TTC Aids
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BBT ChartingBBT is one of the only ways to tell if you have Ovulated, temping should be done every morning at the same time with at least 3 hours of sleep. Temp Spike will be .4 - 1.0 higher and should have 3 temps above the last 6 to point out ovulation. Temp should be taken orally, vaginally, or rectally.
OPKsOPK's are used to show an LH surge. A + will show 12 - 48 hours BEFORE ovulation. However you can get a + and not ovulate at that time or at all. You can also get - and still ovulate.
CMCM is just like OPK's, CM goes dry, sticky/tacky, creamy, watery and egg white. however you can get multiple patches of fertile CM and not ovulate. It is not used to show ovulation it is actually just a sign of possible fertility and that you MAY be Oing
Robitussin, Mucinex (guaifenesin)Mucinex is used to thin out the CM not increase it, it will help during the fertile period if you know you have thicker cm. There are other medications like this, as long as the main ingredient or only ingredient is guaifenesin, you will get the same or very similar results. Take this 5 days before O day, O day itself and 1-2 days past O day. Drink a big glass of water with it. Follow the dosage instructions on the bottle and don't exceed the max dose.
ClomidClomid is used to induce Ovulation, Clomid prescribed by a doctor. These shouldnt be taken unless you are NOT ovulating on your own, or have issues ovulating. These drugs should not be taken lightly because they can damage your fertility health rather then help if not taken right. Taken in the beginning of the cycle. CDs 3-7, 4-8 or 5-9.
FemaraFemara is used to induce ovulation and should be prescribed by your doctor. Femara is newer with less studies, it is more expensive but doesn't have the negative effects on lining like Clomid does. These shouldnt be taken unless you are NOT ovulating on your own, or have issues ovulating. These drugs should not be taken lightly because they can damage your fertility health rather then help if not taken right.
VitexVitex is used to induce ovulation. Vitex can take up to 6 months to "work" properly. It's taken every day to try to balance hormones overall. It can help to shorten overall cycle length causing an earlier O. Vitex is less harmful with less side effects than the others. These shouldnt be taken unless you are NOT ovulating on your own, or have issues ovulating. These drugs should not be taken lightly because they can damage your fertility health rather then help if not taken right. 1000mg a day all through the cycle. It is best to stop after a BFP and consult a doctor even though there are mixed reviews on if you should take if until a bfp vs through the first tri/all of pregnancy.
Soy IsoflavonesSoy Isoflavones induce ovulation, they are not as strong as clomid but should be taken like clomid. These shouldnt be taken unless you are NOT ovulating on your own, or have issues ovulating. These drugs should not be taken lightly because they can damage your fertility health rather then help if not taken right. Taken at the same time frame as Clomid often with increasing dosage as the days go by. CDs 3-7, 4-8 or 5-9. Dosage could be 80mg, 80mg, 160mg, 160mg, 160mg or you can take the full dosage everyday.
MetforminMetformin is a diabetic drug that they found has fertility treatment purposes for women with PCOS or are having a hard time ovulating. This drug should be prescribed by a doctor.
B6 and B12 or B ComplexThe B vitamin helps with lengthening luteal phases. Folic acid is a B vitamin so lots of women will take B-complex that has all their essential b vitmains, some b vitamins have been known to lengthen luteal phases. Make sure you are taking a prenatal vitamin as well so your body is ready for a baby. Vitamins B6 and B12 work together so should be taken together or take a B Complex which has both. Don't exceed 200 mg of B6 a day as it can cause nerve damage.
Evening Primrose OilEPO is to help the quality of CM to better sustain sperm for travel. It can delay Ovulation for some and should be stopped when Ovulation starts, it can cause uterine contractions which can prevent implantation or pregnancy. 500 mg 3 times a day = 1500 mg a day. After not acheiving enough cm you can take up to 3000 mg the following cycle.
Pineapple Core (bromelain)Pineapple Core or Bromelain helps with the implantation of the egg into the uterine wall. It shouldnt be taken before O because it can make CM too acidic. 1-5. 2-6, or 3-7 DPO. Not later than 7 DPO.
Progesterone (supplements and cream)Progesterone is used for when a person has low progesterone levels or a luteal phase defect. (this should be prescribed by your Doctor.) Progesterone Cream good for overall health and aids in hormone regulation (this is different then progesterone supplement that is Rx) Be careful with taking Progesterone because if you take it too soon in your cycle, it can delay ovulation. It should be taken only after confirmed ovulation through temping or seeing your Dr. RX works better than cream since it's actually FDA regulated so you'll know you're getting the proper dosage. If you get pregnant on progesterone, notify your Dr and do NOT stop taking the progesterone. Stopping the progesterone too soon when you concieved on it can cause a miscarriage.
PreseedPreseed is a sperm friendly lubricant, used especially if someone is drier during their fertile period. People might suffer from this include but arent limited to, clomid uses, women with low arousal fluid/cm, and other reasons
CPCervical position is just like opk's it is a secondary fertility sign and helps to predict possible O time. CP goes from low, firm, closed (not fertile) to high, soft, open (fertile) I recommend trying it out for the first couple times in the shower.
Fish Oil (omega 3)Fish Oil is a natural blood thinner. may help implantation. also good for overall health
BBT ThermometerA BBT thermometer is a tool that should be used for taking your temp, it is more accurate then a normal thermometer. There are two types, one that goes to the tenth ( .1) and another that goes to the hundreth ( .01) As long as it is accurate to the 10th your chart should not be hindered at all, however a lot of women will say the extra digit will help.
Ferning Microscope (Saliva)A Ferning Microscope is used to watch the pattern of ferning in your saliva, it can change as your get closer to ovulation. These have however can be inaccurate for some people. You can also use vaginal secretions.
Instead SoftcupsSoftcups are used after intercourse, they are to help keep semen closer to the cervix and to get to the egg better.
Fertility MonitorsThere are many different Fertiliy Monitors around there, these items try to help pinpoint your fertile period. Some use the method of a "Pee Stick" that is placed into the monitor to see how fertile you are. Some take saliva and some have vaginal rods. Each monitor is different.
IVFIVF is invitro fertilization, this is when a doctor will take the already fertilizied egg(s) and place them into the urterus. This is a very expensive route but most end up having to go this far, some are surrogates and some are actual people who tried for years with no success. This can cause multiples.
IUIIUI is intrauterine insemination, this is where a doctor will place a catheter into the uterus and transfer sperm through this catheter and into your uterus. This is to increase the sperm getting to the fallopian tubes to make it easier to catch that egg.
Baby AspirinBaby Aspirin has sometimes been known to help with ttcing, HOWEVER you shouldnt take it without a doctors consent or knowledge. The reason it is a blood thinner and can harm pregnancy. Most doctors prescribe this for people with a clotting disorder who are trying to concieve. If you do decide to use baby apsirin make sure its LOW DOSE 81mg, you might have to take it everyday once a day until you are 12 weeks pregnant. NOTE: do NOT take without doctors knowledge it is a blood thinner.
TylenolTylenol isnt used for ttcing but it is great for cramps and any pain you may have. You will take this through your pregnancy for headaches, cramps etc. It is best to speak to your dr if you are unsure if you should be taking acetaminaphen.
Green TeaGreen Tea helps produce more EWCM. Okay to take all through the cycle. Keep to 1-2 cups a day max as it can sometimes interfere with folic acid absorption of the body.
Red Raspberry Leaf TeaRed Raspberry Leaf Tea helps build up uterine lining. Don't take after O as it can cause uterine contractions. As a tea = 2-3 cups a day. Also in tablet form.
Dong QuaiDong Quai tones and strengthens uterus by regulating hormonal control and increases circulation to the uterus. Improves timing of AF. Can take awhile to be effective.
Maca RootMaca Root helps control estrogen levels in the body. Can work to build up a thicker uterine lining pre O. 1500-3000mg a day. In capsule form or powder. Can be used daily and along with other supplements like Vitex and Dong Quai since it is considered a food.
Castor Oil PacksCastor Oil helps build up uterine lining. Promotes essential blood flow to the uterus.
Parsley TeaParsley Tea is supposed to help bring on AF either by inducing O or causing a breakthrough bleed.
Folic AcidFolic Acid isn't as much a TTC Aid as it is essential in early pregnancy to help prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. Between 600-800 mg is recommended while TTC and in pregnancy. Make sure this is in your prenatal or take alone if you're not taking a prenatal. It's important to be taking it 1-3 months before getting pregnant. It's most important 4 weeks before getting pregnant and through the first 2 months of pregnancy.
Grapefruit JuiceGrapefruit Juice is said to help improve the quality of your CM by alkalizing and thinning CM. Every day leading up to O. Grapefruit juice can side effect and intereactions with certain meds. These meds would include meds for anxiety, depression, birth control, hormone replacement, HIV and high blood pressure, as well as gastrointestinal and antifungal medications and immune suppressants. Consult your physician prior to drinking grapefruit juice if you take prescription medications.
Pomegranate JuicePomegranate Juice is said to help with uterine lining. Every day leading up to O.
AcupunctureAcupuncture can potentially increases blood flow to the reproductive organs which can help regulate ovulation and balcnace hormones.
Royal JellyRoyal Jelly is considered a super food. Supports egg and sperm health, reduces inflamtation, balances hormones and improves immune system. Fresh = a teaspoon a day. Capsules = 1000-2000 mg daily.
WaterWater is a natural way to increase your CM, if you drink ten 6oz glasses of water a day it can help increase your cm. This should be your first resort before going for EPO or Mucinex. Water also helps flush out your kidneys of bacteria and can help you prevent dehydration and UTI's. This is a key part of TTCing.
Prenatal VitaminsPrenatal Vitamins are taken primarily through pregnancy but you should take them before, during, and after. The reason you want to start it before is that way the supplements are already in your body and preparing to support the baby. During pregnancy you should take it to lower birth defects/neural tube defects like spina bifida. You can take it with DHA or without. Some doctors will say it's good for the baby or it doesnt make that much of a difference. It is really up to you and what you feel comfortable with.
CoQ10Co-enzyme-Q10: 10-200 mg is known to help improve egg qaulity
Vitamin DTaking vitamin D or D3 has been known to help with fertility especially if you have a confirmed Vitamin D defiency.
Male Fertility AidsPurpose
Zinc & Folic Acid Zinc and Folic Acid:15-60 mg of Zinc sulfate and 5 mg a day to improve sperm count. Need to take both together for the best results.
Maca RootMaca Root can help with sperm count and it's considered to be an aphrodisiac
Fish OilFish Oil can help with sperm volume.
Vitamins C & EVitamin C & E helps with sperm function. 500-1500 mg of Vitamin C a day. 400-800 ius of Vitamin E a day. Both help improve sperm count and vitamin E can help improve sperm potency. Take vitamin E in mixed tocopherol form. Take it with vitamin C but do not take it without consulting your doctor if you have anemia, poorly clotting blood, hyperthyroid, high blood pressure, or liver disease.
SeleniumSelenium: 100-200 mcg a day. Helps improve morphology.
L-CarnitineL-Carnitine up to 3 grams per day. Improves sperm count and motility.
L-ArginineL-Arginine: 2-4 grams a day. Helps with count and motility.
CoQ10Co-enzyme-Q10: 10-200 mg increases sperm count which is also an anti-oxidant.
MultivitaminsTaking a daily helps as a great starting point.
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