Horny Goat Weed and Pregnancy

No adequate studies have been performed on horny goat weed (Epimedium) and pregnancy. Since horny goat weed may have hormonal properties, and interfering with certain hormones can be disastrous during pregnancy, it is probably best for pregnant women to avoid this herbal supplement. If you are taking this supplement and become pregnant, notify your healthcare provider immediately.

Is Horny Goat Weed Safe During Pregnancy?

Horny goat weed (Epimedium) is a dietary supplement taken for a variety of different uses, most commonly for enhancing sexual function. At this time, it is not known if it is safe for pregnant women to take horny goat weed. The supplement has not been adequately studied in any pregnant women or even pregnant animals. There is simply not enough information available to prove that horny goat weed is safe (or unsafe) for pregnant women.
 
Importantly, horny goat weed is thought to have hormonal properties. Since interfering with certain hormones can be disastrous during pregnancy, it is probably best for pregnant women to avoid this herbal supplement.
 
It should never be assumed that natural products are automatically safe for pregnant women. This is a mistake many pregnant women make. Pregnancy often limits the prescription and non-prescription drugs that are available for a woman to take. As a result, pregnant women often seek safe alternatives, sometimes assuming that herbal supplements are always safe. This is simply not the case. Herbal supplements can be marketed in the United States without any evidence that they are safe (or even effective) for anyone, including pregnant women.
 

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to have a discussion with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement, including horny goat weed. This is very important, even if you think your healthcare provider will not understand your choice or will discourage the use of alternative medicines.
 
 
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