Have you always believed that getting pregnant is as easy as having sex without protection? Well, not always.
For many women, the path to pregnancy is a challenging journey. It involves preparing their body with medical treatments, lifestyle changes, and nutritional supplements. In recent times, many have hailed Evening Primrose oil as a wonder supplement. Its anti-inflammatory properties are believed to treat PCOS and infertility.
But does Evening Primrose oil really boost fertility? And how should you take it? Read on to find out about Primrose Oil and fertility.
Primrose oil or Evening Primrose Oil is a natural plant-based supplement. It comes from a night-blooming plant named Oenothera Biennis, famous for its vibrant yellow flowers. The plant is native to North America. It also grows in Europe and parts of the Southern hemisphere.
Native Americans used the whole plant for bruises, its leaves for minor wounds and its roots for hemorrhoids.
Today, Primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant. We usually consume it in a capsule form.
Primrose oil is a powerhouse of Omega-6 fatty acids and Vitamin E. But its real claim to fame is its high concentration of polyunsaturated acids – gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) (8- 10 %) and linolenic acid (70 – 75 %) which gets converted into GLA in your body.  In fact, Primrose Oil is one of the richest plant sources of GLA
This GLA is the precursor to creating prostaglandins – chemicals similar to hormones. 
A key benefit of Primrose Oil is that it may increase the quality of cervical mucus. But how does cervical mucus contribute to fertility? Let’s understand
Cervical mucus is the fluid secreted by your cervix. Its purpose is to help the sperm travel through the uterus, into the fallopian tube, and to the egg for fertilization. Sometimes women do not produce enough cervical mucus, or her cervical mucus is too thick. This hinders conception as the sperm do not have a fertile environment to transport themselves. 
A slippery cervical mucus needs fatty acids and Primrose Oil with its high levels of GLA helps improve the quality and quantity of cervical mucus. It is believed that fertile cervical mucus keeps sperm alive beyond ovulation days, thus increasing the chances of getting pregnant.
While research has yet to prove this, many medical practitioners recommend Primrose Oil for improving the quality of cervical mucus due to the presence of fatty acids.
Hera Pro Top: There are many causes of infertility. Speak with your doctor about using Primrose oil for fertility to improve your chances of becoming pregnant..
If you are looking to add primrose oil supplements to your daily regime, here are some more benefits for you
Evening primrose oil helps relieve Mastalgia or breast pain including pain associated with PMS
Evening primrose oil is a popular treatment among menopausal women as it may help ease hot flashes caused by Menopause
Women with gestational diabetes can benefit from the antioxidant properties of evening primrose oil. 
Evening primrose oil is suitable for pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnant women) without any adverse effects. 
Using intra-vaginal evening primrose oil has cervical ripening effects in women and can be used before hysteroscopy or childbirth. 
Research shows that taking evening primrose oil improves symptoms of nerve damage caused by diabetes.
Primrose has been used for eczema, acne, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
Primrose oil with fish oil and calcium seems to decrease bone loss and increase bone density in elderly women with osteoporosis. 
Evening primrose oil has been shown to show mild improvement in including rheumatoid arthritis. 
Primrose Oil reduces the inflammatory reaction It eases eye problems such as burning, dryness, and light sensitivity 
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome also called PCOS is a very common hormonal imbalance. Women with PCOS produce high levels of Androgen and Testosterone – the male hormones and not enough female hormones. This imbalance results in many physical symptoms such as
– Excessive hair loss from the head
– Hair on the face and body
– Weight gain
The most common symptom of PCOS is that the ovaries do not regularly release eggs. This means delayed periods, irregular periods and for some women it means they stop having their periods. This makes it difficult for women to conceive. 
There is no definite cure for PCOS, but there are many ways to manage and decrease the symptoms. 
There is no scientific study, but anecdotal evidence shows that Primrose Oil can treat PCOS. The Omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) present in Primrose oil helps restore the hormonal balance, missing in PCOS
There is no fixed dosage for Primrose oil and the dosage can vary based on the recommendations by the doctor. Also, studies show that evening primrose is are safe for most people to take a short term of 6 months or less. The safety of long-term use hasn’t been determined
Word of caution: Before starting any supplements, please consult your doctors to understand the recommended dosage..
Evening primrose oil capsules can be consumed orally or inserted into the vagina to thin and soften the cervix during the last weeks of pregnancy 
The topical form of primrose oil can be applied directly to their blemishes or mix it in with a moisturizer
“Always do a patch test before applying any oils on your skin”.
When using Primrose oil for fertility, many women are known to take a daily capsule of between 1500mg to 3000mg for 14 days – starting from the last day of the period until the day of ovulation.
Word of Caution: Avoid taking primrose oil after ovulation, as it may cause uterine contractions making it difficult for the fertilized egg to implant inside the womb..
● Pregnant women may avoid Primrose oil as it may cause delivery complications 
● Primrose oil may lower blood pressure and increase bleeding. It is recommended that you don’t take it if you take medications that lower blood pressure or blood thinners. 
● This means that if you are going to have surgery, you should stop taking primrose oil at least 2 weeks before to avoid excessive bleeding.
● People with schizophrenia epilepsy, or other seizure related conditions are also advised to avoid taking primrose oil as it may cause a seizure
Word of caution: If you are breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before using Primrose Oil.
The side effects of primrose oil are usually mild and may include 
▪ Upset Stomach
▪ Stomach Pain
▪ Soft Stools
Very rarely, Evening primrose oil may cause an allergic reaction which may cause
▪ Inflammation of the hands and feet and rash
▪ Difficulty breathing
The scientific research on the benefits and uses of Primrose oil limited but many women around the world recommend Primrose oil. It has been hailed as the ‘wonder supplement’ that has helped many women, struggling with PCOS and fertility.
While we may not yet know the true potential of this oil, we know that primrose oil’s GLA is anti-inflammatory and inflammation is to blame for many symptoms and ailment.Until the verdict is clear, we suggest that you reach out for your favorite bottle of primrose oil after consultation with your doctor.