“For men specifically, ashwagandha is also a great supplement for fertility, and to support the production of healthy testosterone,” says nutritional therapist at Baldo & Mason, Caroline Mason. She even goes on to explain that one study tested the impact of ashwagandha on men with fertility issues, and the results revealed a vast improvement in sperm quality — with an impressive 14% of partners actually becoming pregnant.
And while it can also help with sexual dysfunction in women by increasing arousal and naturally improving lubrication levels, it’s also been shown to have a positive impact on those experiencing perimenopause or menopause, says Caroline. “As well as aiding with hot flush symptoms, ashwagandha supplements can also help in increasing the production of key hormones like estradiol, FSH, LH, and testosterone.”
How long does it take for Ashwagandha to start working?
Definitely not an overnight fix, consistency is key when it comes to starting your ashwagandha journey. “In most cases, it makes a wonderful daily supplement — and you can expect to feel the difference in 4-12 weeks,” says Caroline.
Who should not take Ashwagandha?
As always, if you’re unsure about whether a supplement is suitable for you, your best bet is to check with your GP or healthcare professional — particularly if you have underlying medical issues. Generally, it’s not advised to take ashwagandha if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
“Anyone who’s taking medication should definitely speak with their doctor or seek medical advice beforehand, as ashwagandha can interact with blood pressure, immunosuppressants, sedatives, anti-seizure, diabetic and thyroid medications,” Caroline adds.
Are there any side effects from Ashwagandha?
According to Caroline, only a very small percentage of people who use ashwagandha have issues with it. “Side effects are very rare — but as typically reported to be nausea, a change in bowel movements, or an upset stomach.”