Natural Medicine for Infertility

via Bryce Wylde




      • inability to conceive after 1 year of unprotected intercourse
      • This increases with age
      • Affects 15% of all couples

Infertility is grouped into two categories:
Primary infertility:
Primary infertility refers to couples who have not become pregnant after at least 1 year of unprotected sex (intercourse)
Secondary infertility:

Secondary infertility is difficulty conceiving after already having conceived (and either carried the pregnancy to term or had a miscarriage)
In healthy couples under age 30 who have sex regularly, the chance of getting pregnant is about 25 – 30% per month.
A woman’s peak fertility occurs in her early 20s. After age 35 (and especially 40), the chances that a woman can get pregnant drops considerably.
Female factors – 50%
Ovulation disorders – 25%
Endometriosis, adhesions, blocked tubes – 25%
Cervix and uterus abnormalities – 10%
Female infertility may occur when:

  • A fertilized egg or embryo does not survive once it sticks to the lining of the womb (uterus)
  • The fertilized egg does not attach to the lining of the uterus
  • The eggs cannot move from the ovaries to the womb
  • The ovaries have problems producing eggs

Many things can change a woman’s ability to have a baby. These include:

  • Age
  • stress
  • poor diet
  • athletic training
  • being overweight or underweight
  • smoking
  • excess alcohol use
  • sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Health problems that cause hormonal changes, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and primary ovarian insufficiency
Male factors – 40-50%
Main cause in 25% of couples
Additional cause in 15-25% of couples
Male infertility may be due to:

  • A decrease in sperm count
  • Sperm being blocked from being released
  • Sperm that do not work properly

Some things that may reduce the health or number of sperm include:

  • heavy alcohol use
  • drugs
  • environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead
  • smoking cigarettes
  • health problems such as mumps, serious conditions like kidney disease, or hormone problems
  • medicines
  • radiation treatment and chemotherapyfor cancer
  • Age

Unexplained factors (15%)
Blood tests – checking hormone levels
Cervical test – checks sperm and cervical mucus after intercourse
Uterus – ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram (x-ray with fluid in uterus), hysteroscopy (telescope in uterus)
Fallopian Tubes – hysterosalpingogram, laparoscopy
Endometriosis, adhesions – laparoscopy
Male factor – semen analysis
Counseling:  intercourse timing, frequency, avoid lubricants
Ovulation stimulation
Thyroid medication
Bromocriptine to decrease prolactin levels
Intrauterine insemination:
Partner’s sperm
Donor sperm
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In Vitro Fertilization with Sperm Injection (IVF with ICSI)
Egg Donation, Sperm Donation
Natural medicines for SUBFERTILITY with PCOS

  • Restores ovulation
  • improves insulin sensitivity,
  • improves egg quality,
  • reduces androgens in women with PCOS

A recent study published in Fertility and Sterility on women with PCOS doing medicated fertility cycles found that taking inositol resulted in a 20% improvement in clinical pregnancy rate.
Chastetree (Mediherb)

  • regulates menstrual cycle
  • improves luteal phase progesterone

Amino NAC

  • helps improve ovulation in PCOS

A study published in Fertility and Sterility found that NAC supplementation reduced testosterone and improved insulin sensitivity in PCOS patients

  • good for cysts

Molecular Human Reproduction. 2010 Apr;16(4):251-9. Epub 2010 Jan 12. Effects of resveratrol on proliferation and apoptosis in rat ovarian theca-interstitial cells)
Focus: Improving Egg Quality and Improving Circulation to the Uterus and Ovaries. Oxidative stress associated with repeated ovulations appears to lower egg quality in the remaining eggs as a woman ages

  • improves fertility in mature women by acting as an anti-oxidant

A 2010 Japanese study found that L Carnitine protected egg quality from oxidative effects on aging ovaries.
CO Q10

  • mitochondrial antioxidant

In a Toronto study it was found that using COQ10 in aging mice improved egg quality in aging mice. Their egg quality and they have currently initiated a randomized placebo control trial on the effectiveness of COQ10 in older women seeking fertility treatments
Fish oils
Study done in the journal fertility and sterility in 2010 showed ALA /DHA improved embryo morphology. EPA and DHA regulated estrogen and follicles in a more optimal range.
A study showed published in “Reproductive Biomedicine Online” 2010 showed that DHEA improves ovarian reserve in older and younger women (AMH values improve). Note: it is really important to be overseen by a healthcare practitioner
Wheat grass juice

  • extremely high in chlorophyll and animals that graze on wheat grass have better quality eggs, chlorophyll improves excretion of xenoestrogens and fat soluble waste products

A 2008 study found that chlorophyll was protective against DNA damage in cells, which is very important in the case of advanced maternal age.

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