Vitamins for Infertility: A Healthy Body, a Healthy Baby
At a certain point in their lives, every couple wanted to have children lurking around the corners of their home. It is every parent’s pleasure to watch their kids grow, attend their first day of class, be there when they received their first award and take their picture on the night of their prom. Children are always part of the plan, maybe not immediate but sooner or later, they’ll come, they have to.
However, this is not always the case. Couples may encounter problem regarding fertility. Infertility or not being able to impregnate a woman after a year of regular coitus is one of problems couples may face during the course of their living. If not given much attention, this problem could lead to family dispute and you wouldn’t want that, do you?
Couples may have a strained relationship due to this. To avoid such situation, it would be best to consult a physician or a fertility expert. Infertility may be due to woman (30%), man (30%) or both of them (30%). The main point here is, they should seek immediate professional attention to treat the cause or find a solution immediately.
After a series of examinations and tests, your doctor would prescribe you fertility medications or hormones if needed and surgery for more serious cases. However, along with this, your physician would want you first to be healthy. There are some vitamins and supplements which are proven to be helpful or effective in the likelihood of fertilization to occur. They may be available in your regular dietary intake but since your body needs more than what your intake could give you, this is where these supplements come in.
Also known as ascorbic acid, it is a water-soluble vitamin which means it can be absorbed easily and be eliminated easily as well. It is important in collagen formation inside the cells to protect the cells from oxidation from the daily work. It also increases important hormones which are vital in fertilization to both sexes. A maximum of 500 mg daily is enough to supply the whole day’s need.
Advice: Take with food or with iron supplements to improve absorption of iron.
Medically known as tocopherol, it is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is very vital when it comes to problems in fertility. A usual 400-800 IU (International Unit) is advice to be taken daily if you want to increase your chance in pregnancy.
Advice: Consult your physician if you are on blood thinners like aspirin.
This is another important vitamin to be taken when preparing for pregnancy. It is also a fat soluble vitamin and must be taken in lesser amounts. In starting this, you’ll have to consult your physician first. If you are pregnant already, it is not recommended to take higher dosage of this vitamin.
Vitamin B complex
There is variety of Vitamin B and they are all important. However, B1, B3, B6 and B12 are of higher importance. They affect nerve functions as well as hormonal balance within the body. They also have direct effect on the female reproductive organs when preparing for pregnancy. A usual dose of 25-50 milligrams is enough for the day. Try to avail a product which has at least most of the B vitamins to avail their synergistic effect in your body.
Vitamin D works hand and hand with calcium inside the body. Estrogen, one of the female major hormones, affects calcium in the body. This vitamin is essential in restoring the balance between them.
Aside from the major Vitamins, certain supplements are also proven to help couples with problems in fertility. Some of these are essential fatty acids such as Omega 3. This can be found in fish oils, flaxseed oil and black currant seed oil.
Take note, there is no single cure for infertility. It is a multi-system approach from physical, medical to emotional approach. These multivitamins will help to achieve physical preparedness. Rest, meditation, relaxation and prayer are also as much important when it comes to facing problems with infertility.