Guide to Fertility Supplements
Some couples need dietary supplements in addition to a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle in order to increase the chances of getting pregnant. According to the data published by U.S. fertility clinics, 15% of all U.S. couples face issues or difficulties with conception. However, if proper fertility supplements are consumed in correct dosage, no other therapy is needed.
What are fertility supplements?
Fertility supplements are concentrated forms of some essential nutrients that are required by the body for a healthy and uneventful pregnancy, and to boost natural reproductive processes like ovulation, fertilization, implantation in women and improving the quality and motility of sperms in men. These supplements may contain concentrated amounts of one nutrient only (like Folate supplements/ Iron,/ Zinc or similar micronutrients) or variable combination of different dietary nutrients and herbs. A few popular ones include Conception XR, FertilAid and Fertility Blend.
These fertility supplements function by:
- Preventing free radical damage to reproductive organs or to egg/ sperms.
- Correction of hormonal imbalance or deficits.
- Provision of nutrients that are lacking in daily diet.
Some great fertility supplements for Men
The quality of sperms is determined by the motility, morphology and maturity of sperms for which supplements like L-carnitine is very important. L-carnitine acts as an anti-oxidant that prevents the damage to sperm during various metabolic processes that takes place during spermatogenesis (production of sperms) and once the sperm is released in female genital tract.
L-carnitine is concentrated in Grapeseed extract that makes it suitable to be consumed as a male fertility supplement in FertilAid.
Besides L-carnitine, other fertility supplements that should be consumed by males experiencing trouble in impregnating their female partner are:
- Lipoic acid
In women, the balance of reproductive hormones is very important in different aspects of conception like ovulation, fertilization and implantation (eventually pregnancy). Certain herbal supplements like chasteberry are considered as the most ancient fertility aid that shows promising results in women who experience abnormalities of menstrual cycle or manifest symptoms of polycystic ovarian disease.
Besides chasteberry supplementation (that is concentrated in many commercially available fertility aids for women) sometimes the deficiency of some micro-nutrients may also lead to infertility in women. These include Zinc, Vitamin B-complex and Folate and replacement of these micro-nutrients is associated with promising results. Folate supplementation also decreases the risk of neural tube defects in the baby and is considered one of the safest supplements, consumed by women of all reproductive age groups.
Fertility aids for both men and women
General health and overall nutritional supplements also play a pivotal role in conception and maintenance of fertility. It is recommended to seek the professional advice if you fail to conceive for at least a year despite unprotected intercourse and in the absence of any contraception. However, it is strongly recommended not to start any therapy without discussing with your doctor or healthcare provider. This is because you may have to take a couple of blood tests and investigations to determine the correct supplement and dosing schedule for best results
Below are a few great fertility supplements that are equally effective in both men and women and the ideal daily dosage that is safe in both is:
- Vitamin C supplements (about 100 mg/ day)
- Vitamin E (15 mg/ day)
- Selenium (55 micro-gram / day)