How to Reverse Infertility & Get Pregnant Naturally

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There’s no doubt that infertility is a rising problem in today’s society. And while this has never been an issue for me, the CDC finds that about 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the U.S. ages 15-44 struggle to get pregnant or stay pregnant. The reasons are many (and we don’t know all of them yet), but what we do know is that it takes a large personal and financial toll on those it affects.

(In fact, when I tried to find accurate info on how much is spent annually on infertility treatments, I kept getting results for ways to finance treatments for infertility.)

The good news is that, in many cases, the body can reverse infertility naturally if given the correct resources.

Note: It is important to check with a doctor or qualified specialist for problems like infertility and to address any potentially serious underlying health issues. Many women also benefit from working with a naturopathic doctor or specialist to address nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle changes that can help.

How Common Is Infertility, and Why Is It Rising?

According to the CDC, the term “infertile” is usually applied to a woman who is unable to become pregnant after a year of trying (or 6 months for a woman over 35).

Infertility, like any disease, is simply a sign that something is not right inside the body and must be fixed. It isn’t a deficiency in fertility drugs or due to a lack of IVF. Fertility is a natural process in the body, but one that the body can turn off if it doesn’t feel it can safely sustain a pregnancy.

I have many friends who have struggled to conceive and I’ve witnessed how painful it was for them to want to have a child and struggle to get pregnant. Thankfully, in almost every case, my friends were eventually able to conceive by focusing on supporting the body with proper diet, supplements, and lifestyle.

There are so many confounding factors that can cause or contribute to infertility, which is why conventional treatment can vary so much in effectiveness — it simply can’t address all the possible causes.

Fertility drugs and artificial hormones of any kind, including birth control, can make underlying problems better, but can also make them even worse and make future fertility more difficult. Hormonal birth control is often prescribed for various hormonal imbalances and the symptoms … but artificial hormones on top of existing hormone problems doesn’t necessarily make for success.

What Causes Infertility in the First Place?

Infertility can be caused by a huge number of factors: hormone imbalance, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, anovulatory cycles, physical blockage, inadequate hormone production, short luteal phase, lack of luteinizing hormone, high levels of prolactin, and many others.

Poor nutrition often plays a major role, as does exposure to certain chemicals. Age plays less of a role before menopause than was originally thought. While there are many wonderful naturally minded fertility specialists out there, only certain doctors know how 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.

Natural Help for Infertility

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. Even those who choose to undergo conventional fertility treatments can help improve their chance of working by supporting their bodies in natural ways as well.

How to Reverse Infertility (and Get Pregnant)

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 to infertility. Short of a physical inability to conceive, it will work.

Step 1: Nutrition

This is by far the most important step. In modern times, many people 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.

Some nutritional ways to help optimize fertility:

  • Remove processed grains, other processed foods, sugars, and starches from the diet.
  • Obtain more nutrient-dense 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. This is also important during pregnancy as adequate protein can help minimize the risk of certain pregnancy complications.
  • Eat a lot of vegetables, especially green leafy varieties like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard, chard, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and similar veggies.
  • Drink enough water. Hydration is important for so many functions within the body, including fertility.
  • 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, nutrition alone can be enough to support the body for fertility. 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.

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 harmful chemicals
  • 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 is vital to health and the production of many hormones. Studies have shown that women with low melatonin and serotonin levels have a shorter luteal phase (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.

Minimizing exposure to harmful chemicals

This should be a book in itself (hmm, time to get writing), but most women notice improvement from limiting exposure to household chemicals, plastic water bottles, and conventional cosmetic and beauty products.

Getting 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 (not ovulate).

Limiting 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.

Checking side effects of medications

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 & Herbs

While diet and lifestyle alone often reverse infertility, some women notice better or faster results with the aid of natural supplements and herbs.

Fish Oil

The single most important supplement that I’ve seen help women increase fertility, is adequate intake of omega-3s, which are also excellent for a developing baby and a healthy pregnancy.

Herbs

The following herbs are recommended for getting pregnant naturally:

  • 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 eight 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.

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

You can’t out-supplement a poor diet, but when trying to heal a condition consider taking these:

  • 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.
  • Folate – Folate (not 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. It is important to note that many people have trouble using the synthetic form, folic acid, and do better with folate or methylfolate (this post explains more).
  • 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 luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone to improve 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.

When using progesterone cream, it is important to do research, work with a specialist, make sure you have a good brand that is soy-free. 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. Again, do research and work with a specialist when using any hormone.

Bottom Line: Can You Get Pregnant If You Are Infertile?

Struggles with infertility can be agonizing for couples, but there is hope. Proper diet and nutrition can greatly aid the body in conceiving and carrying a healthy baby (and also 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 wanting to relief from symptoms of PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, heavy periods, or other hormonal problems.

While some testing can be expensive, one option to test your fertility hormones is called Modern Fertility. They have a team of reproductive specialists who will review your test and can answer any questions you have.

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This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Anna Cabeca, a gynecologist and obstetrician and a menopause and sexual health expert. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

Have you struggled with infertility, or know someone who does? What helps (or doesn’t help) as you search for answers?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

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564 responses to “How to Reverse Infertility & Get Pregnant Naturally”

  1. Danielle Avatar

    Katie, I read you’ve worked with women and they’ve been able to get pregnant by following your protocol. Have any of these women had diminishing ovarian reserve, blocked Fallopian tubes, or a blood clotting disorder? Ive worked with holistic docs in the passed and changed my diet and added supplements. I have secondary infertility . Ive used progesterone (from yams), supplements to help with sleep, and so on. Ive had 3 confirmed miscarriages and haven’t been pregnant since 2018. I’m 31. I just recently had an abdominal massage and looking into PT for my blocked Fallopian tube.

  2. Lily Avatar

    Hi thanks ou for all this info! I haven’t tried ever to get pregnant yet but being 42 wanted to take some supplements now that I am TTC. I am going to start with the Red Raspberry Leaf tea, Maca and Progesterone cream. I’m not sure what my progesterone levels are but it seems from what I read ok to take even if your levels are fine up through the 3rd month of pregnancy. Would you say apply it for the second half of the cycle when TTC and then everyday throughout the entire first three months of pregnancy?

    What is the amount mg of Maca you recommend to take for the first half of the cycle?

    Also I see you recommend Fermented Cod Liver Oil but link to a fish oil with sardines and anchovies is there one you prefer over the other for fertility? And is this ok to continue taking throughout pregnancy?

  3. Tara Avatar

    I am pregnant at 45. I followed most of what the article suggested plus dhea (75 something a day) and the progesterone was suppository. Prayer and putting my hope in God and not in another baby.

  4. Isioma Avatar

    pls what should I do to conceive, had my baby 2years 8months ago via cs, and had implanon, 6months postpartum, I have it since 8months ago now,but yet to conceive

  5. Kelley Avatar

    I have come back to this post several times over the years and always find it to be a helpful reminder. I was searching on your website today to see if I could find any posts about the herb Black Cohosh. I am 33 and my husband and I are trying for our first child. We recently had an early miscarriage at 6 weeks and through that process found out that I have a fairly large cyst on one of my ovaries. My doctor is recommending that I have it removed laparoscopically before continuing TTC again due to the size and risk to my ovary, especially during a pregnancy. My acupuncturist and a couple of friends have recommended that I look into Black Cohosh for fertility and to help with the cyst.

    I have been taking Vitex for about 6 months, eat a real foods diet and I track my cycles. I seem to ovulate just about every month. My luteal phase tends to be on the shorter side (10-11 days), and I’m wondering whether hormone levels played a role in the miscarriage (which the OB I saw did not think was the case). I’ve had fairly extensive bloodwork to check overall health/thyroid/mineral and nutrient levels but have not had progesterone checked specifically. My functional-minded PCP was on board with me continuing with Vitex for overall fertility but didn’t seem worried about my progesterone levels. Would love to be pointed in the right direction specifically with Black Cohosh and whether that might worth looking into. I am leaning toward having the surgery due to my age and wanting to get back to trying as soon as we can. Any productive/positive feedback would be appreciated. I’m not one to blindly follow online advice but am looking for all the information I can find. Thanks!!

  6. Nicole Botes Avatar
    Nicole Botes

    Thanks wellness mama for your article. However as someone who has struggled with infertility for a decade, i know for a fact you have barely touched the surface of what the problem is. yes, addressing your health is one thing, but it cannot and will not reverse infertility. an inverted uterus, problems with implantation, male factor problems including poor sperm morphology, and a host of other issues cannot be solved by proper sleep and eating vegetables.

    I have written numerous articles, and guest-hosted numerous women who have actually struggled with infertility. perhaps consult some women who have actually experienced issues? This would indeed buffer your research with more comprehensive facts. as for reversing infertility- simply not really possible. We can only work with doctors and science to try to achieve and maintain a pregnancy.

  7. Kelly Avatar

    Great post! We’ve been trying to conceive for a year and will definitely be adding maca.

  8. Sophia Avatar

    Please pray for me to conceive a child. I’ve been trying for 10 years now. I am currently fasting and taking supplements recommended.

  9. Angela Avatar

    Currently I am pregnant. I believe Get pregnant fertility tea by secrets of tea really helped. I was not getting pregnant even I was married for 5 years. I was told this tea would take 3 to 6 months to work but right after one month drinking this stuff I was pregnant.

  10. Grace Avatar

    Hi Wellness Mama,
    Is 2000 mcg folic acid still a go for the nursing mom or should less be taken ? Thanks.

  11. shafonda omess Avatar
    shafonda omess

    very fertile but having difficulties carrying a total of 7 miscarriages in a 12 year spand

  12. Natasha Avatar
    Natasha

    It is so important to fuel your body prior to conceiving. We are trying for our second but trying for our first was so hard. I drink a tea every day that has red clover, alfalfa, raspberry leaf, nettles, and oat straw. They say it helps. Has anyone tried Fertilemd? Did it help you conceive faster? I am hoping it does not take us as long as it did last time.

  13. qiaraau Avatar
    qiaraau

    Eating a diet rich in a variety whole foods is essential to healthy fertility. A whole food diet should include two uncommon components in foods such as probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics and prebiotics help to digest and utilize food in the best way possible. Digestive health is a key pillar in the foundation for healthy fertility.

  14. Claudia Avatar

    Dear Katie,
    Are you still taking clients for feritlity?
    Many blessings,

  15. Romina Ross Avatar
    Romina Ross

    I just want to say do not let them take your ovary. The endometriosis can be cured with holistic treatment. I know a few people that had children with cysts and it’s unnecessary to remove the ovaries unless it’s cancer . Even if the cysts have erupted it can be treated through holistic medicine. Just google it. Please keep us posted as to what happened. Thank you for sharing your story.

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