Fertility Herbs and Their Local Names

 This is an article that is long overdue, considering the amount of comments we have had on our article on local fertility concoctions.

So, sometime last week, Nicole “commissioned” me to do a piece on it. I was excited to start and had a few ideas of the people I thought were knowledgeable about herbs, so I got some pictures off the internet of these herbs. My plan B was my Dad, as if all else failed, I knew he would surely know some names.

First on my list was my children’s hair dresser, whom, from my interactions with her, I knew had knowledge of herbs. I had seen her being called several times to help out the woman who sells herbs in the local market around my area, whenever she wasn’t around.  When I explained to her what I wanted, she said a better person would be a traditional birth attendant, not even someone who sells herbs. So that was how I went off in search of a traditional birth attendant around my area.

I finally found him, or rather I found his elder brother, who was more educated, and I thank God I did, else, this article would still be undone. He told me categorically that what I wanted to do was best done with the State Board of Traditional Medicine, and if I do find someone willing to give out for free “knowledge of what they use to eat” then I had better make sure the practitioner was registered with the Government agency.

I still asked him to direct me to a few places, he did and one of the places even looked more dingy than his, so I did not bother. The regulatory board was where I decided to head to, but I decided to do a more extensive search online first.

I hit gold, when I stumbled on a blog, which talked extensively about fertility according to the Yoruba culture and even gave names, both botanical and Yoruba. Upon closer inspection, I realised it was a new post written by a biochemist and herbal fertility practitioner, Afolabi Adeosun.  And that was when this piece really started. I called him up and he was amazingly open to talking to me and didn’t mind mentioning the names of the herbs.

I got his book, Easy Pregnancy, and that literally made my life easy. It’s a treasure trove, I must say. But here we go to the gist of the matter.

According to the author in his book, Yorubic female fertility herbal medicine revolves around regulating menstrual cycle, removing obstructions in fallopian tube, shrinking growths in the uterus, regulating ovulation cycle, cleansing the uterus, eliminating infertility worms, stopping pathological vaginal discharges, balancing hormones, healing wounds in the uterus, and preventing spontaneous abortions (miscarriages).

This simply means that most of the herbs are multipurpose.

Miscarriage:

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Beyond the known medical reasons for miscarriages, traditional medical practitioners belief that there are more reasons why miscarriages happen, and they range from anti fertility worms (aran aboyunje), which are three in number to internal heat (hot womb), which the Yorubas call “Oru inu”, which is known to kill sperm and when an embryo manages to implant, it would most likely lead to a miscarriage.

The herbs that are used to treat the worm infestation and “hot” womb condition range from Epin, (Ficus Exerspirata), Amunututu (Indian spinach) to Epaikun (curculigo pilosa), Jokoje (Cissampelos owariensis) and Abere (picrima nitida)

 

PCOS:

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In orthodox medicine, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome comes with lots of symptoms, but it’s still a hormonal condition. Two of the herbs recommended include Tude, (Calliandra portoricensis) and Akoigun, (Aristolochia repens).

 

Problems with menstruation (Irregular, heavy or abnormal flow):

According to my research, there are a lot of issues surrounding menstruation that could hinder a woman from getting pregnant. Some of them, orthodox medicine does not recognise as an issue, however, traditional medicine practitioners lay emphasis on them.

Irregular menstruation: practitioners of Yorubic Medicine use herbs such as Bara (Citrulus lonatis), Egbo Tude (caltiandra portoricensis), Labelabe, etc. to successfully treat this condition.

Watery or Too Light Flow: Atale (zingiber officanale), Epin (ficus exasparata) are used.

Heavy Menstrual Flow: Herbs such as Asunwon Oyinbo (Cassia alata), Agbado (Zee mays), etc. are used when treating this condition. Another offshoot of a heavy period is when the same period begins to have blood clots in menstruation (eje didi nin uase).

According to Adeosun, excess clotted blood in menstruation is a sign of reproductive disorder in female. “We believe that if a woman has good reproductive health, her blood should be clean and must be liquid throughout. Occasionally, clotted blood can come out but when it becomes usual, then attention must be paid to it. Some women with unknown/idiopathic infertility often experience this situation during their menstrual period, so can use such herbs as karandafi (Sorghum bicolor), lime (Citrus arantifoli).”

Other herbs that can used to treat menstrual issues is the African Cucumber or Bitter Melon ((Momordica charantia).


Fibroids: (Asunwon, Cassia alata) is one of the herbs used to treat this condition.

Sperm leakage/Involuntary emission of sperm (Eda):

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This is regarded as normal in modern medicine, but according to Yorubic Medicine, if the sperm emitted by the woman is too much, fertilization will not take place.  There must be a certain quantity of sperm cells in the semen but in a case where much of the seminal fluid is wasted away, the sperm cells will not be enough to fertilize the woman’s egg.

Herbs like Asuwon Oyinbo (Cassia alala), Kaun (Trona), etc. have been used to treat this condition successfully


Endometriosis:

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Egbesi (Nauclea Latifolia)


Sperm Count Boosting: Egbo Osunsun, (Carpolobia lutea)

The combination of cowhage or velvet bean(Mucuna pruriens) is known as Werepe in Yoruba and Agbala or Agboloko in Ibo. Zingiber officinale is commonly called ginger, and Ipomoea digitata, commonly called sweet potato can help with boosting sperm count.

Walnut leaf (African walnut or Tetracarpidium conophorus) known in Yoruba as Awusa or Asala  is known to improve fertility generally.

Other herbs which are generally good for fertility treatment include:

Fertility Plant or Indian Cork Tree (Newbouldia laevis): This plant is a popular and potent fertility herb that is used to treat all female reproductive disorders including infertility as the name implies.

Conditions such as menstrual disorders, hormonal imbalance, uterine tumors, uterine weakness, miscarriages, endometriosis, etc., are well treated with this herb.

Put 1 teaspoon of the dried and powdered bark or root of this herb in a cup of water and bring to boil. Drink 1 cup twice daily.

It is called Akoko in Yoruba, Ogilisi/Ogirisi in Igbo, and Aduruku in Hausa.

Day flower, or Small Blue Flower, (Comelina diffusa): Is used to treat female infertility. It promotes pregnancy, and is called Itopere or Godogbo-Odo in Yoruba, Obogi in Igbo, and Balasa in Hausa

 

Indian Kamila (Mallotus oppositifolius): This promotes conception in women. It is called Oju-eja, Jeja, Iya-Dudu or Orokoro in Yoruba; Kpokokwa in Igbo; K’afar Mutuwa in Hausa.


Hogweed (Boerhavia Diffusa): This plant is used to treat female infertility and menstrual pain. Its main action is to normalize hormones in the body. The leaf is prepared like vegetable soup and eaten. You can also pound the leaves with pepper (Capsicum annuum) and add little salt. Take it orally. It is called Etiponla in Yoruba, Azeigwe in Igbo and Babba-Juju in Hausa.

Consumption Weed (Cleome Viscose): This plant is used to treat many kinds of female infertility. It is called Ekuya in Yoruba.

Coconut (Cocos nucifera): The root of this plant is used to treat uterine diseases generally.  It is Agbon in Yoruba, Kwakwar in Igbo, and Ake Babe in Hausa

Chinese bar (Triumfetta rhomoboidea): This plant is used among Esan people of South-South Nigeria, to induce fertility and make the womb receptive to implantation of foetus. The herb is called Ako Bolobolo in Yoruba, Obo in Igbo and Yanka-Dafi in Hausa

I hope that this will go a long way in helping one TTC momma for now. Since this list is not exhaustive, expect to be updated as new knowledge on herbal fertility medicine comes to light.

Below is short email interview I had with Mr. Adeosun  Afolabi Moses.

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Please tell us about yourself and education?

My name is Dr. Adeosun Afolabi Moses from Oyan town, Osun State. I am an herbal practitioner, specializing in infertility treatment, and I am a graduate of biochemistry from the University of Ilorin,  Unilorin.

How did you discover your passion for herbal treatment, considering you are conventionally educated?

It started while I was in Primary Cchool, in class three precisely. A woman died of breast cancer after surgery and I remembered that my Grandpa treated a case like that successfully.

On the day this woman died, I decided that I would become a medical doctor, not to sit down in the office to attend to patients or prescribe drugs for them but to become a medical researcher with interest in herbs that can cure diseases that medical science cannot help.

From that day, whenever a teacher entered our class and asked “Who wants to become a Governor, President, Lawyer, Accountant, etc.?”, you would never see my hand up until Doctor or Pharmacist was mentioned. My interested was boosted when I treated my sister with PID and it left her, and also when I treated a friend of my mum’s with fibroid successfully, after I left secondary school. I started helping my grandpa in the preparation of herbs and people started calling me omo baba alagunmu. When I finished secondary school, I started learning from others also and I chose to study Biochemistry when I discovered that biochemists work on herbs more than other fields, at the biomolecular levels (metabolism).

How long have you been practising and why are you more interested in female infertility?

Since 2007,  I have been practicing herbal medicine at home before I later got my office. Prior to that, I was involved in helping my grandpa who died in the same year 2007, to treat some of his cases and I was also helping some of my trainers among whom some are late today.

My interest in female fertility started when I discovered that women are often blamed for inability to get pregnant without considering male factor. I am a man with a very soft heart; I always feel what people around me feel.

An aunt of mine was once suffering from an isolated case of infertility and she even sold her land to take care of herself. She was feeling a strange sound and movement in her tummy especially at midnight, and she couldn’t get pregnant. She went to hospitals; they did not see anything wrong with her. She went to some herbal practitioners, they gave her medicines to no avail and she consulted pastors and alfas, some said it was a spiritual attack while some said it was a child they didn’t want her to give birth to.

I was called for her treatment and I remembered that one of my late trainers once described such a situation to me and told me that it is a pathological problem in Yorubic Medicine that can prevent pregnancy and can be easily treated with herbs, that it is not a spiritual problem but that many herbal practitioners do not understand this case. I treated her and she got pregnant.

Later, I started receiving such cases and other infertility cases. Female infertility took my time entirely from other treatments because of referrals I got from some of my patients that I have treated before.

What have you seen to be the most common causes of infertility in women nowadays?

Fallopian tube blockage as a result of untreated or partially treated sexually transmitted infections, and Hyperprolactinemia.

How does one recognise a Certified Herbal Practitioner from the dubious ones out there?

We have associations and State Ministry of Health also gives us license to practice. A certified herbal practitioner must possess the license and/or also belong to one or more of the associations. Apart from these, people around him and his neighbourhood must recognize him as an herbal practitioner. Another thing is that he must be a man of sound knowledge in herbal medicine.

  1. Would you mention some of the herbs that are able to treat, some of the conditions below:
    Miscarriage: Epin (Ficus Exerspirata)
    PCOS: Tude (Calliandra portoricensis)
    Irregular menstruation: Labelabe
    Hot Womb: Jokoje (Cissampelos owariensis)
    Fibroids: Asunwon (Cassia alata)
    Endometriosis: Egbesi (Nauclea Latifolia)
    Hormone Balancing in the body: Akoigun (Aristolochia repens)
    Sperm Count Boosting: Egbo osunsun (Carpolobia lutea)

 

Godspeed and babydust to you mommas!

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5. http://www.minfind.com/

6.http://www.africamuseum.be/

 

Dr. Afolabi Adeosun can be reached via morganhealth2014@gmail.com

Comments

  1. Adjoa

    Please can i get the contact of the herbal doctor Moses.want to try his herbal medicine. Currently I stay in Ghana.

    1. ivee

      hello adjoa… pls I just wanted to find out if u still pulled through with the herbal doctor and if it eventually worked for you…. Thanks

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hi Bimpe, I will look up some from the book I got from the herbal doctor but you can reach him to see how you can get your copy too. So, which one of the herbs are you interested in?

  2. Hope

    Can I have your phone number and Mr. Adeosun’s pls? Hope.

  3. Oluchi

    Thanks Kemi for this article, I ha e always believed in he healing power of herbs and will definitely speak with this gentleman

  4. DDO

    Great article and research Kemi!!…but what is Calliandra portoricensis in normal english for pcos girls :) ..Google is not being my friend!

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hi DDO, I found other names it goes by and they include; English powder puff , Snowflake Acacia, Powder-Puff, and guess what it’s called in some parts of Nigeria, corpse awakener.

  5. Ayinde Bunmi

    For the hormonal balancing herbs how do we take it or should i say what is the dosage

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hi Bunmi. there is one for hormone balancing in the article, Hogweed, the instruction of how to prepare it is included.

  6. Joyfulmother

    Thumbs up to you for this amazing article. I often wonder at your commitment to this worthy cause. ……only the good Lord can reward you. I shall certainly contact Mr Adeosun.

  7. Eyiyemi Olivia

    Olla,
    Thank you so much for this. God bless you abundantly

  8. Victoria

    @oluwakemi be already putting a smile of hope on my face i don’t know what brought me here but am glad i did thanks for putting up with this God bless you and fill your home with happiness as you’ve done to others through this information

  9. ogoo

    Pls its urgent. what is the Igbo name of cinnamon herbs? And how do I use it to treat uterine fibroid to be able get pregnant. I have done myomectomy which I wish not to repeat again.

  10. joyce

    Your Comment…i have severe pains during my period for long time , and i have no child now i hve started using cinnamon with honey but when using it i feel like am menstruating so what can be the problem or may be am pregnant? bse i never experience it since i started using it, plz help me with advice

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hi Joyce, what you have described doesn’t sound like something that is normal. First of all, stop using the cinnamon and honey mixture, then see a doctor, to complain about your cramps. And if you are suspecting you are pregnant, it’s best to take a pregnancy test.

  11. Amarachi

    Was diagnosed of pcos. Please doctor I need some herb to cure it and balance my hormone so can give my husband a child. I have been humiliated, embarrassed and mocked a lot. I reside in portharcourt. Please reply me on how to get the drugs please. My name is Amarachi

    1. Nicole

      Hi Amarachi dear. The Herbal Doctor is here on Fridays. @oluwakemine could channel your query to him then, or you could also contact him with the details above :hug:

  12. dayo

    Your Comment…thanks sir, pls how can i treat fallopian tube blockage

  13. Lola

    Nice job @Nichole and @kemi, i really want to join this group but not getting where to on my phone. Pls direct me on how i can join. or better still send me the link to my mail box. Thanks

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hi Lola, all you need to do is go to the top left hand corner of your phone, where you will find an image icon, click on it and it will show both login and register tabs, click on the register tab and fill in your details. That’s all you need really or use this link, http://thefertilechickonline.com/cya/

  14. Nkem

    Hello kemi/ Nicole
    Please , how can I get Red raspberry leaf and Red Clover . Thank you.

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hi Nkem, you could reach our partner @tems to see if she has either of the herbs, or try, the Geneith store at the Mall in Surulere. A member hinted that they have got the foreign herbs.

  15. Flozy flourish

    How do we prepare the herbs used for treatment of blood clot

  16. eze

    Your Comment…I love this article.I will get in touch with Adeosun

  17. Gina

    A very big thank you to Oluwakemi and Nicole for putting so much effort into getting local names for these amazing herbs..i have been searching all to no avail.I just stumbled on your site today.God bless you immensely.

  18. roseline Ajayi

    Your Comment…infact I luv ur write up

  19. Abdulazeez

    Am so impressed with this. pls wat abt menstrual pain, wat herbs nd procedure pls.

  20. Muyiwa

    Oluwatobi, God bless you. I love and find you write and great effort rewarding and interesting. I am a practitioner in herbal medicine too, but I must commend your effort and those with positive mind that made it a reality. God bless you all.

  21. christy

    Wow I love the post have been ttc for a year now all to no avail pls which of the leaf is recommended for me.good bless you.

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Our @herbaldoctor should be able to help Christy. But then, you also need to undergo some investigations to know exactly what’s happening.

  22. seyi

    Your Comment…How can I meet the herbal doctor, am in my forties, but closer to 50yrs and trying to conceive?

  23. Enenu

    I just found this post now. I can’t wait for Friday for the live chat.

  24. Enenu

    Hello Oluwakemi I just spoke with Dr Adeosun now and we have agreed on how to send the herbs across to me in abuja. But before i make the payment,please is there anyone in this group who had testifies after using his herbs? Please am just tired of wasting money that is why am asking.Thank you so much dear.

  25. Bose

    Hi Kemi
    Pls I will like to discuss direct to the herbal doctor being 11years now without child even my husband had gone with another woman, Pls help me to connect with the doctor.

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hi Bose, I will post the contact details of the herbal doctor here for you.
      Meanwhile, I have removed your contact details for privacy sake.

      1. Oluwakemi Post author

        Hi again Bose, here are the contact details of the herbal doctor;

        08060636985 (MTN)
        09059265469 (GLO)
        09091539963 (ETISALAT)
        Whatsapp number: 08060636985

        Email: morganhealth2014@gmail.com

        Office Address: No 12, Osay, Complex, Opp, MM Ibrolak Filling Station, Agbo-Oba, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.

  26. Demilade

    Goodday. Please I have been diagnosed of PCOS and I also notice leakage of sperm after sex (what yoruba call Eda). Please what herbs can I use.

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hi Demilade, I will tag the @herbaldoctor now and he will provide an answer, when he comes on Friday.
      Meanwhile, what are you doing to reduce the symptoms of PCOS, you have?

      1. Demilade

        I saw diff doctors was given Clomid on abt 6 occasions,used letrozole,tamoxifen,OCP’s , ovulation injections,did IUI once,

  27. pat

    Have been ttc for 2yrs. I noticed i wasnt ovulating and have irregular menses . Went to hospital and was diagnosed of pcos. Please doctor I need some herb for ovulation. so i can start having children. I have been humiliated, embarrassed. My name is pat.

  28. Demilade

    Please I want herbal medication for PCOS.

  29. Pleasant

    Please how can I get maca herb and ogilisi

  30. STELLA

    Please Dear i have been trying to join, i tonally joined and i was told i will get a email so i can activate but i have not gotten any. Also tried registering again but would not let me

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hi Stella, kindly check your spam for that email. The link to activate your account is in there.

  31. SULAIQOH

    I REALLY APPRECIATE YR POST,IT ALMOST 4YRS AV BEING TRING TO CONCEIVE BT NOTHING SHOW ,I WENT TO D HOSPITAL BT DEY DIDNT TELL ANYTHING BT DEY GAVE ME INJECTION AND DRUG .I AV VIRGINAL DISCHARGE,ITCHING VIRGINAL,SOME SMALL BOLES ALWAYS APPEAR AT D TOP OF PRIVATE PARE AND LATER DISAPPEARED,SPERM LEAKAGE,PAINFUL SEX,PLS HELP

  32. STELLA

    Thanks Oluwakemi though i did not see anything in my spam, i guess its already activated. Am really in a very confused state right now

  33. Agnesluv

    I have being ttc for 4yrs now due to hydrosalpinx(distal end of the Fallopian tubes).i have done both medical treatment and herbal one still no hope. Did laparatomy on my tubes in 2013.Pls help.

  34. Adenike

    hi i ve a lump in my breast after treating uterine fibroid, what herbs do i use. Thanks

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hello Adenike, since you noticed the lump in your breast, have you been to your doctor? If you haven’t, please go see your doctor as soon as possible.

  35. Imaobong

    I have had surgery last year 2016, and the doc says I have endometriosis, 3months later i found out am having same symptoms as latter, am so scared bcos all articles I read says it can’t be permanently cured, am worried how can I get cured?

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hello Imaobong, are you trying for a baby? If you are, I think, that’s more important than trying to cure Endo. Like you have read, Endo can be very hard to deal with, but some lifestyle changes can help with the symptoms. But if getting pregnant is what’s important, then that’s where you should focus your energy.

      1. Imaobong

        Am not trying to have a baby, because am not even married yet, but my fear of getting another surgery is what I don’t want to undergo again and at the same time the pains am experiencing is affecting my everyday activities, I don’t know what to do.

  36. Chichi

    I have had miscarriage twice now but I don’t know what is the cause. Pls I need ur help.ever since the last one my cycle changed .

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hello Chichi. Were the miscarriages investigated and at how many weeks did you experience the miscarriages?

  37. Akparorue Eviano

    God bless you richly for this wonderful job.please how can I use the first plant here to cure hot womb?and how do I get a copy of this herbal book?

  38. Viktar

    Hi, my wife of many years has not been able to conceive. Reading through i see comments relating to what we are passing through. Sperm coming out after sex, miscarriages, I was just searching for the native name for red clover(which she told me aids fertility), and i stumbled on this article and forum. Can you help with the name? I see the doctor is based in Ilorin, i may not be able to go that far, so please help with name, and recommendations for fertility, ovulation, sperm retention that we can mix and consume. Will be much appreciated. Thank You

    1. Nicole

      Dear Viktar, thanks so much for looking out for your wife. I’m sure the Herbal Doctor can recommend something for you.
      cc: @oluwakemine

  39. Bisi

    Hi Dr, I need your assistant, I have being married for many years without conceiving, I just got to know few days back that I have fibroid. I stay in Lagos and learnt you are in Ilorin, but i wont be able to come there, I don’t know how you can help because I need evacuate the fibroid in other to be able to conceive. Pleaseeeee what can be done. Thanks for your quick response.

      1. prettyp

        how do we prepare this herbs on our own is the views problem am having

  40. adenike

    Please hav been experiencing miscarriage for like 3times now and hav been to the hospital and there is no tangible reason for it cus I hav done a lot of test and scan and nothing was wrong pls what can I do

    1. Nicole

      Adenike dear, so sorry about your recurrent miscarriages. Have they been early or late term ones? If early, it might be hormonal. Have you checked out your progesterone, especially? Low progesterone is responsible for a lot of miscarriages in early pregnancy. Or they could also be some antibody issues too. If it’s late term, maybe you might have cervix issues? Have you discussed the possibility of a cervical stitch with your doctors?

  41. adenike

    Thanks for your reply, but it used to be an early miscarriage because it always occur around 5th weeks and about the progesterone test I have done it and this the result 8.90ng/ml 1-27ng/ml and my doctor says it’s normal and that when I got confuse don’t really knows what to do.

    1. Nicole

      Dear Adenike, that kind of early miscarriage is almost surely progesterone. Your level, though within normal range isn’t very high either, especially if the test was done mid-cycle. I would advise you see another doctor for a second opinion and/or use some form of progesterone support like Cyclogest, when pregnancy is confirmed.

  42. marjolly

    Nice one. please how can one become a member. thank you.

  43. Ekene

    I was researching on herbs that can cure Stap aureus infection before I came across this site.i have read through some of your post and its very helpul.PLRASE MY SISTERS AND BROTHERS, I HAVE TRIED ALL ORTHODOX ABD SOME HRRBS BUT IT STILL REMAINS..ANYWAY SOME ONE ON THIS SITE METIONED ABOUT PAX HERBAL.L,THAT IT’S VERY EFFECTIVE ON FIBROID AND INFECTION. JUST YESTERDAY I WENT TO THEIR OFFICE AT ABA AND PURCHASED CCH,FORMULA E,HEALTH TONIC,BK CAPS AND HEALTH CAPS…..PLEASE DOES PAX HERBS REALLY CURES STAPH (MRSA)?????? PLEASE HELP A BROTHER WHO IS PLANING TO GET MARRIED. THANKS

  44. Jenny

    Good day,
    Great job.
    please what do I use for absent period, and ovulation. TTC.
    Thank you.

    Jenny

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hello Jenny, how long have you noticed that you’re neither menstruating nor ovulating? If it’s been longer than 3 cycles, you need to talk to a doctor to find out what’s happening as well as determine the diagnosis, which will determine what treatment you will need.

  45. dami

    Please what is the yoruba name for vitex

    1. Oluwakemi Post author

      Hello Dami, don’t know any Yoruba for vitex but I will search if there is local name for it.

  46. Chioma

    Good evening Dr my name is chioma frm lagos pls i hav not been able to conceive for two yr i was told i lave left falobian tube blockage and cyst with with little fibriod. I also experience sperm leakage what can i do. Thanks

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