'There is always a way behind any obstacle! You just have to find it'
Over the past 20 years, fertility problems have increased dramatically.1/6 of couples now found it difficult to conceive and a quarter of all pregnancies can end in a miscarriage. Moreover, many couples are turning to fertility treatments to help them have a family. However, remember, Infertility can be challenging to treat! Some people took the option of modern medical techniques, where someone goes for alternatives i.e. using supplements that claim to boost fertility in both males & females. And the success rates can vary person to person.
Knowing Infertility -
Infertility means a couple is not able to become a parent after having regular & unprotected sex. Infertility can occur in both women and men.
What causes Infertility -
There are several reasons to become infertile which vary from person to person.
Men's Infertility can happen due to-
- Low sperm count
- Low sperm mobility
- Abnormal sperm
- Overheated testicles
- Ejaculation disorders
- Hormonal imbalance
Women's Infertility can happen due to-
- Being obese or overweight
- Mental stress
- Excess exercise or less exercise
- Premature ovarian failure
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
Worried? Don't be! You are in the 20th century! Everything is possible!
Although there are many medical treatments discovered, some people like to prefer fertility supplements. While there are numerous claims about the benefits of such supplements, FDA stated that these supplements sometimes fail to prove their effectiveness in clinical studies.
The Fertility Supplements that may work best
Fertility Supplements raise the potentiality of infertility and give the blessing of having a baby to a couple. Below is a list of fertility supplements-
Acetyl L-carnitine (ALC) is an antioxidant which has a promising effect upon solving the problem of infertility.
According to a recent review in 2018-
Researchers sought to determine the effect of ALC on issues that affect female fertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, and amenorrhea.
Research says that vitamin E may increase sperm motility due to its antioxidant effects and it may help improve fertility in men.
According to researchers, folic acid may be effective in helping women to become pregnant. A review in 2017 stated that a combination of folic acid and zinc helped improve the quality of sperm.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) helps generate energy in human cells which is very effective to treat infertility in both men & women. According to a recent study in 2018, the pregnancy rate was higher in women who used CoQ10 than in the control group.
According to the study in 2016, men with obesity who consumed vitamin C had improved sperm concentration and mobility.
Do they really work?
Have a look at below to learn about it-
- While some research indicates that taking fertility supplements may offer some benefits, other research suggests that they have no effect.
- Moreover, some research indicates that males who overuse antioxidant therapy may harm their fertility.
- Some people may find that combining supplements with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, quitting smoking and many more increases their chances of conceiving.
'Supplements alone might not be enough to promise a positive result in getting pregnant'
What Are The Risk Factors?
High doses of supplements can also cause side effects, such as:
- Blurry vision
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of cancer
- Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening congenital abnormality
Taking Assistance is Being Smart -
Before taking supplements to aid fertility, you should speak to your doctor about all the risks and potential benefits. The doctor will need to know about your medical history along with any pre-existing conditions.
A Take Home Message to All -
Recently, supplements have demonstrated the potential to improve fertility outcomes. It is advisable that you should always consult your doctor before taking a new supplement. And yes, scientists need to carry out more research before they can conclusively determine whether supplements can treat infertility!