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Maca, Wonder Herb For Fertility…

Maca, Wonder Herb For Fertility…

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root-like cruciferous vegetable from the Andes of Peru. It grows in some of the harshest farmlands in the world; experiencing freezing temperatures, fierce winds and intense sunlight. Often the soil is rich in volcanic minerals. Maca is the only food crop in the world that can grow and thrive at such a high altitude and in such harsh weather. For more than two millennia, native Peruvians have used Maca root as food and medicine to promote fertility, endurance, energy, vitality, and sexual virility.

Stories of Maca’s fertility-supporting effects have been passed down through history in a story that took place in the 1500s. Soon after the Spanish Conquest in South America occurred the Spanish began to experience poor health and infertility, and so did their livestock. This was due to the high altitude of the Andes. The native Peruvians recommended that they feed their livestock and themselves Maca. The results were so dramatic that many of the first written records ever kept for the Andean region were passages about Maca. There are also historical notes recording that the Conquistadors began demanding to be paid in Maca instead of gold.

How Maca Works

Maca root is an adaptogenic herb that has been shown in studies to improve fertility in both men and women.

Containing 31 different minerals and 60 different phytonutrients, Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) Maca has the ability to affect key hormones in both women and men without containing hormones itself.

Maca has been scientifically researched for increasing fertility since 1961 and has been shown to contain specific compounds called glucosinolates which can affect fertility for both men and women. These alkaloids are responsible for Maca’s ability to support hormonal balance.

Benefits of maca:

  • Supports hormonal balance
  • Increases energy, stamina, and mental clarity
  • Supports the thyroid
  • Supports normal sexual function

Maca also has adaptogenic properties, which means it helps to strengthen the body so it is able to better resist disease and stress, supports the adrenal glands, and balances the body’s functions. In order for an herb to be considered an adaptogen, it must be non-toxic or harmless to any organ of the body and must be able to be ingested for long periods of time safely. Maca is classified as an adaptogen.

In a 2014 clinical study of mice in the Journal of Clinical Food, Maca extract (doses: 250 and 500 mg/kg) was found to reduce corticosterone (and adrenal corticosteroids) levels, increase noradrenaline and dopamine levels, and inhibit reactive oxygen species (ROS) activity (oxidative stress) proving it’s antidepressant-like effects.

Endocrine System Tonic
One of Maca’s main actions is to stimulate and nourish the hypothalamus which regulates the pituitary gland, acting as a tonic for the hormone system. When the pituitary gland functions optimally, the entire endocrine system becomes balanced, because the pituitary gland controls the hormone output of the adrenals, thyroid and sex organs (testes in men and ovaries in women).

Promotes Hormonal Balance
In women, maca helps the body to promote balanced estrogen and progesterone levels. Estrogen or progesterone levels that are high or low at the wrong time can keep a woman from becoming pregnant or keep her from carrying to term. Excess estrogen levels can cause progesterone levels to become too low; this is known as estrogen dominance. Taking maca may help to balance the estrogen to progesterone ratio, which is essential to achieving and carrying a healthy pregnancy.

Too much estrogen in men may cause erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid. Studies shared of in Healthnotes by the University of Michigan have shown that men who use maca may experience an increased libido and an increase in sperm health.

In one study, maca was given to female and male rats and it was found that the females had multiple egg follicle maturation (important for ovulation); the males had significantly higher sperm production and motility rates.

Supports Normal Sexual Function
A small, clinical, human study in 2001 in the Asian J Andro, nine men who were given gelatinized maca for 4 months at 1,500 – 3,000 mg a day and experienced an increase in libido, sperm count, motility of sperm, DHEA levels, as well as decreased anxiety and stress, lowered blood pressure, balanced iron levels, and an increase in adrenal androgens.

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How to Use Maca

When purchasing maca, you want to make sure the product you are using has only maca root in it, not leaves or stems. Maca is available in powder, capsules or tincture. It is also available in varying strengths.

Maca powder: Maca powder comes in two forms. Plain maca powder that is just raw powdered maca root, or gelatinized maca. Gelatinization is a completely vegetarian process that removes the starch from maca to improve assimilation and make it more concentrated.

We find that gelatinized maca is easier to digest than the plain powder and is also more cost-effective since it is more concentrated. The studies mentioned above used gelatinized maca. Gelatinization does not refer to “gelatin”, and no animal-derived ingredients are incorporated into this process.

Maca powder can be added to juice, smoothies, yogurt or baked goods. It has a nice malty flavor which goes well with foods. I like to add it to all of my smoothies.

Maca capsules: Maca capsules are a convenient way to get Maca daily. Many people will find using the Maca capsules to be easier since they can be taken at any time with some water.

Maca tincture: A tincture of maca root is a liquid extract of the medicinal properties of maca. Maca tincture can be taken with water, in juice or added to smoothies.

General suggested usage is 500-3000 mg a day. To obtain desired results, maca needs to be taken regularly. It can be taken in one dose or throughout the day.

Note: Maca is slightly energy stimulating and because of this we find that it is best taken prior to 3pm, so that nighttime sleep is not disturbed in any way.

Safety & Side Effects

Maca is a beneficial herb that has been used for thousands of years and consumed everyday as a food and medicine by the Peruvians. Based on its long history of use as a food, it appears to be very safe. Toxicity studies (conducted at Product Safety Labs of East Brunswick, N.J.) showed absolutely no toxicity and no adverse pharmacological effects.

A small number of women experienced stomach upset when consuming plain maca root (not gelatinized). Additionally, some women experience spotting or a change in their menstrual cycle when they first begin using maca. This is normal and a sign that the body is beginning to balance the hormonal system.

Maca Use During Pregnancy

As a safety precaution most manufacturers state that their supplements should not be used during pregnancy. There have been no studies on the use of maca during pregnancy. Acute toxicity studies and cytotoxicity evaluations have demonstrated an absence of any evidence of potential toxicity of maca. The Peruvians have been consuming maca as a food for thousands of years. Since there have been no studies on the use of maca during pregnancy we can not state that it is proven safe to use during pregnancy. Please do your own research and make a personal decision on the use of maca during your pregnancy.


As you can see from all the actions maca can have on the body, it is a wonderful fertility superfood and tonic. Maca can complement any fertility program and should be used on a daily basis for the best results. It can also be used in conjunction with other fertility herbs and supplements.

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    I see that red maca is more useful for fertility for females but black is more useful for men and premium is good for both… Does it matter where it’s bought from or is the quality all basically the same?

    • Dear Rachelle,

      It is the golden Maca that has been shown to have fertility health benefits.Black and red maca are more stimulating and higher in iodine, which can be problematic to thyroid health (too much iodine). These varieties are not often sold or taken as a supplement.

      Fertilica Maca is the golden Maca.

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    I always have irregular period ever since 12 years old (i’m 27 now), however I did get my period every 2 months or 3 months if not 1 month. Last year, I had an ovarian cyst and got it removed, I got my period 2 weeks after the surgery but after that no more period up till april this year. Also I had an implanon (a type of birth control) being injected to me about 4 months after my surgery, that might also contribute to the no period for quite some time. Finally had my period in April this year after about 8-9 months of absent. But no period in may and up till now. I’m planning to conceive next year after i take out my implanon. Is Maca safe for me or it can contribute to another cyst?

    • Dear Hana,

      The Implanon could be the culprit and we can not suggest Maca until it is removed. It is best to not combine herbs known to impact hormonal balance with medications that do the same.

      Fertilica Maca is not known to cause ovarian cysts.

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    I started taking Maca capsule together with Evening Primrose and CoQ10…I am feeling so different after a few years of TTC. I started to spot on Friday, had a heavier flow on Saturday and Sunday it was all gone. My AF is due on coming Friday. So i did see a flow before my AF due. I guess my hormone is getting in order. With Prayers and good vitamins i am looking forward to a favourable result this month.

    • Dear Kel,

      It is great to hear you are feeling changes!

      Spotting can happen as a result of the hormonal system resetting itself. This may also be a temporary shift if the timing of the menstrual cycle also as a result of hormones balancing. A good sign the body is responding to the nutrients being offered.

      I look forward to hearing of your success!

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    I got my tubes tied extremely early due to various reasons and now i regret having them tied. i dont have the money to have them untied but didnt know if i took supplements such as maca root and epo will help my chances on becoming pregnant.

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    I have immune hypothyroidism and fibroids and for the past year that I am TTC I have had very irregular periods. I am taking Levotyroxine for the thyroid but my periods are still ever 2 or 4 months. I was thinking of taking vitex and maca to regulate my cycle. Are these herbs adequate for this and can I take maca despite taking levo?

    • Dear Gertrude,

      We suggest seeking personalized support/guidance in combining herbs with medications from a qualified professional. It would be good to either talk to your doctor or a naturopathic doctor near you. You might also consider a Fertility Consultation with a fertility herbalist who can create with you a natural fertility program focusing on thyroid and menstrual cycle health.

      As you contemplate this, our guide How Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Affects Fertility may be helpful.

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    I started with the fertility cleans and for the last month have been taking Maca and Vitex to help my fertility. I am now 4 weeks pregnant. I have read that I need to wean off the Vitex slowly through my first trimester, but what are the suggestions for Maca?

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    Hi – I recently purchased gelatinized maca and have been adding it to my morning smoothie. I usually do a small teaspoon but I really don’t know if this is the right amount to use. I see you recommend 500-3000mg per day. How do I know much is in a teaspoon? Thanks! The packaging doesn’t have that info on it unfortunately.

    • Hi Colleen,

      The teaspoon guidelines come from our Organic Fertilica Maca Powder, which is gelatinized and contains 2,700mg of gelatinized maca root, which is equivalent to 16,200mg of raw maca powder. If the product you purchased doesn’t have this information, I would suggest you call the manufacturer.

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    I am extremely confused about maca. I have pcos however i have always had regular periods and from time to time ewcm, not often but even when i dont get it i test with lueitinizing hormone stips each month and its always positive. I also have fibroids and see conflicting articles that basically whats good for pcos is not good for fibroids. i am TTC without luck im assuming its due to my fibroids and not pcos. my tubes are not blocked and was told the fibroids shouldnt deter pregnancy. i am now looking into natural remedies to get pregnant (30 year old). so far ive been taking evening primrose oil, milk thistle, cod liver oil, folic acid, multivitamins, and serrapeptase, can i add maca?

    • Hi Sandy,

      I am confused about why you are “extremely confused about maca.”? Also, what information exactly is conflicting about PCOS and Uterine Fibroid natural treatments? To answer your questions, yes, Maca is fine to combine with all of the other supplements you asked about.

      I look forward to hearing back from you.

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      Hello Dalene
      Thanks for your response. one of the biggest complaint i read about maca is that it alters the menstrual cycle and delay ovulation as well. considering i have a regular cycle and TTC i wouldn’t want to mess that up and make an already difficult journey harder. i have never been tested for estrogen levels, but i have done a day 21 progesterone test which was 16.2 n/mL and was told this meant i ovulated, at least for that cycle. I still dont notice ewcm each cycle even with taking even primrose oil for about 1 whole month, as i did not know it was only to be taken from cycle day 1 to ovulation and not after ovulation. will add maca royal jelly and red raspberry tea to my list

    • Hi Sandy,

      Thanks for getting back to me. I have only seem Maca shift a menstrual cycle (including ovulation date) in very few women, and typically only in the first cycle as the body gets used to it. Again, this is rare. I can understand your apprehension, since your cycle is regular now. To me, based on the information you have provided, I am not sure Maca is your best choice. If you are going to add something to your regime, I would say focus on blood/uterine building herbs like Dong Quai and Hibiscus flower in addition to the Red Raspberry leaf. Also, another area to focus on is to increase circulation to the reproductive organs. This article 3 Easy Ways to Increase Circulation to Your Uterus has great, natural and easy tips to do this!

      In regard to your comment about use of EPO, yes that suggested use would only be for those who are TTC.

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      Once again thank you for taking the time to respond to me. What would be the best form to take dong quai, tea, pills etc? i also found the tidbit on “Avoid feverfew, ginger, licorice, Chinese skullcap, turmeric, ginseng and garlic when taking dong quai.” i do enjoy cooking with ginger, garlic and tumeric as i also read they are goods to add to diet, i guess i will just not use them when i use dong quai for a part of my cycle? May i add tribulus instead of dong quai since tribulus increases chances of ovulation? And then just follow some of the steps in the article you linked? sorry to be so indecisive.

    • Hello again, Sandy,

      All of those herbs you mentioned may have a similar action as Dong Quai, so they may be overly cautious with the information they are giving out at, though that is speculation. I think Dong Quai is fine to combine with those herbs, at the right dose. I find that website to be alarmist.

      Tribulus and Dong Quai work completely differently. If ovulation is a problem then yes, Tribulus may be a better choice than Dong Quai. Dong Quai is a better choice for encouraging healthy menses and menstrual cycle overall, it also offers relief for menstrual cramps, where Tribulus doesn’t. Tribulus is also more specific to promoting overall hormonal regulation.

      I hope that helps you make a decision. Yes, the steps in the article I linked to you are great for improving uterine health.

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      Thank you Dalene!

    • You’re welcome!

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    where can i get maca. am in kenya

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    I’m having a hard time finding this info anywhere, but is there somewhere I can find out which herbs are appropriate to take during each phase of the cycle? Currently I have, Maca, Raspberry Tea, Nettle Leaf Tea, Chaste Berry, and Dandelion. I want to make sure I’m taking them during the right time to help support my full cycle. I’m pretty irregular now, and plan to take a hormone test soon. Just wanted an idea of herbs for the phases of cycle. Thanks!

    • Dear Katy,

      Maca, Red Raspberry Leaf tea, Nettle, Chaste Berry (Vitex) and dandelion can all be taken all cycle long. There are only a few that are best not used after ovulation when you begin actively trying to conceive, none of which are on you list.

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    I’m TTC and was wondering if it’s ok to take Maca while also using essential oils such as the Progessence Plus from Young Living?

    • Dear Stephanie,

      It is my understand that Maca can be combined with Progessence Plus, as it can be combined with essential oils and progesterone cream. It may also be worth reaching out to ask the makers of this oil their thoughts.

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    Is it okey for a azoospermiac man to take maca with cordyceps?

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    I’m currently on Clomid, can I use Maca at the same time?

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    Is it ok to take Maca along with DIM and natural progesterone for severe endo? My doctor has me on bioidentical progesterone and I’ve been doing very well on it with almost no pain during my last two periods, but as soon as I took Maca, my period came 10 days early and with it a new pain deep in my lower left pelvic region (the left side is also where my one remaining ovary is, so this is worrying). I have no idea what is causing this pain or if it’s really endo-related, but I’m not sure whether I should continue with the Maca now. Any thoughts?

    I wouldn’t ask my PCP about it as he is a bit difficult when it comes to alternative therapies and had wanted to put me on GnRH agonists instead.

    • Dear Arden,

      Fertilica Maca and DIM Complete can be taken with Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream.

      Was what you experienced a normal period, or could it have been ovulation occurring? Have you spotted or experienced ovulation pain in past cycles? Maca in part supports the body in achieving hormone balance and DIM helps the body properly metabolize excess estrogen. In doing both, hormones can shift and as a result the menstrual cycle may shift before normalizing.

      All this being said, the way to know if Maca was the culprit is to discontinue it to see how your next cycle is.

      No matter the stage of endometriosis, we know a natural endometriosis support plan can be helpful. This plan should include dietary and lifestyle changes which are equally as important as using herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies.

      All my best!

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    Is it recommended to take Maca everyday? Menstruation through ovulation? Thank you!!

    • Dear Leah,

      Fertilica Maca can be taken daily through the entire menstrual cycle without taking a break while preparing for conception and actively trying to conceive.

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    I got pregnant on Maca, and it also helped me sleep. I adore the guy who showed this to me at the vitamin shoppe! Try it ladies!

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      Did you use the regular powder? Or the gelatinized?

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    where can i buy maca powder?

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    Thank you for this great source of information! I recently stopped using the birth control pill to allow some time for my body to recover before trying to conceive. However after one “phantom” period, I’ve yet to menstruate again in over three months. I visited my doctor who instantly suggested provera without doing any tests to support his assessment that my circumstances were likely due to fertility issues. I’ve been taking an amazing multivitamin and evening primrose oil. I’m interested in trying Vitex and Maca as well. Would you suggest trying these natural remedies before provera? Is it OK to use the natural remedies in addition to provera? Thank you again!!

    • Dear Deanna,

      We work with many women who experience delayed or lack of menstruation after stopping birth control. While Fertilica Vitex and Maca may be helpful, consider also referring to our guide to How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control.

      We can not suggest combining herbs that have hormone-balancing actions, like Vitex, Maca or Evening Primrose Oil, with medications that do the same. If interested in combining them, it would be best to speak to your healthcare provider about doing so.

      I hope that guide is helpful!

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    Hello! I am glad I came across this page. I’m 25 and have been on birth control pill for several years due to an absent period when I was about 20. I stopped taking the birth control in July because my husband and I want to get pregnant. I have had regular periods since stopping, until now. I am 8 days late and getting all negative pregnancy tests. I currently take Vitex, I am wondering if I can start taking Maca now or if I have to wait until my period decides to start again? Thank you!

    • Dear Jessica,

      Fertilica Maca can be started at any time of the menstrual cycle.

      And I should share that some women do experience cycle shifts when first beginning herbs that impact hormonal balance, like Vitex. The cycle can shorten or lengthen temporarily before settling on its “normal”. This is not to cause concern, rather be viewed and a sign the body is responding to the actions of the herb.

      Take care!

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    Hello, I wonder if this will help me get out of these cyst problem. I really really want to get pregnant. Many thanks for your answer!!! 🙂

    • Dear Flor,

      Maca is an herb for the endocrine and immune systems making it useful for supporting a healthy stress response within the body, hormone balance and for supporting the body in maintaining a normal ovarian environment. Consider learning about the other ways to do this, as well as promote normal hormonal balance and progesterone levels, support the body’s natural ability to reduce excess estrogen in the body, and encourage normal circulation to the reproductive system in our guide on How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    Hi! I was just looking over the internet for what can help me get pregnant as in the past I have had problems getting pregnant. With my 2 sons it took me 3yrs to get pregnant and I only have one working fallopian tube. I was on Clomid and everything for a long time and nothing helped, so I stopped taking them and lost a little weight and stopped thinking about it and booked a holiday and found out I was pregnant. That was over 4 years ago and now I’m trying again. I had the Mirena coil in for almost 2 years and got it out 2 months ago. I was wondering if I take Maca, will it help in getting pregnant as I don’t want to wait 3 years or more again. If you have any other info. that might help, thank you!

    • Dear Carol,

      Maca is a nutrient-packed fertility superfood that supports egg health, energy and libido and a healthy stress response. It could be considered a part of most any natural fertility program, but may not be all to consider.

      A helpful place to start is to consider learning How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control. Then, know that with only one functioning, healthy fallopian tube, conception can only happen during the months ovulation occurs from the ovary on that side. Ovulation happens from one ovary one cycle and the other the next – alternates from side to side. It is also going to be helpful to learn the tools available to help you detect ovulation (if you do not already do this) to help you learn how to detect when ovulation happens.

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

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    I am 28 years old and and my husband is 29. We have a beautiful 8 year old son and have been trying to get pregnant for 5 years now… Fertility specialist said that the problem is on my husband’s side, sperm motility is low and sperm only lives for 2 hours… my cousin suggested that my husband try Multi-Maca. Will this help with the motility and life of the sperm?

    Warm regards from South Africa

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    I recently started taking maca root for only about a week before my period was supposed to come. However, my period has not come when expected and I am panicking a little because I am not trying to get pregnant. I have a copper IUD in place for 5 months and my periods have been 3-4 days and very heavy because of the IUD. Should I keep taking the 600mg of maca (I have been taking it with vitamin D3, vitamin B12, and an antidepressant), or should I discontinue it? Is it possible that I ovulated without having a period, because I have been experiencing some cramping here and there, along with thickened cervical fluid? Any answers to this are appreciated!

    • Dear Michelle,

      I am sorry to hear this is making you panic! Some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using herbs that have the potential to impact hormone balance, which Maca does. The length of the menstrual cycle may shorten or lengthen temporarily before it finally stabilizes. This is just the body balancing itself out and often viewed as completely normal.

      It is not common to ovulate without having a period, but in rare cases it can happen.

      Continuing Maca is entirely up to you! Go with your instinct here… if taking it will cause more stress, it may be best to stop.

      All my best!

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    Hi Elizabeth

    I am currently taking a few other vitamins and was wondering if they would be OK to take altogether. I’m taking Folic acid (to aid in getting pregnant), Biotin and Cod liver oil tablets.
    I’ve also had a kidney stone in the past will taking Maca Root have any effect in that sense.
    Thank you

    • Dear Emily,

      Folic Acid, Biotin, Cod Liver Oil and Maca can all be taken together. I have not heard Maca should be avoided by those who have kidney stones (I am so sorry by they way… awful as you know!). If you are concerned or are on any medication, please consult your healthcare provider before taking Maca.

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    Hello I find this website so informative and hope you continue extending your knowledge in helping people who are struggling to get pregnant. Thank you and God bless!

    I was diagnosed with unknown infertility with hydrosalphinx on my right fallopian tube. I have been married for almost nine years and we are trying to get pregnant. We have tried all sorts of treatments, including a series of fertility treatments and IVF. They did not work.

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    I am taking Clomid. Can I take Maca while taking the Clomid?

    • Dear Vinni,

      Consider reaching out to you doctor for guidance in taking Maca with Clomid. We can not suggest combing a fertility superfood like Maca that has an action on hormonal balance with a medication, Clomid, that does the same.

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    I’m currently taking b-6, vitex, and evening primrose oil. Is it safe to take maca with these other supplements also?

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    I’ve been reading about Maca for PCOS. Will Maca help with regulating cycles including inducing ovulation?

    • Dear Marisa,

      Maca is a nourishing fertility superfood that is known to support healthy endocrine system function. It does this by way of offering the body a variety of nutrients and hormonal balance support without containing hormones itself. This may support a healthy menstrual cycle.

      With PCOS however, the body often requires a bit more support than Maca alone can offer. It is important to support the body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, and reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion. There are a variety of ways to do this and more can be learned in the article How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    I recently started taking organic maca powder by naturya. The recommended dosage states between 5 to 15grams daily yet I noticed you are recommending much higher dosages. Also noticed a change in my last two monthly cycles. One cycle late and the other early both by about a week. Is this a normal effect of using the maca?

    • Dear Jana,

      It is in general best to follow the suggested use of the manufacturer of the product being taken. We suggest taking 500-3000milligrams of Maca daily, which is less than the 5-15 grams (5000-15000milligrams).

      Some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using herbs that have the potential to impact hormone balance. The length of the menstrual cycle may shorten or lengthen temporarily before it finally stabilizes. This is just the body balancing itself out and is completely normal.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    Hi there! Should Maca be taken at a certain time of the month when trying to conceive? Thanks!

    • Dear Jess,

      Fertilica Maca general suggested use is that is be taken each day of the menstrual cycle without taking a break when trying to conceive.

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    I’m 43 and just got blood test back. My hormone that helps produce eggs is very low. The doctor said that I don’t have egg anymore. Will Maca be able to help my condition?

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    I began taking maca two months ago and I’ve experienced 5 days of spotting before I got my real period for both periods since I started taking it. Should I take this as a sign that it’s working it’s magic or that it’s actually decreasing my fertility? Its kind of scary spotting for that long.

    • Dear Shannon,

      There can be a variety of reasons for mid-cycle spotting, but some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using herbs that have the potential to impact hormone balance. This is often just the body balancing itself out and can be completely normal.

      Hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, dietary changes, levels of hydration, age, stress and changes in stress levels (even minor changes), weight loss or gain, changes in exercise routines and even travel can all impact the menstrual cycle.

      Maca is not known to decrease fertility, rather meet the body where it’s at if you will; to provide support when and where it is needed and it does without containing hormones itself.

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    I am interesting to taking maca. But I confused to take powder or capsules. Tell me what is the best. Thank you!

    • Dear Prasanna,

      One form of Fertilica Maca is not necessarily better than the other.

      Capsules are swallowed and there is no taste, powder is mixed into food, beverages or Fertility Smoothies and must be tasted (I quite like it myself). One could take them both to meet the suggested use guidelines of 1000mg – 3000mg per day.

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    Can you use Maca and Dong quai together? I am 35 and had one shot of depo. Since using the Dong Quai I have had a regular period my first one since I stopped using the shot in June 2015. I just want to know if I can use both of these items together for my menstrual which leads to ovulation and get my sex drive back to eventually start trying for a baby.

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    Can Maca be taken while breastfeeding?

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    Hello! Can Vitex and Maca Powder be taken together safely? How much Maca powder should I put in my husband and my smoothies each day?

    • Dear Valerie,

      Fertilica Vitex and Maca are complementary to one another and can be taken together. It is best to follow the suggested us of the Maca product you purchased. General suggested use however is 1000-3000mg per day each day of the month.

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    Thank you for the wonderful information on this site. I wonder if it is okay to take Shatavari and Maca together? I am working to balance hormones and increase health and wellness after two consecutive miscarriages. I am also trying to get pregnant at this time. Finally, is there any time of the cycle that both these supplements should be started?
    Thank you

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    Hello good people! Have you heard of a plant called Moringa oilefera? Does it help with fertility issues? TTC for 3 years now, have been putting the powder of this plant in my smoothies, but am beginning to get skeptical. Your advice on this will be of great help. Thank you.

    • Dear Agnes,

      We do not have information about Moringa oliefera in relation to fertility health at this time. It may help to reach out to a natural healthcare provider or herbalist near you to seek guidance in using this herb.

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    I need herbs for vitiligo please

    • Dear Mohammed,

      Thank you for reaching out to us, but guiding you in using herbs for Vitiligo is beyond our scope of practice. Consider seeking the guidance of a natural healthcare provider or herbalist near you.

      Best wishes!

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    Good day, where can i purchase the regular maca powder and how much will it cost?,

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    Can maca be taken if I have multiple uterine fibroids along with Hypothyroidism

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    Please what can you recommend for which maca can I use to fall pregnant and my husband can he use it too cos both of us we never had kids and we trying to have one please help us. Where can I get maca in South Africa?

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    I started taking Maca in November last year as I had two missed miscarriages in 2013. I haven’t been able to get pregnant since September 2014. I am also taking Spirulina plus a pre-natal multivitamin. I haven’t yet tried Vitex. I have had tests with a gynocologist here in Switzerland and the results are positive, he having stated that all is good and healthy and more like a 38 year old than my age, 43. Do you have some positive stories about women my age conceiving while on Maca?

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    Hello! Please help me decide if MACA is a good natural treatment for me or VITEX would be best.
    I have 33 years old and i am trying to have a baby. The only medical issue found by the doctors is my very low AMH 0.1. I have already had an IVF, but it failed.
    Thank you!

    • Dear Alexia,

      I am sorry to hear IVF failed and that conception has been a challenge.

      It is often not Fertilica Vitex or Fertilica Maca, rather both. This herb and fertility superfood are complementary to one another. Our article Is it Maca or Vitex, or Maca and Vitex? may help you best decide if one or the other, or both may be right for you.

      The article AMH, Ovarian Reserve, & Continued Follicle Production may also be helpful.

      Take care!

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      I am already taking Dim-plus, Vitex, Dandelion and Burdock all capsules every day. This is my 3months now and it is getting pretty good results with it. I am not yet pregnant. My question is that is it advisable for me to also take Maca as am on those capsules listed above? Thank you very much for your help. Amazing website ☺

    • Dear Gifty,

      Fertilica Maca can be combined with DIM-Plus, Vitex, Dandelion and Burdock if interested in the fertility-health benefits Maca has to offer.

      I am so happy for you… that you have experienced results!

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    I am 49, I started taking Maca and read that you need to cycle off of it, when i did I had excessive menstrual bleeding for 12 days. when I started taking Maca again i went 3 months without my period, cycled off again and have had my period for 13 days. prior to taking the maca my cycle was erratic, but usually only lasted 4-6 days, only 2 days of heavy bleeding.
    not sure if i should start taking Maca again, was it helping or making things worse?

    • Dear Geri,

      I am sorry this has been your experience.

      Suggested use of Fertilica Maca is consistently throughout the entire menstrual cycle long term if need be (without cycling off or taking a break).

      I am not certain I know enough about why you are using Maca, but I do have to share that we have found that women approaching the age of 50 need to work with a doctor, a reproductive endocrinologist, who can monitor hormonal balance and determine fertility health, or a natural healthcare practitioner who can help determine the best natural fertility program given the hormonal changes occurring as one nears and enters her 50s.

      I hope you are able to find support near you!

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    I am interested in taking maca after 2 back to back miscarriages. I have PCOS and am currently taking metformin and am also slightly hypothyroid and taking synthroid. Can I take maca with these two medicines? Thank you!

    • Dear Beth,

      I am so sorry for your losses!

      Fertilica Maca may have an action on hormonal balance and is not to be combined with Metformin or Synthroid unless being guided in doing so by a qualified healthcare practitioner.

      Dietary and lifestyle changes can be consider when supporting the bodyin re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion. You can learn more and how to do the above in the following article: How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs

      Best wishes!

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    Good Morning! I was wonder if you can please help us. We are trying to get pregnant. We don’t know what Maca to take, raw or gelatinized. Some people say Maca is better raw for all the benefits that are not cooked out. We are taking raw Maca and doing ok with the stomach about one month. Can you tell us, does gelatinized Maca still have all the benefit as the raw Maca? Thanks

    • Dear Santiago,

      We have found that those unaccustomed to consuming Maca, digest and assimilate it best when it is gelatinized. Gelatinizing Maca also makes it more concentrated.

      If not experiencing digestion issues, raw Maca may be fine for you.

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    Can you take Maca in conjunction with progesterone cream? I know the cream can be used after pregnant to prevent miscarriage while Maca cannot. So, can I use both now and then just use the cream while pregnant?

    • Dear Deb,

      Fertilica Maca and Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream can be used together. Upon confirming pregnancy, we suggest discontinuing Fertilica Maca and continuing with a plain natural progesterone cream such as Emerita Pro-Gest. Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream is not to be used in pregnancy as it contains herbs not intended for use in pregnancy.

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    Hi! Is Maca the best, or is Chastetree berry (Vitex) for stenosis, ovarian cysts (not said to be pcos as it’s only on one side – left). FET has now failed twice. I am willing to try anything! Please reply.

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    I am already taking vitex and seem to be getting pretty good results with it. My cycles have gone from 33 days to 28 and my ovulation from day 21 to day 17. It has taken about 5 months for these changes to occur. I am not yet pregnant and was considering taking Maca but I know it can take a few months to start working and could cause some changes to my cycle initially. Would you recommend taking the Maca in combination with the vitex or just continuing with the vitex. My concern is that the Maca might reverse all the progress I have already made with the vitex. Thank you so much for all your help! Your website is amazing and have told all the girls at my support group about it! 🙂

    • Dear cslorraine,

      Hello again! Fertilica Maca can be taken with Fertilica Vitex. While Fertilica Maca may in part support hormone balance, its primary fertility benefits are that it offers support for libido and energy levels, a healthy stress response in the body and nourishment for the body’s endocrine and immune systems, as well as provide a variety of nutrients – it is a fertility super food that provides 31 different minerals and 60 different micronutrients.

      I have not seen or experienced Fertilica Maca reversing the hormone balance support offered by Fertilica Vitex, rather they complement one another.

      I hope this is helpful and thank you for sharing with others the work that we do! We are grateful!