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 and Native Americans. Cleansing has 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:

  • Hormonal birth control
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pesticides
  • Excess hormones
  • Poor diet
  • Alcohol


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 liver’s job to remove it from the system. Sometimes, 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 your 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 its contents every month? Some factors may be…

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


Through the use of 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 its best, it requires proper circulation. With proper circulation, the communication loop between the uterus and ovaries, with the rest of 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 is 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 increase 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 liquid extract to be most holistic, effective and gentle.

Gentle on the system yet effective
There is a wide spectrum of cleanses and they vary in length of time from one day to 90 days, sometimes entailing lots of trips to the bathroom and possibly 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 of 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, most 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: Burdock root helps to stimulate digestion, as well as nourish and cleanse the liver, all of which aid hormonal balance.

    Milk Thistle Seed: Milk Thistle Seed 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: Dandelion leaves and roots are very nutritious and bitter, making this common weed a nourishing food and digestive aid. The root specifically supports liver health to help encourage hormonal balance.

    Yellow Dock Root: This herb stimulates bile production for healthy removal of toxins, is supportive of liver health and aids in iron absorption.

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

    Ginger Rt.: Ginger increases circulation in the body helping to support a healthy inflammation response and normal detoxification.

Uterine Cleansing & Tonic Herbs

    Goldenseal Root: Goldenseal root supports a normal inflammation response which may help to prevent scar tissue and adhesion formation. It is also cleansing, antibiotic, and antimicrobial, helping the body to fight infection and occasional uterine discomfort.

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

    Dong Quai Root: Dong Quai increases circulation to the reproductive organs and is iron rich, two important aspects of building a healthy uterine lining. It is also relaxing to the uterine muscles, helping the uterus to function without tension.

    Peony Root: Overall this herb has excellent hormone balancing support. It also aids in pain reduction and relaxation. Peony encourages proper circulation in the pelvic area, making it useful 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.

Click here to purchase the Fertility Cleanse kit that contains all of these herbs…

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 The 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge at www.Natural Fertility 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, rather 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. Please you did not show how to prepare it. Does one has to chew the roots, cook it, etc. How does one go about it?
    Thank you.

    • Dear Tony,

      The herbs discussed here have been formulated into the products of the Fertility Cleanse Kit. There are three supplements in capsule form that are swallowed and two teas to be brewed and drunk daily while cleansing. Please contact Customer Care for additional questions about fertility cleansing.

  2. Is everything gluten free? I have Celiac disease.

    • Hello!

      The Fertility Cleanse Kit is gluten free. We have been contacted by some customers who have celiac disease and are worried that the maltodextrin contains gluten. Maltodextrin is gluten free. It can be made from a variety of starches, including corn, potato, rice or wheat. This being said, the source does not matter because maltodextrin is such a highly processed ingredient that the protein is removed, rendering it gluten free. I might add also that the source of maltodextrin in Fertility Cleanse products is a NON-GMO corn source and NON-GMO.

  3. i have pcos can i do a fertility cleanse will it harm me

  4. Can do the Fertility Cleansing while starting the IVF cycle?

  5. Could liver cleanse cause you to have an extra period? I have been taking milk thistle. I had an extra period type bleed mid-cycle where I released a lot of brown blood, clots and tissue for 7 days plus a few days later some spotting. I am now having my period again and the blood has returned to red and normal flow. Could this be a good sign of my body cleaning itself out?

    • Dear Margaret,

      Some women, not all, spot or experience menstruation-like bleeding at different times than usual while they are taking liver cleansing supplements. This is a normal sign of the hormonal system ‘resetting’ itself.

  6. Truly, it’s our health that would ever need to be active enough for successful fertility. The habits that are harmful to fertility sections must be identified and removed. Herbal remedies are helpful too. Nice info. Appreciate!

  7. I’ve been doing the cleanse and egg health kit for 11 days, and have been taking ovulation tests which should show that I’m ovulation. Do the supplements effect tests like this?

    • Dear Linda,

      The Fertility Cleanse works to support detoxification and in doing so hormones can begin to fluctuate and balance. Several of the products of the OvaWise Kit also support hormone balance. In supporting hormone balance, the menstrual cycle can begin to show some pattern and regularity, including regular spontaneous ovulation. There is potential you may be ovulating.

  8. I took my last Birth Control Pill in June. I am 30 yrs old. My Ovulation has returned and last month I charted my cycle which was only 25 days.I noticed my BBT is 97.0-97.4 pre ovulation and 97.6-97.8 post ovulation. Also my luteal phase was only 9 days. Would I benefit from doing this cleanse? I plan on TTC starting in November. Before taking BC I had regular 28-30 day cycles.

  9. Do fertility cleanses help with blocked fallopian tubes?

  10. Just found this site on Pinterest. I am 41, have only one working tube, history of PCOS, had a naturally conceived child 6 years ago, recently remarried and trying to get P with a husband with average sperm count/low volume. I was just cleared for P from my rheumatologist – it’s in remission and blood work free of bad medications (methotrexate). Anxious to hear your recommendations for my case…

  11. I am 40 years old and have recently got married. I am really keen on conceiving a baby as soon as possible. But, I have had irregular period (less than 21 days) and longer menses for the last few months. I then went to see a doctor and has been diagnosed with endrometrium hyperplasia (EH). The doctor prescribed Clomid, but I have not taken it due to the irregularly long menstruation. Considering my current condition, would consuming Maca be helpful for me to recover from the EH? Would I need to first undergo fertility cleansing prior to taking Maca? What would be your best recommendation for me to properly deal with the EH? I look forward to hearing your response and would like to thank you.

    • Dear Sofia,

      The goal of our programs is to support the body in re-learning balance and/or supporting balance when fertility issues are present. Herbs, supplements and natural therapies often work wonders in supporting the body given commitment to dietary and lifestyle change is made as well.

      Endometrail hyperplasia is complex and there is a higher risk for cancer, so it would be best to seek the advice of a naturopathic doctor in your area. He/she may explain that with endometrial hyperplasia there is enlargement of the glands and cells of the endometrium due to low levels of porgesterone and high levels of estrogen

      The Fertility Cleanse is a first step in any natural fertility program especially for anyone who is experiencing fertility challenges. It helps to create a foundation for hormonal balance and a healthy uterus.

      While Maca is a nutrient dense fertility superfood that in part supports hormonal balance, consider also asking the practitioner you find and learning about remedies to help balance estrogen dominance and natural therapies that are helpful for uterine health like Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Packs.

      All my best!

  12. Hi! I am 33 years old. My husband and I tried for over 6 years to get pregnant (over 2 naturally, then several rounds of IUI, and then two rounds of IVF). We finally conceived on round 2 of IVF and had our beautiful son 18 months ago. Now we are trying again but we’d like to try it naturally. The hormones and shots really did a number on me! What specific steps would you recommend? We have had the full gamut of testing and have only gotten the “unexplained fertility” diagnosis. We are willing to try whatever it takes with the hopes of doing this naturally. We’d really appreciate any feedback you could give us!