The use of red clover (Trifolium pratense) for infertility
For any woman who is trying to conceive, almost any solution or remedy that may increase her chances of getting pregnant is taken in a heartbeat.
From medical and nonmedical approaches to invasive procedures, women submerge themselves in a myriad of fertility treatments in order to make their dreams come true. Motherhood is a beautiful experience and many women would go to the ends of the earth to achieve it.
Fortunately, the world doesn’t lack natural remedies for infertility. In fact, one of them, red clover actually lives up to the hype.
Red clover has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries and researchers and users claim that it can actually have positive effects on fertility.
Red clover aids in fertility as it consists of plant-based chemicals called isoflavones that work similar to estrogen in the body.
Fertility expert, Toni Wechsler, describes an “estrogen surge” as a way of the follicles to prepare themselves for ovulation. This is until the egg ruptures and ovulation commences.
In addition to its fertility promoting effects, some researchers claim that proper ingestion of red clover may be linked to improvement in menopause-related symptoms such as hot flashes. It may even reduce a woman’s risk of complications linked to menopause such as osteoporosis and heart disease, but further research it still required as there is no sufficient scientific evidence backing up this claim.
How red clover improves fertility
Creating an estrogen balance
Focus on herbs that support the liver and naturally detoxify it. Herbs such as red clover that nourish the endocrine system are also effective at creating a good estrogen balance.
Cervical mucous production
For the healthy production of cervical mucous, consuming herbs rich in omega-6 should be your best bet. Some studies show that red clover can boost cervical mucous production by reducing vaginal dryness. Make sure you’re well-hydrated as well.
Improved uterine function and health
Red clover has a positive and direct impact on the uterine muscles as it is rich in calcium and magnesium. Both minerals, in conjunction with other minerals and vitamins allow the smooth functioning of the uterine muscles.
As mentioned before, red clover helps in detoxification and better mucous production. Doctors use red clover to ease coughs in young children due to its mucous thinning effect. Red clover also eliminates toxic teratogens which aid in infertility.
Red clover is safe for most adults if used to short periods and no severe negative effects have been reported up till now.
However, due to the fact that red clover possesses isoflavones that act similar to estrogen, long-term use may cause a high risk of women developing cancer associated with the uterus lining. Moreover, it is still not clear whether red clover is safe to use amongst pregnant and breastfeeding women, therefore, talk to your doctor before using it!
Make sure all your health care providers are notified about your health practices, which include alternative medicine. Sometimes medications or treatments may be interfered by your use of herbal remedies, so practice caution.
- University of Maryland Medical Center
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- The effect of red clover isoflavones on menopausal symptoms, lipids and vaginal cytology in menopausal women: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study Gynecol Endocrinol.2005