Post # 1
We have been trying to conceive for 4 months now. I know it isnt that long but im starting to feel like it is never going to happen. Plus im in my 30’s so im sure it doesnt help. Just wondering about over the counter fertility aids/tips that might help speed up conceiving? Does any one have any recommendations on any products? I’m also curious on the soft cup ? Any one have any success with this?
Post # 3
I can’t really say whether the supplements I take work or not, because after 12 months of TTC, there’s no BFP to show for it, but here’s what I take:
Green Tea: one cup per day from CD1 – Ovulation (to help with CM)
Prenatal vitamin (with at least 1mg of folic acid)
Evening Primrose Oil capsules
1 tbsp Cod Liver Oil (or a capsule…the oil tastes gross)
I’ve heard different things about raspberry leaf tea, Vitex/Chasteberry, and things like Fertilitea. I haven’t used any of these, but there’s some research out there about how they might help.
I’d be SUPER careful though about taking supplements without talking to a doctor/naturopath though…some of them can cause more harm than good. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
If you haven’t already, you should read Taking Charge of Your Fertility, so that you really understand your cycle (and you can even learn to detect when and if you’re ovulating, so you can time it right!) And, there’s a great book, Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition that specifically addresses which sort of nutritional supplements are helpful for which issues. (and not just supplements, but like, “eat more whole grains/spinach, etc.”)
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! I appreciate it!
Post # 6
If you are past 35, I would setup an appt to discuss w/ your Dr about issues. If your under 35, most Dr will ask you to wait a yr. I suggest you use OPK’s so you will pinpoint when you ovulate. I use the softcups and they work great(even though I haven’t had a BFP) Since Darling Husband and I are both in our 40’s, we were only given 3 months before we have to go the medicated route.
I’m taking Prenatals, Cod Liver Oil, Liver Cleanser/Nettles, Vitamin C and Calcium Mag.(I agree that you should discuss w/ a nauropath or Dr if you want to take additional herbs.)
Darling Husband is taking a daily, calcium/Mag, and Vitamin C.
Also eating as much as possible organic meats, fruits, and veggies. Trying to cut back on wine. Working on cutting down on stress.
For your Darling Husband, make sure he’s wearing boxers and not briefs or boxer briefs. Also most Dr will advise you to BD every other day during your fertile window.
Post # 7
I would second what squeak35 said – every other day, boxers, exercise, daily vitamins for you both and eat healthy. Temping is really a great way to get a look at what’s going on. At least you’ll know if you’re ovulating. It’s helped me to at least know that that’s happening!
Post # 8
Before we started trying (when we were just thinking of trying) my friend advised me to start taking chasteberry.
I bought this brand at my local vitamin place and started right up. 3 months later – we found out it worked.
I personally believe that the chasteberry helped us concieve, so maybe some food for thought for you. Good luck and have fun trying!
Post # 9
@red_rose: I totally agree that “Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition” is a fantastic resource!
Post # 10
@joy2011: ive ordered the fertility book you’ve suggested! Thanks alot!