Diving into questions about fertility herbs
We often have patients who present to us after having tried conventional and alternative treatments for infertility. Some of the alternative treatments may have included fertility herbs. Patients often want to know our opinion on continuing to use these.
The facts about fertility herbs
The doctors at TFC recognize the potential benefit of combing ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ treatments. In fact, we have multiple patients who undergo acupuncture during the course of their fertility treatments with us. However, herbal supplements are more controversial.
First of all, there is no FDA regulation of herbal substances. This means there’s no proof that the amount and concentration of the substance in the bottle or box is correct. Second, there is very little known about how ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ medications interact. We have actually had multiple patients with unusual responses to fertility treatment who didn’t realize that the fertility herbs they were on could potentially decrease the success of their fertility treatment. Just because something is labeled ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’ does not mean that it is safe in all circumstances.
Getting pregnant with help from TFC
We are still learning about how to combine therapies. Additionally, we are waiting for more regulation of herbal and alternative supplements. When that happens, we may be able to optimize fertility treatment by using both. Until then, we would recommend abstaining from any ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’ supplement while undergoing fertility treatment with us. Please feel free to talk to your nurse if you have any questions about a particular supplement.
You can count on our Austin fertility center to provide the fertility treatments you need to welcome a baby. From intrauterine insemination (IUI) to in vitro fertilization (IVF), we can help you find the right option for you. If you have questions, please contact us for more information.
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