Can Aloe Vera Help You Get Pregnant? A Fertility Expert Answers

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My grandmother had an aloe vera plant in her house at the beach. Whenever a sunburn appeared, she would snip off the tip of a leaf and rub the gooey stuff on our red skin. It’s hard to say which was ultimately more soothing — the aloe vera gel or a grandmother’s touch — but nevertheless, I’ve always considered the aloe vera plant to be a magical species, and I’m not the only one. But can aloe vera help you get pregnant? Aloe vera plants are used topically and orally to treat a variety of conditions from skin problems to diabetes and constipation, so it makes sense to wonder. But what do experts say? Are the pregnancy forums true?

Romper spoke with Dr. Alan B. Copperman, Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, as well as the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York to find out. He explains that “aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt.” So people have believed this plant to be a balm of one kind or another since ancient times. However, “while aloe can be found in many consumer products, including lotions and sunburn treatment, scientific proof of its effectiveness has been questioned,” Copperman says.

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He understands why aloe vera might be linked to fertility. “Interestingly, the leaves from the aloe vera plant contain phytoestrogens, compounds that can mimic the effects of estrogen.” But in the end, “the amount of aloe that reaches the ovaries or uterus is unlikely to impact reproductive function.” According to Copperman, “the bottom…

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