Prepare for Conception with a Fertility Cleanse…

Prepare for Conception with a Fertility Cleanse…

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I am sure you have heard about cleansing from one place or another, maybe it was about cleansing your colon or detoxifying your liver. While it may seem like a new fad, cleansing has been around for thousands of years, used by the Japanese & Egyptians to the Native Americans. Cleansing has always been used as a natural way to keep the body healthy and may be one of the most beneficial things to do before you get pregnant.

Fertility Cleansing

The time while you are preparing for conception is one of the most important times to create a healthy body in preparation for pregnancy. It is also the best time to do a fertility cleanse. Fertility cleansing is a way to support the body in preparation for conception by cleansing the uterus and liver. A fertility cleanse encourages the liver to cleanse the body of toxins and excess hormones. It also supports the uterus to cleanse itself of old stagnant blood and increases circulation to the uterus while tonifying the uterine tissues.

Note: Do not cleanse during pregnancy or breastfeeding. You do not want to expose your baby to your body’s toxins as they circulate in your blood on the way out.

Why Fertility Cleanse?

The time while you are preparing for conception is one of the most important times to create a healthy body in preparation for pregnancy.

Over the years the body can accumulate toxins from chemicals in the air, earth, water and from substances we consume daily or slather on our skin. Many of these toxins get stored in the fat tissues of the body and can be released quicker through cleansing. Some of these toxins may be left from:

  • Birth control
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Pesticides
  • Excess hormones
  • Poor diet
  • Alcohol, etc.

 

Ideally we would like our bodies to be as healthy as possible during pregnancy, through cleansing we are able to support the body in its natural ability to rid itself of these substances.

While cleansing is beneficial, not just any cleanse is going to be beneficial for fertility. A fertility cleanse is specific to the reproductive system and assists the body in eliminating the additional burden of substances not good for fertility.

A fertility cleanse focuses on three major areas that can help the body to prepare for conception.

Liver Health

The liver helps to filter toxins from the body including excess hormones. If there is an over abundance of estrogen it is the livers job to remove it from the system. Some times, due to poor diet, lifestyle or general health, the liver may need some stimulation and support to get rid of these substances. By using whole herbs to support the liver you are helping your body to better cope with our industrial world and the impact it could be having on reproductive health. I will cover these herbs below.

Uterine Health
Uterine health is very important for reproductive health. Every cycle the uterus is supposed to release the lining that was built that month for the embryo to implant. In some cases the uterus is not completely cleansed every cycle, so old stagnant blood remains. As you can imagine, this is not the best environment to house a new embryo.

What causes the uterus to not fully release it’s contents every month? Some factors may be…

  • Low circulation
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Misplaced uterus

 

Through using specific cleansing and uterine herbs you can help support your uterine health, increase circulation and help tonify the uterine muscles, all helping to promote a healthy uterine environment.

Increasing circulation to the uterus
In order for the uterus to function at it’s best, it requires proper circulation. With proper circulation the communication loop between the uterus and ovaries with the endocrine system is able to function smoothly. This is necessary for proper hormonal balance and all of the functions dependent on it such as ovulation, menstruation, and hormone production. Herbs may be beneficial in helping to increase the circulation to the uterus as well as exercise and massage.

Do You Need To Cleanse?

Do you experience PMS?
Do you experience unexplained fatigue?
Do you feel congested?
Have you been on birth control?
Do you have acne?
Do you have less than 1 bowel movement a day?
Do you have dark circles under your eyes?
Do you have liver spots or itchy skin?
Have you been on medication or antibiotics for longer than 1 week?
During your menses do you have dark blood, cramps, or blood clots?
Do you eat conventional meats and dairy?
Are you experiencing hormonal imbalance?
Do you experience frequent colds and flu?

Cleansing for Fertility VS. Other Types of Cleansing

Fertility CleansingAre you wondering what the difference between a cleanse specifically for fertility and a normal cleanse? There are many differences between the two. General body cleansing is wonderful and a great way to help support the body, but if you are preparing for conception a fertility cleanse is more specific and focused on your needs. Below I have listed some of the differences between fertility cleansing and regular cleansing so you can see the benefits of cleansing specifically for fertility.

Works with the phases of the menstrual cycle
When doing a fertility cleanse we focus on cleansing certain parts of the body during specific phases of the menstrual cycle. For instance the liver phase of the fertility cleanse is done from the first day after your period has ended up until ovulation. We do this because this is a stimulating time of your cycle, perfect for encouraging the liver to work a little harder. The uterine phase of the fertility cleanse should be done from ovulation until the first day of your period. This is more of a nourishing and building stage of the cycle, when uterine herbs can help to support hormonal balance, increase uterine muscle tone and bring circulation right before the period begins.

With general cleanses, they do not focus on the most supportive times of your cycle or your fertility at all.

Whole Herbs
Cleanses come in many different forms, some are capsules and teas, some are fiber powders and drinks, while others are dramatic diet shifts. When it comes to fertility cleansing we want to do what is most effective and specific. We have found that using whole herbs in the form of teas, capsules and a tincture to be most holistic, effective and gentle.

Gentle on the system yet effective
There is a wide spectrum of cleanses from a one day to 90 days entailing lots of trips to the bathroom and some time off from work. We have found that when preparing for conception you do not want to do anything really dramatic or potentially harmful so we focus on cleansing in a gentle yet effective way that is supportive or reproductive health. While doing a fertility cleanse you are able to continue going to work and function in your every day life. We don’t require any dramatic dietary changes, but do suggest you begin to switch to a fertility diet.

There are no overly strong cleansing reactions while on the fertility cleanse except for some possible minor moodiness due to the liver cleansing itself. When toxins and hormones are being released this can sometimes make one cranky, similar to PMS. This is good and can be helped by drinking more water.

Supportive of Fertility and Reproduction
Cleansing for fertility is very supportive and encouraging for fertility and the reproductive system. While there are many great cleanses out there, focusing on doing a cleanse specific for fertility is going to be the safest, gentle and most supportive while you are preparing for pregnancy.

Fertility Cleansing Herbs

Fertility cleansing is best done using whole herbs as they are the safest way to encourage cleansing in the body. Below are some of the herbs used in fertility cleansing.

Liver Cleansing Herbs

Burdock Root

    : Nourishing and cleansing for the liver, aiding in hormonal balance. Supports overall liver function for improved hormonal balance.

Milk Thistle Seed: Supports hormonal balance. It is one of the best plants for liver health. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones.

Dandelion Root:The leaf is very nourishing and is high in vitamins and minerals. The root aids in liver health, stimulates digestion for improved hormonal balance.

Yellow Dock Root:Stimulates bile production for healthy removal of toxins, supportive of liver health and is high in iron.

Licorice Root: Licorice is an adaptogen herb, supporting the endocrine system for overall hormonal support.

Ginger Rt.: Increases circulation in the body helping to support healthy circulation and normal detoxification.

Uterine Cleansing & Support Herbs

Goldenseal Root

    : Anti-inflammatory. Reduction in inflammation may help to prevent scar tissue and adhesion formation. Cleanses to the uterus.

Damiana Leaf: A female aphrodesiac, damiana has been used for centuries to help increase circulation to the reproductive system as well as increase sexual pleasure.

Dong Quai Root: Dong Quai increases circulation, which helps to bring in fresh healthy blood to remove excess tissue growth, heal tissue damage, limit scar tissue and adhesion formation.

Peony Root:Overall this herb has excellent hormone balancing support. It also aids in pain reduction and relaxation. Moves the blood in the pelvic area, good for uterine stagnation.

Raspberry Leaf: Raspberry leaf works to tone the uterine muscles and normalize blood flow during menses. This is one of the best normalizing herbs for the female reproductive organs.

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Fertility Cleanse Tips & Q&A

Can I take my other supplements while I am fertility cleansing?
While fertility cleansing it is best to not take additional ‘new’ herbs or supplements unless they are your multivitamin, omega 3, or fertility superfoods. Herbs or supplements that were started previous to doing a fertility cleanse can be continued.

How should I eat during my Fertility Cleanse?
During the Fertility Cleanse it is not mandatory that you change your eating habits, BUT it is a great time to begin moving towards a fertility friendly diet. One of the most popular ways our clients do the Fertility Cleanse is to combine it with our 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge (you can find this explained in the eBook ‘21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge’ at www.Natural Fertility Shop.com). This challenge has you add 5 foods to your existing daily diet, making it easy to add fertility friendly foods to your day.

Can we try to conceive the month I am doing the Fertility Cleanse?
We suggest that couples refrain from trying to conceive during the month of a Fertility Cleanse. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that there are herbs in the Fertility Cleanse that are not suggested during pregnancy. The second is the Fertility Cleanse works best in preparation before conception. It must be completed in its entirety for the best results, we do not want you stopping the cleanse before it is complete. If you think you may be pregnant you should discontinue the cleanse.

Can I do the Fertility Cleanse while I am on birth control?

We do not suggest that the Fertility Cleanse be performed while on birth control or other hormonal medications. If you are currently using medications, check with your doctor before starting any herbal or nutritional supplement program.

Is it safe to do a Fertility Cleanse while pregnant or breastfeeding?
No, do not cleanse during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The herbs in the Fertility Cleanse are not to be used while pregnant or breastfeeding.

How do I know that the Fertility Cleanse is working?
Many women wonder what ‘signs’ to look for to know that the Fertility Cleanse is working. For some they may ‘feel’ different, get their periods back, see a shift in their cycles, experience relief from occasional menstrual cramps, and many feel nothing at all. Just because someone may not ‘feel’ any different does not mean that the Fertility Cleanse did not work. The Fertility Cleanse will help every person who performs it. Some women are more sensitive than others and ‘feel’ a lot, while others will not ‘feel’ anything, but get great benefit. Remember, the Fertility Cleanse is supporting the body in its normal functions, it works for each person to help nourish and support the liver and uterus in preparation for conception.

Will the Fertility Cleanse help me get my period back?
There could be many reasons someone is not menstruating – diet, hormonal imbalance, stress, nutritional deficiencies, etc. Many of our clients who were experiencing slight hormonal imbalances have gotten their periods back from only doing the Fertility Cleanse, but this will not work for everyone because/depending on the cause of the lack of menstruation. So we see the Fertility Cleanse as the first step towards getting a period back, with additional steps to follow such as diet changes, additional herbs to be taken monthly, stress reduction plans, etc. If you do get your period back due to the Fertility Cleanse, think of it as a bonus! But we do not depend on it alone, as the underlying imbalances/issues need to be addressed and the Fertility Cleanse is just the first step of many, but the best place to start.

Will the Fertility Cleanse be the only product I have to take to get pregnant?

No, most likely not. We have had some clients conceive directly after completing the Fertility Cleanse, but it is not designed as a fertility booster, but as a fertility preparation tool to help the body prepare for conception. It is the foundational program most of our customers begin with. Those clients without fertility issues complete a Fertility Cleanse as a healthy and great way to prepare for conception.

How many times can I do the Fertility Cleanse a Year?
We suggest to complete a Fertility Cleanse twice a year.

Click here to learn about common misconceptions about fertility cleansing…

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  1. I have had an irregular period since coming off bcp a year ago. My midwife put me on bio identical progesterone from day 14-28 for 6 cycles to try and regulate my cycle and get me ovulating regularly again. I am on the last cycle of the bio id progesterone and I want to do the fertility cleanse now, but it says that the cleanse is over when your get your next period; my question is; since I don’t know if the 6 months of progesterone worked, I don’t know if I will even have my period on time… so how will I know when the cleanse is over if I don’t get my period?

    And can I keep taking the herbs I am already taking? Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Vitex

    • Dear Amber,

      While some women to see their period return as a result of cleansing, for many the Fertility Cleanse is not all that they need to do. So, the way to know the Fertility Cleanse is over it simply to complete each phase… when the products are gone the Fertility Cleanse is over.

      Vitex, fermented Cod Liver Oil and Evening Primrose Oil can be taken with the Fertility Cleanse if you have been taking these supplements for at least two weeks prior to starting the Fertility Cleanse. We suggest waiting to start taking any new herbs while cleansing.

      Consider the guidance offered in our article How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control. There are many steps that are very easy to make, yet have been found to have quite an impact of menstrual cycle health and hormone balance.

      Best wishes!

  2. I have PCOS. Has there been any negative side effects for people with PCOS that have done your cleanse to try to make conceiving more successful? Is it safe for women with PCOS?

    • Dear Kimberli,

      We feel the Fertility Cleanse is foundational for those experiencing fertility health issues who wish to support their body’s ability to better utilize the dietary and lifestyle changes made, and herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies tried.

      I have not heard of any negative events as a result of cleansing for those with PCOS. The Fertility Cleanse can be considered as a first step after which additional ways to maturally support healthy ovarian function could also be considered.

      I wish you well!

  3. We have been trying to get pregnant more than 5 yrs now and tried 3 IUI cycles last year and tried for IVF did not have ripe eggs and so ended up doing IUI again.
    Done fertility insurance money. I have one kid(9) .I want to get pregnant again. Trying fertility cleanse this month.
    My cycle days have now reduced from 28 to 25 days . I started the cleanse on 5th day of my period. When should i start the 2nd phase. The booklet says Day 17 but should i wait till day 17 as my cycle days are so small. What will happen if I try this month too.
    I am loosing it already. I am 36 . Healthy & fit but IUI cycles and IVF have put me to 10 pounds more. I have unexplained infertility.Doing yoga fertilty too

    • Hello,

      Thank you for sharing your challenging journey with us! Since you have a 25 day cycle and you have started on day 5, you could do Phase 1 for 10 days and then on day 15 begin Phase 2, and use the phase 2 products for 10 days. If you have left-over products, you could use them on your next cycle. The other option is to overlap the phases in the middle a bit. So, day 5-17 is phase 1, then on day 15 begin Phase 2, this means for 2 days, you would be taking all the products at one time. It is up to you! Try not to worry, it is fine to adjust the phases to meet your needs.

      Have you thought about working with one us through a fertility consultation? You have many fertility issues and in order to guide you in the best direction, I urge you to learn more about our consultation program here…

  4. Hi Elizabeth.. I just received my order today. When should i consume the flushing tea and milk thistle extract? Morning and night? In empty stomach or after a meal? Do i have to wait a few minutes after drinking both items before taking my vitamins? And..if i start consume woman best friend capsule, do i have to stop taking my regular multivitamin, coQ10, vit C, vit e, fish oil, flaxseed oil, folic acid?
    Can i consume DIM together with progesterone cream? Please assist. thanx

    • Hello Hunny!

      How great that you received your order! Did it come with the Fertility Cleanse Booklet to guide you in using the products properly?

      The Fertility Cleanse Products are best taken at two different times of the day. In the morning and in the evening. It is not necessary to take them with food, but you can take them with a meal if you like. The products of Phase 1 can be started the day after your period ends. Each can be taken with your vitamins as well.

      Vitamins and nutritional supplements can be taken while doing the Fertility Cleanse. It is best not to begin taking any new herbs however.

      When you begin taking Women’s Best Friend with Phase 2 of the Fertility Cleanse, a multivitamin, CoQ10, Vitamin E, fish oil supplements, flaxseed oil and Folic Acid can all be continued. DIM can be taken while cleansing for fertility as well and can be taken while using natural progesterone cream. If natural progesterone cream has not yet been started, it is best to wait to begin its use until the Fertility Cleanse is complete.

      I hope you enjoy the Fertility Cleanse!

  5. Hello,
    Six months ago I had an ectopic pregnancy. I did a cycle of IUI with clomiphene. I got pregnant first time I tried. Now six months later I’ve finally been given permission to try another cycle of IUI. Alas, my cycle was cancelled yesterday due to lack of interest by my ovaries. My LH did not surge enough for them to be happy to go ahead with it. I’m loath to take clomiphene again because I’ve read it comes with increased risk of ectopic. I’m 39 and a half, I know I’m getting on a bit, but I never met Mr Right. I want your fertility cleanse, what one other product would be good for me? There’s a pack for Fallopian health, but I need to ovulate too. Got 2-3 mo until I can retry

    • Hello JW!

      I am so sorry IUI was cancelled!

      Consider learning more about Natural Alternatives to Clomid as continue to educate yourself on your options.

      The Fertility Cleanse is a foundational step for anyone experiencing fertility challenges. This in part prepares the body to better utilize the other herbs, supplements and natural therapies you might try.

      I am not certain there is just one other product I can name out for you. It may help to also consider natural ways to prepare for IVF (although I understand you are preparing for IUI).

      I hope this is helpful!

  6. Where can I locate your shop in Abuja, Nigeria? I am highly interested in these products.

  7. Everything is mentioned in this article except the actual problem this friend of mine, who I want to purchase it for, is having. She had extremely painful menses after every 15 days and heavy bleeding. She suffers a lot. This is for having your menses? But she is having way too much. She’s been married 10 years. She hasn’t been able to conceive.

    • Hello Mary!

      I am sorry your friend is going through this.

      The Fertility Cleanse is a foundational step to supporting liver and uterine health and hormone balance. It would be a first step to consider to supporting the liver in excreting excess estrogen, which is often a culprit for those with heavy menstrual bleeding. Please consider reading our Natural Guide for Menstrual Health for more detailed information and suggestions of what your friend might try.

      Best wishes to her and thank you for offering her support!

  8. In the article it mentions not to add any new herbs or supplements unless they were started prior to the cleanse. I began taking maca, vitex and royal jelly on day 1 of my cycle and was planning to begin the cleanse on the first day after my current period. Is this too soon to begin a cleanse after starting these supplements or should I stop taking these supplements and start again after finishing the cleanse? Thanks for the help and a big thank you for all of the posted information!

    • Dear Anna,

      In general we suggest that one keep taking any herbs they have been taking for at least 10 days to two weeks while doing the Fertility Cleanse. Fertilica Maca and Fertilica Royal Jelly can be taken while doing the Fertility Cleanse, but it may be best to stop taking Vitex and start again you have completed the Fertility Cleanse unless you menstruate for close to 10 days.

  9. I was diagnosed to have multiple uterine fibroid which lead to a miscarriage late 2012,the truth is i don’t want surgery as recommended by the doctor and i also want to get pregnant as soon as possible. I just completed the fertility cleanse,is there anything else you can recommend.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Pee,

      Uterine fibroids are estrogen-sensitive, meaning that they respond to estrogen in the same way that the lining of your uterus does — growing in response to circulating estrogen. Excess estrogen in one of the main culprits in causing not only fibroid/polyp growth, but also hormonal imbalance which then causes disordered ovulation.

      Many women live with fibroids without signs/symptoms, and many do not. They may inhibit conception and proper implantation of a fetus given their location and the number of them. There may be herbs, supplements and natural therapies to support the body in maintaining a healthy environment within the uterus by promoting hormonal balance and supporting the body’s natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths.

      I hope this is helpful!

  10. Please, how can I purchase fertility cleansing because it can’t open it on the net.