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Best Fertility Supplements

When you’re trying to get pregnant, one of the approaches that can be tempting to try is supplementing your diet with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that promise to boost your chances of conceiving.

Some of them can really help, while others are costly and don’t provide any fertility benefits. Today OvuSense is taking a look at fertility supplements to see which ones are right for you, and which you can safely skip.

Building Healthy Cells

If there’s one supplement that fertility experts can all agree is vital, it’s folic acid. Doctors recommend beginning a folic acid supplement as soon as you decide you’re going to start trying to conceive, and continuing right through pregnancy, as it has benefits that don’t just help you get pregnant but also improve the health of the foetus.

Folic acid is one of the B-vitamins. It’s known to help prevent spina bifida in foetal development, but it’s also one of the key building blocks of DNA and RNA – the most vital parts of both eggs and sperm. Healthy reproductive cells extend the length of your ‘fertile window’ and give you more chances to get pregnant, so taking folic acid among a broad suite of B vitamin supplements is a good choice for men and women!

Zinc and selenium have a part to play in building the reproductive cells, in this case sperm: Zinc makes up the outer shell, and the tail portion of sperm, as well as being another building block of the genetic material that makes the blueprint for a foetus, while selenium help sperm grow to the right size, and also affects their motility – the swimming power that gets them to the egg!

Supporting a Regular Cycle

Some supplements don’t go directly into building the reproductive cells, but they’re equally important. If you have an irregular menstrual you may find it difficult to conceive because it’s hard to know when you’re going to ovulate.

Omega 3 is one of the key supplements that help support your body’s regular functions, including a regular menstrual cycle with spontaneous ovulations (i.e. without medical intervention). It’s especially important if you’re also taking other supplements, like Omega 6: if these aren’t kept in balance it can be counter-productive, and it may be necessary to stop taking them and go through a blood test to determine what you need to be taking to support your body in the best way!