All the supplements – tell me about them, what are they for? What should I take?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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 Darling Husband 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 # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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)
  • CoQ10
  • 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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY

MsGinkgo :  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 # 6
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Blushing bee

Commenting to follow 🙂

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would try FertilAid for him. Especially since you don’t have results of a SA yet.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

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
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Buzzing bee
  • 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 # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was taking a prenatal, maca, coq10, and royal jelly. 

Darling Husband 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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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. 

 

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