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Over the Counter Herbs That Increase Fertility

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Denise Stern is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has written professionally for more than seven years. Stern regularly provides content for health-related and elder-care websites and has an associate and specialized business degree in health information management and technology.
Over the Counter Herbs That Increase Fertility
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The issue of fertility for many people is personal and has many ramifications for any relationship. Popular fertility treatments and procedures such as drugs that increase ovulation, sperm counts and even artificial insemination are extremely expensive, often reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars. Many individuals don't wish to take drugs or medications in such situations, and prefer a more natural approach. Natural herbs available in many drug stores may prove effective for some. Consumers are advised to always discuss use of natural herbs or herbal remedies or supplements with their doctor, especially if they are also taking prescription medications, as some herbs may interact with drugs and medications.

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Dong Quai

Dong quai is an ancient Chinese herb that has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of female fertility issues. The herb is believed to help promote the ovulation process and the stimulation of LH (luteinizing hormone), a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that helps regulate menstrual cycles and egg production (known as ovulation).

Red Clover Blossoms

Used by women around the world, red clover blossoms are another common herb used to raise estrogen levels, which are necessary for ovulation. The herb is high in vitamins and proteins as well as magnesium and calcium that help offer valuable nutrients for uterine health. Men often use red clover blossom as a method to enhance prostate health. The prostate is responsible for creating the fluid through which semen travels.


Maca is not as well known as other herbs for promoting fertility, but is believed to help women ovulate and may help women conceive and help men to maintain sexual stamina and libido for both men and women. Maca powder supplements have been used by women around the world as a substitute to artificial hormones and is popular in Peru. According to the Good Medicine Magazine of Australia, maca increases sperm count in males and increases number of eggs in women.

Wild Yam

Wild yam is often ingested by men to help increase production of progesterone, a male hormone. Women take the herb because it contains diosgenin, a plant estrogen, which is necessary for a healthy and vibrant female cycle. The natural herb, when taken in small amounts, increases fertility.

Siberian Ginseng

Siberian ginseng has been used in Asia, India and Europe for generations to not only improve health but to help regulate hormones responsible for reproduction. Known to increase sperm count and mobility, the herb is also used as an aphrodisiac by both men and women in many cultures.

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