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#1 Mary S

Posted 03 October 2016 - 04:07 PM

Hi everyone

So, my DH and I are older (40,s) , but really wanting another bub. I have been reading that wild yams help promote fertility, also cassava.. has anyone tried these?

I am trying to find ways to boost my fertility as time is really of an essence :)

Yes, we have fully thought about all this, and due to being such big planners this is why it has taken so long!


#2 Caribou

Posted 03 October 2016 - 04:12 PM

Have you considered a fertility specialist instead? Don't bother with the wild yams etc until you've been checked over with a FS. It doesn't even need to be IVF. It just they can tell you what your chances are and what you need to do. Time isn't necessarily on your side, so I'd just see a FS and make sure all is working well. You'll save the time and money spent on wild yams and cassava.

#3 VVV

Posted 03 October 2016 - 04:37 PM

I agree with Madnesscraves. I would be looking into getting an AMH test as a first step.

#4 Mary S

Posted 03 October 2016 - 04:46 PM

Do I need to go to a GP for AMH test? haven't heard of that but just started googling?! A fertility specialist will be diff from an Ob right, or do some do both?

#5 Mary S

Posted 03 October 2016 - 04:52 PM

i just saw my old Ob is a fertility specialist also, thats a bonus!

#6 Caribou

Posted 03 October 2016 - 04:55 PM

You need to see a GP, for a referral to a FS. They are different from an OB.

A GP can get your AMH results, but all that tells you is how what your egg reserve is. It doesn't tell you if you're ovulating or if your husbands sperm is any good. For example, my AMH was great, but I wasn't ovulating.

Which is why it's best to see a FS. They will do a range of tests for both you and your husband and save you the time spent each month trying.

#7 Caribou

Posted 03 October 2016 - 04:56 PM

Just saw your OB is a FS, - then all you need is your GP to give you a referral to your OB/FS

#8 Bam1

Posted 03 October 2016 - 05:01 PM

I'm not sure if it helps fertility or just the production of double eggs but Nigerians have the highest incidence of twins and its suspected its the yams that are a mainstay of the women's diet.  But I suspect the actual amount you would need to eat in a short space of time would not be practical.

#9 Bidi

Posted 03 October 2016 - 05:08 PM

Is it your first baby together?  Because if you already have kids together then not sure you both need to see a fertility specialist.  I am 38 and my husband 42 but we have had 3 healthy babies - last one 2 1/2 years ago.  I am trying for a fourth and unfortunately had 2 missed miscarriages this year but the dr says the first battle is won because we know we can get pregnant - 3 kids and 2 other pregnancies this year.  Health is very important to fertility.  Weight, smoking, alcohol and general health affects both partners fertility.  Wishing you all the baby dust.  The AMH might be worthwhile to see your eggs left etc.

#10 Monkey_Mind

Posted 03 October 2016 - 06:07 PM

There could be something to the sweet potato thing (they're yams right?). I was eating them with nearly every meal when I conceived and it ended up being twins, I only read something online about it afterwards!

It can't hurt to try, they aren't expensive. I would be seeing a specialist though and not relying on certain foods. Natural remedies are good if used alongside professional help not as a substitute for them (I'm as sceptical as they come with most "miracle" natural cures).

#11 Mary S

Posted 03 October 2016 - 08:51 PM

This won't be our first bub, I did have a mc though and the last pregnancy I had polyhydramnios and so we were not going to have more. But we have been up and down for a year about it, and just decided we really weren't finished! there are risks, but we have a good support network, good ob 9unless she get booked out!). just really want big family, this cld be the last chance! We are both mid 40's so I know there is no time to waste.

I thought Yams were sweet potato too but turns out they are a herb!

#12 just roses

Posted 03 October 2016 - 09:01 PM

Definitely see a FS. And good luck!

#13 Bidi

Posted 03 October 2016 - 09:21 PM

I had polyhydramnios too with my 1st and second babies but not my 3rd.  Why did that put you off another???  As I understood it only increased the risk of gestational diabetes.  How many kids do you have?  I would be cautious of sweet potato and yams as I have read they can definitely lead to an increase in twins!!!  And girls too.

#14 Mary S

Posted 03 October 2016 - 09:30 PM

thanks everyone for your replies. I appreciate it! after my second, I spent about 2.5 years working with physio to get my back better, it got really screwed second time around with complications . however, it is much better and I am really really wanting to have more kids.

Bidi, you had Polydramnios twice, did you deliver early both times then? they put me in early - actually my due date kept moving with each apt and I was in hospital for almost a week before I had our bub.

#15 Holidayromp

Posted 04 October 2016 - 09:47 AM

Have you started trying yet?

Most doctors won't refer you unless you have been actively ttcing at your age for six months.

At the moment you are only guessing that you may have fertility issues only based on age. Whereas fertility is IF you have them is very individual.

#16 Mary S

Posted 11 October 2016 - 08:35 PM

yes already trying! practice makes perfect right! lol
I am reading on some site, you are most fertile in the 2-3 days before you ovulate others say the week of your ovulation. I am thinking about getting an ovulation kit. Are they were the $

#17 Green lady

Posted 12 October 2016 - 06:09 PM

Mary S - absolutely get yourself an ovulation kit. It's the couple of days before and day of ovulation that you are most fertile. I liked the clearblue digs dual hormone because it detects estrogen rise which precedes the LH surge that triggers ovulation. That way you get warning that ovulation is approaching.

#18 Mary S

Posted 12 October 2016 - 09:22 PM

oh great, thank you Green lady!

#19 Mary S

Posted 02 November 2016 - 07:44 PM

hi again!

Ok, so I got the clearblue digs dual hormone ovulation test. on other websites, it says I start my fertile window today for the next few days, but using the test I still get a circle -not fertile.

I guess I go off the ovulation kit result thought, right? or should we practice today anyway, just in case! IM too old not to get it right!!!

what do you think?

#20 Moulla

Posted 03 November 2016 - 07:58 PM

I would be using the Fertility Friend app if I were you, and doing vag temping with a proper ovulation thermometer you can get from the chemist. You can do a mini course through the app learning all about temping and fertility signs when you ovulate. Much better than OPKs... sorry but they are IMHO a waste of money and time!

#21 Holidayromp

Posted 14 November 2016 - 05:03 PM

I think the digital opks are fantastic it took the guesswork and faffing around trying to pin point my fertile window.

I noted cm, start dates of periods, how frisky I felt and I began to see a pattern of approximately when I would surge and ovulation for me was generally 12 hours later.

Because of this tracking I started testing from cd12 and saved a heap of money doing so.

#22 Mary S

Posted 19 November 2016 - 10:26 PM

Thanks ladies. I am going to the OPK another couple of months. I am trying to remember to input the data. It detected peak fertility but no luck this month. I think its sometimes hard to feel frisky when you are conscious the clock is ticking! but I guess this is something lots of women deal with.

I will look into the fertility friend app also.

My hubby is not interested in trying a yam supplement (or me trying one). I saw a wild yam one at a health shop, it said it was for menstrual pain etc. so not sure if I should mess with it on top of my conceive well vitamins (black mores)...

#23 Mary S

Posted 29 December 2016 - 08:14 PM

hi again
so far no luck! the Clear Blue OPK picks my peak fertility but nothing happening. does this definitely mean I am ovulating?

I am thinking of going and requesting the AMH test with a GP. Can a GP prescribe ovulating hormone stuff or is that just a FS thing?

I am on black mores pre conceive vitamins.


#24 Caribou

Posted 30 December 2016 - 02:43 AM

The GP can do the AMH test and track ovulation via blood test and maybe ultrasounds.

The FS is the onewho prescribes ovulation medication. Gps generally can't do this. But they can do some tests to a point before a FS is required

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