If you clicked on this I’m assuming you’re wanting answers for your PCOs and fertility issues. I’ll start by saying that I am not an expert. I’m not a doctor, nutritionist or herbalist. I’m just a woman that’s been dealing with a host of reproductive issues for the past two and a half years. I’ve tried a lot of different things, medical and natural. I’ve did a lot of research on my issues so I thought it might be helpful if I put out there what I’ve learned. I don’t want this to be a novel so I’ll quickly tell you a little about me and then get into what I use and why. I was diagnosed with PCOs two and a half years ago. I had stopped the birth control pill and was having forty day cycles. Since then I have taken (better) control of my body through weight loss, supplements, diet and some medicines. I am trying to get pregnant, as I have been throughout the whole two and a half years, and I’m hoping with some of the new changes to my diet that that will happen in 2018. I’ve written about my PCOs and fertility journey before so if you’re interested just go to the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome section of my blog. Everything I talk about through this post will be backed up with a link to a website called Natural Fertility Info. This website is great for all aspects and issues dealing with your reproductive system, not just trying to get pregnant.
- Ginger Herbal Tea: Ginger Herbal Tea is a new addition to my diet. A week ago at my last doctor’s appointment they discovered that I have a uterine fibroid. It’s very small and they said it wasn’t affecting anything, but obviously I want to do what I can to keep it from getting larger and to keep more from forming. Ginger root increases circulation and blood flow to the uterus, which can help in defense against fibroids. This increased circulation can also help with inflammation in the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. PCOs and Endometriosis are inflammatory diseases so reducing that inflammation can help with pain.
Also, this particular Ginger tea blend from Yogi contains Licorice Root which helps your liver, is an anti inflammatory, helps your immune system and has many more benefits.
- Red Raspberry Leaf Tea: This tea is something that I’ve been drinking off and on for the past year or so but I just started drinking it on a regular basis. It is a uterine tonic and astringent. It can help to tone the uterus which can help those that have suffered miscarriage due to uterine weakness. It also helps with heavy menstrual cycles and just general prep for pregnancy.
I love Yogi brand teas and plan to try a few more for fertility. When I do I’ll of course post about them.
- This isn’t anything complicated but drinking lemon water daily has many benefits. Lemon helps to cleanse the liver; the liver is very important when it comes to hormone balance. Lemons also provide Vitamin C, antioxidants and help clear the skin. I get a good bit of hormonal acne because of my PCOs so the skin clearing benefit is the main reason I drink this daily.
I promise this smoothie tastes better than it looks, especially if you leave out the Turmeric, haha. I found tons of great smoothie recipes online but I wanted to make one that was low carb, low calorie and provided benefits for: PCOs, uterine fibroids and Luteal Phase Defect. I believe that I have a Luteal Phase Defect but my doctor FORGOT to do the test last week even though we talked about it for quite awhile. It doesn’t really matter, though, because she told me the only treatment was through use of Clomid (fertility meds). That’s not what I want so I started researching and found some much better ways to help it. This smoothie is around 224 calories and 17 carbs. This could be more or less for you depending on what you use and how much.
- Almond Milk: 1 cup, unsweetned. I use Almond Milk because dairy makes my skin break out and soy milk (soy in general) can be detrimental to your hormones.
- Coconut Oil: 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon. Coconut oil has a ridiculous amount of benefits with a few being: promotes balanced weight, cellular health and helps maintain proper hormone levels.
- Turmeric: 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon. Turmeric helps treat inflammatory diseases like PCOs, Endometriosis, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. It’s a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the liver which promotes hormone balance. The only downside is this tastes disgusting which is why I can’t deal with more than a teaspoon.
- Spinach: one handful. Spinach is great because it has a lot of benefits and a very mild taste. Some of those benefits are: excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin E. In addition, it is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, niacin and selenium.
- Strawberries and Blackberries: about half a cup of each. I chose these berries because they’re low carb and have many benefits. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, which can help with a Luteal Phase Defect. Blackberries are also full of vitamin C and other vitamins. Berries also can benefit egg health.
- Flax Seeds: 2 Tablespoons. Flax Seed powder is excellent in smoothies. They contain a lot of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, they’re rich in fiber, help to regulate hormones and can help to regulate the menstrual cycle.
That’s all the latest natural editions to my fertility diet! I’ve also added some new herbal supplements which I’ll be talking about in a later post. I would love to know your thoughts on these natural remedies for fertility. Have you ever tried them or would you consider it? Let me know! Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!