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8 Vitamins You Can Take To Increase Your Chances Of Conceiving
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  • Taking fertility pills is one way to approach reproductive problems faced by a couple trying to start a family. However, the use of fertility drugs do come with some risks, according to MayoClinic. 

    Before resorting to fertility pills upon the advice of your doctor, one healthier alternative you can try is to nourish your body with vitamins that promote pregnancy.

    Fertility vitamins vs. fertility pills

    Although the two may not seem very different, fertility pills and fertility vitamins are not exactly the same. Fertility pills are drugs that doctors can prescribe to patients who struggle with getting pregnant, while fertility vitamins are easily available through food consumption.

    Like all things related to childbearing, you and your spouse should first consult a doctor regarding the options available and suitable for you. A professional can provide a diagnosis and find the root cause of infertility, and then make an informed decision on the recommended treatment.

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    If you are prescribed fertility pills, Premier Health identifies possible risks, depending on the medications you are taking:

    • Hot flashes 
    • Headaches or migraines 
    • Ovarian pain 
    • Weight gain 
    • Bloating 
    • Ovarian cysts 
    • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (ovaries become swollen and painful) 
    • Fatigue 
    • Swelling of the hands or legs 
    • Shortness of breath 
    • Diarrhea 
    • Nausea or vomiting 
    • Urinating less than normal
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    Taking fertility vitamins should also be done after consulting with a healthcare professional. They will be able to advise you against specific nutrients that will do you more harm than good in the long run.

    Take note that fertility supplements can be incompatible with other medications that you are taking, and high doses of those could cause side effects such as:

    • nausea and vomiting
    • rash
    • blurry vision
    • increased risk of heart disease / cancer (if taking folic acid)
    • headaches
    • necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening congenital abnormality

    Fertility vitamins for men and women

    As Healthline suggests, “fertility is a complex equation, and each person’s body is different, the science around micronutrients and conception is still, shall we say, in its infancy.”

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    Both fertility vitamins and pills do not ensure 100% effectivity. But with the help of your doctor, taking them may increase the probability of a successful pregnancy. Here are some vitamins that can nourish your body:

    1. Acetyl L-carnitine

    For perm motility in men, antioxidants for a healthier reproductive system in women

    L-Carnitine naturally occurs in the body, which aids in turning fats into energy. But that’s not all that it does.

    Acetyl L-carnitine also generates powerful antioxidants that help keep a woman’s reproductive system healthy. It also boosts sperm motility in men when given the appropriate dosage.

    2. B vitamins (other than folic acid)

    May help in sperm quality improvement in men, prevents ovulatory infertility and keeps the eggs healthy in women

    There are studies that show how women with lower levels of vitamin B (-1, -2, -3, -6, -12) have a higher risk of developing an ovulation disorder that causes infertility. And although more research is needed, some studies show that B vitamins can also boost the sperm quality of men.

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    3. Coenzyme Q10

    Enhances sperm motility in men, improves ovarian response in IVF (in vitro fertilization) in women

    Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a natural enzyme known to promote heart health. It is also a helpful vitamin for women over 40 years old wanting to get pregnant or those who plan to try IVF in the future — there are studies that show how CoQ10 has helped improve the ovarian response of women who went through IVF.

    Research also suggests improvement in the sperm concentration and motility of menin response to CoQ10. Food with this nutrient include organ meats (e.g., heart, liver, and kidney), spinach, broccoli, and sesame seeds.

    4. Vitamin D

    For improved semen quality in men; better ovarian stimulation in women

    Vitamin D is important for the reproductive function of men and women. Pregnant women are sometimes prescribed Vitamin D to prevent preterm birth and other possible pregnancy complications.

    2019 study found low levels of vitamin D in women who struggled with infertility due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Since it is important for both male and female reproductive function, you may want to get tested for vitamin D deficiency.

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    5. Vitamin E

    For increased sperm motility in men; enhances the general reproductive health in women

    Local television advertisements promote Vitamin E to make women look more ‘glowing’ and less haggard, thanks to its antioxidant properties. But aside from these improvements, studies reveal that it also helps women's general reproductive health. It can also help promote sperm function in men, although further research is needed to determine efficacy.

    6. Omega-3

    For improved sperm motility in men; helps women to achieve pregnancy over the age of 35

    Omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to heart health and decreasing anxiety. Based on recent research, pregnant women who consumed more fatty fish or took  omega-3 supplements had lower risk of giving birth prematurely. It is also associated with healthier sperm.

    It's also easy to include this nutrient to your diet. You can find it in soybeans, tofu, Brussel sprouts, walnuts, cod liver oil, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. Fish like salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, tuna, and tilapia are also good sources.

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    7. Selenium

    For better semen quality in men; less risk of miscarriage in women

    Selenium is a nutrient necessary for men to produce sperm. It is also important for women as it aids estrogen metabolism, according to Parents. 

    It may also help protect the eggs cells from free radicals that can ruin their quality. According to a study, selenium also helps maintain the condition of the folicular fluid surrounding women's eggs.

    To obtain the selenium you need, include foods like green leafy vegetables, whole grains, Brazil nuts, and fish like yellowfin tuna, sardines, and salmon in your daily diet.

    8. Zinc

    Promotes better sperm quality in men; assists in the fertilization and egg development in women

    Did you know that lower levels of zinc in the blood is associated with longer time conceiving in women? Not to mention, it is also one of the essential nutrients men need in the formation of sperm. Naturally, this would lead to studies linking zinc deficiency to low sperm quality.

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    You can approach taking these nutrients however you like, but always consult your doctor, especially if you decide you want to obtain them using some readily-available supplements. 

    Click here for a list of food you can eat to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

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