Post # 1
I was on Amazon today, and I noticed in my suggestions was fertility tea, supplements that claim to help boast CM fertility, and overall fertility. Normally I would just pass by these products as ways to make money off of the TTC population. My DH and I will start TTC at the end of next month, and only have a few months to concieve, before I would have to halt TTC plans for a bit. (I’m just finishing up my teaching certification, and I don’t want to go into a new job having to take maternity leave right away, nor do I think anyone would hire me in that situation!) So with my serious short window, I’m kind of desprate. Still skeptical, but desprite all the same.
Has anyone here used these supplements for TTC? Do you think they helped you concieve quickly, or helped concieve after trying for a while with no luck?
Post # 2
I think my first suggestion, before going the supplements route, is to chart your cycles and see if everything looks normal, or if you might have any issues that would need the help that supplements could provide. I do think some natural supplements help fertility (and take a couple myself), but I think they might cause more harm than good if you’re just taking a scatter-shot approach (covering all your bases) rather than targeting actual issues. For me, after I spent several months charting, I knew that I have a short luteal phase and several other symptoms that suggest low progesterone. So, knowing that, I starting taking supplements that are supposed to help naturally regulate and balance hormones. I wouldn’t have just started taking them for the heck of it, though.
Post # 3
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It’s fairly common for supplements like this to actually mess up your cycles if you are ovulating reguarly already. In some women they can delay ovulation indefinitely among other things. I agree with SadieBee:. If you want to conceive quickly the easiest way to do so is to charting your BBT (basal body temperature) and CF (cervical fluid). I’d start soon since you plan to TTC in a month or so, so that you know approximately when your fertile time is and that you are indeed ovulating regularly, have a normal cycle length etc. If it sounds intimidating or you have questions you can comment on/join the Charter’s thread to get help getting started and support.
I would also suggest using OPK’s (ovulation predictor kits) to pinpoint ovulation. Most women ovulate around the 14th day of their cycle (‘cycle day 14’ or CD14), but that is average. I, for example, always ovulate within a day of the 11th day of my cycle (CD11), so if I didn’t chart and/or use OPK’s I would never have sex at the right time to get pregnant; I would be too late if I assumed I ovulated about CD14. Other women ovulate later than CD14. Using OPK’s allows you to see when you are about to ovulate before it happens so that you can time sex correctly. CF will also help to let you know that you are about to ovulate and charting, over time, will not only confirm regular ovulation and help you find some problems that may prevent pregnancy (like a short LP or low progesterone, like Sadiebee mentioned), it will help you see patterns in your cycles so that you will know when you should ovulate and expect your period (bonus!). Sorry for the novel:)
Post # 4
My husband actually has a big interest in suppliments/vitamins/minerals/etc. And he says that there are almost no suppliments that have good supportive research that back up their claims. There’s one for joints that actually works. And Zinc can shorten a cold by half a day if taken continuously from the first sign of a cold. But that’s all I remember him talking about. Certianly nothing about any tea that helps with fertility.
Honestly, I feel like producers target any desparate group because people are willing to try anything. Which makes me sad because it results in a lot of people being taken advantage of.
Post # 5
JenGirl: thanks. This is kind of what I thought, but sometimes the tiny little despite light in my brain goes off when I see something claiming to help me conceive.
SadieBee: Aqualov: thanks ladies. I’m already (trying) to chart, and starting last month I began using OPK’s, so I think I have at least a fair handle on my cycle.
Post # 6
Just to chime in briefly on the “in favor” side: despite having regular cycles and (as far as I can tell) regular ovulation, I’d not been able to conceive again since a natural m/c at 6.5 weeks at the end of October. I also saw Fertilitea, both on Amazon and elsewhere, and decided to give it a go. Some of the benefits, like increased CM and libido, seemed to me like they might help me with problems I’d been having since the m/c.
I started drinking the Fertilitea during the last couple of days of my period, and continued through my fertile window. I definitely noticed increased libido and CM. I stopped drinking it shortly after my fertile window, though–had to go out of town.
Yesterday, surprise surprise, I got a faint BFP on a FRER!!!!!!!! I’m waiting till tomorrow to retest, and I hope that I will see a much darker line. 😀 This may be a total coincidence, but I do believe that the Fertilitea helped me.
Post # 7
auggiefrog: my only suggestion is to take some vitamins. I charted for a few months to realize i had a 9 day luteal phase (not good) and taking vitamins lengthened it to a steady 11 days. So while i think alot of the other supplements can harm more than help, i do think vitamins are very important for any person.