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Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor. This site is a compilation of information I have found and any change to exercise or supplements should be discussed with a licensed health care professional!

Supplements for Women

Progesterone Cream
Supplements for Men
Ovulation Tests/ Fertility Monitors
Lubricants
Softcups
Oral Syringe
Basal Body Temperature Thermometer
Pregnancy Tests
Yoga
Hypnosis Downloads
Books



SUPPLEMENTS FOR WOMEN


Vitex (Chasteberry or Agnus Castus)

Nature's Way Vitex (Chaste Tree, Agnus Castus)

This seems to be one of the most important herbs for women’s fertility. You will see this herb in all of the fertility products for women. From what I have read, it works with the pituitary and hypothalamus to regulate hormones, bring on ovulation, and lengthen your luteal phase. I have read that it is great to use after coming off of birth control pills since our hormones can be a bit out of whack at that time. The one I take is Nature’s Way, and I started with 400mg 3 times per day. So far it has worked for me. I started taking it when coming off birth control and have gotten positive OPKs and temp rises each month. My cycles started at about 33-34 days and now have shrunk to 29 days after about 2.5 months of use. I have read that it takes about 3 months (sometimes a bit longer or shorter) to begin fully working properly. Most people seem to take this throughout their whole menstrual cycle and then stop when becoming pregnant. I have read that it is not bad to slowly wean off of it once becoming pregnant. Update: Once becoming pregnant I cut down to 400mg twice a day took that until 16 weeks. This is a personal choice as there is not much research out there about taking vitex in pregnancy. I also started taking it again after a few failed months of ttc #2. I got pregnant that month. Both months I conceived I was taking Vitex and FertileCM.


Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Nature's Way Red Raspberry Leaves , 450 mg, 100 Capsules

According to what I have read, RRL helps tone the uterus and pelvic muscles, which should help with implantation. It can also reduce excessive menstrual bleeding and help with cramps. It can be bought in a tea, capsules or tincture. RRL can be taken all through the month. Some women continue to take it during pregnancy, but you will have to do your own research on this. Some say it helps prevent miscarriages, others say if you have a history of miscarriages you should not take it during the first two trimesters. Many women start taking it in their last trimester to reduce pain from contractions and make for a more smooth and quick labor. Some say it induces labor, but I have not seen any research to back this up, nor do I know anyone where this has been the case, but again you will have to research it and make that decision for yourself. I love the taste of the tea, but I had to switch to capsules because the tea was turning my teeth brown. During pregnancy I only drank the tea during the last couple weeks. It did not induce labor for me (I wish) as I had to be induced after my due date. I brought the tea to the hospital with me and drank it through labor. I did have a fairly quick labor and only 15 minutes of pushing-not sure if this had anything to do with the tea.




Royal Jelly


Fresh Royal Jelly + Bee Pollen, Honey Mix - 40,000 mg Y.S. Organic Bee Farms 23

Royal Jelly is a superfood that I feel might get slightly less recognition than it should. Royal Jelly with Bee Pollen is supposed to help balance hormones and improve egg quality. Because an egg begins to form 3 months before being released, Royal Jelly can take a few months to make a difference. I could not find a whole lot of research on this, but women seem to be having success. I especially read about women undergoing IVF who were diagnosed with poor egg quality and high FSH levels getting very good results after beginning Royal Jelly with Bee Pollen. I am posting the brand that is used by women for fertility reasons. Not sure why this brand is THE fertility brand, but it is and it tastes much much better than other brands I have tried! Please do not use if you are allergic to bees. I believe it can be fatal if you have a bee allergy, as this is a bee byproduct. If you are NOT allergic to bees, you might want to try just a tiny bit to make sure you do not have a bad reaction to it before taking the full dose(although I have never heard o f this without a bee allergy, always better to be safe than sorry!) .I take two teaspoons daily with a PLASTIC spoon. I read not to use metal, and do not mix with anything hot. It kills the good stuff in it. My jar says not to refrigerate, but check your label if you buy a different brand. It should also help with energy! They say to stop during pregnancy. From what I read it can probably be used during pregnancy, but again you will have to make that decision for yourself. I only used this until I got a positive pregnancy test.



FertileCM

FertileCM: for Fertile Cervical Mucus
This is one of the Fertilaid products I took the month I got pregnant, both times. Maybe it is what made the difference? I will say the product did what it said it would do- it absolutely increased my cervical mucus- but only when taken in conjunction with Vitex (not sure why). Vitex alone did not increase my CM, not did Fertilaid alone (alhtough it does for most) but the two together helped tremendously for me. The quality of your egg white cervical mucus at time of ovulation is very important, as this is what helps carry the sperm to the egg. If you notice that at ovulation time your cervical mucus is dry, like hot glue, pasty etc, it may be hindering your chances of getting pregnant. If you need help in this area this product may be the right choice for you!


Vitamin b6

NOW Foods Vitamin B-6, 50 mg, 100 Tablets

B6 can help make sure your luteal phase is long enough. People usually take 50-100mg. It has been stated to keep the dosage at 100mg or less as too much b6 may cause issues.



Geritol

Geritol Complete Multi-Vitamin Mineral Supplement Tablets
“There’s a baby in every bottle.” I know it sounds crazy but it’s cheap and I figured there was nothing to lose. I got pregnant the first month I ditched my prenatals and took Geritol (with baby #1). Again, maybe it’s a coincidence, but maybe it wasn’t! Keep in mind that Geritol does not have a lot of folic acid like prenatals do, so you will need to add a folic acid supplement if you choose to switch to these from your prenatals.



Fertilaid for women

FertilAid for Women: Female Fertility Supplement This is a supplement containing vitamins and an herbal blend includng vitex and some other herbs that are supposedly helpful for fertility. It got decent reviews. I did not try this as I had done my own research and wanted to take my own concoction of supplements. They are the same makers of FertileCM and Fertilaid for men of which I both thought very highly!


Soy Isoflavones

NOW Foods Soy Isoflavones, 60mg Supposedly this is natures clomid. I don’t have a ton of information on this as I did not try this, but many have had success. I try not to overdo it on soy in general as there is a history of breast and thyroid cancer in my family, so I chose to try other methods first. Soy is a phytoestrogen, and supposedly taking soy isoflavones can bring on earlier and stronger ovulation. What does “stronger” ovulation mean? Your guess is as good as mine, but supposedly it is a good thing. People take soy like taking clomid, 5 days out of the month – days 2-6, 3-7, or 4-8. There have been good reviews about using soy isoflavones, but I think they tell you to not eat a lot of soy the rest of the month as you don’t want consume too much soy in general. It was next in line for me to try if I wasn't getting pregnant.



Mucinex(Guarefinesin)


Mucinex Maximum Strength 12-Hour Chest Congestion Expectorant Tablets
There are some people who swear by this. I remember my physical therapist telling me her sister had tried for years to get pregnant, and ended up getting pregnant one month when she was sick and taking Robitussun(guarefinesin). If I remember correctly she said it worked for her second child also. If you feel that your cervical mucus is too thick, this is definitely worth a try around ovulation time. Start taking it a few days before ovulation and then you can stop after you ovulate.



COQ10 (co-enzyme Q10)

Now Foods Ubiquinol 200mg, Soft-gels

This is becoming known with people over 35 who are trying to conceive. Most of the recommendations have come from doctors performing IVF as studies on mice showed that taking high doses of CoQ10 could improve egg quality. They found that the mitochondria in older mice were not good, but when given high doses of COQ10 their eggs were just as good as the eggs of the younger mice. It's worth doing some research on. Unfortunately I have not been able to find any human trials as of yet. I know they were trying to conduct one, but I don't see any infor published and it almost seemed as if the trial never happened. Either way, COQ10 is good for you and I figured it was worth a try and took it for a 2-3 months before becoming pregnant with my second. There are a couple of different forms of COQ10- You will see bottles that simply list COQ10, or you will see it as Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is the easiest absorbed form and from what I read that is the form that is most recommended. It is a bit more expensive, so if your budget is tight you can get one of the other forms- I beleive Ubiquinone is the next best. I read that it's best to get it in softgels and to take about 600mg a day. That seemed to be the typical dose that the doctorss who believed in this were suggesting. I stopped once I got a positive pregnancy test.


Wheat Grass

Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass Tablets

Wheat grass is very good for you and can be taken fresh (from a juice bar or grown on your own), frozen, in tablet form or by powder. Tablets are probably the easiest. It is full of the B vitamins and some some have had luck with it lowering FSH (follicle stimilating hormome....lower is better usually) I started wheat grass, either fresh or tablet form, the month I got pregnant with my second. My doctor laughed at me, but it certainly didn't hurt as I fell pregnant that month.





PROGESTERONE CREAM

ProGest

Emerita Pro-Gest Cream

This is the cream that I used, and after much research I feel that this is one of the best ones out there. I don't know that I really needed it, but I started it in my first pregnancy when I was bleeding (later found out it was due to a sensitive cervix) and had no issues or side effects. My dr had said it was fine for me to use even if it wasn't needed. If your looking for an over the counter cream, this is the one that seemed to have the best reviews at the time I was looking!




SUPPLEMENTS FOR MEN


Fertilaid for Men

FertilAid for Men: Male Fertility Supplement

This has all they vitamins men need for good sperm. Since sperm takes a few months to build up and mature, expect this supplement to take a few months to make a difference. It’s a good multivitamin for men and also contains things to boost sperm count. I got my husband on this right away, again-it can’t hurt!


Click Here for 3 month supply of Fertilaid for Men:
FertilAid for Men: Male Fertility Supplement - 3 Month Supply



Maca Root
Maca Magic, A Bio-Active Extract of Raw Maca Hypocotyl, Alcohol Free, 2 oz (60 ml)

You can buy this in powder or tincture, and can be taken by both men and women. In women it is used to regulate hormones, in men it is used to significantly increase sperm count. The powder tastes terrible, but the tincture is easy enough to use. This product did not sit well in my stomach and I believe made me break out, so I only used it for about a week. I told my husband to take it and it gave him more energy. This is polular with people who work out as it increases energy and I was told it helps build muscle when taking before working out. If you have troubles convincing your other half to use it, try telling him that! Maca does not taste good and I feel the tincture is MUCH easier to take. The powder was really gross and more difficult to use. It seems the tincture works pretty well so that is the link I included.




OVULATION TESTS/FERTILITY MONITORS


Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test

Clearblue ovulation tests. I read in consumer reports that clearblue picked up lower amounts of LH to show a surge. This matters if you are someone who doesn't produce a ton of LH at ovulation time and are getting negatives all through your cycle It's possible that you just don't have enough LH (or your urine is too diluted) to make the test positive. These tests would be the best for those people. I personally liked them because they give a smiley face - and who doesn't want to see a smiley face to tell them that they are ovulating! They are more expensive, so I didn't use them the way I used the internet cheapies, but they worked well to use at the time I thought I would be ovulating, or if the internet cheapies looked almost positive and I wanted something to back it up.


Wondfo


Wondfo One Step Ovulation (LH) Test Strips (inernet cheapies)

These are the internet cheapie ovulation tests. You have to pee in a cup for these ones. I love these becasue they are so cheap that I can test multiple times a day and not waste $2 every time I want to test. For me these have worked very well and show a nice progression right before a peak. I'm sure there are other internet cheapie brands, but for me these worked very well so I stuck with them! Keep in mind the test line must be as dark or darker than the control line. This is not a pregnancy test where a line is a line. A faint line doesn't mean anything.

Here is a link if you want to buy a pack of ovulation tests and pregnancy tests in one batch:
Combo 50 (LH) Ovulation & 20 (HCG) Pregnancy Test Strip)





Clearblue Fertility Monitor(CBFM)


Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor Kit &Test Sticks

The CBFM gives you high readings when it detects an increase in your estrogen (which usually happens leading up to ovulation) and a "peak" reading when it detects an LH surge (which is what the ovulation tests detect) It claims it can give you advanced notice of ovulation (more than just a LH surge that happens 1-2 days before) because it also looks at your estrogen. It adjusts to your personal cycles and may take a few months to be totally accurate. I know that this has helped people because I was on a forum thread with people using it when ttc #1. I used it for both pregnancies, but I am not sure if it actually helped or not because I was also temping and using ovulation sticks, and my cycles were very regular so I had a good idea what day I was going to ovulate. For ttc #1, the month I got a positive was when I didn't even get a high reading. It went straight from low to peak. Thankfully I knew my cycle and had already been BDing. For #2 it gave me a bunch of highs the month I got a positive- however this could have been due to starting supplements as they can alter your hormones. It is definitely worth a try if you don't ovulate the same day each month!

Click here if you only want thte monitor without the test strips (you need Clearblue test strips to use the monitor):

Clearblue Fertility Monitor (test strips not included)



Fertility Focus - Fertility Microscope


Fertile Focus Ovulation Microscope

This microscope tests your saliva and has you look for a "ferning" pattern. I've never used one so I can't comment on how well it works, but some people seem to use it and like it.



OV-Watch


OV-Watch Fertility Predictor Starter Kit with 1 Month Supply of Sensors

I don't know much about the OV-Watch. As far as I know, this does not detect LH or estrogen. This is a watch that is worn and it tests something in your skin while you sleep. I guess our body chemistry changes during ovulation time and it can detect that. I also read that it does not work with cycles that are longer than 38 days, so if you have very long cycles you may want to try something different.




LUBRICANTS

Preseed


Preseed Personal Lubricant for TTC

This is a lubricant that you insert into you with a tampon like applicator(or you can just apply it like any other lubricant, but it typically comes with applicators). It is supposed to help sperm live longer.This is the only lubricant that has shown to be sperm friendly in a study conducted looking at a few of the different lubricants and how they affected sperm. Unfortunately it contains parabens. Slippery Stuff makes a paraben-free lubricant that claims to be sperm friendly, but it is NOT. It has the same ingredients as one that was in the study and it does in fact ihibit sperm from swimming. Personally when ttc, I would only stick with Preseed as it has been the only one that has been studied and passed the test (not that other ones like conceive plus wouldn't pass, but it wasn't studied).


Conceive Plus


Conceive Plus Personal Lubricant for TTC

I've never used this, but this is the other brand that people ttc tend to use and claim it is sperm friendly. There have been no studies on it, but you will see many people on websites saying that they had success with it.




ORAL SYRINGE


Monoject Oral Medication Syringe With Tip Cap, 10 ml [2 tsp]


An oral syringe is used for at home insemination.





SOFTCUPS


Instead 12 Hour Feminine Protection Disposable SoftCups

Softcups can be inserted after intercourse or when doing at home insemination to keep sperm close to the cervix. Softcups are made for mentruation and are basically a piece of disposable plastic or non disposible silicone that you insert to catch the menstrual blood. In TTC we use Softcups to keep the sperm in and close to the cervix. Most can be worn for up to 12 hours. The box shows you how to insert them. They can be tricky the first couple times so you may want to practice before using them to keep sperm at the cervix. You should't feel it once it is in.




BBT Thermometer



Geratherm Basal Digital, Digital cycle thermometer for determination of the time of ovulation.

This is important for charting. This particular one seems a bit pricey, but got decent reviews. I got mine from target and it was a bit cheaper, so you may find one at your local drugstore, or on amazon that is cheaper (currently the cheaper ones I am seeing on amazon seem to have too many bad reviews, so I gave a link to this one which seems like the best at this moment, but things might be different when you are looking).




PREGNANCY TESTS

Wondfo

Wondfo Pregnancy Test Strips (100-count) (internet cheapies)

These are the internet cheapies that I had good luck with. Pregnancy tests can be expensive, which is fine if you are a sane person who only uses one or less each month. However, if you are like me and test multiple times a day starting very early-and continue testing til your 6 weeks pregnant, then these are the tests for you because they are much cheaper. You need to pee in a cup, just like the ovulation tests. Personally I have had great luck with them and never got any line unless I was pregnant. This test came up positive at 9 days past ovulation(second pregnancy) for me. It was a squinter, but it showed a line!


First Response

First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test

Personally I feel these are the best tests out there. They can detect very small amounts of hcg, so if finding out early is important to you, then these are the tests to have! I used the cheapies, but as soon as I saw the faintest line on the Wondfo, I used a First Response to confirm! The line on this test was definitely more apparent than the one on my wondfo at 9 days past ovulation.


Clearblue Digital

Clearblue Easy Digital Pregnancy

Clearblue makes a nice digital test that reads "pregnant" or "not pregnant". It's not fun to see the "not pregnant" month after month, but it sure is nice to see "pregnant" when you actually are! This test is not as sensitive as the First Response Early Results, or in my experience, as sensitive as the Wondfo, but it's one that I liked to use as confirmation and get a picture of my "pregnant" reading!


Clearblue Weeks Estimator

Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test With Weeks Estimator

These are evil and I do NOT recommend them. They measure the HCG(pregnancy hormone) in your system to determine your estimated number of weeks. These were available in the UK long before they were available here, and I was so upset not to have them with my first pregnancy. They basically give you a read out of how many weeks you are pregnant- 1-2 means you are 3-4 weeks pregnant, 2-3 means you are 4-5 weeks pregnant, and 3+ means you are 5 or more weeks pregnant. Keep in mind that pregnancy is counted from the day you ovulate- once you get a positive test you are pretty much at least 3 weeks pregnant becuase that is the earliest a home urine test will show positive- usually it's closer to 2 weeks after ovulation, which would be 4 weeks pregnant. Anyway, the reason these are evil is because sometimes these tests don't show you the number that you are expecting and you think your HCG is decreasing and you are losing the baby. I've been there. And at least once a week on the forum I was on I would see a post on the exact same thing. That is why I think they are evil and would avoid them if I were going to ever get pregnant again! So buy at your own risk and keep it just for fun. Please don't put too much trust in these in regards to the actual weeks shown!!




FERTILITY YOGA

Restoring Fertility by Drs. Brandon Horn, PhD, LAc (FABORM) and Wendy Yu PhD(c), LAc (FABORM)

This is the only one I have used and the only one I can recommend because I haven't tried the other ones. I picked this one because of the great reviews, and I have to say I really loved it. It has 4 sections to it, depending on where you are in your cycle- which I think is great. It was very relaxing. I used it when ttc for both pregnancies.




RELAXATION/HYPNOSIS DOWNLOADS

Circle and Bloom
Natural Cycle Fertility Program

I used this with my first pregnancy. My computer crashed and I lost the downloads when ttc #2 and didn't want to pay for another set of downloads. I really liked it. It's 28 indivudual hypnosis sessions to use on each day of your cycle. My cycle was longer so I just used the same one for multiple days when I thought necessary. It's very relaxing! This is the CD version, but the one I bought was a bit cheaper as it was mp3 downloads.





BOOKS

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

This is a fantastic book if you are trying to learn about what your body is doing and how to conceive. You may find some of the same information on this site, but the book will go into a lot of detail and really teach you about your own body and how to monitor your cervical mucus and know when you are ovulating.


Making Babies

Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility

I love this book. This book is really written for women who are having problems with conceiving, but personally I think it is a great read even before you start trying. It really gives hope that any problem can be worked out. There are 2 authors- one is a medical doctor (reproductive specialist) who used to perform IVF, and the other is a acupuncturist. It is a blend of eastern and western and the medical doctor has changed his views and decided that a more natural approach is sometimes the way to go when ttc. It tells you what questions a dr should be asking you if you go in for infertility reasons. I'd say it's a must read for anyone experiencing problems, and not a bad read for those who haven't had issues, but just want to be proactive about ttc .


Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant

The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant

I only read exerpts from the book, but it seemed educational and funny. It's pretty much the info you will get on this site and from the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility (from what I can see- I haven't read it so I may be mistaken). It seems like a fun read!


Inconceivable

Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics

I have not read this book, but it got very good reviews. Some people had problem with the fact that this was a second pregnancy for her and many of the readers were having a problem conceiving their first- so if that may be an issue for you, you may want to pick another book.