Estrogen Builders and Ovulation Promoters...
Red Raspberry is an adaptogenic herb. What that means is that it tones and relaxes the uterus
depending on the body's need. When it tones the uterus it increases the blood flow which it does by contracting the
muscle. I recommend taking RR before ovulation as it is a wonderful uterine lining builder, in addition to it being
estrogenic. In terms of dosing, I only use the liquid extracts...they taste absolutely horrid, but I feel you get a
much better (and quicker) result from them. I would take 30 drops (1ml) of the extract 3xday, AF thru ovulation.
After ovulation, stop it. If pregnancy is confirmed, then restart it very minutely after the first trimester...1 cup
of tea (or 1ml) a day ...working up to 3-4 cups by the time of delivery. If you are not pregnant, then restart it at
AF. RR will also help to minimize af flow and then help to rebuild a nice soft lining for a conception.
Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) only around the time of ovulation...3,000mg once a day, cd 9 thru ovulation.
There is no harm in taking it from AF thru ovulation, however, I just use it to help increase my cm. EPO is a wonderful
essential fatty acid and will help to increase your cm, particularly ewcm. The reason why you shouldn't take it after
ovulation is that it increases prostaglandins, which if you are close to term if fine, as it will help to soften the cervix...we
don't want this at the beginning of a pregnancy. If you are looking for an essential fatty acid (EFA) to use throughout
your entire cycle, I would definately stick with the flax seed oil or a DHA supplement. Both of these are fine to take
throughout pregnancy without the risk of added uterine stimulation.
I have not used Dong Quai for fertility purposes. However, I have used it to prepare for delivery.
Its main purpose is to help increase blood flow...therefore, rejuvinating the reproductive system with increased blood circulation
and nutrients which will act as a fertility booster. One of my books state to use it for the 5 days before AF in order
to prevent pms or painful cramping; however I am very skeptical about this as Dong Quai is known to be a very strong uterine
contractor and it will most likely expel a pregnancy if one has been implanted. This herb is also used to bring on AF.
It is highly recommended NOT to use during pregnancy as it can stimulate very strong contractions, however, it may be used
at the end to help prepare the uterus for delivery and is included in several labor-prep formulas.
False Unicorn Root, also known as Helonias Root. This herb is an estrogenic herb
which will help to balance the hormonal system's production of hormones, specifically the ovarian hormones. "It improves
the secretory responses and cyclical functions of the ovary and has been used in infertility caused by dysfunction in follicular
formation in the ovary." Not only is this herb supposed to aid in ovarian function, it is also supposed to help reduce
ovarian pain. I have read several times about this herb that you do not want to take it UNLESS you want to become pregnant.
Even when I went to the health food store a while back to buy some, the lady asked me if I was wanting to get pregnant just
because I was looking for this herb. I would recommend taking 30-40 drops of the extract 3 times a day, AF thru ovulation.
Once again this is a adaptogenic herb....it is used both to calm the uterus for a threatened miscarriage, but at the same
time, it is used to prepare the uterus for delivery at the end of pregnancy. Because of this...I try not to use it during
the first trimester even if I am cramping. If I am cramping, I use Cramp Bark or Black Haw instead which specifically
relax the uterus and the surrounding muscles.
Saw Palmetto. This herb is recommended for men, but it has also shown to aid in female fertility.
This herb is actually an anti-estrogen, for which if you research Clomid, is the same. Ironically, when I researched
Clomid, I found that body builders are its main users as it increases testosterone levels and in men means more muscle.
Saw Palmetto acts in the same way (increases testosterone)...but we are going to use it like the RE's use Clomid, therefore
I use it from cd 4-8. What I am looking to do is suppress my estrogen levels, like Clomid does. While I am taking
the Saw Palmetto (or Clomid) my body is being told that its estrogen levels are too low (due to the increased testosterone),
therefore it needs to produce even more estrogen. Now when you stop the Saw Palmetto (or Clomid) on cd 9, your body
has a very high build up of estrogen, therefore, telling your body it is time to gear up for ovulation and to start producing
a strong LH surge. I recommend taking 30 drops (1ml) of the Saw Palmetto extract 3 x day from cd4 thru cd8.
Damiana is also an excellent herb. This herb will also help to increase estrogen levels and is
said to be an aphrodisiac. In addition, it helps to strengthen the reproductive organs as well as used to strengthen
the ovum. Damiana also helps to balance female hormones. I mainly take this herb right before ovulation...1.5ml
2 x a day from cd9 thru ovulation. Because it helps to increase my estrogen levels, I take it after I am done with the
Saw Palmetto...to add an extra estrogen boost after the suppression.
In addition, Red Clover is wonderful for this as well. It is full of nutrients and is a wonderful
blood purifier. Red Clover also helps to alkalinize the body which aids in sperm life...if your body is too acidic the
poor guys are more likely to die. Red Clover also a wonderful expectorant meaning it helps to thin the mucus within
the body...therefore, yielding thinner cm like Robitussin would. I actually used the capsules of the Red Clover.
I recommend 2 caps 2x day from cd9 thru ovulation. Red Clover is okay to take during pregnancy due to its high vitamin
and mineral content. However, I always wait until after the first trimester to start it again.
Throughout your cycle
EFA, such as Flax Seed Oil or DHA (follow directions on the bottle)
AF thru Ovulation
Red Rasperry... 1ml, 3xday
False Unicorn Root (aka Helonias Root)... 1.5ml, 3xday
CD4 thru CD8
Saw Palmetto... 1ml, 3xday
CD9 thru Ovulation
EPO... 3,000mg, 1xday
Damiana... 1.5ml, 2xday
Red Clover ...2 caps, 2xday