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With infertility rates on the rise, more and more couples are struggling to conceive a child. Many couples, hesitant to resort to expensive and invasive fertility treatments such as in Clomid, intrauterine insemination and other artificial reproductive technologies, are turning to homeopathic treatments for infertility instead. One popular alternative medicine used for the treatment of infertility is vitex.

What is vitex?
Vitex, more specifically known as vitex agnus-castus, but more commonly known as chasteberry, is an herb derived from a purple flowering plant, traditionally used for the treatment of hormonal imbalances in women. Vitex has also been used historically in the treatment of wounds, issues with the spleen and during childbirth. As the alternative name may imply, vitex, or chasteberry, has also been used to suppress libido and promote chastity in those who take it.

How does vitex affect fertility?
Vitex, although it does not act as a hormone itself, stimulates the body to produce more lutenizing hormone, which stimulates the release of mature eggs from the follicles on the ovaries. Vitex also inhibits the release of the follicle stimulating hormone, which promotes the development of follicles on the ovaries in which the eggs mature prior to ovulation. The hormonal actions of vitex help to regulate hormonal balances in women, which may especially benefit women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or women who have issues with specific hormones related to the reproductive cycle. This hormonal balancing affect of vitex on the female body is thought to increase the likelihood of the woman becoming pregnant.

What other benefits does vitex offer?
Vitex is also thought to help improve breast milk in lactating women and has been shown in studies to reduce the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome.

What forms is vitex available in?
Vitex is widely available in the form of a tincture and gel capsules. One form is not superior to the other and the decision between to two forms comes down to a matter of personal preference.

 

With fertility becoming a growing concern among many couples trying to conceive a baby, more and more couples are beginning to turn to alternative medicine to treat infertility. One herbal treatment for infertility that is increasing in popularity is tribulus.

What is tribulus?
Tribulus, more specifically known as tribulus terrestris, is a unique herb used for the treatment of infertility as it can be used to improve fertility in both men and women. Tribulus is used traditionally in the the treatment of fertility problems in borth men and women and its use is especially common in traditional Chinese medicine.

How does tribulus affect female fertility?
Studies conducted on the use of tribulus in anovulatory women indicated that over 60% of women began ovulating regularly after 2 to 3 months of tribulus supplementation. Additionally, women who had been suffering from ovulation issues while trying to conceive found themselves pregnant quite shortly after beginning supplementation with tribulus. Women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are likely to especially benefit from supplementation with tribulus.

How does tribulus affect male fertility?
Tribulus is believed to promote the production of DHEA in men, which can correct erectile dysfunction. Men who have anti-sperm antibodies may also benefit from the use of tribulus to promote fertility. A study conducted in Bulgaria showed an increase in conception of 61% among men with anti-sperm antibodies. Tribulus is also believed to improve sperm count and sperm motility which may increase the chances of conception.

What are the other benefits of tribulus?

Tribulus is also believed to reduce the numbers of cysts found on the ovaries, as well as to provide help to women suffering from irregular menstrual cycles.

What form is tribulus available in?
Tribulus is typically available in a vegetarian capsule and is taken like a pill according to directions on the package.

 

When a couple begins trying to get pregnant, they may begin investigating natural ways to boost their fertility. Many couples are finding success in achieving pregnancy by supplementing their diets with royal jelly.

What is royal jelly?
Royal jelly is a specialized food produced by bees. Royal jelly is only consumed by a queen bee during her first few days of life. This diet of royal jelly causes her to develop ovaries and equips her with the ability to produce and lay eggs. Royal jelly is high in protein and contains high amounts of amino acids, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, niacin, and folic acid.

How does royal jelly affect fertility?
The regular ingestion of royal jelly is believed to help balance and regulate hormones. Some studies have indicated that royal jelly may aid in regulating hormones due to it's unique ability to mimic the functions of estrogen in humans. This may help to explain why women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and menstrual irregularities seem to find relief after beginning dietary supplementation of royal jelly.

What other benefits does royal jelly offer?
In addition to supporting fertility, royal jelly is believed to promote a healthy immune system, reduce inflammation, create healthy hair and nails, increase libido and provide relief from conditions such as arthritis.

What forms is royal jelly available in?

Royal jelly is available in two forms ; capsules and pure royal jelly. There is little information available as to whether one form is better than the other. Pure royal jelly is freeze dried and resembles the typical appearance of any type of jam or jelly. Pure royal jelly must be kept refrigerated. Women supplementing their diets with pure royal jelly will need to eat the jelly a couple times per day. Some women report not caring for the taste of the royal jelly. The capsules are much more convienent and do not require refrigeration making them easy to take with you while running errands and away from home. The capsules only need to be remembered once per day.

Should certain people avoid royal jelly?
Individuals who are allergic to bees, bee stings, pollen or honey should avoid using royal jelly as they are more likely to have an allergic reaction to it. Before beginning dietary supplementation of royal jelly, women should always consult their physician.

 

Sweet cassava supplements are available to purchase at CassavaShop.com For TTCTwins members, use the code TTCTWINS12 at checkout for a 10% discount on your total order!

Cassava, also known as yuca or manioc, has been well-known for its ability to promote overall fertility, but cassava is even more well-known for its ability to increase a woman's chances of conceiving twins.

The story of cassava
A tribe of people in Africa, known as the Yorubi,  consume cassava (a wild African yam) as a staple of their diet. The Yorubi tribe has a twinning rate higher than any other place in the world. This high rate of twinning is believed to be because of the estrogenic properties of the yam. Cassava is believed to increase the rate of twinning by increasing the likelihood of hyperovulation.


How our sweet cassava supplements are prepared
Cassava is an amazing plant and has the ability to improve fertility, but it must be prepared correctly. Preparing cassava incorrectly could lead to illness. We select only the freshest, youngest cassava and cook them thoroughly before dehydrating. Once dehydrated, the cassava pieces are put through a food grinder and then encapsulated.

About sweet cassava supplements
Each capsule contains approximately 500mg of ground cassava root and peelings. While some choose to discard the peelings, it is believed that the peelings contain the most benefit for fertility. Because of this, the peelings are included in the process. Sweet cassava supplements are prepared using vegetarian capsules and contain nothing but pure, ground sweet cassava root and peelings.

 


Sweet cassava dosage
Cassava supplements are safe and can be taken in nearly any dose, but in order to achieve the best chances of twins and optimal fertility, a minimum dose of 1,000mg should be taken each day. It does not matter when sweet cassava supplementation begins and it can be taken on a daily basis without affecting fertility. Cassava will not interact with other drugs and medications. The longer a woman takes cassava, the greater her chances of conceiving twins, with the benefit of cassava consumption reaching its peak between four and six months of use.

Sweet cassava supplements are available to purchase at CassavaShop.com For TTCTwins members, use the code TTCTWINS12 at checkout for a 10% discount on your total order!

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 July 2012 03:30 )

 

What are soy isoflavones?

Soy isoflavones are natural substances obtained from soy plants. It is thought that soy isoflavones work similar to clomid, as the soy isoflavones weakly bind to estrogen receptors increasing estrogen in a woman's body, thus increasing her chances of ovulating.

How are soy isoflavones taken?

In order for soy isoflavones to work like clomid, they should be taken in a similar manner to clomid, beginning somewhere between day 1 and day 5 of her cycle, and continued for five consecutive days. For example, a woman may take clomid for days 1-5, days 2-6, days 3-7, days 4-8 or days 5-9.

What are the side affects of soy isoflavones?

Side affects of soy isoflavones include upset stomach, diarrhea, and headache.

What are the chances of conceiving twins on soy isoflavones?

There is limited data available for the use of soy isoflavones to treat fertility, however it does look somewhat promising. The chances of conceiving twins may not be as high as the chances of conceiving twins on clomid, however, they are higher than what they would be otherwise.

Is there anything else I should know about soy isoflavones?

Soy isoflavones should be avoided, or discussed with a doctor beforehand, if any of the following conditions are present; breast cance, hepatic disease, prostate cancer, kidney disease, taking hormone treatments, thyroid disease, allergies to soy, peanuts or other legumes.

Soy isoflavones should not be taken while breastfeeding or pregnant.

Soy isoflavones may interact with the following medications; androstenedione, antibiotics, clomiphene, DHEA, contraceptives and other female hormones, finasteride, raloxifene, red clover, tamoxifen, testosterone and other male hormones, thyroid hormones, and toremifene.

 
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