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Apr 26, 2010 - 22 comments

Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain which reduces inflammation and breaks up proteins that prevent embryo implantation

Most of us probably buy low-fat milk rather than its full-fat counterpart, but it turns out that a high amount of low-fat dairy increases the risk of anovulation. The large-scale Nurses' Health Study done by Harvard Medical School researchers discovered that women who ate at least two portions of low-fat dairy foods were 85% more likely to experience ovulatory disorders

Numerous studies have indicated that seminal oxidative stress has a very significant negative effect on male fertility. Consuming shitake mushrooms, with their high levels of antioxidants, can go a long way towards counteracting oxidation and improving sperm health

You're probably aware of oysters' legendary aphrodisiac effect, but did you know that scientific studies back up their efficacy for improving sperm quality? This delicious mollusk contains high levels of zinc, which is needed to produce healthy sperm, sperm-friendly semen, and promote sperm motility. There are no studies that examine the effect of oysters on women but at the very least, they won't hurt your fertility if you decide to eat a plateful of them with your man

Refined carbohydrates are a big no-no for women trying to conceive. Instead of using white sugar, sweeten your drinks with molasses, the dark byproduct of processed sugarcane. Molasses has high amounts of calcium, iodine, and iron, which can decrease the chances of a miscarriage. It also contains a B-complex vitamin called PABA, which is known to increase the effects of estrogen. Because of its nutritional and energetic content, molasses is also recommended as a home remedy for polycystic ovarian syndrome and irregular periods. For best results use the black strap variety because it is marvelously nutrient rich

Drink Green Tea to boost fertile cervical fluid. You'll also want to drink pomegranate juice to improve the lining of your uterus. Eating pineapple core after ovulation can improve your odds of successful embryo implantation. Try making a fertility smoothie!

Robitussin Info:

Robitussin works on the cervical mucus and increases your chances of getting pregnant
Robitussin is a popular brand of cough syrup and it might be surprising to consider its relation with fertility. But the fact is that this expectorant is used to loosen and thin mucus of a different kind too, called cervical mucus, in women. Robitussin is only a specific brand and any expectorant that contains guaifenesin as the only active ingredient can be used in its place. Generic versions are most likely available as well. Be sure to carefully inspect the ingredients list to make sure the ONLY active ingredient as guaifenesin. Any other ingredients can diminish the effect you are looking for.

What is the recommended dose of Robitussin?
The recommended dose for improving cervical mucus is two teaspoons (200 mg) taken orally three times per day. Recommended dosage is two teaspoons (200 mg) taken orally three times per day. If mucus still appears thick, you can take as the maximum dosage as listed on the label of the cough medicine. Water intake should be increased to encourage cervical mucus production and a full glass should take with each dose of guaifenesin.

If you re taking Clomid (clomiphene citrate, Serophene) as an ovulation inductor, it may help to know that it can cause hostile mucus in 30 percent or more of women using it. Higher doses of Clomid tend to be more associated with less cervical fluid and a thinner uterine lining, than the 50 mg dose and Robitussin can help to reverse this.

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL  is used in TTC to increase cervical mucus. It also lowers cholesterol, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. The active ingredient is cis-linoleic and cis-gammalinolenic acid (GLA). It may take up to three months to see results.

Recommended Dosage: Follow the instructions on the bottle, or try 1,000 mg per day. Some recommend taking up to 3,000 mg per day, but this dosage has been known to cause uterine contractions, spotting and delayed ovulation in some women.

Side Effects: EPO can cause uterine contractions. Do not use EPO during the two-week wait after ovulation, or during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use if prone to seizures or if taking anti-epileptic/anti-seizure medications. Some people may experience nausea or headaches as side-effects

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by dscoqn, Apr 26, 2010
Wow I have a spoonful of Molasses every morning cause someone told me it was good for iron but I didn't know it could decrease miscarrige and help with PCOS!  Awesome!

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by k10road, Apr 26, 2010
Be careful with that pineapple.  The bromelain in it, while helpful in implantation, can cause miscarriage too because in large amounts, it causes uterine contraction.  It is only found in the core of the pineapple, so once you get pregnant, just make sure you avoid the core.  If you get canned pineapple, that is safe.  

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by frequent_tester, Apr 26, 2010
Glad my nosying helped! i'm not going to get obsessed or anything, just going to introduce some of them that i like anyway! i hear some women who go all out with this stuff for fertility so it takes over their life, and I dont need something else to be obsessed over! =-]

do u take folic acid??I dunno if its worth investigating me taking it??

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by frequent_tester, Apr 26, 2010
ahh yes k10road, I LOVE canned pineapple...I cannot be bothered cutting a great big pineapple!

Any fruit in large amounts is dangerous, I keep telling my boyf this when he eats ten bananas in one sitting and twelve satsumas! Will avoid the pineapple overdose, dont want that happening now!

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by dscoqn, Apr 26, 2010
Yes you should absolutely be taking folic acid everyday hun.  They say you should take it 4 months before conception and right through pregnancy.  I take it but I don't mark it on my chart - too lazy LOL.  You can get it on prescription from your doc so it's cheaper - well you can over here anyway.

Oh and another thing my boyfriend eats shitake mushrooms all the time cause he loves them - didn''t know they were good for his spermies!  Another bonus LOL

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by frequent_tester, Apr 26, 2010
haha awesome. Oh okay..well then wont hurt to take folic now then! i will do some price investigation, thank you =-] at least then i will feel like I'm doing something to help myself! =P

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by k10road, Apr 26, 2010
If you just take a normal prenatal, they contain folic acid in them.  And they are good for you because they pretty much have all vitamins that you should be taking prior to conception.  They upset some people's stomachs, so if they bother you, take it at night.  

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by dscoqn, Apr 26, 2010
You should be taking 800 micrograms per day.  The only prenatal over here (NZ) that has that much in it is Elevit but it's sooooooooo expensive.  My prenatal only has about 300 micrograms so I top it up with extra.  Things are probably different over here though.

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by jennlaurin80, Apr 26, 2010
I read a book called the infertility diet, how to stay pregnant and prevent misacrriages and read that Yams have the same effect as the fertility drug "clomid" here is some more info about YAMS if anyone is interested

Function
# Yams are known to aid in fertility issues. They contain diosgenin, which is a substance similar to progesterone, the female hormone responsible for facilitating pregnancy. Yams cause multiple eggs to be released for fertilization during ovulation.
Identification
# Many confuse the American sweet potato for the yam. A true yam is native to Africa and is brown or black in color with an off-white or purplish interior. Yams contain more starch and are not particularly sweet.
Types
# In addition to eating an actual yam, the root of a wild yam, or Dioscorea Villosa native to Mexico, can be taken to assist men with their infertility. Wild yams aid the ardenal glands in producing hormones that increase the level of testosterone needed for sperm production as well as fight impotence.
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by frequent_tester, Apr 26, 2010
Yams are now on my shopping list! =D

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by jennlaurin80, Apr 26, 2010
frequent tester---i kept buying sweet potatos thinking they were yams. alot of grocery stores list sweet potatos as yams...i ended up having to go to a while foods or farmers market to make sure i got a true yam.
Im not crazy about yams but i found a really yummy recipe...they tasted similar to sweet potato french fries.

Cut the yam into long wedges(like french fries) easier said than done...those things are SO tough to cut through! Once your done cutting enough for a serving
Take a large zip lock bag and put the wedges into the bag then add a little bit of olive oil in the bag, a little bit of seasoning salt, sprinkle some brown sugar & a little white sugar, a tad of nutmeg.
Shake the bag and mix it all around the wedges....then place the wedges on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 until crispy...i think they taste better crispy...thats how i like my french fries. After about 20 minutes flip the wedges over. Should take around 40-60 minutes to cook. I dipped them in ketchup and they were so good !

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by MissmyAngel, May 07, 2010
I ate fresh pineapple every day until I ovulated, took robitussin with Guaifenesin in it and drank grapefruit juice on the month I concieved.

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by frequent_tester, May 07, 2010
god darn it...pineapple!!! right im picking up a dozen cans of tem tomorrow after work!!!! =D oh my god I really want some pineapple!!! i ovulate this time next week =D not gonna do an OPK...that will just stress me out and I'm aiming for a stress free week this week

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by frank_noahsmommy, May 07, 2010
Hunny it looks like we r having oysters with shitake mushrooms for dinner, some pineapple juice to go with it, and maybe some candied yams for desert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for all the info!!!

In really need to go buy Robitussin!!! i keep hearing lots of good stuff about it!
missmyangel, thanks If I do not get my BFP this month I will def. do all the same as u next month!!!!!!!

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by frequent_tester, May 07, 2010
I totally just had to google it...oh my god I'm going to go get hold of some as I ovulate in at least 7 days =D thank you! have added the info I found on it above

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by k10road, May 07, 2010
LMAO @ Michelle!!!!!

OK, Robitussin secret....you don't need Robitussin.  The active ingredient in it that works magic is the Guafenisen.  Now, you can get plain guafenisen without having all the other crap in it that robitussin has.  Mucinex - the plain kind, not the D or DM - is just straight guafenisen.  They even have off brands of it, like a Walgreens brand.  With my 2nd DS, my dr. is the one who told me to take it.  LOL.  She said that all 3 times she got pregnant, she was sick and taking it.  It worked!  I told my best friend about it, who had been trying for a year, and the 2nd month she used it, she got pregnant.  I believe in it!

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by frank_noahsmommy, May 07, 2010
Oh wow I am going to walgreens asap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by k10road, May 07, 2010
I took it the day after my period ended up until the day after I ovulated.  And I took the max allowed per day according to the bottle

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by frank_noahsmommy, May 07, 2010
Thanks I will def. start tomorrow up untill I ovulate, suppose to on wed. according to babyhopes. com.

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by trinsmom03, May 21, 2010
Is there anything MEN can take to help with your sperm count and mobility.

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by turtlefur, Jun 15, 2011
please please please discourage green tea and trying to conceive! green tea drastically depletes folic acid which leads to tragic birth defects: anencephaly and neural tube defects. Men can drink pomegranate juice to help with sperm quality and quantity. read this: http://www.livestrong.com/article/294290-pomegranate-juice-benefits-for-men/

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by mymedicalhelpresarch, Mar 09, 2014
whats the right quantity of pineaple core to take to avoid overdosing and causing uterine contraction? pls advice.



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