Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the Fallopian tube and is made available to be fertilized.
Approximately every month, an egg will mature within one of your ovaries. As it reaches maturity, the egg is released by the ovary where it enters the Fallopian tube to make its way towards waiting for sperm and the uterus.
The lining of the uterus would have thickened to prepare for the fertilized egg. If no conception occurs, the uterine lining, as well as blood, will be shed. The shedding of an unfertilized egg and the uterine wall is the time of menstruation.
As simple as this sounds, it is a nightmare for some women. A lot of women do struggle with regular ovulation and most even don’t know if they even ovulate.
Below, you will find simple proven natural ways that can help you improve and enhance your ovulation.
RECOMMENDED FOOD OPTIONS FOR IMPROVED OVULATION AND FERTILITY
Green Leafy Vegetables, Lentils and Peas: These food categories contain large amounts of folate which helps the body make and maintain new cells. It also helps increase egg quality which enhances fertility in women. Therefore, raising your chances of getting pregnant, staying pregnant and preventing neural tube defects in foetus.
Whole Grains: Whole grains, especially oats, are rich in vitamins B and E. These vitamins are essential for cellular reproduction, production of healthy eggs and sperm, and hormone balance.
Beans: Beans, especially black beans, are rich in phytoestrogen. It is best to eat it starting from the day you finish your period (say day 5) to day 11 i.e. for about 6 days. This is the period when oestrogen rises to support the development and maturation of healthy eggs.
Royal Jelly: Royal jelly is a rich source of proteins, amino acids, high levels of vitamins D and E, and a good source of iron and calcium. It is a super food that is known to balance hormones, promotes fertility and may help in treating infertility, menopause and impotence.
Fatty Fish: Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines have omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which helps to regulate reproductive health, improve blood flow and enhance the quality of eggs and sperm. Flaxseed oil is a great alternative for fatty fish.
Eggs: Eggs contain essential fatty acids and amino acids that are important for reproductive function. They are valuable sources of protein, essential vitamins and minerals, all of which can make a significant contribution to a healthy reproductive system.
Oysters: Oysters are also a super fertility food and are libido-enhancing food too.
They are rich in huge amount of zinc that is believed to help with both healthy sperm and egg.
Some studies suggest that zinc can help men increase semen and testosterone production, while in women it can increase ovulation and fertility with the consumption of about 15 mg a day.
WONDER PLANTS AND HERBS FOR IMPROVED FERTILITY IN WOMEN
Red clover: It is rich in plant oestrogens that help boost fertility in women with oestrogen deficiency. It is also helpful in correcting Fallopian tube scarring, irregular menstrual cycle, and unexplained infertility.
Red clover blossoms are available in a dried form. Add 2 tables spoons of dried red clover to a cup of boiling water. Let the mixture sit overnight or for about four hours. You can also add a few peppermint leaves for flavour. Take about 1-4 cups daily.
Red raspberry: Red Raspberry has natural fertility enhancing properties. It is a highly nutritive astringent herb that supports uterine muscles in healthy conception. It also has phyto-progesterone qualities, which could improve progesterone levels. Red raspberry is known to prevent miscarriages and pregnancy complications.
Use completely dried leaves of Red Raspberry for making tea to keep away the Cyclospora parasite found in raspberries. In some cases, loose stools and nausea can occur.
Red raspberry leaf can be seen as capsules and as loose leaf. You can steep two teaspoons of leaves in one cup of boiling water for 10-15min and consume. Consume about 3-6 cups daily.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is great at calming down the nervous system, so it’s a great natural way to treat depression, stress and anxiety, which are often reasons why many women can’t get pregnant. It also helps tone up the uterus and has aphrodisiac effects, which can favour intimate relations.
Drink oat straw tea or even eat oatmeal, which will provide all the vitamins and protein that benefit you so much.
Green tea: The famous green tea is a well-known for its rich antioxidants quality, which is an essential and very important when it comes to improving fertility, as it helps produce healthy eggs.
Drink green tea instead of coffee, since the latter causes negative effects when trying to get pregnant.
Dong Quai: Extensively used in Chinese medicine, this herbal medicine regulates menstruation and ovulation. It clears stagnation of blood (a major cause of infertility) and also assists in toning a weak uterus.
Take it’s liquid extract (tincture) added to water twice daily. Don’t drink it along with blood-thinning medications and it is advisable to stop once the menstrual flow starts. Do not use during diarrhoea, excessive menstrual flow or hemorrhagic conditions.
Black cohosh: This toning herb is helpful for prolapsed uterus and fibroids. It regulates the oestrogen levels in the body, which can minimize the chances of abortion in the early stages of pregnancy.
It is available in tablet, capsule and tincture forms. Take about 40 to 80mg a day. Overdosage can lead to upset stomach and vomiting.
Wild yam: Wild yam contains diosgenin, a saponin that promotes mild progesterone balancing properties. It, therefore, helps in enhancing fertility. It also has aphrodisiac effects and synthesizes sex hormones, favouring intimate relations.
It can be taken in capsule, infused and fresh root tincture forms. Use it only before ovulation and avoid excessive usage as it exhibit anti-fertility properties in high dosage.
Vitex: This herb helps in normalizing the ovulation process. It is used to help balance hormones by stimulating the pituitary gland, which produces sex hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It stimulates the luteinizing hormone and minimizes the release of the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). It is readily available in capsule, loose herb, tincture, tea and powder forms.
Do not use along with prescription medications containing hormones.
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha significantly aids fertility. It enhances the endocrine system, thus regulating the adrenal and thyroid glands, which are helpful in balancing the reproductive organs. Ashwagandha also strengthens the ovaries, uterus, and the immune system.
Take about 25g of root powder and put in 400ml water. Boil so that the proportion is reduced to one-fourth of the original quantity. Now, add 100ml milk and continue to boil until it reduces to 100ml. Filter and consume it while it is hot.
Take about 30ml before food in the morning, along with half a teaspoon of ghee. Take it for two to three months to enhance your chances of pregnancy. Reduce the amount of ghee if you have high cholesterol levels.
Stinging Nettle: Nettle nourishes and tones the uterus while strengthening the kidneys and adrenal glands. It is also loaded with chlorophyll (acts as detoxifier), which assists in preparing your body for conception and pregnancy.
Take in the form of tea. Take 2 table spoons of dried nettle leaves in a quart jar. Add boiling water and close the lid. Allow the infusion to steep overnight or for four to 10 hours. You can add honey to taste. Drink 2-4 cups daily.
Motherwort: This herb is very useful in stimulating the uterus and improving the uterine tone. It works efficiently in bringing on the menstrual cycle delayed due to stress or anxiety .
Mix one to two teaspoons of dried herb in one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes, and serve. Take three cups a day for the tea form and 5 to 25 drops, three times a day for the liquid extract.
Do not take it during a heavy menstrual period.
Tribulus: It improves desire and sexual activity in both women and men. It has also been associated with an improvement in erectile function, an increase in testosterone, as well as an improvement in the libido.
EXERCISES FOR ENHANCING OVULATION AND FERTILITY
Moderate regular exercise can improve fertility and the chance of having a baby. For overweight and obese women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), regular exercise can increase the frequency of ovulation which leads to more regular menstrual cycles. As ovulation becomes more frequent, the chance of conceiving increases.
Try moderate cardio like walking, jogging, aerobics, strength, stretching, flexibility and alignment training as well as yoga and pilates.
However, excessive exercise can drastically reduce oestrogen and progesterone levels, delaying ovulation or even suppressing it altogether.
With all these natural and simple ways to improve your ovulation, you have an higher chances of improving your fertility and conception as well. Give whichever one of them that suites you a trial and see the miracle that follows.
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