You can improve the odds of conceiving a child by taking control of your health, before buying and trying fertility pills. Women in good health who do not have ovulation problems and are trying to conceive can improve their chances with preconception care. In time, fertile couples who need a boost may turn to fertility pills, including clomiphine (brand name Clomid or Serophene) or bromocriptine (brand name Parlodel) to increase their chances of conceiving.
Schedule an appointment with a gynecologist or Ob/Gyn for an annual physical to verify that your overall health, weight and blood pressure are within in normal limits and that you can proceed with trying to get pregnant. The doctor can also rule out diabetes, infections and other health issues that could interfere with fertility.
Check with your insurance company for a list of fertility doctors in your area and that are covered on your plan. Request health plan information about covered fertility treatments including fertility pills. Some states require companies with more than 50 employees to provide some form of fertility coverage. (See Resources.)
Schedule an appointment with a fertility doctor to request fertility pills. The doctor will have a formulary of fertility pills covered by your health insurance. Request a prescription for a generic fertility pill if one is available through your prescription health coverage.
Ask the fertility doctor questions about side effects of fertility pills, including the odds of multiple births. Consider the health of the babies, mom’s health and the added financial cost of multiple births before taking fertility pills.
Order fertility pills in three month shipments if the pharmacy portion of your health insurance provides a discount for multi-month prescriptions.
File reimbursement claims with your insurance company if they do not cover the full cost of fertility treatments.
Make lifestyle changes as needed to improve natural fertility. Exercise regularly, quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption and seek professional health if you have an eating disorder recommends the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Supplement your pre-conception diet with 400 micrograms of folic acid daily, recommends the March of Dimes. Folate may be consumed in the form of food including green leafy vegetables, whole grain foods and legumes.
- Request that your partner’s fertility be tested before you buy fertility pills.
- Buy fertility pills from trusted pharmacies.
- Call the doctor for a different brand or type of fertility pill if you are having discomfort or side effects from the pills.