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Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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 My DH and I have been ttc for a year now. I've had trouble with my cycles. I've decided to try something new. I bought evening primrose oil, chasteberry, red raspberry tea, a basal thermometer and more opks. I'm not exactly sure how to use the E.P.R.O., the chasteberry or the raspberry tea so if any of you ladies could give me any advice it would be greatly appreciated. I'm on CD1 so I'm looking at this as a new start. Trying to stay positive. You ladies are wonderful!!

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vcaulkins
by on Feb. 10, 2012 at 2:47 AM

I don't know, but am curious too, here's a bump!

kellar2
by on Feb. 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Thank you, I wanted to try natural supplements before asking the doctor for any prescription meds. I have 2 children that I had no problem conceiving so I know I can do it. After I had my Mirena out I've had all kinds of cycle issues ranging from not ovulating, skipped periods for several months to extremely heavy menstrual bleeding that lasted for a month. That last one was in Dec and I had to take progesterone for 10 days to make it stop.

Quoting vcaulkins:

I don't know, but am curious too, here's a bump!


vcaulkins
by on Feb. 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I totally understand wanting to try natural supplements ;) I tried some for other health issues I have (Bi-Polar, anxiety and others) for about a year and a half because I wanted to get off all the meds I was taking about 5 yrs ago. The herb specialists I've talked to say that the normal amount of time before you see any results are 1 yr plus 1 month (for every year you've has the issue). I eventually had to stop because it was costing me over $500 a month for all the suppements I was taking and I couldn't keep affording it. I still take supplements from time to time for other stuff and I do totally believe they work! Isn't it awful how BC can screw you up so much? I swear mine caused some of the problems I have lol. But I would think you just drink the teas? Did you google it? If I hear anything more about them I'll let you know!

baby dust

Quoting kellar2:

Thank you, I wanted to try natural supplements before asking the doctor for any prescription meds. I have 2 children that I had no problem conceiving so I know I can do it. After I had my Mirena out I've had all kinds of cycle issues ranging from not ovulating, skipped periods for several months to extremely heavy menstrual bleeding that lasted for a month. That last one was in Dec and I had to take progesterone for 10 days to make it stop.

Quoting vcaulkins:

I don't know, but am curious too, here's a bump!



kellar2
by on Feb. 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM
I Googled all of them and I heard results as early as your next cycle. The chasteberry I heard of results in less than 3 months. I have MS and had to stop a lot of meds and had to switch others to ttc. I'm hoping this works. Luckily the supplements weren't very expensive.

Quoting vcaulkins:

I totally understand wanting to try natural supplements ;) I tried some for other health issues I have (Bi-Polar, anxiety and others) for about a year and a half because I wanted to get off all the meds I was taking about 5 yrs ago. The herb specialists I've talked to say that the normal amount of time before you see any results are 1 yr plus 1 month (for every year you've has the issue). I eventually had to stop because it was costing me over $500 a month for all the suppements I was taking and I couldn't keep affording it. I still take supplements from time to time for other stuff and I do totally believe they work! Isn't it awful how BC can screw you up so much? I swear mine caused some of the problems I have lol. But I would think you just drink the teas? Did you google it? If I hear anything more about them I'll let you know!

baby dust


Quoting kellar2:

Thank you, I wanted to try natural supplements before asking the doctor for any prescription meds. I have 2 children that I had no problem conceiving so I know I can do it. After I had my Mirena out I've had all kinds of cycle issues ranging from not ovulating, skipped periods for several months to extremely heavy menstrual bleeding that lasted for a month. That last one was in Dec and I had to take progesterone for 10 days to make it stop.

Quoting vcaulkins:

I don't know, but am curious too, here's a bump!



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vcaulkins
by on Feb. 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Oh that's awesome! I just saw a woman with MS givve birth on TLC yesterday ;)

Quoting kellar2:

I Googled all of them and I heard results as early as your next cycle. The chasteberry I heard of results in less than 3 months. I have MS and had to stop a lot of meds and had to switch others to ttc. I'm hoping this works. Luckily the supplements weren't very expensive.

Quoting vcaulkins:

I totally understand wanting to try natural supplements ;) I tried some for other health issues I have (Bi-Polar, anxiety and others) for about a year and a half because I wanted to get off all the meds I was taking about 5 yrs ago. The herb specialists I've talked to say that the normal amount of time before you see any results are 1 yr plus 1 month (for every year you've has the issue). I eventually had to stop because it was costing me over $500 a month for all the suppements I was taking and I couldn't keep affording it. I still take supplements from time to time for other stuff and I do totally believe they work! Isn't it awful how BC can screw you up so much? I swear mine caused some of the problems I have lol. But I would think you just drink the teas? Did you google it? If I hear anything more about them I'll let you know!

baby dust


Quoting kellar2:

Thank you, I wanted to try natural supplements before asking the doctor for any prescription meds. I have 2 children that I had no problem conceiving so I know I can do it. After I had my Mirena out I've had all kinds of cycle issues ranging from not ovulating, skipped periods for several months to extremely heavy menstrual bleeding that lasted for a month. That last one was in Dec and I had to take progesterone for 10 days to make it stop.

Quoting vcaulkins:

I don't know, but am curious too, here's a bump!




jelly.beans
by on Feb. 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I took 1,600 mg of Vitex (chasteberry) per day. They were 400 mg capsules so I took 2 in the AM and 2 in the PM. You can take the Vitex up until your BFP or AF shows. It is recommended to not take the Vitex while AF is in town. (Some will say they did with no problems....I however did not.)

The EPO I took 3,000 mg per day. They were 1,000 mg capsules so I took 2 in the AM and 1 in the PM (or vice versa). You need to stop taking the EPO once you ovulate because it can cause uterine contractions. 

kellar2
by on Feb. 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM
I found out I had MS in 2008 right after my youngest's first birthday. They think my pregnancy and breast feeding suppressed it and that's why I didn't find out sooner.

Quoting vcaulkins:

Oh that's awesome! I just saw a woman with MS givve birth on TLC yesterday ;)


Quoting kellar2:

I Googled all of them and I heard results as early as your next cycle. The chasteberry I heard of results in less than 3 months. I have MS and had to stop a lot of meds and had to switch others to ttc. I'm hoping this works. Luckily the supplements weren't very expensive.



Quoting vcaulkins:

I totally understand wanting to try natural supplements ;) I tried some for other health issues I have (Bi-Polar, anxiety and others) for about a year and a half because I wanted to get off all the meds I was taking about 5 yrs ago. The herb specialists I've talked to say that the normal amount of time before you see any results are 1 yr plus 1 month (for every year you've has the issue). I eventually had to stop because it was costing me over $500 a month for all the suppements I was taking and I couldn't keep affording it. I still take supplements from time to time for other stuff and I do totally believe they work! Isn't it awful how BC can screw you up so much? I swear mine caused some of the problems I have lol. But I would think you just drink the teas? Did you google it? If I hear anything more about them I'll let you know!

baby dust



Quoting kellar2:

Thank you, I wanted to try natural supplements before asking the doctor for any prescription meds. I have 2 children that I had no problem conceiving so I know I can do it. After I had my Mirena out I've had all kinds of cycle issues ranging from not ovulating, skipped periods for several months to extremely heavy menstrual bleeding that lasted for a month. That last one was in Dec and I had to take progesterone for 10 days to make it stop.

Quoting vcaulkins:

I don't know, but am curious too, here's a bump!




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kellar2
by on Feb. 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM
Wow, I didn't know you could take that much. I think the Vitex is 300mg and the EPO is 1,300mg. I also take prenatals, calcium, vitamin D3, B complex and drink an Ensure each day.

Quoting jelly.beans:

I took 1,600 mg of Vitex (chasteberry) per day. They were 400 mg capsules so I took 2 in the AM and 2 in the PM. You can take the Vitex up until your BFP or AF shows. It is recommended to not take the Vitex while AF is in town. (Some will say they did with no problems....I however did not.)

The EPO I took 3,000 mg per day. They were 1,000 mg capsules so I took 2 in the AM and 1 in the PM (or vice versa). You need to stop taking the EPO once you ovulate because it can cause uterine contractions. 

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corrinacs
by Ruby Member on Feb. 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Hey mama,

I would start off simple.  You don't want to do too much with your body and turn things upside down further.  I would start with the mroe non-invasive stuff first, so perhaps testing with the BBT for a few months (give some tmie for yu to get the yhang of it, and get trends, etc).  From that, that will give you the most inforamtion about what you could possibly need.

If your BBT charts look great, your OPK's look great, etc.....then perhaps try the EPO or the other things.  But you may want to see a doctor first.

Good luck :) :)

kellar2
by on Feb. 10, 2012 at 4:51 PM
The doctor told me my progesterone was a little low and she thinks that could be my problem. So that's why I decided to use the EPO and Vitex to maybe boost my progesterone naturally.

Quoting corrinacs:

Hey mama,

I would start off simple.  You don't want to do too much with your body and turn things upside down further.  I would start with the mroe non-invasive stuff first, so perhaps testing with the BBT for a few months (give some tmie for yu to get the yhang of it, and get trends, etc).  From that, that will give you the most inforamtion about what you could possibly need.

If your BBT charts look great, your OPK's look great, etc.....then perhaps try the EPO or the other things.  But you may want to see a doctor first.

Good luck :) :)

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