Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome sometimes need help getting pregnant with PCOS.
It’s not that they absolutely can not get pregnant. Many times they can.
It’s just that the chances of getting pregnant with PCOS may be a little lower than others without this condition.
However, while it may be a little more difficult, and you may need to show determination and persistence, there are some things you can do naturally which can increase your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS.
You may seek a traditional medical doctor or specialist who will help you and treat you with traditional forms of fertility treatments, but if it is your hope of getting pregnant with PCOS naturally, you will need to know the various herbs that have helped other women get pregnant with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
While you will find as varied a list as there are people, below is a list of the most widely used herbs and why the medical field and those who use them feel they help.
(Also known as Chasteberry, Vitex Angus Castus, Vitex Chasteberry, and Chaste Tree Berry)
All women have a little testosterone along with their female hormones, but when you are dealing with PCOS, that hormone is even higher. When that happens, your female hormones do not function well enough sometimes to set up ovulation.
The herb Vitex, sometimes even called “The Female Herb” helps to regulate the hormones, enabling them to work as they should. When this happens, menstruation may become more often and more regular, and ovulation can more likely occur.
A typical dosage of Vitex is usually about 1200 mg a day. Some women believe it is best to take the full amount in the morning while others feel it is best to take it over the course of the day, taking one pill three times daily.
The important thing is to make sure you take this herb every day and to realize that it usually takes several months before your hormones will be leveled out well enough to promote ovulation.
Vitex is probably the most common herb taken for a PCOS pregnancy and is well respected for its benefits.
As a special note: Many researchers believe Vitex works better when you also consume Green Tea in your diet. The benefits green tea can’t be understated when you’re depending on natural fertility help!
Evening Primrose Oil
As if having too much of the male hormone testosterone isn’t enough, women with PCOS generally have too much of the female hormone estrogen as well. Their neutral hormone progesterone simply isn’t able to balance the two out!
Evening primrose oil, an extract of the evening primrose herb, has been used by many women to balance the levels of estrogen and progesterone so that a healthy estrogen level can be accomplished, further creating a more balanced hormonal environment for monthly events leading to ovulation.
Evening primrose oil also aids in cervial mucus production. In other words, it helps create a more friendly environment for the sperm to reach the egg. A double benefit!
The most common dosage noted for fertility purposes is 1500 to 3000 mg per day.
Evening primrose oil can possibly also cause uterine contractions, so it would be wise taken only from menstruation to your ovulation and no more. If you have irregular periods, you can take flax seed oil in place of evening primrose oil which has also been noted to help stabilize the estrogen – progesterone balance.
The dosage for flax seed oil is usually noted to be 1 Tablespoon per day, and do make sure you use the oil and not the seeds since the oil balances the hormones while the seeds have been known to increase estrogen levels even more.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Even though a woman with PCOS balances her hormones, permitting ovulation to occur, another obstacle can take away her chances of pregnancy if she does not first deal with it. The hormonal disturbances may have also disturbed the lining of the uterus where the baby will attach itself when fertilized.
The red raspberry leaf herb strengthens the lining of the uterus, helping to prevent a miscarriage that might otherwise take place because of a thin lining.
A common dosage for red raspberry leaf is 1.t g to 2 g per day.
I have also seen some very good red raspberry leaf tea where you can seep a tea bag for 10 to 15 minutes and enjoy the help this herb can give in a nice hot cup of tea 3 to 4 times a day.
If you use the tea, make sure it has real red raspberry leaf and that it is not just flavored.
You can also just supplement a cup or so a day with the red raspberry leaf itself.
If you add some local raw honey with bee pollen, you’re getting some additional hormonal balance help in a sweet way!
Siberian Ginseng and Don Quai
Siberian ginseng is thought to tone the uterine muscles while Don Quai is believed to tone the uterine wall.
Most note a dosage recommendation of 500 to 3,000 mg per day of Siberian ginseng and 1 Don Quai gel capsule 3 times a day.
In lieu of these herbs, you might want to consider an herbal fertility blend for women like Fertil Plus, FertilAid. An herbal fertility blend for men is also available through the Fertil Plus and Solaray.
Since some fertility blends focus more on vitamins and minerals and less on herbs while some include more herbs than even the above list, it will be up to you and your spouse to determine what may work best for you as a couple as you get help getting pregnant with PCOS.
See our “Tips for Getting Pregnant with PCOS” article available in another post on this site, and read our three part series “Getting Pregnant with PCOS” as well to understand the entire picture and find additional help getting pregnant with PCOS.
As always, consult your physician for individual advice.