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Prepare for Conception with a Fertility Cleanse…

Prepare for Conception with a Fertility Cleanse…

Article Overview

I am sure you have heard about cleansing from one place or another; maybe it was about cleansing your colon or detoxifying your liver. While it may seem like a new fad, cleansing has been around for thousands of years, used by the Japanese, Egyptians, and Native Americans. Cleansing has been used as a natural way to keep the body healthy and may be one of the most beneficial things to do before you get pregnant.

Fertility Cleansing

The time while you are preparing for conception is one of the most important times to create a healthy body in preparation for pregnancy. It is also the best time to do a fertility cleanse. Fertility cleansing is a way to support the body in preparation for conception by cleansing the uterus and liver. A fertility cleanse encourages the liver to cleanse the body of toxins and excess hormones. It also supports the uterus to cleanse itself of old stagnant blood and increases circulation to the uterus while tonifying the uterine tissues.

Note: Do not cleanse during pregnancy or breastfeeding. You do not want to expose your baby to your body’s toxins as they circulate in your blood on the way out.

Why Fertility Cleanse?

Over the years the body can accumulate toxins from chemicals in the air, earth, and water and from substances we consume daily or slather on our skin. Many of these toxins get stored in the fatt; tissues of the body and can be released quicker through cleansing. Some of these toxins may be left from:

  • Hormonal birth control
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pesticides
  • Excess hormones
  • Poor diet
  • Alcohol

 
Ideally, we would like our bodies to be as healthy as possible during pregnancy; through cleansing we are able to support the body in its natural ability to rid itself of these substances.

While cleansing is beneficial, not just any cleanse is going to be beneficial for fertility. A fertility cleanse is specific to the reproductive system and assists the body in eliminating the additional burden of substances not good for fertility.

A fertility cleanse focuses on three major areas that can help the body to prepare for conception: liver health, uterine health and increasing circulation to the uterus.

Liver Health

The liver helps to filter toxins from the body including excess hormones. If there is an overabundance of estrogen, it is the liver’s job to remove it from the system. Sometimes, due to poor diet, lifestyle or general health (chronic medication or alcohol are two examples), the liver may need some stimulation and support to get rid of these substances.

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath, hypothesizes that every American “has some degree of liver malfunction” as a result of the standard American diet which is often high in empty calories, processed foods, fat, refined sugar, grains and alcohol. Other contributing factors to poor liver function are the unknown amounts of toxins from lifestyle choices, environmental toxins, and body care products. Other cultures may also be impacted similarly in this age of convenience.

By using whole herbs to support the liver you are helping your body to better cope with oxidative stress from our industrial world and the impact it could be having on your reproductive health. I will cover liver-supportive herbs in brief below, but to give you an example of the benefits of whole herbs, let me share about Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum):

  • Milk Thistle is known as the most beneficial liver herb. It’s benefits have been studied extensively, with mixed, yet promising findings. Animal studies in the German Journal of Medicinal Plant Research, Planta Med., found that Milk Thistle combats oxidative stress and increases glutathione content throughout the digestive tract, including the liver. Glutathione is a key antioxidant, “nature’s master antioxidant and detoxifier”, for the liver. Researchers at the Department of Gastroenterology, Cisanello Hospital, Pisa, Italy, report evidence from experimental research and clinical studies that glutathione holds promise for those needing to recover from oxidative stress-induced liver damage.

Uterine Health

Uterine health is very important for reproductive health. Every cycle, the uterus is supposed to release the lining that was built that month for the embryo to implant. In some cases the uterus is not completely cleansed every cycle, so old stagnant blood remains. As you can imagine, this is not the best environment to house a new embryo.

What causes the uterus to not fully release its contents every month? Some factors may be…

  • Low circulation
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Misplaced uterus

 
Through the use of specific cleansing and uterine herbs you can help support your uterine health, increase circulation and help tonify the uterine muscles, all helping to promote a healthy uterine environment. One example is Red Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus):

  • Red Raspberry leaf is renowned for it’s ability to relieve uterine spasm and reduce prostagladin production, in turn easing contraction of smooth muscles like those in the uterus. The European Medicines Agency; Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) acknowledges the traditional use of Red Raspberry leaf for “symptomatic receive of minor spasm associated with menstrual periods.” Combine Red Raspberry leaf with other herbs, Nettle (Utica urens) for example, for a nutrient-powerhouse herbal combination, tonifying to the uterus.

Increasing Circulation to the Uterus

In order for the uterus to function at its best, it requires proper circulation. With proper circulation, the communication loop between the uterus, ovaries, and the rest of the endocrine system is able to function smoothly. This is necessary for proper hormonal balance and all of the functions dependent on it such as ovulation, menstruation, and hormone production. Herbs may be beneficial in helping to increase the circulation to the uterus, as well as exercise and massage.

Do You Need To Cleanse?

Do you experience PMS?
Do you experience unexplained fatigue?
Do you feel congested?
Have you been on birth control?
Do you have acne?
Do you have less than 1 bowel movement a day?
Do you have dark circles under your eyes?
Do you have liver spots or itchy skin?
Have you been on medication or antibiotics for longer than 1 week?
During your menses do you have dark blood, cramps, or blood clots?
Do you eat conventional meats and dairy?
Are you experiencing hormonal imbalance?
Do you experience frequent colds and flu?

Click here to learn more about the Fertilica™ Fertility Cleanse kit

Cleansing for Fertility VS. Other Types of Cleansing

Fertility CleansingAre you wondering what the difference is between a cleanse specifically for fertility and a normal cleanse? There are many differences between the two. General body cleansing is wonderful and a great way to help support the body, but if you are preparing for conception, a fertility cleanse is more specific and focused on your needs. Below I have listed some of the differences between fertility cleansing and regular cleansing so you can see the benefits of cleansing specifically for fertility.

  • Works with the phases of the menstrual cycle
    When doing a fertility cleanse, we focus on cleansing certain parts of the body during specific phases of the menstrual cycle. For instance, the liver phase of the fertility cleanse is done from the first day after your period has ended up until ovulation. We do this because this is a stimulating time of your cycle, perfect for encouraging the liver to work a little harder. The uterine phase of the fertility cleanse should be done from ovulation until the first day of your period. This is more of a nourishing and building stage of the cycle, when uterine herbs can help to support hormonal balance, increase uterine muscle tone and increase circulation right before the period begins.

    With general cleanses, they do not focus on the most supportive times of your cycle or your fertility at all.

  • Whole Herbs
    Cleanses come in many different forms; some are capsules and teas, some are fiber powders and drinks, while others are dramatic diet shifts. When it comes to fertility cleansing we want to do what is most effective and specific. We have found that using whole herbs in the form of teas, capsules, and liquid extract to be most holistic, effective, and gentle.

  • Gentle on the system yet effective
    There is a wide spectrum of cleanses and they vary in length of time from one day to 90 days, sometimes entailing lots of trips to the bathroom and possibly time off from work. We have found that when preparing for conception, you do not want to do anything really dramatic or potentially harmful, so we focus on cleansing in a gentle yet effective way that is supportive of reproductive health. While doing a fertility cleanse you are able to continue going to work and function in your everyday life. We don’t require any dramatic dietary changes, but do suggest you begin to switch to a fertility diet.

    There are no overly strong cleansing reactions while on the fertility cleanse except for some possible minor moodiness due to the liver cleansing itself. When toxins and hormones are being released, this can sometimes make one cranky, similar to PMS. This is good and can be helped by drinking more water.

  • Supportive of Fertility and Reproduction
    Cleansing for fertility is very supportive and encouraging for fertility and the reproductive system. While there are many great cleanses out there, focusing on doing a cleanse specific for fertility is going to be the safest, most gentle, and most supportive while you are preparing for pregnancy.

Fertility Cleansing Herbs

Fertility cleansing is best done using whole herbs as they are the safest way to encourage cleansing in the body. Below are some of the herbs used in fertility cleansing.

Liver Cleansing Herbs

    Burdock Root (Arctium lappa): Burdock root helps to stimulate digestion, as well as nourish and cleanse the liver, all of which aid hormonal balance.

    Milk Thistle Seed (milk thistle or Silybum marianum): Milk Thistle Seed is one of the best plants for liver health. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones.

    Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale): Dandelion leaves and roots are very nutritious and bitter, making this common weed a nourishing food and digestive aid. The root specifically supports liver health to help encourage hormonal balance.

    Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus): This herb stimulates bile production for healthy removal of toxins, is supportive of liver health, and aids in iron absorption.

    Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra):: Licorice is an adaptogen herb, supporting the endocrine system for overall hormonal support.

    Ginger Rt. (Zingiber officinale): Ginger increases circulation in the body, helping to support a healthy inflammation response and normal detoxification.

Uterine Cleansing & Tonic Herbs

    Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis canadensis): Goldenseal root supports a normal inflammation response which may help to prevent scar tissue and adhesion formation. It is also cleansing, antibiotic, and antimicrobial, helping the body to fight infection and occasional uterine discomfort.

    Damiana Leaf (Turnera diffusa): A female aphrodisiac, Damiana has been used for centuries to help increase circulation to the reproductive system as well as increase libido.

    Dong Quai Root (Angelica sinensis): Dong Quai increases circulation to the reproductive organs and is iron-rich, two important aspects of building a healthy uterine lining. It is also relaxing to the uterine muscles, helping the uterus to function without tension.

    Peony Root (Paeonia lactiflora): Overall, this herb has excellent hormone balancing support. It also aids in pain reduction and relaxation. Peony encourages proper circulation in the pelvic area, making it useful for uterine stagnation.

    Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus): Raspberry leaf works to tone the uterine muscles and normalize blood flow during menses. This is one of the best normalizing herbs for the female reproductive organs.

Click here to learn more about the Fertilica™ Fertility Cleanse kit


Fertility Cleanse Tips & Q&A

Can I take my other supplements while I am fertility cleansing?
While fertility cleansing, it is best to not take additional “new” herbs or supplements unless they are your multivitamin, omega 3, or fertility superfoods. Herbs or supplements that were started previous to doing a fertility cleanse can be continued.

How should I eat during my Fertility Cleanse?
During the Fertility Cleanse, it is not mandatory that you change your eating habits, BUT it is a great time to begin moving towards a fertility-friendly diet. One of the most popular ways our clients do the Fertility Cleanse is to combine it with our 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge (you can find this explained in the eBook The 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge at www.Natural Fertility Shop.com). This challenge has you add 5 foods to your existing daily diet, making it easy to add fertility friendly foods to your day.

Can we try to conceive the month I am doing the Fertility Cleanse?
We suggest that couples refrain from trying to conceive during the month of a Fertility Cleanse. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that there are herbs in the Fertility Cleanse that are not suggested during pregnancy. The second is, the Fertility Cleanse works best in preparation before conception. It must be completed in its entirety for the best results, we do not want you stopping the cleanse before it is complete. If you think you may be pregnant you should discontinue the cleanse.

Can I do the Fertility Cleanse while I am on birth control?

We do not suggest that the Fertility Cleanse be performed while on birth control or other hormonal medications. If you are currently using medications, check with your doctor before starting any herbal or nutritional supplement program.

Is it safe to do a Fertility Cleanse while pregnant or breastfeeding?
No, do not cleanse during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The herbs in the Fertility Cleanse are not to be used while pregnant or breastfeeding.

How do I know that the Fertility Cleanse is working?
Many women wonder what ‘signs’ to look for to know that the Fertility Cleanse is working. For some they may ‘feel’ different, get their periods back, see a shift in their cycles, experience relief from occasional menstrual cramps, and many feel nothing at all. Just because someone may not ‘feel’ any different does not mean that the Fertility Cleanse did not work. The Fertility Cleanse will help every person who performs it. Some women are more sensitive than others and ‘feel’ a lot, while others will not ‘feel’ anything, but get great benefit. Remember, the Fertility Cleanse is supporting the body in its normal functions, it works for each person to help nourish and support the liver and uterus in preparation for conception.

Will the Fertility Cleanse help me get my period back?
There could be many reasons someone is not menstruating – diet, hormonal imbalance, stress, nutritional deficiencies, etc. Many of our clients who were experiencing slight hormonal imbalances have gotten their periods back from only doing the Fertility Cleanse, but this will not work for everyone because it depends on the cause of the lack of menstruation. So we see the Fertility Cleanse as the first step towards getting a period back, with additional steps to follow, such as diet changes, additional herbs to be taken monthly, stress reduction plans, etc. If you do get your period back due to the Fertility Cleanse, think of it as a bonus! But we do not depend on it alone, as the underlying imbalances/issues need to be addressed and the Fertility Cleanse is just the first step of many, but the best place to start.

Will the Fertility Cleanse be the only product I have to take to get pregnant?

No, most likely not. We have had some clients conceive directly after completing the Fertility Cleanse, but it is not designed as a fertility booster, rather as a fertility preparation tool to help the body prepare for conception. It is the foundational program most of our customers begin with. Those clients without fertility issues complete a Fertility Cleanse as a healthy and great way to prepare for conception.

How many times can I do the Fertility Cleanse a Year?
We suggest to complete a Fertility Cleanse twice a year.

Click here to learn about common misconceptions about fertility cleansing…

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Hethir Rodriguez is the Founder and President of Natural Fertility Info.com. She has been a Certified Herbalist for over 19 years, holds a Bachelors degree (BS) in Nutrition Sciences and is a Certified Birth Doula and Massage Therapist specializing in fertility massage. Since founding Natural Fertility Info.com in 2007, Hethir’s research, articles, and guides have been read by over 40,000,000 people, currently averaging at over 1,000,000+ readers per month.  Hethir has dedicated her life to helping provide a source for high quality, research based information and support for those on their journey to becoming parents.

Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
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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. Hi. I completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of cleansing. However, there are still leftover products. Does it mean I need to go back to Phase 1 and then Phase 2 after my current menstruation ends?
    My husband is also doing the cleansing. Currently, he is in Phase 2. Does he need to go back to Phase 1 after Phase 2 as there are also leftover products? Hopefully, you will reply. Thank you

  2. Hi. I ordered fertility cleanse and received. My cycle day is 25-26. When should i to start phase 1 and phase 2.

    • Dear Tuul,

      Did your package come with the Fertility Cleanse instruction booklet? If not, please reach out to Customer Care via this link: https://natural-fertility-info.com/contact-us

      In any event, Phase 1 of the Fertility Cleanse is to be started the day after menstruation ends and used for 12 days. On the 10th day, you can begin Phase 2 (so for two days you’ll be using all the cleanse products). Phase 2 products can be continued for 12 days or until they are gone.

    • Hi Elizabeth. Yes, there have instruction booklet. But there is no information about short period. My period always 5 day. Last 2 days begins to lighten in flow. Can i start fertility cleanse 4 th day?

    • Dear Helen,

      The Fertility Cleanse would be started the same way, Phase 1 beginning the day after light flow ends.

  3. Hi, thanks for read my message. I’m 40 years old I got pregnat february 2018 but i had a miscarriage en april 2018. I had un cyst in juin but now i have nothing. We have tried to get pregnant again from septembre 2018, i have never used chemical contraceptived methods. I see my period has changed after the miscarriage, de 28 jours a 24 jours and now 21 jours or less, also the amount of menstrual flow. what should i do for increase the possibilities to get pregnat naturally. My gynecologist told me that my ovarian reserve is low so I do not have enough time to try long time to get pregnat. Thanks a lot.

  4. Hello,

    I stopped using birth control (ortho evra) since December 2017. Since then, I’ve been TTC yet no luck. I do know that I can get pregnant because I had a miscarriage a few years back & I am still with the same partner. How long does it take to conceive after birth control? Ive tried EVERYTHING. Still no luck.

  5. HI. I’m using Maca, Tribulus and Shatavari for 2 months. Should i take fertility cleanse?.

    • Dear Jenny,

      I am not sure I know enough about you or your fertility goals, but many do cleanse as a part of their natural fertility program. Maca, Tribulus and Shatavari can be continued while cleansing if you choose to do so because you have been using these herbs for more than two weeks.

    • Hello dear Elizabeth. I’m 32 years old and TTC for 4 years. I have 24-26 days and anovulation cycle. I’m using Maca, Tribulus, Ashwagandha for 2 months. Not Shatavari. I’m confused. Can i take fertility cleansing while taking this herbs? and should i ?

    • Hi again Jenny!

      Sorry you asked about Shatavari…
      Maca, Vitex and Ashwagandha can be taken while cleansing if you have been taking them for 2 or more weeks.

  6. I am wondering if the fertility cleanse can be used while taking HRT?

  7. You explained everything else, but you did not say how the fertility cleanse can be done. Can you kindly throw some light in that aspect?

    • Dear Edi,

      Fertility Cleansing is a one month process during which one take several products in two different phases; two products in capsule form, one herbal liquid extract and two herbal teas. The Fertilica Fertility Cleanse Kit available from the Natural Fertility Shop comes with the cleansing herbs combined, as well as wonderfully detailed instructions for how to complete a Fertility Cleanse.

  8. Hi mam, i just want to ask how to take the herbs or basically procedure to do fertility cleansing

    • Dear Ritika,

      Fertility Cleansing is a one month process, that includes taking two products in capsule form, one herbal liquid extract and making two herbal teas in two separate phases. The Fertilica Fertility Cleanse Kit available from the Natural Fertility Shop comes with the cleansing herbs combined, as well as wonderfully detailed instructions for how to complete a Fertility Cleanse.

  9. I just began my cleanse today. I have had a horrible headache. Is this typical in the first days as body releases toxins? Do you recommend avoiding Tylenol or other to help with headache?

    • Dear Nicole,

      Headaches can indeed be a result of cleansing. Be sure to stay hydrated, try warm or cold packs, peppermint and German Chamomile essential oil massages can help too. It is best to try to avoid NSAID use, but should you not be able to handle the headache, a dose should be fine. I hope it is very short lived!

  10. Can you take fertility/ vitamin supplements while doing a fertility cleanse?

    • Hello Anita!

      Nutritional supplements (vitamins and minerals) can be taken while cleansing. This is fine! It is best to wait to begin any fertility herbs until cleansing is complete.

  11. Hi, how can I get the fertility cleansing kit in preparation for pregnancy? I am in Uganda.

  12. Hi there, do you have a way of private emailing you?
    Thanks
    Elaine

  13. Please I’m in Nigeria and interested in your fertility products. Is there a shop here in Nigeria where I can purchase your products, please.

  14. I am preparing myself for my second IVF, my question is. I have to take one month prior treatment birth control pills. should I do the cleanse one lest say june, thae the pills on july and the IVF on august. its that right???

    • Dear Eugenia,

      It is up to you if you cleanse, but it should be completed in its entirety before beginning the birth control or any medication.

    • Hi, Eugenia. Just wondering if you already started the IVF. Did you take the fertility cleanse prior starting IVF? How was it?

  15. My cycle is irregular, typically occurring every other month. My last cycle day was April 24th. At this rate, I would expect my period to show up mid-June or so. Do I have to wait until then to start the cleanse? If no, what are some other alternatives to use while we wait? Hubby and I are ready to get started.

  16. Is it suggested to start the cleanse before, during or after menstruation?

  17. e-knjizi The 21 Dai Fertiliti Diet Challenge na vvv.Natural Fertiliti Shop.com) i wont to downloud

  18. Hello!
    Can I start the cleanse even after the last day of my period? Today is my last day and I didn’t read the ‘suggested use’ instructions in time! If I order it today, it’ll arrive in 5 business days. Is that too late and should I just wait until next month??
    Thanks!

  19. I am 54 and having 2 periods a month with heavy bleeding. Will this type of cleanse help with that or should I just try certain herbs?

    • Dear Becky,

      To do the Fertility Cleanse would be challenging given the phases and its suggests used. It may help to try to nourish the body so flow can return to normal first. We share more on this in our guide Do You Have Heavy Menstrual Bleeding? What You Can Do About It….

      It is then probably going to be best to work with a practitioner, herbalist, naturopath or doctor, near you whose specialty is working with women entering this transition to pre- and menopause.

      My best!

  20. I have not got to phase 2 of the fertility cleanse as I have had 2 strangely short cycles…my body is possibly still readjusting from having a steroid injection for knee injury, taking a strong course of antibiotics and travelling (as well as untold stress….breathe) which resulted in a 60 day gap between periods. Since eating clean, cleaning my liver and exercising (gym 4-5 times a week) I have had two strange periods. One at Day 17 and now one at Day 18.
    No contraception pill and no partner. Age is not on my side….45years….but I am hoping this is more, my body readjusting after the delayed period and hormones being sorted.
    Maybe lacking in progesterone….

    • Dear Gina,

      All of these factors could certainly be at play here. Do continue to eat well and exercise, and work to manage stress. The supplements of Phase 2 of the Fertility Cleanse can be used outside of cleansing and all cycle long (they should be paused on days of heavy menstrual bleeding), so perhaps it would be easiest to simply start and use them as instructed on the bottle versus try to fit Phase 2 in as expected. Trust that the body is working hard to rebalance after having been through so much and while I understand feeling as if time is not on your side, try to find patience.

      If your cycles stay short after another month or two, then it may be time to talk about testing progesterone levels or getting your doctors feedback.

  21. Is it safe to take the 5 Uterine Cleansing & Tonic Herbs listed above during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding?

    • Dear Sabrina,

      Red Raspberry leaf is known to be nourishing and fine to consume in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters and while breastfeeding. The other herbs would not be.

  22. Am 46yrs and have not seen my period for 2months now but kept having some kind of movement in my right and left side,the waist pain as if to say my menses will come. What do you advice i take for this?

    • Dear Winifred,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!

      There are so many things that can impact the timing of menstruation and the entire menstrual cycle – the natural female aging process, changes in weight, diet, activity levels, starting or stopping herbs or natural therapies, even travel. Although I can not know for certain if any of these factors are cause for your absent period, I feel like our best resource is our guide Female Fertility Health: Balancing Hormones in Premenopause. If menstruation stays absent, you will want to talk to your healthcare provider about potential causes.

  23. Hello,
    Please how do i get the 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge and i need to start the fertility cleansing and i have PCOS and when i get my periods i either bleed every little, heavy or some month i miss my period like 2 month or more.

  24. Hello! I will be starting the cleanse after my March period and will end up until the first day of my April period. So can we start trying during my April ovulation?

  25. hey.
    i have PCOS and when i get my periods i either bleed every little for 2 days or some times justa day.
    i want to have regular mensus like others.
    any natural remedies?
    please do let me know

  26. Hello, I was diagnosed with PCOS and I would love to give this a try. As someone who does not have regular cycles, when would you recommend starting? I can go months without anything but was excited when I cam across this. I have been making diet changes and think that this could be a great complement to what we are already doing.

    Thanks!
    Brooke

  27. Hi, I’ve started phase 2 of the cleanse – I feel (and look) very bloated. Is this normal?

    • Dear Sam,

      This is not something I hear of often, but could be a result of liver cleansing. Some women also feel a bit bloated temporarily as ovulation nears mid-cycle. Be sure to stay hydrated, exercise some daily (even if it’s a brisk walk) and gentle abdominal massage may help.

  28. I just ordered the Fertility Cleanse. I understand that there is different protocol prescribed for the follicular phase and the luteal phase. My kit is due to arrive just prior to ovulation. Is it permissible to start the luteal phase and transition to the follicular phase? Or, do we need to wait until my next menstrual style to commence the cleanse. I am very eager to get started as we have an IVF retrieval scheduled in early April.

    Thanks in advance for your guidance and all the valuable information you make available.

    Rachel

    • Dear Rachel,

      We actually prefer Phase 1 of the cleanse be started the day after menstruation ends and that the transition to Phase 2 happens mid cycle. We know of its ability to offer greater benefit when the liver is supported in cleansing first (Phase 1) and then the uterus supported (Phase 2).

      There are several things you can consider in the coming two weeks to both prepare for cleansing and feel proactive in support your fertility health naturally. You may already be doing some of these things, but we hope that you can pick out a useful tip or two, maybe more!
      * Drinking water with freshly squeezed lemon juice daily is by far one of the cheapest and easiest ways to support the liver daily.
      * 10 Detox Tips for Women Trying to Get Pregnant could also be helpful.
      * Diet – The Natural Fertility Diet: How to Eat for Optimal Fertility
      * Fertility smoothies
      * Fertility yoga
      * Taking a walk
      * Positive affirmations – 4 Steps to Creating Affirmations for a Positively Fertile Life

      I hope this is helpful!

  29. Hello!

    I had my impant removed about 16 months ago and I have still not had a period. I am 24, healthy BMI. Cervix scan showed I have very small small (not problematic) follicules on my ovaries. My doctor found that my hormone levels were normal, the only thing that was low was my thyroid (borderline). However she doesnt believe this is the cause of my ammenoreah. She has suggested I take PCOS treatment metformin to see if that will help induce my period. I am wondering if this fertility cleanse is right for me? And can I do it along side taking metformin?

    • Dear Victoria,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. Cleansing is worth learning more about if you choose to not try Metformin, rather try a natural support approach. I encourage you to visit our guide How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control for more on cleansing and other natural therapies known to help the body have a normal menstrual cycle.

      Then, know that the thyroid is very easily supported through the diet. Choose organic foods when possible, as the thyroid is very sensitive to environmental toxins. Foods like raw cranberry, whole fat yogurt or raw dairy products, navy Beans, strawberries, potatoes with skin left on, himalayan Crystal Salt (table salt is often enriched with iodine, but this salt has naturally occurring iodine) all offer wonderful nutrients. Maca, Ashwagandha and Rhodiola are herbs to learn more about. Zinc, with vitamins E and A, C and select B vitamins, copper and selenium are important thyroid nutrients as well. I am not saying you need them all, rather can learn about supporting thyroid health naturally. Perhaps a great place to start ensuring you get the vitamins/minerals shared of here is to make dietary changes and begin taking a whole food multivitamin (if you aren’t already).

      I hope this is all helpful!

  30. I WAS BIG AND THOUGHT I WAS PREGNANT TO CUT THE STORY SHORT. PLEASE I NEED THE FERTILITY CLEANSING KIT.. I AM IN LAGOS, NIGERIA.
    MY STOMACH IS STILL BIG AFTER I HAVE GONE DOWN A BIT. MY ABDOMEN HAS BIG FLESH, HOW CAN IT BE REDUCED. I DO A LITTLE EXERCISE IN THE MORNING BEFORE LEAVING FOR WORK AND HAVE BEEN ON FRUITS. MY PERIOD STOPPED SINCE OCTOBER 2015 AFTER FIBROID SURGERY TILL NOVEMBER

    • Dear Stella,

      Do you know what is causing this for you? I ask as the Fertility Cleanse may not be the right thing to offer relief or the best approach to helping you feel better.

  31. my husband and I have conceived three time before and all of it has been losses, I normally lose at about 4 to 5 months’ now we want to try again. What fertility cleanser should I use in order to have a successful pregnancy.

  32. My husband and I have conceived twice however both pregnancies were loss. We have 2 miscarriages and one of them happened on our 3 year Anniversary recently in May 2017. We have now come to a place where we want to try to conceive again after dealing with two heartaches and it has been difficult to do so with no success. Are there any products that you can recommend to us??? We have also done Fertility Treatment and 3 series of IUI with no success of pregnancy however we got pregnant on our own. We need your help?????

  33. am 39 years this new year, I have not conceive before or don’t know if it has happened before. over 2 years past I was told I have multiply fibroid in my womb, terrible cramps every month when in my period but I am afraid going for operation. I want to at least get pregnant before my age of production is over. Is any of your product helpful in my situation?

  34. I’m removing my IUD (I’ve had the Skyla for almost a year now) before the end of this month. Can I use a combination of a fertility cleanse and a fertility diet to re-balance my body’s hormones?

  35. Hi, I did the fertility cleanse and recently completed it. My cycle is normally 24ish days, however the month I did the crease, it was about 35 days. I’m assuming the change was due to the cleanse. But I just got my period again a few days ago which would mean the last cycle was only 16 days. That is extremely short and I’m wondering if thats normal. I’m a little nervous because my cycle has never been that short.

    • Dear Chrissy,

      I’m sorry you are nervous! Is this a “normal” period or different? Could it be ovulation spotting?

      For some it is common to have cycle shifts for a bit after cleansing. What the shifts look like and differ from woman to woman depending on her fertility health status/issues. Have you begun additional herbs, nutritional supplements or natural therapies, or made dietary changes, since cleansing?

      There could be many factors to this shift which should be temporary. It would help me to learn more about you to guide you further.

  36. Where do i get fertility cleansing for pregnancy

  37. I have had 2 ectopics and now only have one tube that is blocked i was wondering if and what i should take to help my health as i want to see if i can do anything else before i try IVF. If there is anything that would help where would i get them from im in England. Thank you

  38. I’m on my 2nd day of my fertility cleanse. My dentist prescribed me antibiotic to treat the infection in my tooth today. Is it okay to take antibiotic while I’m doing fertility cleanse?

    • Dear Michelle,

      I’m sorry! I do not like tooth issues… argh! It is going to be best to pause cleansing and use the antibiotics as instructed. No one wants an infection to get worse!

  39. I will be doing another IVF cycle in the new year, next time will be a FET. I have terrible cramps (possibly endometriosis) and I’ve heard inflammation is not good for the uterus. I’m back on birth control pills and now my fertility doctor has given me Aygestin to stop my periods altogether to give me a break until my FET cycle. I won’t have a period for the next 3 months, so can I still do the fertility cleanse?

  40. Hi there. I would like to ask if I could do this cleansing if:
    1| I have endometriosis & adenomyosis
    2| I am planning for embryo transfer (FET) in less than three months from now (I have planned for IVF)

    As you can see, I have few concerns. And as I have just did my egg retrieval yesterday, I wanted to cleanse myself from all the toxins that may occur during my stimulations injections & whatnots, as part of my preparation for the coming embryo transfer.

    I’m 39 this year and this might be our last IVF try (due to cost & age) I would want to try my best in preparing. I hope you can help!

  41. How do I order the herbs for fertility cleansing and where in south africa?

  42. Hi, Thanks for this wonderful site full of great info. I am currently doing 21-day cleanse and just started phase 2 when my period seems to have decided to come a week early -day 20. (It does seem different – bright red flow where it was deep red to brown before). I was hoping cleanse would help return my cycle length to “normal”; it has been shortening over the last year (averaging 25-26 days).

    Is that it? I can’t complete the cleanse now? I’ve only been in phase 2 for 2 days. I had planned to continue to the 90 days to healthier eggs plan next.
    Thanks for your response!

    • Dear Terri,

      Not to worry! This is a good sign we feel… the body is responding/detoxifying and hormones waking up/shifting (the goal). Simply pause the Fertility Cleanse and begin the products of Phase 2 again when menstruation ends. You will still have completed the cleanse and benefit from it. You can begin the 90-day egg health program as planned. The menstrual cycle is likely to begin to show pattern and regularity withing 1-3 cycles.

    • Whew! Thanks, will do. Just to confirm: resume Phase 2 for the recommended 11 or so days or until menstruation begins again.

    • Dear Terri,

      You can resume Phase 2 after your period ends and continue until the products are gone. That is fine. These products can be used outside of cleansing all cycle long when actively trying to conceive.

      Enjoy today!

  43. Hi,
    I’m taking letrozol, metformin, ovidrel & B-12, Vitamin D supplements, Pre-natal viatmins & getting IUI done in this cycle.. I found Vitex on Amazon (Nature’s Way Vitex (Chaste Tree), 100 Capsules, 400 mg.

    We’ve already tried clomid & multiple IUIs. I had 2 very early miscarriages
    1. Can I take Vitex in this cycle?
    2. Should I wait to start Vitex in next fresh cycle, if I don’t get pregnant?.
    3. Can Vitex be taken alongwith metformin ?
    4. Can I take Dandelion for fertility cleanse? But it needs to be stopped as soon as I get pregnan

    • Dear Garry,

      I hope you are feeling hopeful!

      We do not suggest starting Vitex at this time, with medication or during IUI. It is best to check with your doctor if you wish to combine herbs with medications. Vitex could be considered if medications are stopped. We also don’t suggest liver cleansing while on medication or during IUI. I’m sorry to not have a more positive reply. The tips in our guide Natural Ways to Support Your Body Through an IVF Cycle could be considered (even during IUI).

      My very best!

  44. HI, I usually drink 3+ cups of coffee every day. Can I still do this while on the fertility cleansing? Thank you

    • Dear Teresa,

      It will be best to cut back on your coffee intake while fertility cleansing. I know that can be hard! So, try cutting back to 1/2 the number of cups or switching to 1/2 caff coffee and then decaf before stopping if you do. This is an easier way to wean for some than doing it cold turkey as they say.

      Good luck!

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