Before I had my baby, I, just like any other person trying to conceive, did a lot of research, asked a lot of questions, looked up a lot of sites, and tried out a lot of things to help us achieve our goal. On one occasion, I stumbled on an advert within the fertility blogosphere that talked about this all-natural supplement that would make you conceive within days…whether you were ovulating or not! My brows were raised at first, until I read what the Chinese expert said on the supplement.
The supplement contains a long list of roots, herbs and all what not, that I can’t recall anymore, which are said to be used by Ancient Chinese doctors to reinvigorate the body, cleanse the system, make the uterus strong, as well as make the ovaries release mature high quality eggs within days. The advertorial also said this all-natural fast-action supplement came with a money-back guarantee.
I knew to be wary of internet scammers and people who sell drugs that can do ‘everything’; I mean whenever I came across them on Lagos traffic, I always waved them off dismissively without a second glance. But I convinced myself that this was a Chinese supplement, and we all know that the Chinese not only have very advanced technology, but a long history of herbal remedies. Plus, the supplement wasn’t too expensive, compared to what I was craving, and since my doctor felt it was too early for me to worry, and didn’t think I needed any help, I took matters into my own hands, and ordered for my supplement…really hopeful for some fast action miracle.
Like the ad said, I didn’t have to wait for my next ovulation, the supplement was going to induce ovulation. I paid for express delivery so within days, I got my package and quickly started using the supplement. I ignored the bad packaging of the supplement and also the queer smell; I lied to myself that the content was more important than its packaging, and most drugs do not have an pleasant smell.
Three days later, I was in the hospital treating severe acne breakout and a bloated stomach, caused by excessive water retention. I was too ashamed to tell the doctor how silly I had been to purchase a fertility supplement, first without doctor’s supervision and second, off the internet. I was sure that I had been scammed, but I was thankful that I wasn’t badly poisoned in the process. Only God knows what was in that supplement, most of the instructions on the package were even in Chinese, apparently so buyers like me could be fooled even more.
More recently, I heard of another Ebook that promised to have all the fertility secrets that doctors would never tell you, apparently because they want you to spend money on treatment. It was a friend of mine, who is eagerly trying to conceive, that told me about the Ebook, and I advised her not to waste her money on it.
Like most women desperate for a baby, she ignored my warning and decided to try it out. So she paid the $100 purchase price, and when she downloaded the Ebook, everything in it talked about everything your doctor must have told you. There was absolutely nothing new! The only difference is that it adverts. In fact, everything in the Ebook was obviously lifted from other sites, and was poorly edited.
When you come across a fertility ad that seems too good to be true, believe your instincts the first time. They are either over marketing an average service, like the case of the Ebook my friend got, or selling a dangerous product, attempting to steal your money, feeding off your desperation to carry your baby. These scammers know how much you want a baby. They also know that fertility treatments are expensive, and that you would prefer a cheaper alternative… so they feed off this knowledge. Granted, there are some of them with good intentions, but who overkill on the ads, so it turns out looking like scam, when it’s really just marketing…but you just have to be on the lookout.
Tips to Identify Fertility Scammers
1. If the ingredients sound funny and foreign, it is likely a scam. Most true supplements have ingredients that have been tested and researched. If anything looks alien or strange, check it out online. If there is no information on it, it might not be advisable to ingest it, as you have no idea what its benefits…or adverse reactions…could be.
2. Ads that are really pushy and leave you with a ‘buy now or regret later’ kinda feeling are mostly scams, and should be left well alone. If you feel as though they are trying too hard to seek buyers, or have this feeling that they are trying to push down desperation with slogans like ‘get pregnant in five days with this all-natural supplements’ ‘save money on fertility treatments with this get pregnant quick kit’ or ‘secrets your doctor never told you; buy now to get pregnant’ stay far away from those sites.
3. Outrageous promises should also be a warning that they are out for your pocket. Once you see a pregnancy guarantee on the site, run baby, run. Why? The best fertility clinics and doctors never guarantee pregnancy, down to the treatments themselves. You get assurance, you get hope, but you never get a guarantee until you see the positive test result. So an ad that says ‘Rosa got pregnant at 52 with this pepper and ginger diet, try it now!’ or ‘Download this exercise Ebook proven to get you pregnant in one week’ is obviously not to be trusted.
4. Unbelievable prices are also a sign that you are about to be scammed! These scammers give you prices that are ridiculously cheaper than what you would normally spend, and they do this because if you see it as a cheap gamble, you are mostly to try it. The trick to their business is getting thousands of people to take on that cheap gamble, so don’t fall for the cheapskate. Use a known fertility clinic and pharmacy, and if you must purchase online, make sure to check their references and reviews to be sure that they are legit.
God speed to us all.
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