Should You Take Fertility Supplements During Periods?

Should You Take Fertility Supplements During Your Period?

Lots of Supplements, Lots of Questions

Herbal fertility supplements are super popular to boost fertility naturally. Many women take them and swear that they can see an improvement in their fertility. However, there is often some confusion about how often to take the herbal supplements. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Many women get confused about whether or not they should take the supplements all month, only during their fertile days, stop during their period, or what exactly they should do. Today we are going to try to clear up some of this confusion and put these myths to rest.

The Answer Is Not Always Clear

While it would be easier and convenient if there were one easy answer all the way across the board, each supplement has different recommendations for the time frame that they are supposed to be used. As a general rule, most herbal supplements are supposed to be taken consecutively with no breaks, for at least several months in order to reap the most benefits. However, there are a few herbal supplements that are the exception to the rule.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil is one of these supplements. Evening Primrose Oil should be taken from the first day of a woman’s period, until ovulation. After ovulation occurs, it should not be taken since it can cause the uterus to contract.

Dong Quai is another supplement that has some different rules. With Dong Quai, experts usually advise taking it up until the menstrual period, and then discontinue use once the period starts. If a woman is pregnant, thinks she could be pregnant, or is breastfeeding, she should make sure not to use Dong Quai. With progesterone cream, it should also only be used after ovulation, and discontinue use once the menstrual period arrives.

What To Remember

Each different herbal supplement has different rules for taking them during the menstrual period. Some are okay to take during a woman’s period, and some are not okay to take. Progesterone and Dong Quai should not be taken during menstruation.

With vitex, there are some cases that it is recommended to be used all month long, and some cases that it is recommended that it only be taken until a woman’s period starts. Most experts will recommend that if a woman is taking several different herbal supplements for a long period of time, that they take a break during their periods, to sort of give the body a break.

Birth control and herbal supplements

Also keep in mind that hormonal medications such as birth control and herbal fertility supplements usually don’t mix, so make sure to ask a doctor’s advice before taking both at the same time. And, as always, if a woman is pregnant, breastfeeding, or even thinks that she might possibly be pregnant, she should always stop taking any supplements until she talks with her doctor.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.