s also the question of how to consume these powerful herbs. All of the herbs Dr. Sangiuliano mentions should be taken orally, providing you with numerous ways to incorporate them into your routine. Incorporating some of these ingredients—like ginger—into healthy, on-the-go smoothies can be an ideal way to integrate cleansing properties into your daily routine. Many of the herbs are provided in supplement or tincture form, but some can also be consumed as teas, which tend to be much gentler on the system.

To amplify the healing effects of the fertility cleanse, Dr. Sangiuliano also recommends fertility massage, various de-stressing techniques, and a healthy diet. This combination helps women create a healthy environment that’s ideal for conceiving and birthing a new child into the world!

When you’re struggling with infertility, your odds of conceiving may sometimes seem hopeless. Luckily, there are a number of natural fertility treatments that can be used in conjunction with traditional medical approaches. From keeping your stress levels low to following healthy fertility diets, there are a seemingly endless number of ways to increase fertility and boost your chances of conceiving.