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Natural Fertility Supplements vs. Fertility Drugs

Chances are if you’ve walked through a drugstore, you’ve seen a bottle or two claiming to be the natural solution to your infertility struggles. But what do you need to know about these natural fertility supplements - are they safe and do they actually work?

There are many supplements out there that promise to boost your fertility. Some of these include chaste tree berry, red clover, black cohosh, and red raspberry leaf. You can find these in tablet form, in multivitamins, or in a more natural form, such as tea.

A lot of women believe that because these fertility supplements are natural, they are automatically safe. But really, you should proceed with caution. These supplements can interfere with the fertility drugs your doctor has prescribed, which can decrease their effectiveness. Plus, they can also cause harmful side effects.

Also, remember that herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA, and there is not solid data out there on recommended usage, including dosage or safety information.

If you’re interested in taking natural fertility boosting supplements in addition to your fertility meds, make sure to talk to your fertility doctor first. He or she can help review the risks and benefits of taking these supplements in conjunction with your fertility drugs.

Check out the Alternative Treatment forum and the Diet and Lifestyle Changes to Boost Fertility forum on

Watch as Hillary Wright, Director of Nutritional Counseling at the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF discusses the role of lifestyle and diet in treatment of infertility:

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