A Natural Alternative to Clomid
Doctors are quick to tell women with PCOS that getting pregnant naturally is nearly impossible and that they will require medical interventions to conceive.
If you just read that sentence and felt anxiety, take a breath because I was told the same thing too and I got pregnant naturally.
If Clomid has come up in discussion as an option for you, please read this article first before deciding to do anything. Let’s take a look at Clomid and a possible alternative you should research and discuss with your doctor first.
What is Clomid?
Clomid is usually the first line of defense in the fertility world that doctors will prescribe. The drug also known as clomiphene basically forces ovulation. With that being said, it can stimulate multiple follicles which means you have a greater chance of having multiples. That is important to keep in mind.
Clomid also has some nasty side effects. It can cause enlarged ovaries, pain and bloating in the abdomen/pelvis, headaches, nausea, mood swings, mid-cycle spotting, and heavy menstrual bleeding. It can also thin the endometrial lining which reduces the amount of fertile mucous. Not to mention, the drug increases the chance of multiples which can drastically elevate the chances of complications during pregnancy.
It is also important to note, that your insurance company may not cover the cost of Clomid because it is considered a fertility treatment which can be viewed by insurance as an elective procedure. It is best to review your individual policy before diving into medical debt.
Most women with PCOS can conceive naturally if they fix the root of the problem.
The problem that needs to be addressed is why aren’t you ovulating?
Your doctor should be doing a complete workup on you to figure out the issue. Is the reason you’re not ovulating because you’re insulin resistant, your thyroid is out of balance, you have endometriosis, poor egg quality or reserve, an autoimmune disorder?
If you can get answers here, it is much easier to fix the problem naturally with a little time and effort. And if you do need an intervention, there are natural solutions that you should try first.
An Alternative to Clomid
Black Cohosh is an herb that is from the Ranunculaceae family and is native to North America. This study looked at black cohosh vs. clomid. A 100 Egyptian women with PCOS were split into 2 groups. Half of the women received 100 mg/day of clomid for 5 days. The other half received 40 mg/day of black cohosh for 10 days. At the start of the study, both groups were similar in their FSH/LH ratio.
The results showed that the women who took the black cohosh had a greater reduction in the LH level and FSH/LH ratio. A reduction in LH in women with PCOS is associated with better ovulation and implantation rates. These women also had significantly greater progesterone levels and endometrial thickness. Accordingly, the black cohosh group had a higher pregnancy rate than the clomiphene group (7 and 4 pregnancies, respectively); however, the difference was not statistically significant.
Black cohosh is very strong and can have numerous drug interactions and should never be used by anyone with poor liver function. It should never be used without direct supervision from a physician. If you are interested in trying black cohosh instead of clomid, please discuss it with your doctor first.
There are natural treatments like black cohosh that work better than clomid and that come with less adverse reactions. It is important to be an active participant in your care and to discuss options with your doctor. You should never be forced into doing something that you are not comfortable with. And when it comes to big health decisions, I think it is always wise to get a second opinion.