If you’ve been dealing with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss or infertility for a while now, you probably have a long list of supplements that you take every day. I know I do and I hate, HATE taking pills. When I was 19, I almost choked to death taking 3 huge vitamin C tablets at once. I passed out from lack of oxygen and probably wouldn’t be here to tell this story, if it wasn’t for the fast actions of my college roommate who gave me the heimlich maneuver and saved my life. Ever since then, I’ve had trouble taking pills. I have to take each pill individually, regardless of its size. It’s quite a chore to take all of them every day, but this is the first month I actually don’t mind taking them and I wanted to share why!
Fertility supplements aren’t a complete waste of time and money after all! Here’s why:
1. Fertility supplements boost the immune system!
My husband was super sick for a week and half. He could barely move he was so ill. Usually, when he’s sick, I’m sick within a couple days too. I actually thought we would be out for even trying this month because my hubby was feeling so poorly and I figured it was just a matter of time before I had too. So imagine my surprise when I continued to stay healthy. I don’t want to jinx anything by talking about it now, but I can’t help it. I’m truly amazed that I barely even got a sniffle, and the best part is, I was able to nurse my hubby and help him feel better quicker. By CD 10, he was on the mend and ready for some quality sexy time 🙂
2. I discovered Evening Primrose Oil and holy EWCM!
A few weeks ago, a fellow blogger Mommy This Mommy That posted about how she ran into a friend who had been TTC for a long time and then tried Evening Primrose Oil and she became pregnant within a couple cycles of trying it. I was intrigued so I looked it up, and what I found was pretty interesting. It has a high content of the omega-6 essential fatty acids, Linoleic Acid and Gamma Linolenic Acid which are necessary for prostaglandin function. Prostaglandins are necessary for proper hormonal balance. Getting enough omega-6 EFA’s, such as LA and GLA has been shown to support overall hormonal function within the body.
Moreover, and this is what really got my attention, EPO can greatly increase EWCM (egg white cervical mucus), the most fertile quality type of cervical mucas. I have been noticing over the past few years, that I don’t seem to have as much fertile quality CM. Having an abundance EWCM can really improve your chances of becoming pregnant. So I decided to give it a try. I began taking it at the start of this cycle and noticed a lot of EWCM on cycle days 11, 12, and 13 and I believe I ovulated on cycle day 14. So woohoo!! I have no idea if it helped me get pregnant this cycle yet because it’s only CD 16 today, but I’m really stoked that I noticed such great results so soon!
Special note about EPO: It is recommended that you only take EPO from the start of your cycle until ovulation and then stop. EPO can cause uterine contractions so it is not recommend after ovulation in case conception occurs.
For more information about EPO, visit Enhance Overall Fertility with Evening Primrose. This website is a great reference for natural fertility information.
For the complete list of supplements I’m taking, visit my Supplements page.
Also, My Lady Bits wrote a great post recently, I am taking ALL the supplements (aka my pill list), about all the supplements she’s taking that I wanted to share. She noticed huge improvements in her FSH and AMH and follicle count since beginning her supplement regime. The difference in her numbers was amazing and if you haven’t already seen her recent posts, you should check them out!
I have no idea if my supplement regime has improved my numbers that much or if my eggs are seeing a real difference, but I do know all these supplements have given me a super immune system which is also very important when trying to conceive. We’ll see if these and the EPO make a difference this cycle, but at least my body is healthy and that’s definitely something 🙂