Licorice was used centuries ago to help heal stomach upsets and upper respiratory problems, but perhaps these days, it is most commonly associated with helping to alleviate menopausal symptoms. Harvested from the roots and underground stems, it is a perennial plant typically found in parts of Asia and Europe, it is the single most used herb in China. As a supplement or medicinal herb, it is commonly available in liquid extracts, capsules and tablet form and, there has been much research into the root’s medicinal properties where it has been scientifically proven to ease hot flashes, to treat coughs and colds and as a way of relieving indigestion. There has also been much research into whether it has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, antioxidant or immunoregulatory effects. There is ongoing research into it as a possible aid in the fight against cancer. Licorice root contains glycyrrhizinic acid which may interfere with medicines that reduce potassium levels and so, a pregnant woman should avoid taking too much licorice.

Licorice May Reduce Fertility The compound isoliquiritigenin is used as a natural flavoring in supplements, teas, and herbal remedies but now, a study published by the Journal of Reproductive Toxicology has deemed that the compound may cause a decrease of female sex hormones. This would lead to less production of estrogen which understandably, raises an alert in respect of potential fertility issues. During research, parts of the ovary that expresses genes relative to the production of hormones including estrogen were exposed to a controlled compound or isoliquiritigenin. During research, they discovered that aromatase gene expression was halved after exposure for periods of 48 to 96 hours.

These are only preliminary findings but, there is enough evidence to suggest that isoliquiritigenin could cause problems to reproductive health and beyond. Hormones play such a vital role in general health and well-being although when we use the term hormones, we typically think of testosterone and estrogen. Dozens of hormones act in the human body to ensure specific psychological functions, certainly, they control electrolyte balance, blood pressure, growth, reproduction, and transport substances through membranes. Think of hormones as being messengers, alerting the body as to what to do. Within the reproductive system, estrogen is vital for a healthy cardiovascular system, for healthy bones and brains. So, in layman’s terms, a 50% reduction in aromatase within the ovary, could lead to a 50% reduction in estrogen being produced in the body which will have a detrimental effect on fertility.

Where there are fertility issues or concerns, it is important to seek professional medical support. Rifaat Salem Md. of the Pacific Reproductive Center has over 25-years of experience treating men and women for fertility issues and has to access to the latest research material and newest medical technologies. As an experienced endocrinologist, he can guide those experiencing fertility issues through the whole process discussing all options available. The reproductive system is complex and fertility issues are too important to leave to chance and so, professional guidance is paramount to a successful pregnancy when it is difficult to conceive.

Licorice was used centuries ago to help heal stomach upsets and upper respiratory problems, but perhaps these days, it is most commonly associated with helping to alleviate menopausal symptoms. Harvested from the roots and underground stems, it is a perennial plant typically found in parts of Asia and Europe, it is the single most used herb in China. As a supplement or medicinal herb, it is commonly available in liquid extracts, capsules and tablet form and, there has been much research into the root’s medicinal properties where it has been scientifically proven to ease hot flashes, to treat coughs and colds and as a way of relieving indigestion. There has also been much research into whether it has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, antioxidant or immunoregulatory effects. There is ongoing research into it as a possible aid in the fight against cancer. Licorice root contains glycyrrhizinic acid which may interfere with medicines that reduce potassium levels and so, a pregnant woman should avoid taking too much licorice.

The compound isoliquiritigenin is used as a natural flavoring in supplements, teas, and herbal remedies but now, a study published by the Journal of Reproductive Toxicology has deemed that the compound may cause a decrease of female sex hormones. This would lead to less production of estrogen which understandably, raises an alert in respect of potential fertility issues. During research, parts of the ovary that expresses genes relative to the production of hormones including estrogen were exposed to a controlled compound or isoliquiritigenin. During research, they discovered that aromatase gene expression was halved after exposure for periods of 48 to 96 hours.

These are only preliminary findings but, there is enough evidence to suggest that isoliquiritigenin could cause problems to reproductive health and beyond. Hormones play such a vital role in general health and well-being although when we use the term hormones, we typically think of testosterone and estrogen. Dozens of hormones act in the human body to ensure specific psychological functions, certainly, they control electrolyte balance, blood pressure, growth, reproduction, and transport substances through membranes. Think of hormones as being messengers, alerting the body as to what to do. Within the reproductive system, estrogen is vital for a healthy cardiovascular system, for healthy bones and brains. So, in layman’s terms, a 50% reduction in aromatase within the ovary, could lead to a 50% reduction in estrogen being produced in the body which will have a detrimental effect on fertility.

Where there are fertility issues or concerns, it is important to seek professional medical support. Rifaat Salem Md. of the Pacific Reproductive Center has over 25-years of experience treating men and women for fertility issues and has to access to the latest research material and newest medical technologies. As an experienced endocrinologist, he can guide those experiencing fertility issues through the whole process discussing all options available. The reproductive system is complex and fertility issues are too important to leave to chance and so, professional guidance is paramount to a successful pregnancy when it is difficult to conceive.