Clomid, Fertility Supplements, and Pre-Seed
Clomid is the most prescribed of all the fertility medications available today. Taken orally, clomid is generally the first drug doctors turn to when dealing with infertility symptoms in women. Clomid is advised in cases of infertility or subfertility where ovulation is infrequent, very irregular, or does not take place at all (anovulation – or the absence of ovulation / no egg is released). In these symptomatic contexts, clomid is prescribed to “induce ovulation” for women with ovulatory disorders like anovulation and PCOS.
How It Works: Clomid functions by affecting reproductive hormone levels and by sending signals to the brain to produce more of certain important female hormones. Clomid impacts the “fertility hormones” like estrogen and luteinizing hormone – the hormones that cause a woman to ovulate at the midpoint of her cycle. Clomid functions by sending a signal to the brain that estrogen levels are too low. This “fools” the brain into releasing more Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone, which facilitates the production of follicle stimulating hormone & luteinizing hormone. In this complex interaction, clomid induces ovulation by orchestrating the production of certain hormones, by increasing key hormone levels, and by raising lh and fsh levels so that an egg will mature and ovulation will take place. This is ovulation induction.
With all due respect to much sage advise Internet TTC community boards, a doctor should be the one to diagnose infertility issues, not a fellow TTC community/board member. Also, while the Internet has allowed women to find clomid online without a prescription, this path to acquiring clomid is not advised. Clomid does have side effects – from multiple births to hostile CM to hot flashes. In short, see your doctor or a reproductive endocrinologist if you think you may be facing infertility symptoms.
There are a handful of non-prescription herbal fertility supplements that contain chasteberry (or vitex agnus castus). We carry the two most reputable brands – created by fertility specialists and medical professionals. Products like FertilAid and FertilityBlend are validated by scientific research that shows that fertility can be enhanced through fertility supplementation. They both contain herbs with a long and safe history of human use. Both women’s formulas also contain an important preconceptional nutrient: folic acid. However, in the case of clomid and FertilityBlend/FertilAid, the product makers do state that clomid should not be taken with herbal products – or at the very least you need to talk to your prescribing doctor before combining a herbal infertility supplement with clomid or any other fertility med.
Clomid and Pre-Seed
The importance of fertile cervical mucus in reproduction is recognized by both fertility experts and ob/gyns. Once ejaculated, sperm need to be able to swim through the cervix to the fallopian tube where fertilization of the egg typically takes place. However, if cervical mucus is absent or of a hostile quality (called “hostile cervical mucus”), sperm may have difficulty making their way to the egg and couples may have a difficult time conceiving.
During a large part of a woman’s menstrual cycle, cervical mucus is hostile to sperm – thick and resistant in order to protect the womb. Around the time of ovulation, however, cervical mucus becomes fertility friendly and helpful for sperm transport. This fertile quality cervical mucus helps the sperm to move or swim. The amount of cervical mucus increases by a factor of 5 and the apparent purpose of fertile cervical mucus is to provide a protective medium that also facilitates transport, motility, and sperm movement through the cervix, uterus, and to the egg.
In regards to clomid, clomiphene citrate can, as a side effect, cause a decrease in the volume of cervical mucus or produce hostile cervical mucus, according to scientific studies. As Dr. J Ellington, the creator of Pre-Seed writes, “numerous studies have shown that clomid can cause a decreases cervical mucus volume…. and [and] quality.” This means that:
- Women taking clomid are much more likely to have “hostile” cervical mucus – which provide a barrier to sperm transport and may not provide the protective shield that fertile cervical mucus provides.
- Women on clomid have increased vaginal dryness – again, subverting fertility and causing discomfort during sex.
For women using clomid, Dr. Ellington suggest using Pre-Seed to compensate for the lack of cervical mucus volume. As Pre-Seed is designed to safely emulate natural body fluid and provide a vital medium of transport for the sperm, Pre-Seed is the first fertility and sperm-friendly moisturizer available (other brands of personal lubricant can damage sperm or work as a hostile barrier, just like hostile cervical mucus). Developed with fertility in mind, Pre-Seed is unique – and the ideal antidote to the problem of dryness.