Fertility drugs, such as clomiphene, gonadotrophins and bromocriptine, have varying success rates, but are usually fairly costly, and will often need to be prescribed by a doctor. In turn, doctors are unlikely to prescribe these treatments until couples have been trying to conceive naturally for at least a year without success. They will usually be a middle step between all-natural conception, and medically-assisted conception measures, including in-vitro fertilisation.
Using vitamins to help speed up conception has long been an old-wives tale, but in 2006, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health published the results of trials which followed 18,000 women over a period of eight years, some who had taken multivitamins as apart of their attempts to conceive, and others who had not. The trials revealed women who took a multivitamin at least six days a week had a 40% lower likelihood of suffering ovulatory problems which can lead to infertility, or slow the process of conception down. As well as ‘ordinary’ multivitamins, there are now special ‘blends’ of vitamins available, which claim to be best suited to regulating ovulation, and thus increasing the chances of conception. As with most scientific medications, a ‘natural remedy’ version also exists, though as yet proof of its effectiveness remains anecdotal.