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Other Ways to Get Pregnant: Boosting your Fertility without Drugs

Updated on June 7, 2012

Infertility can be incredibly hard. While some women manage to fall pregnant instantaneously, for others it may be a very long journey indeed.

Fertility Drugs

If you've been trying to conceive for a year or more your first port of call will probably be your family doctor, who may then refer you on to a fertility specialist.

After testing, you might decide to try fertility drugs such as Clomid, or assisted conception techniques like In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

While these techniques are successful for some, the procedures are not pleasant, and the drugs involved can have a whole range of really nasty side effects.

Photo credit: Rein Van Oyen, on Flickr.com
Photo credit: Rein Van Oyen, on Flickr.com

Finding another way?

If you would rather not dive straight into the drug route, you might wish to consider some of the healthy fertility-boosting products that are out there.

Often people are unaware that these other options even exist, but they're widely available products which can improve your chances of conceiving.

Many women have gone on to become pregnant as a result of using one of more of these products, and the best thing is that they work with your body, not against it. So rather than having bad side-effects, you might find that your overall health improves as a result of using them!

Of course different things work for different people, but it's good to know your options, and this hub is about some fertility options that you might not have heard of before.


Are you mentally ready for a baby?

You might be fit and healthy and in tip-top condition, but according to this cd you still may not conceive if you are giving your body a mental "no".

Part of Maggie Howell's Natal Hypnotherapy range, this Prepare to Conceive cd has helped countless women to conceive, some of whom had been trying for many years. For some, this cd succeeded where several rounds of IVF had failed.

One woman says, "I liked the way that the CD reinforced my belief in my own body's ability to conceive a child". Using relaxation exercises and visualisation, this product helps you to resolve any problems that are standing in your way.


Getting your hormones right.

Conception is a complicated process. In order to conceive all of our hormones need to be at the right levels at just the right time. Sometimes this might not be the case; a poor diet, illness, stress, or hormonal disorders like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can upset this delicate balance.

Agnus castus (also known as vitex or chasteberry), is a powerful herb which has the effect of increasing the amount of progesterone that your body produces. This can be especially useful if your body lacks progesterone, which may be causing you to have irregular periods, and is an important factor in PCOS.

As we don't normally know our own hormone levels, it is always best to consult a qualified herbalist before taking this product, to check that it is right for you.

Many women have seen their cycle regulate itself after taking agnus castus.


Don't kill the sperm!

Ok, so you're physically and mentally ready for a baby, you're having sex at just the right time and your partner's sperm is healthy and raring to go... But just as they begin the ultimate race, an invisible and unexpected enemy shoots them down.

Most vaginal lubricants, (including KY Jelly), can be deadly as far a sperm are concerned.

Cervical mucous has a pH value (measure of acidity/alkalinity) that is normally conducive to sperm. However, these artificial lubricants alter the natural environment of the vagina, changing this pH value to one where fewer sperm can survive. They also apparently affect the sperms' motility, or their ability to move around.

Which all sounds a bit tragic for the poor sperm! And means that your lubricant could be reducing your chances of conceiving.

So a couple of sperm-friendly vaginal lubricants have been developed recently; Pre-Seed and Conceive Plus. According to the manufacturers, many couples have had success in becoming pregnant simply by changing their lubricant.


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  • Gabby McMahon profile image

    Gabby McMahon 

    6 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

    raspberry leaf tea also supposed to do wonders for those who are trying, apart from being full of vitamins it also helps to strengthen the uterus wall where the embryo will embed itself

  • Moon Daisy profile imageAUTHOR

    Moon Daisy 

    6 years ago from London

    Hi Malougie, sorry it's taken me so long to reply. I'm not a medical person so I can't help you much I'm afraid. Maybe you might want to get a second opinion, and make sure that they have done all the tests that they can. (Including checking that you have viable eggs, fallopian tubes that are not blocked, and ruling out things like endometriosis and polycycstic ovaries). IVF can be successful for somebody without any identifiable problems, although it can be expensive if not funded for you. I'm sure you have considered this too, and it's obviously something that should be discussed with your doctor. I'm sorry that I can't help more, I wish you good luck.

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    Malougie 

    6 years ago

    i had the hard time to conceive a baby and i really felt bad. i've been 4 yrs. married and still have no baby. i already consult my ob-gyne in order to know if i had malfunction in my ovary there with my ob-gyne confirms i had a healthy ovary and nothing to worries. but i still in haste why i'm still not pregnant.please can you help me?

  • Moon Daisy profile imageAUTHOR

    Moon Daisy 

    7 years ago from London

    Hi Reynold Jay, thank you for your lovely comments, and thanks for reading my hub! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    Reynold Jay 

    7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

    I admit it> I'm not going to get much from this however I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and Useful. Hey! I'm now your fan! RJ

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