Post # 1
DH and I are entering cycle 10 TTC (I think it’s 10, it might be 9 or 11…I didn’t keep great track the first few months becuase I didn’t think it would be this hard)
I’ve been taking a pre-natal since we started TTC (Started with the Centrum, switched to Jamison, think I’m going to switch back), I take vitamin D + Calcium and I’m also on synthroid (very low dose)
Last cycle I took Macca up to ovulation, we used pre-seed and I was also taking mucinex.
There are so many supplement suggestions out there, I don’t know what’s what – what should I take and why. Spam me with your suggestions PLEASE!
I have had bloodwork done that apparently was normal, DH has not had a SA yet. I have an appointment with our GP on Wednesday to hopefully get referrals for more testing. DH was supposed to come but he has to be out of town for work. We have the same doctor, I don’t know if she can give me a referal for a SA for him or not – we’ll see.
Post # 2
I take prenatal vitamins and vitamin d like you are currently doing. I also take coq10 which is supposed to help egg quality and fish oil which helps regulate hormones and also good for baby’s development. The only other thing I take is ovasitol which was recommended by my RE to help regulate my cycles and hormones and also improves egg quality.
Is your DH taking any vitamins yet? If not my husband was told to take a multi vitamin, fish oil and coq10 to help with sperm count and motility.
My obgyn was the one that gave me the referral for my husbands SA so I’m sure your GP could write out a referral without him being present at the appointment.
Post # 3
DH takes a multi, he definitely needs to take a fish oil, he doesn’t eat fish at all – I’m trying to add salmon to my diet twice a week.
I may pick up some CoQ10 on my way home as well.
I don’t want to take so much stuff that it’s all working against each other but at this point I want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can before i consider putting my body through fertility drugs
Post # 4
I’m not taking these anymore, since we’ve banked a few embryos and arent planning to cycle anymore. But I was taking….
- Prescrption prenatal (presciprtion only cause insuance covers it)
- Additional vit C, D (i tested pretty low), and E
- Resveratrol (antioxident)
- Acqi berry (antioxident)
- Myo-inositol (supplement for PCOS)
- Melatonin (dont even remember why, but it was suggest by my RE)
- l glutathione
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY
I take a a prenatal prescribed by my conception consultant doc: Prenate Star. I like it. I have low iron issues so it is the right fit for me. If you’re working with a pre-conception doc or something like that, you might talk to them about a more tailored prenatal.
I have been taking FertileCM and just added FertalAid and OvaBoost (over 35 here!). I felt fine taking the FertileCM, but now that I’ve added the other two I’ve felt super nauseated. So, I’m still trying to work out the right time of day to add those two new pills to my schedule.
Finally, I take a liquid iron supplement (bc my iron is traditionally so low) to compensate in case I do get BFP.
I hope that helps!!
Post # 7
I would try FertilAid for him. Especially since you don’t have results of a SA yet.
Post # 8
pinkshoes : MsGinkgo :
Melatonin should only be taken if you’re doing IVF. I think it helps with egg quality? I don’t remember exactly. But I do remember that if taken for a length of time, it can mess with your natural cycle (which doesn’t matter with IVF, obviously).
Post # 9
- Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery
When we finally concieved I was taking a daily prenatal, iron, B-Complex, Evening Primrose Oil (supposedly helps with CM quality/quantity), Omega-3s (Fish Oil) Vitex (helped regulate LP and I suspected I had borderline low progesterone), and Mucinex until O.
Others I had considered adding if more time went by:
CoQ10 for egg quality (apparently the Ubiquinol version is best)
Royal Jelly for egg quality
Vitamin B(s), Selenium, and Zinc for sperm count
Also, adding dark, leafy greens, salmon, greens, beans, nuts and seeds are all supposed to be helpful for womn’s fertility. You both “should” avoid: processed meats, fatty red meat, soy, white carbs, refined sugar, soda, and limit caffiene and alcohol (ie: don’t have fun. ;P )
Post # 10
I’ve been working on getting myself healthier and I’m down 10lbs so far (yay me!) and DH is started at the gym with me in a week or 2 (can’t remember when his program starts).
I’m going to pick up some additional supplements today – this is gonna get $$
Post # 11
I was taking a prenatal, maca, coq10, and royal jelly.
DH had low counts, low motility and terrible morphology. He was taking Fertilaid, Count Boost, Motility Boost, maca, coq10, royal jelly, vitamin C & E. At one point he was also on clomid but we didn’t see any benefits from that so our RE stopped it. It was only after adding in the vitamin c & e that we finally conveived (21 months later).
Post # 12
What are your cycles like? Do you O on time? I took soy isoflavones (they mimic clomid and help your body ovulate) on CD4-8 when I got pregnant with my son, after 15 frustrating months with long cycles. I’m also on metformin (not diagnosed with PCOS but OB thought it was worth a shot) and it seems to have helped as well. I conceived twice while on it (I lost my second pregnancy at 12 weeks).
Post # 13
When I was ttc I took:
prenantal, vit D, b complex, vitex, ground flax, magnesium (supposed to help build up a reserve to prevent morning sickness in pregnancy)
dh took a multi, vit D and B complex
Post # 14
If you’re looking at supplements like that, I’d recommend that you see a naturopath who treats fertility. I just resorted to that. She said I have an estrogen dominance issue and adrenal dysfunction, so to correct that she has me on:
DIM & Chaste tree berry – the estrogen part
Drenatropin PMG & B Minus – for adrenal dysfunction symptoms
Folinic Acid – NOT Folic Acid. For prenatal flat support. She said folic acid is being linked to the rise in children’s allergies and possibly autism. No idea if that’s true.
And a diet removing all dairy and wheat. Adding in raw leafy greens. Pair fat and protein, no fruits without protein or fat. My diet right now is inflammatory, which can prevent fertility. I really need to stabilize my glucose, as well.
Totally Too Much Information info on me above, but why I’d suggest a naturopath for supplements. They put the whole picture together. I’m normally a western medicine type of girl, but in less than a week my energy is 10x higher than it had been before, I’m not craving sugar like I had been and I’m really hopeful that this may be the trick. She said that most of her patients get pregnant 1-2 cycles after starting her regimen.