Taking evening primrose oil helps with PCOS

Herbs help women with PCOS get pregnant

Trying to get pregnant if you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCO) can be difficult. The cause of this condition, which is characterized by higher than average levels of male hormones, irregular menstrual bleeding, and ovarian cysts, remains unknown, making PCOS difficult to treat. Your doctor may recommend fertility medications and surgery to improve your chances of conceiving, but there are herbs that can help as well.


Chasteberry, a plant that has long been used as a herbal remedy for menstrual cramps and as a trigger for breast milk production, can improve your fertility in the fight against PCOS. According to the OBGYN website, taking Chasteberry will help regulate your hormone levels. This is an important function when you have too many male hormones in your body. Proponents report that Chasteberry stimulates your glands to increase the amount of luteinizing hormone in your body, while slightly inhibiting follicle-stimulating hormones, which increases progesterone levels. The progesterone should cause the body to ovulate, which increases the likelihood of pregnancy. An article in the September 2005 issue of the American Family Physician states that safe dosages of peppercorns are between 4 mg and 1,800 mg per day of extract and that there are few side effects. Ask your doctor before you start taking pepper.

Evening primrose

Evening primrose also treats hormonal imbalances that prevent women with PCOS from getting pregnant. The Baby Hopes website says that taking evening primrose oil, an extract from this herb, balances levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body, which can prove helpful as women with PCOS tend to have higher levels of estrogen. In addition, evening primrose oil contains fatty acids that not only help keep hormones balanced, but also stimulate the body to create a healthy environment for pregnancy by triggering the production of cervical mucus. Baby Hopes recommends a dosage of 1,500 to 3,000 mg daily, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says it has few side effects, although gastrointestinal problems and headaches can occur. Talk to your doctor before adding evening primrose oil to your daily diet.

Red raspberry leaf

The Steady Health website lists raspberry leaves as an herb that may prove beneficial for those with PCOS who are trying to conceive. The hormonal imbalances that indicate PCOS make ovulation difficult. When an egg is fertilized, it can also cause problems with the lining of the uterus due to hormonal issues. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that estrogen builds the lining of the uterus in preparation for a fertilized egg. Progesterone plays a role in maintaining and controlling the growth of this lining. Hormonal imbalances can cause the lining to be too thin for pregnancy, which can lead to miscarriages. The Baby Hopes website shows that taking raspberry leaf tea strengthens the lining of the uterus, which can help fight this problem. Drugs.com recommends taking this herb as a tea at a dosage of 1.5 to 2.4 grams of raspberry leaf per day, although you should consult with your doctor before taking it.