Throughout human history, people have relied on natural remedies to treat health issues, including fertility problems. In many cases, science cannot replicate the results. Even today, companies offer supplements that they claim work in new and unexpected ways, and people around the world extol their benefits. These mixed reviews beg the question: can these traditional cures and new supplements naturally improve your fertility? Perhaps, but science is still seeking answers.
A few traditional and unorthodox treatments deserve a bit more scrutiny, as early research has shown promising results:
- Inositol, in the form of myo-inositol particularly, has been found to be somewhat effective in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It can reduce triglyceride and testosterone levels, decrease blood pressure, and promote ovulation in women with PCOS.
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that the human body can naturally produce, but that can also be synthesized in a lab from plants like wild yam and soy. Research is mixed, but some studies suggest that DHEA can increase the chance of becoming pregnant through IVF, and it may also reduce the risk of miscarriage.
- Royal jelly is a milky substance produced by bees that nurture the development of queen bees in the hive. Some research suggests that a vaginal application of royal jelly and other bee products, including honey, may improve fertility in couples that suffer from poor sperm motility.
- L-Carnitine and L-Arginine are just two of your body’s amino acids – the 20 different chemical building blocks of the proteins that make up most of your body’s tissues. These two amino acids may be helpful for improving male fertility. Much research shows that L-carnitine increases sperm count and sperm motility, while l-arginine – in combination with pycnogenol, which is derived from sources like pine bark – may reduce erectile dysfunction.
- Eurycoma longifolia is an evergreen plant whose roots and bark may also improve male fertility. Studies of a Eurycoma longifolia supplement showed that it can increase sperm quality and sperm concentration.
While many will swear by the power of these natural tools, researchers are still working to determine the efficacy of supplements like these. If you yourself are interested in supplementing your fertility efforts with natural aids, you will want to carefully consider your options before doing so. It is important to understand how a treatment works and whether it has interactions with any medications you are taking, as well as any conditions you are currently managing.
If you are trying for a baby and want to know whether to take a particular treatment, consult with your doctor to determine if supplements have a place in your fertility efforts. If you want more tips or information about improving fertility, follow us on social media, or sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page.