Things that will help us while TTC, ADD YOUR OWN !!! x

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  1. JemmaD

    JemmaD 3rd trimester

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    Found this online and thought id post it its so hard when you are TTC not knowing what you can do to help so if anyone has any more let me know and ill add them. Thanks girls xx

    Supplements reconmended by other members:


    Daisy Bee...Bcomplex & magnesium

    Willbamom1day...preseed


    There is now a great deal of scientific knowledge about the use of nutritional supplements and their beneficial effects on both male and female fertility. As you will see, these supplements can be very effective in re-balancing your hormones, as well as improving you and your partner's overall health, which are so vital for successful conception.

    Supplements are necessary because even the best diet in the world will not contain all the nutrients you need to give you the best chance of conceiving.


    Folic Acid

    It is now known that folic acid can prevent spina bifida in your baby, and it is essential that you get plenty both before and during pregnancy. And that's not all: folic acid is undoubtedly important, but it is just part of the very important B-complex family of vitamins that are necessary to produce the genetic materials DNA and RNA. Together with vitamin B12, folic acid works to ensure that your baby's genetic codes are intact. Remember: it's not enough to take folic acid alone when you are trying to become pregnant. All of the B vitamins are essential during the pre-conceptual period. Research has shown that giving B6 to women who have trouble conceiving increases fertility and vitamin B12 has been found to improve low sperm counts


    Zinc
    Zinc is the most widely studied nutrient in terms of fertility for both men and women. It is an essential component of genetic material and a zinc deficiency can cause chromosome changes in either you or our partner, leading to reduced fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage. Zinc is necessary for your body to 'attract and hold' (utilise efficiently) the reproductive hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.

    And it's equally important for your partner: zinc is found in high concentrations in the sperm. Zinc is needed to make the outer layer and tail of the sperm and is, therefore, essential for the health of your partner's sperm and, subsequently, your baby. Interestingly, several studies have also shown that reducing zinc in a man's diet will also reduce his sperm count.


    Selenium

    Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to protect your body from highly reactive chemical fragments called free radicals. For this reason, selenium can prevent chromosome breakage, which is known to be a cause of birth defects and miscarriages. Good levels of selenium are also essential to maximise sperm formation. Blood selenium levels have been found to be lower in men with low sperm counts.


    Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

    These essential fats have a profound effect on every system of the body, including the reproductive system and they are crucial for healthy hormone functioning. For men essential fatty acid supplementation is crucial because the semen is rich in prostaglandins which are produced from these fats. Men with poor sperm quality, abnormal sperm, poor motility or low count, have inadequate levels of these beneficial prostaglandins.



    Vitamin E


    Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant and has been shown to increase fertility when given to both men and women. Men going for IVF treatment with their partners have been given vitamin E, and fertilisation rates have, as a result, increased from 19 to 29 percent. It has been suggested that the antioxidant activity of vitamin E might make the sperm more fertile.


    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, and studies show that vitamin C enhances sperm quality, protecting sperm and the DNA within it from damage. Some research has indicated that certain types of DNA damage in the sperm can make it difficult to conceive in the first place, or it can cause an increased risk of miscarriage if conception does take place. If DNA is damaged, there may be a chromosomal problem in the baby, should the pregnancy proceed. Whether or not DNA damage does have these effects has not been conclusively proven, but it's worth taking vitamin C and the other antioxidants as a precautionary measure.

    Vitamin C also appears to keep the sperm from clumping together, making them more motile.

    One study has shown that women taking the drug clomiphene to stimulate ovulation will have a better chance of ovulating if vitamin C is taken alongside the drug. Clomiphene does not always work in every woman, but the chances are often increased when vitamin C is supplemented.


    L-Arginine

    This is an amino acid found in many foods and the head of the sperm contains an exceptional amount of this nutrient, which is essential for sperm production. Supplementing with L-arginine can help to increase both the sperm count and quality.

    Note: People who have herpes attacks (either cold sores or genital herpes) should not supplement with arginine because it stimulates the virus.


    L-Carnitine

    This amino acid is essential for normal functioning of sperm cells. According to research, it appears that the higher the levels of L-Carnitine in the sperm cells, the better the sperm count and motility.


    Vitamin A

    This vitamin needs to be mentioned because there is a lot of confusion about its use before and after pregnancy. Many health practitioners now advise that no vitamin A is taken during pregnancy. This advice is incorrect, and it can be dangerous to assume that any vitamin or other nutrient should be avoided during the gestational period. Vitamin A has important antioxidant properties, and the consequences of Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy can be devastating. For one thing, vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes. Animals studies show that vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy has produced new-born animals with no eyes, eye defects, undescended testes and diaphragmatic hernias.

    It is only when the vitamin A is in the form of retinol (in other words, the animal form of vitamin A) that there is a problem. It has been found that retinol can cause birth defects if taken in excess of 10,000iu a day. Beta-carotene, which is one of the vegetable forms of vitamin A, does not carry any risks.



    Herbs


    Herbal treatment is aimed at restoring hormone imbalances, and encouraging ovulation if it is not occurring. It will also give you the best possible chance of maintaining a pregnancy, should you conceive.

    Agnus Castus (Vitex or Chaste tree berry)
    This is the herb of choice for helping to restore hormone imbalance and increasing fertility. In one study 48 women diagnosed with infertility took agnus castus daily for three months, 7 of them became pregnant during that time and 25 of them regained normal progesterone levels.

    Agnus castus is particularly helpful for those women who have a luteal phase defect (shortened second half to the cycle) or those with high prolactin levels, because it stimulates the proper functioning of the pituitary gland which controls the hormones.

    Agnus castus works to restore hormonal balance and can be used where there are hormone deficits as well as excesses it:

    Regulates periods
    Restarts periods which have stopped
    Helps with heavy bleeding
    Increases the ratio of progesterone to oestrogen by balancing excess oestrogen.
     
  2. DaisyBee

    DaisyBee Mom of 2

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    6 weeks ago I had started taking bcomplex, selenium, magnesium, zinc, + my prenatal which I had been already taking.

    DH started zinc, vit. E, vit C, bcomplex, and multivitamin. Had gotten some fertility books and compared and contrasted what each said to decide what we should start taking.
     
  3. FunkyClaire

    FunkyClaire Well-Known Member

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    Really helpful post JemmaD, thank you! Some good reading there...
     
  4. JemmaD

    JemmaD 3rd trimester

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    thanks hun, me and OH will be rattling lol congrats on the bfp x
     
  5. JemmaD

    JemmaD 3rd trimester

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    Its really hard when your 1st ttc not know what to take so if any one knows of any others ill add them to the post. x
     
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    DaisyBee Mom of 2

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    Thanks! Good luck to you! :dust:
     
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    JemmaD 3rd trimester

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    Are you taking anything? xx
     
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    JemmaD 3rd trimester

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    I wen out and got all my pills today hehe hope they work, does anyone use preseed? i dont know alot about it. x
     
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    willbamom1day Truly blessed - I'm a mom

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    this was our first month using preseed - alot of girls here have used so hopefully they will give you some feedback
     
  10. JemmaD

    JemmaD 3rd trimester

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    i might sound dumb but what does it do? xxx
     
  11. willbamom1day

    willbamom1day Truly blessed - I'm a mom

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    preseed is to help with CM to move the spermys - it doesn't harm them in any way
     
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    JemmaD 3rd trimester

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    ill have to get some thanks hun x
     
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    DaisyBee Mom of 2

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    I used preseed for the first time last month. Basically lube that you insert into your vagina to coat the whole thing. I found it helpful because with ttc we were into quickies and made it go quicker for us! Do you want more info?
     
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    JemmaD 3rd trimester

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    yes please xxx
     
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    DaisyBee Mom of 2

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    I bought the preseed that you put into applicators yourself (or you can buy preloaded applicators) I never used a whole applicator full though so would think that would be wasteful. I only put in .5-1 gm (gram??) insert into your vagina like a tampon and while you pull out you slowly push the end to let some preseed out as you go. You can insert 15 min beforehand I think it said. Very helpful if you dont have a lot of ewcm or if :sex: is starting to be somewhat a chore for babymaking (I was getting sore). I liked the preseed - tends to get a little sticky afterwards- if on hands and on him - but I had no issues with it. Also if felt like too much was in me then kind of scooped out with fingers. Other lubes are harmful for sperm and this one is not they say. got mine online at early-pregnancy-tests.com and got it within 5 days I think.
     
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    JemmaD 3rd trimester

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    any more girls???
     
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    Royal jelly and bee pollen, improves egg quality and general fertility. It is what makes the queen bee super fertile. I've read great results from it on other sites
     
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    6lilpigs Well-Known Member

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    Soy isoflavins, works like clomid. Take 80 mg from days either 1-5, 3-7 or 5-9 of your cycle to stimulate egg release. 1-5 increases more eggs, 3-7 increases more eggs and better quality, 5-9 one big strong egg. Again read great things from infertility sites.
     
  19. I want a bump

    I want a bump TTC waiting for tests

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    I take pregnacare (the ones with the cod liver oil capsules too), o/h takes multivitamins with zinc and I have started drinking green tea cos someone mentioned that was good for fertility as well as weight loss.

    JemmaD - I didnt really know much about pre-seed, but found this - bit heavy going but explains what it is -

    Product Review: Pre-Seed Sperm Friendly Moisturizer

    Pre-Seed Intimate Moisturizer: Pre-Seed is the first and only intimate moisturizer (or lubricant) designed to help facilitate conception. Where other lubricants act as a barrier to conception, Pre-Seed is formulated to allow sperm to best reach their goal...

    One of the top selling fertility-enhancing products since its launch over a year ago, Pre-Seed is in the news again and gaining even more popularity - as well as accolades from the ttc community and healthcare professionals. So what makes Pre-Seed such a hot preconception item?

    The Pre-Seed Difference

    Pre~Seed is an innovation - it's the first and only “Sperm-Friendly" moisturizer - designed to replenish your natural moisture while providing an optimal environment for sperm, hence facilitating conception. They key to Pre~Seed’s success? Pre-Seed's unique formula mimics natural body secretions to relieve vaginal dryness - with the same pH as semen. Pre~Seed also protects cell function, supporting both conception and pleasurable intercourse.

    So what's the Pre-Seed difference? What makes Pre-Seed unique is that other lubricants like KY or Replens act as a barrier to conception. See the diagram below. Pre-Seed lubricates and moisturizes - and at the same time provides a healthy environment for sperm to move, survive, and make their way to the ovum. Traditional lubricants may lubricate, but in doing so they set up an obstacle course to bog down sperm and hinder (or at least decrease the chance of) conception.

    The Problem of Dryness and The Pre-Seed Solution

    The Problem of Dryness! "Intercourse on demand" prior to ovulation can lead to anxiety, frustration, and increased vaginal dryness. In fact, 75% of ttc couples report an increased frequency of vaginal dryness. In relieving this common problem, couples do not want to create another problem: the "sperm blockade" caused by other lubricants. Indeed, personal lubricants and even saliva can harm sperm. Research conducted on personal lubricants over the past three decades has clearly demonstrated their detrimental effects on sperm.

    The Solution: Pre-Seed lubricant is the first "sperm-friendly" intimate moisturizer that mimics natural body secretions for an optimal sperm environment. Safe, effective, and designed to support both conception and trying-to-conceive pleasure! It's a one of kind solution to an age-old trying-to-conceive dilemma... Click to buy Pre-Seed.

    A Note from Dr. Ellington - The Pre-Seed Creator!

    The Dynamics of Pre-Seed: "After ejaculation, sperm have to be able to swim through the cervix to reach the Fallopian Tube where fertilization of the egg occurs. However, the interactions of sperm and cervical mucus that allow this migration are often disrupted in fertility patients. It is thought that at least a third (if not more) of subfertile couples have some disruption of sperm-cervical mucus interactions that limit sperm transport to the tubes.

    The importance of normal CM in natural reproduction is widely recognized. For most of a woman’s cycle the CM is a thick gel and hostile to sperm, with a low pH and a structure that stops sperm transport by the presence of closely spaced microfibers. During ovulation, however, the CM becomes more alkaline (higher pH), and the fibers align in parallel with an expanded distance between them. This allows the sperm to swim through the mucus. Normally, the volume of daily CM also increases 5 fold at ovulation. CM is a hydrogel of 90% water, and its primary function appears to be bathing sperm in a fluid medium to protect them during transport . The presence of sugar-proteins in the gel that hold the water is controlled by hormone changes at ovulation (especially the presence of estrogen). These sugars increase the mucus gel’s capacity to hold water, expand fiber spacing, & allow sperm migration. Taken together, these changes permit sperm to rapidly swim through the cervix and proceed to the Fallopian tube for fertilization.

    In women with poor sperm-CM interaction there is a reduction in CM fiber spacing making sperm migration difficult, a primary cause of which in many women may be inadequate water in the gel. This may be caused by advancing age (with low grade hormonal disruptions); and following the use fertility medication such as clomiphene citrate (CC or clomid). CC is a widely prescribed fertility drug. In fact, it has become increasingly used as a first line therapy for couples with fertility issues. With easy internet access, many women are also taking CC without doctor oversight. Estimates are that 40% of couples with fertility problems utilize CC at some point for the woman. Although it’s wide spread use has helped many couples conceive, it does cause significant problems with vaginal dryness and CM production and function. Specifically, numerous studies have shown that CC causes decreases in: volumes of CM; quality of CM (“egg-white like appearance”); and sperm penetration into CM. In fact, women on CC are seven times more likely to have “hostile” CM that is difficult for sperm to penetrate than are women not on the medication.

    Women on clomid also have an increased prevalence of vaginal dryness, which can cause pain at intercourse and decrease enjoyment for the man (which can decrease sperm counts). Many women on CC (which is already making them prone to poor sperm-cervical mucus penetration) are therefore also using lubricants that can harm sperm such as KY, Astroglide and Replens. These women may be creating a vaginal environment that limits sperm transport. Pre~Seed “sperm-friendly” Intimate Moisturizer can replenish vaginal moisture without harming sperm. A clinical trial is also planned to evaluate the effect of Pre~Seed on sperm and cervical mucus interactions, especially for women on Clomid."
     
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    littledemonme Well-Known Member

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    Soy isoflavins??? Where do you get it? I'm at the point I'll try everything!!!:rofl:
     

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