Disclaimer: I received a free, 4-month trial subscription to Conceivable, and as a response, am writing this completely honest review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free subscription in any way. In fact, my review is very mixed… so how’s that for honesty? This is kind of long and detailed, so please grab a cup of tea and make yourself comfortable… it’s going to be a minute.
What is Conceivable?
Conceivable is a more natural approach to preparing your body for a baby and includes a series of herbs in tincture form as well as meal plans, suggestions on how to relax and be more mindful of your stress levels, and one-on-one care. According to Conceivable.com: “Conceivable looks past the standard diagnoses of infertility toward the underlying health factors and disease states that may be causing them. By identifying why you aren’t getting pregnant, we can help you make progress, naturally.” It is backed by a Medical Advisory Board and led by a specialist in Oriental Reproductive Medicine.
My Experience with Conceivable
Perfect 29-day cycle (ovulated on day 15 with a 14-day luteal phase). Nearly tri-phastic temps, pregnancy suspected (but didn’t happen), period was less clotty, overall very happy with the response.
Almost perfect 29-day cycle (ovulated on day 18 with an 11-day luteal phase). Lower luteal phase temps, very jagged temperatures, lots of hot flashes. My response was less than desirable on cycle #2… I was pleased with the length of the cycle, but not the later ovulation or short luteal phase. I was grateful to ovulate, but it felt like it was in vain. I also felt like my concerns with my short luteal phase and jagged temps were dismissed during this cycle. Was told to get more sleep and exercise less.
33-day cycle, ovulated around day 21 with an 12-day luteal phase. Had seven days of fertile cervical mucus from days 13-19, so my body sure was trying but seemed to be failing to produce a decent quality egg. Low luteal phase temps suggesting poor egg quality and low progesterone. Cycle mirrored some of my old Clomid cycles.
29-day cycle, ovulated on day 16, 13-day luteal phase. Low luteal phase temps suggesting poor egg quality and low progesterone. Again, felt like my concerns with my jagged temps were dismissed during this cycle. Was told to get more sleep, exercise less, drink less water, and try to eat “warming foods”.
- The Conceivable App. Easy to keep up with almost everything during your cycle.
- Easy to Use. Just 2 dropperfuls each time you take it.
- Little to No Side Effects, but my stomach always got upset in the luteal phase on Conceivable. All 4 cycles were met with too many trips to the bathroom. Not a coincidence…
- Meal Plans. I followed 21-Day Fix and didn’t completely use the meal plans, but they are great for those who need it. They paralleled pretty closely with how I was already eating and have great suggestions.
- Mindful Help. Great ideas in the app on ways to be more mindful and at peace in life, but I am personally into Biblical thinking and teaching for my “mindful help”.
- Period Improvement. No more clots for me!
- Cheaper than Injectable Medication + IUI/IVF. Conceivable is $99/month when you sign up for 3 months verses thousands of dollars for conventional infertility treatment.
- Personalized Care. The founder, Kirsten, was pretty available through most of the trial and checked on me often.
- Overfilled Bottles. You end up with extra and can roll it over to the next cycle.
- The Taste. Awful. But you get used to it… and you can dilute it if needed, but I never did so I would get full benefit and not risk breaking down quality.
- Taken 3x/Day. Might be inconvenient for some people, but I kept it in my purse 24/7.
- The Chart is Better on the FertilityFriend app. I don’t like the chart on their app. At all. There isn’t a clearly defined line for ovulation unless you know what you are looking at.
- Cervical Mucus Tracking – Only Asks For a Few Days. I didn’t like that I couldn’t track my cervical mucus longer than like, 3 days… in FertilityFriend I can just put it on there anytime I want, and since I have estrogen issues, I sometimes get “fertile” cervical mucus multiple times in a cycle, or for 7 days at a time. I was unable to accurately track my cervical mucus changes, which I think skews their idea of how your cycle is really going. Didn’t seem infertility friendly.
- Clomid-esque Response. Slow decline in ovulation response, just like on Clomid. Actually, just like Follistim, too. My temps declined after the 1st cycle of use.
- Doesn’t Address Egg Quality. It’s assumed that if you make more blood and if it’s circulating properly, everything else will correct as a result. I don’t necessarily agree.
- App Issues. The herbs kept changing on my app, and the next month they would send new ones to match the app. However, because the herbs would change in the middle of a cycle on the app (to herbs I didn’t even have in my possession), there was a lot of unnecessary confusion on what I was actually supposed to be taking.
- PCOS Still Hurts. I still hurt multiple times during the cycles. Nothing changed there.
- More Expensive than Oral Medication Treatment. For many, Clomid and Femara/Letrozole are cheaper than $99/month, so if they are looking for controlled ovulation, those might be cheaper options.
My One Concern
One thing I noticed on the website is they do mention the following: “Most women think of infertility as a diagnosis like poor egg quality, insufficient uterine lining, low progesterone, high FSH levels, PCOS, or endometriosis. There is often much more to the story.” (Conceivable.com) While this is very true, they are also not to be dismissed. These are very real medical conditions that many women struggle with, and it isn’t just because they are stressed or not getting enough sleep (which was suggested to be the reason why my luteal phase temps were low, when I was getting 7-8 hours per night on average, more than most women I know). In fact, there is new research surfacing that suggests stress actually has nothing to do with real infertility. Irregular cycles, sure, but not direct infertility. Interesting for sure. I’d love to hear what the Medical Advisory Board directly has to say about these conditions and why Conceivable should help.
I may not be a doctor or fertility specialist, but this is not my first walk around the block. It seems to be that there is a big push to “warm the body” during the luteal phase through eating certain foods and taking certain herbs while on Conceivable. What I felt while taking Conceivable is that the push to “warm the body” is in vain. If the body isn’t producing enough progesterone, it doesn’t matter what you do to warm the body. It won’t support pregnancy. It felt like there was a disconnect between understanding why the body produces progesterone, and how egg quality does directly affect it. We want to warm the body in the luteal phase to help make the uterus more inviting for a forming embryo to implant. Warming the body doesn’t make you create more progesterone. A good, strong egg (or two) does.
Who Would I Recommend Conceivable To?
- Women who respond great to oral medication (Clomid, Femara/Letrozole) but want to avoid them, or who ovulate on their own but maybe have really irregular cycles.
- Women who have unexplained infertility.
- Women who are healthy, ovulate on their own, and want to prepare their bodies for conception before it happens.
- Women who ovulate on their own, but have horribly long, clotty, painful periods. If you’re one of those women, this is definitely for you! The blood will circulate better in your body and help with those clotty periods.
Who Would I Not Recommend Conceivable To?
- Women who suffer with diagnosed medical conditions who are trying to ovulate.
- Women who struggle to respond well to injectable medications (Follistim, Gonal-F). I’m sorry to say, this is probably not for you. It’s not strong enough.
- Women who are tired of waiting and don’t have time on their side.
When you look at the success stories, you don’t see PCOS in the list. You see one endometriosis story. I don’t see women on here who struggle with low ovarian reserve. I’m sure they exist, but they aren’t on the site. You see a lot of unexplained infertility and irregular cycles. This could mean anything, honestly. I want to talk to women who have struggled with injectables like I have, and then conceived on Conceivable. I want to talk to women who saw large follicles on an ultrasound, only to find out that they produces some empty ones… like me. I could be wrong, but I don’t think Conceivable will help you with egg quality. I think it will tell your body what to do with the ones you do produce, and it will help your uterus behave better.
The Final Verdict
I think Conceivable is a great program for women who want to conceive and are struggling. I think it’s great for women who have bad periods. I was thrilled with what it did for my periods in terms of lessening the clotting. I was disappointed that the length didn’t budge at all, and that my 3rd and 4th cycles were just as abnormal and painful as a pre-Conceivable cycle. Yay for no clots! Boo to pain and 7 days of bleeding.
If you are early in your infertility journey, have irregular periods or unexplained infertility with regular periods, give Conceivable a shot. It’s definitely worth it for $99/month and it’s a more natural route. It may help you with long-term results. I wish I could have gotten pregnant on Conceivable so I could add an actual PCOS Success Story to their site, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case for me. If it works for you, let me know!