husband and I have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant.
Iíve seen many ads for fertility herbs and supplements. Do
can be a difficult problem to treat, and modern interventions
ó while sometimes effective ó can be expensive. So itís
not surprising that some people look to herbs and supplements
as a possible alternative treatment.
thereís no evidence in the medical literature that supports
herbs or supplements as a treatment for infertility. The
research on so-called fertility herbs and supplements is
inconclusive and based on a few small studies. Some of the
fertility herbs and supplements studied include:
infertility, studies didnít show increased sperm production
and motility in men who took a combination of acetyl-L-carnitine
and L-carnitine. ó Vitamin E.
study found an association between taking vitamin E and
improved sperm motility in men who had low sperm counts or
poor sperm motility. Other studies found no improvement in
male fertility when vitamin E is combined with vitamin C or
studies have suggested that coenzyme Q10 may improve sperm
counts or motility, but this was not shown to improve the
chances of getting pregnant. Another study suggests that
coenzyme Q10 may improve egg quality in mice, but study
results havenít been confirmed in humans. More research is
needed to determine whether such findings lead to improved
some research suggests that folic acid taken with zinc may
improve sperm counts, more research is needed to determine if
this will have an impact on conception.
preliminary research indicates that vitamin C might help with
certain types of female infertility. More research is needed
to clarify whether vitamin C can improve fertility in men and
herbal supplements are often marketed as "natural,"
this doesnít mean these products are safe. Consider these
important issues about herbal supplements:
have limited Food and Drug Administration regulation.
and supplements supplements are subjected to limited
regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. The
regulations are less strict than are those for prescription
and over-the-counter drugs. ó They have a potential for drug
hormone and drug treatments for infertility are complex. Itís
not known how herbs or supplements might interact with them.
can have potentially serious side effects.
true especially when taken in larger doses. If you have side
effects from a supplement you take, stop taking it and contact
your health care provider.
your health care provider about herbs or dietary supplements
you take or plan to take. Until researchers more clearly
define the risks and benefits of fertility herbs and
supplements, conventional treatment for infertility appears to
be the best option.