An irregular menstrual cycle can contribute to fertility problems, resulting in frustration and annoyance. While not trying to get pregnant, your physician might recommend going on the birth control pill to regulate your period. When trying to conceive, however, your options are more limited. There are a variety of herbal remedies you can try that may help your period to become more regular, easing your fertility issues and increasing your chances of getting pregnant.
Long in use as a medicinal herb to topically treat burns and other skin conditions, aloe vera may also find use in helping with an irregular menstrual cycle. MedlinePlus notes that aloe latex, or the yellow substance found just under the skin of the plant, may help bring on your period. Proponents of herbal remedies report that aloe vera promotes menstruation, and while no scientific evidence exists to confirm this claim, there is some research that indicates a relationship between aloe and fertility. Research published in the April 2004 issue of the "Journal of Ethnopharmacology" reveals that animal studies involving aloe extracts in combination with other herbs had positive effects on the ovaries.
Charting your cycle of ovulation may help you to understand when your period should come, which can indicate the correct times when you should take herbs to help your menstrual cycle become more regular. Herbs like licorice may encourage your body to begin menstruation when taken correctly, according to MedlinePlus. No scientific evidence exists on the effects of licorice on fertility or your menstrual cycle, but the University of Maryland Medical Center website cites licorice's ability to mimic the hormone estrogen in your body. The Feminist Women's Health Center notes that estrogen plays a vital role in your menstrual cycle and your fertility, causing the lining of your uterus to thicken and make it ready to receive a fertilized egg. Your body needs a certain amount of estrogen to trigger the release of other hormones that result in your body releasing an egg. The egg is either fertilized or shed during menstruation. With licorice's estrogen-like effects, it may help regulate your menstrual cycle and improve your fertility. Drugs.com notes that a safe dosage of licorice ranges between 0.2mg and 15g per day.
Using ginger to help regulate your menstrual cycle may be effective. The Full Health website notes that you can encourage your body to return to a normal menstruation schedule by incorporating ginger tea in your daily diet. This tea should consist of 1 tbsp. of ginger, 2 cups of boiling water and some honey. A July 1996 article in the "Vegetarian Times" magazine indicates that you can also take 5g of ginger per day in other forms to promote menstruation, according to ancient Chinese herbal remedies. Knowing when your period will come can help you determine the times of the month when you will be most fertile, according to the Just Mommies website. Consult your physician before taking herbal remedies for any purpose.
- Springboard: Herbs - Aloe Vera
- MedlinePlus: Aloe
- PubMed.gov: Inductive effect of the leaf mixture extract of Aloe buettneri, Justicia insularis, Dicliptera verticillata and Hibiscus macranthus on in vitro production of estradiol
- MedlinePlus :Licorice
- Feminist Women's Health Center: Menstrual Cycles
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Amenorrhea