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Fertility Cleanse Questions Answered

Fertility Cleanse Questions Answered

Q&A1. Q: What type of foods should I eat during the Fertility Cleanse?

During the Fertility Cleanse it would be a good idea to begin your transition towards a fertility-friendly diet. There are many resources on this site that will help you do just this:
The Fertility Diet
The 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge
What to Eat While Fertility Cleansing
9 Simple Fertility Cleanse Diet Guidelines to Follow…

2. Q: Is meat ok to eat while on the Fertility Cleanse?

A: One thing that is unique about the Fertility Cleanse is that I created it to be a gentle cleanse that could be easily adapted to your lifestyle. The dietary suggestions while on the cleanse are not typically dramatic as many cleanses are. The focus of the Fertility Cleanse is to help your liver and uterus cleanse themselves and prepare the body for conception. This is a time of building nourishment and a healthy body without having to cut out major food groups. That being said, I do think it would be beneficial to cut back on animal proteins to 4oz per serving (especially if you are experiencing endometriosis or PCOS) and make sure they are organic or/and free-range/grass-fed.

3. Q: Are there any side effects that I should be aware of while I am on the Fertility Cleanse?

A: I get asked this question quite a bit and have a couple of things to say. The first is to bring to light that the herbs in the Fertility Cleanse are whole herbs, which means they are not isolated or in any way similar to medications. There are some signs of cleansing that may show up such as moodiness from the cleansing effect on the liver and clots or tissues in the menstrual cycle following the cleanse that would come from the cleansing action of the cleanse (this is normal and healthy; you want this stuff to come out). If you follow the Fertility Cleanse instructions and drink plenty of water, you should feel really good.

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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    I have finished the fertility cleanse and have not received my period. My average cycle length is 28 days and I get it every month. I am now on CD34. Is this normal? I have a doctors appointment next week.

    • Hello Dee!

      I am sorry if there is worry! This can happen as a result of cleansing. The herbs in the Fertility Cleanse stimulate the body to dump toxins and excess hormones into the bloodstream to be removed from the body via sweat, urine, feces, lymphatic system and more. Because these are temporarily re-circulating in the body, all of this may cause side effects, including a temporary shift in the timing of the menstrual cycle (meaning that a period may come later than usual or that the length of the cycle may change). This should regulate in the next cycle.

      Be sure that you are not pregnant before moving forward with any other herbal plan.

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      what was the fertility cleanse what did you drink or eat

    • Dear Nora,

      I am not sure Dee will see your question, so I wanted to reply.

      We offer a Fertility Cleanse Kit through the Natural Fertility Shop. While doing a Fertility Cleanse 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 The 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge eBook at http://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.

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    I was so happy to see a blog about natural fertility and doing a fertility cleanse. The body is amazing and many times can heal itself without the use of fertility treatments. Will be sharing on Facebook.

  3. 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!

  4. Hi! hope all is well with and your family!, I was just wondering do I continue to take part 2 of the cleanse until my period comes? and also is there an issue if there is a lapse in time since I drank my last cup? would I have to start the cleanse all over again? is there anything I should be doing along with the cleanse? thanks for all your information

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    Hi, I started taking maca (femmenessence) and wanted to start the two weeks ago and wanted to do the fertility cleanse. can i keep taking the maca while doing the fertility cleanse?

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    Is it okay to start trying to get pregnant again on the next cycle after I finish the cleanse? Currently, I’m in phase 3 of the cleanse. I had a miscarriage in Jan (my second pregnancy)- didn’t know if that would affect my chances this time around.

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    I’m currently waiting to begin my Fertility Cleanse! Today I am on CD3 and curious to know in advance if while on the fertility cleanse, am I suppose to put my TTC efforts on hold for that whole month? If so, should sex be put on hold as well? I’ve also started working out and using lightweights 5 lbs. Is it safe to continue my workouts as I have normally been doing, or should I tone it down, or even stop completely for the duration of the fertility cleanse?

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    Oh, and can I add a little stevia to the teas to make them a little sweet???

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    I just started the fertility cleanse today and I am taking several other supplements like vitamin D3, Borage Oil, Blood Builder because My iron levels are very low, Vitamin B 12, Cod Liver Oil and Thyroid Energy. I also take 60 mg of Armour Thyroid Daily. I know I need to keep taking my thyroid medication, but should I continue taking the other supplem
    ents that I am currently taking??? Thank you in advance for your response as I want to be sure I am going to get the max benefit from my cleanse!!!

    Erica 🙂

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    I was just wanted to know do I keep taking the Conceptions Tea until my period comes or not?! I started the fertility cleanse kit on April 1, 2012 and ran out of product on April 26, 2012 and have not received a period yet. And if I was suppose to continue with the tea? and if I do is there a huge issue that there has been a break in me taking the tea and do I have to start over with whole process? thanks for information and time!

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    Hi , I started the cleanse on April 1,had no major issues ok I ran out of the tea in phase 2 am I suppose to keep taking the tea until my period comes? and if so is there an issue if there is a break in drinking the tea every day? cause I ran out on the April 26th and I an about to order a double batch of the tea. On a side note I suffer from pcos. Thank you!

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    Hi I am about to start the fertility cleanse. Could you tell me when and how often to do the detox bath during the cleanse?


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    I am completing the fertility cleanse. I completed phase one and have been doing phase two. My period is currently a week late, and my uterus is tight. Is this normal? Should I continue taking the Women’s best friend and conception tea, or move onto the IVF preparation kit, or should I stop all herbal treatments and wait for my period. My pregnancy test came back negative (took one just in case), but my friends say I should wait another week to take one. I am not sure what regimin to follow at this time regarding the herbal suppliments I have ordered from you.

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    Hi Dalene,
    I stopped my birth control in March 2011 and only got 2 cycles after that. I haven’t got my period since that 2 cycles. I did had one cycle this month as my doctor gave me some hormones to take so I could go in for HSG. My tubes aren’t blocked and my blood work all came back normal, same goes with my thyroid. I don’t know what is going on. My doctor wouldn’t prescribed me clomid unless my husband goes in for sperm count. I am hoping that Fertility Cleanse may be the answer cos I want to have my 1st baby before I am 35 and I only have 2 years left 🙁


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    Is there anything I can do about the taste of the Conceptions Tea? Usually I have all my teas plain without sweetners of any kind. But today was day 1 of Phase 3 for me and I planned on having 3 cups a day instead of 2 but even with too much honey and agave I can’t seem to make it tolerable enough to have it the 3 times. I had to force it for the 2 times! Any suggestions would be great 🙂

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    I just received my fertility cleanse kit and is excited to give this a try. My only concern is that I have not had my period in almost two years and the last time I had one was just some light spotting. So I’ve been taking Dong Quai for about a month now and wanted to know if I can take Dong Quai with the fertility cleanse kit?

    • Hi Malley,

      Since you have been consistent for the last 2 months with taking Dong Quai (good job), in this case it would be fine to continue the Dong Quai with the Fertility Cleanse. In general we feel it is best to wait to begin Donq quai until the cleanse is over.

      Best Wishes,


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    I am currently on Phase 2 of my fertility cleanse and was wondering if I should start taking the Tribulus and Vitex while on the cleanse or should I wait until my cleanse is over?


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    Does the cleanse affect ovulation? I started the cleanse this month and also started charting my BBT. I’m on the 19 day of my cycle (normally 28 day cycles) and still haven’t seen a rise in temperature. Just curious if it could be the cleanse or maybe a problem with my cycle.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Because the herbs have an action on hormones, it may be possible for them to cause the cycle to be off. If you typically have regular cycles, it is more than likely the effects of cleansing and the action of the herbs in the cleanse.

      Best Wishes,


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    I have PCOS, and am almost finished the first part of the Fertility Cleanse. I have also adjusted my diet to include 90% raw foods to ensure that I’m making the best effort possible to conceive (after 15months of trying), and I’m drinking lots of water. I’m feeling great, however have been experiencing frequent mild, but noticable niggly pains in my abdomen/ovaries day after day. I’m assuming this is my body reacting to the cleanse and diet change? It feels as though something is going on.. but can’t pinpoint what. All positive I hope! would you say this is normal?

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    Hi Dalene,
    I am 40 and received my fertility cleanse two weeks ago but wants to start using it in the next 4 days when I finish my period. I am wondering I should go aheard since I have not been diagnosed with any problem as doctors say they don’t understand why I have not concieved after three years of trying. My period is regular and I ovulate regularly, however I want to cleanse to improve my chance because I am getting worried now age is no longer on my side. Do you think I should still use the fertility cleanse?

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    I am nearing the end of phase 3 of the cleanse and I have been experiencing constipation/hard stools since the middle of phase 2. I drink lots of water and try to follow an organic, whole foods diet. Are some father herbs known to cause constipation or irritate ibs?

    • Hi Aarti,

      None of the herbs should be constipating, but rather do the opposite. It may be different for IBS though. IBS can be irritated by a variety of triggers, including a reaction to any one of the herbs in the Fertility Cleanse. Every person’s body is different. If you feel these herbs are irritating your IBS, it may be best to stop them. Listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs.

      Best Wishes,


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    I have ordered fertility cleanse kit,can I order another kit if I do not get my periods back? Or do I only use one kit?

    • Hi Bonny,

      Fertility Cleansing should only be done 1 to 2 times a year with a 6 month break in between. If you do not get your period back at the end of the Fertility Cleanse do not worry. Fertility Cleansing creates a “clean slate” within the body that helps the body to respond and utilize other natural remedies better. You may need to learn about other natural remedies that support a natural menstrual cycle and regular ovulation after the FC kit is finished. Go to this link to learn more:

      Best Wishes,


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    I just started my fertility cleanse kit. May I also use the Ovarianwise kit at the same time?

    • Hi Christine,

      We do NOT recommend using the OvarianWise Fertility Kit at the same time as the Fertility Cleanse. It is best to begin that kit on the next cycle after the Fertility Cleanse is over.

      All the best,


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    I have also ordered the Castor oil kit and massage DVD- I would like to start those as well. I also started taking the Maca today. Please advise
    I am really keen to start the cleanse.
    If I go to my doctor they will again start me on the birth control pills, I really dont want to start those again. I took them for many years because of PCOS.
    I would really appreciate you response
    Many thanks

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    I have ordered the Fertility cleanse and received it. I had not had a period for about 50 days, but I have had some spotting for the last few weeks intermittently,. I was planning to start the Cleanse, but I got my period its 5 days today and it is not stopping now. Can I start the cleanse from the 6th day if I still have some bleeding?

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    Since starting phase 2 of the cleanse, I’ve been experiencing a burning sensation in the vaginal area, which I have never felt before. Is it because I’m not drinking enough water?


    • Hi Shanell,

      We have only had one other woman write in about this, and she determined she was wiping too much after drinking a lot of fluids during the cleanse. Are you sure you do not have a yeast infection or bacterial infection? Everyday you will want to consume at least 2 quarts of water, plus the tea. If you have other questions or concerns please contact us at this link:

      I am sorry you are experiencing discomfort, hope you feel better!


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    Hi. I’m 45 and have gone 7 months without a period, and hoping to get pregnant with my second child. I’m currently taking maca, vitex, fish oil, daily vitamin, coQ10, spirulina and royal jelly. I’m also taking a tea for a digestive cleanse. Does the digestive cleanse work as effectively as the fertility cleanse? Am I over doing it with the supplements? And what supplement should I take before during and after if I do the fertility cleanse? Thanks for any help you can offer.

    • Hi Karen,

      Do you know why you have not gotten your menstrual cycle? Did you recently have your other child or are you breastfeeding? The Fertility Cleanse Kit is unique, there is not really another cleanse out there that works specifically for fertility. We do not recommend using Vitex along with the Fertility Cleanse Kit. The herb vitex needs to be taken consistently for many months to be effective, so if you have already been taking it for many months it may be best to continue on, even during the Fertility Cleanse, because you would not want to have to start all over with the vitex. All the other supplements have been shown to be safe for use during the Fertilty Cleanse.

      It may be a good idea to also speak to your doctor if you do not know why you have missed your cycle for so long. The average age for women to go through menopause is anywhere from 45-50 years of age. Many doctors define menopause as a time when a woman in this age range has not had a period for a year and over. Because of this you may want to consider talking to your doctor about your missed cycles. Learn more about trying to conceive over 40 here…

      Best Wishes,


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    Hi, I am fairly new to this website and am in the third phase of the fertility cleanse. I actually just started the third phase yesterday. Is it normal that I just started my period today without any warning whatsoever? I would be about 10 days early.

    • Hi Monica,

      Yes, this is completely normal for some women. You would just want to stop the cleansing products and then begin them again once your bleeding time has ended.

      All the best,


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    Hi I purchased the cleanse, but my cycle is late, I am on CD39. Do I just go ahead and start the cleans or wait longer?

    • Hi Nicole,

      If you normally have irregular menstrual cycles it would be fine to begin on any day you choose. Count out the days for each phase of the Fertility Cleanse as if you have a regular cycle. If you begin your period mid-cleanse cycle, stop the products and then begin them again once your bleeding time ends.

      Best Wishes,


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    I have a few questions, I have PCOS and I do not get my periods on my own. My husband and I have been trying for a baby for the past 5 ½ years. I came across your website and I am very interested in trying the “Fertility Cleanses” especially after reading all the great feedback!
    Is it safe to do the cleanse if I don’t get my period on my own? TIA


    • Hi Alicia,

      Many women who do not have regular menstrual cycles use the Fertility Cleanse as a starting point to getting their bleeding time back. The Fertility Cleanse in general is a great way for anyone who is experiencing fertility challenges to create a foundation for hormonal balance and a healthy uterus for implantation. Fertility Cleansing creates a “clean slate” within the body that helps the body to respond and utilize other natural remedies better. With PCOS it is going to be extremely important to learn to eat a little differently.

      So if you don’t have a regular period, you would just begin the Fertility Cleanse on any day you choose. Then count the days for each phase as if you did have a regular cycle. Hethir just made a great video on using Progesterone Cream for PCOS. Check it out!

      A big part of the problem with PCOS is the high insulin resistance. Resistance to insulin increases the bodies insulin levels which effects normal ovulation by preventing the body from ovulating or limiting the maturation process of the released egg. Women who are insulin resistant are also 4-5 times more likely to have a miscarriage. Imbalanced insulin levels due to PCOS make it difficult for the embryo to attach properly to the uterus. Eating a specific PCOS Fertility Diet is one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant.

      Best Wishes on your Journey!


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    I am mid way through the Fertility Cleanse and I have noticed that I have been extremely tired throughout this journey. I also have been getting some minor headaches that don’t seem to go away. I normally drink at least 64 ounces of water each day (I have one of those big mugs so I can track my consumption.) One other thing I should mention is that I do not have a colon. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and my colon had to be completely removed–that was all 7 years ago. So I have gotten used to change, but man, is it normal to feel this tired while doing the cleanse?

    • Hi Amanda,

      Yes, many women get very fatigued when cleansing, so this is a normal reaction. Headaches are another side effect for some women. Get some extra rest if possible and keep consuming lots of water!

      Best Wishes,


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    I have just completed the fertility cleanse and am now on day 2 of a very light period. The first day was a light pink colour, much lighter than previous cycles, which is good news, but no large clots. I am hoping to do a medicated IUI this cycle, can I continue with the teas in this upcoming cycle and what about the Milk Thistle? TIA.

    • Hi Kate P,

      Do not continue the teas from the Fertility Cleanse or the Milk Thistle during your upcoming cycle if you are using fertility medications. Not all women experience clotting or heavy bleeding after the cleanse, every woman is different and may experience the cleanse differently, this is completely normal.

      Best Wishes,


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    Good point :0) No worries. I will gladly wait.

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    I received my Fertility Cleanse Kit in the mail just the other day and I’m very excited about starting my journey. However, my cycle doesn’t begin for another week and a half. As directed, I’m supposed to start my cleanse then not now, but could I at least drink the Conception tea now, or is that too soon?

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    Hi Dianne,

    I recently got the lap band surgery done. Almost about a month ago. I currently weigh 340lbs and dignosed with PCOS. i am told not to try for atleast a year and a half. Can you please tell me if this cleanse kit is something i should take? I want to get my periods regular so as soon as that happens, we can start trying.

    Please Advice

    • Hi Alisha,

      I am not very familiar with this procedure and my main concern is how big the band is and how much food can pass through it, as part of the cleanse is in capsule form. It would be best to talk to your doctor about cleansing with this procedure and new way of life for you, that way you can make an informed decision on doing herbal cleanses after this procedure. Your doctor should know if it is safe for you to cleanse and how soon that can happen if he/she gives you the go ahead.

      Best Wishes,


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    I was wondering if during the fertility cleanse is it normal to experience swollen breasts and dark/lighten areolas. I am the last phase of my fertility cleanse, still did BD during my ovulation and few days later my breast were swollen.The swelling varies everyday. Just a little bit concerned.

    Thank you

    • Hi Naji,

      It sounds like your hormones are shifting and adjusting to the cleansing process. When we cleanse our bodies, excess hormones are dumped into our blood stream to be cleansed out through our skin, urine, ect.

      Swollen breasts are also a sign of PMS or pregnancy.

      Best Wishes,


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    By this wednesda I will have completed 30 days of the fertility cleanse. To this day it had been 79 days since my last period. Should I expect my period to come soon after the cleanse is completed? Medically, i need a period by now because doesnt this put me at a higer risk for cervical cancer? Please advise because i am debating wether to call my obgyn or not. Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Nathalie,

      Doing the Fertility Cleanse does not gurantee that you will get your period back. The Fertility Cleanse may help to create a foundation for balanced hormonal health. If you have had irregular periods for quite some time it may bee a good idea to see your doctor. Getting a diagnosis from your doctor may help you to make a plan of which direction you need to go to work toward balanced, healthy fertility. Please ask your doctor about Cervical Cancer, this is beyond my scope of practice, I am not a medical doctor. I have never heard that if you have missed your period for more than 79 days that you are more likely to get cervical cancer.

      Best Wishes,


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    Thank you for your prompt response. It makes me feel better that its ok that I dont have any symptoms. I just feel like im in a whirlwind. My husband and I want a baby so bad and I feel so helpless right now. I havent had a period since January 28th and its not April 1st 🙁 I truly hope the fertility cleanse helps. Thanks again

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    I started the fertility cleansing last week wednesday 3/24. From the post that i read here, women seem to get some type of side effects from the cleaning. I, however, dont seem to be having any. Is that normal? the only thing I noticed is that I seem to be more tired than usual but im not sure if thats from the cleansing or just tired from work. I really want this cleansing to work and im really hoping it is working. Any insight? Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • Hi Nathalie,

      Every woman’s body is different, some women experience no side effects from the cleansing. Most women who do experience side effects are usually not consuming enough water or getting enough rest. Sounds like you are doing great!

      Best Wishes,


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    I’m midway through phase 1 of the Fertility Cleanse. Is it possible to ovulate earlier than normal while on the cleanse? I chart my BBT and fertility signs, and its possible I already ovulated. I’m usually day 15-17 for ovulation and this is day 12. Fertility signs were much earlier than normal this cycle. Any help?

    • Hi Diane,

      Each woman’s body is very unique and adjusts to the cleansing process differently. Because your body is working to cleanse and change for the better it may have effected your cycle. The changes to your cycle and hormones are normal.

      All the best,


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    I’m planning on going through IVF in a few months, maybe in April or May. Is it too soon to start or when is it recommended to beging the cleansing? Currently I’m taking some some teas from Omnilife, don’t know if you’ve heard of them, will this affect the result? Should I stop taking those and take yours?

    • Hi Yas,

      We recommend to begin preparing for IVF at least 3 months before you begin your fertility medications. The life cycle of an egg is 90 days. This is the period of time during the eggs journey when what you eat, drink, ingest, breathe, your stress levels, and the health of your blood flow will all have an effect on the health of that egg. So what you eat today is impacting the egg you will ovulate or have “harvested” three months from now. So for best results prepare 90 days out.

      We don’t recommend using any other herbal products during the Fertility Cleanse. I am not familiar with Omnilife.

      Best Wishes,


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    I just received my Fertility Cleanse kit and my period has been done for about 4 days can I start the cleanse now or should I wait til my next period to start the cleanse? Thanks for all the awesome information. You have been a blessing:)


    • Hi Shannon,

      For timing purposes it would be best to wait until your next cycle. It is best to begin the day after your period ends. You don’t have to wait, but it makes timing hard and you may not be able to complete all of the liver cleanse phase.



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    I am currently on Phase 2 of my fertility cleanse and was wondering if I should already be taking the Pregnancy Prep pills and Maca while on the cleanse or should I wait until my cleanse is over?


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    hi i wanted to know if while on the fertilty cleanse could i take vitex and dim or should i wait till im finish the fertility cleanse? and also im on the 3rd day of the 3rd stage of the fertility cleanse and i just got my period do i stop?

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    hi i have just taken the fertility cleans and now my period is very light and have big clots coming when i go to the toilet, is that normal?

    • Hi Ingrid,

      Yes it is normal to experience clotting. This is your body cleansing itself. Your period may be different than those in the past as your body is adjusting to the cleansing process.

      All the Best,


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    Hi Hethir,
    Is the Fertility cleanse ok for me to take as I have no Gall bladder,Also I am allergic to bees does it contain anything derived from bees..
    Thanks Donna-maree

    • Hi Donna,

      The gallbladder releases stored bile from the liver to digest fatty food, becuase you no longer have a gallbladder your liver produces the bile and releases it directly, with less potency to emulsify the fats in the partially digested food. The Fertility Cleanse Kit contains a liver cleanse. The liver cleanse portion of the cleanse encourages liver health and hormonal balance. You may want to check with your doctor before deciding wheter or not to do a Fertility Cleanse. Make sure you drink plenty of water and get extra rest during this cleanse, you may want to aviod really fatty foods as well. The kit does not contain any bee products.

      Best Wishes,


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    Hi, i am doing the cleanse i am 4 days in to the liver cleanse phase … this morning i woke up with my head cloudy and feeling dizzy and nauseus?
    I don’t feel right! Is this normal?


    • Yes, some people feel the effects of detoxification while cleansing which may show up as headaches and nausea. Make sure to drink plenty of water and get rest.