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What About Unexplained Infertility?

What About Unexplained Infertility?

Unexplained infertility is a term we hear a lot in the reproductive world. Basically it is the term used when there is no found cause for infertility. Usually a couple has gone through all of the testing available and everything comes back clear. This is good news, but can be so frustrating if you have not gotten pregnant yet. In the case of unexplained infertility it can be hard to figure out what to do next. A diagnosis of unexplained infertility is given to about 25% of couples with infertility.

Unexplained Infertility:
Cover the Basics

Sometimes it could be as simple as a nutritional deficiency, low cervical mucous, inaccurate timing of sexual intercourse, a pre-existing health issue, or it may be that you need to explore options for more in-depth testing. It is important to cover all the basics, including additional testing that may need to take place. We are going to cover key areas that need to be addressed, some areas may or may not apply to you, but some may have not been taken into consideration when you were given your diagnosis.

Approximately a quarter of all consultations we do involve couples who are given a diagnosis of unexplained infertility, yet they also have other health related conditions, may have poor dietary and lifestyle habits and many even have fertility issues that directly impact reproductive health. If you have been diagnosed with a fertility issue such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, etc., those issues may be what is causing your infertility struggles. It is very important to address those issues individually, prior to trying to conceive.

Hormonal Balance

If the hormones are not balanced or the menstrual cycle is off, pregnancy can not occur. If pregnancy does occur, the risk of miscarriage increases. This is important for the male partner as well. Men can have a hormonal imbalance as well, which may contribute to difficulties in becoming pregnant due to poor sperm health, or other health related issues.

Women
Menstrual cycle irregularities may be a sign of hormonal imbalance, or other more serious fertility issues. If any of the below hormones are not at the correct levels, the menstrual cycle may become irregular. Hormonal imbalance may cause a variety of other health related issues that can affect quality of life. For example thinning hair, heart palpitations, low libido, depression, etc.

  • Progesterone
  • Estrogen
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • Androgens for example DHEA, Testosterone
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Prolactin

Men
The number one hormonal imbalance in men is with the ratio of testosterone vs. estrogen. Other health related problems may contribute to hormonal imbalance in men. Poor diet and lifestyle choices are the most common reason for hormonal imbalance, low sperm count and health. Common signs of hormonal imbalance in men are low libido, abnormal hair growth, and erectile dysfunction.

The most common hormonal imbalance in men:

Cervical Mucous

Low cervical mucous is one of the simplest yet most important factors to becoming pregnant. If the cervical mucous is scant, non existent or too acidic, then the sperm will not be able to make there way to the cervix.

Causes of Low Cervical Mucous

  • Not enough water intake each day
  • Poor circulation to the reproductive organs; sedentary lifestyle
  • Hormonal imbalance may cause changes to the entire menstrual cycle, which may inhibit production of fertile cervical mucous. Both low progesterone and estrogen levels may cause low cervical mucous production.
  • Fertility medications containing hormones can alter fertile cervical mucous production
  • Cervical fibroid (very rare)
  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) and cryosurgery damage for cervical dysplasia or HPV. These procedures can in some cases cause cervical scar tissue damage which may close off the ducts that secrete the cervical mucous. This is very rare.

There are natural remedies that help the body to produce more, sperm friendly cervical mucous as well as sperm friendly lubricants.

Other Health Related Factors and Problems that Affect Both Women and Men’s Fertility

Other health related problems may cause hormonal imbalance, poor egg health, low ovarian reserve, or poor/abnormal immune response which may affect conception. Many times doctors may overlook these other health issues or not link them to a couple’s fertility troubles. If you have any of the below health issues, it is important to first address those problems, because problems with any of the below may directly impact your ability to conceive.

  • Thyroid issues
  • Poor Adrenal Health
  • Very low body weight
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cancer (chemotherapy and radiation may cause Premature Ovarian Failure or low sperm count and health)
  • Injury or trauma to reproductive organs, or one of the endocrine glands
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug Addiction
  • Hypertension
  • Long-term use of medications
  • Heavy exposure to radiation or other environmental pollution

Note: We have many great articles about most of the above topics, simply do a search in the top right hand corner of the page!

Stress

You may not know it, but our bodies are equipped to prevent conception from occurring during times of extreme stress. The presence of adrenaline, the hormone that is released by our bodies during stressful times, signals to our body that conditions are not ideal for conception. Adrenalin inhibits us from utilizing the hormone progesterone, which is essential for fertility. It also causes the pituitary gland to release higher levels of prolactin, which may also contribute to fertility issues that prevent conception from occuring. High stress levels can impact fertility for both female and male partners.

Recent research tells us that stress boosts levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline, catecholamines and cortisol, which can inhibit the release of the body’s main hormone, GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone), which is responsible for the release of sex hormones. Subsequently this may suppress ovulation in women, reduce sperm count in men and lower libido in both women and men. GnRH is responsible for the release of Luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone by the pituitary, the suppression of testosterone, estrogens, and sexual behavior.

Chronic stress may cause lack of libido as well as a decrease in general fertility. Learn great tips on stress management here…

Have You Had All the Necessary Testing?

There are a wide range of tests that doctors perform before they diagnose a couple with unexplained infertility, but through the hundreds of consultations we have done, most couples have not had complete tests performed. Be sure you get the following hormones tested.

Full hormone panel including:

  • Progesterone
  • Estradiol
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • Androgens (ex: testosterone/DHEA)
  • Thyroid hormone levels
  • Prolactin levels
  • Homocysteine levels
  • Immunological markers

It is very important for both couples to be tested. Many times the female partner will be given an unexplained infertility diagnosis, but her male partner has not had any testing performed. Male partners need to be tested as well!

Who is in Need of Immunological Fertility Testing?
People with the following indications may want to consider getting testing by a Reproductive Immunologist. A Reproductive Immunologist differs from a Reproductive Endocrinologist, which most couples are referred to when fertility issues are not determined by an OB GYN, or other doctor. Reproductive Immunologists have the training and skills to determine if there is in fact an immunological response gone awry that is causing difficulty in getting pregnant or carrying to full term.

  • Two or more miscarriages after the age of 35
  • Two IVF failures after the age of 35
  • 3 miscarriages before the age of 35
  • 1 failed IVF before the age of 35
  • Poor egg production from a stimulated cycle (6 eggs or less)
  • Blighted ovum
  • Pre-existing immune problems (Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, MS)
  • Unexplained Infertility diagnosis
  • Previous pregnancies showing retarded fetal growth
  • One healthy pregnancy with all subsequent pregnancies ending in miscarriage
  • Endometriosis, especially stage 1 & 2
  • Cold and flu-like symptoms, sore throat noted regularly after ovulation, IUI, or IVF transfer
  • Family history of immune disorders, either side of the family

Learn to Chart Your Most Fertile Times and Time Sexual Intercourse Correctly

Be sure you are timing sexual intercourse right. It may be that you are missing your window of opportunity a.k.a. your most fertile time! Could it really be as simple as inaccurate timing? Yes!

According to a recent study researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, polled 204 women who were enrolled for assisted reproductive technology (ART). Only 13 percent of the women could correctly answer which days of their menstrual cycle they were most fertile, but 68 percent believed they had timed sexual intercourse correctly.

Kerry Hampton, who lead the study said, “This study found a majority of the women seeking fertility treatment had insufficient knowledge of when to time intercourse to optimize natural conception…Accurately timed intercourse on fertile days of the menstrual cycle may reduce the time it takes a couple to get pregnant, helping some to avoid unnecessary ART treatment.”

You have a 6 day window to get pregnant, with only 2 peak days. So begin trying to conceive 3 days prior to ovulation, the day of ovulation and 2 days after that. If your male partner has low sperm count or poor sperm health, try to have sex only the day of ovulation. Abstaining from sexual intercourse for the days prior to ovulation will help to build up his sperm count.

Most women ovulate 2 weeks before menstruation begins. Charting helps you to know if and when you may be ovulating; which will help you to know when to try to conceive.
Learn different methods of fertility charting here…

Natural Options for Unexplained Infertility

Doctors often jump to aggressive fertility medications or give the couple the option of IVF if they are not able to conceive on their own naturally. It seems like there should be a better way, right? So if you have been diagnosed with infertility for unknown reasons, what should you do? Let’s start by taking a good look at daily lifestyle and eating habits and then what we can do naturally to prepare for pregnancy.

The great thing about herbs and natural therapies is that the focus is on bringing the body back into balance. With unexplained infertility there are a few areas you can look into. A simple program to follow is outlined below.

1. Eat a Nutritious Nutrient Dense Whole Foods Diet

Nutritional Status: Eat a Fertility Diet

Diet is the most important way to support fertility health. What you put into your body and what you avoid are the foundation for cellular health, this includes the cells that make the egg and sperm. We are what we eat. Nutritional deficiencies contribute to almost all fertility issues.

Having a nutritional deficiency can cause the menstrual cycle to become imbalanced, may cause a lack of beneficial hormones to be produced, contribute to poor sperm count and health or cause the body to lack overall health. For example, iron is necessary for ovulation. Calcium is vital to healthy menstruation. Folic acid is required prior to conception to prevent birth defects in the baby and Vitamin C is essential for sperm health.

Changing the diet should always be the first thing anyone with unexplained infertility focuses on. Keep a journal of everything you eat a day, what areas are lacking?

So, what does eating a whole food diet mean? This means that the foods you consume should be minimally processed, as close to their natural state as possible. Harvard performed a study that showed an 80% decrease in infertility by switching to a fertility diet.

Key diet tips to follow:

Eat Whole Foods– Fresh vegetables, fruits, raw seeds and nuts, whole grains, lean grass fed free range organic meats and dairy products (limited).

Examples of Whole Foods:

  • Dried beans you make yourself vs. canned beans
  • Homemade organic leftover meat vs. deli meats
  • Raw, lightly steamed, or lightly sauteed veggies/fruit vs. canned, also, frozen is a better option than canned, but raw is still best
  • Raw dairy products vs. pasteurized and homogenized dairy products
  • Fresh vegetable/fruit juices vs. concentrated and pasteurized juice
  • Whole grains vs. pastas and breads

Take a whole food multivitamin. This can help to ensure you are getting all the proper nutrients needed daily! This means both partners, men need to take a multivitamin just as much as a woman does!

Avoid anti-nutrients– Processed foods abound. Most things in the grocery store that come in a box are highly processed and contain preservatives, dyes, and fillers. Some of these anti-nutrients may actually harm fertility health because they disrupt hormonal balance.

Drink clean water– Drink filtered water, try to avoid tap water. Be sure you are drinking at least 8 full glasses of water. This will not only keep you hydrated, but will help you to flush toxins from the body daily.

Learn the full details of eating a Natural Fertility Diet here…

2. Lifestyle Management

Address Stress!

Take a look at both partners stress levels. If you have high stress there is a possibility that this may be hindering conception efforts for multiple reasons. The body is designed to prevent conception from occurring during times of high stress. High stress impacts hormone levels, sperm and egg health as well as libido. Work to reduce stress levels. Try meditation, calming herbs, daily exercise, etc.

Exercise

Get your body moving! Exercise is extremely important for a variety of reasons. Regular exercise strengthens the muscles, builds stamina, may increase flexibility, increases circulation, keeps stress, depression and anxiety at bay, and promotes regular detoxification of excess hormones and toxins in the body. It is important to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Make sure that the exercise you choose to do promotes sweat. Sweating is not only the body’s way to cool itself off, it is its way to naturally detoxify daily. All of this is very important for healthy hormonal balance and circulation to the reproductive organs. Regular exercise also is beneficial for preparing the body for the hard work of childbirth.

Cut out bad habits!

Consider daily habits you have that are not so healthy. This could be smoking, drinking alcohol regularly, high caffeine or sugar intake. All of these are known to directly negatively impact fertility for both men and women.

Fertility Cleansing

Beginning your natural fertility plan by choosing to do a Fertility Cleanse may help to reduce the impacts of bad lifestyle choices and prepare the body for healthy conception. Twice yearly Fertility Cleansing for both the female and male partners may greatly support hormonal balance while promoting natural detoxification of environmental toxins.

3. Consider following an Herbal and Nutritional Supplement Program

Fertility Herbs

Fertility Herbs are a great way to bring about healthy healing and change in the body. There are many supportive herbs for pregnancy preparation and supporting men’s fertility health. Some herbs are considered fertility superfoods which boost nutrition while supporting endocrine system function. Other herbs prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Some aid in menstrual cycle regulation, stress support and some have been shown to increase sperm health.

Once the body is cleansed and ready for trying to conceive you may want to add pregnancy preparation herbs to your mix. There are specific herbs that help prepare the body for healthy conception, promote ovulation and keep the hormones balanced. My favorite herbal blend for this is FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2 for women. Here are some key herbs in this blend and their beneficial actions:

    Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris): This herb is specific to supporting hormonal balance. Tribulus has been shown to promote regular ovulation, while also improving the timing of ovulation.

    Rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa): Rehmannia root is effective at reducing uterine inflammation and spasm. It is also a nourishing blood tonic, important for a healthy menstrual cycle. Rehmannia has been used traditionally for thousands of years in TCM to improve liver function and health which in turn helps with hormonal balance.

    Vitex, Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex agnus-castus): Vitex supports hormonal balance in the body by having an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (hormonal feedback loop). Vitex has been found to help normalize ovulation.

    Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis): A wonderful reproductive toner which increases circulation to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. This is one of the best herbs for supporting uterine health. Dong Quai is an effective aid for regulating hormonal control; promoting a healthy menstrual cycle.

    Maca (Lepidium meyenii): Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance). Maca may help to increase progesterone levels, which are essential to carrying a healthy pregnancy.

Supportive Herbs for Male Fertility

    American Ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius): American Ginseng may support healthy sex drive, erectile dysfunction and enhance sexual performance in men. It works to strengthen the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis, aiding hormonal balance, stress management and immune function.

    Fo-ti, also known as Ho Shou Wu or He Shou Wu, root (Polygonum multiflorum): Traditionally used for men who have low libido, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction and poor sperm motility, Fo-ti, supports fertility longevity.

    Goji berry, dried fruit (Lycium barbarum, L.chinense): Goji berries protect sperm from hyperthermia (overheating), increase hormone levels, sperm quantity and quality through their high antioxidant content. They also work to support hormonal balance through improved liver function and are extremely nutritious as well.

    Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Men who use maca have been seen to have an increased libido and healthy sperm; showing an increase in seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculate, and sperm motility.

    Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum): Milk thistle seed is one of the best plants for liver health. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones this in turn supports hormonal balance.

    Seaweed (variety of species): Seaweed is extremely high in vitamins and minerals, including iodine, which is necessary for proper thyroid function. Additionally, it is high in fiber for improved estrogen metabolism.

    Tribulus, aerial parts and fruit (Tribulus terrestris): Tribulus has been shown to be effective in aiding sex hormone production, increase in LH and testosterone in men and may help to increase sperm count, motility and health.

Learn about a variety of different herbs that support healthy fertility here…

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are one of the most important components to having healthy fertility that every woman and man needs to focus on. Antioxidants are a family of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that help to protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cell structures. Antioxidants are one of the first lines of defense we have for protecting egg and sperm health!

Omega Essential Fatty Acids

EFA’s aid the body in balancing weight, support body system function, and create a healthy environment for conception. EFA’s have been shown to support hormonal production and balance in both men and women.

A sample program for couples experiencing unexplained infertility:

Women

Month One: Fertility Diet, Fertility Cleanse, Prenatal multivitamin, Omega Fatty Acid, Antioxidants
Month Two+: Fertility Diet, FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2 herbal blend, Prenatal multivitamin, Omega Fatty Acid, Antioxidants

Men

Month One: Fertility Diet, Male Fertility Cleanse, Men’s Multivitamin, Omega Fatty Acid, Antioxidants
Month Two+: Fertility Diet, Men’s Multivitamin, Omega Fatty Acid, Antioxidants, Supportive Herbs

Additional nutrients that you may want to add to this sample program:

Systemic Enzyme Therapy: This is helpful for situations of autoimmune infertility, where the body attacks and rejects the embryo or the sperm. Systemic Enzyme Therapy is also helpful if scar tissue or stagnation may be present. Examples of stagnation are conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, or blocked tubes.

Summary

When facing unexplained infertility it is important to cover the basics first: hormonal balance, cervical mucous, health problems, stress levels, nutritional status and lifestyle habits. Do you think you may need additional testing? If so, that needs to be addressed as well. Be sure you are timing sex correctly and be sure you learn to chart your cycle so you know exactly when your most fertile times are. Eat well. Reduce stress. Exercise. Cut out bad habits. Consider supportive herbs and supplements.

References:
– LiveScience Staff. (9/6/2012). When Can You Get Pregnant? Many Women Don’t Know, Study Claims. Huff Post Women. Retrieved online from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/when-can-you-get-pregnant-fertility-calendar-conception_n_1861006.html
– Braga, D. P. D. A. F., Halpern, G., Rita de Cássia, S. F., Setti, A. S., Iaconelli, A., & Borges, E. (2012). Food intake and social habits in male patients and its relationship to intracytoplasmic sperm injection outcomes. Fertility and sterility, 97(1), 53-59. Retrieved online from: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282%2811%2902677-X/abstract
– Romm, Aviva, M.D.(2010). Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. St. Louis, Missouri: Churchill Livingstone.
– Winston, David. Maimes, Steven. (2007). Adaptogens Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press.
– Barton-Schuster, Dalene, C.H. (n.d.). Immune Infertility: Natural Options for Immunological Fertility Issues. Retrieved online from: http://natural-fertility-info.com/immune-infertility.html

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  1. Hi:

    We have been TTC for about two years. At age 19, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and had surgery for that. I’m now 32 years old, have regular periods that come every 21 days and last for exactly 5 days but I do get cysts almost every month with my cycle, but always go away when my doctor puts me on birth control pills. We started doing IVF in 2010 and have had 3 failed IVF’s. I’m sure you most likely will need to know more about my health and lifestyle to give an answer, but can you attempt to possibly tell me which of the vitamins and/or herbs on your website that you would recommend that could possibly help me get pregnant? Pleaase help as much as you can. Thanks

    Quita W.

  2. Hi Hethir,
    Here’s my situation: when I was 42 I got pregnant naturally after about 11 months of unprotected sex. At 7 weeks I had a missed miscarriage. I have been TTC now for 2 years to no avail. I am healthy, at a healthy weight; don’t smoke; occasionally drink; am taking COQ10 and now Maca (after listening to your advice on the fertility summit); have regular periods (since 11); immaculate blood tests showing no deficiencies; BBT shows perfect temperatures; have on most occasions timed sex well; have also used pre-seed to assit; drink green tea and enough water – all to no avail. I guess I’d be happier if I conceived and miscarried again just to know that I can actually conceive. Not being able to get pregnant at all is terribly frustrating. Is it a case of accepting that it’s probably my age and am too old or is there hope?

    Hi. In addition to my previous post, I just got my blood results which show the following:
    AMH – <1.1 pmol/L
    FSH – 27 IU/L
    Prolactin – 89 mIU/L
    Estrogen – 172 pmol/L
    Progesterone – 27 nmol/L

    My GP couldn't explain the results as he doesn't specialise in this arena. But from what I've read they are not good news. Am I right?

    Regards.

  3. I am 38 years old and pregnant with my third child. Prior to becoming pregnant I had hormonal issues and started taking Maca. Thanks to your website and Maca I am now 31 pregnant! I fear having the hormonal imbalance again after I deliver and am wondering what supplements are safe to take while breastfeeding. I have a great doctor with a good team of nurses that I see regularly, but they don’t approve of any supplements as they are not FDA approved. Therefore, I can’t ask them for their opinion. I have a different opinion on supplements and would like to be “normal” after the delivery. Please advise.
    Thank You!!!

    • Hi Lourdes,

      Congratulations on your upcoming birth! How exciting to welcome your third child!

      Dietary supplements are placed under a general umbrella of foods, not drugs, by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. Under DSHEA, a firm is responsible for determining that the dietary supplements it manufactures or distributes are safe and that any representations or claims made about them are substantiated by adequate evidence to show that they are not false or misleading. This means that dietary supplements do not need approval from FDA before they are marketed. This is a good thing! If the FDA regulated all herbs and nutritional supplement, you most likely would not be able to purchase them any longer, until they were standardized in to a pharmaceutical drug, with a long list of life threatening side effects like you see on all of the pharmaceutical drug commercials on TV.

      Lucky you, we recently came out with an article on which fertility herbs are safe for women who breastfeed, you can read it here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/is-it-safe-to-breastfeed-and-take-herbs-for-fertility.html

      Please let us know when you have that sweet baby!

      All the best to you,

      Dalene

  4. Hello,
    I wanted to get your opinion about whether I should do the Fertility Cleanse and/or Pregnancy Prep? My husband and I have been TTC for a year and a half now without success. I went through all of the testing and it came back normal thus giving me a diagnosis of “unexplained infertility.” (My husband tested fine as well.) I am looking for natural ways to get pregnant and wondered what of your products I should try? Part of me wonders if I have some trouble with ovulating and I know that I have a tipped uterus. Does this affect pregnancy?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Katherine,

      The Fertility Cleanse in general is a great way for anyone who is experiencing fertility challenges to create a foundation for hormonal balance and a healthy uterus for implantation. Fertility Cleansing creates a “clean slate” within the body that helps the body to respond and utilize other natural remedies better. This cleanse is best done first, prior to beginning other herbs for fertility. Pregnancy Prep may be started after the Fertility Cleanse is over. I find that yearly cleansing is essential to health!

      Learning how to chart your cycle will help you to determine if you are in fact ovulating. Learn how to chart here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/guide-to-fertility-charting.html

      We have a great article on tilted uterus and what you can do about it here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/tilted-uterus.html

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  5. Hello
    I happened to come across this site and it’s really uplifting to see that there’s lots of other women facing similar challenges accross the globe.
    I am 29yr old and my hubby, 34 have been trying to concieve for about 3 years now. Year by year i went through so many tests and the only thing my gyn could see was some mayomas that were far from interfering with my fertility. Just this Sept 2011, i went for another one of the many ultra sound scans i have been having. They found a small polyp in the uterus and had it removed under local anastasia on Dec 1, 2011. Other than that, every test has come back perfect, my hubby has also tested perfect and the fact that he has a 6 yr old from the past. My question is, do you think that i should believe the gyn that i have 87% more chance of getting pregnant now that the polyp has been removed or should i go for one of your products?. I should also mention that i had another smal polyp removed the exact date and time in 20110, this one was just on top of the uterus entrance and i thought that was it… my period has never failed me since i was 14, very regular but every now and then,i bleed too much especially in my mid 20’s. I also just quit smoking and drinking too much alcohol even though the specialist strongly believes that it does NOT have much to do with my “Unexplained infertility” and that i am extremely fertile. I live in Denmark where medical care is free but doesn’t seem to work for mee… It’s soooo confusing. Please advice

    Mo

    • Hi Mo,

      Without knowing more about you and your lifestyle, health history, ect., it is extremely difficult to say what may be happening. Uterine polyps are a sign of hormonal imbalance. So that may be an issue. Timing sexual intercourse is very important as well, as there are only a few days that you have a chance to become pregnant. Learning to chart your cycle would be helpful. Supporting hormonal balance with fertility superfoods may be helpful as well. Because I don’t have the best information about you, you may want to consider a consultation. While your doctor may feel that smoking and drinking alcohol may not affect fertility, if you are struggling, it may be a factor.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  6. I want to start getting massages to help with my stress. Should I get a massage right before I ovulate? I’m trying everything natural before I go down the fertility drug route.
    Thanks:)

    • Hi Christine,

      Choosing regular massage therapy is a great way to reduce stress levels! Talk to your massage therapist about timing the massage, let him/her know that you are trying to conceive and they can help you to make a plan of when to schedule appointments. You want to avoid abdominal massage or certain points on the body that may stimulate labor, especially if you think you may be pregnant (after ovulation up to your period if you are not sure).

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  7. Hi I am 24 years old, I’ve spent the past 4 years with my husband trying to become pregnant. The doctor i’ve seen in the past was very vague and said I had an unexplained infertility issue. I do not have regular menstrual cycles. I was placed on metformin to help with my “hormones” it works in helping with my periods, I do not get them every month, but almost every other month. After my menstrual cycle (when I do get them) i’ll check for ovulation with an ovluation kit, and it shows I only ovulate (1) once per cycle. What would help me?

    • Hi Abigail,

      Metformin is a medication usually given to women with PCOS, for insulin resistance. It sounds like you may not know this and it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about this. If you are using OPK and you are getting a positive sign once a month, that is all you need! Most women ovulate only one time per month. The most fertile days for a woman are the two days prior to ovulation, and the day of ovulation. You may find it helpful to learn more about charting, which you can do at this link: http://natural-fertility-info.com/menstrual-calendar-charting-your-signs-of-fertility.html

      All the best,

      Dalene

  8. I was wondering if it is safe to take Vitex, EPO, Estrosense, Maca, all together. Do I need all of them? thanks

    • Hi Daniela,

      All of those herbs have been shown safe for combination. There is no way for me to know if these herbs are right for you or not, as you provided little information about yourself and situation.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  9. Hello,
    After going through the articles on your very helpful site, I am doing the Fertility Cleanse for my current cycle (D15). I have also started Royal Jelly and am also slowly transforming to the Fertility Diet. I am working out a plan for myself after the cleanse and am hoping you would be able to provide inputs.
    I am 33yrs old. Except for the past 2 yrs, I have always had irregular periods – sometimes going as long as 6 months without a period. I have lots of body and facial hair (upper lips, chin, neck). Also, my periods are more often than not, very painful and make me weak and disoriented. On a number of occassions I have taken time off from work at the start of my period.
    My cycles over the past 2 yrs have stabalized to 6w – on their own – I have no explanation. However, when we TTC starting 1.5 yrs back, I found I did not ovulate – the OPK never showed a positive and on reading about it, I realized I had ‘never’ in my lifetime had EWCM. My ob/gyn put me on Clomid – I have been on 4 cycles of clomid so far. I had ovulated during the initial 2 (the first time I experienced EWCM). However, I did not ovulate during the 3rd and 4th cycle even though the 4th cycle was of a higher dosage (100mg). An ultrasound prior to the Clomid cycle had shown incompletely developed follicles. I have never been on BC pills.
    Given that I do not ovulate on my own, I am wondering what is the best path for my body? Since I ovulated on Clomid and among other signs, have a lot of body hair, I am inclined to think low progesterone is not my problem. Hence, maybe Vitex is not for me? What herbs could help my body ovulate on it’s own?
    Thanks.

    • Hi Jyoti,

      Low progesterone is the first thing that came to my mind.

      Symptoms of progesterone deficiency:

      Recurrent early miscarriage
      No period
      Not ovulating
      Endometriosis
      PCOS
      PMS
      Cramps during menses
      Blood clotting
      Swollen breasts
      Fibrocystic breasts
      Loss of libido
      Obesity
      Depression
      Low thyroid
      Facial hair
      Hot flashes
      Night sweats
      Vaginal dryness
      Foggy thinking
      Memory lapse
      Incontinence
      Tearful
      Depressed
      Sleep disturbances
      Heart palpitations
      Bone loss
      Water retention

      It sounds like you may have several of these symptoms. Clomid is not synthetic progesterone. Clomid is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM). It increases production of gonadotropins by inhibiting negative feedback on the hypothalamus. It is an ovarian stimulant designed to aid a woman in ovulating. It may be time to get some hormone testing done, that way you will know for sure what is going on. Once you know that, choosing natural therapies may be easier!

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  10. Hello, I am 27years old. I had myomectomy surgery in 2years back and from that time, My husband and I start to try to conceive. We try everything, even I tried acupunture. Previously my mensus was regular like 30cycles.but from June til now it became irregular. Recently bought the fertility cleanse, I not yet started due to I still do not have sign of mensus.Can you give me an idea, what else I need to take? really need a baby.

    • Hi Masha,

      Have you talked to your doctor about the possibility of scar tissue or adhesion in the uterus contributing to your irregular cycles and difficulty in trying to conceive? Sometimes surgery to remove Uterine Fibroids can leave behind scar tissue and adhesion. This may cause the uterus to function improperly, or not completely shed correctly during menses. This may contribute to hormonal imbalance.

      It is fine to begin the Fertility Cleanse at any time. Because you do not have a regular bleeding time, you would just pick a day you would like to begin and count the days out for each phase as if you do have a regular menstrual cycle.

      For a personalized guide to the best natural therapies and remedies for your unique situation, please consider purchasing a consultation.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  11. Hi-Great article! My husband and I have a daughter who turned 1 last week. When we decided to try for her, I stopped my oral BCP, had a period, and got pregnant the next cycle. I was blown away that it happened to quickly, but incredibly happy! In June we decided to try again for baby #2. No luck in June or July. I know it can take months, but we’ve just bought some Royal Jelly and Maca to boost our fertility. Is this a good place to start, or is there something specific we should add? I also take a pre-natal vitamin daily. (My periods are generally regular, with a 28/29 day cycle)

    Thanks

    • Hi Allison,

      Everything you are taking and are planning on using sound right on for pregnancy preparation. Be sure to eat a whole food nutrient dense diet like the Natural Fertility Diet and get in exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week!

      Best wishes,

      Dalene

  12. Hi my name is Daniela. I am almost 40 and I am desperate to get pregnant. I have been trying for 3 years. I have done fertility tx with no results . The results of that was an increase in weight, uterine fibroids, pre menstrual syndrome ( especially very sore breasts ) and when I say pre menstrual I mean from day 12 post period to the day I actually get my period. I also have occasional cysts. I was told I ovulate just fine . Anyway don’t really know why I can’t get pregnant. I have a 14yr old son. I am very confused about all the products, too many. What do I take, what is good for me. I should start with the cleanser and then what. Can you help me choose and give me details instructions of when to take them and for how long or if I have to take more at the same time. Thanks

  13. I am 34 and I have been TTC for 3 years. We were diagnosed with unexplained infertility; my hubby has psoriais. We did the fertility cleanse and felt great after words. We are now 1 month and a half for the Fertilaid supplement and nothing. Should we or I be taking anything else to boost our chances like Maca. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Sylvie,

      The first thing to really examine is your eating habits. Diet is the foundation for fertility and overall health in general. Be sure you are eating a whole food nutrient dense diet! Also a whole food multivitamin for both of you. Synthetic vitamins won’t have the same effect! Your body has a hard time digesting and assimilating them. Whole food multi’s are 100% absorbed by the body.

      As for your husbands psoriasis, in my experience psoriasis is often a reaction to a food. Has your husband had food allergy testing? Eliminating foods that trigger immune response will boost his overall immunity and health; this is important for his fertility!

      Maca would really be good for anyone preparing or trying to become pregnant. It is a healthy food which can be taken daily.

      All the best,

      Dalene

  14. Helli Hethir,
    I am 36yrs have been ttc afte an ectopic preg in 2007, and has since not gotten pregnant. I recently had an ops to remove my thyroid gland and now an underactive person on medication. My recent test after my ops shows my FSH is very high, 18. I am still hopeful I can conceive naturally and have started taking Omega 3-6-9, Vitex, Royal jelly and EPO. I recently ordered the Ferlitiy Cleanse Kit which I’ll start with on my next cycle. I am not sure if all these vitamins can be taken at the same time, and also do I take the fertility smoothie whilst cleansing? Do I need to stop with the vitamins whilst cleansing too? I do have regular periods, 26 / 27 day cycle, but dont discharge enough mucous when ovulation.
    Please advise me on what to do as am really getting anxious now and considering IVFor IUI as well.

    Thanks
    Emmy

    • Hi Emmy,

      I am sorry to hear of your ectopic pregnancy! That is one of the most difficult disappointments in life! Omegas, Royal Jelly and EPO are fine to continue during the Fertility Cleanse. It would be best to wait until the cleanse is over to begin the Vitex. Fertility Smoothies are recommended while doing the Fertility Cleanse; they help to get adequate nutrition! A whole food multivitamin is also recommended to continue while Fertility Cleansing as well!

      Have you read our guide to healing from Ectopic Pregnancy? If not you can here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/ectopic-pregnancy.html

      It sounds like you are doing everything you can. Remember it is best to heal and prepare your body 3-6 months prior to trying to conceive.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  15. Hi I’m Wendy & my husband & I have been trying to concieve for a couple months with no luck yet, we lost our first baby almost 3 yrs ago, we got pregnant in 2008 without even trying but at 5 months into the pregnancy my water bag burst & I lost my baby that left my husband & I shattered & hurt even till today. I turned 30 ending of January this year so we started ttc again since no luck yet I was wondering if it is safe to take vitex, royal jelly, maca along with my multivatamins to ensure I’m ovulating, for egg health & to boost my fertility. Please let me know if it is ok to use these 3 fertility boosters & if I need to do anything else beside de-stress which is my biggest problem due to the loss of our baby which continues to hurt but my husband & I really really want a baby, any advise will be very much appreciated.

    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Wendy,

      I am so sorry to hear of your very difficult loss. The fertility super foods are a great way to prepare for pregnancy, but if you have regular cycles and are pretty sure you ovulate on your own, vitex may not be your best choice. It would be best to know if you are ovulating or not before choosing vitex. Learning how to chart your cycle would be a great place to begin, that way you will learn if you are ovulating and the best times to try and conceive.

      I hope that time can heal your pain and that you will go on to conceive and carry to term!

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  16. Dear H,
    I have read a lot of success stories here and i am so thrilled and serious looking forward to mine.Moreover, i really don’t believe in herbs,it worked for my friend and she has been asking me to go for it but something in me tells me its coincidence,crazy right?
    I had my first baby in 2006 and unfortunately she passed after 3yrs and now with the whole stress of loosing a child and trying to sit for my exam i still havent concieved,i am 33yrs now and i had a high prolactin which is now within normal range,a small pituitary adenoma and is controlled no surgery needed.Recently i went for an HSG and my obgyn confirmed i have one tube blocked and my period starts to stain,spot before it flows.
    I don’t know what will work for me,my husband has a low motility sperm and i was looking at going for Maca starter for us both ,the fertility cleanse and Endowise fert kit.
    I really need company (kids) now to help in my grieve.What are your thoughts? Thanks
    Anxious Pam.

    • Hi Pam,

      I am so sorry to hear of your very sad story of the loss of your daughter, my heart goes out to you!

      You are not alone, many people do not believe herbs work, but you know what I believe they do. My family is living proof that they work. I have 2 sons and I have raised them completely naturally without the use of medications except on a couple occassions when absolutely necessary. We are all perfectly healthy and use herbs, supplements, homeopathy, etc. for a variety of ailments. They work!

      Maca may be a great place to begin for both of you. If you are taking medications for your pituitary adenoma you will need to get your doctors approval before beginning any herbs or supplements for fertility. I am not sure why you are interested in the EndoWise Fertility Kit, you did not say you have endometriosis. Below are some ideas to help you begin.

      1. Vitex has been found to lower prolactin levels. You can learn more here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/vitex

      2. There are a variety of diet tips, supplements and herbs to help your husband’s sperm health and count at this link: http://natural-fertility-info.com/mens-fertility

      3. You can learn all about the best natural rememdies for Blocked Fallopian Tubes here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/blocked-fallopian-tubes

      4. Try to learn about counseling for parents who have lost a child in your area! Ask for help and support, you deserve it!

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  17. My husband and I have been ttc now for 5 years. We have had 5 IUI’s and no luck. Not even one pregnancy. We have secondary unexplained infertility an I have had a laproscopy as well. All looks great! We are stressed because it has been a long 5 years and no positive results. We don’t want to do IVF. Is there anything we can try while still ttc? does the maca work? Can you take it while still trying? I am also curious if yogo or acupuncture works. I am desperate to have a baby and as natural as possible. Thanks
    Nikki

  18. Hello,

    My husband and I have been ttc now for 5 years. We have had 5 IUI’s and no luck. Not even one pregnancy. We have secondary unexplained infertility an I have had a laproscopy as well. All looks great! We are stressed because it has been a long 5 years and no positive results. We don’t want to do IVF. Is there anything we can try while still ttc? does the maca work? Can you take it while still trying? I am also curious if yogo or acupuncture works. I am desperate to have a baby and as natural as possible. Thanks
    Nikki

    • Hi Nikki,

      When it comes to unexplained infertility the best approach is to focus on creating a healthy body, a healthy mind, and bringing balance to your life. This approach helps to cover all bases and create a healthy body without causing further harm. Yoga and acupuncture have been shown to have great results for fertility and greatly reduce stress which may be a huge contributing factor to infertility in some couples.

      Maca supports the endocrine system. The endocrine system controls the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) By supporting the endocrine system you are supporting overall hormonal balance and reproductive function. It also may be taken by men as well. Maca is an adaptogen herb which means it supports our bodies during times of stress.

      Maca may help to:

      Balance hormonal levels in women.
      Increase libido in both men and women.
      Increase egg health.
      Increase seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculation, and sperm motility.

      Some ideas for supporting overall fertility: Learn to chart your cycle, eat a fertility diet, exercise regularly, drink clean water, learn about male factor infertility, consider a natural fertility consultation.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  19. Hi Dalene,
    I am 36 years old and we have tried to conceive for 3,5 years. 1 IVF and 1 embryo transfer, but without success. Our diagnosis is also Unexplained infertility. During the past years I have had some irregular periods, breast ache and nausia before my periods and have also had quite a stressful job. Trying now to calm down, started yoga etc. I also had several urine infections (about 4 per year), with antibiotic treatments from my doctor. Will that effect fertility?

    I recently bought your Fertility Cleance kit and Ulragreens, Maca, DIM, COQ10 as well as Progesterone creme and your massage DVD. Can I start using any of these products at the same time as the Fertility Cleance kit or will they work against eachother then? Right now we are awaiting our 2nd IVF, so I want to try the outmost to prepare in the best way.
    Tks so much for your advise! And thanks also for a very good website!
    /Jenny

    • Hi Jenny,

      You may take FertiliGreens, Maca, and CoQ10 during the cleanse. Wait until you are done cleansing to begin the DIM and Progesterone.

      Urinary infections may lower your immune system, with a lowered immune system it sound as though you are getting more urinary infections. If you have had to take antibiotics each time you are suppressing your immune system even more and building your resistance to the antibiotics. Antibiotics also kill all good bacteria in our bodies, bacteria that help digest food and keep our ph levels in balance as well as a million other functions. In your case you may want to learn how taking a probiotic everyday can bring back and repopulate good bacteria in your body. People often times feel that antibotics are your first line of defense with something like a urinary tract infeciton because you do not want it to spread to your kidneys, but taking antibiotic that frequently is very hard on your immune system and your own natural lines of defense. Antibotics have their place in medicine, thank heavens for them, but the idea in illness is to support our bodies function and use anitbiotics as a last resort.

      Some herbs that are strengthening and soothing for urinary infection: Uva ursi, marshmallow rt., Billberry and Cranberry (not sweetened), Garlic, Echinacea, Buchu Barosma betulina.

      Strengthening your entire urinary system before choosing to try and conceive may be a good idea because once you are pregnant you do not want another infection! Your bladder take a beating when you are pregnant as well as all the muscles that control it’s function, toning and strenghthening the tissues that make up the urinary system now will help greatly in the future!

      Best wishes,

      Dalene

  20. hi Dalene im25 and suffer from unexplained infertility im due to have ivf this may,but before i start it id like to try something before i go,all our test are great we have no problems except iv not much ewcm is there anything you can help me with.

    thanks kim

    • Hi Kim,

      We have 2 articles that may be of great interest to you.

      First, the Prepare for IVF article with the best natural remedies to prepare for your upcoming procedure. This includes improving egg health, preparing your uterus for implantation, and preparing yourself mentally and emotionally.

      Second, 5 Ways to Increase Cervical Mucous. This article gives you a variety of ideas to help you learn to increase your CM naturally.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  21. Hi Dalene,

    I do research on infertility to help someone close to me, and as of late I have started to write about it. I stumbled onto your site, and like Sita and Maureen above, I regret not finding it sooner. Between the wealth of information that you provide, and the TLC with which you help people with their individual problems already for close to two years, (I read every single comment), and most importantly, the responsibilty that you show to recognize your place and send people to their medical professional when it is appropriate, I am very very impressed.

    Keep up the great work.

    With blessings,

    Jennifer

  22. Hi , I have just recently logged on to your website and wish that I had found it years ago! I have been trying to get pregnant for the last five years but without success. I am 48 years old and have not had a period for around 12 months. Am I going through an early menopause or is there anything that can kick start my body so that my periods return. I have read about the fertility cleanse and herbal tablets but I do not want to waste my money if you think that I may be beyond help. What would you recommend?

    • Hi Maureen,

      I am not a medical doctor and you would need to get a diagnosis from a doctor to make sure that you are going through menopause. Most doctors feel that if you have gone an entire year without a period between the age of 45-55 that you have begun menopause. If you are menopausal there is no way of reversing this. Before you choose to spend money on any products for fertility it would be best to see a doctor and have them confirm or not if you are going through menopause, knowing for sure will help you to know what to do.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  23. Hi,
    Am 26 years old. My partner and i have been together 5 yrs, had two chances when the relationship was only young. Not sure if he was gona be there or not, i took the wrong advice of abortion twice. after the second time, i never wanted to go back so i took the depo injection every three months. After three shoots, we decided we were ready to start a family and it been two years since we have been trying and nothings happened since. I have been referred to a specialist, who has sent me to all various test including the HSG , which i was told went on ok and am now waiting for a 6 month appointment .
    Now my partner and i are planning on getting married but i just cannot stop worrying about not being able to conceive.
    Could it be the Depo injection that’s gone wrong ?Will i be able to conceive again? And what do you think can bail me out.
    PLEASE come to my assistance.

    • Hi Anna,

      I see that you have read our What About Unexplained Infertility? article, have you tried any of the therapies that the guide talks about? Following a guide like the one above may be very helpful. It is difficult for us to answer your questions based on just a small piece of the bigger picture of your health. It is helpful for us to know your lifestyle, health history, fertility challenges and detailed questions. That is why Hethir has created Fertility Consultations. If you are interested in learning more about our Natural Fertility Consultations please go to this link: http://natural-fertility-info.com/natural-fertility-email-consultations

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  24. Dalene,

    Thank you so much for answering my questions. I was wondering, should I begin take the Pregnancy Prep during or after I have finished the Cleanse?

    Thanks again,

    Kalista

  25. Hi,

    I am 25 years old and in good health. My husband and I have been trying for a baby for almost six years now. I have had two miscarriages. My first pregnancy was after three months of TTC and ended at 12 weeks, this was five years ago. From that time I tried everything natural that I could think of. I did herbs, essential oils, diet changes, juice cleanses, progesterone creams. A year and half ago I decided to try acupuncture and chines herbs, which I did for three months.

    The acupuncturist encouraged me to see a doc for testing. My husband’s test were fine, although he has never had a very strong sex drive. My blood tests said that my hormone levels were fine and that I seemed to be ovulating.
    I have tracked BBT for years off and on rarely had what I felt was a good pattern. My temps are usually below 97 degrees before the shift. I usually have very painful menstrual cramps. When I had my HSG done we found out that I have a bicornuate uterus, but my tubes are clear. This was in Feb of 2009. After that I began taking a blend of fertility herbs and homeopathic borax.

    That June I found that I was pregnant. More then four years since my first pregnancy. The joy was short lived, I began spotting at five weeks and miscarried at seven weeks. It was a very painful experience. It took about three weeks before I felt well enough to go back to work.

    So here I am a year later. I have been taking the same herbal combination that I did last year with no results. I am a week into the 21 day challenge. I plan to start the Fertility Cleans next cycle. Any other suggestions? In just the last few days I have begun wondering if part of the problem could be stored trauma from the first miscarriage. Have you ever heard anything about this?

    Thank you for your work and such a comprehensive website
    (I thought I have read everything. It is nice to find new info)

    Kalista

    • Hi Kalista,

      In just the last few days I have begun wondering if part of the problem could be stored trauma from the first miscarriage. Have you ever heard anything about this?

      Yes, this could be a real possibility. Past trauma can cause stress and anxiety as well as emotional blockages that may cuase physical symptoms, including what you have experienced. You may want to look into counseling or finding a community of women who are going through the same thing. It may be best to deal with this now so that you can conceive again, carry to term and have healthy happy birth experience. As a Labor Doula I have experienced women who have a much harder time in labor because they have not dealt with past miscarrige trauma before hand.

      Have you looked into some of our articles on EFT or the Circle+Bloom Mind Body Fertility Program?

      Circle + Bloom is a program based on medical and scientific research proving the negative effects stress has on fertility. It also encompasses a proven method to create a mind + body connection to bring about real changes in the body. This program is over six hours of audio programming, segmented into daily tracks that follow your body’s natural fluctuations associated with the reproductive cycle.

      EFT or the Emotional Freedom Techniques is a technique that can be used to better your chances of conceiving. Trying to conceive can be tiring both physically and mentally. It affects your spirit, mind and body. So I would like to introduce you to a helpful and easy technique based on ancient Chinese medicine. In theory, it is very similar to acupuncture. In this technique, the various energy points in the body are unlocked by gentle tapping. Either a practitioner can perform the tapping or the patient can be taught to perform the tapping alone.

      You may also want to read our article on Recurrent Miscarriages. This article has all the best natural remedies to help prepare for a lasting pregnancy, with great tips that may help prevent miscarriage.

      Becuase you have a bicornuate uterus you may also want to focus on strengthening and prepareing your uternine lining through Self Fertility Massage, Pregnancy Prep and L-Arginine. I have 3 friends who have bicornuate uterus’ as well, they all have children and had successful safe births, only one cesarean out of a total of 6 children.

      I am sorry for your losses. Know that it is still possible for you. Take the adequate time to heal, ask for support when needed, you deserve it!

      Thanks so much for your kind words and support!

      Dalene

  26. I am 25 years old. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about 1 1/2 years now. I first got my period when I was about 13 years old and it was then very irregular and heavy, but the doctors seems baffled as to finding out what was wrong and quite frankly didn’t seem to care, so at a very young age I was put on birth control. I went off of birth control just before my husband and I decided to try to conceive, but ever since then I have just felt terrible (I know my hormones are greatly out of whack)-doctors have told me they think I have PCOS, but admit I don’t have most of the symptoms, but then they also believe I have endometriosis (my mom has this as well). Now, my primary doctor is referring me to a gynecologist, but I honestly don’t really want to go just to have more tests done, knowing that they likely can’t and won’t give me any answers, other than more medications. I am just at a loss to know what to do… and even with your website, I feel like I just don’t know where to start… do I follow the PCOS plan, the Endometriosis plan or the Unexplained Infertility plan? I am so frustrated, sad and confused… can you tell me some basic steps to take to get started with all of this? What advice do you have for me? PLEASE HELP!

    • Hi Trisha,

      I am sorry that you are so frustrated! This fertility journey can be so challenging at times, know you are not alone, may women experience the same things everyday.

      Going to a specialist may be very helpful in that you may be able to get a diagnosis. Just because you get a diagnosis does not mean you have to take medications they suggest. Having a diagnosis may also help you to know your options medically and naturally.

      There is no way for anyone to say what you should do without knowing what fertility challenges you are facing.

      The best place to start is your diet and exercise habits. They are the foundation for good fertility, also the Fertility Cleanse may create a healthy foundation for hormonal balance and uterine health. Birth Control contains synthetic hormones or hormones from other animals, these excess hormones can build up in your liver and fat cells among other places in the body. The fertility cleanse is designed to cleanse your body of these excess hormones.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  27. Hi Hethir,

    We recently corresponded via facebook. I just watched the testomonial video and me and my husband were shocked! I now have more confidence in your program than any others.
    Also, I was (stupidly) thinking there was a religious (non-christian) requirement to do the natural route. I know, it sounds stupid for me to even say that. I now understand that one can do this and still serve God.

  28. Thank you!

  29. Hello, My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. For the past two months I have used the Dr. recomended Clear Blue East Ovulation prediction kit to mark when the 48 hour window is as I am beginning to ovulate. Both months I hav not had a strong LH surge and the kits never registered a positive between day 9 and 21. Is there something I can do to naturally increase this hormone surge?

    • Hi Layna,

      Vitex has been found to help normalize ovulation and improve a short luteal phase. In one study, vitex helped normalize progesterone levels and increased the luteal phase from 5.4 days to 11.4 days. Vitex increases luteinizing hormone production while mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This indirectly boosts progesterone production and chances of achieving and maintaining a successful pregnancy. To learn more about the herb Vitex go to this link: http://natural-fertility-info.com/vitex

      Have you talked to your doctor about having your hormone levels tested to see if there is actually an imbalance? Clear Blue Easy should detect a clear rise in LH, which signals ovulation is about to happen. It may indicate you are not ovulating. It sounds like some hormone testing is in order.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  30. I am 45 and I have blocked tubes, is it too late try the herbal medication to help unblock the tubes?

    My tubes are completely blocked due to fibriods damaging the the tube.

    • Hi Lorraine,

      It really depends on the extent of the damage and if there is an active infection from the damage. At your age and with the extent of damage you already may have, it may take too long to unblock your tubes naturally. It would be best for you to work with a specialist on this.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  31. Greetings my names is Ronda and I am 37 and in my second marriage. I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early twenties and my obgyn told me that the possibility of ever conceiving is a 1 in 50 chance my hubby and I have not done anything to try and conceive but we use no protection but of course my periods are not regular i have not had one in about a year now and i am not pregnant. I tried fertility pills with my first husband and the doctor that I was seeing said I did not ovulate. I have an 18 year old daughter but my husband and I would like to have one together. Can you please set me in the right direction. Oh and i also have hypothyroidism which I understand has a lot to do with it. I dont think hubby has active sperm either so what can i do for him please help we are desperate to have a baby…..God Bless and Good LUck to everyone out there in our position.

    • Hi Ronda,

      Learning to chart may help you to know for sure if you are ovulating and if so, when. This will help you to know the best times to try and conceive.

      Have you learned about the PCOS Diet? A big part of the problem with PCOS is the high insulin resistance. Resistance to insulin increases the bodies insulin levels which effects normal ovulation by preventing the body from ovulating or limiting the maturation process of the released egg.

      Women who are insulin resistant are also 4-5 times more likely to have a miscarriage. Imbalanced insulin levels due to PCOS make it difficult for the embryo to attach properly to the uterus.

      This directly has an affect on your fertility and ability to conceive. Herbs/supplements for PCOS may not be nearly as effective without eating a PCOS Diet.

      Learn important information about hypothyroidism and trying to conceive here…

      If you would like to learn about the best natural remedies for men’s fertility click here: Improve Sperm Health

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  32. hello,

    i have been married for 4years now and since them we have been finding it difficult to concieve. i went for HSG test which the result stated that the tubes are blocked and also went for another test and it was stated that there is a high prolatin, please me and my husband wants to get pregnant naturally and not through IVF, kindly recommend for us the best fertility treatment to us so as to clear to blocked tubes. Am very much desperate to get pregnant, pls help. Thanks

    • Hi Uchechi,

      Have you read our Blocked Fallopian Tubes page?
      Knowing why your tubes are blocked is important. If they are blocked because of active Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, STD’s or active Endometriosis, those conditons may need to be addressed first. Addressing underlying fertility issues first is important so that the above natural remedies can be effective.

      Vitex has been shown to decrease high prolactin levels in some women, which are associated with breast pain. Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates milk production and breast growth during pregnancy. High levels in the absence of pregnancy are often the result of a very common women’s endocrine’s disorder called hyperprolactinemia. High prolactin levels are also linked to fertility problems.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  33. hello…i have a question, when i had my last child 14yrs ago (1995) i had a tubel which i regret now…Ive did alot of reading up on ivf and tubel reversel and there both costly…i know that the dr..tied them…by taking the Zymessence will thay help as far as maybe eating away the scar tissue at the end of the tubes?

    • Hi Nicky,

      Systemic Enzyme therapy may help with scar tissue formation after a tubal reversal, to help keep the tube open, but will not undo the tubal ligation.. You will need a tubal reversal or IVF to conceive again.

      All the Best,

      Dalene

  34. Hello there, I have a beautiful son from a prior relationship who just turned 3. I’m now 27 and married to a great guy and we’ve been TTC for over a year. My gyno. ran blood tests and did a vaginal w/s after my primary Dr. thought I was PCOS. Turns out my gyno. wanted us to get a sperm analysis which we haven’t done yet and told me I was normal. She said I was ovulating when they did the u/s and all that. My friend gave me some maca pills for my hubby so he just started on them today. Now I wanna figure out why we aren’t getting prego. I gained 80 lbs with my son and lost all but 15 of it last summer and gained 25 back putting me back up to 190 lbs (although I think my scale is broke and I seem a bit thinner) but my gyno. did not think my weight was a factor in me not getting pregnant. Is there anything I can do to help us? I wanna try the fertility smoothies-they look really good and gonna check which fruits and that are on the TTC a girl diet. Please help!! We want to start our family so bad….

  35. I have had 8 unexplained miscarriage. My menstrual cycles are very regular. I have been to two reproductive endocrinologists and have undergone every test imagineable, which have all come back normal. I had a uterine septum removed after my third miscarriage and still continue to miscarry. I really want a child, but am scared to try again. Is there anything else I can try?

    • Hi Kelly,

      Have you had autoimmune testing done? You may want to look into the book ” Is your Body Baby Friendly” it helps to explain some of the testing that can be done. While his treatment methods are questionable there are natural things that can be tried if you are able to determine the cause. You may want to book a Natural Fertility Consultation so we can look into your health history and diet. How far along are you when you miscarry? Are they blight ovums?

      I just got an email from a client/reader that had 3 prior miscarriages, changed her diet and used maca into her first trimester and now has a healthy 5 month old. FYI 🙂

  36. Good afternoon. I’m 40 and am getting pretty frustrated. Over the past year my husband and I have gone through 5 IUI’s and 2 IVF’s. We had complete fertilization failure even with ICSI – which happens less than 2% of the time. All of my tests and hormone levels (including egg reserve) were normal. They retrieved 8 seemingly mature eggs with the first IVF and 11 with the second. We had my husband tested for y-chromosome abnormalities and everything else under the sun and he was fine. We were ultimately told I have an egg quality issue. I find this really hard to believe. Is there something I can take to increase the quality of my eggs? Thanks so much.

    Judy

  37. Dalene,
    I just received the Fertility Cleanse kit and am wondering if it would be okay or safe to start using the products on day 10 and while trying to conceive. I start ovulating around days 13-16. I read the Q&A posting (see below) and it would not recommend the fertility cleanse while trying to conceive. However, we cannot take any month off from trying to conceive, my husband and I are in our late 30s and we have been trying for 18 months now and our fertility test results were unexplainable. Please advise. Thanks, Cate

    Q: When is the best time to try to conceive while I am on the Fertility Cleanse?

    A: I recommend that while on the Fertility Cleanse you take a month off from trying to conceive. The reason for this is the herbs in the cleanse are not meant to be taken while trying to conceive. The actions of these herbs are to cleanse and clear out the body. The cycle following the cleanse would be fine to start trying to conceive again.

    • Dalene

      Hi Cate,

      We suggest not trying to conceive while Fertility Cleansing because if you do become pregnant you could pass toxins on to your baby in utero. Also there are herbs in the cleanse kit that are not recommended to use while pregnant. It would be best to wait a month and try on your next cycle.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  38. Hi Hethir,
    Can I continue drinking the fertility smoothie during the 30-day Fertility Cleanse period?

    My husband and I are both in the mid-30s and we are trying to get pregnant for 15 months now and I have been through all the fertility tests and was told that I have unexplained infertility. My menstrual cycles have been regular, 26-31 days, and I do not have any other ovarian problems, no blood clogging in the fallopian tubes. But I would get PMS like lower back pains a few day before I get my period and would get stomach cramps days 1-2 during my period. Occasionally I would get brown and dark red bloods. I have been getting acupuncture treatments for 6 months and taking prenatal vitamins for over a year. We would like to try to get pregnant naturally and reserving IUI and IVF for last. I am hoping that the Fertility Cleanse would help with the cramps, the back pains and clear up the bad bloods and perhaps get pregnant soon without any needs for IUI which would be next on our list.
    Thanks,
    Cate

  39. Hi Hethir,

    I am so thankful for your website. I’m 31 years old and have had 4 miscarriages and have also suffered from dysmenorrhea since I first started menstruating. I have been told by the doctors that there is no reason for the recurrent miscarriages and they see no reason for me to try again. I have absolutely no problem getting pregnant and haven’t used Birth Control Pills since my teens. I had an IUD removed over 4 years ago. I am pregnant again and I’m scared. I don’t know what to expect and have eaten well and been on “bed-rest” for my last 4 pregnancies. I don’t stress a lot and maintain a somewhat healthy diet. Do you have any advice?

  40. I’m kind of young, 21 to be exact, but I have been married 3 years and my husband and I are interested in children. Unfortunately, I’ve never had a regular menstrual cycle. Ever. An endocrinologist discovered my lack of a cycle was due to an elevated prolactin level, but she was never able to figure out what was causing the excess prolactin.

    Cabergoline seems to have lowered the prolactin and jump-started things so I’m having a cycle, but do you have any additions that might help raise my fertility in a more natural way?

  41. Hi, I am 42 years old and have not been on birth control pills since the age of 23. I have been testing from one end to the other from several RE’s and OB’s and they have never found anything wrong with me. Unfortunately, I am under the ‘unexplained infertility’ catagory. At this age I have come to my end of any hope. I was working with a fertility clinic for the last 7 months. I have done 5 medicated IUI’s and one IVF cylcle this past April. All failed. They say they can’t find anything wrong with me. Infact, they are really amazed at how at my age I’m producing a good count of follicles and my blood work levels are really great every cycle. I really thought IVF would be my ticket and I am crushed beyond words that it didn’t take, especially having paid $10,000 because we don’t have the coverage.

    So here I am, confused, depressed and really don’t know what to think. I started thinking as I have thought about this for many years, that maybe my body kills the sperm or/and the embryos. I did some research and I found a thing called ‘Natural Killer Cells’. I am really wondering if that’s something I might have. I’m really at a loss. What do you think?

    Lorrie

    • hethir

      Hi Lorrie,

      Unexplained fertility can sometimes be caused from the body’s immune system rejecting the sperm or the embryo. There is a good book called “Is Your Body Baby Friendly” that talks about the tests and research behind this theory. The only down side is that the medications that they give you during pregnancy are the same medications which organ donors take to prevent their body from rejecting the organ. The treatments are considered dangerous by most doctors. But the good news is that there was a study done on the use of systemic enzymes that showed to have great results with recurrent miscarriage due to immunological embryo rejection.

  42. I am 28 years old. I had only one depo shot. I was scheduled for the second shot March 2, but I didn’t go.My husband and I want to have our last baby. We have five children. I have always had a very regular 28 day cycle. Thus, getting pregnant have never been a problem. I started taking One A Day vitamins about a week ago. So will there be any signs of ovulation before I start my cylce?

    • Dalene

      Hi Peggy,

      There are a couple things you may notice as you ovulate- a change in your cervical mucous and/or a pain in your ovary on the side of you body of the ovary that is releasing the egg.

      Marie Zendak has written a great article on charting your fertile times. Click here: Charting Your Signs of Fertility

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  43. I am 28 years old, have a 6 year old daughter already and have been trying for a year for a second child. After a fertility workup, i was told that my ovaries are not releasing the eggs like they should be. I was told it could be due to hormonal imbalance, excess estrogen. I have completely regular periods, 28 day cycle. I have experienced alot of clotting recently during menstruation. I have ordered the Fertility Cleanse but I am unsure if there is anything else I can do to naturally help my ovaries function properly. I am so discourage because I don’t know what is wrong or how to fix it.

    • Dalene

      Hi Kelly,

      Have you looked into taking Vitex? Vitex helps to regulate and normalize ovulation. That means not just regulating your entire menstrual cycle, but aiding your body in the actual process of releasing the egg. Vitex is an incredible hormone balancer, which adapts to women’s different needs. Vitex has been shown to normalize heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), relieve amenorrhea (absent menstrual cycle), and decrease polymenorrhea (too frequent periods). I think it is a good idea that you have first decided to begin with a cleanse. Did you ask your what can be done to help with your ovaries releasing the egg? I think it is important to have a good, open line of communication with your health care provider.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  44. Hi Hethir,
    I want to get pregnant but the problem I have is Fibroid.can you let me know where to start from because I want to order but do not know which one to order.

    Thank you,
    Lami

  45. I have been off the depo shot for 5 years and have been unable to concieve. Doctors say since I have normal and regular periods that there should be a 50/50 chance. i would like to increase that chance. I admit I am 45 but had no problems before the shot, is there any hope?

    • Dalene

      Hi Paula,

      You may want to begin with a Fertility Cleanse. Because Depo Provera effects your hormones a cleanse may be a good place to begin. When you are preparing for conception, it is a good idea to start out with a cleanse to renew your body, blood, and uterus. There are specific herbs that help the liver to get rid of excess hormones and toxins. There are also herbs and nutrients that help to cleanse the uterus of old contents and stagnant blood.

      You may also want to have your hormone levels tested to see if you are having any hormonal imbalances.

      Eat a Nutrient Dense Fertility Diet and make sure you are taking a prenatal vitamin, we like Baby and Me Multivitamin.

      As we age, especially after the age of 35 we begin to ovulate less, sometimes we may even have menstrual cycles where we don’t ovulate. Learn tips for trying to conceive over 40 here…

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  46. Hi, i have uderactive thyroid and ttc 2 years now, i have 2 children but longing for no 3, what can you recemond for me?

    • Dalene

      Hi Lisa,

      I have known many women with underactive thyroid and this can effect your entire life, including your fertility. Learn more about what you can do naturally, alongside your doctor’s help here…

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  47. I am 38 years old undergoing fertility treatments. My progesterone and estriadol levels were low. I have not undergone an acutal insimination proceedure as of yet, but am still in the testing phases. I have been diagnosed
    with Sjogren’s Syndrome and possible Lupus. I also have hypertension and was told my insulin levels upon fasting were high at 10.5. I had an appointment with my R.E. yesterday and she was checking two more hormone levels, one
    of which is the FSH. My cycles have been irregular since September. One
    cycle lasting 7 weeks, the next 3 weeks both of which were very heavy and
    had clots that resembled grape jelly. This last cycle was about 7 days and not
    heavy at all. She said that from the labs I did not appear to ovulate. If the last
    two hormone tests come back low she said my only other option was possibly donor eggs or adoption. I know I have not gone through menopause. I haven’t really had any other symptoms and all the women in my family didn’t even begin
    going through it until their mid to late 40’s. I have to say I was very discouraged upon leaving. I am so in love with the idea of this child. Do you feel my window of oportunity may be gone as the doctor said, or is their hope?
    Thank you.

    Lori

  48. Hi Hethir,

    Im 32years old and recently diagnosed with either endometrioma(more likely) or cyst filled with blood. I would love to know which of your products is better for me- ovarian cyst kit or kit for treating endometriosis. My GP wants me to have a laparoskopy but im not so sure:-( is it possible to get rid off my cyst without having a surgery? thanks for your answer. Alexandra

    • Hi Alexandra,
      Our consultations can help you to find out the best natural therapies for your unique needs. For product questions, please contact our customer service.

      Best Wishes!