How to Get Pregnant Naturally

Natural Help for Infertility How to Get Pregnant Naturally

Infertility is a rising problem in today’s society. I tried to find accurate info on how much is spent annually on infertility treatments, and I kept getting results for ways to finance infertility treatment. The saddest part is that in many cases, the body can reverse infertility if given the right resources. Infertility, like any disease, is simply a sign that something is not right inside the body and must be fixed.

I have worked with a lot of women on this issue, and have seen very few health related problems that cause such pain and anxiety as wanting to have a child and not being able to. The good news is that all the women who I have worked with who have changed diet and lifestyle factors have eventually conceived. Yes, all of them…. ages 21 to 45. That is a 100% success rate in people I’ve worked with personally, and last I saw, the success rate for invitro fertilization was just over 20%. Also, did I mention that changing diet/lifestyle costs about $20,000 less than invitro?

Infertility is often a complex problem with a simple solution. There are so many confounding factors that can cause or contribute to infertility, which is why conventional treatment is rarely as effective… it simply can’t address all the possible causes. Fertility drugs and artificial hormones of any kind, including birth control, can make underlying problems even worse and make future fertility more difficult (this is sad, because hormonal birth control is often prescribed for various hormonal imbalances and problems).

What Causes Infertility?

Infertility can be caused by a huge number of factors: hormone imbalance, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, Anovulatory Cycles, physical blockage, inadequate hormone production, short luteal phase, lack of lutenizing hormone, high levels or prolactin,  and many others.

Poor nutrition often plays a major role, as does exposure to toxins. Age plays less of a role before menopause than was originally thought. While there are many wonderful naturally minded fertility specialists out there, in many cases it is not possible for them to test for and address any of these possible underlying issues. Extreme fertility treatments do work for some, but can be very emotionally and physically exhausting, not to mention very expensive. Given the choice, every woman I have worked with would always prefer to conceive naturally, with just her husband in the room!

The great news is that dietary and lifestyle changes can make a tremendous difference in fertility, and often help with other issues like excess weight, lack of energy, blood sugar problems, skin issues, and insomnia in the process.

How to Reverse Infertility

This is the specific system I use when working with women on fertility, but it is also very useful for helping with PMS, cramping, fatigue, heavy periods and other hormone related problems. It is designed to address all issues that can contribute, and short of a physical inability to conceive, it will work.

Step 1: Nutrition

This is by far the most important step. Most of us these days are undernourished, despite being overweight. The body simply will not allow conception to occur or a pregnancy to continue if it doesn’t have the basic foundation it needs to sustain a pregnancy. Many women turn to a low-fat, high fiber diet in an attempt to increase health and lose weight. Weight loss has been shown to increase fertility, but losing weight in this way is rarely effective for increasing fertility because it deprives the body of the necessary proteins and fats necessary for hormone production.

To optimize fertility through nutrition:

  • Remove grains, processed foods, sugars and starches from the diet. Obtain necessary carbohydrates from vegetables, some fruits and starchy sources like sweet potatoes and squash.
  • Increase healthy fats in the diet especially from sources like coconuts, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, butter, grass-fed meats, eggs, avocado and nuts.
  • Get enough protein especially from grass fed meats, eggs, and nuts.
  • Eat a lot of vegetables, especially green leafy varieties like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard, chard, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and similar veggies.
  • Avoid processed dairy and if you eat dairy, eat raw, organic dairy from sources like butter, ghee, and heavy cream.
  • Drink enough water- your urine should be very lightly colored. For most women, this is around 4 quarts a day.
  • Get insulin levels under control- even if you don’t have Type II diabetes, a high carbohydrate diet often goes hand-in-hand with some level of insulin resistance. Optimizing dietary factors with the above methods will help make your body more sensitive to insulin, which will help production of other hormones and proper function of the body.

For some women, these steps alone will optimize fertility and allow conception. It is very important to continue these things once pregnant, and not stop giving yourself proper nutrition, which is even more vital for the growth of an unborn child. Of course, pregnancy is not a license to revert to a bad diet! The biggest dietary factor that often contributes to infertility is lack of enough essential fats and proteins in the diet. Your body can’t make the hormones it needs without proteins and fats, and often this factor alone can prevent conception.

Step 2: Lifestyle Factors

Any doctor, or even a Google search, should reveal that habits like smoking, drug use, and high caffeine intake can severely impair fertility. There are many other lifestyle factors that contribute as well:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Lack of exercise or too much exercise
  • High stress levels
  • Certain medications or supplements

Most lifestyle factors are also easy to fix with a little effort. The most common lifestyle factors that can increase fertility are:

  • Getting enough sleep- Sleep plays a vital role in production of many hormones. Studies have shown that women with low melatonin and serotonin levels have a shorter luteal pahse (time between ovulation and menstruation) and consequently have a lower chance of conceiving. Lack of sleep also impairs the body’s ability to properly regulate adrenaline, cortisol and insulin, making conception very difficult. Make sleep a priority and get enough to feel rested, not just awake. This may mean taking a nap during the day or going to bed a few hours earlier. A completely dark sleep environment may also help melatonin levels and sleep.
  • Minimize exposure to toxins- this should be a book in itself, but most women notice improvement from limiting exposure to household chemicals, plastic water bottles and conventional cosmetic and beauty products. (I’ll cover this later in a more detailed post.)
  • Get the right amount of exercise- Getting adequate exercise is important for fertility, but too much can have the opposite effect. Most women do well with several hours of recreational activity a week (walking, fun sports, or swimming) and a few weight training sessions. Too much moderate/intensive exercise will keep the body from ovulation if done regularly. While weight loss can greatly help fertility, having too little body fat (below 15-18%) can make the body go into an anovulatory state.
  • Limit Stress- Easier said than done, especially for anyone who is going through the emotions of fertility difficulties. You’ve probably been told that if you can relax, you will get pregnant. While this is certainly not true for everyone, reducing stress is a good idea. Often, the ideas above will help with many of the physical causes of stress, leaving you more time to (hopefully) relax.
  • Check with your doctor to see if any medications you are taking could impair fertility. Steroids and antidepressants have been known to do so, as well as any other hormone containing or affecting medications.

Step 3: Supplements

While diet and lifestyle alone often reverse infertility, some women notice better or faster results with the aid of natural supplements and herbs. The single most important supplement that I’ve seen help women increase fertility, is Fermented Cod Liver Oil, which is also excellent for a developing baby and a healthy pregnancy. Personally, I take 8+ capsules a day during pre-conception, pregnancy and nursing to make sure baby and I are both getting the nutrients needed. The beneficial fats in Fermented Cod Liver Oil and the high Omega-3 content can help reduce inflammation and boost proper hormone production.

I’ve seen women take the following herbs with good success:

  • Red Raspberry Leaf- A well know fertility herb that is also good during pregnancy. It has a high nutrient profile and is especially high in calcium and is a uterine tonic. It is available in capsule form, but makes an excellent hot or cold tea.
  • Nettle Leaf- Has a very high mineral content. It contains lots of chlorophyll and is nourishing to the adrenals and kidneys. It helps reduce stress and is a powerful uterine tonic. Once pregnant, it is great for getting enough nutrients during pregnancy and has a high vitamin K content to prevent hemorrhage. I add nettle leaf to a tea that I drink before and during pregnancy.
  • Dandelion- Contains vitamins A and C as well as trace minerals. The root is beneficial to the liver and the leaf is mildly diuretic. Can help cleanse the body and remove toxins.
  • Alfalfa- Has vitamins A, D, E and K and 8 digestive enzymes. Contains trace minerals and vitamin K and is often added to commercial vitamins because of its high vitamin profile.
  • Red Clover- Has a very high vitamin content and contains almost every trace mineral. It has been known to help balance hormones and restore fertility.
  • Maca- A hormone balancing herb that is known throughout the world for its fertility and vitality promoting properties. Good for both men and women to increase fertility, though women should only take between menses and ovulation and discontinue to make sure it is not taken during pregnancy. It is a very potent herb that often has very noticeable effects on fertility. It comes in powder form or capsule form.
  • Vitex/Chaste Tree Berry- Nourishes the pituitary gland and helps lengthen the luteal phase. It lowers prolactin and raises progesterone. For some women, this alone will increase fertility.
  • Natural Progesterone Cream- Infertility struggles can often be linked to specific hormone imbalances. Especially for those with short cycles or short second phase of their cycle (ovulation through start of menses), progesterone can be the issue. I’ve seen people add only natural progesterone cream and conceive and carry a healthy pregnancy within a month or two. If you do use progesterone cream, do your own research, make sure you have a good brand that is soy-free and only use for the second half of your cycle (ovulation through menses). Some sources, including a midwife and a doctor I trust, suggest continuing the progesterone cream through the first three months of pregnancy and then tapering off to make sure the body has adequate progesterone to continue the pregnancy until the placenta takes over production in the second trimester. Do your research on this as well.

IMPORTANT: Do not take any of these herbs in combination with fertility drugs, hormone treatments, or hormonal birth control! As with any herbs, supplements, or medication, consult a doctor or health care professional about your specific case and do your own research!

Vitamins that promote fertility:

  • Vitamin D- Vitamin D deficiency is very common in America, especially during the winter, and can be very detrimental to overall health. Recent studies link inadequate vitamin D with infertility and miscarriage. Have your levels checked to find out how much you need.
  • Vitamin C- A potent antioxidant, vitamin C is good for both male and female infertility. Aim for at least 2,000 mg a day pre-conception.
  • Folic Acid- Folic acid is well known as a necessary vitamin in early pregnancy to prevent complications, but it is most beneficial when taken for several month before the pregnancy as well as during. It helps cell division and promotes ovulation. Some natural doctors recommend taking up to 5,000 micrograms a day and women hoping to get pregnant should take at least 2,000 micrograms a day.
  • Zinc- Very important for cell division including sperm production and ovulation. Best when taken in combination with b-vitamins.
  • Selenium- Helps protect the body from free radicals and protects sperm and egg. Known to help cell division and might prevent miscarriage.
  • B-Vitamins- Deficiency of b-vitamins is common in anyone who consumes large amounts of processed foods, grains or sugars. Optimizing b vitamin levels can increase lutenizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone to improve fertility.

For couples, struggles with infertility can be agonizing. Proper diet and nutrition can greatly aid the body in conceiving and carrying a healthy baby, and are beneficial in overall health. While sometimes medical treatment is necessary, couples should at least consider dietary changes first to support the body. The above system is also helpful for women struggling with PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, heavy periods or other hormonal problems.

Have you struggled with infertility? Do you get pregnant just by washing your laundry with your husband? Please tell me about it below, and share how you have overcome infertility or what you still struggle with. 

Reader Comments

  1. K says

    Thanks for this post. We’ve started doing lots of these things already, but I didn’t realize that maca was good for hormonal imbalances. Both my husband and I have issues with this (no wonder we can’t get pregnant!) so I’ve been trying to research natural ways to get hormones back in balance. Do you know of a good source for maca?

  2. Markita says

    You CAN get pregnant naturally regardless of how long you have been trying without success! There is a safe and natural method.

  3. says

    Thanks for posting! I am set to get married in about a year, and we both want children. However, last year I got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, so now I’m really fearful about getting pregnant, or not being able to. I already follow the nutritional guidelines, and no one on this earth could make me forgo my 8-10 hours of sleep! So I feel a bit better about my chances now, even if the attempts for pregnancy are still a long way off. 

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  4. says

    I had lots of problems getting pregnant, plenty of treatment that didn’t work and then all of a sudden a natural pregnancy (and I am now blessed with a three year old daughter) – but I haven’t fallen pregnant since. 6 months ago I found out that the low calorie carbs I was eating were pointless for health and well-being but I am now reading more and more that suggests 25 years of being vegetarian (no meat or fish) might have contributed to my sub-fertility. I might miss out on a second baby, as I am radically changing my diet at 42, but it is a comfort to me to understand why we might have had so many problems.

  5. Katie says

    My husband is a Chiropractor and he seen couples come in that have tried everything and after a few weeks to a few months under care-they all got pregnant.  Your body is amazing and can do amazing things when there is no interference.

      • Lindsay says

        My husband and I are currently facing infertility obstacles. We have been trying now for 3 years for a baby with zero success, and as of last August started seeing a fertility specialist. I Just finished my second iui in which the results came back negative, about 2 weeks ago. My husband has been diagnosed with extreme low sperm count & motility. His results after wash was 1000 only, so extremely low.
        Both of us are of a healthy weight and for the most part do eat relatively healthy. I don’t eat meat, so I do sometimes struggle with lack of options and do eat my share of grains. My husband does smoke and is trying to quit, however it is a work in progress.
        I want to know if certain vitamins could help drastically improve my husbands count. He does presently take vitamin c, vitamin e, folic acid and selenium.
        We just as well both started doing acupuncture as we are getting desperate. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

        • HeatherJ says

          My husband has a similar issue and was recently advised to take L-Carnitine to increase his count. He’s only been on it a week so I’m not sure if it works yet but it’s something to try.

    • Rasha Abou ElKheir says

      At 45 I was on my last hope. I went to chiropractic and acupuncture religiously, changed my diet dramatically, removing dairy, sugar and gluten, and within 3 months was pregnant! After almost 5 years of trying. My baby’s downs risk was that of a much younger person…1 in 10000 even! I’m 6.5 months pregnant, and never felt better! It can be done and the doctor who said I needed donor eggs, now boasts that I am her oldest spontaneously pregnancy! Ha! One other thing which is important, is knowing your cycle, knowing when you ovulate and timing BD’ing well! Of course also your partner’s health is equally important.

      • Stacey Kennedy says

        Hi, I’m looking for some help on getting pregnant at 43. I’ve read your post and I’m wondering if you could give me any tips on how a chiropractor and acupuncture can help. I had 3 children in my 20′s so I know I can get pregnant, I just think now that my age is 43, i’m going to have a hard time conceiving. I also started taking chasteberry , can you help me at all please?

        • Kiah Jane says

          Before we are born all of our organs and nerves are little buds or stems off of the spine. So if the spine is in the wrong position it can be pinching, amongst other things, the organs that we need. Hence the reproductive area may be totally blocked off from what it needs and/or in a position where its inflamed and over compensating. The Chiropractor aligns your spine to take the pressure off of your organs and make sure you whole body is working as a whole unit.

  6. Kirsten says

    I just discovered your blog today. It’s filled with so much valuable information! My husband and I just recently starting trying for our first baby. I’m 33 and he’s 40, and we are both considerably overweight. On top of that, I have some feminine health related challenges (fibroids, short cycles…). I’ve been on and off the primal lifestyle for a couple months, but your article has really given me the motivation to go at it 100%, for my own health and the health of our future child/children. Thank you!

  7. Booboo says

    Well, this is a great site. But, I have to say, you can’t possibly say 100 percent success rate with fertility.  It borders on absurd, respectfully.  There is no possible way that women aged 40-45 will all get pregnant by following these recommendations.  It’s just not possible.  Sorry.

    • says

      I don’t claim that it would work for every single person who ever tries it, rather just that with the clients I have worked with in the past, it has. And, I’ve had several in that age range who have gotten pregnant.

      • April says

        I started taking Vit D, folic acid, prenatal vitamins and the sperm friendly lubricant Pre-Seed along w an OPK kit and thankfully got pregnant on our first round. Good luck to everyone.

        • Jerri says

          Wow! That’s awsome. I have some of the same stuff as you (vitamin D, prenatal, folic and Maca.) Hope i get the same results. Got some unwanted news from my Dr a couple of days ago. Tried to go to a fertility specialist and seems they’re not going to be of any help. So, hoping to be able to go and tell them i didn’t need their help anyway. I’m 37 and having been trying since May 2013. I have no children at all. Praying this works out for me as well!

      • Dee says

        Greetings Welness MAMA. My name is Deelu from South Africa.

        During the weekend I cam accross this powerful article. I used to take birth control only from Jan to July (7months). I stopped because we decided to start a family. My menstrual cycle from there I skipped mpnth of Aug and they started in Sep. Every two months they are consinstent and change after two months.February 2014 I skipped the whole month and had my periods the 07March, my nurse friend advises I take hormonsl bslsnce pills which I started on the day the 7th. I am concerned because I am 24 and my husband is 32 we have been trying since Aug 2013. I decide to get Maca powder yersteday and also Raspberry leaves, I am getting the Natula Progesterone Cream today. Will you please advise on the dosage of the Maca powder and the Raspbery leaf tea? and also should I stop immediately taking those hormonal/contraceptive balance pills?
        I would appreciate your immediate response.

        • says

          I’m not familiar with the pills you are taking, so I can’t comment on those, but I take up to a teaspoon of Maca a day and drink Red Raspberry tea throughout the day. I use progesterone (when needed) for the second half of my cycle.

      • heather says

        What a gift of hope you are giving to so many struggling with “impossible” fertility issues! I’m a first time visitor and am quite impressed with your site’s wealth of information. Keep up the great work!

  8. says

    Thank you for this post! I am struggling right now with getting a period, and I truly believe it is from  not getting enough healthy fats in my diet!

  9. Dcrunningmamablog says

    I’m sorry, but I COMPLETELY disagree with this post. I changed EVERYTHING in my life: took supplements, gained weight (so that I was a healthy 19-20% body fat), stopped running, changed my diet and did not get pregnant naturally (and, yes, I was having sex when ovulating).  It took 4 rounds of IVF to conceive my 2nd child at the ripe old age of 32 (I started trying for #2 at 31; also had problems conceiving #1 at 28/29).  I was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve meaning that I had the ovaries of someone 15 years older.  This post is VERY misleading and can cause women that have REAL infertility issues to waste precious time trying to “fix” their fertility problems homeopathically.  Blog posts like this only alienate healthy women like me and make us feel guilty for not being healthier.  Sometimes there are other factors at play that impact our fertility.  Changing our diet and taking supplements does not cure everything.

    • says

      I’m sorry for all your difficulty, and congrats on your two children! I agree with you that diet and supplements are not the only thing that has to change for some people, but they are, at least, a very important start and an aspect that is not always addressed by fertility specialists. Even if women need more fertility help, these steps will help improve their chances with fertility aids. That being said, I have seen a lot of women have drastic improvements from diet and supplements alone. I’m sorry that you felt alienated. Thanks for reading and best of luck in the future!

    • says

      I agree with this post, How can you say that you have 100 percent success rate compared to 20 percent with IVF ?

      Where I do agree that a change in life style COULD help some people to conceive

      you CANNOT compare your self to an IVF clinic treating people with medical issues that no matter what vitamin or mineral they take they will not conceive naturally

      • says

        I’m just saying that in couples I’ve personally worked with, they have all conceived after addressing issues naturally. I’m certainly not claiming to be able to help with physical issues that actually make conception impossible, but I haven’t worked with any couples with these issues.

    • Stacy W says

      I was also diagnosed with diminished oviarian reserve but finally conceived after being on clomid for 8 mos and on the 4th IUI. Life was good until 7 mos after DS was born… then he was dx with a brain tumor. Without getting into the horror that is pediatric cancer…I called my fertility doctor several months after my son passed to ask about taking DHEA (supposedly it’s been found help women with low ovarian reserve and also in increasing success with IVF). I was shocked when my doctor told me that he wanted me to come in to do another US to see if I still had a low ovarian reserve because, according to him, this is something that your body can fix on it’s own. I see that it’s been a year since you posted this comment…I really, really hope you’re reading this with a LO snuggled in your arms or in your belly. ?

  10. gardengrrrl says

    Don’t forget the other half of the equation: the men!  I feel that it really helped us when I started feeding my hubby more red meat, oysters, and liverwurst (and slipping brewer’s yeast into salad dressing)…for Vitamins A, D, and especially ZINC.  On top of a WAPF based diet, seemed to work for us!

  11. Laura Pulliam1 says

    What do you suggest for men as far as supplements?  Also, what is your opinion of the over the counter fertility vitamins such as ProCreation or Michael’s Reproductive Factors?  By the way..Your website has changed me and my husband’s life!  I can’t imagaine eating any other way now.   We are desperately trying to get pregnant with no luck and are about to go see specialists.  I am fearful of the process being that I would prefer to get pregnant naturally.  We are at the point that we don’t know what else to do.  I wish we could be your patients! =)  Any advice on the men’s supplements and  OTC vitamins would be great.  Thanks for all you do.

    • says

      Zinc and selenium are the big ones for the guys… Eating a few brazil nuts a day will be enough selenium, but the zinc is a little tougher to get from food and should often be supplemented. A good quality prenatal is good, but I’d say that magnesium, probiotics, and fermented cod liver oil are more important (the brands I take are in my “store” tab). I’d also make sure you are both getting liver, seafood and high quality fats in your diet. Those would all be higher priorities than a prenatal, but if you’re already doing that, a prenatal would be good too :-) Best of luck!

  12. Nwrigs19 says

    Do you take all those natural herbs at the same time or just certain ones?  Which ones would work best for fertility? 

    • says

      It would depend on how aggressively I was trying to reverse the infertility. They could be taken together but the progesterone cream, red raspberry and Maca together are the most potent.

      • Meri Frazier says

        Where can you find most of these herbs? Also, the progesterone cream wasn’t mention above, could you please speak more on that? Thanks

  13. Zombie Katzchen says

    I’m one of the “got pregnant by washing my clothes with my husband’s.”  We tried for only 1 month, after charting my cycles for 16 months and using FAM with a diaphragm during my fertile week.  I had been worried that between hypothyroidism and previously being overweight would hinder my fertility, but clearly I had gotten my health under control!

  14. Meri Frazier says

    Really enjoyed this article. My husband and I have been ting to conceive for 2 years. My daughter who’s going on 6 was conceived while on BC, but now that I’m trying to conceive I’ve been having complications. I’ve done the charting, fertility monitors, vitamins, etc. I vowed a few days ago to take care of my self more by having massages and mediate to help relax. I know weigh can be an issue with TTC, my issue is that I’m underweight. I’m 30 going on 31, 5’3, and I weigh under 100lbs. What do you recommend to help increase my weigh or do you feel that my weight is a major factor?

    • Meri Frazier says

      By the way, I just order the maca, raspberry leaf, and the progesterone cream online. What are your recommendations for using the cream and how to apply it?

      • says

        There should be instructions on the package, but you rub on fatty areas of the body (buttocks, legs, stomach) 1-2 times a day, using only a small dime size amount and only for the second half of your cycle (after ovulation until menses).

        • Laura Bailey says

          My doctor recommended applying progesterone cream to areas of “thin skin” (to maximize absorption) such as the decolletage, breasts, inner wrist area. Are you sure you want to put it where it’s going to get the least amount of absorption (fatty areas)?

          • Laura Bailey says

            I don’t like to disagree with people on message boards or prove them wrong because it can be embarrassing. I hope you aren’t offended that I’m sharing this link. You seem like an open person! You are providing “simple answers for healthier families” so this is something that you need to know:

            http://natural-fertility-info.com/progesterone-cream-use-things-to-know.html

            This information is just so everyone knows how to apply progesterone cream properly. Otherwise, you’re not going to get the full benefit of it.

            All the best to you,

            Laura

  15. Carrie says

    Thank you so much for your wonderful post.  I agree that nutrition and sleep can definitely play a vital role in fertility.  I am wondering if you have ever heard of NaProTECHNOLOGY?  It stands for Natural Reproductive Technology.  It’s a medical application to a fertility charting system called the Creighton Method.  It was through the help of the charting and MD who is trained in NaPro that we were finally able to concieve.  We use all bio-identical hormones and some of the same supplements you mentioned and a few others.  You can find out more at http://www.naprotechnology.com.

      • maria says

        NaPro=Great. Probably a lot of NaPro trained doctors=great…but at all costs avoid going to the founder, Dr. Hilgers for treatment. Along with numerous other women who trusted him, I’m still living with the emotional scars from treatment with him…and still no babies. My intention is NOT to give him a bad name, but I definitely want to help other women avoid the pain and suffering he causes.

        • says

          Hi Maria, I am curious as to why you don’t suggest Dr. Hilgers. I recently moved to Nebraska and a friend here suggests him as he helped her conceive her two children. My husband and I have been trying for just over 3 years with two miscarriages and a recent diagnosis of “unexplained infertility.” I am pretty close to deciding to take my friend’s advice and making an appointment in Omaha, but it sounds like from what you say that I should probably stay away?

          • Emily says

            Dear Skye and Maria -
            Maria, I am so very sorry to hear about your experience with Dr. Hilgers in Omaha. Not to dimish your experience, but ours was quite the opposite. We felt that Dr. Hilgers and his associates helped treat the root causes of infertility without making promises about delivering a baby. From our perspective, they treat the whole person/couple (not just the infertility) and respect the dignity of the person in doing so. Again, Maria, I am very sorry you did not have this experience. After over 5 years of infertility, we were able to conceive after I had a laparotomy to remove stage 4 endometriosis. Our son just turned 3 yrs old. So, Skye, I do hope you have checked Pope Paul VI and Dr. Hilgers out for yourself, and I wish you both the very best!

        • Emily says

          Dear Skye and Maria -
          Maria, I am so very sorry to hear about your experience with Dr. Hilgers in Omaha. Not to dimish your experience, but ours was quite the opposite. We felt that Dr. Hilgers and his associates helped treat the root causes of infertility without making promises about delivering a baby. From our perspective, they treat the whole person/couple (not just the infertility) and respect the dignity of the person in doing so. Again, Maria, I am very sorry you did not have this experience. After over 5 years of infertility, we were able to conceive after I had a laparotomy to remove stage 4 endometriosis. Our son just turned 3 yrs old. So, Skye, I do hope you have checked Pope Paul VI and Dr. Hilgers out for yourself, and I wish you both the very best!

  16. Christy says

    We have had fertility problems over the years.  I had been diagnosed with PCOS and told I would never conceive on my own.  Well I had 2 pregnancies without drugs to get them.  Then I had recurring problems with large cysts on one ovary and ended up having to have that ovary removed and told that it would be near impossible for me to get pregnant on my own now with my past history and now only 1 ovary.  Well, I went on to have 2 more pregnancies.  Now my children are pretty well spaced, and not of  my intentions.  I suffered a late miscarriage last summer and was determined for it not to be another 2 to 4 years before I was pregnant again.  I recently found out I was pregnant and this what I was taking and doing that month…
    Red Raspberry Leaf capsules
    Mega B complex
    Maca capsules (started at 800mg/day on cycle day 5 and increased it gradually up to 3000mg just before ovulation and then gradually decreased) make sure you get certified organic; I found mine on Amazon and through a natural health store.  You would also want to know when you ovulate in your cycle… I happen to ovulate between days 18 and 20 which is why I waited to start the maca until day 5.  If you ovulate on CD 14, you might want to start early.
    Chiropractic care… I had been in a serious accident the month before and started this at the beginning of my cycle as part of my therapy.  This was the one thing that had been different from the previous 3 cycles.

    I hope this might help someone. 

  17. Kf says

    Have to be careful with what kind of Vitamin C you’re taking. Pills that have rose hips and bioflavinoids will assist with fertility, but if those ingredients are missing the opposite effect might be seen. 

  18. Maddie says

    Hello, I am curious what the results of doing this would be ”
    Do not take any of these herbs in combination with fertility drugs, hormone treatments or hormonal birth control! “. Is there a bad reaction? What is the issue of taking these supplements while using the pill or any other hormonal treatment? 

    • says

      These herbs are very powerful in their own right. The can impact hormones, and taking them with other drugs that also impact hormones can lead to dangerous effects. If you are going to attempt to take any of these while on hormone treatment of any kind, I’d definitely suggest talking to your doctor and finding a natural doctor and herbalist in your area to consult too.

  19. Catherine says

    I have a question:. I have been ‘mostly paleo’ for a year and a half now. I do occasionally fall of the bandwagon completely though. This post is inspiring me to REALLY commit! I have been officially trying to conceive since last December. I was charting all my CM, and that all looked good. The problem was that there was no thermal shift. I confirmed with my midwife and she said that probably meant I wasn’t ovulating. 1) will the above supplements help fix that problem? 2) a lady at the natural food store suggested I take this tincture: Quantum: female fertility formula which has in it: false unicorn, wild yam, vitex, wild american ginseng, maca, astragalus, rhodiola rosea, and dong quai. + evening primrose oil

    your thoughts? If the supplements you mentioned help with someone who isn’t ovulating, is my tincture sufficient, or would I be better just taking red raspberry leaf tea and maca.

    I will be switching from my SFH fish oil in favor of the fermented CLO/butter oil soon. I crossfit between 2-5x weekly. I am overweight, but my a1c is 5.3% (non diabetic)

    • says

      The herbs above should help with ovulation, but depending on how long your luteal phase is, I’d also use natural progesterone cream for the second half of each menstrual cycle (when ovulation should occur through start of menses) to help get progesterone levels up. Low progesterone is the most common cause of not ovulating, and the natural cream is usually an easy solution. Personally, I’ve also used the natural cream in early pregnancy too to guard against miscarriage until about three months when he placenta takes over progesterone production.

          • says

            I’m sorry to have to ask so many questions. I decided to start buying the various components separately as independent reading said that some of the ingredients should be mixed. However, my reading has been giving conflicting advice: some say maca should be taken all month long, you say the first half. some say red raspberry leaf should not be taken when pregnant so its better only have if the first half of the cycle. Same with evening primrose oil. Is there a definitive guide somewhere?

          • says

            Unfortunately, most of those fall into the category of not being adequately tested in pregnancy, so while they may be safe, they can’t be recommended. For Maca, it can me taken all month long, it just shouldn’t be taken during pregnancy, which is why if you’re actively TTC, I typically suggest just taking in the first half. Personally, I drink Red Raspberry leaf tea throughout pregnancy, and my midwife has said this is fine, but some people are more comfortable only doing that in the later half of pregnancy or not at all. I personally don’t use EPO while pregnant, but some people do. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a “definitive” guide anywhere so I’d just suggest doing your own research and finding a solution you are comfortable with… Good luck!

          • says

            I just thought I would share that after only five weeks of using FCLO/high vitamin butter oil daily, maca (1st half of cycle) Vitex, evening primrose oil (first half of cycle) it looks like I ovulated last week for the first time since I began charting! My temperature dropped today (not below the coverline my app drew) so I may not have actually conceived. But I feel confident in my body’s ability to heal itself and conceive . If I didn’t, that just gives me more time to lean out some more, and further prepare for pregnancy. Thank You!

          • sagira says

            sagira
            hi i had fsh high and iregular period i need to get pregnancy my age 40 which herbal i used i need your help please

  20. Callie says

    My husband and I have been TTC for 13 months. We did One cycle in June of clomid and IUI # 1 (BFN)
    Then in July/august we did IVF/ICSI #1 (BFN)
    We had 11 embryos, we transferred two and hoped to freeze the rest. Then we got the call that none of the 9 embryos made it to freeze.
    So now we are tryin to do all that we can to make out next IVF cycle as successful as we can. Because of money it will probably be our last.
    So I am trying to make sure my husband and myself are on the proper fertility supplements. Any advice is great. Right now DH is taking Coast Male Reproductive Fertility Supplement. I’m just taking a prenatal vitamin + dha.

    • says

      I’ve never done IVF, so that is new territory for me, but if it were me, I’d use natural progesterone cream (and continue through first 3 months of pregnancy), about 2 teaspoons of fermented cod liver oil a day, and Maca up for both up until the implantation date… (but stop then!!)

  21. Brynn says

    My husband and I have been TTC for 3 years. We have been through all of the testing, and were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. We have worked to reduce stress, eat very healthy with lots of protein, fruits, and vegetables, and I have been on a regimen of Vitamin C, Vitamin B4, Prenatal, zinc. We did a round of IUI, but were not able to do another due to finances. I had a HTC, everything was clear, my husband had a sperm test, the doctor commented on how good of a sample he gave. I have had ultrasounds, and have never had an abnormal annual visit. We have charted, not charted, and we even went to visit a Indian Healer. I have been to the chiropractor, done yoga, tried meditation and daily affirmations. I feel like life is passing my by, and just about once a month I have a friend announcing that they are pregnant. I want nothing more than to be a mom. We rescued a dog a few months ago, which does help give me something to cuddle with, but I still want to be a mom. I already follow your diet, and would like to try out some of the vitamins and supplements that you have suggested. I was thinking I would start with the Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Red Clover and Vitamin D. Would you suggest anything else, or in addition to this? Your help is greatly appreciated.

    • says

      Those would be a great first step. How long is your cycle usually? If it were me, I’d probably also add Maca (discontinue when you find out you are expecting) and natural progesterone cream during the second half of your cycle only (ovulation until start of your period). Keep us updated and I’m praying you get to hold a baby soon! *hugs*

      • Brynn says

        Thanks for the suggestions! My cycle is on average 29 days and has always been very regular and on-time. I will go to the health food store and buy the Maca, and Progesterone Cream. I will keep you posted, thank you again!

  22. Star says

    This is exactly the kind of information I’ve been looking for! My husband and i have been trying to conceive for six months (not very long, I know, but for us it seems like an eternity!) i heard about Soy Isoflavens and after doing more research I decided not to go that route due to the potential side effects. As someone who leads a healthy life style this is perfect for us! I have a list of the herbs I would like to try. Any recommendations?

    • says

      The ones that seem to have the most immediate benefit are Maca, Red Clover and Natural Progesterone Cream (on skin, second half of cycle)… And make sure you are eating lots of healthy fats like coconut oil, butter, grassfed meat, etc to support hormone production…

  23. Alaina says

    As a child I had pretty severe asthma, as a result I was put on steroid after steroid after steroid until I turned 18 and told the doctors/ my parents no more. I have struggled with my weight since then, I haven’t been under 200 lbs since I was 11 years old. I lost a little weight before I was married due to phentermine but went off and doubled back what I had lost. Now I did see a doctor to lose the 37lbs I have lost so far but became uncomfortable when he wanted to hyper excelerate my thyroid (which is perfectly normal). I am now doing it on my own, 3lbs so far without all that medication, 75 to go yet but I will try changing my diet as suggested above. My husband and I have been together 10 years and only used birth control once for a three months (it made me a bear to live with). We have never in that time been able to get pregnant in any way.I was diagnosed with PCOS and then undiagnosed because they couldn’t see any cyst on the ultra sound. I don’t ovulate but I do have a cycle almost every month. My husbands sperm count is great. We did do a year worth of fertility treatments but they never took. We could not afford to keep going. We gave up the dream of having children. Lucky for us though, we were blessed with our sweet little girl almost three years ago through private adoption. I would love to make her a big sister, she is an amazing little human being and I am blessed every day because of her. Truth be told I am terrified to open my heart up again it almost destroyed me last time (thankfully I have my sweet girl to remind me that even if we are not blessed with more, we are truly blessed with her).

  24. M says

    Thanks for this article! It has been really helpful! My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for the past 6 months. I was on the pill for about 1 1/2 of our marriage. I have been tracking my temperatures thru NFP and it has been helpful to see when I ovulate. After a few months of tracking temperatures, I figured I out I ovulate around day 18. In July, I found out I was pregnant thru tracking my temperatures(remained high for 18 days). I took a pregnancy test a few times some came up negative and only 1 came thru being faintly positive. So, I missed my period by 8 days or so then I noticed my temperatures starting to fall after 18 days of high temperatures and I knew that wasn’t a good sign. I started my “period” the next day and I knew I had an early miscarriage. I have been telling my OBGYN that I’d like to get my hormones checked to make sure everything is okay after being on the pill. She keeps telling me it takes couples normally a year to get pregnant after being on the pill. I have read your article and I am planning to try taking Maca. I’ve thought about taking the natural progesterone cream but I’m afraid that I don’t need it. What do you suggest?

    • says

      How long is your luteal phase? From people I’ve worked with, many benefit immensely from progesterone, especially after a miscarriage, which can be a sign of low progesterone. *Hugs* Hope things work out for you soon!

  25. Sabaya :) says

    Hi, its me again, so over the weekend i went and purchased maca, FCLO, chaste berry extract, red raspberry leaf, evening primrose oil, and the progesterone cream. What dosage should i start with and when in my cycle should i start taking these supplements.My cycle is every 28 days and it started today. Sorry if thats T.m.i. :)

    • says

      You can take all but the progesterone cream during your who cycle and I use progesterone cream for the second half of a cycle (ovulation until period starts). Start with the dosage on the bottles you got and then work up in your next cycle after you see how your body responds. Good luck!

  26. Danielle says

    I recently had a positive home pregnancy test, but have been spotting for ten days. Which supplements would help?

    • says

      If it were me, I’d check with a doctor to make sure my progesterone levels were good, and also start taking folate, probiotics and fermented cod liver oil. Congrats and best wishes for your pregnancy!

  27. says

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    wonderful boys, with one man we were together 13 years but split when my
    youngest was 7 months old. I am now living with a man and been together
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  28. says

    My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over two years… After the first 6vmonths to a year I was diagnosed with a bicornuate uterus and blocked or incomplete left Fallopian tube, and also polycystic ovaries. I use to be a smoker, quit smoking, recently changing my diet completely for prevention of the insulin resistance often associated… I’m beginning a three week cleanse to eliminate toxins. My doctor has not been extremely helpful besides suggesting metformin and clomid which I have refused to take up to this point.. I came across this web site and wanted to know what, if anything you thought could help or if the medications he suggested are good.. Also, the above nutrients and supplements, how many can be taken together? I was thinking of taking the progesterone cream but a lot of the other supplements look as if they would be good for all over health as well but am scared to mix too many together. Thank you for your time and the information

    • says

      If it were me, I’d do progesterone cream, Maca, Red Raspberry and Fermented Cod liver oil. I also take magnesium daily and consume lots of coconut oil. I continue the magnesium, fermented cod liver oil and and coconut oil during pregnancy but stop the macs and red raspberry at that point.

      • says

        Thanks for the advice, it’s greatly appreciated… I’m new to taking supplements and am already on a couple and was also told to take pharmaceutical grade fish oil to regulate insulin levels.. Can most or all supplements be taken together in conjunction with the ones you’ve suggested?

  29. Lizzy says

    A friend sent me to your site it looks awesome! My husband and I have been TTC for over 3 years now. I am only 25, but I have been starting to get concerned. We just started the testing process, so we are still waiting on the results of my thyroid and his sperm count. I do have cyclical cysts on my right ovary, but the doctors said it shouldn’t affect us getting pregnant. I eat pretty well (except my coffee intake, which I will try to lower), take my vitamins (multi, folic acid, and C), and exercise regularly. It is nice to see I am on the right track, but maybe I’ll add in some supplements, reduce coffee, and reduce my grain intake. I started testing my LH and found that I can ovulate anywhere between Day 16 and Day 21 with a luteal phase of 14 days. It’s frustrating every time another one of my friends gets pregnant or pregnant for the 2nd time (My husband and I were the first of our friends to get married). They are all fertile Mertile’s getting pregnant from holding hands or something! But I am trying to trust that the Lord has a plan and when I have kids (natural or adopted) it will all be worth it. THANKS FOR THE HELP!

  30. Viria says

    I stated having problem with my husband when I found I was pregnant with my third child in April. I was torn, because I found out in the Fall of last year, my husband is having an affair, and the other woman is pregnant, due this summer. I was devasted, shocked and saddened. He promised he would stop seeing her and devote his life to me and our kids. Well it didn’t happen, and I didn’t think it was fair to bring another child into such an unstable environment. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but I think I made the right decision for me and my kids because i met a woman who do spell with email priestessifaa@yahoo.com, she assured me of having my husband back in full and he would stop seeing the other woman, I could not bear the pain i allowed her to work for me and in 2days after she has done the spell, the other lady was then history it was shocking any way, she had miscarriage and hence forth never had anything to do with my husband,. This is something I will carry in my heart forever and be thankful to priestess Ifaa for bringing happiness back to my family!!!

  31. says

    I just started on this cycle (I am currently cycle day 13) and I have been charting bbt and taking Vitex twice a day and 2 red clover a day. It looks like I just ovulated on day 10. I am really confused by this because before this cycle I was having 34 day cycles. I am still new to tracking and thinking about my cycles. Does this mean that I should expect my cycle to start on Day 24? Also should I go ahead and start the progesterone cream now?

  32. elana says

    I have 5 fibroids,one is 9cm. I’m getting ready to take Lupron to help decrease the size. Will taking the above supplements help me or would you recommend something else? Thanks

  33. fwine0609@gmail.com says

    I have just started taking maca and it works wonders with me and my husband I found it at the vitamin shoppe or you can get it at GNC or online im using that to help with fertility along with royal jelly and Bee propolis good luck

  34. Chelsea April White says

    Thanks for the post! I’m a type 1 diabetic who recently lost are first child when i was 5mths pregnant due to a blood clotting disorder. After being diagnosed with yet another thing my husband I started making some changes it our life. We have always been health minded people (mostly vegan) but we started getting rid of all the toxins in our life (thanks again for all the recipes). After reading this I want to get the getting pregnant and pregnancy thing as natural as I can. Of course I know the insulin is a most but my a1c has not been over 6 it 2 years. So Diabetes under control CHECK ;)! I’m also on low aspirin for the blood clotting and prenatal and vitamin D the dr prescribed. They also said I will need to put on heparin when I become pregnant. So I was wondering what would you suggests I take instead or to add to what I’m taking. I noticed that some of the supplements decrease bleeding which would no be good in my case. I feel like a hopeless case :(

    • Chelsea April White says

      Oh also I had long cycles before the pregnancy about 45-50 days, but the last few mths after appear to be normal, but I’m not sure if that will change and I was allergic to the insulin resistance they put me on for the first pregnancy so a natural alternative would be great.

    • Sarah C says

      Chelsea, I recently lost my baby at 36 weeks due to a blood clotting disorder. Hugs to you, it’s the worst thing in the world. Like you I will take asprin and heparin with any future pregnancies. My husband and I are currently trying to conceive again and I’m am doing everything I can to make sure that it happens quickly (it took over two years to conceive the first time). Which supplements above did you notice decrease bleeding? I want to make sure I avoid those! Or Wellness Mama, if you see this, are you aware of any supplements that decrease bleeding?

  35. Jacqui says

    Thanx for a great post. I am 39 and have been trying to conceive for the past 5 years. We are at the point of IVF now and it seem that I am not producing enough eggs. My question is about the diet. I am a lacto vegetarian and I have been trying really hard to do a low carb diet without grains, but am finding impossible. As a consequence I have upped my soya intake which I know is not good for fertility. Do you have any suggestions in this regard?

    • says

      Honestly, it seems that it can be very difficult to conceive without some animal foods as many of the superfoods for pregnancy and fertility (fermented cod liver oil, liver, etc) are animal based… But soy is definitely not good for fertility!

      • Jacqui says

        This seems to be the general consensus, however, I have been a lacto vegetarian since birth and am unable to consume animals. I really don’t know what else to do.

  36. Jackie bell says

    Hello, my husband and I have been TTC for two years now.
    We have always dreamed about having a large family (4-6 kids). As I am a BRCA1
    carrier it is essential for us to have children sooner than later as I feel
    like a ticking time bomb and detection is nearly impossible while pregnant and
    breast feeding. Me and my husband are 29
    and no luck. We have been primal for
    over a year now and very active crossfitters.
    We have seen a specialist for 8 months and just did our 6th IUI but its
    sad to say I’m not holding my breath. I
    gained weight so my body fat is at a good level. We did all the normal testing, I have no
    blockages, my hormone levels are good and apparently I have amazing ovulations
    (get tested 4 days after IUI). I do however have a very small cervix, actually
    so small it is hard to do the IUI but I grit my teeth and we get it done. My cycle is like clockwork. My husband also got tested and has a low
    sperm count and not the best mobility. That coupled with my small cervix it was
    concluded it would be hard for us to conceive naturally but IUI should be our
    answer. I am on prenatal, fish oil, and
    folic acid and CO Q10 and I eat a lot of macadamia nuts. My husband is on CO Q10, B complex, folic
    acid, multi vitamin, and vitamin C. I
    have also had surgery to remove some tubular cysts and scar tissue in my
    tubes. Still no pregnancy. Also with all the vitamins my husbands sperm
    count and mobility are not getting better. But after the sperm wash the numbers
    are where they should be. We have been very resistant to hormones because
    of the BRCA1 but I’m at the point where
    I will do anything. I am on my second
    cycle with letrozole and my husband on clomide.
    His sperm count did increase a bit but still no pregnancy. I don’t want to take hormones long term,
    really not anymore at all. I much prefer
    the natural route even though we may have to continue with IUI. What do you recommend for my husband to
    increase count and mobility. Also I feel
    like I’m in a good place health wise but I’m still not able to conceive. What
    do you recommend we add to our vitamin regimen and/or remove?

    • says

      I’m not a doc, but if it were me, this is what I’d do:
      -Both start taking a teaspoon a day of fermented cod liver oil
      -Switch to folate instead of folic acid
      -Both start taking Maca (you discontinue when pregnant) -Consider/research using natural progesterone cream for the second half of your cycle and during early pregnancy to avoid miscarriage -Keep up the supplements but add in Zinc and selenium for hubby
      -Lots and lots of healthy fats, especially coconut oil and grass fed butter -Iron rich organ meats when possible…

      The book Deep Nutrition is also excellent to read pre-pregnancy…

  37. Tisha says

    Wow this is a lot of good information. I have two children that came easily, in my young twenties but now I’m in my thirties, not so easy. My husband and I have been trying for more then 2 years. We have had a M/C and two chemicals. I’v tried so many things, but after reading this post, it gives me new things to try. I have endometriosis, this has been a long tough road.

        • jamiesandefer says

          I’m so sorry to hear! My first two children happened without any planning in my 20′s and now it’s very overwhelming that it hasn’t happened when we are actually trying. Did you try some of the things she mentioned in this article? I’m just now to the point where I’m trying supplements and being on a strict paleo diet.

  38. Mandee says

    I have two questions. The first one is I cut out all grains etc and now I am on CD 20 with no sign of ovulating. Any idea why that would happen? This happened the last time I adopted a whole foods diet as well. I have pcos but have had regular periods (abou32-35 days) since having surgery in 2009. Second question is do you recommend vitex and maca together? And at what point in the cycle do you take them? Thanks!

    • says

      I’ve taken both together during the whole cycle and stopped when pregnant… It can be normal to see cycle changes with diet changes, but make sure you are consuming enough healthy fats and calories in general…

      • Mandee says

        Thank you! I increased my calories quite a bit and started vitex and finally ovulated. We’ll see how the next cycle goes!

  39. erin says

    Dear Wellness Mama, I have PCOS and it seems my biggest problem with fertility is staying pregnant which more than likely is due to my low Progesterone. I am 39 now and obviously more eager than ever to have a full term pregnancy. I am going to order the above items listed. I noticed it said to Maca day 1 of cycle to ovulation date. I also ordered the Raspberry tea and Vitex. They are out of the Nettle currenlty. How do you make a tea with the raspberry leaf and nettle? (Sorry – only used tea from tea bags before – so I am not sure how much to put in, etc). I am also working with a holistic doc to try to get my progesterone up and my liver cleansed. Do you work with people as well?

    • says

      I usually use at least a cup of herb per gallon of boiling water to make the tea, or a tablespoon if making a single cup. Have you ever tried natural progesterone cream?

      • erin says

        Thank you for the tea ratios :). I did purchase the progesterone cream from beeyoutiful. My chiropractor has me on ProgonB to try to help me bring my progesterone levels up. I don’t get the impression she wants me to do the cream for now. But, it has been 6 months and I do not feel like I am getting anywhere yet with just that. any thoughts on that?

        • erin says

          Was trying to find where I read it, but cannot. Can you take Maca whole cycle or just day 1 to ovulation? (I thought I read “something” is just day 1 to ovulation – but cannot find it). I am now on progesterone cream :) I asked her about Vitex. She said “let’s see how this works 1st”. My only concern is that Vitex takes several months to have an effect. I was planning on taking it so as to not lose time. I also bought Raspberry Leaf and Dandelion Leaf to make tea every morning (also – will that interfere with the hormones I am taking?). I am now taking progesterone cream and estrogen and progesterone sublingual to try to get my #’s where they need to be. Current #’s in case that influences what you may say:

          E1: 23.69

          E2: 1.52

          E3: 10.64

          EQ: .42

          Progesterone: 130.80

          Ratio of PG/E2: 86.05

          these #’s are all better from 3 months ago, but not quite where we need them to be with the progesterone for me to maintain a pregnancy.
          Thank you :)

  40. LK says

    Thank you for this information. I have a question regarding what may be the best route for my husband and I as we are vegetarians (we do eat dairy and fish), and have been trying to get pregnant for one and a half years. After a year of trying, we conceived however, lost the baby at 7 weeks. I have not become pregnant since ( I know it hasn’t been that long, only been 3 months). I currently take PNV and B-complex vitamins. My doctor recommended that I don’t attempt any other supplements/herbs but he also didn’t ask much about my lifestyle and such…We just recently eliminated most soy products from our diet (which I think we were eating more than we realized). I don’t want to change too much at once but was wondering what would be a good plan for us? Should I start taking fermented cod liver oil and maca root (during the times you recommended)? Should he start taking maca root as well? We haven’t had any fertility testing done but I was thinking that maybe our hormones (particularly mine) were a bit out of balance with all the soy products…. Your advice would be very much appreciated :) thank you.

  41. Lurdes Hull says

    I will try some of the suggestions above. I will buy the Maca supplement and some Red Rasberry leaf. I have been through 2 unsuccessful cycles of IVF. Nothing wrong has been found with me. I am 44 years of age and I have never been pregnant. My husband is 47. Maybe I am too old and should forget all about it. But I don’t look or feel 44, and I think it is unfair that I am being denied the pleasure of having my own child.

  42. disqus_pzl8jRCaCr says

    Hi Mama I’ve had 2 miscarriage i never pass my 1st trimester it starts of with spotting then i miscarried…
    My 3 pregnancy i had an ectopic that first started out with light spotting…. i have asthma, i was diagnosed with Arthritis about 2 yrs im 25 yrs old and about 6 months ago my doctor did a test and doesn’t. See any signs of arthritis, i was told its a chronic pain ( fibromyalgia) back pain, discomfort… i want to have a baby…
    What kind a do to help make this pregnancy successful im not pregnant right now…please thank you

  43. hjm says

    Hello! I am 30 years old and have a child from my previous marriage who was conceived when I was 24. The pregnancy was unplanned, but I had no complications during pregnancy or birth. My partner and I have decided to extend our family, but we are trying to time conception (so we can try for a summertime birth because of the school year). My partner has never conceived a child before (or tried to). I have been tracking my ovulation for about a cycle and a half, and have pretty regular menstrual periods. My target cycle for conception should begin at the end of July, so we’ve got about 3 1/2 months to try and “optimize” ourselves for conception. We are the same age, generally eat as close to whole food as possible, and over the last year or so have eliminated artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors, and preservatives from our diets. I am going to start working on weaning myself off of grains. What supplements would you recommend we each start taking now, and what should we start taking during our target cycle(s)? Also, while I have summers off, he still has to get up early for work every day. He drinks about 2 cups of coffee per day. If he were to wean himself off of caffeine before we try to conceive, about how long should it take for his body to recover from its effects (in terms of fertility). Any other advice for couples with no evidence of infertility who are simply trying to time conception?
    Thanks!

    • says

      The coffee is probably fine if you don’t have any reason to expect infertility. What I take to optimize nutrition before conceiving is: -1 tsp Fermented cod liver oil daily (both)
      -Magnesium (mag oil on skin and natural calm)
      -Folate
      -Zinc and selenium (him especially)
      -Lots of good fats, especially butter, coconut oil, and grassed meats and wild caught fish -Maca for both of you daily before (you stop conceiving cycle)

  44. lisa says

    My hormones are totally imbalanced. i am suffering from secondary infertility. I have a severe problem of PCOS. I have undergone multiple treatments from past 5 yrs. But nothing works out. I am very depressed. Read the whole article. But do not know how to go with it. Plzzzz plzzz help.

  45. Toni says

    Hi I have been trying to become a mum for 4 years and have had a late misscaradge at 23+ weeks and then two early misscaradges after each roughly one year apart, as it takes me a year to get pregnant again on average, myself and my husband have had all the relavent tests and they can not find any underline problems, what would u suggest to help speed up conception and help to see the pregnancy through,
    Thank you.

    • says

      I’m not a doc, but if it were me, I’d try natural progesterone cream and continue it in early pregnancy. It is typically used in the seoncd half of each cycle (ovulation until menses) and in early pregnancy. Maca should be stopped during pregnancy…

  46. Turntopage43 says

    Hi, I saw you online on your website and I so would like your help if it is possible. I will go on to tell you my story :) I’m married been 10 months I have two beautiful twin girls 7years old. We have been trying for more children for 7years with out any protection unprotected and no luck with conceiving we didn’t use anything just done it the good old fashioned way. We have been trying properly for 3 an half years using temps, clear blue ovulation tests checking my mucus from eating organic foods and vitamins i have also had reflexology a few years ago for a few times ect. We went to the doctors then they took tests from my blood to see if I’m ovulating correctly and when they took samples of urine and my hubby’s semen was normal. When had the tests done and back they had said I was ovulating fine and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with us at all they just said keep trying and it will happen. I then had to get transferred to a gynocologisit to see if I had blocked tubes and any other problems. I had been checked in November 2012 and no blocked tubes no anything else nasty going on all clear and healthy he said. I had a dye to see my X-ray for my tubes and he was happy with me he said just keep trying and come back in 6 months time that was back in November and nothing has 6 months is up now nothing has happened we are so very heart broken and we want a big happy healthy beautiful family. I really love to know if you would know whats best for us or if its me that needs something in helping us conceive more children we really want a boy this time round then another boy then another lil girl. We really are hoping we conceive this year we have wanted to conceive in the years but it feels we are unlucky really hope it happens for us. Im a very spiritual person I’m very connected with the moon as when I look up at the moon she brights up the night sky and the more I look at her the brighter it gets. Look forward hearing from you. Emily and Andre my email is lovethehardestway@gmail.com love and light to you :) xxx

    The newest from the gynecological is he can’t help us now and the only advice he gave was to keep trying it will happen even if it takes 5 years well we have already been trying 7 years. He had said we can Adopt, Foster or go for IVF we both want more children we want theses babies so much we want our girls to have siblings and be a big happy loving family. So now what do we do? What would help us Herbal? Anything else? We have lost all hope and we can’t help they way we are you would only understand unless you have been through it we want some happiness in our life we have been through so much.

  47. Joy Togonon-Tombo says

    We’ve been trying to conceive for 5yrs. now. I have PCOS and he has low SC. We’ve had 4IUI’S and now we’ re on herbal supplements. We teach indoor cycling once a week. Is that a factor? He works on night shift while I went back to school for another college degree. He’s31, I’m 37. Any insights? Read your article. Hope it helps.

  48. Ali says

    It’s so great to see that natural ways really do help. We’ve been trying for two years with the last 4 months being on clomid. I know I have PCOS but clomid isn’t helping. I wish I would have known about this years ago… doctors don’t usually tell you this stuff. My progesterone is still at a 2 at ovulation, even on 150 mg of clomid. I am hoping to find a natural doctor nearby before taking any more expensive and extreme measures.

  49. Jessica Shumaker says

    Very very helpful….thanks so much for posting!! We have been trying for almost three years now! I didn’t want to do anything with fertility drugs…I had no idea that drinking water was so important…and I had no clue how many herbs were out there that help with fertility naturally…You are truely a saint for taking the time to post this :)

  50. Dannika Roggie says

    Some of this is a little confusing to me just because of all of the conflicting information out there….I find other info that says whole grains should be a part of my diet to be healthy, including to conceive, but you said to get rid of grains… and is all sugar bad? My husband and I use sugar in the raw in some of our tea…is that ok? It’s hard to find food without SOME sugar in it….so are you saying mostly to just stay away from sweets since they are almost nothing but sugar, or somehow avoid sugar altogether? and if we can’t afford to go completely organic and avoid the processed foods, is it still ok that we do all of our produce organic? I mean, is that enough? Also, I just read something earlier that said to stop consuming low fat dairy and switch to whole….and it also said to never do raw…but you say to do raw…so I am confused… What advice do I follow?

  51. Stephanie says

    Hi! I am 27 and my husband is 29. My husband and I have been TTC for almost 2 years.. We both have 2 children from prior marriages & can’t understand why we can’t conceive. (we have custody of all 4 children) My doctor put me on Clomid for 4 cycles & nothing happen, except the horrible side effects of the drug. I’ve changed almost everything about the way I live, but nothing seems to be helping. I’m not a drug user, I don’t drink alcohol, not over or under weight & I take daily vitamins. My stress level is still through the roof, but only because we want a child so badly together & I’m terrified my son (whom is 5 years old) was my last baby. I have a gift of mothering & I know I have so much more love for more children in my life. My heart breaks every month that I get my period & it aches when I use a OPK and see that I am not ovulating. I am starting Vitex asap & I’m hoping this is something that may be the secret for me. Thanks for listening to Mommy whine a bit!

  52. says

    Great info! Trying to work on starting and regulating my cycle after being on birth control for 10 years, what a mistake! =/ Can you clarify when to take the maca? It should only be from the start of menses (day 1) to the day of ovulation and not during the luteal phase? Thanks! I’ve been using bioidentical hormones and lots of stress reduction/adrenal support for about 1 year and I finally had my period yay!

  53. Josie B. Machovec says

    Thank you for this encouragement. Do you suggest just choosing one of the herbs or can I take as many of them as I want in any combination? Thank you!

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  55. Sandina Deannie Heckert says

    My midwife practitioner had me start using Prolief hormone balancing cream by Arbonne, but I noticed on the bottle it says not to use it if you are planning on becoming pregnant. Should I discontinue it?

    Thanks, great motivating article!
    Sandina

  56. dd says

    Thank you so much for this post! I’m really worried as I’ve had my period for 2 weeks today and I’ve never had this before! I’m now 40 and getting married in 2 weeks, but I really want children. I went to the dr but a month ago but I didn’t have this problem. I’m also very stressed out with wedding planning, and really worried about infertility. Dr told me I have a fibroid inside the uterus but very small in size, I will try better nutrition as u explained what else could I do to make sure I don’t have very long heavy periods and especially on my wedding day :(

  57. Kristy says

    Stop using any kind of tampons. This has worked for many of my family and friends. In 3 months my sister in-law was expecting after 2 years of trying everything.

  58. Iember Andeh says

    I have learn so much from you post i earnestly appreciate your efforts and concerns towards humanity i have an issue i have had two missed abortion i need an advise on how to go about it so that it does not occur again

  59. Faith says

    My husband and I have been trying for 13 years to conceive. This has been a stressful and painful process. Both of us have gone through so many tests and each one comes back with great results, but yet still no conception. Reading this article has truly given us a “light bulb” moment, we were created to conceive naturally not that I am against any other alternative we just always wanted to do it the natural way but without the knowledge it was impossible now for the first time in 13 years it is possible!!!!!Thank You

  60. Guest says

    Hi Katie,
    Thanks so much for this article, really reassuring to know there is a natural way to beat fertility issues. I am 30 years old and unfortunately have lots of friends who are struggling with the heartbreak of finding it diffcult to conceive. Sad thing is that they are given bad advice re diet etc which makes things worse and here in the UK paleo/nutrient dense eating really hasnt got any coverage so when I speak about it peoiple think im loopy and preachy :-(
    I wondered if you had any advice for me please? I came off microgynon Contraceptive pill back in May. Since then I have only had 2 periods – both 6 weeks to the day so seemingly regular. This is the first month we have tried to conceive, Im 5 days late according to a 28 day cycle but had a negative pregnancy test on the day period should have been due – looks like Im on a 6 week cycle again :-( good news is I suppose that means I could still be pregnant. However, I am worried about these long cycles. Do you think its bad news?
    Ive been following a primal/paleo diet since January. Since June I became more aware of the nutrition aspect and have started incorporating daily bone broth, lots of fats, organ meats, CLO etc. Is there anything else you would reccommend? Should I add in any more foods/supplements etc? I have an appt to see the doctor and check my hormone levels but my nutritionist says this just provides a snap shot and probably wont be that useful.
    Another thing – I track my temp and the first 2 weeks of my cycle it varies by 0.5-1c up and down each day – after the 2nd week it goes up and varies bu stays higher for 4 weeks.
    sorry for the long post – any advice would be hugely appreciated – i love your articles and think you are amazing!!! :)

    • says

      A lot of that can be an adjustment while hormones normalize. If you aren’t pregnant, it sounds like you are doing a lot of the right things already, and another cycle will just be more time to build up your nutrients for pregnancy. Personally, I might also take Maca and or use natural progesterone cream in the second half of the cycle if needed…

      • Lisa Jayne HB says

        Just saw this reply – thanks so much – I came on to write an update for anyone who has a similar issue – I actually just found out Im pregnant! After all that worry. Our first cycle of trying – I never tried to conceive before trying this diet so I cant say conclusively if the diet helped or not but either way Im keeping it up to hopefully have a happy healthy pregnancy and I will recommend it to all my friends who are TTC. Thanks again for the reply and for all your posts x

  61. Lisa Jayne HB says

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks so much for this article, really reassuring to know there is a natural way to beat fertility issues. I am 30 years old and unfortunately have lots of friends who are struggling with the heartbreak of finding it diffcult to conceive. Sad thing is that they are given bad advice re diet etc which makes things worse and here in the UK paleo/nutrient dense eating really hasnt got any coverage so when I speak about it people think im crazy, intense (how can I give up bread and puddings?!!?!) and preachy :-(

    I wondered if you had any advice for me please? I came off microgynon Contraceptive pill back in May. Since then I have only had 2 periods – both 6 weeks to the day so seemingly regular. This is the first month we have tried to conceive, Im 5 days late according to a 28 day cycle but had a negative pregnancy test on the day period should have been due – looks like Im on a 6 week cycle again :-( good news is I suppose that means I could still be pregnant. However, I am worried about these long cycles. Do you think its bad news?

    Ive been following a primal/paleo diet since January. Since June I became more aware of the nutrition aspect and have started incorporating daily bone broth, lots of fats, organ meats, CLO etc. Is there anything else you would reccommend? Should I add in any more foods/supplements etc? I have an appt to see the doctor and check my hormone levels but my nutritionist says this just provides a snap shot and probably wont be that useful.

    Another thing – I track my temp and the first 2 weeks of my cycle it varies by 0.5-1c up and down each day – after the 2nd week it goes up and varies bu stays higher for 4 weeks.

    sorry for the long post – any advice would be hugely appreciated – i love your articles and think you are amazing!!! :)

    If any readers have any advice too Id love to hear it!!!

  62. EMO says

    I have implementaed a lot of this already. thou Im still curious which natural supplements would work best with me. I have no hormonal problems.. i have unexplained non ovulation. been doing ferility drugs right now but anything extra that i can do to help is great.

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  64. Ct says

    What if you dont menstruate? Im 35 now but have never had a normal period! Its been about 4 years since my last period. I was told i was inferile due to hypothyroiditis. Can this work for me?

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  69. Casy says

    Hi Katie. Thanks for the article. I hope I can get a reply from you as well. I seem to have low ovarian reserve and have irregular period since miscarriage 3 years back. I also had hydrosalpinx in one of my fallopian tubes which had to be closed. I really want to try natural approach to getting pregnant before I consider IVF. I v given myself 3 months. At the moment, I am taking Promise prenatal multivitamin ( mainly because high dose of folic acid and iron). I have also just started taking Maca ( one capsule per day – but planning to increase). I am planning to do accupuncture and cupping. I have fermented cod liver oil at home but am wondering if its okay to take together with my multivitamin which has 1500 IU of vitamin A already. What do you think? I also want to take DHEA for my ovarian reserve. Also am thinking to get Red Rasbery Leaf tea, Royal Jelly, Red Clover and am considering Vitex and progesterone cream. I read that wheat grass and spirulina is good as well.So many supplements! Its overwhelming. Can they be taken all at the same time? Please advise.

    • says

      I’d be careful with the FCLO and the multivitamin. I won’t usually take a multi since it is usually a synthetic form. I’d feel comfortable taking the others but would stop the red clover, vitex, macs, etc once I conceived…

  70. colleen says

    Hi I am a 44 year old mom of a 2.5 year old. I didnt have that much trouble conceiving. But then the next time became tougher. I had a miscarriage last fall and have been trying to conceive again ever since. I tried accupuncture and herbs. And then I went to the fertility doctor. He did tests on my hubby and he is healthy and strong with lots of good swimmers. But my tests revealed I am OLD. geez. I could have told him that. hahaha. He says it will be nearly impossible because my eggs are old and I don’t ovulate regularly any more. So now I am wondering do I give up..or try these suggestions …no wheat and some of the natural remedies like the teas. Any other suggestions to stimulate ovulation?

  71. Jamie Davidson says

    I have added magnesium lotion, progesterone cream, vitex, and DIM along with the dietary recommendations you made over the last couple of months and I have already noticed a huge difference in my fertility signs! Thank you for the concise breakdown of ways we can help ourselves naturally.

  72. jamiesandefer says

    Thank you for writing about this! I didn’t read through the comments to see if you already answered this, so I apologize in advance if you did. Should my husband also take the cod liver oil supplement while we are trying to get pregnant?

    • jamiesandefer says

      I finally had time to read through the comments and got the answer to my question. My husband and I are both taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Zinc, and Maca. I’ll start using the progesterone cream when I begin ovulating. Praying for baby #3! Thanks for all the helpful information on this thread!

  73. Micheala says

    Have you written a post on male fertility? I am trying to gather trustworthy resources for men and women separately. Thank you so much!

  74. Quaniesha Crankfield says

    I see this post is rather old but I have some questions and hope you will respond. I see you have a list of vitamins supliments etc. to take, is it wise to take them all at the same time? And for the pergesterone cream that’s only administered during ovulation , am I doing that now? Even though my husband is deployed right now will it still be needed despite that fact he is gone? Especially because of the endometriosis I really want to try it! Please help!! And how can I directly get in contact with you aside from this post ?

    • says

      Progesterone is usually taken for the entire second half of the cycle, and some women do notice help with endometriosis from using it. I’d check with a doc, but I personally would use it in that case.

  75. disqus_EEcRdCfKbM says

    Is there a specific fertility tea blend that you could recommend? I already drink raspberry leaf tea but would like to add some of the other recommended herbs in as well? I have high prolactin levels so adding vitex in a tea blend would be great. Thanks for the great information!

  76. Holly says

    My husband and I have gone through 6 rounds of iui and still no luck. They can’t find anything wrong with either of us. I am now looking for a more natural way to conceive as I am done pumping all those hormones into me

  77. Sandy says

    My husband has been taking Maca, I would like to know how many mg’s I should be taking. I noticed when shopping for this some say “for men” and “should not be taken by women” Is this because these specific ones have a higher mg per capsule? I noticed that the 1000 mg one say this but the 500 mg bottles do not? Confused about what I should be taking. Also, I have a bit of facial hair that I am always plucking, could this be because of low estrogen if so it there a natural way to fix this? Thanks

  78. Sandy says

    I noticed you mentioned avoiding toxins. I work at a printing company. There is always a smell of ink or chemicals in the air, could this be contributing to my not getting pregnant and is there a way to counter this. I

  79. Sabrina says

    Ive had 6 live births and 7 miscarriages (mostly blighted ovums that just didnt implant). My youngest is now 8 and i really would love to try once more for a girl. Im 36 years old and while i could get pregnant with a look before, now my menses and my mucus cycles are short (maybe 2 – 3 days long each) and we’ve had no success. I plan to try some of these recommendations but im afraid my hormones are just too low.

  80. Deanna Brizgys says

    Wow, cool post. I’ve had “post-pill amenorrhea” for almost 16 months now, in spite of trying a progesterone challenge and then cycling natural progesterone cream. My doctor concluded that I wasn’t producing estrogen, either, and put me on a one-month challenge where I cycled estrogen and progesterone like my body would, and hopefully when I stopped, I would get a period. It worked. It makes me wonder, should I do something like that with natural estrogen and progesterone? Would that help my body “remember” how all this is supposed to work?

  81. justine says

    I have pcos and i only uave my period once a year if i dont take pills or provera. I just bought provera and I would also like to use the progesterone cream but how do i know when use it if i have “very” irregular menses. Thanks wellness mama!

  82. justine says

     have pcos and i only uave my period once a year if i dont take pills or provera. I just bought VITEX and I would also like to use the progesterone cream but how do i know when to use it if i have “very” irregular menses. Thanks wellness mama!

  83. Phil Alanian says

    My wife has had 5 cycles of IVF but she doesn’t respond to meds very well, particularly Clomid as it messes up her hormones for months. The Dr. told us to try with donor eggs since her reproductive health is not improving. We have decided instead to try Inter Uterine Insemination (IUI) since I have some sperm banked (5 frozen vials). A lab tech told us that even with 5 vials there are probably less than 100 sperm so doing an at home insemination using a kit would never work. The problem with IUI is that most OB/GYNs do the procedure with the help of meds/drugs and that concerns my wife because she just doesn’t respond to meds. I’m wondering if anyone may know of a naturalist reproductive Dr. that could do IUI just following charts and without medications? We live near Boston, MA.

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  85. Stacey says

    I have PCOS. Currently 32 years old & never had a regular period or a positive pregnancy test until April 25, 2013. Come to find out, I was 1/2 done with the pregnancy…I had no symptoms that I noticed. PCOS symptoms mimic some of of pregnancy ones. I wasnt trying to get pregnant. I thought it just wasn’t gonna happen for me. What I did different…I took out a huge stressor in my life, I enjoy my work which keeps me fit, started a new relationship & fell in love. Dr said we conceived around 2 months of dating…of course we didnt find out until almost 5 months later…Grayson was born Oct.4, 2013 & is a beautiful, healthy baby boy. We are blessed! :)

  86. Jill Newkirk says

    I have been struggling with PCOS for many years now…i dont like taking pills. i was wondering, could i take maca, vitex & natural progesterone cream all at the same time? you dont say anything about not mixing the list that you made. Also, i plan on going to the doctor to get some tests done on what is hormonally wrong with me….any suggestions on which types of tests to ask for specifically? thanks so much for your help & suggestions.

  87. Deborah says

    Thank you for this post! I stumbled upon your site while looking at lotion bars on Pinterest! I saw this article and was immediately intrigued, as I had been TTC for 9 months. I was just past ovulation, so the next day I started taking cod liver oil. I also reduced my sugar and grain intake, I wasn’t able to cut them out completely. I didn’t conceive that cycle, but was excited to try with this new information. I started taking Maca Root on cd 2 through ovulation. I also had my husband take the Maca. It gave us both a lot more energy. Well, I think it did the trick because I’m pregnant! Just had my 8 week appointment and baby looks perfect with a strong heartbeat! Thanks again!

  88. Silvia says

    folic acid or folate Katie? I’m currently taking a prenatal (New Chapter) it has 600 mcg of folate, I bought a 400 mcg supplement to reach 1000 mcg. I’m trying to get pregnant again after an ectopic cervical pregnancy. Any advice is welcome, I’m really scare! Thanks!

    • Guest says

      Would love to know how to treat yourself after an ectopic pregnancy as well. I have 3 chidren (all in 16 months! Twins and sing?gon). After the third child, I suffered an ectopic pregnancy that resulted in a tubal litigation. About a year later we tried again and thought we were successful until I miscarried and it turned out to be a partial molar pregnancy. We just got the go-ahead to begin tryn again and so far have been unsuccessful. It’s frustrating as I was able to conceive so easily before but have now had 2 extreme miscarriages and difficulty getting pregnant. Do you have any experience/suggestions for me?

      • Silvia says

        My experience is similar to yours. It was so easy to get pregnant the first time and had the healthiest and easiest pregnancy. My daughter was small but super healthy. My second pregnancy was a nightmare. I’m terrified of trying again. The only thing I have done is focusing on eating healthy, exercising and eliminating toxins from my body and environment. I don’t use anything that might cause hormonal disruption. I try to relax and keep a positive acttitute but that’s a real challenge for me since after the ectopic I developed PTSD. Since my ectopic was cervical (not tubal) it has to be treated chemically I got two doses of metrotrexate (chemotherapy) which caused severe bleeding. I needed two uterine artery embolizations and several blood transfusions. That was so scary. Thanks to all those wonderful doctors I didn’t lose my uterus and am very healthy again but I guess I can’t get over it completely. I do Chinese acupuncture and take some herbs that have helped with my blood deficiencies. I’m really scare and to be honest, same as you I’m also looking for some reassurance. All my tests are normal but the fear of trying again is there. I’m so sorry that cannot help you much, I guess I also need help coping with this and finding the courage to start trying again. You are very brave! and thank you for sharing your story with me. This is the first time I write about my experience. Wish there were more research and information about ectopic pregnancies out there. I’m tired of hering from all the doctors I’ve seen that it’s just bad luck :(

  89. Angela Carradine says

    I am 44, soon to 45 in feb.
    no periods for past 4 mos
    5 pregnancies (starting in early 30′s) one son 2 1/2 yrs old
    delivered via c-section
    overweight, hypothyroidism
    off med levothyroid for several months
    taking iodine/iodide supplement to help with the issue
    not a good sleeper, never feel as though I get to sleep
    stressed, unemployed and going to school
    taking apple cider vinegar to regulate insulin
    sugarholic and poor diet on average
    would like to have one more baby
    am going to try taking the cod liver oil supplement and cleaning up diet
    But given this info, do you think it’s pointless for me now?
    Does it sound as though I am menopausal?
    Not being of affluence, it’s either the natural way or no way, to get pregnant that is.
    occaisonally take maca, camu camu, lucuma, goji berry/flax seed, sacha inchi, bee pollen, spiralina, hymalayan salt, chia seed, sweetened with agave nectar smoothie. but not a regular thing due to expense.
    Oh and big issue, libido all but non existent. Truly have to force myself (my poor hubby).
    Sorry for the format, wrote it all out, pressed the wrong button and it all disappeared, no patience for technology.
    Would very much appreciate your thoughts and insights.
    Also, is there a way to take bee pollen that tastes good. It just kills the flavor of the smoothie for me? End up not putting it in most times.

  90. Shelly says

    Hi there! Loved this article. Have been trying to get pregnant 2 years….went vegan for the last year (as well as long rounds of cardio) and am learning this is all the opposite of what I could’ve been doing.

    You mentioned you see clients. Are you currently accepting clients? I didn’t see anywhere on your blog for how to hire you, so just thought I’d ask. :) Thanks so much, Katie!

  91. kaitlyn says

    Thanks for this post! Reading stuff like this gives me hope that this past year and a half of ttc will eventually pay off. I was diagnosed with pcos and as of now refuse to take/do anything unnatural in order to get pregnant. I have a list of vitamins that I am currently taking and I would like to add Maca, red raspberry leaf, and progesterone cream to the mix. I have read so many articles on what stuff to take when ttc or helping with pcos that sometimes I get so overwhelmed! Could you tell me which vitamins that I’m taking are actually helping and which ones are not? If possible I would like to cut back.
    I take a multi vitamin for woman, Dong quai, vitex, hyponid, melatonin-mostly for my sleep aide, vitamin c, vitamin e, b-12, iron, calcium, zinc.

  92. Oldeggs says

    Do these changes affect or improve egg quality? Docs can’t find a thing wrong w me besides my age (43). My first pregnancy, five years ago happened before I finished the sentence “I want to have a baby”. This year I’ve had one miscarriage(conceived naturally) two failed IUIs and a retrieval that ended with six embryos ,all abnormal. The Dr. says my organs are healthier than a lot of his patients fifteen years my junior. He attributes my problems to old eggs. (Sigh). I just wonder if anything can be done about that since we’re born with all the eggs we’re ever going to have.

  93. Shannon says

    Can I take red raspberry leaf tea, and maca while ttc? I am waiting for my period to start if it will, tomorrow. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 9 months, and want to try this if it’s safe.

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  95. SR says

    Hi Katie,
    I am aware this post is old but would appreciate if you could take a few mins to reply to the below.
    I have had 2 recurrent miscarriages one at 7.5 weeks Dec 2012 and the other one at 8.5 weeks recently in Dec 2013. After the first mc, we tried for around 6 months to get pregnant with no luck. However after reading your posts, I changed my eating habits and started taking Maca and fell pregnant the same month! However this did not last very long which was heart breaking…
    We dont know the reason why this is happening and nor the doctors will do any tests unless we have another mc!
    I am now planning on adding the below to my daily diet along with my multi vitamins & Maca. Just to add – I am a vegetarian…
    -Red raspberry leaf tea
    -Fermented cod liver oil
    -Progesterone cream
    -Royal Jelly
    Can you please advice if these are all safe to be taken together along with a healthy diet? I am really looking forward to any advice as it can help me greatly..

  96. Kristen says

    Thank you for this post! I have a 3 year old and have been now trying to conceive number 2 for 4 months now with no luck. My husband and I eat paleo but I suspect a short LP. I am now taking a bcomplex vitamin. Is this safe to take during pregnancy as well?

  97. Malia Tolleson says

    I took vitex with no luck. It caused random bleeding. but my question
    is would it be beneficial to take it just after ovulation? I have a very
    short luteal phase and was curious if maybe this could help with just
    that. I also tend to bleed longer than normal while on my period like
    my body doesn’t know to shut off. I take maca on occasion from period
    to ovulation

    we have been trying for about three years with one
    miscarriage 3 years ago (i have a daughter from my previous marriage). I
    believe i have a hormone imbalance but not sure what to do as i have
    lost weight, started eating better, and taking my ‘greens’ daily. I have
    cervical ectropion(they say its caused by hormone imbalance) and it
    causes random bleeding from my cervix from intercourse or even staining
    with a bowl movement. Its very touchy! I hate it

    I have had an
    HSG(all clear), ive tried fertility meds which i don’t respond well to
    as i feel it wrecks havoc on my system. I have had a few blood tests
    done all was in “normal” range. I have had a couple ultrasounds before i
    did the femara and on 1 i had some cysts on my ovaries but the doctor
    didn’t think i had PCOS because I don’t have any other symptoms. I have
    also tried 2 1/2 cycles of birth control about 4 months ago via my
    gyno’s suggestion and that has caused a horrendous amount of spotting
    and long periods and short luteal phase…..just all around was not a
    good idea.

    I’m sorry this is so long and crazy I know you are
    not a doctor but I wish i would have found your blog before i tried the
    doctors stuff.

  98. Elaine says

    Is there a big difference in the fermented cod liver oil and the royal butter/ fermented cod liver oil? There is about a $15 price difference on the website you suggested so I just wondered if I needed a particular one. We have been trying to have a baby for about 6 month and my sister suggested I take a look at your website.

    Thanks for all your research!!!

  99. Guest says

    Is there a big difference in the fermented cod liver oil and the royal butter/ fermented cod liver oil? There is about a $15 price difference on the website you suggested so I just wondered if I needed a particular one. We have been trying to have a baby for about 6 month and my sister suggested I take a look at your website.

    Thanks for all your research!!!

  100. Willams Jeffery says

    Hello, My name is Tammy and my wonderful husband’s name is Shane. We’ve been married just over 10 years. We’ve been ttc for the past 9 years with no luck. We’ve now decided that adoption is the right option for us. We’ve been looking into the process over the past year or so. We’re not a wealthy family but we have more than enough love to make up for it. We live in a small town in Ohio, We’re actually hoping to do an adoption through the birth parent/parents that way the money spent can be put directly towards things for the child rather than wasted on pricey legal fees eat. So my question is, Where do we start? Who should we contact? I can be reached via e-mail smithadoptinghome@gmail.com or call +2348163974382 Thanks and god bless.

  101. Nala says

    I’m happy I found your site. I’m 29 and earlier this year we were trying to get pregnant for about 5 months. I’ve had a history of overian cyst. I have had a “feeling” that TTC would be difficult ever since my dr told me I had a tilted uterus at 17. That put it in my head back then but every pap since said all was fine. I know 5 months is nothing like years but the idea of not becoming a mother made me very very depressed. So bad that its all I could focus on. We decided to stop trying because I was so stressed out. We now have no plan to until we are both feeling up to it again. I have started a gluten free lifestyle for the past 3 months with limited sugar to deal with a reoccurring yeast infection. For the first time in a while I am feeling more positive about my chances. Great information. I’m interested in the fermented cod oil too. I’m wondering if these supplements could help with overian cysts as well. Much thanks.

  102. Nala says

    There is so much pressure for women to have children before 30. Maybe I’m crazy to wait if I know I want a family? But In my perfect world I thought we would just have an “oops” and problem solved… but trying to get pregnant with every month to make you feel like a failure is very hard. I got a puppy and honestly it saved my sanity. I hope that it will happen naturally when there is not so much pressure.

  103. Jessica says

    Hi Wellness Mama,
    Thanks for this post! Although my hubby and I haven’t been trying for as long as most people we still are having trouble getting pregnant. I don’t think we have been trying long enough to actually say we are infertile but we have trouble.
    I was just wondering… do you still think there would be a dramatic improvement to our fertility if we continued to eat wild/brown rice, sweet potatoes and quinoa? I know absolutely no grains is best but my husband won’t give everything up 100%. I got him on board to give up wheat, dairy, and processed foods/sugars for sure but that’s it. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated!

  104. Natì says

    Hi Katie, I was wondering since with 5 kids you certainly must have a lock on your cycles ;-),
    If you have any insight for me-I have been TTC for 2 yrs, I have tracked ovulation x1 yr with no success. I have always had a very short cycle (23days, day 1-5 being menses PMS starts around day12-14), I seem to ovulate around day 10, and I can feel the cramping in the ovary for ovulation as well as checked via ovulation kit. What I am wondering is how I calculate timing on supplements and if I will get enough taking supplements only 5 days (from menses to ovulation)? Most fertility stuff considers 26 days to be a short cycle nothing calculates for 23…btw, we recently went paleo (your site has helped so much, I think you are awesome, so thank you). 5 yrs ago I was dx with hypothyroidism and started synthroid, within a month we were pregnant with our first, with the same cycle…My cycle is clock-work regular and Thyroid is “controlled”. I value your opinion & appreciate any insight, thank you so much for helping so many of us!

    • says

      I’d start the supplements as soon as menses starts, not when it ends. also if you are doing progesterone, you can do that one from ovulation on (and continue through the first few months of pregnancy if using a high quality one). Have you ever thought of Armour or Nature Throid instead of Synthroid?

  105. Julie says

    Hi Katie, you give lots of great advice but there is so many supplements and herbs mentionned that I don’t know where to start, how long to try something before trying something else. It gets really confusing and I just want to make proper choices. I have stage 4 endometriosis and en route for IVF in a few months. I started taking maca, i eat as much coconut oil, grassfed butter and fermented food as I can. I have started to use progesterone cream also and nettle and rasberry leaf infusions. Should I continue with those for a few more months and then try something else or continue that way till I start the drugs for IVF?

  106. Kristyn W. says

    Thank you so much for all the great advice on this website. I read above that you suggested fermented cod liver oil and currently I am taking omega 3 1000mg so should I take both or switch to the one you mentioned?

  107. Shannon says

    My husband and I have been trying for 3 years now with some help from our doctors and still nothing. He’s (my husband) has 3 children from his previous marriage and has had his sperm tested .. Everything’s good for him. I had an ovarian cyst they removed surgically and had to remove my left Fallopian tube. My doctor tested my right tube to make sure it’s open and it is, the doctor sees no reason I can’t have children. Although I’m starting loose hope. I know there are lots of women who try for years before they finally have a baby. I have never conceived. I would love to talk more with you to try your recommendation the fertility pills have not helped and at this point I’m will to try anything. We don’t really have the money to continue fertility and I would rather conceive naturally. I really appreciate your post. It has given me hope!

  108. Laura says

    I read your post with hope, though don’t know if I should. I’m an unrelated bone marrow transplant survivor (almost 10 yrs) and part of that process includes high doses of chemo and full body radiation to kill off the bone marrow that’s killing you. I haven’t had a normal cycle since and was very regular prior. I KNOW the chemo and radiation totally messed up my hormones, but I haven’t found any medical person to help me deal with it. Besides not having a (visible) cycle I have other symptoms (feeling of not in right mind, all over body acne, etc.), but no one seems to think it’s a big deal. It’s as if they can dismiss dealing with it because it’s a side effect of chemo and radiation. My only son was stillborn, likely because of the life threatening disease I was developing, and it just kills me not to ever have another baby. Am I doomed? Can any of this stuff not just reverse infertility, but reverse what caused it? My last hormone test showed I had virtually zero progesterone, but that didn’t seem to warrant any concern for my health “professionals”. Ugh. Wondering if any of this could possibly help me…

    • says

      I’d try to find a naturopathic doctor if you can. I can’t give medical advice, but I do think the body has an amazing capability to heal itself when given the right tools… you’ll just have to figure out what those tools are for you. Best wishes and I hope you are able to find answers soon :-)

      • Laura says

        Thank you so much for responding. I’m sorry if it sounded like I was asking for specific medical advice…I know you can’t do that. Do you have any recommendations for how to go about finding a naturopathic doctor? Are they actual doctors? I’ve been to several doctors and without exception they either so focused on the medical side that they disregard the natural approach, or just the opposite…so focused on the natural approach that they disregard the medical aspect. I need the balance of both “worlds”.

        • says

          It can be tough to find a good one! I finally did (he is traditionally and naturally trained) and was able to run labs and prescribe the hormones I needed but also suggest specific supplements and natural protocols…Best of luck in finding one in your area…

  109. Maureen Mulheran says

    Hello! I am so overwhelmed with all this fantastic information. I would love some advice for my particular situation. I am 42 and have had one miscarriage. I have been trying to get pregnant for 4 years. We went through 3 IUI with no results. My husband has also slow moving sperm. (I call them lazy!). I will begin seeing a chiropractor but not sure what vitamins/supplements to take for both of us. Do you suggest prenatal vitamins plus extra vitamins? Thank you for your help!

  110. Katey says

    Hi Katie,
    Thank you for this great article, it really gives me hope. I’m wondering if you could help me decide what supplements to start out with? I don’t want to go overboard.
    I have had 2 miscarriages, one at 7 weeks and one at 13 weeks, 3 years apart. We have now been tryig for 18 months to get pregnant again, with no luck. I have regular periods that come at the exact same time each month. My husband has a child from ahis previous marriage and no sperm issues. I am healthy, exercise twice a week, don’t smoke or drink. I do eat processed foods sometimes. I also have a bicornuate uterus and a blood disorder called Latent Factor Five (it makes my blood clot easily) which increases infertility. What do you suggest? Thank you!

    • says

      Especially with medical conditions, I’d ask a doc about anything before trying it. Personally, I would try progesterone cream in the second half of cycle and early pregnancy, along with Maca (stop when pregnant) and the other supplements (folate, FCLO, etc) to prepare your body for healthy pregnancy

  111. Christina says

    What a great blog. I just went out and bought Maca, Cod liver oil, and red raspberry leaf. Hubbie and I have 2 children, but have been trying for 2 years to get pregnant with another. I have been referred to a fertility dr. who hasn’t found much yet (hubbie found out to have hypothyroidism).. and he thinks I MAY be low on progesterone. I’ve been taking the progesterone for the past 2 months, from day 20 until I get my period.. and so far it hasn’t seemed to help… so I’m hoping these added supplements will.
    Are these supplements safe to take with the prescription progesterone, (or should I definitely look at getting the cream) and can you just let me know how much of each I should be taking? thanks so much for any advice.

    • Steph says

      Hey Christina,
      just wanted to let you know that I started with a natural Progesteron Cream in October and it took 3 months to show on my cycle – I now have 12-14 days between ovulation and period, before that it was 9-10 days. I´ve also read that depending on how low your progesteron level is, it can take 1-3 months to show, so keep going.

      I´ve now started with Maca and will make sure that I get more animal fats. I´ve been a lacto-vegetarian for years and started to eat poultry and fish about 10 months ago. As an animal lover this one is still a bit tough for me but I try to eat meat or fish 1-2 a week now, plus lots of eggs, grass-fed butter, raw cheese and coconut oil. Fingers crossed!

  112. Charlotte says

    I have had multiple m/c’s all in the leutal phase. I know I have a progesterone deficiency from the old birth control I was taking many years ago that did a lot of damage to my hormones. I also have ovarian cysts every now and then. I am going to do the Dandelion Root Tea Liver detox for a week. I have two important questions!

    1. After my next menstrual cycle, when is the best time for me to start the detox?

    2. How long after the detox should I try getting pregnant?

    Thank you so much.

  113. Charlotte says

    Also if the detox doesn’t work after 3 months and I get my hormone levels checked and am still low in progesterone, I plan to either use a natural progesterone cream or find an OBGYN who can prescribe it to me. Is this a good route of action?

  114. Christine says

    I am taking Maca, Red Raspberry leaf capsules (400mg), and Fermented Cod Liver Oil ttc. How much of each of these should I be taking every day? And I know to discontinue Maca after ovulation but what about the Red Raspberry?
    Thanks for all the info!!

  115. akyna says

    I found this very helpful. I was told I have PCOS and that it would be harder to conceive. I’ve been trying for over a year with diet and lifestyle changes & ultimately was reffered to a fertility Dr. Im 23 an i really want to conceive naturally & soon being I was successful 2 years ago with my 2 yr old. I was wondering if you have any specific suggestions just based off this brief reply.

  116. Jessica says

    Okay right now I am taking a prenatal vitamin and fish oil (recently found out that Omega-3 can help and I can’t eat fish because of it’s texture). So I want to give some of the other herbs you mentioned a try, but how much is too much of any of these vitamins? I don’t want to take 2-3 of these at once and be taking in WAY too much of any specific vitamin.

  117. Diana says

    Hello, I just stumbled on this site and am so interested in all the info. I am 41, and have been trying to get pregnant for 2.5 years. I have been to a fertility clinic to tri IUI bit never got to the procedure because the meds. Did not work on me. Then I got pregnant on naturally but sadly miscarried at 9 weeks. I am not in the process of trying IVF, however the two cycles I tried, again the hormones did not work. My estrogen is low and my fsh was high. I am afraid I have a low egg reserve, and I do have hypothyroidism. I am not overweight and exercise regularly, I eat well and so does my husband. I am starting to lose hope and do not think I want to continue with the IVF. I have been havin accupuncture and am taking some chinese herbs. Of the herbs you suggest which do you think I should try! Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  118. Rachel says

    Hello, I didn’t have time to sift through all of the comments above and see if you already answered this question, so my apologies if you already did. I am wondering if you could tell me the exact progesterone cream that you use (or if you don’t currently use it now, what you used in the past). I am having a tough time deciding what will be my best bet. I am worried about the creams containing parabens, xenoestrogens, preservatives and anything else that might be considered harmful. Thanks.

  119. Julie (thegirlwhopaintedtrees) says

    What is the difference between fermented cod liver oil and regular cod liver oil. I just started taking regular CLO, but is fermented better? And why? Can you take FCLO while pregnant? I am TTC and this is a great help. Also, if you could do only one, would you do Maca or Vitex? Thank you.

  120. trisha says

    I have been taking fertility drugs now for 5 months (clomid initially and then letrozole). I know you suggest not adding in any herbs, but is it safe to take fermented cod liver oil or Maca?

  121. Brittany Dunn says

    Hi Wellness Mama!!!
    I am 23 I have never been diagnosed with fertility problems but I suspect possible endometriosis since that is one thing I have not been checked for. I was TTC for 2 yearss with my ex husband and it never worked. I tried taking pre natal vitamins and I also did 3 rounds of Clomid along with a shot that helped ensure I ovulated as long as my eggs in that cycle were big enough. My ex husband had a low sperm count during one test then the next testing of the count was perfectly fine. I am now trying again with my boyfriend but have had no luck. I track my ovulation with a period tracker app on my phone but it is difficult to track as my cycle length varies each month. I also just stopped birth control back in december. Right now my cycle is usually between 31-33 days. I also am on Wellbutrin for depression but its only 100 mg that I take once a day. Will that stop be from becoming pregnant? Also, what supplements do you think would help me the most? I really want to try the Meca and the progesterone cream but which others should I try? And im worried about trying to figure out when to use the progesterone cream since my ovualtion day never seems certain and I have never been told I have low progesterone. Please help!

  122. Katie says

    Hello, I have been ttc going on 9months now. I am married and 21yrs old. I am looking for something natural to help us conceive. What would you recommend? Trying to conceive is becoming very frustrating right now. Thank you for your help!

  123. Courtney says

    Hello I just found your site and LOVE it!! My husband and I have been struggling with getting pregnant… I have not had my period since I’ve been off birth control. It has been a year now and nothing. I have tried different herbs, increasing my good fats and taking herbal drops from Fertilica. What else would you recommend I try? All we want is to conceive so badly. It’s been hard this past year to be happy for close friends and family that are having babies. Thanks for your help!

  124. Laura says

    Hi Katie,
    I am looking at trying progesterone cream and I’ve taken synthetic progesterone pills in the past and I’d like to switch to something natural when trying to get pregnant. The soy free product you have a link to seems like a good one but do you know of anyone who has used it and had luck with getting pregnant and carrying to full term and the dosage they were taking? Is the 20mg daily an average dose most women take? The drugs I was on was 200mg but these were oral pills and I know the absorbtion rate is much lower. Could you let me know if you have any insight? I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thanks!

  125. Melinda says

    Hi Katie,

    I appreciated reading this, very informative! This was sent to me by a friend, I have started researching natural forms of health pre-pregnancy and living in general.

    We recently got married in October and planned to start trying after the honeymoon, I found out we were expecting on Thanksgiving. On our 12 week appointment we found out we lost the baby, after the pathology report confirmed it was a partial molar pregnancy I was being monitored. I was cleared from monitoring right now but I am still moving in a better direction health wise, personally and mentally. I am worried more than ever about my fertility as I never was concerned before this all happened. Not to say it this way but it seemed to easy… we weren’t trying than to having it turn our this way makes it even scarier to now know what to expect. I look forward to reading more of your posts and also any suggestions you may have for me, is much appreciated. Thank you, Mindy

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