Red Rasberry leaf tea - this helps to tone your uterus in preparation for pregnancy, but only take this herb from menstruation until ovulation as you should not take if you are pregnant. It can then be taken again after 32 weeks as could increase the second stage of labour. A few cups of this tea a day is sufficient.
Vitex - Chasteberry or vitex (vitex agnus-castus) has been shown to help increase the level of luteinizing hormone (or LH) while gently suppressing the secretion of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). In effect, vitex stimulates the hormones involved in ovulation and assists in restoring overall hormonal balance. More specifically, vitex is effective in regulating pituitary gland function and in normalizing the balance of progesterone to estrogen levels. Vitex is particularly supportive in maintaining progesterone levels during the "luteal phase", or second half, of a woman's cycle which is needed for implantation. A large percentage of menstrual problems and infertility issues are related to insufficient progesterone production during the luteal phase, which can result in a shortened luteal phase and may possibly contribute to PCOS. With regard to the former, a "short" luteal phase is often referred to as corpus luteum insufficiency or LPD (luteal phase defect). Luteal phase defect is characterized by low progesterone levels during the second half of your cycle. With regard to PCOS, hormonal imbalance (namely insufficient levels of progesterone) may also contribute to the formation of cysts on your ovaries, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. As vitex agnus castus has been shown to support progesterone production, vitex may be suggested as a treatment for menstrual cycle imbalances, luteal phase defect, and possibly PCOS (as normalized progesterone levels and cycle regularity may suppress the development of ovarian cysts associated with estrogen dominance). Take no more than 1000mg per day.
£5.50 vitex + postage £3.00
Evening Primrose Oil - Evening Primrose Oil or EPO lowers cholesterol, helps to alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms and aids in the production of fertile quality cervical fluid. Evening Primrose Oil or EPO helps women to produce more fertile quality cervical fluid also known as “egg white cervical mucus”. This type of cervical fluid is fertile, thin, watery, clear and “stretchy” and easily aids the sperm to swim through the uterus and into the fallopian tube, and to the egg. Also, this type of fluid helps the sperm to stay alive for up to five days inside the fallopian tube, thus enabling conception to happen even if you don’t have intercourse again by the time ovulation occurs. If your cervical fluid is thick, brown or dry, it can obstruct or prevent fertilization. Some women are very dry, and have problems in producing an adequate amount of fertile quality cervical fluid. Drinking a lot of water and taking the Evening Primrose Oil can certainly help in the production of fertile cervical fluid in these women. Take 500mg to 2000mg per day from menstruation to ovulation only.
£2.50 Evening primrose oil + £3.00
Guaifenesin - (cough syrup found in all chemists) Increases your cervical mucus making the vagina a more 'friendly' environment for sperm to survive and make its way to the egg. This product must be 100% guaifenesin as mixed with anything else could have the opposite effect.
Aspirin (baby strength) - it is supposed to suppress natural killer cells in the uterus, so it is used for those with immune problems. It also improves blood flow to the ovaries, improving follicle development, and improves blood flow to the uterus, improving the quality of the uterine lining. This increases the odds that implantation will be successful. Also, during pregnancy, it will help to prevent miscarriage or fetal demise in those prone to blood clots. Having blood clots form in the placenta and/or umbilical cord is the cause of many of these pregnancy losses. It is linked to helping those with PCOS and endometreitis. Take no more than 80mg per day.
Folic Acid - This is a B vitamin that is an essential requirement of the body. It is needed for making the genetic material of cells (DNA), and thus for growth and development. Folic acid is particularly important for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and in the formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. A daily supplement of folic acid should be taken by all women who are trying to conceive. This should be continued during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is essential for the development of the baby's spinal cord and nervous system, and to help prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects. These include spina bifida and malformations such as cleft palate or cleft lip. 400mg should be taken per day.
£2.50 folic acid + £3.00 postage
Vitamin B6 - Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine, and is water soluble. It can be found in yeast, whole grains, legumes, liver, eggs, cereal, meat and fish. Of course, all vitamins work together, and do well to keep a body healthy. However, vitamin B6 goes one step beyond--it helps with fertility. Not only does it lengthen the luteal phase, but it helps with the depression that sometimes accompanies pms. Aside from the benefits of treating pms, vitamin B6's main role as a fertility vitamin is to treat the luteal phase defect. A luteal phase defect is one cause of infertility, and is also one of the most easily treated. A luteal phase defect occurs when the luteal phase (the time from ovulation to menstruation) is less than 10 days. Ideally, it would be best if the luteal phase lasted 11-16 days. A luteal phase that is too short cannot maintain a pregnancy.If pregnancy occurs in a woman with LPD, the pregnancy can result in miscarriage. A luteal phase defect can be detected by charting your basal body temperatures. This may take a month or two to catch on and figure out, but is worth while in determining if there is indeed a luteal phase problem. 50mg per day is recommended.
£2.50 Vitamin B6 + £3.00 postage
Zinc - It is an essential component of genetic material and a zinc deficiency can cause chromosome changes in either you or our partner, leading to reduced fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage. Zinc is necessary for your body to 'attract and hold' (utilise efficiently) the reproductive hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. Zinc is also found in high concentrations in the sperm. Zinc is needed to make the outer layer and tail of the sperm and is, therefore, essential for the health of your partner's sperm and, subsequently, your baby. Interestingly, several studies have also shown that reducing zinc in a man's diet will also reduce his sperm count. 30mg per day is recommended.
£2.50 each Zinc + £3.00 postage