Ovulex is one of many herbal products on the worldwide market that claim to possibly help you get pregnant faster by improving your fertility and your hormonal balance. While some of these products contain single ingredients, Ovulex is a proprietary blend of herbs — many of which have been used by traditional midwives for many issues relating to female reproduction, from treating PMS and menopause symptoms to promoting fertility.
I certainly understand why you'd want to take a product like Ovulex — whether you're newly trying to conceive or it's taking a while and you're starting to get worried, it's completely natural to want to do something proactive. Is it safe to take herbal supplements to help you get pregnant, though? I have to admit that I am not qualified to tell you whether Ovulex will help you, harm you, or do nothing. I do have a message for you, however.
Can Herbal Fertility Supplements Help You Get Pregnant?
While very few modern, quality, scientific studies have looked into herbs as fertility promoters, there is research to suggest that "chasteberry, antioxidants, and Fertility Blend" may. Fertility Blend is a product that contains chasteberry (Vitex) as well as vitamins, amino-acids, and antioxidants.
I'll go out on a limb here and acknowledge that the fact that the effects of a particular herb haven't thoroughly studied in accordance with modern scientific standards doesn't necessarily mean we should dismiss it entirely — especially if there are studies to suggest that a herb is generally safe to take.
Ovulex, concretely, includes chasteberry as well as dong quai (Angelica sinensis), red clover blossoms (Trifolium pratense), licorice root, Siberian ginseng, red raspberry leaf, and black cohosh. Red clover flowers, red raspberry leaves and dong quai root have all traditionally been used to promote fertility, and they're written about in Susun S. Weed's book Wise Woman Herbal for The Childbearing Year, often shared among natural-minded midwives. It should be noted that the same author is very weary of using black cohosh before late pregnancy, as it is also used to "bring on a late period".
Should Herbal Supplements Like Ovulex Be FDA-Approved?
No. I've come across people criticizing Ovulex for the fact that it isn't FDA-approved online, so thought it was important to note that herbal supplements do not actually require FDA approval. The FDA itself states that it "does not have the authority to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed".
The FDA does, on the other hand, share that people should proceed with caution before taking herbal supplements of any kind, as they may "contain active ingredients that have strong biological effects in the body". It goes on to note that "this could make them unsafe in some situations and hurt or complicate your health", as well as noting that "natural" does not equal "safe".
Should I Take Herbal Supplements To Promote Fertility?
I would advise you to consult either a medical doctor or a midwife very well-versed in herbal medicine before you decide to make a herbal supplement meant to promote fertility part of your daily routine. That's not a "no", but it's also definitely not an "if it doesn't help, it can't harm you". Herbs are not well-understood in today's world, but remember that that doesn't mean they don't do anything. As well as doing a lot of good, they can also potentially cause harm.
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