Will Vitamin B6 Help Me Conceive?



Vitamin B6 is a great vitamin to take if you are trying to conceive. This is a water soluble pyridoxine that is found in legumes, whole grains, yeast, liver, cereal, fish, eggs and meat. Vitamin B6 not only helps to keep your body healthy but it also helps with fertility and PMS.

The main role of vitamin B6 in fertility is that it helps with a luteal phase defect. By lengthening the luteal phase defect women who supplement with vitamin B6 will improve their chances of conceiving.

What is a Luteal Phase Defect?

A luteal phase defect is one reason many women have problems conceiving. Luckily, a luteal phase defect is quite easy to treat. Generally, a luteal phase defect occurs when a woman’s luteal phase is less than 10 days in length. This is the time from ovulation to the time of menstruation. A pregnancy cannot be maintained if the luteal phase is too short and miscarriage will be more likely. A normal luteal phase is 11 to 16 days in length.

If you have been trying to conceive and have yet to conceive then you may want to chart your basal body temperature. Doing this will help you determine what your luteal phase is and if you have reason to be concerned. If you do have a luteal phase defect then you may need to take progesterone supplements however many find that treating their defect with vitamin B6 is a more natural way to approach the condition.


Last modified: February 10, 2013