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Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements for Conception

Dealing with fertility issues can be a real pain. Even more frustrating for many couples is the fact that fertility specialists often won’t even look at a couple’s case until they’ve spent a year – often a very frustrating year – trying to conceive. That year can be excruciating, in terms of the wait.

Because of this, many couples decide after a couple of months of trying to look for other ways to increase fertility. The good news here is that there are a variety of vitamins and nutritional supplements that may help with conception.

How do vitamins and nutritional supplements help with conception? Well, for starters, some of these products help to aid the cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is a jelly-like substance that a woman’s body produces during her monthly cycle. The job of the cervical mucus is to help sperm to survive once it is inside of the woman’s body, and it helps sperm to get transported to the egg so that it can fertilize the egg.

Vitamins and nutritional supplements may also help conception in the area of blood flow. Some vitamins and nutritional supplements help strengthen blood vessels, while others may help increase blood flow to the reproductive organs.

Here are just some of the vitamins and nutritional supplements that can help with conception:

Vitamin C is thought to help with cervical mucus by increasing the amount of water in the mucus. It may also help the cervical mucus to be more plentiful. It also helps strengthen the blood vessel walls and helps to fight off infection, which can interfere with fertility.

Another nutrient that can help is nitric oxide. It helps blood flow to your reproductive organs, including your ovaries and uterus. This one may also help with cervical mucus.

Folic acid is important to take when trying to conceive, not as much in that it helps with conception but rather that it’s an important part of your baby’s development from day one.

Certain essential oils and herbal remedies can help, too. examples of these include lactobacilli, Grapeseed extract, and evening primrose oil.

Last modified: February 10, 2013

The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.