Have you tried Pregnitude? I thought I’d right my own account of using it, since I’ve searched quite a bit for stories and follow ups, and there isn’t a whole lot out there. There’s a lot of posts about people starting to take it, and wanting feedback, but not a whole lot of long term use.
I started taking Pregnitude twice a day March 25 and since then I’ve taken it pretty consistently. I’ve missed a few doses, and for one week I dropped down to just one packet a day, but other than that I’ve been good about taking it. I also should disclose that I do not have a PCOS diagnosis, as many women who use it seem to have.
The best blog post I found on the topic was from Jen at Future Fords, check that out here. She highlights some great links, including the scientific studies, that I found really helpful. It’s a supplement, not a drug, that contains just two ingredients, folic acid and myo-inositol. There have been studies to show that when taken in the doses recommended, it improves frequency/strength of ovulation as well as egg quality.
So why am I taking it, since I don’t have PCOS? I think what reeled me into trying it was a few accounts I’d seen of women being asked to take it before their IVF cycles, to improve egg quality. I ovulate regularly, though on un-medicated cycles this has ranged from on CD 17 to CD 25, with the majority of my ovulation occurring between CD 17 and CD 19. I’d prefer ovulating earlier to not only shorten my cycle, but because I’ve read that late cycle ovulation can produce damaged eggs. Add that in with some solid studies that show that this supplement does indeed help and doesn’t really have any side effects, I was ready to jump aboard the Pregnitude train.
When I started in March it was at the beginning of my 3rd IUI cycle. I didn’t really expect it to have any effect since most supplements take a few months to get into your system and start having effects. I was also doing a medicated cycle (with clomid and an ovidrel trigger) so the cycle wasn’t really my own. I didn’t notice any immediate differences except that, um, I was pooping a lot less regularly. It’s not too bad, but just not as regular as I like, if you know what I mean. The second month taking it was also a clomid cycle, with an IUI. Both of those were not successful.
So now I’m on my 3rd box of Pregnitude and am starting my first month since January where I don’t have clomid taking over my cycle. While it’s hard to tell what my cycle would have been like normally, I do think the Pregnitude is having some effects. I started seeing some EWCM on CD 11. That is WAY early for me, normally it doesn’t show up until CD 14/15 or later. I also didn’t have much CM at all on the clomid (one of it’s downfalls) but never worried about it because I was doing IUIs. However, I’ve already started noticing lots of it, and my OPKs are still not really that close to being positive, though they appear to be getting darker. I think this means I’ll ovulate on the “textbook perfect” day of CD 14, maybe CD 15. I’ve also noticed that I can feel my ovaries are gearing up, in the same way I felt while I was on clomid. I have never really felt this before taking clomid, but it’s like I can feel my ovary getting heavier. I always attributed this to the beautiful follicles clomid was helping me grow, but I like that I can still feel it even without the clomid this month.
Of course I can’t contribute all of the changes to Pregnitude. I have no idea what this cycle would have looked like without it. I’ve done 4 rounds back to back with clomid, and I’m sure that would have produced some changes on it’s own, even though I am assured by my doctor that clomid leaves your body quite quickly after you stop taking it. However, compared to my other unmedicated cycles, this one is different. Which, of course, I hope is a good sign. Maybe we’ll get a free baby (well, “free” meaning $40 for the box of Pregnitude, plus a few more for OPKs, but you know what I mean). Though I know better than to get my hopes too high up over some ovary tightness. I’ve felt it on all 4 of my IUI cycles, and I’m still sitting here very unpregnant.
The last thing I’ll add, is that Pregnitude claims to be flavorless, which for the most part it is. I don’t really notice a flavor, but it seems to have a sweet taste to it. If I compare regular water to my water with Pregnitude mixed in, it tastes like it has a pinch of splenda in it. Just a very small amount. Anyhow, I like the taste so it doesn’t bother me at all, but I’ve read other places that some women don’t like it.
So that’s my experience, what was yours? I’ll do another update in a few months if I’m still using it to give you my long term thoughts. But for now, I’m keeping it as part of my routine.