As a lot of the readers may know, we have been trying to get pregnant with our last baby for close to two years now. It’s been a struggle from trying on our own, to trying with fertility meds, and back to trying on our own again. I have been through a lot in the last 6 months. I have been on fertility meds for 5 cycles between May and October (we took a month rest in July) and was able to get pregnant in August but had an early miscarriage in September. We tried another round of meds with a cycle that began in September and I got pregnant again but miscarried in October. I decided that we needed a break from the meds, to allow my body to just recooperate, and to allow time for me to heal emotionally from back to back miscarriages.
In that time, I spent a lot of time reading on the infertility message boards that I frequent, and came across a few interesting options to try instead of clomid. I came across Fairhaven Health, who not only carries products for women, but they also carry supplements, teas and test kits for men too! Sometimes fertility issues are not just on the lady’s side.
I was lucky enough to be sent some products to try for my last cycle, and I was very excited to see what would happen. I had never tried any alternatives before.
FertileAid for Women is a supplement that you can take to improve reproductive health. It restores hormonal balance which in turn encourages regular ovulation and regulates your cycle. It is ObGyn formulated and recommended for those struggling with female infertility. It is a natural blend of vitamins and herbs that includes chasteberry (vitex), red clover blossom, siberian ginseng, and gingko biloba. As soon as I got the package in the mail, I began taking the FertileAid. I was on day 3 or 4 of my cycle, and I began using ovulation strips around day 10. I ovulated on day 15! You want to take 3 of these a day (I take them all at one time) from any point in your cycle up til a pregnancy is confirmed, or you get your period. There is a 1 month supply (90 pills) in the bottle. You can purchase FertileAid for Women for $28.95 for a one month supply, or get the value pack which is 1 bottle for you and one bottle for your husband/boyfriend for $54.95 on sale now.
Risking embarrassment here, I will tell you that I don’t know if its because I am approaching 35, or just because of being under so much stress, but my libido comes and goes, and it tends to have an impact on my cervical fluid. When you approach ovulation, your body goes through changes and when you get ready to ovulate, you normally have what is referred to as “ewcm” or, “egg white cervical mucus”. Well, there are times where I barely have any. This particular cervical fluid is crucial for conception. Without it, the sperm cannot survive and will die off before even reaching your egg. I work out, so I drink a lot of water which should help with dryness “down there”, but sometimes it doesn’t. Fairhaven Health has a solution for that.
FertileCM, which can be taken at the same time as the FertileAid, helps enhance your cervical mucus- both the quality and quantity. The ingredients in FertileCM have also been shown to support female arousal and sexual sensitivity and strengthen the uterine lining, both of which can increase chances for successful conception. I can speak from experience that this has worked greatly for me. I noticed a huge change in my cervical fluid before ovulation, and actually still had some around the time that I ovulated, although not a ton, I normally do not notice anything. Don’t be discouraged if you cannot physically see it on the toilet paper every time you wipe. Sometimes I would see a ton, and then other times I wouldn’t notice much, but it doesn’t always make it to the toilet paper. You want it to remain inside where it belongs! By increasing vascular blood flow to the uterus, FertileCM has been shown increase endometrial secretions and help strengthen the uterine lining for implantation of a fertilized egg. You take 3 pills in divided doses with food, and you have to try to drink at least 64 oz of water which also helps with your cervical fluid. You also want to discontinue use once pregnancy has been confirmed by either blood or urine test. FertileCM retails for $19.95 a bottle.
Lastly, a new product that I got to try is Fertile Detox. FertileDetox is designed to promote reproductive health and improve fertility by promoting the efficient elimination of environmental toxins from the body. Everything from the air we breath, the water we drink and the things that we use to maintain our homes can effect your body. Chronic exposure to everyday environmental toxins can effect reproductive health. Toxic overload can decrease sperm health in men and cause menstrual cycle abnormalities in women, and can also interfere with the healthy development of a growing fetus. This blend contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and special ingredients that support the body’s own detoxification system. It contains probiotics to help the immune and digestive system, as well as B6, B12 and folic acid, some things that a lot of people are deficient in. I recently visited a fertility doctor and she has put me on a prescription supplement on just folic acid, B6 and B12. The daily recommended dose is 3 pills, and again you discontinue use once pregnancy is confirmed. Fertile Detox retails for $34.95.
So while its not proven that taking these supplements will indeed get you pregnant, I am convinced that they do improve your cycle health. My cycles tend to vary between 14-32 days and ovulation can be as early as day 10 and as late as day 17, I did ovulate on time while taking the FertileAid. I also noticed an improvement in my cervical fluid while taking the FertileCM. Although I was not provided this particular product, I did use Pre-Seed fertility friendly personal lubrication as recommended to me by friends on the infertility board and will continue to use it. It’s great if you have less than quality cervical fluid during your fertile time. I assume that you want to know what the verdict is with this cycle for me. Did I get pregnant or not? Well, I hadn’t been on fertility meds in months, and I was only taking these 3 supplements listed above as well as my prenatal vitamins, and yes, I did get pregnant. Unfortunately for me, it resulted in yet another early miscarriage which has lead me to a fertility specialist to get to the root of the problem, which for me may happen to be low progesterone. I am not sure if it was the FertileAid that helped get me pregnant, but in months prior to taking these supplements, I did not get pregnant. I am finishing out my bottle of FertileAid with this new cycle and I am getting ready to order another bottle in case I run out! If this natural cycle doesn’t work for me, then my Dr. wants to persue something a little stronger but I will still take my FertileCm!
If you have been trying to get pregnant for awhile, or if you have just begun trying, I want you to give these supplements a try. Fairhaven Health is giving a one month supply of all 3 supplements to one of our One Little Mister followers!