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I have a doctor visit scheduled for November 12, 2009. Hopefully, I’ll find out what is going on with me!

Natural Alternatatives to Clomid~
I was put on clomid briefly back before I got pregnant with my son. We had been trying for over a year to conceive and we couldn’t nail down my ovulation timing. On top of that, I was a little irregular coming off of my birth control pills as I had been on bc for about 8 years. I had heard that it might take awhile for your body to adjust, and after a year of trying I was willing to try anything that might help, regardless of whether it was natural or not. I just wanted to get pregnant. We were only on clomid one month before we conceived. So, what is clomid?

Clomid (clomiphene citrate) is a synthetic hormone fertility drug. 25% of women have problems with ovulations and clomid can help in correcting the ovulation problem about 80% of the time. It is a little pill that is taken on days 3-7 at the start of your cycle for 5-9 days. It induces ovulation, can correct irregular ovulation, aids in egg production, and can help with luteal phase deficiency (http://www.amazingpregnancy.com/pregnancy-articles/268.html). Clomid is found to be successful within 1-6 months of taking the pill. You have to be careful when taking clomid as it can result in multiple babies as it can generate more than one egg to drop at once. Side effects may occur and range from mood swings, breast tenderness, nausea, hot flashes, and thinning of the uterine lining. In some rare instances it is also known to cause a miscarriage due to a hostile mucus environment which can prevent implantation (http://infertility.about.com/od/infertilitytreatments/a/clomid101.htm).

With my period’s recent tardiness and my upcoming doctor’s appointment, I am expecting for some discussion to come up as to whether I want to be on clomid again. This bothers me as I am trying harder now than I did 2 years ago to not ingest toxins. I don’t want to go the clomid route again. Not that I had any side effects but it is now against my principles. So, what are my options? Well there are a few natural alternatives to taking clomid.

Before selecting a natural method, I would recommend seeing a naturopath or acupuncturist before starting if you’ve never used any kind of herb for healing purposes. There are several natural alternatives to choose from that have helped women conceive and that they now swear by. Some of these natural alternatives include vitex (chasteberry), evening primrose oil, Vitamin B6, Nettle, Wild Yam, False Unicorn Root, and Soy (http://thefertilityshop.com/fertility_herbs_vitamins.htm).  The first and most highly discussed herb is vitex. I took vitex years ago as it helps with mood swings and periods, but I had never hear of it being used for ovulation. Vitex isn’t an overnight miracle. You have to build up your system to using it daily. Then I found that there are different explanations of how to take it, from daily usage until your period arrives to only taking it like clomid on days 3-7 of your cycle. As women swear by it no matter which way they have taken it, it appears to work. Along with the vitex, Evening primrose oil comes in next. Again, I couldn’t find exact amounts to take or when but it helps increase your cervical mucus and you are only supposed to take it from menstruation to ovulation. Nettle and Wild Yam can be taken by mouth as a tincture, 15 drops in warm water 3 times a day (http://experts.wirefire.com/Herbalist/non-cgi/Forum1/HTML/000970.html). Beyond those two herbs came the others with less information. Scroll down on this site to read “Lisadh” about Soy being successfully used to get pregnant and this woman’s recommendations: http://www.in-gender.com/cs/forums/p/17522/156180.aspx. Again, not much info on how to take it, or how much, but I imagine a good naturopath or herbalist would know exactly what to recommend.

As I was out to find alternatives to clomid, I did. If anyone out there has taken any of these please comment on my blog to help other women know exactly what you took, how much you took, and how long you took it. I will ask my acupuncturist next time I’m in to see her. Prior to this blog I had no idea there were other options. I’m glad to know the FDA route isn’t the only one.

Here are some helpful links that I found regarding the herbs and clomid:

http://www.amazingpregnancy.com/pregnancy-articles/268.html

http://thefertilityshop.com/fertility_herbs_vitamins.htm

http://guestmommy.blogspot.com/2009/08/herb-profile-vitex-agnus-castus.html

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/preconception/37523

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