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DH and i are TTC. if we didnt get it this month, i want us both to take some natural fertility supplements. what are some good ones for men and women?
 

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I am sure there are more, but I have read that flaxseed oil is good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Most herbs for promoting fertility are generally used for a period of a few months, but taking them for a shorter amount of time may still help you conceive. Vitex and dong quai are two that are really good, but generally are used over a long period of time. Red clover is very good for fertility. Nettles are also good, they will help to gently get your hormones where they need to be, as well as supply you with a load of minerals. Red raspberry leaf is excellent before and during pregnancy. It is one of the most well known and best uterine tonics. It will help make your uterus strong and ready to house your little babe.<br>
For men, believe it or not, raspberry leaf, nettles and red clover are good for them, too. They all help to balance hormone levels. Ginseng of course is a good male fertility herb. It is also important for your man to have enough zinc in his diet, since zinc helps make healthy sperm. Pumpkin seeds are very high in zinc.
 

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Hello<br>
This is my first time ever writing anything on a list . I am trying to get pregnant. I have one child which did not come easily. Now I would love another. Yet my bbt in the am reads 95 . I do have low thyroid yet the Dr say's my level is fine. So I just started on progesterone cream hoping that would help my fertility. I even purchased a ovulator. As for the herbs can you take to many? Or should you start with only one? Can you get pregnant with a low temp.?<br>
I hope I am not doomed.....<br>
Marie
 

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MarieM: The above herbs are all great tonic herbs that are safe to use over a long period of time, all of them together or seperate as you wish. You don't have to start with just one. I take vitex tincture every day, about 1 tsp, and I incorporate red clover into my morning and evening teas almost daily (w/nettles, raspberry leaf, and others). Dong quai I take either tinctured or in a tea (note: stop taking dong quai when you are in the bleeding phase of your cycle, then start again when you stop bleeding).
 

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vermontana...<br>
an entire teaspoon of vitex tincture? i bought some yesterday with the idea that i would use it to help our ttc, but don't know the dosage. and do you take it during the entire cycle? thanks in advance... coralsmom
 

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coralsmom, I take two dropperfuls morning and night, and I just measured that (I store my tincture in a 2 oz bottle, so the dropper size is what comes on top of a 2 oz bottle), and it comes to just shy of a teaspoon. THat is what I have found to be a useful and effective dose for me. You could start with half that and see, but it may be hard to tell since it takes a few months for it to be really effective. This is an herb that you need to use consistently. It has no side effects, and is safe to use continuously. You don't have to discontinue taking it during your moon...it is fine to take it every day of your cycle. It is very useful in regulating the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, and it is very widely used when women are trying to regulate their cycles after coming off the pill (that is why I started using it years ago, and I have just kept using it, since it is really effective and helps me keep my hormones somewhat reliable).<br>
By the way, it is much cheaper if you make your own tinctures. It is really easy to tincture vitex berries. Buy some dried vitex berries at your herb shop or order them, then put them in a jar, pour some vodka over them and let it sit for 4-6 weeks, then strain. You can read up more on tincture making at the library--those are the abbreviated instructions. It's really so easy, though, and will save you a lot of money, esp when store bought tinctures are going for 10 bucks an ounce!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Best of luck in your trying-to-conceive (TTC) adventures! May you be blessed with a less bumpy road this time around!
 

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Yet my bbt in the am reads 95 . I do have low thyroid yet the Dr say's my level is fine. So I just started on progesterone cream hoping that would help my fertility. I even purchased a ovulator. As for the herbs can you take to many? Or should you start with only one? Can you get pregnant with a low temp.?<br>
I hope I am not doomed.....<br>
Marie</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad"> Nothing could make me more hopping mad than an idiot dr.!!<br><br>
First of all, switch drs. immediately.<br><br>
I have been managing my thyroid condition for nearly 10 yrs now with meds, diet and homeopathy. Indeed the thyriod affects fertility and a low one can cause miscarriage. I encourage you to do some research. Lots has been said on thyriod here on earlier threads so you may want to go back some pages.<br>
Seeing an ND can also help you with a low thyriod as they use nutritional supplements and some use homeopathy too. Diet is also important. Usually wheat is a problem because it just glues the system. My ND has said that liver troubles usually lead to low thyriod.<br><br>
That said, just how low is your thyriod? My ND said that the TSH should be about 2 to conceive. ARound 8 weeks pg. you will probably need more meds if you take them.<br><br>
There is a normal range in TSH .38-5.5 But a number around 4 or 5 is even too low and most women feel sluggish. I only feel good if my numbers are less than 3.<br><br>
I just can't get over your dr. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"> What do these people learn in school anyways? (I saw numerous drs before I was finally diagnosed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> and I felt like I was going crazy and I literally could not sleep at night. An ND finally diagnosed me and a blood test confirmed it. It really is not rocket science yet not suspected in young women) I mean do you have some of the classic symptoms of fatigue, constipation, difficulty sleeping, slow digestion, slow thought, depression, aggitation, pms, feel slow and tired?<br><br>
I will get off my <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"> now. I am really impassioned about this subject and have gone though tremendous misery being hypothyriod. I hope you get it figured out soon.<br>
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Thank You all for responding....<br>
Also for your support.<br>
I will buy some supplements and call my Dr also for my levels on my blood test done in Oct. I did not find out my tsh levels or t3 T4 reverse t4 what ever. I have bought a book on hypo thyroid.<br>
Also I will search this list as you have said to Jessica. To look up the thyroid related subjects. when I find out my levels I will let you know. I am pretty ignorant about it also. I did purchase coconut oil though for thyroid support and rhodiola for adrenal support.<br>
I am on Armor thyroid 45mg dose the Dr said to take 60 mg now that my temp was low..<br>
Yet before my son was born two years ago another Dr gave me to high of a thyroid dose . I lost my period for a year do to over dose of the drug. I also smelled like the pig pill under my arms if I would sweat and when I would go to the bathroom. So this time I have been taking 45mg one day and 60 mg the next for fear of not having my cycle again.<br>
When I lost my cycle the first time I was on the dose of 60 mg for less then a month.<br>
What supplements do you take for your thyroid? Did you stop eating wheat ? I dont think I have a wheat problem. I grind my grains before I bake any thing . We eat healthy. Organic also. Are you on armor?<br>
Talk later<br>
Michelle
 

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Hi Michelle: It sounds like you are on the right track!<br><br>
I wish I could take armour because it is natural; I tried it 5 years ago and had diahreah, even on a low dose. I have a really sensitive system and for some reason, just didn't like it. So unfortunatley I take the synthetic. Before I became stablalized about 3 years ago, I yo yoed up and down all the time and was constantly adjusting my meds. I was crazy. Then I saw a new endo. who prescribed cytomel, T3, and took me off synthroyd for another brand. The comapny who manufactures synthryoid was not making each batch the same (horror) and was in the throws of a class action suit. At the same time I started seeing a homeopath. I don't know what she gave me, as homeopthy is highly individualized. So I don't really take much directly for my thyroid. I've been juicing lately and working on my digestion to help my liver (enzymes and probiotics and some diet stuff like no sugar or coffee)<br><br>
I've been reading sensiblehealth.com and wow is that interesting! She really shows how the liver problems lead to thyriod problems.<br><br>
I'm not sure why you wouldn't have a cycle. When I was hyperthryoid, I bleed buckets. You could try getting a TSH done more frequently. It takes 6 weeks from the time you start a particular dose before it regesters fully in your blood. At any rate, from all the reading you'll be doing I'm sure you'll begin to figure a lot out!<br>
Take care
 
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