When people are anxious about their ability to conceive they often turn to alternative treatments which are more and more playing an important role in increasing the possibility of pregnancy. FertilAid is a mineral and herbal supplement designed by Dr. Amos Grunebaum, which claims to enhance fertility and promote reproductive health. The makers also claim it can restore hormonal balance and promote regular ovulation in women and, in men, naturally improve the quality and mobility of sperm.
FertilAid for women is based on a cocktail of minerals, vitamins and herbs, including chasteberry, which is also known as vitex, an herb used for centuries to promote hormonal balance and increase the chances of pregnancy, according to babyhopes.com. It indirectly alters the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, therefore increasing the likelihood of regular ovulation, which may be the key to becoming pregnant.
FertilAid contains "fertility enhancing nutrients," as well as minerals and vitamins and performs the same functions that Clomid and other fertility drugs perform chemically. There is no government approved research into the side effects of FertilAid, however, as it is designed to stimulate ovulation, it might cause headaches, cramps and bloating, as well as mood swings. FertilAid is not recommended if you are taking Clomid, as these adverse side effects could be magnified and become severe, according to drugs.com.
FeritilAid and Vitamins
Doctors often prescribe multivitamins-iron and folic acid-to women trying to become pregnant. FertilAid contains the recommended daily allowances of the vitamins and minerals required to maximize the chances of pregnancy, so there is a danger of "doubling up" the recommended doses if you decide to take FertilAid as well. Too much iron in your system, for example, can be dangerous and inhibit the chances of pregnancy. FertilAid manufacturers recommend that you discontinue all other supplements when taking FertilAid.
FertilAid for Men
Chasteberry, one of the main ingredients of Fertilaid, was used for centuries to suppress the libido. Monks used to carry this herb in their pockets to help them keep their vow of chastity.The theory has never been proven and FertilAid for Men, which does not contain chasteberry, often has the opposite effect.
FertilAid and Other Medications
FertilAid is not known to work adversely with over the counter medicines, but some are best avoided. Aspirin and ibroprufen thin the blood, which is not desirable when trying to conceive. Some cough medicines contain ephedrine which can raise blood pressure. If in doubt, always check with your doctor.
FertilAid and Pregnancy
One of the most hoped for and welcome side effects of taking FertilAid is pregnancy. FertilAid manufacturers claim that unlike other fertility drugs, it does not create an increased chance of multiple births, but because it contains all the recommended prenatal vitamins and minerals, including the recommended amount of folic acid, it will protect any child from birth defects such as spina bifida.
FertilAid is a popular supplement and appears on many fertility forums as a "miracle" aid to becoming pregnant, but it has not been tested or evaluated by the FDA. On the other hand, Dr. Grunebaum, the creator, has a long history of successful research in the field of gynecology and is director of maternal-fetal medicine at the University Medical Center in New York City. Although the ingredients are all natural, this product should not be taken if there are any pre-existing medical conditions or if you are taking any other prescription drugs.