Saturday, August 2, 2008

PCOS-friendly Herbs for TTC

Herbs seem to be one topic that no one really wants to touch, especially when it comes to TTC. I'm assuming this is because there is little regulation on herbs, however, it's a shame that more doctors don't include them into their treatment plan.

I, for one, would love to try a few more natural methods out in effort to regulate my cycles and balance hormones, but am afraid to take something that might be in contrast with other factors I have going on. I am not taking any as of yet, but wanted to have a place to collect information as I come across it. I will update this post as I come across new information.

Dislaimer: Please note that I am not a doctor or medical professional and you should use this information at your own discretion and always refer to your OBGYN or physician before beginning or modifying any treatment you might currently be on.

PCOS-friendly Herbs for TTC

  • A formula to support glucose metabolism and insulin production, some of these would be: Gymnena, cinnamon, and one could use chromion as well. (source:; Chat session 4/22/08; Stacey Roberts of Natural Fertility, Australia)

  • With PCOS we usually support progesterone production using a herb like Agnus castus, depending on the situation. Note, Vitex agnus castus is the same as Agnus castus or chaste tree. Regarding usage: (most of my patients)... use agnus castus up until they become pregnant and then stop it, but again depending on the situation I might have them continue (source:; Chat session 4/22/08; Stacey Roberts of Natural Fertility, Australia)

  • ...herbs go a step further, targeting any problems involving hormone balance. Herbs can also be very beneficial in encouraging the function of your liver, in order to make sure that it is metabolising the hormones efficiently and then eliminating them.

    Agnus castus (Vitex/chastetree berry) This is one of the most important herbs for PCOS because it helps to stimulate and normalise the function of the pituitary gland, which controls the release of LH (luteinising hormone).

    Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) Saw palmetto is a herb that is traditionally considered in light of its success in treating prostate problems caused by an imbalance of hormones (including excess testosterone). It is a small palm tree found in North America and the berries of the tree are used in tinctures or capsule form. Research has shown that saw palmetto works as an anti-androgen, which can be very helpful given the high levels of testosterone in PCOS. I would suggest that you add saw palmetto to your treatment plan if you have excess hair growth, orhave been told you have high levels of androgens. Otherwise, take agnus castus on its own.

    Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) This is one of the key herbs for the liver, which
    acts as your waste disposal unit,, and it is therefore essential for the treatment of PCOS. It helps to protect your liver cells against damage and to promote the healing of damaged cells, so improving the general functioning of the liver and all its detoxifying properties.

    Caution:You should not take any of the above herbs if you are taking, The Pill, Fertillity
    drugs, HRT or any other hormonal treatment or other medication unless they are
    recommended by a registered, experienced practitioner.

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Lady Shmoe January 1, 2009 at 8:42 PM  

I just came across your blog while researching this very topic (herbs for TTC with PCOS.) I am adding your blog to my list of blogs I enjoy. Good luck on your journey!

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