DH and I are both taking zinc.
Anyone have any other suggestions?
edited to add:found the link!
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I'm just recently taking an herbal blend called FCSII to balance my cycle.
But O'ing seems to be my trouble now. How long was your friend on Vitex before she O'ed and got pregnant?
If your interested in which herbs and stuff that will work best for you, I would recomend finding an experienced herbalist. Just my 2 cents.
Most herbal references I've found don't mention dosage at ALL. : The only references I or my midwife could find said 30-50 mg/day but of alcohol extract; we weren't sure whether that would be the same for capsules. Finally I bought the extract and have been taking ~40 mg/day of that...but the label on that says to take 2,000 mg/day!
Anyway, I felt encouraged when I O'd and bled 3 months after I started taking vitex, which is about as long as everyone says it takes to start working. It happened again after 2 months, which is not too bad by my standards. But nothing's happened since then, except that after 2 months my estrogen level went up and stayed up, but I'm not pregnant. It's now 6 weeks later, and I'm taking progesterone to induce a period just to get things going again.
I don't know if it's not working because I was taking too much, or if vitex can't fix what's wrong w/me. Advice on dosage would be much appreciated!!!
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My herbalist suggested that I take 3 capsules in the morning and 3 in the evening. The bottle says take 1-2 with meal twice a day. They are 347mg each. I went with the herblist and started taking 2082mg a day. Keep in mind I am taking a chaste tree(vitex) and wild yam combo. Just started this on Monday so I'll let you know what happens.
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Many alternative practioners think that undiagnosed vitamin/mineral deficiencies can contributed to infertility, so having a good diet can help. Healthy Parents, Better Babies is a good book geared towards women in the UK and Australia that relates tales of getting women pregnant by add whole wheat bread and a vegetable to their diet. I just wish it was that easy.
I've heard vitamin b, and vitamin E touted, but no clear dosages.
I take vitex the 2nd half of my cycle because my pregesterone was on the low side of normal and my luteal phase was short. So far no baby, but I did get a smoother more "Normal" cycle. I question taking Vitex all the time, becuase you need Estrogen the first half of the cycle, and Estrogen/progestrone are supposed to be balanced (that is too much of one can supress the other). I take the tincture 10-15 drops in hot water once a day. The dosage comes off the bottle.
I'd welcome somebody who know's more explain why Vitex works if taken the whole time.
200-300 mg vitamin B6 and 500-800 mg magnesium in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Reported toxicity for B6 begins at 500 mg, but author suggests nutritional counseling should be considered over 200 mg.
Vitamin E - 400-800 IU
I wish I knew more about the Vitex for you. I started with the nutritional/vitamin approach first, and conceived just as I was considering adding Vitex. I saw great differences in my cycle just by adding the B6.
Have to get my hands on that book, I thought I had a pretty good collection!
It had articles on folic acid, post partum nutrition, eating while pregnant, breast feeding, etc. I hope the universe is trying to tell me something.
Two interesting things came up:
1) Birth control pills suppress the absorption of folic acid.
2) A supplement called Rhodiola may help infertility by improving endocrine function. The article was written by an ND. A brief google came up with some decent looking back up for the supplement in general, but not all of them mentioned infertility. Anybody else heard about this?
I have also taken the Fertility Blend supplement for three cycles and I got pregnant (had a m/c though)
I am considering taking the Ovulex supplement, it is much more expensive though and dh needs to take the supplement blend for guys too (we have male factor)