Hi everyone. Hope you are all having a fantastic week despite all the depressing news going on in Africa in particular and the world in general. Sometimes- especially lately- it does feel like we are in the last days. Not a single day goes by without something horrific happening around us. I don’t even know where to start from about what is going on in my beloved homeland, Nigeria. From Boko Haram to Ebola, the country has been brought to it’s knees and the government is powerless to help. Even the UK has not been left out; the security level has just recently been increased to Severe which is just a step below Critical, the highest security level and it means a terrorist attack is highly likely. lf we are indeed in the last days, all we can do is hold on to God’s Word in Psalm 27:1 -‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall l fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall l be afraid?’ The best thing is knowing that no matter what is going on around us, we can always count on Him and be rest assured in His Promise. May God be with you all as you go about your daily lives and may His Grace continue to guide and protect you in all you do in Jesus Name, Amen.
So l was reading Stella Dimoko Korkus’s blog a while ago (her blog is amazing by the way and l simply love her sense of humour which is greatly appreciated in these depressing times) and a blog visitor mentioned something called Fertilaid and how it helped her to conceive. Naturally, my interest was piqued and l decided to carry out some research on it. The reviews were not particularly encouraging especially for women with regular periods but there were some great feedback as well although these were more from the Fertilaid websites. I was more concerned however on how it helped women with endometriosis so l researched fertility forums for real experiences which brings me to the question-what is Fertilaid, anyway-?
Fertilaid is basically a fertility supplement that combines herbal nutrients like chasteberry or vitex(this stimulates ovulation hormones and is helpful for women with irregular periods), red clover(this promotes estrogen production), siberian ginseng(this tone uterine muscles and support healthy uterine function) and ginkgo biloba(this improves blood circulation and also performs a cleansing antioxidant function) along with essential vitamins and minerals like folic acid, vitamins C and E to enhance fertility and increase a woman’s chance of conceiving. Now, this is all well and good but… some reviews have stated that women with regular periods have noticed some irregularity since they have started using Fertilaid. In fact, some have even missed periods for up to 3 months! Others complained that their periods are now longer and even have constant spotting between periods.
Regarding endo, l was particularly concerned about the red clover herb in Fertilaid. Red clover is a plant which contains hormone like chemicals called isoflavones. These are changed in the body to phytoestrogens which are similar to the hormone estrogen which we all know is basically the ‘fuel’ that ignites the endometriosis ‘fire’ and results in inflammation and growth of endometrial tissue. Hence, l’m afraid this is where l get off the bus on the Fertilaid route which is sad because l actually thought it might be worth a shot. The endo fertility forum reviews were divided; some said their doctors actually recommended it and it worked for a few. Others maintained their doctors insisted it should be avoided at all costs. Still, life is about learning and no one is born with a wealth of knowledge. So please, if Fertilaid has worked for a sister with endo, please share your experience. God bless.
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