Natural Alternatives to Clomid

on Aug 02, 2012

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Natural Alternatives to Clomid

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

What exactly is Clomid?

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.

Natural herbal alternatives to Clomid

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.

Treating the cause to find a solution

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.

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  • Vitex and maca were very instrumental in helping me conceive at ages 39 and 41!  I know that natural remedies work.

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  • junekitty

    Hey I been tryna get pregnant for the last past couple months in still haven’t concieve what am I doing wrong

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Evaluating your body’s health, your eating habits, and lifestyle, can prove quite helpful in determining what prevents you from conceiving. A problem in one of those could be the reason. It is recommended that you see your doctor for a preconception visit, in order for you to have the best options for your personal care. Concurrently, start increasing your chances of conceiving by eating right, exercising regularly, reducing stress, tracking cycles in order to time intercourse on fertile days, and keeping a positive outlook on conceiving. Bear in mind that it generally takes at least four months to a year for a normal couple to conceive, so just keep on trying. Good luck!

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  • Pink

    I had fives c section I have high blood pressure and diabetes and a fibroid I wanted to know if I can still have another baby?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

     Fibroids can cause infertility depending on the size and the location of the fibroid. You and your baby’s health are at great risk when you are pregnant with diabetes and high blood pressure. If you have diabetes and are considering having a baby, you should meet with your doctor 3-6 months before you try to conceive. Your doctor can determine if your diabetes is well-controlled and if it is safe fo you to have a baby.

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  • Rachel Shannon

    I had my mirea removed after 4.5 years with no periods during the time the mirena is in. We are trying b to conceive but I have yet to have a period after mirena. Is there something I can take to help my period start so I can track ovulation?

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  • T.J.

    Hi, I’m 37 and thinking of expanding our family. I have hypothyroidism, celiac disease, and nonAddison’s hypoadrenalism. I am trying my darnedest to keep my hypothyroidism under control and I no longer require steroids for my adrenals (although some days are better than others). I’m trying desperately to heal from the celiac and have been gluten free for 1 and 1 half years. I’m continually taking up to 250 mg iron daily as anemia won’t leave me alone! I eat low carb and plenty of vegetables as well as taking several quality supplements daily. My cycles are irregular and loooong, usually 38-45 days. I’ve been using progesterone cream for the last 3 months, but maybe I’m not using it properly? I use 10 mg days 1-14 and 20 mg days 15-30. I’m not sure if I’m ovulating. Basal temping doesn’t work for me because my hypo conditions create a result which is impossible to dicipher! I’m trying to get as healthy as possible I just don’t know what I can be doing to increase the odds? Any advice or encouragement you can give is greatly appreciated!

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  • tasha

    am trying to get pregnant but its been 8monhs of no success ,i used to have irregular cycles (60days apart-5months ago)but now its a cycle of 31days after a combination of herbs (vitex,maca.evening primrose oil,raspberry leaf,and a prenatal) the only thing i have noticed is light spotting in the last part of my cycle on and off, do you think my progesterone levels are low or its something else?

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  • FSH shock

    HI – I’m 43 & just learned my FSH is 19.2, LH: 6.4, Estradiol: 28, Total Testosterone: 3, Free tstorone is 0.2. everything else normal. I was hoping for a sibling for my toddler & just assumed i had time as my mother was 52 at menopause & older sister is not p-menopausal. Will DHEA help? Anything i can add to my diet? Periods every 24-ish days. In-vitro in not an option at this point due to expense.. any advice appreciated!

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  • bobbert2679

    My wife and I have been trying to get preggers for 13 years now..to no avail. We saw a doctor who told us that my wife has a deep cervix, tipped uterus, and her hormones are not being recieved after they are produced..we have tried everything herbal from black cohosh to votes…best so far was false unicorn root..which made her regular but not ovulate. We have been considering clomid through the mail..as we cannot afford a fertility doctor at the time.. so if anyone has any suggestions we are deffinately open

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  • JL

    Went to see a Fertility Specialist at a well known, ivy league affiliated clinic … the Doctor did n to do anything other then test after test and then refused to work with me until I lost weight + told me that because my A1C was 6.5 (right after halloween + my birthday + thanksgiving + christmas, and while I am normally do not have much of a sweet-tooth it was our 1st holidays in our new home so we + our families went all out, so not typical) I should use birth control, but when I called an Endo they said that for actual insulin dependent Diabetics (which I am not one) they consider pregnancy safe with an A1C (on insulin) of 7 or under. I am 35, I have been TTC for 7 years … of course being at a healthy weight would be ideal, but I do not have any more time to wait/waste. I eat as healthy as possible, organic fruits & veg + grass-fed/pastured dairy & meats, limited grains, etc. but my metabolism is super lethargic and my major issue is unbalanced hormones … so it is definitely all related. I was on Depo for 10+ years and have been off since 2007 and my menstruation never resumed normal function, for the 1st few years off Depo I struggled with amenorrhea and then menorrhagia until maybe 2013, since my menstruation has been more normalized though my cycle length is irregular. I have never had a positive pregnancy test, ever. I recently started to take a prenatal vitamin with probiotic + vitex + saw palmetto + maca + wild yam + ashwagandha + evening primrose oil daily … is there anything else I could add to help? I have an appointment at another fertility clinic (in Boston that my cousin used for all 4 of her children) but my appointment is a month+ out and I am a bit leery after my last experience.

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