You see them everywhere – chubby cheeked cherubs being pushed in a stroller. Your social media feeds are full of your friends’ adorable baby pictures.
If you’re one of the 12% of American women that has fertility issues, it can be a painful reminder of your struggles.
It’s true some data suggests that fertility rates have been dropping in the U.S. But if you’ve consulted with a doctor and discovered you’ve got medical fertility issues, you might wonder what’s your next step.
One thing that might come up in your quest for answers is the topic of fertility supplements. Could they be an answer to your prayers? Here are the top five things you need to know.
1. Herbal Fertility Supplements
First up is some over-the-counter options. You’ll find these all-natural supplements in your local health food store or organic grocery.
Here are some of the most common herbal fertility supplements:
- Chaste berry: helps regulate menstrual cycle and hormones
- Siberian ginseng: might support uterine function and regulate hormones
- Lady’s mantle: believed to tone cervix and regulates menstrual cycle
A major caveat with OTC supplements: they’re not regulated by the FDA. The pills you take might be nothing more than a placebo.
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in a wide variety of foods. For convenience’s sake, you can find them as a fertility supplement in pill form too.
The jury is still out but Omega-3s are thought to be good for overall health and menstrual regulation. Plus, it can lower your stress levels which up your chance of conceiving.
The con? If you’re taking prenatal vitamins (which you should be!) there might be a good amount of Omega-3s already in them. On top of that, there’s no dosage established.
3. Fertility Drugs
Talk to your doctor about what drugs act as fertility supplements. There are a few on the market that show a lot of potential.
Drugs like Clomid, Fertinx, or Gonal-F help women produce mature eggs, ovulate regularly, and, ultimately, get pregnant.
The downside? Taking extra hormones can give you mood swings and pack on the pounds.
4. How Long Does It Take?
Becoming a parent can make people anxious or even desperate. But before you start taking any fertility supplements, how long did you wait?
Before you rush to the doctor, consider that many couples, especially a bit older, struggle before they conceive.
The usual window is trying for six months at 35 and older or one year at 35 and younger with no results. Don’t rush to start popping pills and getting shots; do it the right way.
5. Do Your Homework
If you’re within that window, then fertility supplements might be exactly what you need. While you now have some idea of what to expect under your belt, there’s a lot of choices out there.
Talk about your options with seasoned professionals like the Kofinas Fertility Group. We’ve been in the baby-making business for 30 years and are committed to you, your needs, and ultimately your family.
Contact us today – and start picking out nursery colors!