Tribulus Terrestris and Pregnancy

No human studies have been performed on pregnancy and Tribulus terrestris, so it is not known whether the supplement is safe for pregnant women. However, studies in sheep suggest that it might negatively affect the development of the fetal brain. Due to this potential risk, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider if you are using Tribulus terrestris and pregnancy occurs.

An Introduction to Tribulus Terrestris Use During Pregnancy

Tribulus terrestris is a toxic weed used as a dietary supplement for a variety of different uses (mostly in men). It is typically used for bodybuilding and to enhance sexual performance. In general, T. terrestris is not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Is Tribulus Terrestris Safe During Pregnancy?

T. terrestris has never been studied in pregnant humans, so it is impossible to know for sure if it is safe (or unsafe) for use during pregnancy. However, studies in sheep suggest that it might negatively affect the development of the fetal brain. Furthermore, T. terrestris is often claimed to increase testosterone and other male hormones; if this is indeed the case (and it may not be), the supplement could negatively affect a pregnancy (especially with female fetuses). Testosterone (and substances that increase testosterone) can cause masculinization of genitalia in female fetuses.
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 T. terrestris. It is probably a good idea for pregnant women to avoid taking these supplements.
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