Fertility Herbs While TTC
I am currently taking Vitex, Maca, COQ10, Evening Primrose oil and Maca in order to regulate my cycle and to help me ovulate. My question is: Do I take these every day of my cycle or is it best to stop taking these herbs while menstruating?
You can take Maca
during the entire menstrual cycle as it does not have hormonal effect on the body. Maca is considered more of a super food that supports the adrenal glands, reproductive organs and increases overall stamina. Vitex
should be avoided during the menstrual periods. It can be taken from day 5-7 until the periods arrive. If you get pregnant, discontinue taking Vitex. Even if Vitex is safe during the first trimester to support progesterone production, it should be taken under the supervision of a doctor or herbalist during this time.
While trying to conceive (TTC),Evening primrose oil
should be taken up until ovulation to help increase cervical mucus and facilitate conception. After ovulation, it is recommended to stop taking evening primrose oil as some sources believe that the gamma linolenic acid (GLA) content in evening primrose oil may stimulate uterine contraction and cause early miscarriage or prevent implantation. There reason for this warning is because there are no enough studies to prof the safety of evening primrose oil during pregnancy.
If you are not trying to conceive, you can take evening primrose oil until you get your periods. Evening primrose is excellent for PMS. In fact, the gamma linolenic acid (GLA) in evening primrose oil is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties, helping women suffering from painful menses.CoQ10
is a powerful antioxidant and can be taken all the time, even during pregnancy.