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Vitamins and Supplements – What Worked For You?

A question for all of the professional TTCer’s out there – What vitamins and supplements are you taking, or were you taking in your successful cycles?

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Here’s what I’m taking now:

Basic Rx Prenatal

Vitamin D3 – 5000iu  (my levels were tested borderline low, which is why I’m taking such a high-ish dose)

Evergreen Blossom Chinese herbs – different formula for each week of the cycle  (along with acupuncture once a week)

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I’ve heard good things about a few others, and wonder if they might be worthwhile/useless/dangerous to also pursue:

CoQ10

Royal Jelly

Bee Pollen

Vitex

Natural Progesterone Cream

High-dose Folic Acid

DHEA  (though because I seem to have high DHEA-S and borderline high DHEA, I’m thinking this one is probably out)

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I realize that some of these might interfere with others, and that some of them may not be appropriate to take in a medicated cycle or for someone who isn’t diagnosed with any particular reproductive ailment, but I figured I’d ask the Infertiles out there what worked for them!

Any information you can provide would be most welcome!  🙂

7 comments on “Vitamins and Supplements – What Worked For You?

  1. SM
    March 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    My last Femara with Ovidrel trigger cycle was successful. I talked to my doctor before continuing with any of the supplements I took but he said they should be okay. I took a prenatal, D3, Super B-complex, B6, CoQ10, folic acid, Fertile CM pills, royal jelly and bromelain (just until 5DPO). I’m also on progesterone suppositories prescribed by my RE. I’m not sure I can say any of it helped me get that BFP but according to my doctor it wasn’t going to hurt. My only advice is do research on everything you take!

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  2. swisswife
    March 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    I find that taking Vitamin C gives me a more normal ovulation day. Like CD 14-15, instead of 17-20.

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  3. Katie
    March 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I take prenatals, coq10, folic acid, vitamin d, progesterone after o, along with my meds and had a successful cycle last fall.

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  4. ~kboo
    March 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    That’s awesome that it looks like the acupuncture is working and making a difference!

    I’d be careful of adding too many things into the mix now that you’re doing acupuncture and herbs… and if you want to add more folic acid (folate), I wouldn’t add more than 1mg, since you’re already probably getting 800mcg in your prenatal.
    I’d skip the Vitex and DHEA for sure since they regulate hormones.

    But…. speaking of regulating hormones, one thing I did add before my successful IVF cycle was Melatonin, 1-3mg. You take it nightly during your follicular phase until ovulation. A nice benefit is better sleep. 🙂

    I also added Myo-Inositol. It took me forever to find the right kind, but I settled on a product called Pregnitude. Yes, I’m a sucker for marketing (loved that name), but it had the myo-inositol + folic acid together, so I thought it was perfect. This supposedly helps with egg quality.

    At one point I had tried CoQ10 but then I read conflicting information on it, so I stopped (it was also quite expensive). Stay away from the kind with Reservatrol (I don’t remember why now, sorry… just that normally it’s really good for you, but not when TTC).

    Certain food enzymes can actually kill sperm (i.e. papaya) and possibly break down the egg as well, so that made me paranoid about all enzymes… (i.e. Bromelain)… so just something more for you to google before adding that.

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  5. southernbygrace5
    March 4, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I did the ‘Complete Prenatal System’ prenatals from the vitamin store that are made with whole foods and nothing artificial and also have 1000 mg of folic acid. My doc looked at them and didn’t see any need to even prescribe one since it had so much great stuff in it (lots of herbs and stuff). He was very adamant about AT LEAST 1000mg of folic acid. Also took baby aspirin and had hubby take Maca Root which is supposed to make their swimmers healthier somehow. Also made him get off caffeine too. I did the progesterone cream but I don’t know how much it helped. After researching it I found a few sources that said the topical cream is really not much use and doesn’t really raise progesterone levels like it should and like they all claim. When I finally conceived and they ran progesterone tests my progesterone was still really low so I guess there’s some truth to that research. They put me on the prescription one to take orally. The cream also gave me really awful headaches that were nearly as bad a s a migraine but when I got off of it they went away.

    Something I found out later when they tested me for APS is that I have the MTHFR gene mutation which means my body doesn’t use folic acid like it should. It also causes blood clots so they put me on baby aspirin for the whole pregnancy plus a very strong synthetic folic acid which is supposed to “get around” my body’s inability to process natural folic acid. Supposedly this gene mutation is pretty common but doctors don’t always think to look for it (my maternal fetal medicine doc found it). I don’t know what role it plays in conceiving though if any.

    Sounds like you are doing great with your diet! And I hear accupuncture is good too! Wishing you all the best hun!

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  6. Erin
    March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I think I’m gonna bump up my vitamin C intake, if what swisswife says is true! I haven’t been able to carry either of my pregnancies to term, but both times I conceived I was taking prenatals, baby aspirin, chlorophyll, some combo of folic acid/B vitamins, and flax seed oil. I also drink raspberry leaf tea. I wish I knew which of them (if any) really helped!

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  7. nonsequiturchica
    March 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    I have possible egg quality issues so here is the list of supplements my doctor recommended: http://nonsequiturchica.blogspot.com/2013/01/doctor-recommended-supplements.html

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