Rocky Mountain Fertility Center now offers the ability for patients to order supplements online! A variety of supplements are available. Learn more about the different vitamins and supplements below, or call us today for more information.
DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a naturally occurring hormone produced primarily by the adrenal gland in women. DHEA levels decline with age. DHEA is used by our bodies to produce Estrogen and Testosterone and is one of the major hormones made by the placenta to sustain a pregnancy. With low levels of DHEA, it has been noted in medical research studies that response to fertility drugs decreases, pregnancy rates are lower, Miscarriage rates are higher, and the percent of chromosomally abnormal embryos in IVF cycles increase.
While spontaneous pregnancies do occur in patients with poor egg quality, live birth rates are typically quite low. Even with IVF, there is typically a poor response to ovulation stimulation with fewer oocytes obtained, reduced embryo quality and increased pregnancy loss. In the past 10 years, there have been a number of small studies published that provide insight on DHEA may help including:
- Promoting early follicle growth and reduce the loss of eggs leading to an increase in ovarian response to medications, increased oocyte production and pregnancy rates with IVF
- Improves the health of the follicles
- Reduces the number of embryos with chromosomal abnormalities, therefore, helping improve embryo quality and reducing miscarriage rates
There are no natural food sources of DHEA so it needs to be taken as a supplement.
Myo-inositol is a member of the vitamin B-complex group. It is found in a wide variety of foods including fresh fruits, beans, whole grains, and seeds. Myo-inositol has been used in the treatment of diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, panic disorder, and infertility. Myo-inositol’s has been shown to be beneficial infertility therapy in medical research studies. Myo-inositol has been best studied in women with PCOS. Myo-inositol has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduces insulin levels. Clinical studies have shown that both myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol may also decrease serum androgens (when these are significantly elevated), improve the cholesterol profile by increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering triglycerides, and lower blood pressure.
A study published in February 2015 demonstrated the effectiveness of myo-inositol in patients with PCOS. Fifty women with PCOS, insulin resistance and lack of ovulation were given myo-inositol. Twenty-nine of the 50 women showed evidence of ovulation and 11 (37.9%) became pregnant. In the patients who did not ovulate on myo-inositol alone, 13 of the 18 showed an ovulatory response when clomiphene was added and six (42.6%) conceived, therefore demonstrating the benefit of this medication to patients with PCOS.
Contain the vitamins needed in the preconception period. The ACOG states adequate folic acid intake should start 3 months before conceiving.
Contain the vitamins needed in the preconception period plus CoQ10 for supporting healthy egg quality. Take these vitamins in the morning as CoQ10 my lead to difficulty sleeping if taken at night.
Contains the vitamins needed during pregnancy.
MALE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS
Men who have trouble conceiving may see an improvement in the quality and quantity of sperm from nutritional supplements. There have been medical articles that show that certain vitamins and supplements may increase sperm counts, motility and/or sperm morphology. One particular study found a combination of folic acid and zinc supplements increased sperm count by 74% in men with fertility problems and was published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility.
A number of studies have shown that combined selenium and N-acetyl-cysteine therapy improved male infertility, and another article published found that selenium and vitamin E significantly improved sperm motility and morphology. Many medical studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of the various supplements on improving sperm quality after therapy. For example, combination therapy with carnitine, CoQ10, vitamin E and vitamin C for three to six months improved sperm counts. There is data to suggest that DNA integrity of the sperm may also be improved with antioxidants.