Here are five supplements you should consider taking to improve your chances of conceiving.
Whether you’ve been at it a while or you’ve just decided to have a baby, trying to conceive can be an emotionally wearing process. You’re in a hurry to grow your family, but getting pregnant doesn’t always happen right away.
No matter where you’re at on your journey to motherhood, there are five supplements you should consider taking to prep your body for new life and improve your chances of conceiving.
1. Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus is a medicinal herb that promotes hormonal balance and menstrual cycle regularity. Many women with fertility issues have elevated prolactin levels, which can suppress ovulation and impact their bodies’ production of progesterone. This can lead to implantation problems and spontaneous miscarriages. One study found that women taking the supplement achieved pregnancy “more readily” than women who weren’t. The active compounds found in Vitex can decrease prolactin levels in the body and level hormones that lead to a healthy pregnancy.
2. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in the energy production of living cells. It serves as an antioxidant, and natural healthcare providers often recommend it for a variety of medical conditions, such as heart disease and infertility. For women, CoQ10 supports energy production within egg cells by preventing oxidative stress. In preliminary tests, the treatment successfully rejuvenated old cells and slowed the cell aging process.
L-arginine is an amino acid (the building blocks of protein) found in natural food sources. It can help boost female fertility by promoting blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and vagina. A pilot study determined that the supplement positively affected hormonal levels and would complement other forms of fertility therapy. It also increases the production of cervical mucus, enhances libido, and improves sensation from sexual stimulation, all of which improve your chances of conception.
This product, derived from a vitamin B complex, has been studied as an insulin-sensitive agent. When combined with folic acid and melatonin, it has been shown to improve egg quality in women undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments.
Ovulatory disorders are a leading cause of fertility issues in women and trigger infrequent ovulation, irregular menstrual cycles, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS). Many women with these disorders appear to have a hormonal imbalance that make cells less sensitive to insulin. Myo-inositol can improve insulin sensitivity, which improves fertility and promotes hormonal balance, ovulation, and regular menstrual cycles.
5. Vitamin D
Our bodies produce vitamin D using ultraviolet rays from the sun, but vitamin D deficiency is still very common. Vitamin D helps your body utilize calcium, and research suggests that low levels of vitamin D can be associated with impaired fertility, endometriosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome. While vitamin D research is ongoing (the European Journal of Endocrinology published findings on the vitamin positively affecting women with POS), it’s recommended that women of childbearing age — especially those actively trying to conceive — supplement their diet with vitamin D.
While it’s important to understand the benefits of each of these, a comprehensive supplement that contains all of these nutrients (such as FertilAid) can be the best and easiest way to increase overall reproductive wellness and prepare your body for pregnancy.
Many women trying to conceive become discouraged and turn to expensive procedures to increase their chances of becoming pregnant. If you’ve been trying for a while (or if you’ve just started and are looking to increase your odds), try balancing out your body with natural supplements. It’s a low-cost way to optimize your chances of conceiving naturally and keep your body healthy for you and your future baby.
Ethan Lynette is Partner for Fairhaven Health, a company that manufactures products that help couples conceive naturally and provides support to women throughout pregnancy and nursing. Fairhaven believes it’s crucial to get to know its customers well and provide support and education to couples desiring to start a family.