Will Evening Primrose Oil Help Me Conceive?

on Jan 15, 2013

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Will Evening Primrose Oil Help Me Conceive?

Evening primrose oil can help to boost fertility as it aids in obtaining the right level and consistency of cervical mucus needed to allow sperm to easily travel through the reproductive canal and to the uterus.

The supplement known as evening primrose oil or oenothera is a plant based oil that is believed to help in aiding fertility in women. Evening primrose oil has been linked to a number of different benefits to the body such as a treatment for skin conditions (eczema, acne, rosacea), relieving the discomfort of PMS and helping to ease joint pain/swelling for rheumatoid arthritis. However, evening primrose has also has a long history of being used as a way of helping to conceive as well. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How can evening primrose oil help me to conceive?

Evening primrose oil contains a rich supply of gamma linolenic acid and vitamin E. For women who are unable to create the right amount of fatty acid in their bodies, gamma linolenic acid can help to boost their fertility as it aids in obtaining the right level and consistency of cervical mucus needed to allow sperm to easily travel through the reproductive canal and to the uterus. Cervical mucus is the lubricant that eases sperm travel through the reproductive passage, allowing a smooth, unobstructive flow from the vagina into the uterus where the sperm can then fertilize the egg and allow a fetus to then begin to develop. When cervical mucus is of the right consistency and amount in the reproductive canal it also allows the sperm to stay alive for longer periods of time, making the likelihood of it reaching its destination much greater.

Do some women need evening primrose oil more the others?

Every woman’s body is different and creates a different level of cervical mucus in the reproductive canal. Some women have cervical mucus that is brown, thick or dry that makes a less hospitable environment for the sperm to inhabit and lowering the chances of fertilization. Because the evening primrose oil helps to create more cervical mucus (that is of a more watery, clear consistency) the use of it can ensure just the right lubrication to help the sperm along in its journey to the egg. A woman who has the right amount and consistency of cervical mucus will have mucus that is similar to egg whites; it should be clear with a consistency that is thicker than water, but not so thick as to clump together.

How much evening primrose oil should I take and when?

It is best to take evening primrose oil to conceive from the point right after a menstruation cycle up to the ovulation period. You should stop taking it after ovulation until your period has arrived again as the oil can initiate uterine contractions if you conceive which is not advisable. As for the amount of evening primrose oil, the recommended amount is anywhere between 1500mg and 2500mg every day to help improve cervical mucus production.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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  • Letiff

    is cramping really bad a sign of being pregnant?

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  • francia marte

    hi am 39 years old i feel my time is against my desire i have a tubal reversal operation 6 month ago and i don’t get preg yet i use clomid for three month and nothing happen,can i keep using clomid? what can i do? what can i take?

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  • rachel

    agnus castus is really good for ttc :) take it from cd1 upto ovulation along with evening primrose oil, may take a while to get in your system but good things will come, agnus castus (aka vitex) helps correct any imbalances of hormones , while evening primrose oil does the same and boost your cm, (cervical mucus) i take 2000mg of agnus castus, 2 capsules twice a day, and 3000mg evening primrose oil, throughout, 5 days before ovulation i will also drink grapefruit juice, ( tescos’, markets cartons) are fine, this also helps with cervical mucus, alot lol.. after ive confirmed ovulation, as alot of women advise to stop taking the agnus then alot dont, i wont just go cold turkey on the stuff i will half it, maybe for a week, then do a miss a day till im off, also take my folic acid, this is my first month combining these together , im on cd 21, so i should have a nice week start before next month 3 weeks in, agnus castus helps lenghten the second phase giving a nice amount of time for the egg to stick, this is also good for any infertility problems, mainly hormones, i cant wait for them results im a green witch as of t.o.m, good luck to any1 trying x

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  • leanne

    I’ve been trying now for 2 years I do have 3 boys but got remarried and trying again I am big tho so my doc says it’s my weight I’ve been trying every think to help me get pregnant but nothing IM now taking evening primrose and we will see if it will help

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Being overweight can make conceiving a bit challenging because fat cells produce more estrogen and may lead to hormonal imbalance making ovulation difficult. Try to lose a little weight while trying to conceive to increase your chances of conceiving sooner.

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    can i take evening primrose oil with femara and injectibles for a timed intercourse cycle?

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  • stella

    i want to conceive and need fertility drugs for faster conception.Though i take about 500mg of EPO every day

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