• Fertility Cleansing: Take Back Your Fertility Naturally

    by  • January 9, 2013 • Healthy You, Natural Fertility Series, Natural Remedies • 17 Comments

    Fertility Cleansing

    Some of you may remember our Detox 101 series on the importance of cleansing your body for better health. Cleansing is a great way to get a fresh start on fertility, especially for those who may have hormonal imbalances or irregular cycles. But you can’t just do any cleanse; in order to improve your fertility and prepare for conception certain organs must get special attention.

    Why Should You Cleanse

    Over the years, our bodies are exposed to many, many toxins and are damaged by our poor lifestyle and dietary choices. Though our bodies were amazingly created to naturally detox waste and excess hormones, they weren’t meant to have to keep up with the standard American way of living. If you want your body to have a good shot at healing itself, you are going to need to give it a little boost.

    Want to know what affects your toxin levels the most? Here’s a list of some of the top culprits:

    • Birth Control
    • Chemicals, including “FDA-Approved” household cleaners
    • Pesticides
    • Smoking
    • Excessive Drinking (alcohol)
    • Prescription and OTC Medications
    • Commercial Skin Care Products
    • Excess Hormones
    • Poor Diet
    • Sedentary Lifestyle

    So what happens to your body when it gets backed up with all these toxins? Well, if your body cannot handle the toxin overload, it finds a place to store them until it can get to them. Usually fat tissue is a main place for toxin storage… but for lean people like me, your body will create tumors or cysts as storage. Interesting isn’t it? That is what happened to me with my large ovarian cyst. It is much better to prevent toxin overload than to fix a big problem that could occur.

    What Does a Fertility Cleanse Do

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    There are two main players when it comes to hormones and fertility: the liver and the uterus. A fertility cleanse targets these important fertility organs.


    You may be thinking what does the liver have to do with fertility… Well, simple stated – A LOT! Your liver is responsible for filtering practically everything that comes into your body including excess hormones. Everything natural or synthetic must be filtered through your liver before entering the blood stream. If you have excess estrogen running through your system, your liver is the one organ to take care of it.

    But because of toxin overload and minimal support from a healthful diet, your liver may need some stimulation to get rid of these substances. By doing a natural cleanse using healing herbs to support the liver, you will be helping your body cope with our toxin-filled, industrial world and the impact it could be having on your fertility.


    You are most likely aware that each month, your body prepares for conception by creating a healthy uterine lining for the embryo implantation. When you don’t conceive, your uterine lining is shed (during your period) and your uterus begins the preparation process again. However, when there is excess toxin build up and hormonal imbalances, it is difficult to shed all the old lining. If your body doesn’t shed the entire lining, old stagnant blood and tissue accumulates inside the uterus…

    What kind of place is that for a growing baby? That’s where a cleanse utilizing herbs and other stimulating techniques comes into play. These can help support your uterine health, encourage complete lining shedding and tone your uterine wall, which all help to promote a healthy uterus and fertility.

    How To Get Started

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    **Just a quick note, I am not a professional. I will be telling you my personal experience with fertility cleansing for education purposes only. Please be sure to do your own research as I did, before starting any detox. As with any cleanse, be sure to consult your health care provider before starting.

    Completing a fertility cleanse takes time and commitment. There are several changes that happen to your normal routine, but in the end you will be so excited that you did it and your body will be so grateful.

    To start, keeping hydrated is essential. Drinking plenty of water, tea and coconut water is important to allow your body to excrete the excess hormones and toxins that have built up over the years. Hydration is key to good blood flow, as well as elimination of urine, stool and uterine lining – all of which are an important process of a fertility cleanse.

    Next, remember to rest during your menses. Your body has to work hard during your period, so this is one of the times you will not actively cleanse. No cleansing herbs or tinctures during this time. Allow your body to do what it needs to without having the added pressure of a major detox. Once your period is over, get back to your cleansing routine.

    Okay, let’s talk about a fertility cleanse routine. My fertility cleanse consisted of herbal tinctures, herbal infusions (tea), castor packs, diet change and lots of water.

    Pile of Herbs {Photo Source : Dan}

    Herbal tincturesDuring the first half of my cycle I took a herbal liver cleansing tincture 3 x daily. The herbs in this tincture stimulated, cleansed and nourished my liver. I was actually noticeably less irritable and some of my skin issues started to resolve within the first week {just some perks of a happier liver}. Then for the second half of my cycle until my period returned, I simply took a milk thistle tincture. This was to continue liver support while focusing on my uterine cleanses using herbal infusions. I made my own tinctures using herb blends from Bulk Herb Store. I trust their knowledge and the quality of their herbs over any other company.

    Herbal infusions – While I was taking the liver tincture, I also supported my liver using an herbal blend of bitter herbs, especially dandelion, as a tea to stimulate the evacuation of toxins that my liver was working on. When I switched to the single tincture of milk thistle, I concentrated on gently cleansing my uterus with an herbal blend focused on cleansing, toning and supporting healthy uterine lining. I drank these teas 2-4 x daily. Again, I used tea blends from Bulk Herb Store… but another great option is Traditional Medicinals which you may be able to find at your local health food store.

    Castor packs – Don’t worry, there is no ingesting of castor oil involved with this cleanse {that would just be wrong, haha}! A castor pack is simply a large piece of cotton or wool flannel that has been soaked in castor oil. It is used to stimulate healing by loosening and healing scar tissue and pulling toxins from muscles. It also helps to alleviate pain.

    As part of my nightly routine, I placed the castor pack over my uterus then wrapped Saran wrap around my entire abdomen to keep it in place. I used a heating pad to warm up the pack, thus stimulating the healing properties in the oil. I left mine on overnight, because I was trying to heal my large ovarian cyst, but you could get away with just a couple of hours.

    I did a routine of 5 days on, 3 days off; again, this was to heal my cyst. Every other day is usually appropriate for a typical fertility cleanse. Two things to note: the castor pack can be reused up to about 20 times, just place it in a zip-locking bag and place it in the fridge. Also, you may want to place an old towel under where you will be sitting or lying so you don’t ruin your furniture or sheets.

    Diet Change – I know that this will take the most commitment of all… changing your eating habits. This is another really important part of a good cleanse. If you remove the toxins from your body, but then feed it junk food, your efforts will be pretty much a waste! I focused on adding fresh vegetable juice and plenty of raw nuts, fruits and vegetables. I reduced the amount of meat and dairy I consumed and complete eliminated processed foods, refined sugars and bleached grains. Wow did I feel great!

    How Long Should A Cleanse Take

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    Even though I started seeing results within my first cycle, I continued to do my fertility cleanse for 3 months. My cycles looked like this… rest, focus of liver, focus on uterus, repeat. Within my first month I saw changes in menstrual flow – dark blood, chunks of old lining, and clots {sorry if that TMI}. By the second month I was able to notice a remarkable difference in my PMS symptoms, attitude and my doctor recorded that my cyst was shrinking. I also continued to see the cleansing menstrual flow.

    By the third month, my PMS symptoms were gone, I was ovulating on time, my cycle had regulated and I was feeling fantastic! That was when I decided my need to cleanse was over and I simply tried to maintain a healthy life style. Every woman’s needs are different, some may only need a month or two, and some may need 6 months of cleansing… Trust your body to know when it’s time to stop.


    Well, I know this isn’t exhaustive on how to complete a fertility cleanse, but it gives you a place to get started and research what is best for you and your needs. I am happy to answer any questions regarding my experience of fertility cleansing. A few resources I found to be helpful were Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar {I don’t agree with her belief system, but the herbal knowledge is so helpful} and Naturally Healthy Woman by Shonda Parker.

     Have you thought about doing a fertility cleanse? What are your concerns about getting started?


    Jasmine is a God-fearing, always-learning, stay-at-home-wife to the best husband in the world! In the past couple of years, her new found loves have become herbal fix ‘ems and things “all natural”! She is continually learning to slow down, enjoying the important, simple things in life…like naturally taking care of her home, husband and health. She really enjoys creating things “home-made” and showing others how to do the same! You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


    17 Responses to Fertility Cleansing: Take Back Your Fertility Naturally

    1. Monique
      February 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Hi Mrs Bass, am doing this castor oil pack cleanse and trying for a baby as well, do you think it is advisable to do so? I drink Royal regime tea also and do castor oil pack three times between the end of my period and ovulation, do these two go together or am exposing myself to some health harzads? I do acupanture also twice a week with some TCM for due to my poor blood flow. I need your advice on how to to do an effective uterine and liver cleanse. I have been trying for a baby for about a year and 3 months now. I am 43yrs old, never had a child before. Please, help if you can. than you so much

      • February 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        Hey Monique!
        Do you have a naturopath or natural health professional near you? If so, I would highly recommend talking with them to discuss the safest route for cleansing and restoring your fertility. They would also be able to assess whether or not the regiment you are doing is too much or not.
        As far as doing the castor pack and TTC, I don’t see any harm in what you are doing right now, especially since it looks like you aren’t doing it after ovulation. If you decided to do a fertility cleanse, I would advise to abstain from baby dancing at the time of ovulation during the cleanse as the toxins being removed from your body could affect the health of the baby if conception occurred. I would recommend you do some research using natural-fertility-info.com and looking into the articles for specific fertility cleansing research and recommendations. Good luck!

    2. Monique
      February 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much Mrs Bass, for your answer. I have a chinese Medicine Expart whom am seeing for my acupanture and chines medicine prescriptions at the moment.

    3. Diana T.
      July 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Hello Mrs. Bass,

      I wanted to say thank you for your information, it is very helpful! I am dedicating one year to TTC, and it will be my final year because I am tired. I want to give it 100% though, and I know getting healthy is the first goal. I feel like I need a detox and I def. want to focus on my liver and my uterus. Thank you again for the info, and I plan on staying posted to your blog.

    4. Jenilee
      November 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Hi mrs Bass, i really appreciate the information shared. I just had a miscarriage followed by a D&C surgury. Do you think a fertility cleanse would be a good choice? Especially after such a tramatic experience physically and emotionally.

    5. Amanda
      December 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

      How do you make the Milk Thistle tincture?

    6. Aluna
      January 3, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Hi J I’m trying to have my 3 child but believe my tubes are blocked. I believe this because my second child was cut from me and since then it feels like sperm is afraid of me lol. Well I’m trying all the things you suggested and feel good doing them thx u very much your sister in The Lord aluna 31 st vincent w.i

    7. Charlotte
      March 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Mrs. Bass!
      Wow! I love this article! It was very inspiring! Amazing to hear what a difference this cleanse really does! It sounds fabulous! I have decided to do the Dandelion Tea Liver Detox due to my hormonal imbalance which I know is the only thing offsetting my fertility as well.

      I am really curious since you recommended not to do the cleanse during a period (as I’ve heard from many too!), when do you feel is the best time to do it after a menstrual period? Like how many weeks after is best?

      I would really love to hear back from you! Thank you again for all of this helpful information! It means a lot!

    8. mary
      March 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Can you tell more about the herbal blend of bitter herbs?

    9. ShivaD
      April 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks for the article! I am looking to do a cleanse for the spring – are there any particular herbs you suggest other than red raspberry leaf? Have you ever heard of or tried maca root powder for help balancing hormones?

    10. June 2, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Uterus cleansing is very important or else it gets diseased. Very useful information.

    11. sarag
      July 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Dear Jasmine,
      I have begun the castor oil packs and tonight I can start the fertility massage. But unfortunately our location does have any places to buy natural herbs so I can make my own teas. However, I did find a tea specifically for women and some of the herbs I’ve read that help with healing the falopian tubes, uterus and painful periods. I went through 3 yrs of fertility treatment and still nothing. The only explaination the specialist could give was that my ovaries had scar tissue from a surgery I had many yrs ago after my daughter was born. Any advise to clear scar tissue other than what I am doing ? And help fix circulation that I am sure is also an issue?
      Thank you,

    12. Denise
      October 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Do you think it’s safe to do a cleanse like this while breastfeeding?

    13. Charmaine
      November 20, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      i am also interesting in also doing the cleansing

    14. Charmaine
      November 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      I have a problem with irregular period.What herb products i can use for this problem

    15. Jamie
      February 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      I’ve been cleansing for the past 5 weeks, taking milk thistle 3 tomes for day, Chaste berry 2 times per day, and Eleuthero 1 time per day. I’ve been maintaining a very clean diet.
      I have concerns, because I am 8 days late for my cycle. I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. I do feel that there is a large cyst on my left ovary.
      Have you hear of these herbs messing with a woman’s cycle? I have a very regular cycle every month.

    16. Louise Pardoe
      February 25, 2015 at 9:17 am


      I have endometriosis and an interested in doing the cleanse. I am also taking clomid , is this suitable to do at the same time ? I do castor oil packs at the moment and find them beneficial.


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