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    Welcome to the TTC 0-24 months Buddies!!! We are SO glad that you have found us here, and know that you will love being a part of our community. We have a very special group of ladies here, they are very knowledgeable, and are also very loving, encouraging and supportive of one another. Please feel free to just jump right in with your thoughts, questions, comments, vents? whatever! This board happens to be one of the first that most "newbies" hit upon joining Pregnancy.org. Of course, being fresh and within that first year of trying to conceive, there is an exuberant sense of anticipation present here. The "normal" range of TTC is from 0 - 24. Membership on this board is highly fluctuating, as many are successful in moving on to a birth board and a new influx of people move in. Unlike some of our other TTC boards, this one IS specifically for those in this stage of their journey and again, unlike some of their counterparts, there is for the most part a sense of celebration and hope gleaned from members that have *graduated* from the board. Members that fit this category generally view one another's pregnancy reminders (tickers, pics of ultrasounds or children) as encouragement. Certainly, even for those that are in their first year of TTC, there are those days when if you see news of even ONE MORE pregnancy announcement that you will either explode or curl up in a ball sobbing. For THOSE days we have created a special TTC: Emotional Haven where you can find a bit of respite. We realize that it can be quite overwhelming for a newbie, so we wanted to post some helpful resources and information for you to help you on your way. There are probably things that we?ve forgotten, so go ahead and post your questions whenever you don?t understand something or when something doesn?t make sense. 1. Adding photos and creating a signature/avatar a. You will need to create an account with a photo-hosting service. Most members here use Photobucket. You can sign up for an account at www.photobucket.com. You can then upload photos from your computer onto photobucket. b. To create/change your signature, first you must click on ?settings? at top of the screen. Then scroll down. On the left side of the screen you will see a place to create your signature. c. To add a photo to your signature, copy the IMG code from your picture on photobucket (after its uploaded) and paste the code into the signature section of your profile. d. There are specific signature guidelines for the size, these can be found on the Photo Gallery and Signature Help Board e. You may also add an avatar (a little picture beside your name). This can be done at the bottom of the profile page. Photos can either be uploaded directly from your computer, or the URL code from photobucket can be pasted there. Avatars may not exceed 110 pixels for height and width, and 391 kb. f. Here is our blinkie: g. If you use Fertility Friend and wish to have a ticker in your siggy that links to your chart, here's what to do (thanks to Bris ~ CIA2300844): Okie lets start with opening 2 explorers (or whatever browser you use). 1 will be fertilityfriend. 2 will be preg.org Fertility Friend: 1. Down the left side, scroll down to SHARING, click on that. Then click on TICKERS. 2. Customize your charting ticker to what you would like it to be. Select a RULER then click on NEXT. Select a SLIDER then click on NEXT. If you are a VIP Member, you can type a message, if not, don't worry about it, click on NEXT. 3, You will get a message at top that says "DONE! Your ticker URL is: " Scroll down to the HTML code box. Copy that code!!! Pregnancy.org SETTINGS In your profile, scroll down until you find Signature. Paste that code in there. Scroll down further and click SUBMIT to save it. You *should* have your fertility friend chart available to view while posting. 2. Acronyms As you have probably noticed, most users use abbreviations and short hand in their posts. Here are some of the most common ones: TTC ? Trying to ConceiveBFP ? Big fat positive (a positive pregnancy test)BFN ? Big fat negative (a negative pregnancy test)BPT ? Blood pregnancy testHPT - Home Pregnancy TestFMU ? First Morning Urine (used when taking a HPT)O ? OvulationDPO ? Days Past OvulationLP - Luteal Phase2WW ? Two Week Wait (after ovulation, before a HPT can be taken)BD ? Baby dance; have sex.DTD - Doing The Deed; have sexDH ? Darling Husband.DS / DD / DSD / DSS - Darling son / daughter / step-daughter / step-sonSO ? Significant OtherAF - "aunt flo", your period, "the witch" CM - Cervical Mucus EWCM - Egg White Cervical MucusCP - Cervical Position FF- Fertility Friend (a website) FM - Fertility Monitor OPK - Ovulation Prediction Kit (also OPT, for Test) KUP ? Keep us PostedPM ? Private MessageM/C ? MiscarriageM/S ? Morning SicknessKWIM ? Know What I MeanITA ? I Totally AgreeHTH ? Hope That Helps Here is a link to a complete list of acronyms: http://www.pregnancy.org/article.php?sid=215 3. Helpful Resources a. Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. This is a very helpful book for anyone wanting to start TTC. It clearly outlines and explains the Fertility Awareness Method, and teaches you how to chart your three main fertility signs: Cervical position, Cervical mucous and Basil Body Temperature. It is highly recommended! b. Fertility Friend (www.fertilityfriend.com) This is a wonderful website that you can use to record your chart information. Once you set up a chart, you can go to ?sharing? and then ?tickers? to create a ticker that will show where you are in your cycle. This ticker will also act as a link so that others can see your chart. To add your ticker into your signature, simply copy the BBcode and paste it in your signature.c. Pregnancy.org also has a number of other boards dedicated to specific life circumstances (i.e. charting your temps: Charting Your Temps and various other TTC sites). Feel free to visit those as well!d. This is our Interactive Calendar: http://my.calendars.net/6912/d22/07/...play=M&style=B where you can add your birthday/anniversary, etc. (For help with this, just PM me) e. We do have other boards that address various TTC stages & needs. Here are just a few: In addition to these we have even more - addressing certain fertility issues such as Clomid: the Miracle Maker, & more!! Once again, we welcome you to the board and hope that you have a wonderful time here! ~ From your host, Anna (AnnaRO) and the ladies of the TTC 0-24 months board! Further info for Grads:For our TTC 0 - 24 month grads that wish to come back and continue to support those members that are still trying, yes, you may do so -- offering your attached signatures with your pregnancy tickers, ultrasounds, and baby pics as inspiration for your fellow members. We DO ask that you do not use this board to post your actual pregnancy/baby news on in general, though you may update your TTC Space with links to your BB Space. You may also post links in the annual Grads thread. Anyone wishing to follow your journey is able to click on your profile and visit your birth board or you can even direct them there with a link. We do want to allow this board to be a place of support for those still in their first 24 months of ttc. [/list]
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    Tips for aiding in conception! If you have something to add, please feel free to post your tips and tricks!


    Quote Originally Posted by ChristaM View Post
    Evening Primrose Oil & Flax Seed Oil (Essential Fatty Acids for cervical mucus and to nourish the nerves and facilitate communication between cells)
    Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Linseeds (Flax), which are an excellent form of both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, have been proven to encourage regularity of the cycle among other things. Even if hormonal imbalance is not at the root of your condition, it is worth adding these fatty acids to your diet. There are many factors that are now known to affect the way fatty acids are used by our bodies, including high adrenaline levels (in the case of stress), high alcohol consumption, and high levels of cholesterol. If your body is NOT getting or using enough of the fatty acids consumed, your cycle can be affected. You can't lose by adding these supplements to your diet.
    Vitex to balance hormones; also called Chaste Berry or Agnus Castus
    Red Raspberry:to strengthen the uterus, thus lengthen LP and prevent miscarriage.
    B6: to lengthen Luteal Phase and assists RNA & DNA & production of red blood cells
    B Vitamins: to help lengthen luteal phase. These are often called the 'stress' vitamins because they can help you to cope with the pressures of everyday life. As stress can be such an important factor in causing irregular periods it is important that you have some help in dealing with it. Vitamins B2, B3 and B6 are also necessary for thyroid hormone production and B5 (pantothenic acid) is essential for optimum adrenal function. Both imbalances in thyroid function and stress can affect your cycle. The easiest way to make sure you are getting a good supply of these vitamins is to take them in the form of a good B-complex tablet. B vitamins are synergistic, which means that they work together.
    Alfalfa increases cm, alkalizes & detoxifies body
    Lecithin aids in the absorption of thiamine, increases carbohydrate digestion, breaks down fats and helps detoxify and repair damage to the liver and assists in absorption of Vitamin A & B1
    False Unicorn Root alkalizes ovaries, kidneys & bladder, known as the herb for fertility!
    Licorice Root (Deglycyrrhizinated w/ glycine). Licorice Root has estrogen/progesterone like effects, cleanses the colon and decreases muscular spasms and increases fluidity of mucus.
    Calcium/Magnesium: is great at night not only to nourish the body but relaxes and promotes a sound sleep!
    Magnesium: This mineral has been classed as 'nature's tranquilliser', so it is an essential inclusion in the diet of anyone suffering from irregular periods. In fact, anyone in today's hectic society will benefit from a magnesium supplement. Stress is often a factor in period irregularity, and this mineral will help to redress the balance of a stressful lifestyle.
    Antioxidants: Antioxidants are particularly relevant with irregular periods. It is believed that antioxidants have the ability to prevent cells from mutating. In other words, they prevent cells from becoming 'abnormal'. This is extremely important if you have been diagnosed with thickening of the womb lining (endometrial hyperplasia) because you don't want the cells to mutate. Antioxidants include vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium. Their effects have been proven: women with womb tumours have been shown to have less of both selenium and vitamin E than women without them so make sure you are getting enough of these valuable nutrients.
    Progesterone Cream: helps to increase Luteal phase by balancing out hormones.
    Changing diet as outlined in the book: Fertility Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon (I don't have this book, but have heard good things about it). here is a link to a hormone balancing diet: http://www.marilynglenville.com/foundation_of_health.htm






    Here is an outline for dosage: The supplement programme below should be taken for at least three months in order to achieve best results
    • A good multivitamin and mineral tablet
    • B-complex vitamin (containing 100 mg of each B vitamin) - I've been told to take 2xday; so 200 mg each.
    • Magnesium (300mg per day)
    • Linseed oil (also known as flaxseed oil at 1000mg per day)
    • Vitamin C (1000mg per day)
    • An antioxidant tablet, containing vitamin A and selenium
    • Plus the herb Agnus castus
    • Evening Primrose Oil (1500-3000mg/day) - only take until O. Can cause uterine contractions so stop taking after O. But, the Flaxoil is okay to continue the whole time.
    • Mucinex (guaifenesin) - 200mg/3xday; increase to maximum daily dosage as indicated on package if after 3 months there is no improvement. Begin taking from 5 days before O and day of O. Or, as soon as creamy CM is present until day of O.
    Increase and thin mucus to become more sperm friendly





    When you are dry from clomid or any reason and need to increase cervical mucus, here is what you need:
    • Evening Primrose Oil an Essential Fatty Acid nourishes the nerves which facilitate communication between cells, causes uterine contractions which contribute to the increase of cervical mucus.
    • Alfalfa (increases cm, alkalizes & detoxifies body)
    • Licorice Root (Deglycyrrhizinated w/ glycine). Licorice Root has estrogen/progesterone like effects, cleanses the colon and decreases muscular spasms and increases fluidity of mucus.
    • Guaifenesin Syrup Also known as Expectorant or the brand name "Robi" will thin the mucus you have and make it more sperm friendly. Note: Mucinex is the same thing in pill form. Easier to take and it's a higher dosage!
    • Children's Aspirin Aspirin will thin the blood, increasing blood flow.
    Here are some links:

    http://www.marilynglenville.com/general/irregular.htm
    http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/store/hh.htm
    http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detfert.html
    http://www.fertilitycommunity.com/fe...fertility.html
    http://www.early-pregnancy-tests.com...asedefect.html

    Natural Progesterone Cream:
    http://www.nutritionmadesimple.net/n...y=Progesterone

    Side note: I noticed this comment on another BB I was browsing while searching LPD info.
    Vitex and B6 combo did make my luteal phase one day longer, but it shortened my follicular phase by 2 days - the days the egg develops. On vitex/B6 I ovulated on CD8. That was too early for a well developed follicle. Just watch your chart carefully that the combo doesn't move your ovulation sooner because that cancels out the benefits of a longer luteal phase.
    Quote Originally Posted by ChristaM View Post
    DO








    DON’T




    Exercise




    § Exercise Regularly: walking, stationary bike, swimming, special aerobic exercise
    o 3x/week, HR of 110-120 beats/minute
    § Lie on left side for 15-20 minutes after exercise




    § Raise body temperature above 102 degrees
    § Don’t raise HR above 140 beats/minute
    § After the 4th month (16 weeks), don’t lie on your back




    Diet




    § Take prenatal vitamins; 400mcg/day (0.4mg) of Folic Acid foods (start 3 months before getting pregnant):
    o Asparagus, Banana, Black Beans, Broccoli, Citrus Fruits/Juices, Egg Yolk, Green beans, Leafy Green Vegetables, Peas, Spinach, Strawberries, Tuna, Wheat Germ, Yogurt, Fortified bread/cereal
    § Use Splenda (sucralose)
    § Herbal Teas:
    o Chamomile: aids digestion
    o Dandelion: helps with swelling and upset stomach
    o Ginger root: helps with nausea and nasal congestion
    o Nettle leaf: rich in iron, calcium
    o Peppermint: relieves gas pain and calms stomach
    o Red raspberry: helps with nausea and stabilizes hormones








    § Consume extra vitamin A (recommend 2700IU/day – not to exceed 5000IU/day). Retinol forms of vitamin A, usually derived from fish oils are the concern – beta-carotene/plant form is okay.
    § Consume Caffeine (<200mg/day is ok), Sweets, alcohol, cigarettes
    § Eat soft cheeses: Camembert, Brie, Feta & Roquefort
    § Deli Meat or Hot dogs
    § Eat more than 12 oz. of fish/week or consume more than 2.4 – 3g of fatty acid per day (canola oil, flaxseed, soybeans, walnuts, & wheat germ).
    § Eat shark, swordfish or tuna more than 1x/month (if nursing limit to 1/week).
    § Eat Canned Tuna more than 1x/week (6oz).
    § Careful with Walleye & Pike Fish
    § No Raw fish / Sushi
    § No “local” warm tropical water fish such as Florida, Caribbean & Hawaii: amberjack, barracuda, bluefish, grouper, mahimahi, snapper, and fresh tuna.
    § Consume Aspartame (Nutrasweet or Equal) or Saccharin. Aspartame is a combination of phenylalanine & aspartic acid.
    § Herbal teas:













    o Blue cohosh, black cohosh, penny-royal leaf, yarrow, goldenseal, fever-few, psyllium seed, mugwort, comfrey, coltsfoot, juniper, rue, tansy, cottonroot bark, large amounts of sage, senna, cascara sagrada, buckthorn, fern, slippery elm, and squaw vine.
    § Raw eggs or products containing raw egg (cookie dough, cake batter, hollandaise sauce, caesar salad, egg nog, etc. This includes sunny side up / over easy eggs.



    § High fiber; low saturated fat diet





    § Drink 8 - 8oz. glasses of water per day









    Daily Servings




    • Bread, Cereal, Pasta, Rice – 6 servings
    • Fruits – 3 to 4 servings
    • Vegetables – 4 servings
    • Meat/Protein – 2 to 3 servings
    • Dairy Products – 3 to 4 servings (need 1200 - 1500mg/day of Calcium)
    • Fats, sweets, other “empty” calories – 2 to 3
    § Protein should not be more than 15% of total calories








    Weight Gain




    § Gain between 15-35 pounds total (less if you are already over weight)
    o 2/3 pd / week up to week 20
    o 1pd/week from 20-40 weeks






    § Consume 2200 calories/day during 1st trimester





    § Consume 2500 calories/day during 2nd & 3rd trimester.







    Medications




    § Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain/fever reducer
    § For heart burn take: Maalox or Milk of Magnesia





    § For Constipation: prune juice of Milk of Magnesia




    § Take Asprin, ibuprofen (advil, motrin), Naproxen (Aleve)

    § Sodium Bicarbonate Antacids (too much sodium)


    § Hydrocortisone, Iodine





    § Decongestants: Chlor-Trimeton, Afrin, Dristan Long-Lasting





    § No Retin-A (tretinoin) found in lots of creams/lotions used to treat acne and fine wrinkles.
    § Cough Medicine: Robitusin, Vicks Formula 44§ No steroid creams





    § Throat Lozenges: Sucrets
    § Laxatives: Metamucil, Fiberall







    Quote Originally Posted by ChristaM View Post
    Acupuncture has been proven to aid conception; both natural and IVF by as much as 20%. It has also been shown useful in helping to regulate irregular cycles. Some insurance programs cover these fees while others do not.

    http://www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Information/Infertility
    Quote Originally Posted by MrsHolmes83 View Post
    here's what I did. Don't laugh! Right after DH deposits...I raise my legs up and put them against the wall by my bed in a 90 degree angle. I kept a towel pressed against my hoo-ha to prevent leakage, and stayed like that for at least 45 mins. Who knows if this actually made me preggo but I am superstitious now! lol
    Quote Originally Posted by Freesia30 View Post
    Have sex when you have a cold! The extra mucus will help keep the sperm alive and viable longer!
    Quote Originally Posted by ChristaM View Post
    · A woman's monthly cycle is measured from the first day of her menstrual period until the first day of her next period. On average, a woman's cycle normally is between 28-32 days.
    · Ovulation is calculated by starting with the first day of the cycle, which is the day the menstrual period starts. Most women ovulate anywhere between Day 11 - Day 21 of their cycle, counting from the first day of the LMP. (or 12-16 days from (prior to) the next expected period).
    · Ovulation can occur at various times during a cycle, and may occur on a different day each month.
    · Cervical fluid will change to a wet, slippery/stretchy substance that resembles "egg whites" just before ovulation occurs and until ovulation is over.
    · A luteinizing hormone (LH) is released; referred to as your LH surge. The LH surge cause’s the egg to burst through the ovary wall within 24-36 hours and begin its journey down the fallopian tube for fertilization (2-3 days prior to ovulation – LH surge).
    · An egg lives 12-24 hours after leaving the ovary; is available to be fertilized
    · Sperm can live in the body from 3-5 days
    · In a woman with a regular period, conception typically occurs about 2 weeks after the first day of the last period
    · About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall.
    · If conception occurred, you may (though you may not) experience implantation spotting. Implantation spotting, when it happens, normally takes place around 7-10 days past ovulation.

    Go by your days: Contrary to the belief that your most fertile day is 14 days after your period starts, it’s actually 14 days before your next period starts. If your cycle is regular, a little math could help time things. For a 30-day cycle, day 16 is your most fertile day. Similarly, if your cycle is normally 32 days, then you should go for it on day 18.

    Go by your mucus: It sounds about as fun as it is, but it can really help you identify when you’re ovulating. When ovulation occurs, your body produces a slippery, thin substance called cervical mucus that helps to facilitate the passage of the sperm. If you examine yourself daily, you’ll notice a vaginal discharge that’s transparent and thicker between your fingers, like egg white, on your most fertile days.

    Go by your temperature: "Your body temperature usually dips by half a degree 24 hours before you ovulate; then it goes up as you ovulate," says Pette Zarmakoupis, M.D., an ob-gyn and director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine. But since basal body temperature can be thrown off by a lot of things, don’t rely on it alone.
    - Normally, pre-ovulation BBT´s are in the 96.0 F to 98.0 F range.
    - Normal post ovulation basal body temperatures (BBT) are from 97.5 F to 99.0 F range. The temperatures gradually rise up and then decline right before menstruation occurs.
    - When charting your temperature, you will notice a rise of about .4 a degree the day after ovulation. This occurs, normally, in the middle of your cycle. The temperatures should stay high once you see this rise. If you don´t see a .4 rise, but notice a steady slow rise, you can assume that ovulation occurred the day before the first highest temperature.
    - If you rise at a different time for taking your basal body temperature then use this rule of thumb. For every half hour earlier you arrise, add .1 a degree. For every half hour late you arrise, subtract .1 a degree.
    - In order to get an accurate basal body temperature you need to have been asleep at least 3 hours prior. Before you take your temperature, be sure to not move around unnecessarily and don´t talk. These things can affect the temperature, causing it to rise from the true reading.

    High Basal Temperature When Mensturation Starts
    Occasionally the post ovulation temperatures will stay high when menstruation occurs. If this happens, normally it will fall back down on day 2 or 3 of the new cycle. Some women´s temperature will drop down a day or 2 before menstruation while others will drop after the fact.

    Go buy a kit or monitor: Kits measure the level of Luteinizing Hormone (LH), one of the hormones that signal the ovaries to release an egg, in your urine. They offer 22 – 36 hour advance notice that you’re going to ovulate. Even better, electronic devices, like the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor, track your LH and estrogen levels for a more accurate way to identify a greater number of fertile days — up to five days in advance.

    Get wild more often. Having sex every other day can help you cover your bases if you’re not timing your cycles accurately or you’re having irregular periods. So get out there and have fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by ChristaM View Post
    Taken from this web site: http://www.pregnancyloss.info/sperm_meets_egg_plan.htm

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    Whether you are trying again after a miscarriage, or frustrated that you can't seem to get pregnant again after a successful pregnancy, this plan is for women who have gotten pregnant in the past, and therefore do not have significant infertility problems that need to be tested and treated. It is also a good plan to try for a first pregnancy if you want to do something serious to increase your chances before finally going in for a doctor visit about fertility.

    Even if you have had an easy time getting pregnant in the past, pregnancy tends to change your hormonal makeup, so sometimes timing is not the same as it was before. This plan will ensure that sperm gets to your egg. Whether or not a viable pregnancy results (the odds are about 1 in 4 even if you time it right), is up to nature.
    Be prepared for a month of serious loving!

    The Plan
    Short Version:
    "Try" every other night starting Day 8
    Buy 10 ovulation predictor kit sticks
    Begin ovulation testing on Day 10
    When test is positive, "try" that night, plus two additional nights in a row
    Skip one night, then do one last "try"
    Take a home pregnancy test 15 days after your ovulation test was positive, if your period has not begun
    If your ovulation test never goes positive, continue "trying" every other night until Day 35, then do a pregnancy test if your period has not begun.
    Statistics coming in from women who write me show that about 40% of post-miscarriage women will get pregnant on the first try if they are faithful to the plan, about double the number of the normal population who are not on the plan. This assumes, of course, that you waited for a normal cycle to begin after your loss, and did not begin trying before having a period after a miscarriage. Many women do not ovulate in that first cycle.


    Detailed Version:
    On day 8 of your cycle, counting from the first day you bled, begin "trying" every other night. Begin taking Ovulation Predictor Kits (or continue with your Ovulation computer) on Day 10. Buy two five-packs so as not to scrimp on taking them and stop too early. To make sure your OPK is working well, take your test in the afternoon or after work and do not drink any liquids or go to the bathroom for at least four hours prior to testing. (Morning is not a good time for OPKs, which look for the LH surge, which usually happens during the day.) Read your OPK instructions carefully, as usually a faint line does not indicate a positive, you need a line that is darker than the test line. LH is produced throughout your cycle and will only predict ovulation when it has a big surge. When your OPK turns positive, begin trying every night for three consecutive nights, skip the fourth night, and then once more. Then stop! The waiting begins.

    Take a home pregnancy test 15 or 16 days after your OPK was positive if your period has not begun. Do not buy internet pregnancy tests or tests that claim to work before your period is expected. They are not well manufactured and are not reliable. They will only cause you more anxiety than you already feel in wanting to know. Please resist the urge to do a blood test at your doctor's office just to find out sooner unless you have a medical reason to know early. Fertilized eggs that do not grow are actually a terrible but normal occurrence as much as 75% of the time, and seeing a very low put positive blood test in the first 14 days can place you on a terrible emotional roller coaster. By the time a home pregnancy test is positive, your baby has safely implanted and your odds of miscarriage are down to a normal 10%.

    Should your OPK never become positive, keep the every other day trying going until day 35. I recommend at that point taking a home pregnancy test, but even if it is negative, you might want to take a quantitative hCG blood test at your doctor's office. Remember that not every women will ovulate every month. I personally did not ovulate for two months following my first miscarriage.

    As you are trying, make sure to "release" the sperm in your partner at least once during the gap between ovulation and new cycle Day 8 so that no more than 10 days elapse without new sperm production. Sperm is also a cause of genetic damage, not just eggs, so keep it fresh! If you are not successful the first month, it is not because your sperm did not get to your egg. 75% of eggs are lost within the first 14 days due to normal genetic damage or failure to fertilize. Just keep trying!

    Here are a few facts that may surprise you:
    Many books tell you that sperm can last for 5 days and the egg for 24 hours. While this is technically true on the very long end (and something to follow if you trying to NOT get pregnant), most sperm will only last about two hours if you do not have fertile-quality cervical mucus for it to swim in. The sperm will struggle to swim up to your uterus, use all its reserves, and not make it. The egg typically lives only about 12 hours, so it cannot wait for long. You can now see how important that cervical mucus is! You will never get pregnant with sperm living two hours and an egg only twelve. This information is really just to make you feel better if you've been trying a long time and all your infertility testing came back normal. If the Deanna-plan does not work and you are faithful to it for three months, take a dose of plain Robitussin cough syrup (or any cough medicine that says "expectorant" and NOT "antihistamine") each day (preferably a few hours prior to "trying") starting around Day 10 until the day after your ovulation predictor goes off. It should help make all the mucus in your body runnier, including that produced by your cervix. (Oh the gruesome details required in baby-making!) The sperm in the runnier mucus will live about two days, and will be up there and ready for the 12-hour life of the egg.

    A NOTE ABOUT CLOMID: Clomid causes cervical mucus to dry up in 25% of the women who take it. If you notice your mucus is not plentiful as it was before taking this drug, take the Robitussin and call your doctor to make sure your really need the Clomid. If you are ovulating on your own and do not have a documented luteal phase defect, you most likely do not need it.







    "Trying" too often can actually do more harm than good. Do not try every night! You will get exhausted and sore, and your mucus--both for fertility and for lubrication--will dry up, and you will stop trying too early in the month or miss an important day. Every other day is absolutely sufficient, with three nights in a row during peak time sealing the deal.







    Don't worry about stress! Regular old worries about getting pregnant, and if you will ever have children, are perfectly normal and do NOT affect your fertility. Ignore those people who tell you just to relax and stop thinking about it. This is not their problem! The only thing that could actually affect you is serious stress, like moving to a new house, losing your job, family deaths, and other things that make you physically ill or depressed. This can delay your ovulation, or make you not ovulate in a cycle, since you will produce an excess amount of the stress byproduct called prolactin. It will not affect you for long, and the next month you should come back and be normal again.







    An early period is not an indication of an early miscarriage, even if you know you timed your trying perfectly. Usually it means that the egg was not fertilizable, and so progesterone was not adequately produced. This shortens your cycle. Sometimes eggs simply don't develop properly during the ovulation process. It is usually a one-month problem. If you are regularly seeing that fewer than 10 days are passing between ovulation and your period, however, it's time to be tested for a luteal phase defect. You can read more about that under hormone causes of miscarriage.



    Good luck to everyone. Baby dust, baby dust, baby dust!





    Quote Originally Posted by ChristaM View Post
    How you tell the difference between semen "leftovers" and EWCM:
    • Put some on your hand and wave it in the air. If it dries, it's not EWCM.
    • The water test: Put the contents into a clear glass of water. EWCM will go into a ball and not dissolve.
    • EWCM will stretch more than semen.

    Quote Originally Posted by VickiS View Post
    And here's a don't - I was surprised by this, but the old-hands may think this old news.

    At least now I understand why everyone talks about pre-seed!

    From: http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/infertility/lubricants.htm

    At least six million couples in the US have medically defined infertility (about 15%), meaning they have had unprotected intercourse for over one year without a successful pregnancy. Even before the one year date for unsuccessful pregnancy, many couples become concerned if they are failing to conceive, with 9 million US women per year going to her doctor for fertility problems. In at least half of these cases, the male partner is partially or fully the reason for not conceiving.
    A common complication for these trying-to-conceive couples ("TTC") is vaginal dryness in the female partner, with 75% of these couples reporting increased incidence of vaginal dryness due to: the stress of being infertile; having to have timed intercourse; and/ or fertility medications they are taking. Enjoying intercourse can become difficult during daily sexual activity when vaginal dryness and pain become an issue. In fact, over 25% of TTC couples "always" use lubricants while having intercourse (e.g. an estimated 2.25 million Americans).

    Vaginal dryness is routinely treated with vaginal lubricant products, of which there are several hundred products marketed in the US. However, three decades of peer reviewed, published research has shown that all existing vaginal lubricants studied to date harm sperm, resulting in rapid losses in their viability (% live) and motility (% swimming). Specifically, there have been at least 11 studies on this topic conducted in Medical school settings, reviewing the effect of 16 different lubricants on sperm, including all of the top selling brands, such as KY, Astroglide and Replens. In each study, sperm motility and viability were dramatically reduced after exposure to even small concentrations (<10%) of these products.

    Specific data from these studies show:

    A spermicidal or sperm killing activity of the leading three brands of lubricants as being equivalent to contraceptive jellies such as Gynol. In these studies, sperm had ZERO motility after 30 minutes of contact with the top three selling lubricant products.
    These effects are concentration dependent and were seen even with low concentrations (1-6%) depending on the lubricant product.
    Critically, the negative effect of lubricants on sperm includes decreasing sperm penetration into the cervix in vivo, as determined by the post-coital test (PCT).
    In order for conception to occur, motile sperm must be able to penetrate into cervical mucus and proceed to the Fallopian tubes in adequate numbers. Existing lubricant products rapidly decrease sperm motility, thus possibly decreasing the numbers of sperm penetrating the cervix and being able to participate in fertilization. The following quotes from these lubricant studies highlight the investigators' deep concerns with the use of vaginal lubricants by TTC couples (see a complete list of these references at www.helpconceive.com).

    Dept of ObGyn; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. "For couples with infertility, the use of vaginal lubricants during intercourse is not recommended."
    Dept of ObGyn; University of Connecticut. "We conclude that all traditional vaginal lubricants should be avoided in patients desiring conception."
    Dept of ObGyn; University of Minnesota. "The spermicidal effect of the lubricants was statistically significant. The lubricants had a similar effect on both normal and abnormal semen specimens."
    Dept of ObGyn; Uniformed Service University, Bethesda, MD. "In vivo (in people) data demonstrated severe impairment to sperm penetration of mid-cycle human cervical mucus by the lubricant."
    Why do lubricants harm sperm? The best pH value for sperm migration and survival in cervical mucus has been established by the World Health Organization at between 7.0 and 8.5. This coincides with the normal rise in pH of cervical mucus found in women at the time of ovulation. In contrast, vaginal lubricants tend to have pH values below 7, and often as much as half of this value. These pH values can cause sperm death. Sperm are also sensitive to both high and low osmolality (concentration of osmotically active particles in solution) because these can cause the cells to either shrink or swell too much. A physiologic osmolality around 320 mOsm/kg (that of semen) is best for sperm function. Sperm motility decreases with exposure to increasing osmolality, with all motion stopping at 600 mOsm or greater. Lubricants have osmolality levels 3-10 times that of semen that causes irreversible damage to sperm motility at contact
    In spite of the numerous publications cited above, there remains a great deal of confusion amongst physicians and lay people alike as to the safety of vaginal lubricant use while trying to become pregnant. In fact, many doctors are inadvertently recommending lubricants that harm sperm to their patients based on inaccurate information. In many cases there is a fundamental disconnect between the published data of the effects of lubricants on sperm function and the physician's knowledge. This confusion exists in part, because the leading brands state in their marketing material that they "will not kill sperm." or that they have "no effect on sperm motility" in spite of published literature to the contrary.

    Additionally, a common misconception is that if a lubricant does not contain a spermicide or if it is water soluble, it will not impair sperm function. Unfortunately, this is completely inaccurate. Water based lubricants often have glycerin (which has been shown to be toxic to sperm) and propylene glycol both of which are highly hyperosmotic. This results in irreversible damage to sperm and a loss in motility after exposure to commercial lubricants. Damage to sperm and subsequent inability of the sperm to penetrate into the cervix following contact with lubricants may prevent conception in some couples, resulting in consequences such as undesired childlessness, or the advancement to more invasive advanced reproduction technologies (all of which carry added economic costs and medical risks). If there is any evidence that a vaginal lubricant can interfere or limit a couple's fertility, it should carry a warning label to avoid its use while trying to conceive, and testing needs to be established by the FDA for any products that claim to not harm sperm. You can read a full report on this topic written by the author to the FDA at http://ingfertility.com/newreports.html.

    In contrast, Pre~Seed "sperm-friendly" Intimate Moisturizer was developed in response to the need for a product to replenish vaginal moisture without harming sperm while couples were trying to conceive. Each lot is tested to not harm sperm before it is sold. So if you are trying to conceive, know the facts about vaginal lubricants. They damage sperm and should be avoided. If you need help with dryness, as many couples do, Pre~Seed was developed by a Sperm Physiologist and has several studies presented at National Reproductive Meetings suggesting its "sperm-friendly" nature.
    Quote Originally Posted by ChristaM View Post
    Hi All:

    This is an article that my acupuncturist suggested I read (she printed a copy of it for me from the magazine). But I found it online, so thought I would share:
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/73354

    Excerpts from the diet:
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/73410

    Also, here are some sponsor links mentioned on the newsweek web site:
    www.NaturalFertilityCures.com
    www.Infertility-Pregnancy.com
    www.Soon-Pregnant.com
    www.ovulex.com
    www.WhatToExpect.com
    www.PCOS.InsuliteLabs.com

    Quote Originally Posted by ChristaM View Post
    Heres a link to great site full of general info:
    http://conception.lifetips.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by ChristaM View Post
    Hi:



    My friend sent me a power point presentation on the benefits of honey/cinnamon. One of the slides discussed fertility. I haven't researched this, but thought I would share:
    • Yunani and Ayurvedic have been using honey for years in medicine to strengthen the semen of men.
    • If impotent men regularly take two tablespoons of honey before sleeping, their problem will be solved.
    • In China, Japan and the Far East, women who do not conceive, and to strengthen the uterus, have been taking cinnamon powder for centuries.
    • Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half a teaspoon of honey, and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body.
    • A couple in Maryland (USA) had no children for 14 years and had left hope of having a child of their own. When told about this process, both husband and wife started taking honey and cinnamon as stated above, The wife conceived after a few months and had twins at full term.

    Quote Originally Posted by kris10gal View Post
    Here's a list of the top 10 foods for fertility, given to me by my acupuncturist:

    1. Broccoli or other dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, or chard. These are a good source of fiber, iron and vitamin K. Because of the clotting factor of vitamin K, these vegetables should be eaten when not menstruating.

    2. Blueberries and all other berries such as raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. These are high in antioxidants, polyphenils, vitamin C, and fiber.

    3. Oats, flax, and wheat germ. These contain fiber and lots of nutrients and flax also contains lignans, which are a good source of phytoestrogens and omega 3 fattys acids.

    4. Salmon and other fish containing omega 3 fatty acids such as sardines, mackerel, anchovies. The omega 3 fatty acids play an important role in cellular development, cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation and thin the blood so they are especially good right before and during your period.

    5. Soy is a good source of phytoestrogen, magnesium, vitamin E. The recommended daily dose is 15 grams of soy protein. Using soymilk with cereal or in smoothies is a good way of getting your daily dose. Also you can add soybean to any meal for added fiber and nutrients.

    6. Tea, especially green, black, or white. If you are a coffee drinker you might want to switch to black tea first until you adjust and then eventually switch to green and white tea. These are a great source of polyphonils and antioxidants.

    7. Nuts, especially almonds and walnuts but also pecans, cashews, and peanuts. Walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids, while all nuts contain vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, and other nutrients. They contain only health fats and are a great healthy snack.

    8. Yogurt is a great source of calcium, magnesium and the healthy bacteria that live in your intestines and make up 60% of your immune system. It is best to eat plain yogurt with some ground flax seeds, fresh fruit and some honey to sweeten it. Most flavored yogurts are full of high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors.

    9. Pumpkin or other orange or yellow fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangoes, and yams. These all contain vitamin A, fiber, and lutein. Baked yams are a great healthy breakfast, snack, or side dish to any meal.

    10. Avocadoes contain vitamin E, fiber, and chlorophyll which makes it green but also helps our livers to detoxify our bodies.
    Quote Originally Posted by mrs. bear View Post
    I'm on clomid and have the whole no cm problem. I took the robitussin this cycle and
    l-arginine and I actually had EWCM this cycle!!! I took 800mg or robitussin twice a day and 1 500mg tablet of the l-arginine.

    I got this from the "FertileCM" info.

    "L-Arginine: FertileCM is a dietary designed to promote the presence of cervical mucus by supporting the production of nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide is produced naturally by the body and is important for numerous bodily functions. Among these, nitric oxide dilates blood vessels and helps promote blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and genitals.

    For fertility, the importance of nitric oxide includes an increase of endocervical secretions during the ovulatory phase in women. In one key study, "nitric oxide (NO) administration markedly increased cervical secretion" for women taking supplementation in the test group, "while no changes in cervical secretion were seen in the control group."

    In addition, other studies suggest that FertileCM, by providing a key precursor for nitric oxide (NO), may increase vascular dilatation, blood flow, and muscular relaxation around the vagina, thereby enhancing libido and improving sensation to sexual stimulation.

    Studies indicate that the amino acid L-arginine in FertileCM, by providing a building-block for NO production, may safely increase cervical mucus, support endometrial secretions and a healthy uterus during implantation, and enhance female sexual arousal. "

    -And you know I think it really works because I've only taken it for 4 days now and last night when DH and I bd'd I could really feel "it" in there, more than ever!
    Quote Originally Posted by vino440 View Post
    All of the advice is great for o'naturale methods. I couldn't wait any longer---we tried for 6 months with the "leaving it up to God" method. It didn't work. My sister and several friends used the OV watch and for every one of us...it worked the 1st time we tried it!!! It is a bit expensive. I bought 3 extra sensors and all I needed was the 1 that came with the watch. You wear it at night while you sleep. The sensor detects certain ions in your perspiration. It tells you exactly when your 1st 4 fertile days are plus 2 days of ovulation and 2 less fertile days afterwards. We did it on the 1st day of fertility and on the 1st day of ovulation and presto...we're preggers on the 1st real try! It turns out all of my calculations were wrong. According to the watch I was actually ovulating a week earlier than all of the online calculators and tracking suggested. I swear by it!
    Quote Originally Posted by Jubilee View Post
    Jan. 2008 mama here and just wanted to say I read an article that talked about eating dairy with full fat rather than low or no fat when TTC and I eliminated my fat free ice cream and did get pregnant (I still used skim milk.) Maybe just a fluke but you can Google it yourself. Also, Preseed!
    Quote Originally Posted by 1and1ontheway View Post
    We got pg on the first month using FertilAid- www.fertilaid.com - after almost 9 months of trying. It has Vitex and vitamins - developed by the OBGYN for WebMD.
    Quote Originally Posted by kristycoulter1 View Post
    Ovulation Predictor Kits! Especially if you and DH aren't up for DTD every other day!

    www.saveontests.com
    Quote Originally Posted by Shemomma View Post
    I know this sounds insane, but do a head stand or the closest you can to getting your butt up in the air after DTD. lol.... I didn't temp, use OPKs, we just bd'ed at least every other day around O time and as soon as we got done I propped my legs up on the wall and put a pillow underneath my back. One night DH even held my legs up while I did a head stand because someone told us to do it lol. And we got our BFP this month!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Four4us View Post
    Conceiving a GIRL

    What appears to have worked for me was taking cranberry supplements. Apparrently x sperm favor acidic environments and the cranberry supplements causes increase in acidic cm. Worked for me!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by rhmckeon View Post
    I found the post here about supplements really great. I'm currently taking clomid. It mentions Licorice root to help with CM while on clomid. Research is saying that the Licorice Root is not reccommeded durning pregancy due to the risk of miscarriage. Be careful using it after you "O". Hope this helps.
    Quote Originally Posted by ttcnewbie View Post
    Hello all! I am 5 weeks, 3 day preggers. This was our 2nd month trying and first month using PreSeed. I think that was the ticket for us. Also, I took prenatals 3 months prior to TTC. Also, I used the butt in the air technic that others on here have talked about after DTD. Directly after intercourse, I would put a pillow under my butt to elevate my hips. Don't know exactly what helped but I did get a Bfp pretty quick. I am 30yo.
    Quote Originally Posted by wantagirl75 View Post
    I definatly agree with if your going to drink milk drink full fat. a couple times I didnt and didnt even ovulate. So I definatly think theres a connection there. Also I have heard alot of woman getting pregnant putting a pillow under their butt. Well see if this works this month for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by momof3_72 View Post
    I take Robitussin, I read that it helps the CM. I'm also going to start taking One Source prenatal vitamins from Walmart that some other ladies on these boards recommended. I also do the pillow under the butt thing !
    Quote Originally Posted by babymaybe? View Post
    Stuff I've read or personally found to be helpful. I'll update this post if I find more and randomly remember to post with them.

    -OPKs (Ovulation Prediction Kit) - I suggest BW Ovulation (LH) Predictor Test Strips http://www.babywishes.org/OvulationTests.html They have worked great for me, and you can't find them cheaper.
    -Fertile-Focus - Used for ferning to detect the Estrogen surge.
    -Pre-Seed - We tried it new this cycle, and because we liked it so much we bought two more boxes after finding out it's safe to use during pg as well.
    -Lay down (try to keep that stuff in you) for at least 20 minutes. It really isn't that necessary to stay that way longer. I, like some of the other girls, use the whole pillow under the butt trick, but I've been TTC for 9 months now...
    -When you're laying there, do your best to relax.
    -Mucinex - To help produce your own EWCM (have not tried this)
    -Robitussin - To help produce your own EWCM (have not tried this)
    -Green Tea - Great for Fertility. (I drink Marshmallow Root tea for my bladder)
    -Raspberry Leaf - Great for the female organs. (I would love to get my hands on this!)
    -FertilAid - Herbs in pill form to increase fertility in both men and women. (Have not tried, but would like for my husband to.)
    -Fertility Blend - Herbs in pill form to increase fertility in both men and women. (Have not tried, but would like for my husband to.)

    I know there are others, but I can't think of them right now. Good luck to you all on your TTC journey!

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    i need advice immediately! please! i think i ovulated a few days ago, i suddenly had thick sticky mucus comming from my (this willbe personal, im not an easily unpersonal woman) vagina. it came out alot one day and a little the next. ive seen it before. and i think it was my fertile mucus, and my husband and i had sex the day after that fluid was seen and 2 days before it showed up. i also just had implanon removed and it was a week before this fluid showed up. it reminded me of egg whites. is that fertile mucus? if it is should i be expecting a positive pregnancy test in a few weeks? please give me your best answers. my husband has extremely fertile sperm i mean tested and was off the charts good.

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    I looking for some tips your post. Thanks.

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    Supplements for Men

    • Male focused multi-vitamin/mineral (once a day); be sure to check what you get in the multi vitamin before adding anything of the others below.

    • Zinc; 60 mg/day
    Supplements should be iron and copper free, but for long-term zinc supplementation (longer than 6 months) should be combined with 1-2 mg of copper/day. Zinc regulates testosterone levels and aids in sperm production and increased motility. As important as this mineral is, it’s vital that you don’t take too much. High levels of zinc can be toxic as well as counterproductive in your efforts to aid conception. A well-balanced diet is usually sufficient to maintain zinc levels. However, if you are thinking of taking a zinc supplement, consult your doctor first so that you can be sure you receive the correct amount.

    • Selenium (55 – 100mcg/day):
    An antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radicals, selenium can help minimize the risk of birth defects as well as increase sperm counts in men with a low sperm count. Some good sources of selenium include red meat, tuna, chicken, and enriched pasta and whole grain breads.

    • Co Enzyme q10 200mg (3 times a day)
    Usually recommended that people over the age of 40 take Ubiquinol instead it is easier to absorb and metabolize. CoQ10 is naturally present in seminal fluid and its concentration has a direct impact on sperm count and motility. Aids cell division during fertilization.

    • Omega-3 fatty acid 1000mg (once daily)
    Essential Fatty Acids such as Omega 3, Fish Oils and Evening Primrose Oil are very important for proper functioning of prostaglandins; important to good health in general.

    There are the two main types of omega-3 fatty acids:
    o Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These are plentiful in fish and shellfish. DHA supports the brain, eyes, and central nervous system and EPA supports the heart, immune system, and inflammatory response.

    o Short-chain omega-3 fatty acids are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). These are found in plants, such as flaxseed. Though beneficial, ALA omega-3 fatty acids have less potent health benefits than EPA and DHA. You'd have to eat a lot to gain the same benefits as you do from fish.

    Deep-six the omega-6s. Foods high in polyunsaturated fats, such as soybean, corn, sunflower, or safflower oils hurt you in more ways than one. (crackers, cookies, and corn-fed beef). Apparently these omega-6 fatty acids, when eaten in excess, can reduce your body's ability to metabolize the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

    • Vitamin D3 (1000iu/day)
    Vitamin D is essential to male fertility. It stimulates the levels of estrogen and progesterone and improves the viability of sperm.

    • B Complex vitamin -- Vitamin B6 and B12:
    Important to maintain the proper balance of estrogen and progesterone. Moderate the effects of stress and ensure adequate cell replication

    • Vitamin B6
    Balances out the hormone levels. Vitamin B6 can be found naturally in most vegetables, whole cereals and bananas. Supplementation doses suggest 50mg a day.

    • Vitamin B12: 1000mcg/day;
    Improves sperm count and motility, and ensures adequate cell replication

    • Antioxidants: Taking these supplements like vitamin C and vitamin E may help with fertility. You can take these vitamins in pill form or consume foods like oranges and strawberries (for vitamin C) and almonds and sunflower seeds (for vitamin E).

    o Vitamin C 500- 2000mg (once daily in the AM)
    This excellent antioxidant aids male fertility, given the key part it plays in conception. For men, it counteracts the damaging effects of free radicals on the quality of the sperm and increasing their motility. It also reinforces the right balance between estrogen and progesterone levels. Vitamin C can be found in natural food sources like oranges, lemons, limes, broccoli, cranberries, and tomatoes.

    o Vitamin E 800IU (once daily);
    This vitamin should not be taken if you are using anticoagulants. Resolve free-radical damage and oxidative stress on sperm; enhances motility. Vitamin E is the vitamin of choice for the overall male reproductive system.

    You should always check with your doctor if you plan to exceed 500mg/day. Wheat germ oil is an excellent source of vitamin E (one tablespoon will provide you with your total daily intake) as are almonds and sunflower seeds and olive oil. Green vegetables - Broccoli and spinach also provide some vitamin E.

    NOTE-- Wheat Germ Oil is high in vitamin E, Folic Acid and vitamin B; my acupuncturist recommends this supplement

    • Folic acid 400mcg (once daily);
    Improves sperm count and motility. B-complex vitamin that is used by the body to create red blood cells. Folic acid is the synthetic form of this vitamin, while folate is the naturally occurring form; both are okay to use; both zinc and folate are important in the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Supplementation with this vitamin is very beneficial, since only 50% of the folic acid found in the ingested food can't be properly absorbed by the human body. Natural sources include citrus fruits, whole grains, and leafy greens -- spinach, broccoli, beet, and asparagus. Supplementation doses are 400 mcg per day is the minimum; 800 is recommeded.

    • L-arginine (1000mg 2x/day):
    Often called the miracle Molecule by researchers, L Arginine has shown to offer some potent fertility benefits to both men and women who are trying to conceive. L Arginine promotes the synthesis of Nitric Oxide(NO). Nitric Oxide is naturally produced by the body and is important for blood dilation (can't achieve erection without Nitric Oxide), increases blood flow to the genitals.

    An essential amino acid (not a hormone), its protein building abilities allows L Arginine to cross the blood-brain barrier to the hypothalamus (something other medications and supplements cannot do), to naturally trigger the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone to aid in fertility.

    Although L Arginine is a great fertility booster, it does need to be avoided by people with herpes as it can promote an outbreak.

    Benefits to men:
    • Increasing sperm health, count and motility
    • Improve erectile function; to increase arterial blood flow to the penis, helping men to get (and keep) an erection longer
    • Increase testosterone levels if needed; without side effects

    • Pycnogenol 100mg (once daily);
    Very good anti-oxidant made from pine bark extract. Pycnogenol is used to slow the aging process, maintain healthy skin, improve athletic endurance, and improve male fertility. Pycnogenol contains substances that might improve blood flow. It might also stimulate the immune system. Take this by itself or find an antioxidant that contains pycnogenol with red wine extract, grape seed extract and bilberry extract. Resolve free-radical damage and oxidative stress on sperm.

    • L-carnitine (1200 mg/day):
    It’s a substance that serves as an energy source for sperm and it plays an important role in sperm maturation and metabolism (motility).
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    Supplements for Women

    CCRM Supplement Cocktail (from the clinic in Denver)


    Prenatal vitamin (1x/daily)
    In addition to the vitamins noted below, other supplements extremely helpful to women keen on becoming parents include a handful of fertility-boosting minerals like zinc, selenium and iron which ensure the normal balance of estrogen and progesterone levels. The proper vitamin supplementation is important for any couple trying to overcome difficulties related to their fertility and is as easy as adjusting your diet and looking into adding a vitamin supplement to your daily regime. High quality whole foods based mulit-vitamin. Recommended brand is Alive, health food stores typically carry many good choices. Take instead of a prenatal with iron; iron in pill form is hard to digest and can cause stomach upset and constipation.

    Zinc (8 mg/day): You should be getting plenty of zinc. Zinc contributes to ovulation and fertility in women, according to the American Pregnancy Association. In women, zinc helps the body use estrogen and progesterone more efficiently. Oysters have more zinc per serving than any other food, but you can also consume other foods rich in zinc like whole grains, other kinds of seafood, beans and dairy products. Meat and seafood are the best sources of this mineral but it can also be found in whole grains and wheat germ.

    As important as this mineral is, it’s vital that you don’t take too much. High levels of zinc can be toxic as well as counterproductive in your efforts to aid conception. A well-balanced diet is usually sufficient to maintain zinc levels. However, if you are thinking of taking a zinc supplement, consult your doctor first so that you can be sure you receive the correct amount.

    Iron: Start increasing the amount of iron in your diet now if you are not getting enough. Women’s recommended iron intake is 18 mg a day, but pregnant women need around 27 mg daily. Iron is used to make hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells. If your body doesn’t have enough iron, your body’s tissues and organs won’t get the oxygen they need to function properly. You can normally get this amount in your multivitamin, but you can also find iron in foods like red meat, tofu and dark leafy green vegetables. Floradix is a very high quality liquid iron supplement that is highly absorbable and rarely causes digestive upset. We recommend that women take an iron supplement to increase stores before a pregnancy. Low iron has been linked to infertility. Floradix is vegetarian and you can find it at most health food stores.

    Calcium: Nutrition experts recommend that women looking to get pregnant should consume around 1,000 mg a day, because when you do become pregnant your growing baby will need calcium. Actually, it’s also recommended that all adults between ages 19 and 50 consume that amount of calcium in order to form strong bones and prevent osteoporosis. That’s a crazy amount -- even for a multivitamin! You can take a separate calcium supplement or take an over-the-counter prenatal formula. Working calcium into your diet isn’t a bad idea either: Drink lots of milk and eat leafy greens.

    Selenium (55 – 100mcg/day): An antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radicals, selenium can help minimize the risk of birth defects. Some good sources of selenium include red meat, tuna, chicken, and enriched pasta and whole grain breads.

    DHEA (25mg 3x/day); Good for older moms with a lower folly counts. However, skip this if you have PCOS as it could make it worse. DHEA has been shown to improve ovarian response; it is a precursor hormone from which the body makes testosterone, estrogen and others. It exerts beneficial effects on egg and embryo quality, thereby improving pregnancy chances and reducing miscarriages after IVF. The mechanism involves improvement of chromosomal integrity of embryos. It is a good idea to get a blood test to find out if your DHEA levels are low before starting a supplement as it is not recommended to have too much DHEA in your system. To have a positive benefit, it is best to take DHEA 3-4 months before starting an IVF cycle. The dose varies from 30-40 mg.

    Myo Inositol (2grams 2X/day); Don’t take if on Metformin. Inositol is a biological compound related to the vitamin B complex group. Its actions in the body include: the formation of cell membrane integrity, the transportation of fats from the liver, and the activation of serotonin receptors. In short, inositol’s physiological roles are especially important for those with diabetes, high or imbalanced cholesterol, PCOS, and mood disorders such as anxiety, panic attacks or depression.

    One of the roles of inositol in the body is the development of follicles. Studies have shown that myo-inositol supplementation, where there is depletion, can promote the healthy maturation of follicles. This is of interest to women with PCOS because of evidence showing decreased levels of circulating myo-inositol and increased levels of myo-inositol excreted in the urine, lending an overall deficiency of inositol available for use by the body.

    Because inositol is widely available in the foods eaten through a balanced diet-the issue of an inositol deficiency lies in the individual’s inability to absorb the nutrient or perhaps convert it from foods. Aside from this, coffee appears to have the ability to wipe out inositol from the body.

    Melatonin (3 grams at bed time); supposed to help with free radical damage and should be taken in conjunction with Myoinostitol. Melatonin, is a natural hormone produced in the pineal gland in the brain and helps regulate sleep patterns. By resetting the internal body clock it can help insomniacs to sleep better. It is also helps in cases of seasonally affected depression.

    Women with poor egg quality having IVF treatments who were also treated with melatonin were more likely to get pregnant. Poor egg quality is one of the causes of infertility in women and up to now there has been no treatment available to help this condition. Apparently melatonin helps to improve the quality of the egg by reducing the level of an oxidizing agent called 8-OHdG in the egg. Researchers found that women taking 3mg of melatonin before their next IVF cycle had 50% of their eggs becoming fertilized compared to less than 23% of the eggs of the control group. Following embryo transfer, 19% of the women taking the melatonin became pregnant compared to just over 10% of the women who didn't take it.

    Melatonin was previously believed to lower FSH levels and increase prolactin levels in most women, which are generally considered to lower fertility. However, other research shows that melatonin helps relieve depression in premenopausal women and may help to restore fertility where thyroid function is also affected.

    According to research cited in both the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, it appears that taking a low dose of melatonin is safe for a healthy person if taken for a short time period. i.e. less than three months. Melatonin is normally taken at night before bed for a variety of sleep disorders and jet lag. Doses vary between 0.3mg and 3.0mg or even higher but it seems that a smaller dose often works better than a larger one.

    Co-Q10 / Ubiquinol (concentrated form of CoQ10)- 400 to 800 mg per day – I’ve seen this as 200mg 2 to 3x/day and 400mg 2x/day; Usually recommended that people over the age of 40 take Ubiquinol instead it is easier to absorb and metabolize. Helps egg quality; when a women reaches her late 30s and early 40s, there is not enough energy in the cells to complete the demanding process of fertilization (hence the term 'old eggs'). Ubiquinol helps by correcting their energy which improves the division of chromosome during fertilization. CoQ10 has a proven track record of supporting heart health.

    Omega 3 Fatty Acid / Fish oil (1000 mg/day) Essential Fatty Acids such as Omega 3, Fish Oils and Evening Primrose Oil are very important for proper functioning of prostaglandins. This is important to good health in general and many aspects of the menstrual cycle, especially ovulation.

    There are the two main types of omega-3 fatty acids:
    o Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These are plentiful in fish and shellfish. Algae often provides only DHA.

    o Short-chain omega-3 fatty acids are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). These are found in plants, such as flaxseed. Though beneficial, ALA omega-3 fatty acids have less potent health benefits than EPA and DHA. You'd have to eat a lot to gain the same benefits as you do from fish.

    Deep-six the omega-6s. Foods high in polyunsaturated fats, such as soybean, corn, sunflower, or safflower oils hurt you in more ways than one. (crackers, cookies, and corn-fed beef). Apparently these omega-6 fatty acids, when eaten in excess, can reduce your body's ability to metabolize the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

    Omega-3 fatty acids can help you with fertility in that there is some research that suggests that they help to promote natural ovulation. They do this by helping to extend the portion of your cycle in which you are the most fertile. There is also some evidence to suggest that omega-3 fatty acids can help make a woman’s cycle more regular.

    To be sure, Omega-3 fatty acids are not only useful for fertility. Certainly the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for a woman once she has become pregnant have been sufficiently researched. Evidence suggests that Omega-3 fatty acids can help avoid miscarriage, as well as helping avoid certain birth defects and helping to reduce the risk that the woman will prematurely go into labor.

    Research indicates that the two most beneficial omega-3s are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Although EPA and DHA naturally occur together and work together in the body, studies show that each fatty acid has unique benefits. EPA supports the heart, immune system, and inflammatory response. DHA supports the brain, eyes, and central nervous system which is why it is uniquely important for pregnant and lactating women.

    Omega-3s have been found to be essential for both neurological and early visual development of the baby. However, the standard western diet is severely deficient in these critical nutrients. This omega-3 dietary deficiency is compounded by the fact that pregnant women become depleted in omega-3s, when the fetus uses omega-3s for its nervous system development. Omega-3s are also used after birth to make breast milk. With each subsequent pregnancy, mothers are further depleted. Research has confirmed that adding EPA and DHA to the diet of pregnant women has a positive effect on visual and cognitive development of the baby. Studies have also shown that higher consumption of omega-3s may reduce the risk of allergies in infants.

    Omega-3 fatty acids have positive effects on the pregnancy itself. Increased intake of EPA and DHA has been shown to prevent pre-term labor and delivery, lower the risk of pre-eclampsia and may increase birth weight. Omega-3 deficiency also increases the mother’s risk for depression. This may explain why postpartum mood disorders may become worse and begin earlier with subsequent pregnancies.

    Pycogenol (100 mg/day) Pycnogenol is used to slow the aging process, maintain healthy skin, improve athletic endurance, and improve male fertility. Pycnogenol contains substances that might improve blood flow. It might also stimulate the immune system and have antioxidant effects.

    L-Arginine (1000 mg 2x/day); L-arginine is an amino acid that has been shown in studies to increase ovarian response, endometrial receptivity, and pregnancy rates in IVF patients who supplemented in large doses. Taken from start of cycle until ovulation.

    Often called the miracle Molecule by researchers, L Arginine has shown to offer some potent fertility benefits to women who are trying to conceive. L Arginine promotes the synthesis of Nitric Oxide(NO). Nitric Oxide is naturally produced by the body and is important for blood dilation, increases blood flow to the uterus, ovaries and genitals.

    An essential amino acid (not a hormone), its protein building abilities allows L Arginine to cross the blood-brain barrier to the hypothalamus (something other medications and supplements cannot do), to naturally trigger the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone to aid in fertility.

    Nitric Oxide, synthesized by L Arginine, is the chemical messenger that creates orgasm in women. Although L Arginine is a great fertility booster, it does need to be avoided by people with herpes as it can promote an outbreak.

    Benefit to women:
    • Increasing the cervical mucus
    • Enhancing libido
    • Promoting a healthy environment for implantation
    • May extend fertility for women over 40

    Vitamin E (200 iu/day – 15mg/day): Vitamin E is the vitamin of choice for the overall male and female reproductive system. For women, the fertility-friendly vitamin E improves the quality of cervical mucus, thus enhancing the chances of implantation of the fertilized eggs. And moreover, it prolongs the sperm’s life within the female a couple more days, so as to increase the chances for the egg to be fertilized. This vitamin should not be taken if you are using anticoagulants. You should always check with your doctor if you plan to exceed 500mg/day. Wheat germ oil is an excellent source of vitamin E (one tablespoon will provide you with your total daily intake) as are almonds and sunflower seeds and olive oil. Green vegetables - Broccoli and spinach also provide some vitamin E.

    Wheat Germ: high in vitamin E, Folic Acid and vitamin B

    Vitamin C (500 – 1000 mg in the morning): use with some caution as it can interfere with cervical mucus. This excellent antioxidant also aids in female fertility, given the key part it plays in conception. For women, it sustains an appropriate female endocrine equilibrium and increases fertility in particular in the case of women having low progesterone levels. It also reinforces the right balance between estrogen and progesterone levels. Clinical trials on women have proven that the chances of getting pregnant doubled following the vitamin C treatment. Vitamin C can be found in natural food sources like oranges, lemons, limes, broccoli, cranberries, and tomatoes.

    Vitamin D3 (1000iu/day) Vitamin D is essential to female fertility. It stimulates the levels of estrogen and progesterone, regulates menstruation. In addition, Vitamin D is an essential vitamin during pregnancy with studies showing its use vastly decreasing the risk of preterm labor as well as the risk of other pregnancy complications.

    Vitamin B complex / Extra Folic Acid; Folgard is a brand of vitamin supplement that consists of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.

    Folic acid (800 mcg / day) is a B-complex vitamin that is used by the body to create red blood cells; vital for both preconception and pregnancy and promotes sustainable fertility. Folic acid is the synthetic form of this vitamin, while folate is the naturally occurring form; both are okay to use; both zinc and folate are important in the synthesis of DNA and RNA. This vitamin makes extra blood for your body during pregnancy and it decreases the possibility of a neural tube defect (a problem in baby’s spinal cord such as spina-bifida) and other birth defects associated with the brain and spine development in the baby. Supplementation with this vitamin is very beneficial, since only 50% of the folic acid found in the ingested food can be properly absorbed by the human body. Natural sources include citrus fruits, whole grains, and leafy greens -- spinach, broccoli, beet, and asparagus. Supplementation doses are 400 mcg per day is the minimum; 800 is recommeded.

    Vitamin B6 and B12 are important to maintain the proper balance of estrogen and progesterone. B6 is particularly depleted in women who take birth control pills. There have been reports that increasing B6 and B12 can improve luteal phase defect or low progesterone issues.

    Vitamin B6 (50mg/day) offers additional support in terms of increased fertility because it balances out the hormone levels. Vitamin B6 focuses mainly on correcting low progesterone levels of women affected by luteal phase defect, in which their luteal phases are not long enough to sustain a successful pregnancy. A normal progesterone level is essential to keep up the pregnancy otherwise it could lead to a miscarriage. Research suggests that women who consumed at least 10 mg of vitamin B6 before they conceived reported less morning sickness than those who didn’t. Vitamin B6 can be found naturally in most vegetables, whole cereals and bananas. Supplementation doses suggest 50mg a day.

    A key vitamin for improved fertility, Vitamin B12 (50mg/day) enhances the occurrence of ovulation, being particularly helpful to women not ovulating at all, making it harder to try to conceive. Vitamin B12 also improves the inner lining of the uterus, thus creating a favorable environment for the implantation of the fertilized eggs. A B-complex vitamin can be added to your daily intake, to bring sufficient amounts of both Vitamins B6 and B12.

    Udo’s Oil Blend (Omega 3,6,9)- is very high in antioxidants, and a clean source of omega fatty acids. Add this to already cooked food- do not cook with it.

    Wheat Germ: high in vitamin E, Folic Acid and vitamin B

    Probiotic: the presence or absence of particular strains of beneficial bacteria in the female digestive and reproductive tracts have a much greater influence on fertility than most clinicians realize. Strategies aimed at balancing the GI and vaginal microbiome hold huge promise for optimizing fertility—both with and without in vitro fertilization (IVF) interventions—while simultaneously influencing the health of mother and child in a positive manner.

    Baby Aspirin (81mg/day) (May also use Heparin / Lovenox - need a prescription for those) There is some research to suggest that taking a daily dose of baby aspirin can actually help with fertility. Baby aspirin helps to increase the flow of blood to the uterus. This, in turn, makes the uterine lining healthier, and helps with successful implantation. Other studies suggest that aspirin actually increases the amount of activity in your ovaries, and allows your ovaries to release multiple eggs during ovulation. In addition, baby aspirin acts as a blood thinner and can possibly prevent issues with blood clotting, which have been connected with miscarriage. A low dose of aspirin makes your blood platelets less sticky, which allows blood to travel more freely through the placenta to your unborn baby. Often, baby aspirin is prescribed along with Heparin, which is an anticoagulant. However, there is some conflicting research on taking baby aspirin while pregnant. If you are pregnant, you should consult with your health care provider before taking a daily regimen of baby aspirin.


    Other Supplements

    Prednisone / Medrol (prescription): Maybe used to help prevent miscarriage when combined with asprin, progesterone, and folate. Can also help to control lupus. Can prevent your pituitary gland from producing enough follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) for normal ovulation to occur, but only if you take the medications in high doses.

    Dexamethasone (prescription): Dexamethasone is a medicine that makes Clomid more effective for ovulation. It acts on the adrenal glands to decrease their production of androgens, hormones that interfere with egg growth and development. When used together with Clomid, nearly 80-90% of women will ovulate when they had not responded to Clomid alone.

    Wheatgrass (each morning); lowers FSH and increases ovarian reserve

    Seaweed (helps thyroid): According to some Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners, seaweed eaten daily in small amounts (two tablespoons per serving) can help to strengthen the liver, kidneys, bladder, and adrenals. All of these areas of our body are important for healthy fertility. Infertility, according to TCM is contributed to kidney deficiency.

    The high nutritional content of seaweed’s contribute to healthy fertility overall. The high fiber content is extremely important for proper blood sugar levels; this is something to consider if you suffer from PCOS. Fiber also helps to remove excess estrogen in the body; this is very important for fertility issues such as endometriosis, PCOS, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids, all of which are estrogen dominant conditions.

    o Agar: high in iodine and is often featured in salads. It is a white to clear seaweed.
    o Arame: This seaweed is best in vegetable dishes due to its slightly salty taste. It is high in calcium, iodine, potassium, vitamin A and B.
    o Dulse: Dulse contains 4 times more iron than spinach!! It is high in vitamin B6, C and potassium.
    o Hiziki: This sea plant has a very strong flavor that is masked well by apple juice or sweet vegetables like corn or sweet potato. It has 10 times more calcium than a glass of milk.
    o Kelp: This sea veggie is high in minerals including, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, chromium and iodine.
    o Kombu: This plant is high in calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin C.
    o Wakame: Wakame is abundant in calcium, iron, iodine, phosphorus, potassium, and the vitamins A & B.

    Ovaboost (product): OvaBoost contains a trio of ingredients (myo-inositol, folic acid and melatonin) that has been shown to improve egg quality. It also contains a blend of antioxidant nutrients, including Vitamin E, grapeseed extract, and alpha lipoic acid to protect egg cells from free radical damage. Finally, OvaBoost contains CoQ10 to help ensure that energy production within the egg cell is optimal.

    Please consult with your physician before taking OvaBoost if you have been prescribed a medication for depression or anxiety, or if you are taking the herb St. John’s Wort, as large amounts of myo-inositol may have additive effects when taken along with drugs and herbs classified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and selective serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI).

    Fertile CM (product): brings together select vitamins and key nutrients, including L-Arginine, an amino acid which promotes the synthesis of nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide is produced naturally by the body and supports several health functions. For female fertility, nitric oxide promotes vascular relaxation and circulation in the reproductive organs - and supports the production of endocervical secretions (cervical mucus) before and during ovulation

    EPO – evening primrose oil: Some studies have shown that it can help reduce PMS symptoms, increase cervical mucus, while reducing inflammation. This is because of its high content of the omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFA’s), Linoleic Acid (LA) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).

    LA is needed for prostaglandin E and GLA is needed for the synthesis of prostaglandin E. Prostaglandins are not hormones, but rather messengers that act on many different cells; they are also produced in many different areas of the body. Hormones are produced in designated sites in the body (unique to the hormone). One of the many functions of Prostaglandin’s is to help control regulation of hormones as well as control proper cell growth.

    EPO contains high amounts of LA and GLA, which as explained above, are necessary for prostaglandin function. Prostaglandins are necessary for proper hormonal balance. Getting enough omega-6 EFA’s, such as LA and GLA through EPO supplementation, has been shown to support overall hormonal function within the body. EPO is one of the few plants to contain GLA.

    EPO has been used by herbalists for hundreds of years to increase cervical mucous. Cervical fluid is necessary for allowing the sperm to swim freely through the cervix. Some of us have low or no cervical fluid, so it is harder for the sperm to move and there may not be a friendly environment for the sperm to sustain themselves.

    The suggested usage for increasing cervical mucous using EPO is initially 500mg, three times a day for a total of 1500mg per day. If you don’t get results in your first cycle, you may want to increase your usage to 3,000 mg a day in your next cycle. If you are actively trying to conceive do not use EPO after ovulation because this herb has an action on the uterus.

    It is believed that the high levels of LA and GLA’s in Evening Primrose Oil have a direct effect on uterine cells. These contract and relax smooth muscle tissue. This action on the uterus is toning for the uterine muscles in preparation for pregnancy.

    General usage is 1500 – 3000 mg one to two times daily, from day 1 – 14 in the cycle. It may cause uterine contractions in pregnancy which is why it may be best to not continue it past ovulation (in case of pregnancy) while actively trying to conceive. Post ovulation it may be best to switch to cod liver oil or another omega-3 oil.

    It has also been found that aspirin and aspirin like compounds may inhibit prostaglandin function. This is of special concern for women, who have been using aspirin therapy for years. Many doctors suggest aspirin therapy to help reduce the chance of re-current miscarriage, due to blood clotting issues. EPO may help support and restore prostaglandin function, for women who have used aspirin therapy.

    Krill oil (high antioxidant): can compliment fish oil and add more antioxidants into your system which has been shown to be correlated with better egg health and sp health.

    Royal jelly / Bee Pollen: Bee Pollen is worker bee food and rich in vitamins, minerals, nucleic acids and steroid hormones. Royal Jelly is refined bee pollen fed to the queen bee and is the bee equivalent of fertility drugs. It is highly nourishing and rich in B vitamins, hormones, enzymes and amino acids.

    The Infertility Cure has to say about Bee pollen and royal Jelly: "Bee pollen and/or royal jelly is regenerative and tonifying. Bogdan Tekavcic M.D., a Yugoslavian gynecologist, conducted a study in which the majority of women who were given bee pollen with royal jelly showed improvement or disappearance of their menstral problems, while there was no change in the placebo group. Another study showed bee pollen significantly improved sperm production in men. Bee pollen, which is worker bee food, is rich in vitamins, minerals, necleic acids, and steroid hormones, and improves health, endurance, and immunity. royal jelly is modified pollen fed only to the reproducing queen bee, whose job is to produce more infant bees. The nutritive tonic might be considered the bee equivalent of fertility drugs. Rich in amino acids, vitamins, and enzymes, royal jelly helps the queen lay millions of eggs and live longer than the worker bee."

    Maca Root (not leaves/stems): Containing 31 different minerals and 60 different phytonutrients, maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding both the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) Maca has the ability to affect key hormones in both women and men without containing hormones itself.
    o Supports hormonal balance
    o Increases energy, stamina, and mental clarity
    o Supports the thyroid
    o Supports normal sexual function

    One of maca’s main actions is to stimulate and nourish the hypothalamus which regulates the pituitary gland, acting as a tonic for the hormone system. When the pituitary gland functions optimally, the entire endocrine system becomes balanced, because the pituitary gland controls the hormone output of the other three glands.

    In women, maca works by controlling estrogen in the body. Estrogen levels that are high or low at the wrong time can keep a woman from becoming pregnant or keep her from carrying to term. Excess estrogen levels also cause progesterone levels to become too low. Taking maca may help to increase the progesterone levels which are essential to carrying a healthy pregnancy.

    Estrogen in men produces erectile dysfunction or lack of libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid. Studies have shown that men who use maca may experience an increased libido and an increase in sperm health.

    Iodine (Iodrol) (150 mcgs for women and increase to 220 when pregnant and 290 when nursing): supplement if you have problems with your thyroid. Iodine, a nonmetallic trace element, is required by our bodies for making thyroid hormones. As in, if you do not have enough iodine in your body you cannot make enough thyroid hormones. When our bodies are deficient in this element, it affects our thyroid, adrenals, and entire endocrine system. Not only is it important in a fertility diet, it’s essential in the prenatal and nursing period as well.

    Partridge berry / Squaw Vine: Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) is an excellent uterine tonic herb for female fertility. Helpful to prevent recurrent miscarriages due to a weak uterus. Partridgeberry is helpful when the woman is experiencing painful cramping, uterine spasm, bleeding, and/or passing of blood clots in the first trimester of pregnancy.

    • Vitex (chaste berry) known for normalizing hormone levels and aiding progesterone in the luteal phase. A large percentage of these menstrual problems are related to insufficient progesterone during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, which is called a luteal phase defect or corpus luteum insufficiency. A corpus luteum insufficiency is defined as an abnormally low progesterone level 3 weeks after the onset of menstruation. Insufficient levels of progesterone may result in the formation of ovarian cysts. In addition, some women suffering fro PCOS have too much prolactin, which can inhibit fertility. Vitex may help with both of these problems.

    Vitex (agnus castus) dosage. Depending on why you are taking it, some women take it all cycle and some up to ovulation. 4 capsules per day at 400mg each up to cd14 and then half that until cd 26.

    Tribulus terrestris (500mg a day to start, working up to a 1500mg a day as needed; use from day 5-14 of the cycle, not past ovulation. Tribulus should not be used during pregnancy.):
    o Increase in sex hormone production in both men and women.
    o Increase in serum FSH and estridiol in women.
    o Increase in LH and testosterone in men.
    o Improvement in sexual desire in both men and women.
    o May normalize ovulation in infertile women when used prior to ovulation.
    o Increase in sperm count, motility, and health.
    o Decrease in the effects of antisperm antibodies.
    o Overall fertility tonic for male and female reproductive system.
    o May aid the male body in producing DHEA to treat erectile dysfunction.

    Dong Quai: herb from the celery family. Dong Quai is one of the most powerful female fertility tonics that exists. It’s traditionally used as a blood tonic, to have a positive effect on circulation. Dong Quai can help jump start periods in women who have absent periods, it can improve menstrual flow in women who have very light periods, and it can help women who experience weak feelings after their periods have passed. It has also been proven to help improve red blood count, and to help with so called “stagnant” conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and fibroids. Studies have also shown that Dong Quai can help with painful periods, short periods, or other menstrual irregularities.

    False unicorn root: For hundreds of years this herb has been used for women with recurrent miscarriages related to uterine and cervical weakness. It has also been used to heal women with uterine prolapse (where the uterus comes through the cervix into the vaginal opening). False Unicorn may also be valuable in aiding women with low to no cervical mucous as well as women with amenorrhea (absent menstruation). It is very helpful when there is stagnation of the uterus or ovaries present; some signs of this can be dark, sluggish, clotty menstrual blood.

    This root has shown work in the body by interacting with estrogen receptor sites of the hypothalamus. It is said to increase estrogen, aiding the ovaries in releasing a mature egg at ovulation. This herb overall has not been studied that much. It may seem that this herb sounds perfect for you, but in reality there are a variety of other wonderful herbs with similar actions that may be just as effective. Tribulus, Vitex and Dong Quai are some examples of fertility herbs with similar actions. As for aiding in prevention of recurrent miscarriage, Partridge berry is a great alternative.

    Cramp Bark: Cramp bark and Black haw are considered among the most important uterine antispasmodics. What does this mean? These herbs have the ability to relax smooth muscle, for example: intestines, uterus, airway. They also are relaxing for striated muscle as well, these are muscles attached to the skeleton, like the ones in your limbs.

    Resveratrol: Loss of oocytes and follicles and reduced oocyte quality contribute to age-associated ovarian aging and infertility. Accumulation of free radicals with age leads to DNA mutations, protein damage, telomere shortening, apoptosis and accelerated ovarian aging. Increasing evidence shows that resveratrol, enriched in certain foods, for example red grapes and wine, has anti-tumor and anti-aging effects on somatic tissues by influencing various signaling pathways, including anti-oxidation, as well as activating Sirt1 and telomerase.

    Resveratrol is a compound concentrated in grape skin, which is the foundation of all red wine. Early studies have demonstrated it to function as a potent antioxidant. That in and of itself is a health benefit; but the history of isolated antioxidant supplements is often disappointing. But resveratrol is not just an antioxidant; this antioxidant influences mitochondrial function and energy metabolism; and the most important factor is that resveratrol is a gene modifier. It influences the activity of a gene complex called SIRT1, which influences a wide array of metabolic activity; and is considered a regulator of the “health span”. It is also the gene complex influenced by calorie restriction.

    • Acai; antioxidant which may improve egg quality in older females

    N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC); is a powerful antioxidant that may have a very protective effect on egg quality as women age. NAC has been shown to help female fertility in other studies too; treatment with NAC has been shown to help Clomid-resistant women with PCOS to ovulate successfully and may help to reboot ovulation after ovarian drilling. Other studies have shown that NAC may drop miscarriage rates significantly.

    Red clover: Red Clover is a nourishing food herb. It is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is one of the best blood purifying herbs. This blood purifying action is wonderful for pregnancy preparation, aiding in detoxification of environmental pollutants prior to conception. This function also may be helpful for women with cyclic acne. The action of Red Clover is one of the best known for acne and other skin conditions.

    Red clover aids in improved circulatory function, this is very important for all functions of the body, but it is important to have good circulation to the genitals for reproductive function. Red Clover has been shown to increase cervical mucus, aiding vaginal dryness.

    Red Clover is high in both calcium and magnesium. These are essential to proper bone formation as well as smooth muscle function. Both calcium and magnesium consumed regularly in foods like Red Clover help to reduce menstrual cramps. It has been used for hundreds of years to improve liver function, which is essential to hormonal balance. This plant also aids in digestion and is known to help increase appetite. For women suffering from poor digestive issues, or those with poor appetite, this herb may help. This may be extremely beneficial for women who are trying to gain weight to increase fertility. This herb is also supportive of kidney function.
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    Good article / info on timing; I'm posting the text as well just in case the article moves or goes off line:

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    Everyone knows that it takes a sperm and an egg joining to get pregnant. Most people know that women release just one egg a month and that men release millions of sperm with each ejaculation. What people can’t seem to agree on is the best time for that one egg to be fertilized by a man’s sperm.

    Here’s what we know. During each menstrual cycle, women have about 6 days in which they can get pregnant. This is known as the fertile window. A woman’s fertile window includes the five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. These six days are the only days in a woman’s cycle when she can conceivably get pregnant.
    When is the best day to get pregnant?

    The fertile window explained:
    A man’s sperm can live for up to five days inside a woman’s reproductive tract. A woman’s egg only lives for about 12 hours after it is released. This means that a woman’s egg needs to be fertilized within this 12-hour time frame. Furthermore, freshly ejaculated sperm are not able to fertilize a woman’s egg. It takes time for a process known as capacitation to occur. Capacitation is series of changes that sperm go through once they are inside a woman’s reproductive tract that make sperm more mobile and allow them to penetrate the egg. It can take up to 10 hours for a man’s sperm to complete the capacitation process and be able to fertilize a woman’s egg.

    This is why the five days before ovulation are so important. Once ovulation takes place, sperm have a very brief window of time to fertilize the egg. Having mature sperm (sperm that have gone through the capacitation process already) ready for the waiting egg is the key to successful conception.

    The day of ovulation:
    You might have heard or might believe that the best day to get pregnant is the day that a woman ovulates . It is important to know when you ovulate and to try to time intercourse close to ovulation, but the day of ovulation is not the best day to get pregnant. Researchers have studied the timing of sexual intercourse in relationship to ovulation in order to determine which days are the most likely to result in pregnancy. Surprisingly, according to research published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, what they found was that the day of ovulation was not the best day of a woman’s cycle to conceive.

    The day before ovulation:
    Interestingly, the day before ovulation is actually a better day to conceive on than the day of. This may be because sperm that are ejaculated the day before ovulation have had time to mature and reach the egg.

    Two days before ovulation:
    Even more interesting, researchers have found that a woman’s chance of conceiving two days before ovulation is just as likely, if not more likely, as the day before ovulation. What this means for couples trying to conceive is that timing intercourse to occur a couple days before ovulation and the day before ovulation will give them the greatest chance of conceiving.
    Last edited by ChristaM; 09-18-2013 at 02:45 PM.

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    Hi there ladies, I just wanted to share with you all a free site that helped me calculate my ovulation period and helped me have the gender I wanted for my baby. I hope this site could help others too, good luck. Ovulation predictor - predict your ovulation online!

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