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Friday, November 18, 2005

Ovulex and Amberoz

Hi Dr. Amy,

A year ago I was diagnosed with PCOS. A couple months ago we (my husband and I) ordered and started taking Ovulex and Amberoz. I thought we'd give it a try since we are ttc.. I was wondering if you know anything about Ovulex and Amberoz. I've heard from a couple of people that it doesn't work, but I don't want to get my hopes down. We bought the six month supply and according to them (Selmedica Healthcare) there is a 100% money back guarantee if we don't see results.

I'm a little confused now. The first month when I started taking it I got my period which was on Sept 22nd and I haven't gotten it since then. Last month on Oct 30th I took a HPT and I got a faint + result, on Nov. 1st I tested again I got a - result. I made an appt on Nov. 3rd to see my OB/GYN I took both a urine and blood PG test and I had a negative result for both. Is it possible for me to be PG?, and for some reason my body is not producing enough hCG.
Please Dr. Amy, any comments, advice, or suggestions that you have for me I would really appreciate it.


Dear EB,

There is nothing that you can buy over the counter (without a prescription) that will increase your chances of getting pregnant.

It is not very risky for these companies to offer a money back guarantee when you consider the statistics for pregnancy. Of all couples having unprotected intercourse, 50% will be pregnant in 4 months and 75% will be pregnant in 8 months. These companies know that the majority of women who order their products are going to get pregnant in the next 6 months no matter what.

When you consider the reasons why you don't get pregnant each and every month you try, you can see why there is no product that is going to change the odds. The chances of getting pregnant in any given cycle are 20%. The most common reason for not getting pregnant in a particular month in that either the egg, or the sperm, or the combination is abnormal in some way and cannot develop further. These abnormalities are random genetic problems, and are not affected by any medication or vitamins.

In fact, it sounds like this has already happened to you. The positive pregnancy test that you had was probably the result of a chemical pregnancy (a very early miscarriage). You did conceive, but the pregnancy stopped growing within days of implantation. This is extremely common and does not mean that you will have problems in the future. In fact, the odds are very high that you will get pregnant in the next 6 months.

If, however, you ovulate very irregularly, it will take you longer than most women to get pregnant. That problem can be treated with a fertility medication like Clomid that stimulates ovulation.



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