Female infertility natural treatments

Infertility problems are common with both men and women, considering the sedentary lifestyle in the present times couples with unhealthy eating and drinking habits and irregular sleep hours.


Most common causes of infertility among women are,

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOD)(ovaries containing multiple underdeveloped sacs that are unable to release the egg and then become cysts)
  • Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) (loss of normal function of the ovaries, prematurely)
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases (PID) (infection of the female reproductive parts)
  • Fallopian Tube Disorder (damage to the fallopian tubes)
  • Endometrosis (infection of the endometrium)
  • Ectopic pregnancy (a condition where the embryo attaches itself outside the uterus)
  • Uterine fibroids (benign growths of the uterus that appear during childbearing years)

The first step to improve fertility is by improving one’s nutrition. Key ingredients for a healthy reproductive system include,

  • protein
  • vitamin A, C
  • calcium
  • fruits and vegetables
  • whole grains
  • iron-rich foods
  • adequate (healthy) fat
  • folic acid
  • fish and shellfish rich in omega-3-fatty acids
  • unsalted nuts and seeds

A few items which can improve fertility in women include,

  • Fish, mostly oily sea-fish are a great source of healthy fats, mostly omega-3-fatty acids which are always recommended by doctors for healthy hair, skin, nervous system and brain development of the fetus. On one hand, fish like salmon is one of the very few natural sources of vitamin D, which is often lacking in a normal diet despite being important for bone health and immune function. Mackerel, catfish, butterfish, tilapia, sardines, herring, whitefish and clams are some other important fish recommended during pregnancy. The fish should be cooked properly, in order to avoid bacterial infections. Canned varieties of tuna, carp, lobster and other forms of shell fish are best avoided in order to prevent cases of mercury poisoning (common with such fish). Other great sources of protin are meat and poultry but they should also be consumed after being cooked properly. Cold cuts and processed meats are best avoided due to risks of infections with Listeria sp. One should opt for lean meats like chicken and turkey and keep red meat on the lower side. Meat like beef and pork are also rich in choline and vitamin B, both of which are necessary for the baby’s growth.
  • Leafy greens and green vegetables are absolute gems during pregnancy with multitudes of health benefits. Leafy greens like kale and spinach, contain fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, folate and potassium. Furthermore, broccoli and leafy greens are rich in antioxidants. They also contain plant compounds that benefit the immune system and digestion and also prevent constipation. Alfalfa is another leafy green that is recommended for fertility issues. It is known to have a variety of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin L, and further complemented with nearly 8 digestive enzymes with a few minerals. This altogether affects the body in a multitude of ways. Alfalfa balances the hormone levels by boosting low estrogen levels as well as keeping them in check if they are high, leading it to be termed as a phytoestrogen. The best way to consume it is by adding the sprouts to various salads.
  • Berries, kiwis, citrus fruits and other fruits rich in anti-oxidants are highly recommended for pregnant ladies. Such fruits also contain large amounts of vitamin C, water and fiber all of which are recommended for skin health, gut health and proper immune function. Precautions should be taken so as to wash the fruits well before consuming, not to consume sweetened, canned fruits and go for fresh varieties instead. Fresh fruit juices are great to satisfy sweet cravings. Additionally, chaste berry is a good option to cure fertility issues. It directly affects the pituitary gland and is a boon for women with increased levels of prolactin. By boiling the berries in water and drinking it after straining, it results in increased ovulation for women. Similarly, winter cherry is a popular herb known to help treat female fertility. It is generally recommended that the winter cherry herb should be consumed approximately a week following the menstrual period. A small teaspoon of this powdered herb, mixed with milk is an appropriate dose to start improving fertility.
  • Women who are on the heavier side do face problems with infertility. Fennel is known to treat such infertile conditions, especially in heavy women. Combining some fennel powder with pure butter creates a mixture that should be consumed daily for a few months. This is a great method to boost fertility.
  • Dates are important in bossting female fertility as well. Not only are dates extremely tasty, they contain a variety of nutrients that support conception. Vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B, and multiple minerals are found in rich quantities within dates. All of these are necessary to allow a woman to conceive, as well as have a healthy pregnancy right till the end. They also help with treatment of constipation and regularizing bowel movements. Creating a paste of dates and coriander roots, boiling it with cow’s milk, and drinking this cooled mixture daily post one’s menstrual period is highly beneficial. General consumption of dates as a snack or through smoothies is great, too.
  • Legumes are excellent plant-based sources of fiber, protein, iron, folate (B9) and calcium — all of which the body needs more of during pregnancy. Folate is one of the B vitamins (B9). It’s very important for the health of the mother and fetus, especially during the first trimester. Folate deficiency is known to cause neural tube defects and low birth weight. Insufficient folate intake may also cause the child to become more prone to infections and disease later in life. Legumes are also high in fiber content and some varieties are high in iron and magnesium content as well.

Folate / folic acid is probably one of the most crucial elements pertaining to every case of fertility. It has numerous benefits like,

  • Regulating ovarian function, implantation, and embryo development
  • Helping the body make healthy new cells with the production of DNA - important when cells are growing in size and number rapidly during egg maturation before ovulation, embryo development, and pregnancy establishment
  • Preventing birth defects such as neural tube defects when baby’s brain and spinal cord doesn’t close properly, Trisomy 21, spina bifida, anencephaly, among others
  • Reduction in the risk of infertility due to ovulation issues by 59%
  • Reduction in the chances for miscarriage
  • Increased Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) levels
  • Helps achieve a 3.3 times higher chance of achieving pregnancy with IVF (3)
  • Retrieves more eggs retrieved and increases estrogen levels during IVF

Hence it is important to include folic acid/folate in one’s diet.

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