Vitamins and Supplements for Him

As you know, we’re dealing with MFI and I feel like we may not be able to do much to get his count up we can at least do what we can to improve the quality. Again, I’ll just put out there that you shouldn’t take any of these without talking to your doctor first. Let’s begin shall we?

L-Arginine

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This stuff is supposed to be the bee’s knees. It’s attributed to help with sperm formation, maturation, count and motility. Right now he’s on 1000mg a day but I think we should be upping this.

L-Carnitine

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This is an antioxidant that protects against sperm damage and helps with motility. My only worry with this is that it’s said that motility drops sharply if you stop taking l-carnitine.

Ubiquinol

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This is another big dog. Helps with motility, morphology and sperm density. Yeah more of that! He’s taking 200mg

Vitamin D

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Helps with sperm cell development and maintains semen quality and it boosts testosterone. I have him on 2,000iu per day.

Vitamin E

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Said to be beneficial during ICSI for IVF. Uh, yes please.

Vitamin C

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Antioxidants yo!! This stops free radicals from destroying sperm.

Vitamin B12

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This is said to be good for DNA maturatioin and duplication and general sperm health. He’s on 100mg a day.

Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc

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Everywhere I look I see how important zinc is for fertility. I’ve also read that too much is bad. So I’ve got him on 25mg a day with this supplement. Calcium helps the sperm penetrate the egg and gives the sperm its energy. Magnesium helps you absorb calcium if I’m not mistaken so best to take them together.

Folate

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This one helps reduce sperm abnormalities. Read my previous post on why I’m choosing folate over folic acid. 400mcg a day.

Fish Oil

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This helps with general sperm quality. He’s taking 2,400mg as well.

I think that’s it for him. I’ve read that selenium is good for male and female infertility but I read that it’s toxic if you have too much and that enough of it can be found in brazil nuts and eggs so I’m a little wary to take a supplement for it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you have anything you think I should add or remove or anything or if you have any other tips.

Here are some sites I found some info on.

http://www.fertilityafter40.com/vitamins-supplements–male-fertility.html

http://www.whattoexpect.com/blogs/daddydazemycoworkersweardiapers/preconception-advice-for-men–vitamins-that-can-he

Vitamins and Supplements for Her

I’ve done a bit of pseudo research about which vitamins and supplements both of us should be taking to help with fertility. All of this was done with a few google searches and some notes I took from the book “It Starts With The Egg”. Please note that this is what my husband and I are taking and obviously is not law and probably shouldn’t be taken without talking to your doctor first. Also, if you think of anything you feel I should be adding or removing please let me know. Most of these were bought on Amazon.

Ubiquinol

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I did a post previously about which brand of ubiquinol is the best. I ended up going with the Life Extension brand even though it’s very expensive (about $65 for a month’s supply for both of us). We’re both taking 200mg a day. Ubiquinol seems to be the infertility must-have. It’s an antioxidant that improves egg and sperm quality. I went to this site to decide which was the best one to go for. When looking at the ingredient labels it should say ubiquinol and not CoQ10 or ubiquinone. Most articles say that ubiquinol is superior but I did find one article that said it doesn’t matter which because your body will use both forms correctly. I’m sticking with ubiquinol though.

Fish Oil

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I’m taking 2,400mg (2 pills) a day. This is good if you’re doing IVF treatments as it’s supposed to help with embryo quality. They say not to take Flax Seed (has phytoestrogens that may cause miscarriage) or Cod Liver oil (may put you over your vitamin A limit that should be in your prenatal already).

Vitamin B12

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We each take one of these chewable tablets a day. They say a deficiency in B12 could interfere with ovulation and normal cell division and we can’t have any of that.

Vitamin E

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Another antioxidant that helps with infertility. There is vitamin E in my prenatal but not not enough so I’m adding 1 of these a day.

Vitamin D

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We all know how important vitamin D is for fertility and life in general but if not this article says it perfectly. I’m taking 2,000iu a day.

Vitamin C

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Another antioxidant. It’s said to help prevent luteal phase defects. Also it helps with ovulation when taken alongside clomid.

Folate

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Another must-have. If not the biggest must-have for women before pregnancy to help prevent neural tube defects. Folic acid can be found in your prenatal but I read that folate is better than folic acid so I’m taking 400mcg of folate a day.

Prenatal Multivitamin

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Now, I’m taking this out of habit because you’re supposed to take a prenatal before pregnancy. But right now I’m taking it mostly for the zinc and iron. Zinc is important for everything from keeping hormone levels stable to help eggs mature for fertilization. Iron helps with ovulation.

And that’s it for me. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what hubby is taking. If you have any other fertility supplement information please let me know. I’m not taking Vitex or Maca. Even though I’ve heard good things about them I’m not sure they’re good to take in combination with IVF hormone treatment. Do you have any input on these herbal supplements?

You can check out these sites to see where I got my information from:

http://www.thebump.com/a/vitamins-you-need-to-conceive

http://www.marilynglenville.com/womens-health-issues/fertility/

http://wellnessmama.com/1326/get-pregnant-naturally/

http://natural-fertility-info.com/vitamins-good-for-fertility

Ubiquinol??

Just jumping in really quickly to ask a quick question before I work ends. I’m in the market for some CoQ10 to help my eggies and mister’s spermies (if he ever reads this he’s going to be so angry I said spermies lol)

Anyway. I know I should be looking for ubiquinol over ubiquinone and I’m look for 200mg but if anyone has any other information before I make this investment, that would be awesome! I’m dealing with information overload and I’m not sure which to pick.

Is 200mg too much? Should I try 100 first?

So far I’m looking at the Vitamin Shoppe brand and Jarrow Formula brand. I’m on the Ubiquinol website but there’s too much to choose from.

Please help, Love you, Thanks! Bye!

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