Fennel and Miscarriage
I had a miscarriage at the sixth week of my pregnancy. Therefore, I stopped trying to conceive for four months. After that, I tried again to get pregnant for two months and unfortunately my blood pregnancy tests were both negative.
Recently, I got a blood test and I found that my prolactin hormone is high (62ng/ml). My doctor asked me to eat 1 table spoon fennel powder mixed with yogurt daily to reduce my prolactin and to fix my irregular periods.
My question from you is: should I stop trying to conceive while I am eating fennel powder? If I try to conceive at the same time of using fennel, does it cause miscarriage or is it safe?
Many thanks in advance for your help,
Fennel has a mild estrogenic effect and it acts like the female sex hormone estrogen.
Fennel is not contro-indicated while trying to conceive if taken during the first half of the mentrual cycle. Once ovulation has occurred, high dodes of fennel may prevent implantation and can cause uterine contraction.
During pregnancy,fennel seeds are safe in small amounts (for example when added to your mealsor if you drink fennel tea for upset stomach), but pregnant women should avoid medicinal amounts of this herb because it can cause miscarriage.
High doses of fennel stimulate the uterus into contraction, causing blood loss and possibly pregnancy loss.
After delivery, fennel facilitatse menstruation and cleanses the uterus. It laso increases milk production in nursing mothers.
My advice would be to avoid trying to get pregnant while taking fennel in medicinal doses and only taking it up until ovulation.
All the best!