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Your libido and fertility questions – don’t trust those celeb stories

August 24th, 2008

Dr Petra

There’s been a spate of stories in the celebrity press recently suggesting celebrities trying for a baby are taking traditional fertility treatments alongside herbal libido boosters. Here’s a typical example of such a story.

Of course we don’t know whether any of these celeb stories are true, but what we do know is many people are influenced by the lives of the rich and famous and also can be misled about health information by such media coverage.

So if you’re worrying about getting pregnant but seem to have lost your libido what should you do?

The first thing is to avoid herbal products. If you’ve lost your libido it could be down to a number of factors such as stress over getting pregnant, relationship problems, getting bored with having to have baby making sex, or anxieties over your future. All of which are common when couples are trying to get pregnant and are definite libido sappers.

Unfortunately a herbal supplement isn’t going to make those problems go away. In fact they could cause additional problems with getting pregnant – particularly if you’re taking standard fertility boosting medication – as we don’t know what effects herbal products can have on fertility meds. They might interfere with your existing fertility medication, while there’s no scientific evidence these rather vaguely described herbal libido boosters actually do boost libido.

There’s been a lot of coverage in the press recently about whether standard fertility treatments work, and now the waters have been further muddied by suggestions that herbal products boost libido and subsequent fertility.

The message is clear. Don’t rely on celebrity stories for your health information. If you’re trying to get pregnant you should speak to your GP who can give you fertility advice and refer you to a specialist if need be. If you feel you need a libido booster then mention this to your doctor who can refer you to a psychosexual therapist if need be – they can give you some ideas about sorting out your sex drive. Joining a support group where couples discuss fertility problems can also make you feel less stressed.

But don’t reach for any herbal libido booster as a solution – and if you’re considering taking any alternative medicines during your time trying for a baby then speak to your doctor so they can advise you if you’re inadvertantly taking something that may not be helping in your quest to make a baby.

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