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The Benefits of Licorice Root for Female Fertility

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author image Holly Case
Holly Case has written professionally since 2000. She is a former contributing editor for "ePregnancy" magazine and a current editor for a natural food magazine. She has extensive experience writing about nutrition, pregnancy, infertility, alternative medicine, children's health and women's health issues. Case holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and professional writing from Saginaw Valley State University.

Licorice root is a natural plant used as a nutritional supplement for its purported health effects. Licorice root may be especially useful for treating female fertility conditions because it has estrogenic effects, similar to dong quai. However, licorice may raise blood pressure and should never be used with diuretics because possible kidney damage could result. Licorice root is not proven to cure or treat any diseases, and you should always check with your doctor before using any supplements.

Promote Regular Ovulation

Licorice root may help restore regular ovulation in women who have irregular periods. Licorice root has effects similar to estrogen and progesterone, which may correct hormone imbalances to allow for conception to occur. Only use licorice root in the first half of your menstrual cycle, prior to ovulation.

Treatment of PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is a common cause of female infertility. PCOS is associated with conception difficulties such as absent ovulation, excess production of prolactin and androgens. According to the National Institutes of Health, licorice root is sometimes used in herbal supplements to treat PCOS.

Detoxify Your Liver

Your liver regulates sexual function and hormones, including those affecting fertility. Licorice root may detoxify the liver, clearing out impurities that may be causing blocked energy and hormone imbalances. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the practice of traditional Chinese medicine holds that stress can clog the liver, leading to infertility and other female health problems.

Improve Cervical Mucus

Licorice root may also improve the quality of your cervical mucus. The estrogenic effects of licorice root may increase the fluidity of cervical mucus, which may help increase the odds of conception.

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