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Posted by Juno on June 01, 2011

 

I'm not a doctor.  I can only share with you the information that i read and personally tried.  Before trying any of these supplements, you must run it be your own doctor to make sure it's safe for you.  On the advice of my nutritionist and RE, my DH and I used these when TTC.

Arginine: An amino acid said to play a significant role in male fertility.  Researchers at Tel-Aviv University treated male subjects with a daily dose of 4gm of arginine.  After 3 months, results showed a major increase in sperm count and motility.  Our nutritionist recommended 500 mg. 

Multivitamin: I took one daily that included an antioxidant mix. On this link from The Daily Mail, you can read further about a study which found that 60 per cent of those taking supplements while undergoing IVF became pregnant compared to just a quarter who did not take them. 

Pre-natal Vitamin:  A rich assortment of vitamins and minerals to help a woman conceive a healthy baby. These vitamins and minerals are necessary to help keep hormones balanced and the nervous system running smoothly as well as keeping all our organs functioning optimally. Folic acid and vitamin B6 are particularly needed in to improve fertility and create the best possible environment for a healthy pregnancy. 

B Complex with B12 and B6 (500 mg): I took added B supplements to combat my MTHFR.  The B's also reportedly increase cervical mucus and estrogen prior to ovulation. For me, they also had the unexpected side-effect for me of mood-elevation.  I felt a little lifted after a week or so of mega-doses.

DHEA: Reportedly can help women with diminished ovarian reserve. In the article found at the following link: http://bit.ly/bGv1AU, Science Daily reports on the original study first printed by Israeli21 Newsletter ( found here:  http://bit.ly/aWijiP ). Israeli scientists from the Meir Medical Center and Tel Aviv University  found a statistical connection between the over-the-counter vitamin supplement, DHEA, and successful pregnancy rates in women undergoing treatment for infertility.

FISH OIL: The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil said to enhance fertility. Concentrated fish oil can be helpful in inflammatory conditions and a host of other medical issues that help conception.  I also took Evening Primrose Oil and Flax Seed Oil while TTC since they each have a different mix of  EPA, GLA and LNA oils.

Folic Acid: I had to take a specially-formulated Folate that could be processed despite my MTHFR.  My RE said you can't take too much of this stuff.  The upside is so strong, might as well load up.

Vitamin C: A study at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston gave men with poor sperm count (and bad motility and morphology as well) 1000 miligrams of Vitamin C per day for 60 days.  They found that sperm counts jumped by nearly 60% and motility increased by 30%.    

Vitamin D: It’s recently come to the fore as the possible silver bullet in the infertility field.  To my knowledge, I was never tested for a deficiency, nor was it ever mentioned.  But it’s certainly possible it could have helped me ovulate or at least regulated my cycles.  See the latest report:
http://www.fertilityauthority.com/blogger/2504

Vitex (ChasteBerry): Has been found to help normalize ovulation, improve a short luteal phase and reduce Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), all known fertility inhibitors. In one study, vitex helped normalize progesterone levels and increased the luteal phase from 5.4 days to 11.4 days. In addition, two double-blind studies show vitex extract increases a woman’s fertility and chances of successful conception.

Zinc (15 mg per day): Said to increase female fertility by promoting proper cell division, necessary for fetal development. 
The University of Rochester School of Medicine in NY conducted a study, which can be found here:http://bit.ly/ifHpXP, where 100 men with infertility were treated with 440 mg of zinc daily. This addition increased sperm count and motility.