The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    A closer look at FertilityBlend

    In two studies here and here, a supplement called FertilityBlend increased the rate of pregnancy in women who had tried unsuccessfully to conceive for 6 to 36 months.

    The most recent study included 93 women aged 24 to 42 years who took FertilityBlend or placebo. After 3 months, 14 of 53 (26%) women in the FertilityBlend group were pregnant compared to 4 of 40 (10%) women in the placebo group.

    There were also positive changes in hormones and the menstrual cycle that suggested higher fertility.

    FertilityBlend for Women is a proprietary nutritional supplement containing chasteberry, green tea, L-arginine, vitamins (including folate), and minerals.

    The bottom line?
    Fertility is generally defined as the inability to become pregnant after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. Both of these studies included women who had tried unsuccessfully to conceive for 6 to 36 months. So, it’s unclear if they all were really infertile, and the researchers don’t claim they were.

    At first, you might think that FertilityBlend is a treatment for infertility. But it’s really designed for women (couples) who are not having success getting pregnant.

    The FertilityBlend Optimization System goes “all the way” “to help couples enhance their chances for conception.”

    • Supplement for women
    • Supplement for men
    • Instructions on tracking basal body temperature
    • BBT thermometer and charts to help determine exact ovulation date
    • 5 ovulation predictor tests to optimize conception timing
    • 3 home pregnancy tests to confirm pregnancy
    • A detailed booklet and instructional DVD to help the couple do everything right.

    3/8/07 09:30 JR

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