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15.11.11

The guide to conceiving naturally

It wasn't my initial intention to pump my system full of drugs. I made the decision to screw my natural living attitude for a while after reading what seemed like a thousand succes stories. At this point Clomid became my holy grail. I convinced myself that this was the golden ticket. Obviously this has not been the case for me...yet. Clomid is without a doubt a "miracle drug" for infertiles but what options do women who are allergic to Clomiphene, want to try another route first or just want to give their bodies a much deserved break have? Because I'm planning  to take a Clomid break every three cycles - because let's be honest, the stuff sucks - , I decided to find out what else is out there for us. It can´t hurt to try right?
 Here's a list of nature's most effective fertility herbs.

Soy 
Before you stuff your face with soy products it might be useful to know how it actually works. Clomid tricks your body into thinking you have low estrogen levels. It blocks your estrogen receptors so your body creates more FSH. FSH is the hormone that causes your follicles to grow and mature. It is said that the isoflavones (plant hormone that resembles human estrogen in chemical structure)  in soy block your estrogen receptors the same way Clomid does. How to use: Because it works like Clomid, you should take it the same way you take Clomid. Say, you take Clomid from CD 3 - 7  or 5 - 9. Continue to do so with the Soy and take about 150 - 200 mg stricktly on those cycle days. Be careful: Soy is not save to take when you have a thyroid condition.


Red Clover
It's official name is Trifolium Pratense but that's not important. What's important is finding out how this thing that'd look great in a flower arrangement can help us get knocked up. This flower contains isoflavones too and it also blocks your estrogen receptors into producing a hormone that makes your follicles mature. This flower is reccomended when you have scaring on your fallopian tubes How to use: You take one ounce of dried blossoms and put them in a quart size canning jar.  Fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a lid and let it sit at room temperature overnight. Try to drink 4 cups of this brew a day. If it doesn't taste good you can add peppermint or honey. 

Red Raspberry Leaf

This does not contain isoflavones but is an excellent fertility herb in combination with red clover. I believe it makes a yummie tea too.  Red raspberry leaf contains fragrine, an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself. This tea is safe to drink during pregnancy as well and may decrease morning sickness and induce labor (when baby is ready of course). This blend is also known to make labor and recovery less painful (we'll have to see about that) and prevents misscarriages and post-partum hemorrhage. It also increases your milk supply. How to use: brew a pot and have a cup hot or put a picher in the fridge to make yourself some ice tea. Add sweetener if you like. You can also add red clover to the mix. Also, be very careful with your use of red raspberry leaf tea in early pregnancy, because one of its first uses was as an abortificant, it is good at creating uterine contractions that can help with labor, expelling the placenta, and help with menstruation, which is why it shouldn't be used when your fetus is first trying to get a grip.

               False Unicorn Root
Native Americans used this root to prevent misscarriages. The root contains steroidal saponins wich are precursors of estrogen. The herb helpt normalize your luteal phase and give you that extra push you need to ovulate. It should help your husbands sperm too. If you do get pregnant you can drink it to get rid of morning sickness. How to use: Take one-half to 1 teaspoon of liquid false unicorn root extract or 1 to 2 grams of   the root in a tea. Drink 3 cups a day. Or take one teaspoon of root tincture 3 times a day.

                                                                      Licorice 
Licorice root is used to treat PCOS, promote regular ovulation, improve cervical mucus and detoxify your liver. It has effects similar to estrogen and progestorone. How to use: tinctue may be taken in doses of 2 to 5 ml up to three times a day. The standardized extract may be taken in doses of 250 to 500 mg up to three times per day and an infusion or decoction can be made by adding 1 to 5 g licorice root to boiling water up to three times per day. 


These were a couple of herbs among many. But after a few calls with my doc and a lot of time spent on message boards, these were the ones people found most effective. If you want to try every fertility herb out there be sure to add Chastetree Berry, Black Cohosh, Dong Quai and Wild yam to your inventory.

It is important to point out that these are all excellent to take if you are NOT undergoing ART treatment, since plant estrogens can interfere with stuff like Gonal.

I hope you liked this blog because I've been working on it for hours haha.
Talk to your doctor before trying any of these methods.  If your doctor gives you the green ligt, why not give it a try? I'll add this link on the top of my page alongside the TTC and sex guide for future reference.

I'd like to thank Chickenpig for another fabulous contribution!

If you have any questions about anything or think I left something out feel free to email me or leave a comment.



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