Concerns about Fertility Supplements
“I have concerns about a fertility supplement I am taking, that it is causing rather than repairing an imbalance. Is breakthrough bleeding a problem? Should I stop taking these supplements?
I’ve been trying to get pregnant at age 44 for the last 10 to 11 months, and I’ve been working with a fertility naturopath. About 7 months ago, I started taking supplements to support ovulation, low progesterone, and irregular cycles.
Two months ago, I started taking a supplement to boost progesterone and I started taking homeopathic progesterone drops in the second half of my cycle. For the past three cycles, I’ve had breakthrough bleeding, brown staining, and dark spots starting on day 23 and lasting until my next period.”
A: Look, fair concern and a good question to seek answers to. First and foremost, I would highly recommend if you are working with a fertility naturopath that you go back to her and ask her specifically what is it that she’s aiming to do and what are the effects she would expect.
I don’t particularly think that it’s do with the supplements themselves, more that the supplements are simply not working as well as they could be. Appears to me that what you’re taking technically sounds correct yet it’s not actually doing the job because your progesterone levels are still low as evidenced by the breakthrough bleeding. That’s how we know that there’s still an imbalance here.
The other thing that I probably would say is – in regards to your concerns about these changes that are happening – just because you haven’t had these problems before doesn’t mean that they are abnormal either. It does start to happen that around 44 or so, this kind of symptom starts to become a little bit more common.
At 44 I still believe that women can conceive. I’ve had women conceive at much more advanced ages. I know that it is possible, and I know that it does happen and it can work, but you really do need to make sure that you are doing all of the right things especially in the situation where things are not quite where they need to be.
Personally I don’t use homeopathic progesterone drops or homeopathics in this kind of treatment. It’s not necessarily the approach that I would take, but it’s not to say that it’s wrong. The fact that you’ve been trying for 10 to 11 months, particularly at your age, it does ring alarm bells. I would like to see what else is being done – recent test results – and really understand more about what actually is happening right now because unless we have more of that information, it’s going to be very difficult to offer advice.
What I can say is that there are definitely other things that you can try, other things that you can do. I think you best move is to have a conversation with your naturopath and look into what your other options are and join us for the next 7 Day Fertility Challenge to learn more about all the things you can do to balance hormones, regulates your cycle and boost your fertility.