ok so went to my OBGYN today (not a fertility specialist) told him we have been TTC without sucess (also I am 40) he immediately said spit out...all in one sentence "I will put you on clomid 50 mg take that day 3-7 on day 9 do a baking soda douche, have sex day 12,14,16,18 do this for 3 months if it doesnt work we will have to recommend you to FS"
I was like... ummm ok ... and I have been on these boards for a while and def know a good BDing schedule and have heard (and am researching more on Clomid) but have never heard anyone mentioning a Baking soda Douch... he said this will "for sure get you pregnant"
anybody do these or heard good or bad things ?
he is a little "old school" kind of dr... if that matters at all.
So I have never ever heard of that, and it sounds a little unpleasant. the literature I've read suggests women shouldn't really douche because it messes with the natural balance in there (not specifically referring to when TTC).
BUT I am not a clinician and scientifically I could see how that could help a little - baking soda is basic in terms of pH, which could I suppose neutralize the pH of your vagina so the spermies would have a better chance? Maybe that's a reach but thats the first thing that came to my mind.
I might call the office back and ask some questions...
You mix baking soda with water and douche with it. Its supposed to help vaginal ph to become more alkaline as ph too acidic will kill off sperm. Just be careful with it and dont use often as it isnt good to use more than very occasionaly. It can actually cause infertility if you use it too much. But its worth a try...maybe you are too acidic?
Yeah, I would definately say that this requires a bit more investigation into. I suppose I can see the science behind it, but still, douching with anything is supposed to bad.
Before you do that, maybe he could test your acidity.
Another thing you might want to try, instead of douching, is Preseed. It is a lubricant, and they put quite alot in the tube, so you would have quite a bit of this lubrication in the vagina during intercourse. And I know that this has a sperm friendly pH. So it might be better to try something like this to help the sperm, rather than a douche, which if done too much, could change your pH indefinately.
that is strange. I wonder if you could buy it? Like the vinegar douches? I think I would try it atleast one month, maybe the third one before you follow up? You know he is going to ask if you did! I googled it and alot of other women talked about it but nothing really medical about it. It makes sense in theory but you hear more about how bad douching can be now. Especially I would think while you were OV and the cervix is open and all....
Even before ttc I'd have baking soda baths. For us UK girlies that's bicarbonate of soda. Bathing in it leaves your skin loooovely and soft.
Ive mentioned before that I have a bad habit of washing down there with soap and shower gel and bicarb is one of the things my google research threw up. I believe that I'm too acidic down there and am not sperm friendly.
Thanks for posting this - it's the profession validation I needed.
hey..just wanted to say that my doc also recommended the baking soda douche..I bought it from a drug store nearby..its a package that comes with two bottles of baking soda..I just used it once actually before my IUI..and it was great..its so easy to use..and it gives you a clean feeling down there..lol..but the important thing is to use it half an hour before bd and just use it once or twice a month..its all written on the package..in fact I think that every women should use it even if they are not TTC as it cleans out all the germs when a normal soup can't..Good luck
thanks for all your comments girls.... I as well have been doing some "googling" and did see a lot of hits for this, apparently it is also used when ttc gender based for those wanting boys ?? who would have known !! haha
my dr did give different instructions than yours pumpkin, in that to only use it once a month and that should appx CD9 (or 3 days after AF).
I plan on giving it a try next cycle, then also use Conceieve Plus when BDing. So I will be nice and clean, and then also have some nice fresh "lube" for the guys to hang out in.
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