Over-the-Counter Fertility Pills vs. Prescription

You have found yourself in the “infertility” stage of life and now you are probably willing to “try” just about anything in the hopes of getting pregnant. But now you are questioning what will increase my chances of getting pregnant, and are they all safe? Let me first say, I am not a doctor and you should seek professional help before making a decision on what type of medication to take. But I will do my best at providing you my best opinion on over the counter fertility and prescription medications.

Let’s tackle prescription drugs first. There are plenty out there, and your doctor will be best at knowing which one will work best for you. Not all fertility issues are treated the same, so make sure to discuss your options with your doctor. But the most commonly prescribed medication is clomid (brand name of Clomiphene). It acts to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. For those with no ovulation or scant ovulation, this can be extremely successful.

Another prescribed mediation is Fertomid which is based on the same drug as clomid. It is used to treat infertility in women who are not ovulating mainly due to hormonal imbalances.

Femara is a prescribed drug mainly used to treat breast cancer after surgery and is known as Letrozole. This is prescribed to stimulate the ovaries (which matures the eggs faster) and produce the necessary hormones for an easier and faster pregnancy.

But of course there are side effects (as with most medications) which include moodiness, hot flashes, abdominal pain, etc. to almost all of these prescribed medications. 

Over the counter drugs may not seem as “reliable” but again, if you were anything like me, you may be willing to “try” just about anything. A herbal supplement that may be recommended to take is, Vitex. It is made from the extract of the chasteberry plant, it is a cheaper alternative as it uses only natural ingredients. Vitex balances hormones necessary for reproduction and can be found at a health food store.

Chinese fertility herbs are said to be very effective as a treatment to fertility problems. Common Chinese herbs include Shu di huang, Fu pen Zi, Man jing Zi, Shan yao, Dang gui, and Yi mu cao. Again, these can be found at a health food store or even online.

The trend of “essential oils” have also been used to help aid in fertility treatments. Three of the best oils to use are Clary Sage oil, Thyme oil, and Sandalwood oil. Clary Sage oil helps balance out estrogen production in the body. Thyme oil benefits the body by improving progesterone production in both men and women. Sandalwood is beneficial for balancing out testosterone levels in both men and women.

I am not sure I would be able to tell you to take one over the other, but I am here to tell you that you should have a discussion about them with your doctor. I also would suggest that if your doctor is not willing to discuss “over the counter” or “natural” remedies to get a second opinion. I only took the prescription medications and wish to this day that I would have done more research about homeopathic or over the counter fertility treatments. In either event, I wish you the best of luck in getting pregnant!