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5 Herbs You Should Know About That Help Regulate Ovulation

5 Herbs You Should Know About That Help Regulate Ovulation

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Photo courtesy of Sten Porse, license: CC-BY 3.0

A rather common menstrual disorder that we get asked about is anovulation, which means the absence of ovulation. An anovulatory cycle occurs as a result of a disruption in the communication of the hormones necessary to support the release of a mature egg. When ovulation does not happen, there is no mature egg released and pregnancy cannot occur (during that cycle).

Ovulation is a process that can be easily affected by a number of things including stress and distress, illness and infections, diet, extreme shifts in weight and exercise routines, breastfeeding, fertility issues and hormone imbalances, pituitary or thyroid problems, and even travel. There are five key herbs that help to regulate ovulation through hormone balance support by nourishing the endocrine system and improving the body’s ability to handle stress. All women should know about these 5 herbs…

1. Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris) is an antioxidant rich nourishing tonic* for the entire female reproductive system with an affinity for the ovaries and their proper function. Tribulus has been found to promote ovulation when used prior to ovulation. Studies have found that Tribulus produces marked increases in FSH and estradiol levels in women, which may result in an increase in the number of maturing follicles in the ovaries.

2. Vitex or Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex agnus-castus) is known to have an effect on the hormonal feedback loop, normalizing the entire menstrual cycle including ovulation. Vitex in part supports the body’s natural ability to produce luteinizing hormone (LH) which is the hormone that causes ovulation to occur.

3. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) supports hormone balance by providing nourishment (vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients) to the endocrine system, the system that coordinates the communication and delivery of our hormones. In supporting the health of the endocrine system, hormone balance and the entire menstrual cycle is supported.

4. Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is yet another female reproductive system tonic*. Shatavari is thought to be able to help regulate estrogen in the body and in doing so may contribute to menstrual cycle regulation. Shatavari also supports healthy cervical mucus production, stress-related infertility issues, and combines well with Tribulus.

5. Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) has been shown to have androgen-regulating effects, one of the most well-known androgens is testosterone. In regulating androgens, Saw Palmetto may help stimulate suppressed ovulation by promoting healthy testosterone levels and encouraging the body to release luteinizing hormone (LH), which is the hormone that causes ovulation to occur.

While Tribulus, Vitex, Maca, Shatavari, and Saw Palmetto prove to have a supportive role in regulating ovulation, it is important to first address the cause of anovulation. These five herbs have a number of different benefits supportive of fertility and many complement each other. Speak with your natural health care provider or herbalist about how they may support you.

*One note… an herb referred to as a reproductive system “tonic” means this herb has the potential to induce overall well-being, a sense of vigor or to be invigorating… to “wake up” the reproductive system.


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Elizabeth Willett - M.A., Certified Herbalist

Elizabeth Willett is the Senior Herbalist and Lead Educator at She holds a BS in Mass Communications (2000) from Minnesota State University, and a Master of Arts degree (MA, 2010) in Holistic Health Studies with a specialization is herbalism from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. Liz has written over 200 articles on women’s fertility and brings a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in holistic health and healing to Natural Fertility

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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  1. I will like to know if you can combine all the five herbs at the same time for optimum result.

  2. Thank you for your useful information. My menstruation cycle is 24 days. And i have trouble ovulation. Can i use tribulus with maca and dong quai

  3. Can/should you take all these herbs at the same time please?

  4. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years and unsuccessful, even after taking clomid and doing 3 rounds of IUI’s. I have been diagnosed with PCOS. Will any of these supplements help with fertility for me? Please let me know which one’s if so.

  5. i would like to ask which one can help treat cysts in ovaries and regulate menses. so that i can order.

  6. Hi! I am encouraged with the success stories about your natural fertility info. I have been trying for a baby over a year now, but to no avail. The problem is that my period is irregular. At times it ceases for three months or more. From the test I ran it shows that I have a hormonal imbalance. Please I want to conceive immediately what should I do? I live in Nigeria do you have any agent that distributes your products here, or how do I get maca powder, vitex and the Fertility Smoothie Pack? Please advice asap because as I write now I have not seem my period since August.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Vera,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!

      Consider learning more about the Top 10 Natural Fertility Boosters which are all important in creating a diet and lifestyle supporting of optimal fertility health. These natural fertility boosters can be combined with Fertilic Maca, Fertilica Vitex and the Fertility Smoothie Pack.

      Our customer care team will contact you via email to assist with ordering.

      Best wishes!

  7. You have forgotten the effects of Cinnamon on PCO (PCOS).