If like me, you are one of those people that truly believes there are some supplements out there that contain magical particles that will not only fill us with goodness and hope but ones that will somehow help us to coax an egg to fertilise in our lady ovens – then I guarantee you’ve also spent hours upon hours searching online which ones they are.
Many of us feel better by taking supplements to help us prepare for IVF or conception. However there are SO many articles, how-to guides, what we should and shouldn’t be doing but all this information is scattered across 100 different sites. This doesn’t make for an easy life.
TA DA! I have tried to take a bit of that stress off you and after researching up until the early hours of the morning, have decided to share what I have found with you lovely people.
I have taken numerous tablets, potions and tried many lotions to try and help boost my fertility any way I can.
My IVF failed twice – so this just shows that my findings didn’t make me as super fertile as I would have liked – but I do feel much better in myself. I don’t know if thats physiological but I’ve gone from having dry skin, to a glowing Irina Shayk-style dew, to being less bloated, being more regular with my periods and just having more energy as a whole. So these magical supplements must be doing something positive.
When you first start reading about all the vitamins, herbs and minerals that claim to aid fertility – it frazzles your mind. The fact is – there is NO magical supplement that is going to make you pregnant (sobs), they are only beneficial in helping you get there. Please remember that.
It also helps to pair supplents alongside a balanced diet (boring I know), not smoking (obviously) and trying to maintain a healthy weight.
I have made a list of some of the concoctions that I have been taking all of which help boost fertility.
I need to also mention – fertility sups can interact with other medication you are taking and some do have side effects. So if you are unsure make sure you speak to your doctor about whats best for you. Or a fertility nutritionist.
Vitamin D Spray
Ahh the sunshine vitamin. Something that anyone and everyone can benefit from. Especially being from the UK where sunshine lacks, massively. Research has shown that women that don’t have enough vitamin D are only half as likely to get pregnant than women who have the right amount.
It is believed that Vitamin D helps women to produce higher quality embryos and is also said to boost the female sex hormones, progesterone, oestrogen and can regulate menstrual cycles so that conception is easier to time.
I use BetterYou DLux 3000 oral spray. Link is here.
Maca is a root veggie that originated from Peru. It can be bought as a powder to add to smoothies (but tastes vile) or in a capsule. Its rich in calcium, potassium and contains all kinds of goodness such as zinc, iron, essential amino acids just to name a few.
Its a hormone balancer and is said to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety – which is vital when trying to conceive. It boosts your immune system, having high levels of magnesium which is a known immune system booster.
Its a herbal pick me up instead of coffee. Maca has doesn’t contain stimulants like caffeine, but it does energise the body through its nutritional value – it also stabilises blood sugar levels to avoid peaks and crashes.
Its a natural aphrodisiac and been used for its libido-enhancing qualities in both men and women. Something else that will certainly help your chances. More recent studies have shown that Maca root may alleviate some forms of sexual dysfunction and can increase sperm count in men.
And if that wasn’t enough it is also said to support healthy ovulation.
Be warned though, when I first started taking Maca it made me feel very odd for 4/5 days. Especially when taken on an empty stomach. It gave me what can only be described as a caffeine rush, without the caffeine. It made me feel sickly and I strongly advise you take it in the morning because at night time it will keep you awake.
I take The Healthy Tree – Organic Peruvian Maca Root 2500mg AND because I’m a Maca root fiend now, I also take Time Health – Red Maca 2000mg. Link is here.
COQ10 (Co-enzyme Q 10)
CoQ10 is a strong antioxidant that’s found in every cell of the body and we produce it regardless of whether its in our diet or not. The amount of CoQ10 declines with age unfortunately. Its been said that CoQ10 increases sperm motility and makes them better swimmers – and also improve egg health.
It is usually taken in 100mg to 300mg doses. I take the full hit of 300mg.
I use Pure Clinica – High absorption C0Q10, premium strength. Link is here.
This is a controversial one. I’ve had messages saying that there is a book – I think ‘It begins with an egg’ I could be wrong – says that Royal Jelly can be poisonous. I have tried to find research to show this but haven’t found anything substantial. Hence why I have continued to take it.
The myth behind it is – if queen bees are fed with royal jelly and can produce prodigious amount of eggs, then maybe it can work for humans too.
the jelly contains something called royalactin, a protein that helps the queen bee be super fertile. As well as amino acids, vitamins especially B-Vitamins.
Royal Jelly is said to reduce inflammations. If you have endometriosis, it may help to reduce painful inflammation and ease your monthly cycle cramps.
Rumour has it some of Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren are royal jelly babies as their mothers took it before they gave birth. Whether that is true or not i don’t know. But lets pretend it is.
However, some people are allergic to bee pollen – if this is the case maybe avoid royal jelly all together.
I take Fit Life – Royal Jelly 750mg tablets – £11.99 on Amazon. Link is here.
If you take one vitamin before IVF or when trying to conceive- make it Folic Acid. when you get pregnant the demand for folic acid shoots up and diets don’t provide near enough. If you don’t have enough it can affect the development of the nervous system of the fetus. This is a must have in the medicine cupboard.
I take Simply Supplements High Strength Folic Acid 400mg. Link is here.
DHEA and Omega 3
Its no secret that Omega 3 is good for our hearts, brains and eyes. along with many other benefits. It has also been known to promote fertility and egg health.
Women with low ovarian reserve (me) are advised to take a DHEA supplement to increase chances of conception. DHEA is a steroid produced by the body but certain foods can cause it to drop. Especially if you are stressed – which if you are reading about how to make babies you probably are.
If you do decide to take DHEA, it may be worth testing your blood levels before you start to see if your levels are below normal. DHEA affects oestrogen production so if you have hormone-sensitive conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian or breast cancer, don’t use it.
Pomegranates are full of antioxidants which, again, help to boost the reproductive system. Studies have shown it benefits sperm health as well as increasing blood flow to the women’s baby making organs. Pomegranates have long been associated with fertility and birth- and drinking pom juice is said to be highly beneficial. Although it has a very aquired taste. Hence why I opt for super strength tablets instead.
I take Simply Supplements – Pomegranate 10,000mg. Link is here.
Disclaimer: I need to make it clear from the off I am no pharmaceutical whizz nor am I telling you to take the supplements listed and I certainly cannot guarantee a baby from this outcome.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any others that you take that you find are beneficial. I’d love to see what works for other people.