Innovation in over-the-counter supplement is helping situations when the male partner may be the cause of a couple’s infertility.
In America, an estimated 7 million couples struggle with infertility. Don’t get caught up in the misinformation out there. And there is plenty of it. You’re not considered infertile after just a few months of trying to conceive (TTC) unsuccessfully.
TTC spouses and partners are considered infertile after they try to have a baby for at least six months, if they are over 35 years old, or for at least a year, for those under age 35.
There is usually one culprit that causes infertility for prospective would-be moms.
“In women, a common cause of infertility is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance that can cause irregular and sometimes no ovulation,” says Michael Krychman MD, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in Newport, CA
According to the PCOS Foundation, PCOS may be responsible for 70 percent of infertility issues in women who have difficulty ovulating.
Self-diagnosis or internet diagnosis are not good ways to get to the bottom of the reason why you cannot conceive.
It’s best to seek the intervention of the medical community and consider lesser invasive options before jumping into more invasive procedures and options like IVF (intravenous fertilization) or other procedures.
Fortunately, there are non-prescription natural therapies on the market, Krychman recommends, and supplements you can pick up at your Wallgreens, CVS drug store like Pregnitude which is one of the common ones for women.
Listen, there is actually science behind some OTC options, and for Pregnitude and Evolution60, in particular, they contain nutrients that have been shown in clinical studies to support fertility.
For example, there is a substance that naturally occurs in our bodies called myo-inositol that we can also take as a dietary supplement in a daily pill to boost fertility health.
By now, it has been pretty widely known that we (both women and men) require ample doses of folic acid to maximize fertility health.
But, seriously, who also knew folic acid was actually a form of B vitamin that promotes cell growth, and in therapeutic doses can promote menstrual regularity, ovulatory function and higher quality eggs? I didn’t I always assumed folic acid was its own supplement.
But if you’ve been TTC for a while, you know healthy eggs are key to getting and staying pregnant, so I’m thinking it makes sense that we get sufficient support for those eggs.
The struggle is real. No really.
And a lot of times, we hear about fertility options for women, but in the case for a lot of couples, it is the male partner who is the cause of infertility.
For some reason, it is more unspoken.
In men, being older, certain aspects of their lifestyle, environmental factors and certain medical conditions they may have can affect their reproductive health.
Men too need nutrients like myo-inositol, selenium, folic acid, Vitamin E, L-carnitine and L-Arginine, and if it’s not naturally occurring in the body, supplements are the way to go for optimal support!
Dr. Krychman states “if a patient is having trouble getting pregnant due to cycle irregularity, I’ll first recommend that she should consider trying Pregnitude- which contains these ingredients in therapeutic doses, but adds “women and men should always consult with their physician before taking any vitamins or dietary supplements and should get proper medical work ups if fertility concerns are problematic.”
And now it looks like men have options as well finally with OTC supplements like Evolution60.
Bravo for science, innovation and options!