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Keeli - May 3

Does anyone know the pros/cons of taking soy in place of clomid to stimulate ovulation? Has anyone had success with soy? P.S. I'm not talking about daily soy supplement, I'm talking about taking certain doses of soy for 5 days early in your cycle just as clomid.


Keeli - May 4



Keeli - May 8

anyone? I just can't believe no one has heard of this. Its helped so many of us PCOS women ovulate without clomid.


shen - May 10

hi keeli....i used to take soy powder mixed with water and drink it twice a day but it didn't seem very effective for me...and i got to know from a chinese herbalist that soy will not enhance fertility because it's i stopped the soy and taking chinese herbs instead which is more effective for me


Sweetpea - May 10

I've read different things on soy. Some swear it works similar to clomid and others say it does nothing. Have you tried it yet? Do you know anything about Wild Yam supplements?


shen - May 11

hi, i've never tried wild yam supplements before....are you on any treatments or ttc on your own?


Keeli - May 11

Thanks for responding ladies!! Shen, I would never use soy as a health supplement for ttc. I've been reading a lot about soy on the net, and it sounds like it does more harm than good for every-day use. I took it this month instead of clomid on cd 3-7. Lots of women with PCOS are even told to do this by their doctors. Sweetpea, yes, I tried it for the first time this month. I took my last supplement last Friday, and have not yet ovulated. I did notice that I have had the same types of cramps in my ovaries area as I did with the clomid. Also, clomid really dried me out, but soy hasn't. I've not heard of wild yam supplements. What are they supposed to do?


Sweetpea - May 11

Wild Yam is said to help fertility. It suppose to help encourage ovulation, and regulate a woman's cycle. If taken is small doeses from your AF until ovulation. But in large doses it act like a birth control so I haven't tried it in fear that it will do the latter.


Sweetpea - May 11

I'm TTC on my own. I did have a lap done a while back to be sure I didn't have endo. Right now I'm taking vitamins/minerals, Licorice root, Red Raspberry leaf, Red Clover, Vitex, and extra Folic Acid. I also use a fertility monitor. What have you guys tried?


greeneyedgemini616 - May 11

How much of the Red Clover does it take and what does it work for.


Keeli - May 11

That's interesting about the Wild Yam. I've never heard of that. Sounds kind of scary to try it, though I wonder if its good for PCOS. I've heard b/c is supposed to be good for PCOS. But of course not for ttc! I'm drinking the RRLT, taking a prenatal, extra Vitamin C, and extra Vitamin E. Then I took 160 mg soy on cd 3-7 this month. I also want to know what the Red Clover does? What cd is everyone on?


Sweetpea - May 12

I'll cut and paste some stuff about Red Clover: take one ounce by weight of the dried blossoms (fresh won't work for this application) and put them in a quart-size jar. Fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid and let it steep at room temperature overnight. You may take up to five glasses a day. Red clover is helpful if there is scarring of the fallopian tubes, irregular menses, abnormal cells in the reproductive tract or "unexplained" infertility. Red Clover (trifolium pretense) restores and balances hormonal function and nourishes the uterus. Red Clover contains isoflavones (estrogen-like compounds) which promote estrogen production and which may enhance fertility in women and boost estrogen levels in women with estrogen deficiencies. In addition, the Red Clover contains calcium and magnesium which can relax the nervous system and improve fertility. Traditionally, Red Clover has been administered to help restore irregular menses and to balance the acid-alkaline level of the vagina to promote conception.


Sweetpea - May 12

I only take it from AF until ovulation, people disagree whether it's safe to take all cycle and during pregnancy. It's also debated whether taking Red Clover also comes in pill form.


kimberly - May 12

Yes, I had a lot of luck with soy. I had no periods for 3 years and took a herbal supplement for menopausal women, it had soy and black cohosh in it. Soy has natural plant estrogens and plant progestrogens in it. My period returned after taking the pills for 3 months on the 3rd cycle I was pregnant. Definately works. I will give you the name of what i took if you like, but I have wrote here before about this and many of the women felt I was an endorser for this company. Not true.


shen - May 14

hi, i hope those of u who are taking soy will find some good in it, though it didn't work for me :) anyway, just wanna share with u guys that i've various stuff like clomid, iuis, injectables, ovarian drilling but to no now i'm ttc on my own on chinese herbs which i purchased online


Jennbj - June 9

So, will a daily soy suplement do anything/ Would it be helpful at all?


linds99 - June 9

Both my gyn and RE maintain that soy actually lengthens the follicular phase...something we don't want. (I am a very health conscious person, never drink pop, eat toooooons of veggies and fruits, and only eat white meats.) Before, I was eating a lot of tofu and soy milk....which the doctor says increases estrogen, sometime to the point where you get estrogen overload, thus lengthening the follicular phase. That was bad for me since I already ovulate on day 19-20.



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