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Herbal Treatments for Infertility Problems

Aug 26, 2008
In the distant past most medical remedies came directly from plants and herbs, and even today herbal remedies are effective in treating some of our most vexing problems such as infertility. In case you have never considered a herbal alternative for helping you to conceive, I would like to introduce you to some of the most popular and most effective herbal supplements used in the treatment of infertility.

Flaxseed Oil

This is an herbal product that is useful for both males and females who are trying to overcome infertility. For men flaxseed is important because the ingredients of the oil help to keep sperm healthy and prevent impotence.

In women the value of flaxseed oil lies in its capacity to fight menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps and female infertility. Naturally occurring lignans and plant estrogens in the flaxseed help to stabilize the estrogen-progesterone ratio and this is important for both fertility and for relief of the symptoms of various female problems.


Pycnogenol is the brand name for an herbal supplement extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. This special pine bark is loaded with a concentrate of active bioflavonoids, which are also found in fresh fruits and vegetables. This supplement is considered to be a strong anti-oxidant fighting against the debilitating effects of free-radical compounds.

A clinical trial in 2002 showed that Pycnogenol improves the quality of sperm in men by significant amounts and its use in treating couples with infertility has skyrocketed since then. The main benefit of this herb is for men, helping to produce the quality and quantity of their sperm, so this one is for the male partner of a couple that is trying to conceive.


This is a common herb that is popular in the Orient where it is widely consumed in teas and health products. It has been shown to raise testosterone levels, sperm counts, increase sexual desire as well as increase the motility of sperm. Once again, this is a supplement for the male partner to take.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries. Native Americans ate the boiled, nutty-flavored root, and used leaf poultices from the plant for bruises and hemorrhoids.

Today Evening Primrose Oil is one of the most popular herbal treatments for female infertility. The value of this herb is its reputed role in making the cervical mucus conducive to conception.

Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) makes the mucus a more fertile medium for the sperm and this is important because the sperm must be sustained in a healthy environment if it is to successfully move through the cervix. In fact, if the cervical mucus is healthy the sperm may survive for up to five days in the fallopian tube, increasing the chance of conception even without further intercourse. Thus the presence of adequate and healthy cervical mucus at the time of ovulation is vital to fertility and taking Evening Primrose Oil supplements is one of the best ways in making sure that the mucus is healthy.

EPO can cause a uterine contraction which can be harmful during pregnancy and that is why it should only be used from the time of menstruation until ovulation.

As you can see, some very common, easily obtained herbal products can play a huge role in overcoming the health problems that contribute to infertility in both women and men. If you are trying to improve your ability to conceive a healthy baby then you should definitely consider these natural, herbal products that are now being used by men and women all around the world.
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Adam Engelbrecht is a medical professional with a special interest in womens health issues. Read more about the management and treatment of acne on our website
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