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6 Things Every Woman Should Do For Her Fertility

6 Things Every Woman Should Do For Her Fertility

boost fertilityRegardless of the reason you stumbled upon this site, besides the unique situation you find yourself in at this very moment… no matter what the fertility issue you are dealing with, there are some things every single woman trying to conceive should be doing to prepare for conception. And if you are not, you’re missing out. In this guide we’ll be discussing the 6 things every woman can do for her fertility including

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about natural health and fertility… these fertility lifestyle changes work because they support the whole body. A lot of times when trying to “fix” something in the body we tend to segment it and focus only on the “symptoms” or problems occurring. When it comes to true healing, health and fertility, we cannot look at the body like that anymore. Especially when it comes to fertility! There are so many systems, feedback loops, hormonal signals, and organs that all have to work together, that “treating” one symptom is not the most effective approach.

An example of this one symptom approach would be using a medication to force the body to ovulate. This one medication does not:

  • address the underlying reason the body is not ovulating
  • nourish the ovum and ovary so they can function healthfully
  • create a healthier balanced body for pregnancy
  • support hormonal balance so ovulation can occur

But, with using this type of medication you do get:

  • possible ovulation may occur (30%)
  • greater chance of having twins or triplets (7.98%)
  • possible side effects such as Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, blurring or other visual symptoms, abdominal/pelvic pain or distention

This is why most newcomers to natural health care are still thinking in terms of the symptom–>disease–>treatment model. They are looking for symptomatic relief… however, if the root causes are ignored, the results will be disappointing even if natural substances are used. In order to really correct the problem, a person has to shift his or her focus away from disease symptoms and begin looking at root causes. ~Steven Horne, herbalist and natural health teacher

In holistic fertility health, we focus on the entire body with a rounded, all-inclusive approach. For instance, with adding the lifestyle changes below and specific supplements or herbs for your individual situation, the body is able to heal itself and function as it should when in a healthy state.

When using this type of approach, you:

  • have a greater chance of ovulating naturally
  • have a healthier body which = better chance of a healthy pregnancy & baby
  • the body is able to balance the underlying imbalance, other “symptoms” or fertility/health issues may also disappear

What you do not get from this holistic fertility approach is:

  • side effects
  • a “quick fix”

Now that you understand how holistic fertility health works here are the 6 things every woman who is preparing for pregnancy and trying to conceive should do. Note: If you are experiencing specific fertility issues you may also want to add specific herbs and supplements to get the best results for your personal situation. Consider the suggestions below as a foundation to build your natural fertility program upon.

1. Focus on a Fertility Diet

“There is no question whatever about the fact that we are exactly what we eat. There is no other way in which the cells and tissues of our body can be replenished, except from what we eat and drink, and REPLENISHMENT is the great law of life.” ~Dr. Norman Walker, D. Sc.

boost fertilityFirst and foremost, diet is the most important first step in moving towards a healthy fertility lifestyle. As Norman Walker stated in the quote above – everything we eat makes up our cells and tissues of our body. This includes our ova (eggs), ovaries, uterus, hormones, baby… etc.

I have written to great extent about a healthy fertility diet on this website. Here is a list of fertility diet resources that you may find helpful:
The Natural Fertility Diet – How to Eat Healthy for Optimal Fertility
21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge (a great way to get started on the Fertility Diet)
Fertility Smoothies for Optimal Health
Do You Know How to Eat for Fertility? Here are My Top 10 Fertility Diet Tips…

2. Fertility Massage

As a former massage therapist, I might be biased, but massage should be a part of every woman’s natural fertility plan. Our clients have received incredible benefits from performing Self Fertility Massage, some of them being:

  • Increase circulation to the uterus, ovaries, and eggs
  • Support the body in clearing adhesions and scar tissue
  • Helps to bring fresh oxygenated blood to the reproductive system
  • Enhance the hormonal feed-back loop

There are two ways to get a fertility massage
1. Find a massage therapist that specializes in fertility and uterine massage.
2. Learn how to do Self Fertility Massage through DVD.

Both are very effective and feel wonderful, it just depends on your budget and if you live near a therapist. For the best results, fertility massage should be done regularly. Do not do Self Fertility Massage or receive uterine massage while you are menstruating or if you think you may be pregnant.

Here are some additional fertility massage resources:
How to Use Self Fertility Massage™ to Boost Your Chances of Conception

3. Listen to something inspirational, fill your mind with good things

The mind is a powerful tool… one you should be using daily to support your fertility journey. Science has shown that thoughts and emotions have an effect on the physical body; this includes fertility. We also know that stress can have an effect on fertility as well.

How can any woman expect to invite a new life in and expect it to stay if she doesn’t believe her first home for her baby [her body] is a fabulous place to be?

Danish researchers concluded in a 2015 meta-analysis of 39 studies including 2746 men and women that “psychosocial interventions for couples in treatment for infertility, in particular CBT [cognitive behavioral therapy], could be efficacious, both in reducing psychological distress and in improving clinical pregnancy rates.” The studies assessed the benefit of CBT and various mind-body interventions for those with infertility stress, symptoms of depression, anxiety, or who were struggling in their marriage, as well as how they influenced pregnancy rates.

Find a way to fill your mind with good things daily. Here are some suggestions:

  • Meditate
  • Have an attitude of gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal
  • Use a daily fertility-mind/body program like CircleBloom

4. Use EFT, use it on everything

One of the most powerful tools that I used on a weekly basis in my life is EFT. EFT is a technique similar to self-acupressure (without the needles), which can be quickly used on both mental and physical problems.

Are you feeling stressed out about something? Are you emotional because of PMS? Are you feeling pain from cramps? Are you nervous about getting pregnant or stressed out that it hasn’t happened yet? Use EFT on it.

EFT is a great technique (a very simple tapping technique) that can be used in any situation, at any place and any time. For example… I used to have a fear of flying in planes. After learning about EFT during a Natural Fertility Coaching call I hosted, I used EFT when we were flying to see family. I used it before getting to the airport & during take-off. I am now not afraid of flying anymore! From then on my husband and I have used it on so many things and get great results. This is a great tool to use during your fertility journey to help make it a more enjoyable experience.

Here is an EFT resource you may find helpful:
Reduce Stress and Enhance your Fertility with EFT…

5. Whole Food Multivitamin

In addition to a healthy fertility diet, every woman who is preparing for pregnancy should be taking a whole food prenatal multivitamin. There are many nutrients that are needed to support ovulation, hormonal balance, egg health, etc., and a deficiency can result in lack of ovulation, poor egg health, and many other fertility issues.

  • Did you know that anemia (low iron, B12, B6) can cause ovulation to stop? Indian researchers have found that “women who do not get sufficient amounts of iron may suffer anovulation (lack of ovulation) and possibly poor egg health…” according to one 2014 report in the International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review.
  • Did you know that the period of time that it is most important for the fetus to get folic acid, is before you will even know you are pregnant?
  • Did you know that most Americans are deficient in Zinc, an important mineral for fertility?
  • Did you know that vitamin C helps to improve hormonal levels and increases fertility in women with luteal phase defect?
  • Did you know that a Harvard study has shown that taking multivitamins improve chances of pregnancy? The Nurses’ Health Study II our of Harvard followed 18,555 married, premenopausal women (no history of infertility) who had hoped to get pregnant for an eight year period finding that those who took a multivitamin six times a week were 40% less likely to fail to ovulate than women who took no multivitamin at all. (Fertility and Sterility)

Getting all of your nutrients form your diet should first and foremost be the priority, but in addition a Fertility specific whole food multivitamin is also important. We recommend the Fertile Woman One Daily by Fertilica™

6. Juice and Smoothies

fertility smoothiesWhen people ask me what the one biggest dietary change someone can make when trying to boost their fertility, I have to say it is juicing and smoothies. Liquid nutrition makes it so much easier to get a large amount of these nutrient-dense foods into your body. Regardless of what your diet is like right now, juicing can help to make you healthier, reducing cravings for other foods and making you feel fabulous.

Smoothies and juices are an incredibly easy way to get a large number of antioxidants (good for egg health and DNA integrity), vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. They are easy to make, can be taken on the go, and taste great.

In the body our cells are constantly dying and being created over and over again. Everything in the body is made up of cells. The uterus, blood, fallopian tubes, eggs, and ovaries are made from cells. When our body is creating these cells, it is pulling from the foods that you eat for its building blocks. If you are eating fresh whole foods, then your body is going to have the ingredients it needs to produce healthy, vibrant cells. If you are eating processed foods, processed sugars, and chemicals, that is what your body has to work with and you will not be able to build healthy cells. Fertility smoothies and juicing help to make it easy.

Here are some resources to learn more about juicing and smoothies for fertility:
21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge
Fertility Smoothies – A Fun and Delicious Way to Boost Your Fertility
One Fertility Tip You Probably Don’t Know About…Juicing

After reading this article I hope you now have a clearer idea of how to live a healthy fertility lifestyle. While this list is not all-inclusive I did include the 6 things I feel are most important and effective in creating a healthy fertile body. Please share your thoughts and experiences with making shifts in your fertility lifestyle to a healthier one below.


Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    After I lost my baby due to Preeclampsia, I had IUD placed but removed it after 6months. Its been and year and I am facing irregular periods. We are TTC. All labs are normal. Just started on Vitex. I work out and watch diet too. Hope it helps. Do you have any suggestions for me?

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    I have been trying to get pregnant for 15 months, with no luck. I am a life long vegetarian with high levels of Vit B in my annual bloodwork results. I started seeing a Korean acupuncturist recently that told me I had a very acidic constitution and drastically changed my diet (8 constitutional diet). I have eliminated all acidic veggies and most fruit, leaving me with a very bland diet. I will say I feel better (no bloat, less anxiety) but curious if you know anything about a predominantly alkaline diet for fertility? Thank you!

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    Thank you!

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    how to improve fertility
    i have active motile 20% sluggish 20% and 60 no motile.
    please suggest me some medicine to improve motility

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    I just got results that I’m not producing enough eggs as a normal 24yo female should. My partner and I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years now and no luck. Anybody have any ideas on what I should do to increase my fertility?

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    Please, I really want to know how to unblock my fallopian tube, naturally. Thanks

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Kemisola!
      Thank you for contacting us.

      We have combined in the FallopianWise Fertility Kit herbs, supplements and natural therapies to support normal fallopian tube health. This kit contains enzyme therapy, herbal therapy, castor oil therapy and Self Fertility Massage to support the body’s natural inflammation and immune response, encourage healthy circulation to the fallopian tubes and reproductive system, while promoting the body’s natural ability to cleanse the reproductive system in part by aiding the breakdown of fibrin (bands of scar-like tissue).

      Fallopian tubes that are severely damaged need special care. In those cases we would suggest you work with a specialist. A specialist will be able to evaluate your unique situation and determine the best possible course of care. Clear Passage Physical Therapy Clinics are a great option for those who do not want surgery. It is important to recognize that the fallopian tubes are about the size of a spaghetti noodle in width and are very delicate. Any sort of trauma can alter their function and damage the tubal tissues. Once they are damaged it may be difficult to reverse that damage.

      The good news is that the natural therapies in the FallopianWise Kit can be used alone, or alongside any type of treatment options you are considering, which may greatly help to improve outcome.

      Please take some time to read the article that our founder Hethir wrote about supporting fallopian tube health here…

      Be Well!

  7. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

  8. after havn 2 miscarriages i did a lap surgery an i was told that my left tube was blocked since then i was tryn to conceive but failed i even did artificial insemination anyway do u think using the fertility clense wil help me conceive?

  9. sorry for the late response, but thank you so much for the in depth reply. it really makes a lot of sense. I didn’t know about isolates. i will take a look at the links u posted and re-consider spending the money. ahh…if only trying to cure infertility wasn’t so darned expensive!!

  10. Hi there, quick question about multi-vitamins. The fertility ones are sooooo expensive and with all the supplements I take, plus acupuncture every month, I cannot afford the $40-50+ a month for these multi’s. Currently I use Ultra Woman from Vitamin World. Is that considered a “whole food” vitamin? How can I tell?

    Also, most of the multi-vitamins have both iron AND calcium in them, but I hear that calcium inhibits the absorption of iron when taken together, so do I need to take a separate iron supplement as well? Will this be too much iron if the multi’s already have 18mg, which is the RDA?


    • Hi Marianney,

      Ultra Woman is not a wholefood mulitvitamin. The label would say that it is and you can see on this products label that it is not. Whole food multivitamins start off as nutrient isolates. The nutrient isolates are then cultured in a base of fruits, vegetables and herbs with Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus and Saccharomyces cerevisiae; a catalyst in which to make them easily identifiable and digested as a food source by the body.

      You can learn more about choosing a wholefood multivitamin here:

      Because our multivitamins are recognized as food, your body absorbs 100% of them and the calcium is not going to cancel out the iron. Calcium and Iron are naturally occuring in many foods, but that does not mean that each time you eat a calcium rich food like spinach that it is not also rich in iron, do the nutrients in spinach cancel eachother out? I don’t think so, but it some studies using isolates of iron and calcium supplements they have shown that it can happen. Your body can breakdown and utilize foods, isolates are harder because your body often does not recognize them, isolates are also much harder for your body to dissolve.

      Best Wishes,