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Herbs?

Anybody else adding herbs to their TTC plan if action??? If so, can you list what you take, the dosage, and number of pills per day? Any extra info to offer like, the best absorbency or brand, etc ??? If it's something different can you share the benefit of it?

I take:
Vitex 400mg, twice daily
Evening primrose oil, 1000mg, twice daily
Red rasp leaf, can't remember dose, twice daily
Vitamin E, 1000, once daily
Vitamin d, 1000, twice daily
Prenatal vitamin, once daily
Flax oil, 1000mg, once daily
Calcium 1000mg, yuck, makes me want to throw up even with food
b-complex, twice daily

I take my stuff mid day and after supper. I would take vitex and RRL three times a day to include breakfast, but I take synthroid for my thyroid and you can't take vitamins or herbs within 3 hours of taking it because it is picky about absorption. So, I'm stuck to only being able to take herbs twice a day.

My goal for the vitex is that my follicular phase will shorten, right now it's 19-20 days. And my goal for the EPO is to help lubrication if we BD and I don't get a chance to use preseed...... Sometimes ruins the moment ya know????? Haha.

My hope is that the vitex

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Amber- glad you posted this. I am a dork. I have been taking my thyroid med, my prenatal, and royal jelly At the same time. I forgot we aren't supposed to.

Do all your vitamins/herbs upset your stomach?

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Kim, nothing upsets me except the calcium, and it's always been like that. If I swallow it fast and don't smel it it's not that bad.

What does royal jelly do?

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Cait is the royal jelly spokesperson. She says it is going to get my eggs all happy and make me preggo!! I hope she is right!

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Wow, I thought I took a lot of pills. It looks like you've got everything covered! Biggrin Does the EPO work?

I just take some extra vitamins

Prenatal - once daily
Folic acid - 4 times a day (5.25 mg)
Vitamin B6 - once daily
Vitamin B12 - twice daily
Baby aspirin - once daily

I used to take Vitex, Maca and Royal Jelly but I only took them for like 2 weeks then I stopped.

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Isn't it funny that to induce labor last time I was preggo I drank red raspberry leaf tea and took EPO? I don't know, but my son came 2 weeks early. I thought the EPO softened your cervix? Lol! Too much to remember.

I just started taking my Royal Jelly too! Yeaahhh!

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"JKfmAustin" wrote:

Biggrin Does the EPO work?

I used to take Vitex, Maca and Royal Jelly but I only took them for like 2 weeks then I stopped.

I think it helps a lot. A friend of mone said that she gets a pretty impressive result with secretions. I don't get tons of "result" like her, but it is enough to make a difference that I can notice. The down side is that it difficult to tell the difference between extra lubrication and EWCM, or at least that's the case for me. I will add mucinex in a few more days, too. I think it all helps counteract the drying effects of daily allergy meds like Zyrtec that I take this time of year.

It does sound like a lot, especially when I dump it all out in my hand!!!!! Who knows, maybe it's all crap, but it keeps me busy while ttc!!! I think that's half the battle Smile

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Thanks....I'll have to keep that in mind! I know I really could have used something like EPO while I was on Clomid and Femara!

Hopefully you'll get your BFP this month! Good luck!

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Hey ladies......... you don't think RJ could be why my temps are pretty do you?

I started taking it around/right after O.

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Looking into the royal jelly for next cycle if I dont get a BFP. Any brand recommendations?

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Oh thanks for posting a thread about this! I posted something similar in another board, and I like to see what people are using. My LP was usually 9-10 days, so I started taking a supplement that contains Dong quai root, red raspberry, black cohosh & chastetree berry. I take 2 capsules/day. Last month I only took it for 2 weeks and my cycle was 31 days!!!!! So I guess it worked! But this month, I had A LOT of extra lubrication, but like zero EWCM.....so this makes me nervous. I also take Prenatal vitamin, Vit D, & Echinachea.

I'm going to research some of these other herbs/supplements to see if I can benefit!!! Thanks! Smile

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Oh, just to clarify, I don't take Vit D & Echinachea for TTC - I'm a sub. teacher and ALWAYS sick!!! (I've had a cold on/off for the past few months Sad )

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"Mamma_Bear_81" wrote:

Looking into the royal jelly for next cycle if I dont get a BFP. Any brand recommendations?

I wish I could tell you what kind I got.... I just poured some in my pill container so I didn't have to carry the bottle around. If you haven't ordered by Friday, I will be home and let you know then.

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TMarie, this is the kind Cait got BFP with and I am buying it for the next time I need some. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000A3J0M6/ref=mp_s_a_4?qid=1332379972&sr=8-4 I got some at the health food store to start right away and it's only 1000mg and was double this price on sale. They have a few 2000mg kinds on Amazon that I looked at too.

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I only take my prenatal vit.

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I'm with Vicky on this one. If/when I go back to my acupuncturist (almost a 2 hour drive one way), I'll take the herbs she gives me. No clue what's in them though because I don't know Chinese!

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I don't take any herbs myself, just prenatal vitamins and 2000mg of Vitamin D.

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So I started taking Royal Jelly/Bee Pollen. I have been taking the capsules for about a week, but read somewhere for best results to use in natural form - so I bought it yesterday and so far have only taken 3 tsp. But I've noticed that I have some pains/cramping in ovary area, and nipples are super sore! But I'm only on CD 6-7 - do you think the RJ would have caused early ovulation? Or maybe I feel the cramping b/c RJ is suppose to help with egg quality....I'm going to take a OPK today - but also plan on BD just to be safe Smile

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I haven't read a whole lot about RJ and bee pollen, but what I did read didn't say anything about messing with the follicular phase.

I don't know if it has anything to do with my massive herb intake this month, or not, but this time around O I have some major cramps and also ovulation pains. I wonder if they are related.......

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I take :
Royal Jelly (the link marie provided that Cait recommended. This lead to BFP for Cait & Kim)
PreNatal Vitamin
Vitamin B12 (for my B12 anemia)