Folic Acid Recommendations
Folic acid is the most important component found in your body to counteract neural tube defects in your baby. To make sure you maintain the proper levels the following are recommended:
- Follow a folic acid vitamin regimen to help protect your baby from neural tube, brain or spinal cord defects. Spina bifida and anencephaly are the most common defects caused by folic acid deficiency.
- Take a fertility supplement daily containing at least 400 micrograms of folic acid.
- Make sure during pregnancy your vitamins contain 600 mg per daily dose
- Taking multi-vitamins instead of pre-natal vitamins or supplements can be risky. Too much vitamin A can be detrimental to your fetus.
Overall, your prenatal vitamin should contain the following:
- Folic acid (Folate)
- Vitamin D
What Supplements Increase Fertility?
Your roadmap for pregnancy success includes your additional over the counter vitamins and supplements.
Female partners should make sure to add these to your diet.
- Vitamin D
- Omega 3
Fertility Vitamins and PCOS
PCOS is one of the primary disorders leading to infertility in the U.S. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, your vitamin regimen should be closely examined and monitored to increase your chances for pregnancy.
When developing your fertility plan, we are attentive to your special vitamin and supplement intake to make sure that your body is in the best shape to conceive. Our fertility team of dieticians and counselors will help you choose wisely the right diet, vitamins and medications for fertility success.
These are among the vitamins and supplements to consider:
At times we find PCOS patients who have been previously prescribed metformin by another provider. However, the evidence points to a significantly higher increase of pregnancy with myo-insositol supplements vs. metformin. Although there are times when metformin may be used, Myo-inositol has been found to increase the number of good quality oocytes (eggs), clinical pregnancies and overall delivery rates in overweight women with PCOS.
Taking D-chiro-inositol (DCI) supplements has been shown to improve menstrual cycle regularity in PCOS patients. It helps with lowering your insulin which if too high can negatively effect your ovaries.
DCI taken prior to ovarian stimulation has been shown to improve the maturity and quality of oocytes while reducing oxidative stress that can affect the follicles.
Zinc is essential for our bodies but it is even more important to assist in regulating PCOS symptoms such as ovulation, insulin sensitivity and overall blood glucose levels.
Your body needs selenium for your overall strength and health. It has recently been noted that it may have an important impact on both female and male reproductive systems. It has been shown that higher doses of this supplement could potentially lower infertility rates and improve your chances of pregnancy and IVF success.
Chromium picolinate is useful in patients experiencing PCOS to reduce insulin resistance and stimulate ovulation.
Additionally, your doctor may add the following medication supplements for ovulation induction and IUI to increase the chances of pregnancy success.
It has been shown that pregnancy rates increase significantly when the medication Dexamethasone is added to Clomophene Citrate (Clomid) in combination with IUI as compared to Clomid and IUI alone.
Growth hormone (GH) supplements can help manage infertility in both males and females. In women, they are produced not only in the pituitary gland but also in the ovaries and are important in monofollicular growth. GH is often used as a complementary treatment with ovarian stimulation and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). In certain individuals, addition of Growth Hormone therapy has been shown to improve pregnancy rates.
Part of your infertility first steps and lab testing will help determine if you are a candidate for this therapy.
What About Male Fertility Vitamins and Supplements?
During conception the health of both partners is vital to the outcome of your pregnancy. Male fertility vitamins and supplements and their importance will also be discussed at your First Steps Meeting. The following are especially important:
- Omega 3
- L carnitine
- L citrulline