The Federal Trade Commission is alerting consumers about an increase in fake claims on fertility products.
Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission article "Considering fertility products? Spot the fake claims."
People facing difficulties having children often explore fertility products to help them get pregnant. But some products, including some dietary supplements that claim to solve fertility problems, aren’t science-based and can put your health at serious risk.
The FTC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are teaming up to stop companies marketing fertility dietary supplements from deceiving people about the effectiveness of their products and implying that they meet FDA guidelines when they don’t. On their websites and other marketing materials, the companies say their dietary supplements treat, mitigate, or prevent infertility and other reproductive health conditions. For example, one supplement said it can “boost your chance of pregnancy or improve your IVF success rate.” But these claims are not backed by solid science. The FDA and FTC sent warning letters to these companies telling them to remove unproven claims from their marketing materials — and the FTC is watching to make sure they comply.
Read more for what you need to know about protecting yourself against fake claims on fertility products.