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?

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 aphrodisiac, 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 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, 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. Hello Friends,
    My husband and I have been trying for 2.5 years now. Last year I went to OBGYN for conception consultation and was told I had to go on Clomid. I’m not happy about this, and am looking for holistic approaches.
    My Cycle is regular, but over the last 4 years, I’ve noticed my bleeding is Deep Dark Red and almost Brown in the beginning, the last 2-3 years, have been painful ‘shedding’ in the beginning. I get regular Pap’s and they all come back okay.
    Is this where you would recommend I start, and then move to the Systemic Enzyme Therapy?

    • Dear Jaclyn,

      Fertility Cleansing would be a great first step to consider. Knowing that dark blood that is brown is old blood left over from the previous cycle may helpful. Common causes are sluggish menstrual flow, lack of uterine tone or poor circulation. Herbs and therapies used traditionally for this imbalance are:
      – Self Fertility Massage
      – Systemic Enzyme Therapy
      – FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2

      Be sure to be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 times a week and to stay hydrated (water or herbal teas like Conceptions Tea or Red Raspberry leaf could be considered).

      I hope this is helpful!

  2. I’m 30 yrs old never been pregnant. currently me and my husband have been trying for 2yrs and 4 mths. My period has been irregular for example, one month it comes like clock work on the 26th -28th day then the next it comes on the 14th day. I don’t understand what is causing that and I honestly feel as though my body skips a step during the last phase of my period. I don’t know if I’m ovulating or not and also I don’t know if the early period is implantation failing? I have no health issues and I’ve been checked for tube blockage as well as ultrasound and the Dr says everything looks fine and that it’s just not my time. would this help with my period coming 2 wks early?

    • Dear Future MAMA,

      Have you had a full hormonal panel run? It is good that fallopian tubes and uterus look fine! So, a period that starts on the 26th-28th, how long does bleeding last? Is it bright red or otherwise; heavy or light? This cycle would last roughly how long; longer than 30 days? The cycle that starts on the 14th day, is that like the others that you feel are clock work?

      It seems like a Fertility Cleanse could be a helpful first step to help the body begin to reset. We use it as a foundational step after which herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies can be used to help the body relearn balance and maintain it. We offer wonderful tips in our guide What To Do If You Have Irregular Periods.

      I hope this is helpful!

  3. Can I order Wobenzym N online? I live in Barbados, so how do I access it? Also, what other natural treatments can i use for fibroids? I am 40 years old and am currently going through premature menopause. I am wondering if I have my fibroids removed with a myomectomy, then do a Fertility Cleanse and use Fertility Enzyme Therapy (Wobenzym N), will I still have a good chance of beating these fibroids and even getting pregnant? I do not want a hysterectomy at all. Please advise.

  4. what can I use to clean my womb

    • Dear Linde,

      The Fertility Cleanse was created to support both the liver and uterus’ natural ability to cleanse and support the healthy function of these organs. A Fertility Cleanse could be considered if not pregnant or going through a miscarriage (the Fertility Cleanse can be used when miscarriage is complete).

  5. i just read your article and thrilled. I am 40years. I haven’t seen my flow December 26th 2014. Will your products help? What do I use and how can i get them because i live in Nigeria.

    • Dear Titi,

      The Fertility Cleanse may be a helpful foundational step although it will also be helpful to know why menstruation has stopped. Have you talked to your healthcare provider about possible causes of this?

      If after doing the Fertility Cleanse menstruation doesn’t return, the body may need a little more encouragement to bring back a regular menstrual cycle. We discuss how to naturally support the body in bringing back a healthy menstrual cycle in our guide How To Get Your Period Back.

      Please contact our Customer Care team for ordering support.

  6. Hi,

    Just finished the fertility cleanse about a week or so ago and still have some tea and capsules left. Gave it a try with hubby on the most fertile days which is about three days ago.
    I decided to continue drinking the conception tea as am really worried I have a lot of scar tissue following a major surgery of the fibroids last year in May and of which are actually back.

    Can I continue to drink the conception tea and the women friend capsules? Or will that stop the egg planting should we be lucky following the last few days of trying.

    Thx

    • Dear Shirley,

      Conception’s Tea and Women’s Best Friend can be used while actively trying to conceive. They are to be stopped when you think you may be or confirm pregnancy. Should fertilization have happened, it will take 6-10 days for the egg to travel to implant in the uterus. During this time the egg isn’t receiving any nutrients (good or bad) from you, the mother. So, all that said, let’s think as though you are pregnant 😉 and consider pausing the use of both supplements in the next few days. I hope to hear your positive news soon!

  7. HI, I am 36 and after 6 failed IUIs and two MCs, I am about to have an egg retrieval in a month and would like to start this as soon as my next period comes (retrieval will be following cycle). Is this too soon or too close to the retrieval to start, should I have a month off of the cleanse before retrieval?

    • Dear Lindsay,

      The Fertility Cleanse is best completed in its entirety before beginning any part of the egg retrieval process. If it will be able to be completed, it would be fine to consider.

      My best!

  8. I am 46 and have irregular menstruation. Will this help. If so how do I get your products.I live in Accra

    • Dear Effie,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!

      At age 46 it is completely natural and normal to have an irregular menstrual cycle. The Fertility Cleanse is considered a foundational step in any natural fertility program. It helps to create a foundation for hormonal balance and a healthy uterus for implantation. While fertility cleansing may still be helpful in supporting the liver function at its best and helping it detoxify, it is not likely to return the cycle the “regular” is was in your 30s or even early 40s. Consider learning more about this natural shift and about how to naturally help the body transition gracefully if you wish to continue to try to conceive in our guide Female Fertility Health: Balancing Hormones in Premenopause.

  9. Hi from Vietnam.
    I have just had a failed IVF cycle using donor eggs. I was diagnosed with early menopause and premature ovarian failure at 31. I haven’t had my periods back if I stop using the pills. So would the cleansing work in my case? And how long does it take for the cleanse? I’m planning to continue my next IVF round in about a month. Is it enough time for me to do the cleanse?
    Thanks for your advice.

    • Dear Mina,

      I am very sorry to here this!

      It may be helpful to consider taking time to help the uterus prepare for implantation. Fertility Cleansing can be a useful, important first step. A Fertility Cleanse is suggested for one menstrual cycle during and after which many natural therapies can be considered. We share of these natural therapies in our guide How to Increase Your IVF Success Rate Naturally.

      I hope this is helpful!

  10. I feel that I really need to do the cleanse, but am breastfeeding. What can I do?

    • Dear Lauren,

      We have many who reach out to us who are interested in cleansing but are breastfeeding, and we do not suggest it. While I am curious why you feel you need a cleanse – are you wanting to TTC again, dealing with some physical or emotional issues, experiencing an irregular cycle (which is normal while breastfeeding), etc. – these gentle gentle Natural Therapies to Help Your Body Detox could be considered.

  11. Hi, I went through my first IVF cycle recently and found out today, it hasn’t worked unfortunately. I wanted to ask you if I should go through fertility cleanse or not. I live very active and healthy life style but I am not sure were to start now. Can you please advise me?
    Thank you.

    • Dear Jana,

      I am so sorry!

      Fertility Cleansing is a gentle way to help the body detoxify and begin to balance hormones after IVF. It could be considered, but truly is up to you!

      It would also be okay to take a complete break and enjoy a few days of not taking anything… a few days off from thinking about fertility health! Enjoy resting, exercising as you normally do, enjoying a lunch out or dinners at your favorite places, enjoy a warm bath or two, consider a massage, treat yourself to The 10 Day Fertility Smoothie Challenge

      I’m not certain what led you to IVF, but our Top 10 Natural Fertility Boosters are wonderful for anyone who is preparing for conception no matter they way the try to achieve pregnancy.

      My best to you as you keep moving forward!

  12. Hello, I just started vitex to help get my hormones in check. I was bleeding heavily went to the doctor he said my hormones were off. he offered no viable options. I researched your site and Started taking vitex and bleeding stopped. it has been about 2 weeks. When should I take the fertility cleanse? I am scared to get my hormones out of wack again and for bleeding to come back. I want to take this cleanse to prepare for pregnancy when should I start now that bleeding has stopped? Can I take the cleanse and still take vitex. If not, how long after the cleanse can I continue the vitex. Thank you for your help 🙂

    • Hello CG!

      It’s great to hear how Vitex has helped! It may be best to first allow Vitex to continue to offer its support and focus on diet and lifestyle changes, like those suggested in the Fertility Diet. Consider this for at least the remainder of this cycle and consider starting the Fertility Cleanse after the next period ends. This will also make following the suggested use of the cleanse easier.

  13. Hi! I’m in the second phase of the Fertility Cleanse and am loving it! I just noticed that I started spotting just a day or two after switching to the Women’s Best Friend/Conceptions Tea. Is this normal? I’m assuming it is and it has been very light spotting for a few days, but wanted to just confirm with the experts! Thank you!

    • Dear Amy,

      Spotting can indeed happen when supporting detoxification. It can be a normal result of liver cleansing and not cause for concern. The Fertility Cleanse can be continued.

      I am so glad you are loving it!

  14. I just finished the Fertility Cleanse and followed it to the “T,” even making sure I followed the fertility diet recommended on your website (tons of greens, organic protein, & no sugar, caffeine, alcohol, etc.). I typically have 26-27 day cycles with very little PMS, cramps, or mood swings. However, during the second half of my cleanse, I had the WORST PMS and was so moody for at least three days before my period. Moreover, I got my period four days early! My periods are usually healthy, pink blood for four days, but this period following the cleanse has tons of clots and heavy cramps. I thought the cleanse was supposed to help my periods, but it seems it did the opposite? Please advise.

    • Dear Tenley,

      The Fertility Cleanse helped and may still be helping the body properly detoxify, flush out toxins. When toxins are recirculating in the body and trying to come out many thing can temporarily shift… one being mood and the other being the menstrual cycle. Please know this is temporary as the body works hard to detoxify and begin to relearn hormone balance. Everything should balance out after this cycle and show you a “normal” again. Continue to eat your clean, whole food Fertility Diet, exercise regularly and continue on your fertility health program.