While there may be little science backing up these natural remedies, if you are anything like me you are willing to try anything while you are trying to create a family. I didn’t try all of these while we were going through our treatments/infertility, but if I would have known about them, I would have tried all of them. And of course, speak with your primary doctor before trying anything.
- Essential Oils. Most essential oils have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but I certainly don’t think they will hurt you. Three of the best oils to use are Clary Sage Oil, Thyme Oil, and Sandalwood Oil. Clary Sage oil helps balance out estrogen production in the body. Thyme oil benefits the body by improving progesterone production in both men and women. Sandalwood is beneficial for balancing out testosterone levels in both men and women.
- Healthy Diet. Probably one of the most important natural remedies for infertility treatment is eating a balanced diet. Try eating organic as much as possible. Also eating foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and folic acid (a B vitamin) will help balance your system to allow for a healthy pregnancy. You should also try to avoid eating foods such as items that contain refined sugar, processed meats, alcohol, and caffeine as much as possible. It is best to avoid them before getting pregnant as well. A lot of these foods increase inflammation, resulting in a negative impact on your reproductive system.
- Chiropractic Care. Your first thought might not be to try chiropractic care when faced with fertility issues, but it certainly is a good route to explore. Chiropractic care is usually focused on your entire body, not just one specific area, resulting in better overall health. Try finding a chiropractor who focuses on holistic care as well, allowing for a more balanced approach to infertility.
- Exercise/Sleep. Try keeping your stress level as low as possible to allow for a good night’s sleep. Plus, get your sleep while you can because once those babies come, there goes your sleep! Getting enough sleep has a significant impact on your hormonal system. Not getting enough sleep can cause a disruption on your menstrual cycle, changing your ovulation. Getting enough exercise will also help with your sleep. But exercise in general will also help improve your mood, help you sleep better, and could even increase your sexual desire. Engaging in weight training or interval training is the best way to exercise to effectively balance your hormones. Try to get in at least 30 minutes a day.
- Supplements. These supplements are taken to promote fertility. They include taking evening primrose oil which contains high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid to strengthen your uterine lining, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-Complex, and Vitamin E, which will all help with hormonal balance.
Struggling with infertility is an emotional and personal experience that is tough on everyone. Try to take care of yourself and your spouse as much as possible. Of course these natural remedies won’t “fix” anything, but they may be worth trying. Eating right, exercising, and taking care of yourself can only help your body.