Natural Alternatives to Clomid
on Aug 02, 2012
by Prabha Sahgal, MD
Clomid is the easiest & most popular choice for women with ovulatory issues. However, there are natural herbal alternatives out there with no side effects that are also far less expensive.
For most women who want to become pregnant, Clomid is the holy grail of fertility. Therefore, Clomid is a well-known medication to all women who face or have faced the problem of fertility. For those who are not familiar with this medication, it would be good for them to become aware of some details about Clomid, as it would be also useful for them to learn about the existence of the alternatives that nature offers to this treatment. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Firstly, it is important to know what exactly Clomid is and how it works. For women experiencing anovulation caused infertility, irregular ovulation or other fertility problems, Clomid is the first medication recommended by doctors. But how does Clomid work? Basically, it increases the production of the pituitary gland hormones, which are blocking the negative feedback from the hypothalamus. To make it even clearer than that, what Clomid does is to force ovulation. Although Clomid is an effective medication, there are a list of possible negative side effects of this treatment such as: oversize ovaries, multiple births, spotting, nausea, pelvis bloating, headaches, menstrual bleeding, mood changes or fatigue.
The good news though for women, who have a low tolerance or no tolerance at all to Clomid treatment, is that nature has given birth to natural methods of curing their fertility problems. These treatments consist of of herbs and vitamins such as primrose oil, natural progesterone cream, vitamin B6 and so on. If she chooses to use a natural alternative treatment, than she should be familiar with fertility herbs such as: Tribulus Terrestris, Vitex, Shatavari, Maca and the pregnancy prep herbal blend (mixture of herbs like Tribulus Terrestris, Vitex, Shatavari, Maca and a variety of other supportive herbs). And last but not least, a woman who chooses a natural treatment should not, under any circumstances, combine Clomid with any of the fertility herbs mentioned in this article, except vitamin B6.
Even though Clomid is a quick solution to infertility, unfortunately it doesn’t provide a solution to the basic problem. The natural cures, although slower in terms of results than the traditional medication, are healthier and the long-term benefits are more satisfying. Now that we know our fertility treatment options, the next logical question that arises is: what should a woman do to prepare her body for getting pregnant? The most important thing that a woman should do to prepare herself for pregnancy is: to have a balanced diet, to exercise regularly, to make a plan for reducing stress, to consider the use of fertility herbs and fertility massages.
Finally, the most important thing for women to be aware of is that regardless of the choice they make, they have to consult their specialist before taking any kind of fertility treatment.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.