I’ve decided to take control of my PCOS. I’m staying on my TTC break, but I’ve decided to pick myself up and move forward. Over the past couple of nights, I have been diving into research on fertility herbs and supplements. Let me start by saying that if you’re at all interested in this kind of information, http://natural-fertility-info.com is the BEST RESOURCE. I highly recommend it.
I’m starting a regimen of Vitex and Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, and I am currently investigating Maca and Cinnamon. This is what my new favorite resource says about them:
- One of the most powerful herbs for women’s fertility and menstrual health.
- Supports hormonal balance in the body; affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (hormonal feedback loop), correcting the problem at the source
- Encourages progesterone production for those who are deficient (me)
- When to take it? Every day.
- Best to wean off of it and not stop cold turkey (meaning when you do get pregnant, don’t just stop. Lower your dose and it may help you get through the first trimester)
- Food, not an herb
- Balances estrogen and progesterone in the body, but does not contain actual hormones
- An adaptogen (fertility superfood)
- Nourishes and balances the endocrine system
- When to take it? Every day.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
- Helps prevent hemorrhage/excessive bleeding
- High in iron
- May boost egg health
- Tones the uterus, preparing it for labor (also used for natural induction in the 3rd trimester)
- When to take it? Everyday in preparation for pregnancy as well as throughout pregnancy to prepare for labor and birth. However, if you’ve had reoccurring miscarriage (not me), then you don’t want to take it after ovulation.
- Reduces insulin resistance in women with PCOS
- Slows the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine, resulting in slower breakdown of carbohydrates
- Reduces heavy menstrual bleeding
- When to take it? Daily. However, not for use in pregnancy/lactation beyond using it in cooking
There is a lot of conflicting info on the internet regarding Vitex and if it’s safe for pregnancy. A lot of people say to just not take it, but the more I read from herbal specialists and not just random people, the more I find that it appears safe during the first trimester and you should simply wean yourself off of it. The point is it helps your body produce more progesterone. What’s one of the leading causes of miscarriage? Progesterone deficiency. There isn’t enough research to show whether or not it is harmful to a developing baby, only that it has been used to prevent miscarriage. I think I will stick with the herbal specialists’ opinions on this one.
I never thought I would be doing this much research on herbal remedies. I feel like such a hippie. 😉 But the thing is, I need to take control of my body. Modern medicine is great and all, but sometimes I hate it. I really, really do. I want to correct the problem, not force my body to pretend it can work better (Femara). This may not work, but it’s worth a try. While we’re on the TTC break, it’ll be interesting to see how my body reacts over the next 8 weeks. Depending on how my body starts to behave, I may keep on this regimen for a few more months. Vitex cannot be used with Femara or Clomid. While Vitex is working to correct your body, Fermara/Clomid work to force it into submission. This is going to take some patience.
In the meantime, I am still not temping. I might pick it back up next month to see if there is a response to the Vitex, because that will be the only way to know for sure. But this month, I need a break. We’re going on vacation and it can’t come soon enough. Me and my herbs are going to the beach.
Any of you have success using any of the above items, or other things such as saw palmetto, DIM, licorice root, or others?