I am planning on ttc’ing within a few months. I have been reading about maca. My question is, well, I don’t know if I will have problems conceiving, but is it okay to take MACA even though I may not have any problems? I read that it caused a few people to have a delayed ovulation and also caused CM to dry up (on a message board). I also read that it enhances FSH levels on an information site. From what I understand, the higher the level, the harder it is to get pregnant. But on the other side of the coin, I read so many good things about it. Do you think it’s best to ttc without MACA first and then if there is no success, at that point to try MACA? I read also on a site that is selling this product, that you should use it for 3 months, then stop using it for a month, alternating it. Thank you for your help and advice!! this is so confusing for me, lol
The great thing about Maca is it is a food, similar to turnips. It does not contain any hormones yet it acts on the body as an endocrine balancer. As for the delayed ovulation and dry CM, Maca does not work that way. There were probably other factors that caused those effects. When we start something new we are looking for effects from it, so every little thing that happens “must’ have been caused by that certain thing we took, which is not always the case. Macas actions are gentle (that is why it can be taken long term), so it may take some time for the effects. I would take it for at least 1-3 months before expecting any dramatic results.
It would be fine to take Maca whether or not you are ttc. It enhances your health in many ways. But more importantly is to focus on eating a nutrient dense fertility diet and taking a food based prenatal multivitamin.
When taking most herbs for a longer period of time (3 months) It is a good idea to take a short break, BUT if you are using it TTC than it is best to stay on it until pregnant. Once you are pregnant you don’t need to take it any more.
You can learn more about maca for fertility here…
Focus on becoming pregnant easily and at the perfect time. What you focus on is what you get