Royal jelly is a glandular secretion of worker bees. It is used to feed larvae of potential queens. As queen bees are exceptionally fecund, some holistic health practitioners believe that human ingestion of the substance will aid fertility in humans.
Royal jelly supplementation is believed to aid overall health by balancing hormone levels. Because conception and implantation require a specific series of hormone surges, establishing normalcy with sex hormones is important for fertility.
Increased Sex Drive
When hormones are balanced, women generally are interested in sex during the time of month when they are most fertile, that is, when they are ovulating. Royal jelly augments libido as a side effect of balancing hormones.
Immune System Health
Overall immune system health is important when trying to conceive. If a body is devoting resources and energy to fight infection, ovulation may be delayed or sperm count impacted for future months. Royal jelly is believed by some to bolster the immune system.
Egg and Ovulation Support
Royal jelly is rich in B vitamins, which bolster female fertility by keeping estrogen in balance with progesterone. Vitamin B6 in particular is believed to increase the luteal phase--the length of time between ovulation and menstruation--to give an egg time to implant.
Some bacteria may cause the pH in the vagina to be hostile to sperm, impeding conception. Royal jelly has antimicrobial qualities, and normalizing pH by eliminating harmful bacteria may improve the ability of sperm to travel to the fallopian tubes to complete fertilization.