Nutrients to consider in fertility supplements
Before purchasing fertility-boosting supplements and vitamins, seek advice from a pharmacist or healthcare professional. There are many vitamins and supplements that may help boost fertility. These include vitamins B9, B12, C, D, and E, iron, zinc, selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, coenzyme Q10 and L-carnitine. Based on studies, some of these nutrients have been shown to improve IVF success.
Role of vitamin E in IVF
Vitamin E is a vital antioxidant during the reproduction process. Enough amount of vitamin E prevents reproductive disorders like miscarriage, preeclampsia, and premature birth. A study showed that a good amount of vitamin E leads to better egg maturation and embryo quality in IVF. Although some studies have demonstrated the impact of vitamin E on IVF, more studies are needed to validate the findings.
The mixed findings of vitamin D
Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient for a person’s overall health including reproduction. However, the findings on the impact of vitamin D on IVF are mixed. One research showed that women with sufficient vitamin D have better clinical outcomes during IVF than those with low levels. Another finding concluded that the link between vitamin D and the outcomes is merely an association and not proven evidence. Similar to vitamin E, more clinical trial studies are needed on vitamin D and IVF.
Omega-3 and Co-Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is an essential antioxidant that the body produces naturally and is helpful in many functions, including fertility. Omega-3 fatty acid is another vital supplement obtained from food sources and is beneficial for health. Multiple studies have proven how coenzyme Q10 and omega-3 fatty acids have improved fertility outcomes in women going through IVF. Omega-3 fatty acids enhance embryo quality, fertilization rate, and clinical pregnancy in women with poor ovarian response. Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to boost egg quality and response to ovarian stimulation.
A combination leads to better outcomes
Although both supplements, coenzyme Q10 and omega-3 fatty acids, produce effective results in IVF individually, combining both is more efficacious. A recent study concluded that combining both supplements increases antral follicular count. This results in better ovarian responsiveness in women going through IVF.
Choosing the right fertility-boosting supplements
Supplements and vitamins can aid in improving one’s IVF journey. However, not all supplements and vitamins will be effective and every woman will respond differently. Speak to a healthcare provider, pharmacist or fertility specialist prior to taking new supplements or vitamins.