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Restore Hormonal Balance for Improved Fertility

Restore Hormonal Balance for Improved Fertility

Hormonal balance is necessary to get pregnant, carry to term, and have a healthy baby. Do you ever wonder if you have a hormonal imbalance? Hormonal imbalance does not happen overnight. It happens slowly over time. In this article, we will discuss the different types of hormones in men and women and what their role in the body is, signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, hormone testing and some natural therapies for hormonal imbalances including fertility cleansing, eating a fertility diet, and use of herbs and superfoods such as royal jelly, maca root and Shatavari.

We live in a fast-paced world, full of high demand. That demand puts a lot of stress on the body. Life’s demands put our dietary habits low on the priority list. On top of that, we are exposed to more human-made chemical toxins than at any other time in the history of the human species. Most hormonal imbalances are a reflection of lifestyle choices over a long-period of time, perhaps months, years and decades. Fertility problems are often directly linked to a hormonal imbalance. In order to bring our bodies back to a fertile state, we must change how we view our lives. We must take time to nurture ourselves.

“Nurture thyself to promote inner wellness.”

What exactly does hormonal balance mean for our fertility health? What do hormones do anyway? Does hormonal balance really matter? Absolutely! If our hormone levels are not balanced, our health will suffer. We cannot live without hormones. Hormones deliver messages. Our cells are genetically programmed to only receive and respond to messages from certain hormones. Each cell in the body contains hormone receptor cites. Once a hormone fits into a cell’s receptor, it gives the cell instructions. This is similar to a key fitting in a lock. Hormones control our bodily processes. Hormones are coordinated by the endocrine system. Without proper endocrine function, our bodies cannot maintain proper hormonal balance.

“Hormone balance is deeply connected to the food we eat, the exercise we get, the toxins we absorb, the weight we carry, and the stress levels we put up with. How these multiple factors impact the overall hormone picture is crucial…”, shares Women In Balance Institute of the National University of Natural Medicine. Hormone levels can also be influenced by fluid changes in the body, vitamin and mineral levels, even infection and the amount of body fat we have.

Each endocrine gland plays a specific role in the ability of our body to maintain proper function. Each endocrine gland also communicates with the other in an amazing design. If one of the endocrine glands is not functioning properly, it may cause a broken link in communication with other endocrine glands or actions of the body, which may greatly impair fertility. Because the endocrine glands secrete hormones, and the hormones are messengers for actions within the body, if the gland is not functioning properly, hormonal imbalance occurs and the ability to reproduce may be impaired.

Different Types of Hormones: Natural and Synthetic

The hormones produced by our bodies are known as steroid hormones. There are also bioidentical hormones, derived from natural sources that are duplicates of steroid hormones. Hormones prescribed by doctors are man-made and are not found in nature. These are commonly used for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), birth control, and artificial reproductive technology (ART).

Steroid Hormones: These are natural hormones our bodies make or produce from cholesterol (Elsevier’s Integrated Physiology). The major steroid hormones are the sex hormones; estrogens, androgens and progestins. Some of the other steroid hormones are cortisol, insulin, prolactin, aldosterone and vitamin D3 (a steroid derivative) (Kimball’s Biology Pages).

Natural Bioidentical Hormones: Bioidentical hormones are duplicates of steroid hormones, “hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make in their bodies” (Harvard Medical School). Estrone, estradiol, DHEA, and progesterone are currently approved by the FDA. There is limited availability of bio-identical testosterone in the US. Some countries do not approve bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are isolated from plants (yams and soy being the most common), minerals or animal sources and are considered natural because of this.

Synthetic Hormones: These hormones are made in a lab. They are patented drugs or medications. These types of hormones have a similar effect to our own endogenous hormones. They are commonly used for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and artificial reproductive technology (ART). The most common use of synthetic hormones is birth control.

Xenohormones: Xenohormones are human-made chemicals that mimic our natural hormones. The most common xenohormones mimic human estrogen and are called xenoestrogens. Sources of Xenhormones are shared below.

Hormones Important for Reproductive Function

There are key hormones that directly affect fertility health in both men and women. There are many different hormones in the body, so I am only going to cover the major players, the hormones most commonly out-of-balance and their role in fertility health.

Important Hormones in Women of Childbearing Age: The Basics

    Estradiol (E2 estrogen): Estradiol is produced primarily by the follicles and corpus luteum (remnant egg sac) in the ovaries. This estrogen is the most potent and abundant. Estrogen is essential for healthy bone formation, healthy gene expression, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, and formation of secondary sexual characteristics (pubic hair, breasts, etc.). Estradiol is vital for a healthy menstrual cycle.

    Progesterone: Progesterone is needed for healthy libido, bone formation and proper blood clotting. Progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum in the ovaries and by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is one of the main hormones in helping to regulate the menstrual cycle. It works to balance the effects of estrogen. Progesterone also signals the release of insulin, playing a role in a person’s susceptibility for diabetes or insulin resistant PCOS. Adequate levels of progesterone are vital for proper fallopian tube function. Almost all of your other hormones are made from progesterone. Progesterone is vital for conception and maintaining pregnancy. One of the main actions of progesterone is to help support a developing embryo. During pregnancy, the placenta produces progesterone to help sustain the developing baby.

    Luteinizing Hormone (LH):
    This hormone is produced in the anterior pituitary gland. LH surge is responsible for triggering ovulation and development of the corpus luteum. LH works synergistically with FSH. It stimulates specific cells to produce testosterone.

    Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH): This hormone is also released and synthesized by the anterior pituitary gland. It regulates the body’s development, growth, and maturation. It also regulates reproductive processes. FSH works alongside LH. FSH signals some of the follicles in the ovary to begin maturing in preparation for ovulation.

    Cortisol: Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands, but it is controlled by the hypothalamus. Its primary function is to increase blood sugar, aid in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism and suppress the immune system. Cortisol is released in response to stress.

    DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone): DHEA is a precursor to testosterone and estrogens. This means that those hormones are made from it. DHEA is necessary for protein building and repair. It is made by the adrenal glands. DHEA levels decline dramatically as we age.

    Testosterone: Testosterone in women is found in much lower amounts than in men. It helps to support a healthy sex drive and build bones.

Important Hormones in Men

    Testosterone: This hormone is produced and secreted primarily by the testicles, but it is also manufactured in lower amounts by the adrenals. Testosterone is vital for the development of the testis, prostate, and secondary sexual characteristics in males. For example, it increases muscle mass, bone mass and stimulates body hair growth during puberty. It also plays an important role in libido, sexual arousal, erection and male reproductive function.

    Estrogen: Men produce much lower levels of estrogen, but without estrogen, sexual arousal could not happen. Estrogen is responsible for many functions in the health of the body, in both men and women. Without appropriate levels in men, sexual function will be decreased. Too much estrogen may cause erectile dysfunction, low/lack of libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid.

    Progesterone: Progesterone in men is produced by the adrenal glands and testes. It has similar actions for regulating certain body systems, just as it does in women, but of course does not have the same reproductive actions for men as it does for women. It helps to balance estrogen levels in men just as it does in women and it also helps to regulate immune system and inflammation response. In fact, progesterone is considered to be an anti-inflammatory agent. Progesterone’s other actions include normalizing blood clotting, vascular tone, and aiding in the regulation of the mineral levels of zinc and copper in the body. In addition, it helps to regulate cellular oxygen levels and the use of fat stores for energy production.

    Luteinizing Hormone (LH): LH acts upon cells called Leydig cells within the testis, this action is responsible for the production of testosterone and plays a role in the creation of sperm.

    Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH): This hormone stimulates primary spermatocytes to divide in the first stage of meiosis, which forms secondary spermatocytes. FSH plays a vital role in signaling spermatogenesis. This is the very beginning of the creation of sperm.

    DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone):
    DHEA has many of the same actions for the body as it does for women, and is vital in helping men maintain testosterone levels, which is important for sex drive and sustaining an erection.

    Cortisol: Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands, but it is controlled by the hypothalamus. Its primary function is to increase blood sugar, aid in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism, and suppress the immune system. Cortisol is released in response to stress.

Signs and Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

Symptoms of hormonal imbalance can be a blessing. This is because they are the body’s signal that something needs to be changed.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women

Breast tenderness
Unexplained weight gain
Vaginal dryness
Foggy thinking
Hot flashes
Cold hands and feet
Mood swings
Thinning hair
Facial or body hair
Thin or dry skin
Intolerance to hot or cold
Sluggish metabolism
Fat gain around stomach area
Allergy symptoms; hives, asthma
Decreased sex drive
Irregular periods
Increased blood clotting
Recurrent miscarriage
Not ovulating
Breast swelling
Water retention
Heart palpitations
Rapid heartbeat
Poor egg health
Premature Ovarian Failure
Fluid discharge from breasts
Cravings for carbs, sugar, salt later in day
Frequent illness/long recovery time
Caffeine dependence

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Men

Rapid weight loss or gain
Loss of muscle mass
Enlarged breasts
Loss of libido
Softer erections
Erectile dysfunction
Lowered stamina
Gallbladder problems
Hair loss
Prostate enlargement

Hormone Testing: Should I Get My Hormones Levels Tested?

If you checked off two or more of the above symptoms and you have been struggling to get pregnant or keep a pregnancy, it is important you get your hormone levels tested.

“The next major advance in the health of the people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself.”
-John Knowles, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation

What kind of test should I get? Saliva or Serum?
If you suspect a hormonal imbalance, you have two options, 1) purchase an at-home saliva test kit, and 2) schedule an appointment with your doctor to have a blood serum test performed. Depending on what your symptoms are, you may want to only have certain hormone levels tested. If you are unsure which hormones may be out-of-balance, it may be best to get a full hormone panel run. In the case of fertility health, we suggest you get the following hormone levels tested…

For Women:
Sex hormone binding globulin
24 hr. urinary free cortisol
Glucose Tolerance Test
Thyroid Panel
Blood Lipid Profile
For Men:
Glucose Tolerance Test

Saliva Hormone Testing

Harvard and University of Minnesota Medical School graduate Dr. John Lee, progesterone use pioneer and expert, was very adamant that testing for hormones should be done through saliva testing, not blood testing (almost all doctors will test the blood).

You can order an at-home saliva test that you will take at a certain time during your cycle and then send away to a lab for analysis. They will then mail back the results so you can find out if you have any hormonal imbalances.

Blood Hormone Testing

While Dr. Lee was adamant about getting hormone testing through saliva, it may be more helpful to work with your doctor to get your hormones tested so they can explain the test results to you, even if it is a blood test. Women most likely will have the tests performed a couple different times in a cycle, since hormone levels change throughout the menstrual cycle. This can give you insight to your entire hormonal profile.

We have women come to us daily asking us to interpret their hormone test results. Remember, it is extremely important to have your doctor explain what your test results mean for your health and fertility.

How Does Hormonal Imbalance Happen?

Research shows that stress boosts levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, which inhibits the body’s main sex hormones GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) and subsequently suppresses ovulation, sexual activity and sperm count.

GnRH is responsible for the release of luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone by the pituitary gland, the suppression of testosterone, estrogens, and sexual behavior. Chronic stress may cause lack of libido, as well as a decrease in general fertility. Chronic stress may cause adrenal fatigue and thyroid problems.

Leading authority in women’s health and wellness Dr. Christiane Northrop explains this well, “The stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine, which are produced by the adrenal glands, can wreak havoc on normal hormone metabolism. For example, if you are skipping ovulations, have progesterone levels that are very low, but estrogen levels that are high (called estrogen dominance,) your body will convert your estrogen into substances that act like additional stress hormones.”

Poor nutrition
The body is extremely sensitive to vitamin, mineral and fluid levels. If you are not eating healthy whole foods daily, your body cannot function properly. In addition, if you are eating foods that are unhealthy, full of preservatives, dyes and other human-made processed chemicals, you may be damaging your endocrine glands, thus causing hormonal imbalance. Many food additives are xenohormones. We need whole foods, in their natural state to support hormonal balance. We also need clean filtered drinking water to sustain fluid levels and flush toxins.

Xenohormones are human-made chemicals. These chemicals have the ability to interfere with the natural functions and development of our bodies. Not only can they mimic our natural hormones, but they can block other hormones from binding to receptor sites. All xenohormones are endocrine disruptors. They can alter how natural hormones are produced, metabolized and eliminated.

Common Sources of Xenohormones:

  • Solvents & Adhesives (paint, nail polish, household cleaners)
  • Plastics
  • Non-organic meats (animals are given hormones to fatten them up or to grow quicker)
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides
  • Emulsifiers in soap and cosmetics
  • PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyl) from industrial waste
  • Hormonal birth control (pill, shot, ring, implant)

You can absorb xenohormones by ingestion, inhalation and direct skin contact.

Lifestyle Choices
People that lead high-stress lives, are sedentary, have sleep disturbance or who choose to regularly consume too much sugar, alcoholic beverages, smoke or take drugs, including many medications, may be causing hormonal imbalance in the body.

Scientific researchers are working on the connection to genetic predisposition in regard to hormonal imbalances. They do know that there are genetic links to obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disease and cardiovascular disease just to name a few, which may be caused by hormonal imbalance or cause hormonal imbalances.

Body Fat
Body fat cells, called adipocytes, produce and store estrogen. “In addition to the direct production of its own hormones the adipose tissue influences hormones secreted by other endocrine organs” (Functions of Cells and Human Body; Multimedia textbook). Too little body fat poses problems, as does havign too much:

  • Women who do not have adequate amounts of body fat may have menstrual cycle irregularities, anovulation and infertility problems. Low body fat may cause ovulation to stop.
  • People with a BMI greater than 30 may have elevated levels of estrogen in the body due to greater body fat content which may also contribute to infertility. This is known as estrogen dominance. Obesity in men lowers testosterone levels. Chronic low levels of testosterone affect how the testes function, which causes all hormones produced by them, to be out of balance. Evidence From epidemiologic studies from 2008 in the journal Fertility & Sterility shows elevated levels of estrogen in obese men. The sperm of obese men are often abnormal, this increases the risk for miscarriage and chromosomal defects in a developing embryo. Obese men also often have sexual dysfunction.

Tumor (rare)
A tumor on one of the endocrine glands can impair the proper release of hormones. A benign pituitary tumor is the most common type of tumor causing hormonal imbalance.

Huge hormone changes begin to take place as a woman ages. Between the ages of 40-60 hormone levels begin to change in preparation for menopause and to allow the body to go through menopause. This takes many years. Perimenopause and menopause hormone changes are completely normal, though they make the body feel out-of-sorts.

Natural Therapies for Hormonal Imbalance

Fertility Cleansing

Considering the information in the paragraph above, anyone who is concerned about their hormonal health should perform a bi-yearly cleanse. Fertility cleansing is specific to supporting fertility health. Fertility cleansing encourages the liver to cleanse the body of toxins and excess hormones. We encourage both partners to perform a Fertility Cleanse prior to trying to conceive. Over the years the body can accumulate toxins from chemicals in the air, earth, water and from substances we put into our bodies. Many of these toxins get stored in the fat tissues of the body and can be released quicker through cleansing. A fertility cleanse is specific to the reproductive system and assists the body in eliminating the additional burden of substances not good for fertility or for the health of our future children.

Eat a Nutrient Dense Fertility Diet

The best way to support balanced hormones is to eat a nutritious whole foods diet. The building blocks for hormones are found in the foods we eat. Just as nutrients in food can be helpful for fertility, there are some foods and chemicals added to foods that can be harmful for your health and fertility. What you eat, when you eat and how you eat are essential to maintaining hormonal balance. Learn how to eat a fertility diet here…


Regular exercise strengthens our muscles, builds stamina, may increase flexibility, increases circulation, keeps stress, depression and anxiety at bay, and promotes regular detoxification of excess hormones and toxins in the body. It is important to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Make sure that the exercise you choose to do promotes sweat. Sweating is not only the body’s way to cool itself off, it is its way to naturally detoxify daily. All of this is very important for healthy hormonal balance and circulation to the reproductive organs.

Reduce Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors: Xenohormones

Ways to support healthy endocrine function and avoid xenohormones:

  • Eat organic foods
  • Avoid exposure to pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers
  • Use natural feminine care products
  • Use organic, natural body care products, including makeup
  • Avoid food preservatives and dyes
  • Use low VOC paints
  • Use recycled unbleached paper products
  • Use non-chlorinated oxygen-based bleach in the laundry
  • Avoid plastics
  • Exercise regularly, be sure you are sweating during exercise

In 2005, the Environmental Working Group found 287 chemicals were present in the umbilical cords of human babies. Toxins included a variety of pesticides, waste from burning coal, gasoline, oil repellents in fast food packaging, by-products of synthetic fabrics and textiles, PFOA found in Teflon, and flame retardants. Of the 287 chemicals found, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system. 208 have caused birth defects and abnormal development in animal tests. 180 of the chemicals are known to cause cancer. This test proves that chemicals in our environment are directly ingested, breathed and absorbed by our bodies and then are directly passed on to our children.

Make a Stress Management Plan

Because stress can wreak havoc on our endocrine glands, causing hormonal disruption, keeping stress at bay is essential to promoting hormonal balance. A stress management plan is essential to balanced hormones. NO amount of herbs or supplements are going to be as effective if you are not managing stress. Learn how to make a stress management plan here…

Supplements for Hormonal Balance Support

    Whole food Multivitamin
    Multivitamins serve as a type of “back up” plan to our diets. While eating a healthy fertility diet is of the utmost importance, it is always a good idea to include a whole food multivitamin in your program as well. Both partners should be taking a whole food multivitamin.

    Depending on the type of hormonal imbalance you have, you may need to supplement with specific vitamins or minerals which directly support a certain endocrine gland’s function. For example, iodine is necessary to produce thyroid hormones.

    Good Fats and Omega Essential Fatty Acids
    Many fats are actually good for us, and are in fact essential to our good health. Fat intake is vital to healthy fertility. Instead of worrying about how much fat we eat, we need to be concerned with the types of fats we eat. We need a certain amount of saturated fats to produce cholesterol. Cholesterol is needed for formation of healthy cell membranes and remember from earlier in this guide that it is a precursor to all steroid hormones (progesterone, estrogen, FSH, etc.). We cannot have proper hormonal balance without adequate amounts of saturated fats.

    We also need balanced amounts of unsaturated fats. Essential fatty acids are three types of unsaturated good fats. There are three different types of unsaturated fatty acids; Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9.

    Good sources of healthy fats: Wild Atlantic Salmon, cage-free eggs, coconut oil, flax oil, cod liver oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, olive oil (unheated).

    Royal Jelly
    Royal Jelly is a substance that is secreted by nurse worker bee’s glands. Royal Jelly is rich in amino acids (29 to be exact), lipids, sugars, some vitamins, fatty acids and most importantly, proteins. It contains ample levels of iron and calcium. Royal Jelly also contains acetylcholine, which is needed to transmit nerve messages from cell to cell. It is beneficial to those individuals that suffer from a hormonal imbalance, as it helps to provide support to the endocrine system. It may also help with problems that are related to hormonal imbalance. There’s proof in one 2008 rat study, published in the International Journal of Fertility and Sterility, that found that Royal Jelly “promotes folliculogensis [the maturing of follicles in an ovary] and increases ovarian hormones…”

To learn more, visit our guide Fertility Super Food – Royal Jelly.

Adaptogen Herbs for Protecting & Nourishing the Endocrine System

Adaptogen is one of the many definitions for the therapeutic action a plant has. Adaptogen herbs are nourishing to the entire endocrine system. Adaptogens increase resistance to mind-body stress and can enhance overall vitality and health. David Winston, RH (AHG) is an herbalist and ethnobotanist teaches in his book Adaptogens Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief that plants recognized as adaptogens help to normalize the body’s functions even during diseased states, are non-toxic, nutritive, and have been deemed safe for long term use.

The goal in using adaptogens to promote hormonal balance is to support the endocrine system overall, the system in which hormones are made from and communicate with.

    American Ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius): American ginseng may support healthy sex drive, improve erectile dysfunction, and enhance sexual performance in men. It is one of the best herbs for strengthening the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis, which aids hormonal balance, stress management, and immune system function.

    Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera): Supports overall endocrine system function. Supports proper immune response, aids in possible autoimmune fertility issues. Aids in supporting the body with proper stress response.

    Eleuthero root and stem bark (Eleutherococcus senticosus): Supports overall endocrine function, which supports hormonal balance. Strengthens the immune system. Great for people under severe stress. This herb helps people to feel better, perform better and recover from immune suppression more quickly.

    Fo-ti, also known as Ho Shou Wu or He Shou Wu, root (Polygonum multiflorum): According to TCM Fo-ti helps to restore jing (life essence). Traditionally used for men who have low libido, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction, and poor sperm motility. Supports fertility longevity. Supports both thyroid and adrenal function, both are extremely important and sensitive to stress.

    Goji berry, dried fruit (Lycium barbarum, L.chinense): Studies show Goji can help to protect and improve the health of sperm that are exposed to hyperthermia (overheating) and free radical damage. Goji does this through its high antioxidant content. This fruit supports hormonal balance by improving liver function and is also an extremely nutritious superfood.

    Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Supports the endocrine system for overall hormonal support. Licorice Rt. is an immunomodulator, stimulating immune system function in people with autoimmune disease. It is protective of liver health and supports a proper inflammatory response.

    Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Helps to balance the hormones, but does not contain any hormones itself. It is able to do this by nourishing and balancing the endocrine system. Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance). Works to protect the body from stress damage. Shown to support and increase egg health. Shown to increase libido in both men and women.

    Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum): Reishi is balancing for the immune system; it not only strengthens the immune system, in can help to down-regulate excessive immune response (common in autoimmune disease) while also enhancing monocyte, macrophage, and T lymphocyte activity. Reishi is also anti-inflammatory and helpful for improving stress response.

    Rhodiola root (Rhodiola rosea): Rhodiola is a potent antioxidant, working to protect the body from environmental toxins which may contribute to hormonal imbalance. Its adaptogenic actions aid the body in times of stress and change. Rhodiola is also useful in helping the body to balance blood sugar levels. In addition, this plant is known to be helpful for those who tend to experience depression during times of hormonal changes.

    Schisandra fruit and seed (Schisandra chinensis): Supportive and protective of liver health. Shown to support immunity, and endocrine and nervous system function. Schisandra also aids stress related infertility.

    Shatavari root (Asparagus racemosus): Shatavari’s main constituents are steroidal-saponins, suggesting its use as an estrogen regulator, the estrogen modulating in turn may contribute to menstrual cycle regulation. Not only does this herb support healthy fertility for women, it has been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic practitioners to support hormonal balance in men. Shatavari is also an immune system and nutritive tonic to help support the overall health of the body.

Liver Supporting Herbs

The liver is our chemical processing plant. You can imagine what must go on in there. The liver removes hormones, drugs, and other biologically active molecules from the blood. If there are too many excess toxins and hormones overwhelming the liver, they may be stored up, not only in the liver, but other parts of our body. This can cause or contribute to hormonal imbalances.

    Burdock root (Arctium lappa): Nourishing and cleansing for the liver, aiding in hormonal balance.

    Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale): Nourishing. Used to increase nutrition, supportive of liver health, for hormonal balance.

    Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale): Aids in liver health; stimulates digestion for improved hormonal balance.

    Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum): Milk thistle seed supports hormonal balance through gentle liver cleansing and regeneration. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones.

    Yellow Dock
    root (Rumex crispus): Stimulates bile production for healthy removal of toxins, supportive of liver health.

Other Herbs to Consider

    Flax seed (Linum usitatissimum): Flax seeds contain lignans, which are the second strongest group of phytoestrogens. Flax is also high in fiber. Studies have shown that the combination of the lignans and fiber in flax help to remove excess estrogen from the body, while also protecting it from xenoestrogens.

    Nettles leaf, root, seed (Urtica dioica): Nutritive; high mineral, vitamin and chlorophyll content. Supportive of gentle cleansing of the liver, lungs, intestines and kidneys. Great adrenal support.

    Oat straw (stems), Milky Oats (tops) exert a stronger effect than oat straw, (Avena sativa): Nourishing, aids in stress reduction by supporting nervous system. Great support for stress related fertility issues.

    Red Clover aerial parts, blossom (Trifolium pratense): Red Clover is a nourishing food-like herb. It is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is one of the best blood-purifying herbs, aiding in detoxification of environmental pollutants prior to conception. Rich in phytoestrogens, it may help protect the body from xenohormones.

    Seaweed, leafy parts, variety of species: Seaweed is high in fiber which helps improve estrogen metabolism.

    Sesame seed (Sesamum indicum): Has the highest oil content of any seed, providing a rich source of omega 3 and 6 EFAs (see the benefits for hormonal balance above, under Evening Primrose Oil). Contains lignans which help promote healthy estrogen balance and hormonal balance.

    Fem Rebalance herbal blend for women combines herbs supportive for restoring hormonal balance. This blend is especially helpful after a detox protocol or any other hormonal disruption. Fem Rebalance can help the body’s natural ability to restore normal hormone balance after discontinuing oral contraceptives, during stress or after weight loss.* Learn more here…

    Male Performance is a blend of adaptogen, libido and male reproductive system supporting herbs. This blend is a first line of defense for aiding men in restoring hormonal balance for improved reproductive health.

To access information on these herbs in more detail, with links to articles on many of the above herbs, please view our Fertility Herbs A-Z Guide here…

Confirmed Hormonal Imbalance

What should you do if you have had your hormones tested and you know specific hormone levels are not where they should be? First talk to your doctor about medical options. For example, if you know you have high thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which is confirmation of hypothyroidism, medication is the best option for balancing that particular hormone level. If you know you have low progesterone, your doctor may recommend synthetic progesterone supplementation, but there is a natural safer option with natural progesterone cream supplementation.

We have many articles to help you out. If you know you have a specific hormone level that is not at the correct level it should be, please choose from one of the articles below to learn more. If you don’t see an article related to an issue you have, you can contact us for more information. Each of the articles we do provide have information on diet, supplement, herbal, and other natural therapies specific to aiding that hormonal imbalance.

Articles you may find helpful:
Progesterone Fertility Guide
Estrogen Fertility Guide
FSH Levels and Your Fertility
DHEA and Your Natural Fertility
Is My Adrenal Health Affecting My Fertility?
Solve Thyroid Problems Before Conceiving a Baby
Endocrinology and Fertility: The Endocrine System is Vital for Reproductive Health


The endocrine system and the hormones they produce and secrete play a significant role not only in the health of our entire body, but the ability to achieve and sustain pregnancy. Our reproductive system relies on proper hormonal balance to function properly. If you suspect you have a hormonal imbalance, get tested. Once you know your test results you will be able to discuss with your doctor the best options for restoring hormonal balance medically. There are natural therapies that can help to restore hormonal balance. Eating a nutrient-dense, whole food fertility diet, including daily exercise, stress management techniques, and avoiding harmful substances are the foundation for maintaining and restoring hormonal balance. Herbs and nutritional supplements also play a key role in supporting hormonal balance. Herbs for cleansing, liver support, and endocrine system support should be considered. Supplements to support optimum nutritional levels may also be necessary.


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’m 5.6 weighing 62.5kg. I have irregular periods(Will get once in 2 to 3 months) with small follicles on both ovaries of size 0.5mm. My diet includes quinoa/brown rice on weekdays and white rice on weekends. I will limit my processed food like once in a month. Recently started drinking Raspberry leaf tea and started taking prenatals.I’ll go for a walk daily for about 2 to 3 miles. My hormone Levels are
    LH-13.2 mIU/ml
    FSH-7.9 mIU/ml
    Prolactin-7.3 ng/ml
    TSH – 3.17 mIU/ml
    We are trying to concieve from past 8 months. Can you please tell me any remedies to get pregnant naturally. Thank you so much.

    • Dear Sindhu,

      Thank you for reaching out to us! May I know of these test results, which were of concern to your healthcare provider? I can not be certain given I do not know when this testing was done in your menstrual cycle. This could be why only small follicles were detected as well.

      This very guide is a great one! Do you follow a well rounded Fertility Diet? Do you exercise and maintain an otherwise healthy lifestyle?

      While you continue learning, our guide How to Create A Healthy Foundation For Fertility may be a more concise reference.

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      Thank you so much for your reply. Actually i didn’t get period for about 90 days then they performed these tests.. After a day of testing i got my period. My GP says everything is normal. But my periods are irregular from the beginning ( My mom has same problem she used to get period in 60 days). Now we are trying to get pregnant. I’m worried about my irregular cycles.
      Yes i do maintain a healthy life style. I don’t have problems like acne,weight gain,thyroid,hair thining etc.

    • Hello again Sindhu!

      Thank you for sharing this information!

      I feel like the guides I shared in my first reply still apply. Given the testing was done just prior to menstruation starting, this is why follicles were small. It is going to be important to continue to track ovulation so that you can learn your fertile window exactly. This will maximize chances of conception. While rare, some women can still ovulate without menstruating.

      With that consider the tips in the guides I shared, particularly supporting healthy circulation to the uterus and ovaries with fertility massage and castor oil therapy, and consider learning more about FertiliCare Phase 1&2, an herbal blend to support hormonal balance.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    Hi. my wife had tubal ligation done 2 years ago after her 4th pregnancy. She is 33, weighs 85Kg. Since the tubes were “tied” she has started having mood swings, migraines, lot of sweating, weight gain even though she is exercising regularly and taking good control of her diet. Her period is all out of whack, and her appetite has vanished. She has trouble sleeping, feels tired all the time…. She has developed ovarian cyst as well and feels quite low and weak because of all this … She went to see her doctor and was told she had hormonal imbalance and was tested to prove that right. We live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab emirates. What herbal product can you recommend to treat her condition? TY

    • Dear Waheed,

      I am sorry to hear of all your wife is going through!

      It is great that she has made dietary changes and exercises regularly. This is likely to help her body better use herbs and nutritional supplements should she choose to try them.

      Many of the symptoms she is dealing with seems are more associated with the ovarian cysts, rather than the tubal ligation. The fallopian tubes aren’t involved in the production or regulation of hormones, the ovaries are. With that, we have a wonderful resource that I think is the best place to start learning about a possible natural fertility program. It is our guide How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally and Safely with Herbs and Supplements….

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

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    I have been trying to conceive for two years now. I went for a follicular tracking in a lab on cycle day 10,12,14,21 and it showed my eggs grew to maturity between cycle day 12 and 14 but didnt ovulate at cycle day 14. I went to again on day 21 to see if I ovulated but the eggs had grown bigger and still didnt ovulate. Before now I usually use clearblue digital OPK to check if I ovulated and based on that result it showed that I ovulated. Does this mean I always thought I ovulated when I didn’t.. Im so confused…most people say its hormonal imbalance..Hethir what can I do…

    • Dear Tomes,

      OPKs tell us when there is an LH surge indicating the fertile window and that ovulation may be coming, not that is does in fact happen (or not). I can not know if you have never ovulated or if this is but one anovulatory cycle, or if you ovulated after cycle day 21. Basal body temperature charting or testing after day 21 would have told you if you ovulated late.

      Have you had hormonal testing? Did your doctor indicate concern about anovulation? Did you have an ovarian cyst grow? How long are your cycles from day one of your period until day one of the next?

      I think a helpful place to start will be to review our guides below to see what resonates with you…
      Getting Ovulation Back on Track
      5 Simple Ways to Promote Regular Ovulation

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    What about the DUTCH test to measure hormones? Apparently now it is the best test for it.
    Thank you

    • Dear Alina,

      While I am not super familiar, the Dutch Test is one at-home hormone test that I know to be reliable. It would be best to work with a practitioner who can help you interpret the tests and evaluate the entirety of your health along with the results.

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    I am a 26 year old female. I took a plan B July 15th 2017. A couple weeks after I noticed my hair looked a little thin but it wasn’t bad at all so i didn’t think anything of it. About a month later it was noticeable and i also started growing peach fuzz in between my chest, side of face, stomach, and chin! I’ve NEVER had hair there before and now its been 3 months later my symptoms have become much worse. I’ve lost almost half the hair on top of my head and keep growing hair in places I’ve never had hair. My periods last maybe one or two days now day when I’m use to having a full period for at least 4 days. I know it’s due to the plan B because of all the high androgens. Please help!

    • Dear Jaz,

      I’m sorry! It’s going to be best to talk to your doctor or a naturopathic doctor near you about what you’re experiencing as they may want to check hormone levels, thyroid health, and be sure there isn’t another component. The Plan B pill should not still be in the body, so I can’t be sure it was/is a cause.

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    im 23 years old, i have been having menstrual flow problem for some years now, each month, i flow for just two days and its very scanty. ive gone for scan severally to know if there is an indication of fibroid,but no, I also had several treatment on infections but the problem still continues. please is there any drugs i can use to correct this? i need help.

    • Hello Jessica!

      I’m sorry to hear this is a concern. We support the use of herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies, which are not drugs. If you are interested in drugs or medications, please talk to medical professional.

      Scanty periods may mean there is lack of circulation to the uterus. So working to promote blood flow would be important.

      Consider learning more about the herb Dong Quai, L-Arginine perhaps, and Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Packs. Be sure to stay hydrated – to drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily – and exercise daily. A brisk walk is great as is Fertility Yoga.

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    I have a low FSH level. What vitamins should I take? I’m 23 years old and trying to conceive. thanks a lot for your help.

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    Hi there, I have been battling severe melasma on my upper lip. It’s very dark. I’m 42 yr old African American, Fitz IV. My OBGyn & Derm tells me the melasma is hormonal but all of my labs are normal. I do have a small fibroid & small cyst. I noticed the melasma start appearing about 5 yrs ago after I got the Mirena IUD, I had that removed a few yrs ago & not on any BC right now. My doctors have put me on all kinds of bleaching creams, chemical peels & skincare you can name & it doesn’t help with the melasma at all. I live in FL & wear sunscreen. I just purchased your Vitex, DIM & Maca in hopes to get my hormones regulated. Do you have any other suggestions as to what I could do?

    • Dear Tasha,

      I’m sorry you are faced with this as yes, common known cause are hormones and sun exposure. I have also read that perhaps depigmentation of the skin can also be the action of the enzyme Tyrosinase (the enzyme involved in melanin synthesis) and copper within the body. We do not have information on this topic, but I appreciate what this resource shared: I hope it’s helpful! It reiterates how important a healthy whole food diet it and we feel the same. Learn more about the Fertility Diet here… (even if not looking to conceive).

      My best!

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    I have a liver tumor, they say a different type everytime FNH, or hemangioma, vascularitis lesion. It’s 2.8 centimeters. Found during gall bladder problems 10 yrs. ago. They told me to stop using birth control . It was the same size as of 2014 ago. I went to a functional medicine doctor, had the bio identical plant based pellets put in, as my hormones are way off, my adrenals, and Hashi Thyroiditis and estradoil and testosterone. Is this dangerous for any benign liver tumor? or can I ditch estrogen only?Are some benign tumors safe, How do I figure out the type? Am I in trouble since these pellets are inserted? They can’t be taken out.I feel some relief. I have not started the progesterone.

    • Dear Amy,

      Please talk to your functional medicine doctor about the safety of the program you are on for you. He/she is best able to help you understand this and ease any worries. I’m not if you’ve seen a specialist, but a Gastroenterologist would be best to help you determine what kind of tumors you have. Gastroenterologists are specialist who focus on digestive organs and liver.

      I hope you find answers soon!

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    Can homonal imballance be rectified. Can it be treated, and can i be able to conceive

    • Dear Linda,

      We have seem women commit to natural fertility programs and successfully support their bodies in returning to balance. Each woman is unique and achieving fertility health is different for every couple dependent on diet, health history, stress levels, existing health conditions or imbalances, how well they stick to the program, and how severe the fertility issue is. If you are on one of our health programs, you should begin to see changes within 1-3 months. These changes could be increased energy, improved cervical mucous, ovulation, correction in cycle length, etc…

      We want everyone to have hope!

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    my FSH and LH level sare high that means my body is not producing FSH properly.
    Can i take Ashwagandha to regulate that , and can i consume REd clove blossom tablest, i have read that they are quite helpful in preparing body for pregnancy.

    • Dear Bhaav,

      Ashwagandha is most known to support a healthy stress and immune system response by the body. I think it may help to read more about Ashwagandha here… to learn if it might be right for you. It can be a complementary herb to many natural fertility programs.

      In terms of natural supporting healthy FSH and LH levels, our guide FSH Levels and Your Fertility explains the role follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) plays in female fertility and shares information on natural options to promote healthy FSH levels in the body. Consider reading that as well!

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

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    I will be 49 in September and trying to conceive. I have been pregnant before (ages 34 and 42) while not trying but both pregnancies have resulted in miscarriages. Now, I really would like to get pregnant as I am perimenopausal. I started taking the maca root, vitex, and don quai; and, now experiencing really irregular menses. It is so very difficult to tell when I am ovulating now. I was not experiencing this before taking the products as my menstrual cycle has been pretty regular. Please advise what is happening.

    • Hi Valerie,

      Though I cannot be 100% sure, it sounds like you are going through perimenopause. This is quite common for a woman of your age. Perimenopause can make it more difficult to achieve pregnancy, both naturally and through IVF, due to hormonal fluctuations, irregular menstrual cycles, diminishing ovarian reserve and poor egg quality. All of these are interconnected and are due to the natural aging process. It is extremely difficult to achieve pregnancy naturally and carry to term over the age of 43. In consideration of this, it may be best to see a doctor, to weigh your options. A doctor is going to be able to run a hormone panel to help you determine your personal fertility status – which is what is most important at this time.

      In regard to your comment: “I was not experiencing this before taking the products as my menstrual cycle has been pretty regular.” I am not completely sure what you mean, do you mean your cycles became irregular once you started these products, or were you taking them to help regulate your cycle due to perimenopause, because you also said: “my cycle has been pretty regular”?

      I look forward to hearing back from you.

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    Am 35 year old and I have been married for 11 years now without a child and the doctor said is early menopause but I have been seeing my monthly period but just recently I miss my period for 3 months and it started again, I have seen some of the symptoms mention above.
    So what are the drugs to be use for hormonal in balance. I need help

    • Dear Doris,

      We support helping the body relearn balance by making dietary and lifestyle changes and utilizing herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies (which are not drugs). There are a number of these that support hormonal balance. It is difficult for me to answer your questions based on just a small piece of the bigger picture of your health. I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and challenges!

      It would be best to book a Fertility Consultation in order to work one on one with our fertility herbalist to receive an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs.

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    I have bad cystic acne on just on jaw line and they say that hormone related. Is there anything i can take?

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    We hav performed all tests in different fertility centres and taken all medications relating to this problem, but no conception has taken place

    • Dear Epel,

      I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and challenges!

      You may want to book a Fertility Consultation. Through a Fertility Consultation, you will submit a comprehensive intake form, including information about your fertility history, your 3 detailed questions and overall goal for your fertility. Within 5 business days one of our Master Herbalists will review, layout and explain each step of your consultation, your natural fertility program.

      Learn more or book a Fertility Consultation here…

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    Good Morning Elizabeth,
    Is there a charge for the consultation and if so, how much is it? Do u except insurance?

    • Hello Sam!

      The Fertility Consultation fee is $95.00 and includes a PDF of your guide, a live link to an audio recording to save and review as often as you need, and the opportunity to continue your relationship with your herbalist through follow-up email correspondence for a few weeks after receiving your consultation, with any questions you may have regarding your consultation.

      We are not able to accept insurance, but some health savings plans may cover herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies. It may be worth checking into this if it applies.

      I hope you will consider this invaluable experience!

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    Good Morning,
    I’m 34 yrs old, been TTC for 5yrs now. Been told have High FSH Levels of 17, AMH=.21,one tube blocked Dec/14, but was open in July 2012, HSG results. Been taking for 90Days: FertilAid for women, FertilCM, FertilDetox, COQ10. For 60Days: Myo-inositol, Omega-3, OvaBoost.Took all Vit’s as directed. Last 30Days: Maca, Royal Jelly. Dr. says egg donor best option, i dont want that or IVF. Want to just do natural. Diet is pretty healthy. Any suggestions???

    • Dear Sam,

      We are happy to work one on one with you. I would recommend a Fertility Consultation with one of our Fertility Herbalists. She will be able to help guide you in the right direction with the right program for your fertility health needs.

      I’m certain this experience will be invaluable!