Maca, Wonder Herb For Fertility…

Maca, Wonder Herb For Fertility…

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root-like cruciferous vegetable from the Andes of Peru. It grows in some of the harshest farmlands in the world; experiencing freezing temperatures, fierce winds and intense sunlight. Often the soil is rich in volcanic minerals. Maca is the only food crop in the world that can grow and thrive at such a high altitude and in such harsh weather. For more than two millennia, native Peruvians have used Maca root as food and medicine to promote fertility, endurance, energy, vitality, and sexual virility.

Stories of Maca’s fertility supporting effects have been passed down through history in a story that took place in the 1500’s. Soon after the Spanish Conquest in South America occurred the Spanish began to experience poor health and infertility, so did their livestock. This was due to the high altitude of the Andes. The native Peruvians recommended that they feed their livestock and themselves Maca. The results were so dramatic that many of the first written records ever kept for the Andean region were passages about Maca. There are also historical notes recording that the Conquistadors began demanding to be paid in Maca instead of gold.

How Maca Works

Maca root is an adaptogenic herb that has been shown in studies to improve fertility in both men and women.

Containing 31 different minerals and 60 different phytonutrients, Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) Maca has the ability to affect key hormones in both women and men without containing hormones itself.

Maca has been scientifically researched for the use of increasing fertility since 1961 and has been shown to contain specific compounds called glucosinolates which can affect fertility for both men and women. These alkaloids are responsible for Maca’s ability to support hormonal balance.

Benefits of maca:

  • Supports hormonal balance
  • Increases energy, stamina, and mental clarity
  • Supports the thyroid
  • Supports normal sexual function

Maca also has adaptogenic properties which, means it helps to strengthen the body so it is able to better resist disease and stress, support the adrenal glands and balance the body’s functions. In order for an herb to be considered an adaptogen it must be non-toxic or harmless to any organ of the body and must be able to be ingested for long periods of time safely. Maca is classified as an adaptogen.

Endocrine System Tonic
One of Maca’s main actions is to stimulate and nourish the hypothalamus which regulates the pituitary gland, acting as a tonic for the hormone system. When the pituitary gland functions optimally, the entire endocrine system becomes balanced, because the pituitary gland controls the hormone output of the adrenals, thyroid and sex organs (testes and prostate in men, ovaries and uterus in women).

Promotes Hormonal Balance
In women, maca helps the body to promote balanced estrogen and progesterone levels. Estrogen or progesterone levels that are high or low at the wrong time can keep a woman from becoming pregnant or keep her from carrying to term. Excess estrogen levels can cause progesterone levels to become too low, this is known as estrogen dominance. Taking Maca may help to balance the estrogen to progesterone ratio which is essential to achieving and carrying a healthy pregnancy.

Too much estrogen in men may cause erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid. Studies have shown that men who use Maca may experience an increased libido and an increase in sperm health.

In one study, maca was given to female and male rats and it was found that the females had multiple egg follicle maturation (important for ovulation), and the males had significantly higher sperm production and motility rates.

Supports Normal Sexual Function
A human study of 9 men who were given gelatinized Maca for 4 months at 1,500 – 3,000 mg a day, showed the men experienced an increase in libido, sperm count, motility of sperm, increased DHEA levels, decreased anxiety and stress, lowered blood pressure, balanced iron levels and an increase in adrenal androgens.

How to Use Maca

When purchasing Maca you want to make sure the product you are using has only Maca root in it, not leaves or stem. Maca is available in powder, capsules or tincture. It is also available in varying strengths.

Maca powder: Maca powder comes in two forms. Plain Maca powder that is just raw powdered Maca root, or gelatinized Maca. Gelatinization is a completely vegetarian process that removes the starch from Maca to improve assimilation and make it more concentrated.

We find that gelatinized maca is easier to digest than the plain powder and is also more cost effective since it is more concentrated. The studies mentioned above used gelatinized Maca. Gelatinization does not refer to “gelatin”, and no animal derived ingredients are incorporated into this process.

Maca powder can be added to juice, smoothies, yogurt or baked goods. It has a nice malty flavor which goes well with foods. I like to add it to all of my smoothies.

Maca capsules: Maca capsules are a convenient way to get Maca daily. Many people will find using the Maca capsules to be easier since they can be taken at any time with some water.

Maca tincture: A tincture of Maca root is a liquid extract of the medicinal properties of Maca. Maca tincture can be taken with water, in juice or added to smoothies.

General suggested usage is 500-3000 mg a day. To obtain desired results, Maca needs to be taken regularly. It can be taken in one dose or throughout the day.

Note: Maca is slightly energy stimulating and because of this we find that it is best taken prior to 3pm, so that nighttime sleep is not disturbed in any way.

Safety & Side Effects

Maca is a beneficial herb that has been used for thousands of years and consumed everyday as a food and medicine by the Peruvians. Based on its long history of use as a food it appears to be very safe. Toxicity studies (conducted at Product Safety Labs of East Brunswick, N.J.) showed absolutely no toxicity and no adverse pharmacological effects.

A small number of women experienced stomach upset when consuming plain maca root (not gelatinized). Additionally, some women experience spotting or a change in their menstrual cycle when they first begin using Maca. This is normal and a sign that the body is beginning to balance the hormonal system.

Maca Use During Pregnancy

As a safety precaution most manufacturers state that their supplements should not be used during pregnancy. There have been no studies on the use of Maca during pregnancy. Acute toxicity studies and cytotoxicity evaluations have demonstrated absence of any evidence of potential toxicity of Maca. The Peruvians have been consuming maca as a food for thousands of years. Since there have been no studies on the use of Maca during pregnancy we can not state that it is proven safe to use during pregnancy. Please do your own research and make a personal decision on the use of Maca during your pregnancy.


As you can see from all the actions Maca can have on the body, it is a wonderful fertility superfood and tonic. Maca can complement any fertility program and should be used on a daily basis for best results. It can also be used in conjunction with other fertility herbs and supplements.

Learn more about using Maca for fertility through our useful Q&A…

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  1. Hello! I am glad I came across this page. I’m 25 and have been on birth control pill for several years due to an absent period when I was about 20. I stopped taking the birth control in July because my husband and I want to get pregnant. I have had regular periods since stopping, until now. I am 8 days late and getting all negative pregnancy tests. I currently take Vitex, I am wondering if I can start taking Maca now or if I have to wait until my period decides to start again? Thank you!

    • Dear Jessica,

      Fertilica Maca can be started at any time of the menstrual cycle.

      And I should share that some women do experience cycle shifts when first beginning herbs that impact hormonal balance, like Vitex. The cycle can shorten or lengthen temporarily before settling on its “normal”. This is not to cause concern, rather be viewed and a sign the body is responding to the actions of the herb.

      Take care!

  2. Hello, I wonder if this will help me get out of these cyst problem. I really really want to get pregnant. Many thanks for your answer!!! :)

    • Dear Flor,

      Maca is an herb for the endocrine and immune systems making it useful for supporting a healthy stress response within the body, hormone balance and for supporting the body in maintaining a normal ovarian environment. Consider learning about the other ways to do this, as well as promote normal hormonal balance and progesterone levels, support the body’s natural ability to reduce excess estrogen in the body, and encourage normal circulation to the reproductive system in our guide on How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally.

      I hope this is helpful!

  3. Hi! I was just looking over the internet for what can help me get pregnant as in the past I have had problems getting pregnant. With my 2 sons it took me 3yrs to get pregnant and I only have one working fallopian tube. I was on Clomid and everything for a long time and nothing helped, so I stopped taking them and lost a little weight and stopped thinking about it and booked a holiday and found out I was pregnant. That was over 4 years ago and now I’m trying again. I had the Mirena coil in for almost 2 years and got it out 2 months ago. I was wondering if I take Maca, will it help in getting pregnant as I don’t want to wait 3 years or more again. If you have any other info. that might help, thank you!

    • Dear Carol,

      Maca is a nutrient-packed fertility superfood that supports egg health, energy and libido and a healthy stress response. It could be considered a part of most any natural fertility program, but may not be all to consider.

      A helpful place to start is to consider learning How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control. Then, know that with only one functioning, healthy fallopian tube, conception can only happen during the months ovulation occurs from the ovary on that side. Ovulation happens from one ovary one cycle and the other the next – alternates from side to side. It is also going to be helpful to learn the tools available to help you detect ovulation (if you do not already do this) to help you learn how to detect when ovulation happens.

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

  4. I am 28 years old and and my husband is 29. We have a beautiful 8 year old son and have been trying to get pregnant for 5 years now… Fertility specialist said that the problem is on my husband’s side, sperm motility is low and sperm only lives for 2 hours… my cousin suggested that my husband try Multi-Maca. Will this help with the motility and life of the sperm?

    Warm regards from South Africa

  5. I recently started taking maca root for only about a week before my period was supposed to come. However, my period has not come when expected and I am panicking a little because I am not trying to get pregnant. I have a copper IUD in place for 5 months and my periods have been 3-4 days and very heavy because of the IUD. Should I keep taking the 600mg of maca (I have been taking it with vitamin D3, vitamin B12, and an antidepressant), or should I discontinue it? Is it possible that I ovulated without having a period, because I have been experiencing some cramping here and there, along with thickened cervical fluid? Any answers to this are appreciated!

    • Dear Michelle,

      I am sorry to hear this is making you panic! Some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using herbs that have the potential to impact hormone balance, which Maca does. The length of the menstrual cycle may shorten or lengthen temporarily before it finally stabilizes. This is just the body balancing itself out and often viewed as completely normal.

      It is not common to ovulate without having a period, but in rare cases it can happen.

      Continuing Maca is entirely up to you! Go with your instinct here… if taking it will cause more stress, it may be best to stop.

      All my best!

  6. Hi Elizabeth

    I am currently taking a few other vitamins and was wondering if they would be OK to take altogether. I’m taking Folic acid (to aid in getting pregnant), Biotin and Cod liver oil tablets.
    I’ve also had a kidney stone in the past will taking Maca Root have any effect in that sense.
    Thank you

    • Dear Emily,

      Folic Acid, Biotin, Cod Liver Oil and Maca can all be taken together. I have not heard Maca should be avoided by those who have kidney stones (I am so sorry by they way… awful as you know!). If you are concerned or are on any medication, please consult your healthcare provider before taking Maca.

  7. Hello I find this website so informative and hope you continue extending your knowledge in helping people who are struggling to get pregnant. Thank you and God bless!

    I was diagnosed with unknown infertility with hydrosalphinx on my right fallopian tube. I have been married for almost nine years and we are trying to get pregnant. We have tried all sorts of treatments, including a series of fertility treatments and IVF. They did not work.

  8. I am taking Clomid. Can I take Maca while taking the Clomid?

    • Dear Vinni,

      Consider reaching out to you doctor for guidance in taking Maca with Clomid. We can not suggest combing a fertility superfood like Maca that has an action on hormonal balance with a medication, Clomid, that does the same.

  9. I’m currently taking b-6, vitex, and evening primrose oil. Is it safe to take maca with these other supplements also?

  10. I’ve been reading about Maca for PCOS. Will Maca help with regulating cycles including inducing ovulation?

    • Dear Marisa,

      Maca is a nourishing fertility superfood that is known to support healthy endocrine system function. It does this by way of offering the body a variety of nutrients and hormonal balance support without containing hormones itself. This may support a healthy menstrual cycle.

      With PCOS however, the body often requires a bit more support than Maca alone can offer. It is important to support the body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, and reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion. There are a variety of ways to do this and more can be learned in the article How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs.

      I hope this is helpful!

  11. I recently started taking organic maca powder by naturya. The recommended dosage states between 5 to 15grams daily yet I noticed you are recommending much higher dosages. Also noticed a change in my last two monthly cycles. One cycle late and the other early both by about a week. Is this a normal effect of using the maca?

    • Dear Jana,

      It is in general best to follow the suggested use of the manufacturer of the product being taken. We suggest taking 500-3000milligrams of Maca daily, which is less than the 5-15 grams (5000-15000milligrams).

      Some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using herbs that have the potential to impact hormone balance. The length of the menstrual cycle may shorten or lengthen temporarily before it finally stabilizes. This is just the body balancing itself out and is completely normal.

      I hope this is helpful!

  12. Hi there! Should Maca be taken at a certain time of the month when trying to conceive? Thanks!

    • Dear Jess,

      Fertilica Maca general suggested use is that is be taken each day of the menstrual cycle without taking a break when trying to conceive.

  13. I’m 43 and just got blood test back. My hormone that helps produce eggs is very low. The doctor said that I don’t have egg anymore. Will Maca be able to help my condition?

  14. I began taking maca two months ago and I’ve experienced 5 days of spotting before I got my real period for both periods since I started taking it. Should I take this as a sign that it’s working it’s magic or that it’s actually decreasing my fertility? Its kind of scary spotting for that long.

    • Dear Shannon,

      There can be a variety of reasons for mid-cycle spotting, but some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using herbs that have the potential to impact hormone balance. This is often just the body balancing itself out and can be completely normal.

      Hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, dietary changes, levels of hydration, age, stress and changes in stress levels (even minor changes), weight loss or gain, changes in exercise routines and even travel can all impact the menstrual cycle.

      Maca is not known to decrease fertility, rather meet the body where it’s at if you will; to provide support when and where it is needed and it does without containing hormones itself.

  15. I am interesting to taking maca. But I confused to take powder or capsules. Tell me what is the best. Thank you!

    • Dear Prasanna,

      One form of Fertilica Maca is not necessarily better than the other.

      Capsules are swallowed and there is no taste, powder is mixed into food, beverages or Fertility Smoothies and must be tasted (I quite like it myself). One could take them both to meet the suggested use guidelines of 1000mg – 3000mg per day.

  16. Can you use Maca and Dong quai together? I am 35 and had one shot of depo. Since using the Dong Quai I have had a regular period my first one since I stopped using the shot in June 2015. I just want to know if I can use both of these items together for my menstrual which leads to ovulation and get my sex drive back to eventually start trying for a baby.

  17. Can Maca be taken while breastfeeding?

  18. Hello! Can Vitex and Maca Powder be taken together safely? How much Maca powder should I put in my husband and my smoothies each day?

    • Dear Valerie,

      Fertilica Vitex and Maca are complementary to one another and can be taken together. It is best to follow the suggested us of the Maca product you purchased. General suggested use however is 1000-3000mg per day each day of the month.

  19. Hello,
    Thank you for the wonderful information on this site. I wonder if it is okay to take Shatavari and Maca together? I am working to balance hormones and increase health and wellness after two consecutive miscarriages. I am also trying to get pregnant at this time. Finally, is there any time of the cycle that both these supplements should be started?
    Thank you

  20. Hello good people! Have you heard of a plant called Moringa oilefera? Does it help with fertility issues? TTC for 3 years now, have been putting the powder of this plant in my smoothies, but am beginning to get skeptical. Your advice on this will be of great help. Thank you.

    • Dear Agnes,

      We do not have information about Moringa oliefera in relation to fertility health at this time. It may help to reach out to a natural healthcare provider or herbalist near you to seek guidance in using this herb.

  21. I need herbs for vitiligo please

    • Dear Mohammed,

      Thank you for reaching out to us, but guiding you in using herbs for Vitiligo is beyond our scope of practice. Consider seeking the guidance of a natural healthcare provider or herbalist near you.

      Best wishes!

  22. Good day, where can i purchase the regular maca powder and how much will it cost?,

  23. Can maca be taken if I have multiple uterine fibroids along with Hypothyroidism

  24. Please what can you recommend for which maca can I use to fall pregnant and my husband can he use it too cos both of us we never had kids and we trying to have one please help us. Where can I get maca in South Africa?

  25. I started taking Maca in November last year as I had two missed miscarriages in 2013. I haven’t been able to get pregnant since September 2014. I am also taking Spirulina plus a pre-natal multivitamin. I haven’t yet tried Vitex. I have had tests with a gynocologist here in Switzerland and the results are positive, he having stated that all is good and healthy and more like a 38 year old than my age, 43. Do you have some positive stories about women my age conceiving while on Maca?

  26. Hello! Please help me decide if MACA is a good natural treatment for me or VITEX would be best.
    I have 33 years old and i am trying to have a baby. The only medical issue found by the doctors is my very low AMH 0.1. I have already had an IVF, but it failed.
    Thank you!

    • Dear Alexia,

      I am sorry to hear IVF failed and that conception has been a challenge.

      It is often not Fertilica Vitex or Fertilica Maca, rather both. This herb and fertility superfood are complementary to one another. Our article Is it Maca or Vitex, or Maca and Vitex? may help you best decide if one or the other, or both may be right for you.

      The article AMH, Ovarian Reserve, & Continued Follicle Production may also be helpful.

      Take care!

    • I am already taking Dim-plus, Vitex, Dandelion and Burdock all capsules every day. This is my 3months now and it is getting pretty good results with it. I am not yet pregnant. My question is that is it advisable for me to also take Maca as am on those capsules listed above? Thank you very much for your help. Amazing website ☺

    • Dear Gifty,

      Fertilica Maca can be combined with DIM-Plus, Vitex, Dandelion and Burdock if interested in the fertility-health benefits Maca has to offer.

      I am so happy for you… that you have experienced results!

  27. I am 49, I started taking Maca and read that you need to cycle off of it, when i did I had excessive menstrual bleeding for 12 days. when I started taking Maca again i went 3 months without my period, cycled off again and have had my period for 13 days. prior to taking the maca my cycle was erratic, but usually only lasted 4-6 days, only 2 days of heavy bleeding.
    not sure if i should start taking Maca again, was it helping or making things worse?

    • Dear Geri,

      I am sorry this has been your experience.

      Suggested use of Fertilica Maca is consistently throughout the entire menstrual cycle long term if need be (without cycling off or taking a break).

      I am not certain I know enough about why you are using Maca, but I do have to share that we have found that women approaching the age of 50 need to work with a doctor, a reproductive endocrinologist, who can monitor hormonal balance and determine fertility health, or a natural healthcare practitioner who can help determine the best natural fertility program given the hormonal changes occurring as one nears and enters her 50s.

      I hope you are able to find support near you!

  28. I am interested in taking maca after 2 back to back miscarriages. I have PCOS and am currently taking metformin and am also slightly hypothyroid and taking synthroid. Can I take maca with these two medicines? Thank you!

    • Dear Beth,

      I am so sorry for your losses!

      Fertilica Maca may have an action on hormonal balance and is not to be combined with Metformin or Synthroid unless being guided in doing so by a qualified healthcare practitioner.

      Dietary and lifestyle changes can be consider when supporting the bodyin re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion. You can learn more and how to do the above in the following article: How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs

      Best wishes!

  29. Good Morning! I was wonder if you can please help us. We are trying to get pregnant. We don’t know what Maca to take, raw or gelatinized. Some people say Maca is better raw for all the benefits that are not cooked out. We are taking raw Maca and doing ok with the stomach about one month. Can you tell us, does gelatinized Maca still have all the benefit as the raw Maca? Thanks

    • Dear Santiago,

      We have found that those unaccustomed to consuming Maca, digest and assimilate it best when it is gelatinized. Gelatinizing Maca also makes it more concentrated.

      If not experiencing digestion issues, raw Maca may be fine for you.

  30. Can you take Maca in conjunction with progesterone cream? I know the cream can be used after pregnant to prevent miscarriage while Maca cannot. So, can I use both now and then just use the cream while pregnant?

    • Dear Deb,

      Fertilica Maca and Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream can be used together. Upon confirming pregnancy, we suggest discontinuing Fertilica Maca and continuing with a plain natural progesterone cream such as Emerita Pro-Gest. Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream is not to be used in pregnancy as it contains herbs not intended for use in pregnancy.

  31. Hi! Is Maca the best, or is Chastetree berry (Vitex) for stenosis, ovarian cysts (not said to be pcos as it’s only on one side – left). FET has now failed twice. I am willing to try anything! Please reply.

  32. I am already taking vitex and seem to be getting pretty good results with it. My cycles have gone from 33 days to 28 and my ovulation from day 21 to day 17. It has taken about 5 months for these changes to occur. I am not yet pregnant and was considering taking Maca but I know it can take a few months to start working and could cause some changes to my cycle initially. Would you recommend taking the Maca in combination with the vitex or just continuing with the vitex. My concern is that the Maca might reverse all the progress I have already made with the vitex. Thank you so much for all your help! Your website is amazing and have told all the girls at my support group about it! :)

    • Dear cslorraine,

      Hello again! Fertilica Maca can be taken with Fertilica Vitex. While Fertilica Maca may in part support hormone balance, its primary fertility benefits are that it offers support for libido and energy levels, a healthy stress response in the body and nourishment for the body’s endocrine and immune systems, as well as provide a variety of nutrients – it is a fertility super food that provides 31 different minerals and 60 different micronutrients.

      I have not seen or experienced Fertilica Maca reversing the hormone balance support offered by Fertilica Vitex, rather they complement one another.

      I hope this is helpful and thank you for sharing with others the work that we do! We are grateful!

  33. Hello. I have PCOS. I conceived my son and daughter naturally (they are 11 months apart). We want 3 or 4 children, so right after I had #2, we started trying again. It has been 4 years and I’ve had a period maybe two times since then. I started taking Maca and Vitex and working out 5 – 6 days each week for 30 minutes to an hour each time. Nothing happened, so I stopped, but this January I began again. I just ran out of Vitex, but kept taking the Maca. On Thursday, I got my period for the first time in over two years. Now I’m scared. Do I keep taking it? Add Vitex again? When do I ovulate? Do I keep taking Maca when (I’m not going to say “if”!) I get pregnant? I had a doctor’s appointment on Friday, but it got cancelled due to the weather. Her next open appointment isn’t until April, and I am afraid I’m going to miss that one time I ovulate if I wait to see her! Thank you.

    • Hello Ashley!

      Fertilica Maca can be taken while trying to conceive and discontinued when learning of pregnancy. We can not suggest taking it in pregnancy because there have been no studies proving to safe, or not, in pregnancy. It is up to you whether you begin Vitex again. From what you have shared, it appears it may have been helpful and Vitex is a fertility herb most beneficial when used consistently. Vitex is best weaned off of in early pregnancy.

      Regarding learning when you ovulate, ovulation typically occurs mid-cycle – with a 28 day cycle, ovulation could happen around cycle days 12-14. This being said, given you haven’t had a normal cycle for quite some, it may help to learn about the variety of tools available to help pinpoint your fertile window. These tools range from ovulation predictor tests and devices, to basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus charting, to Apps for smart phones. Our Guide to Fertility Charting will share more information about these tools as well the article Chart Your Fertility with a Fertility App on Your Mobile Device.

      I hope I have been helpful!

  34. Is Maca safe to take while breastfeeding? I saw the “do your own research” note about pregnancy, and can assume the same about taking while BFing but just thought I’d ask to see if you know of any studies or experiences. I’m not cycling yet (14mths PP) and would like to get my cycle back in order to TTC. Although w/our history I may need to completely wean to cycle & conceive. Past history includes poor semen anaylsis (low count, motility and morphology), as well as a thin endometrial lining (6-7mm, with regular cycles and ovulation). An IUI cycle with me on FSH shots to thicken lining (got 2 ovulatory follices) and hcg trigger was successful but we’d like to conceive on our own. Advice? Thx

  35. Hi. This is my first month taking Maca. My period is 5 days late now. I’ve tested and it turned out negative. So I guess I’m not pregnant. I stopped taking Maca for now and am waiting for my period to come. I want to know, should I continue taking Maca or should I stop?

    • Dear Nadia,

      How are you doing? Has menstruation started? For some women, the hormone balancing actions of herbs and fertility superfoods, including Fertilica Maca, can cause temporary shifts in the menstrual cycle. We view these shifts as signs that the body is responding to actions of the herb or superfood, and often see shifts work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use.

      General suggested use of Fertilica Maca is 1000mg-3000mg per day each day of the menstrual cycle without taking a break.

      Take care!

  36. What is Indian name specially in Marathi or Hindi for the fertility superfood Maca?

    • Dear Rajendra,

      Maca is Lepidium meyenii, or Peruvian Ginseng and other names include maca-maca, maino, ayak chichira, and ayak willku. I am sorry I do not know Marathi or Hindi, or if there is a name for Maca in these languages.

  37. Hello! I bought a Peru bag of oatmeal with Maca. Every morning I’ll have a cup of milk with Maca and oatmeal. By drinking this every morning with oatmeal does it have same effect?

  38. Hi! I have PCOS and got pregnant with medications, but it ended with miscarriage 2 weeks back. For the past 6 months I have been following the natural fertility tips from your website and it’s really useful. From yesterday onwards I started to take Maca powder. Want to know about the chance of getting pregnant naturally soon.

    • Dear Indumathi,

      I am very sorry for your loss! I am however thankful that all you have learned from us has been helpful.

      Fertilica Maca Fertilica Maca is a nourishing fertility super food that provides a variety of minerals and nutrient supportive of egg (even sperm) health, energy and libido, the body’s stress response and even thyroid health. Fertilica Maca nourishes the endocrine and immune systems as well. While we feel it an incredibly supportive fertility superfood, it alone many not be all to consider when supporting the body in managing PCOS. Consider taking to learn additional ways to support your fertility health via our article How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs.

      All my best!

  39. Hello,
    I started taking Maca about 3 weeks ago. Felt great, no side effects, easy to digest and felt a slight energy boost and concentration. Now, I’m 6 days late on my period. I am not taking any other medication (prescribed or over the counter). I have always been regular on my periods, 31 day cycles. I have taken home pregnancy test and they have all been negative! I’m worried I’ve messed up my cycle. Has this happened to anyone else?

    • Dear Kam,

      Not to worry! Maca in part has an action on hormonal balance and some women who start taking herbs with hormone balancing fertility benefits experience temporary, minor shifts in the menstrual cycle. These shifts are not cause for concern, rather a sign the body is responding to the actions of the herb. We typically see these shifts work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use.

  40. Hello, I’m just wondering if taking maca would be good for me. I have PCOS, the dr said my progesterone levels are too high and this comment made me wonder if this would be right for me-

    Taking maca may help to increase the progesterone levels which are essential to carrying a healthy pregnancy.

    Everything else about maca sounds really good. I want to try natural methods to treat PCOS so I can get pregnant naturally rather than take the fertility drugs.


  41. I’ve had trouble getting pregnant in the past, but recently within the last 3 months I’ve gotten pregnant twice with no medication or supplements, but both ended in miscarriage. I’m curious if Maca would help me at all to sustain a pregnancy or improve egg quality so I don’t miscarry because of chromosomal abnormalities which is what my doctor think happened both times (although I’m not so sure). I just want to do whatever I can so I don’t suffer another miscarriage.

    • Dear Carrie,

      I am very sorry for your losses and wanting to do all that you can to support your body in sustaining pregnancy is understandable.

      Fertilica Maca is know as as a fertility superfood that provides 31 different minerals and 60 different micronutrients. We consider it a foundational superfood for sperm and egg health support, energy and libido, if experiencing high stress and even for thyroid health because it nourishes the endocrine and immune systems and supports a healthy stress response in the body.

      While it certainly can be considered, also take time to learn the most important 5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages.

      You may also appreciate the information offered in our guide on How to Increase Your Egg Health in 90 Days.

      All my best!

  42. Hi! Your website is amazing… very informative! Is it okay to take DIM, Wobenzym N, Maca and Vitex all at the same time? I’m also doing Castor Oil Packs (after menses till I ovulate as I’m TTC). I have an ovarian cyst that I’m trying to reduce and am following the advice from your website. Thanks!

    • Dear Layla,

      Thank you for your praise of our website!

      DIM, Wobenzym N, Fertilica Maca and Fertilica Vitex can all be used together along with Castor Oil Packs.

  43. Hi,
    I have one question about Maca. I have been taking it now for 4 months constantly to improve my fertility. How long can I keep taking it i.e. do I have to stop for awhile and then start using it again or can I just keep using it?

    • Dear Viviann,

      Maca can be taken long term without taking a break. In general when supporting fertility health, we suggest taking an herb for a minimum of three months, but for as long as 6 months to a year before taking a break to see how your body responds on its own. This being said, Maca is a nourishing food that has been consumed by many people for extended periods of time without negative effects. Acute toxicity and cytotoxicity studies have shown no potential toxicity for Maca.

  44. My wife has Primary Ovarian Insufficiency and we are wondering if maca or vitex or whatever you suggest to balance out her hormone levels and produce a positive result in ovulation?

  45. Please tell the name of Maca in order so it is easy to buy.

  46. Hi!
    I stumbled upon your site while searching for a good source of maca root. I was told taking capsule form of maca root & stem could help my sleep “disorder”. Are there any brands you favor over others? Best to take during the day? Sleep Apnea has been ruled out by an at home sleep study (results read at a sleep clinic) though I can’t remember the last time I felt truly rested. Some nights I wake around 2/3am and then go back to sleep. Sometimes I wake around 5/6am and can’t go back to sleep. I don’t have any problems falling asleep it’s more waking too early. I’m hoping to find my own solution before doing an in-clinic sleep study which will cost around $2500. Any info helpful. Thanks!

    • Dear Zoe,

      I am sorry you are going through this!

      While we don’t have information regarding Maca in relationship to sleep disorders, we support the use of Fertilica Maca (root) for a variety of reasons which you have read in this article. Maca is best taken before 1pm as it does have the potential to increase energy levels which for some is not supportive of being able to easily fall asleep.

      Have you considered talking with an Acupucturist or naturopathic doctor. There is a theory of thought in Traditional Chinese Medicine that the “liver hour” or the time at which the liver does it’s most strenuous work is between 1am and 3am. This liver activity can result in wakefulness during this time. There are also emotions associated with each organ and TCM suggests addressing these emotions in order to support restfulness. I am not a TCM practitioner, so working with one will better help you understand these theories.

      I hope you sleep well soon!

  47. Hi! I was diagnosed with Endometriosis stage 4. I had the laproscopy done in June 2014 and we have also been told that I only have one ovary working at age 26. So odds are not in my favor. My doctor told me my only chance now in conceiving is this medicine that has horrible side affects and puts me into menopause for a year! SO THAT option is a NO. So I am not taking anything else, I just started today with Maca root (2)525 mg capsules a day for 3 days (as I read). Is there anything else I can do side by side to help our chances?

    • Dear Bre,

      I am very sorry for the challenges with which you are faced! How are you doing?

      There are considerations to make as you work to support your body’s natural ability to remove excess estrogen from the body, maintain its natural inflammatory response, provide it relief from occasional discomfort in the reproductive system and encourage normal circulation, helping to bring fresh blood and oxygen to the entire reproductive system. Consider learning how to support healthy endometrial lining growth here…

      The aforementioned is suggested because endometriosis is estrogen-sensitive, meaning that it responds to estrogen — growing in response to circulating estrogen. Excess estrogen in one of the main culprits in causing not only it’s growth, but also hormonal imbalance which then causes disordered ovulation and it’s growth outside of the uterus.

      I hope that the information at that link is very helpful! Our fertility herbalist is also happy to work one on one with you through a Fertility Consultation. This offers you the opportunity to have a personalized natural fertility program created specifically for your fertility health needs.

      Take care!

  48. Hello!
    We have been through every fertility drug and treatment leaving up to IVF which isn’t financially feasable. I’m going to start some herbal supplements but I was wondering if maca and vitex should be used together? Thanks!
    (I’m also going to take vitamin D, coq10, royal jelly and my prenatal vitamin)

    • Dear Stefanie,

      Fertilica Maca and Fertilica Vitex can be taken together and are taken together by many, although it is not “required” that they be taken together. They do however compliment one another. Each can also be taken with Vitamin D, CoQ10 Ubiquinol, Royal Jelly and a prenatal multivitamin.

      Best wishes!

  49. Hi, I have been taking macs on and off for a few weeks and have seen no improvement in my libido. I am taking a tea spoon in terms of quantity and its the gelatinised version. I am so taking 1000mg of vitex in the morning. I have read that vitex can also decrease libido (they say monks used to take it to stop libido). So I am confused. I am convinced I have low progesterone as I have had problems sleeping and gained weight around middle section of body. My libido has literally crashed and is non existent. I am 32 years old and very upset. Will the maca and vitex work, do i have to wait for a long time for it to kick in???? pls advise! Others are saying i should consider taking damiana!

    • Dear Jane,

      While Maca tends to be faster acting in most cases that Vitex, each can take some time to show effects. I am not certain taking it inconsistently for a few weeks is long enough. Consider taking the general suggested dose of 1000-3000mg each day of the menstrual cycle and for up to 3 cycles while paying attention to how you feel.

      Hormonal imbalances, the emotions of this journey, that intercourse can become a chore, diet, stress levels and many other things can impact libido. Take some time to learn 10 Natural Ways to Increase Baby Making Libido as well. Damiana is an herbal aphrodisiac that has been shown to support healthy libido yes.

      Low progesterone levels can be detected through testing with your healthcare provider or at-home saliva tests. Refer to our Progesterone Fertility Guide for more information.

      Wishing you the best!

  50. Hi, I am 38 years old and my husband and I are TTC baby #1 together. I have two children (twins) from a previous marriage that were conceived through IVF. My previous infertility was never explained after 4 years of trying. Now, I have been charting for 3 months and started taking Dandelion, Vitex (1200 mg), Royal Jelly, Raspberry Leaf tea last month and noticed a change in my period. I started taking Maca this month and read on another website that women should only take Maca until they ovulate each month. Is this true or is it okay to take throughout the month?

    • Dear Michele,

      How wonderful that you have seen results!

      Fertilica Maca can be taken each day of the entire cycle without taking a break. We have not seen evidence proving otherwise.

      Best wishes!