While they may not be the first thing you turn to when trying to conceive, many ancient fertility rituals and festivals have survived into the modern era.

From phallic festivals to drinking bird’s nest soup, Holland & Barrett, the UK’s leading retailer of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements, has put together some of the weirdest and most wonderful ways to live a fruitful and fertile life.

Food & Drink

Drinking baboon urine: Contains a variety of hormones to stimulate fertility in both men and women. In some tribal communities in Zimbabwe they believe that mixing the urine with beer is a cocktail for parenthood.

Taking a shot of beetle juice: Apparently the juice of the Spanish Fly (also known as the Blister Beetle) has been thought to increase one’s sexual function.

Eating bird’s next soup: The saliva based Asian delicacy is frequently consumed to promote fertility and a healthy sex drive.

Festivals and rituals

The Watering Of The Girls, Holloko, Hungary: To improve fertility men and women dressed in traditional clothing flock the streets and engage in a huge water fight – only it’s just the women getting buckets of water thrown at them. It is believed that this cleansing ritual empowers them with the gift of fertility.

Sticking your thumb in the Weeping Column, Istanbul Turkey

Those hoping to enhance their fertility visit, place their thumb inside a specific hole, and rotate it as close to 360 degrees as possible. If their thumb has been blessed with the healing holy water it’s believed that their fertility will be increased.

Sleep on the Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset

If a women takes a nap on the 180ft male figure etched into Dorset hills then it’s believed that she will become fertile. According to the Office of National Statistics, the surrounding areas have the highest birth rates in the country.

Sitting on the Miracle Chair in Naples, Italy

If women sit on this chair it’s believed to channel their fruitfulness and fertility thanks to Saint Maria Francesca of the Five Wounds of Jesus, to which childless women pray with the hope of enhancing their fertility.

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