I'm 35 and been ttc for a year with my DW via IUI in the doctor's office or ICI at home. I've seen a RE for the past 8mths- i've gone through 2 HSG procedures and have a polypectomy in March. Everything is good now.
I have been trying to use different supplements some of which I heard are helpful for fertility.
I'm taking fish oil, 5HTP, just started taking evening primrose.
I'm also taking l'arginine. I don't know if it is best to take before or after Ovulation. Do you have any thoughts?
Since I do not know your health history and am not your physician, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on whether these supplements are good choices for you. I can tell you that in general, I have most of my patients take high-dose fish oil daily, and for women who are menstruating, generally they add evening primrose oil during the second half of their cycle. 5-HTP is useful for people who have symptoms of low serotonin, especially poor sleep and depression.
In general, for women who are TTC and have not been successful, I recommend a thorough testing panel with a naturopathic physician or holistic MD or NP. This may include, depending upon history, one or more of the following:
Thyroid panel including free hormones & antibodies
Adrenal stress index
The above tests are often not run, even for women who have had a thorough work-up with a RE. Of course, the testing is just one part of a fertility plan - you need to work with someone who knows how to interpret the above testing and treat issues that are found. I hope this is helpful.
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