All You Ever Wanted to Know About My Fertility Supplements
I am sitting here in the "2 week wait" and, needless to say, my mind keeps wandering back to conception topics! So I am just going to go with it and write a post about the fertility supplements I'm taking.
If any of you are currently taking supplements and would be willing to share information or feedback in the comments section, I would love to hear it!
In addition to my synthroid for my hypothyroid condition, I take three other supplements when I get up in the morning:
2 Rainbow Light Organic Prenatal Vitamins
1 Natural Factors 400 mg Coenzyme Q10 soft gel (I have seen 600 mg recommended also)
1 Golden Emperor Royal Jelly capsule (2 might be a bit better but I'm taking 1)
With lunch, I take:
50 mg Pure Encapsulations DHEA capsules
1 (1000 mg) Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Purified Fish Oil soft gel
Later in the day, around evening time, I take a baby aspirin. I have no scientific reason for taking the baby aspirin separately; it just seemed like it might get lost with all the rest!
I wanted to share a bit about how I chose my supplements:
Prenatals are generally a given to assure an optimum level of vitamins and minerals, but I like that mine are made with organic fruits and vegetables.
Regarding the lesser-used supplements, on several websites, I read about many women following their doctors recommendations with regard to a certain protocol of supplements for fertility purposes. Although I recognize that not everyone would be comfortable with this, I felt comfortable enough to follow what was most frequently recommended.
Because I am 42, egg quality is obviously a concern and DHEA and COQ10 have shown some promising results in this department. The DHEA study often referenced shows clearly improved pregnancy results after taking 75 mg for 90 days. Because of the potential for side effects, and because I saw others taking it at this level, I chose to stay with 50 mg for now.
COQ10 has only been studied in mice (!) regarding egg quality (a prior study showed that it increased male fertility) and yet the results were so promising - and I think doctors are seeing results in their patients - that it seems to be commonly recommended now.
In reading more closely, I think I should be taking the Royal Jelly with bee pollen. Any thoughts on this? There seem to be many positive effects of bee products, including fertility, and no real downside - unless you are allergic to bees!
Omega-3 Fish Oil is so commonly used now to support fertility. Reasons cited include hormone regulation and increased fertile cervical fluid. A few years ago when I was actively trying to conceive using IUIs, I was seeing an acupuncturist who recommended it, so I felt confident adding it to the regimen.
And finally, an added benefit of taking supplements: I can take action and have some effect on something which, for the most part, feels entirely out of my control!