Do PNVs Boost Fertility?
October 30, 2020Can prenatal vitamins actually help you get pregnant? There is growing evidence that suggests women who take a daily prescription prenatal vitamin (PNV) may have an easier time conceiving when compared to women who do not take PNVs.1
Prenatal Vitamins and Fertility
Taking a prenatal vitamin as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle before you become pregnant may increase your chances of conceiving.1 However, it’s important to understand that not all PNVs are created equal, and you should always talk to your doctor before you begin taking any new vitamin or supplement.
Studies have shown that a lack of certain micronutrients in a woman’s diet can contribute to infertility.1 Micronutrients are another word for vitamins and minerals. They include iron, vitamin A, vitamin D, folate, iodine, and zinc.2 These nutrients are not only vital to disease prevention, but they are also linked to the quality of a woman’s eggs, as well as the eggs’ ability to become fertilized, and their successful implantation.1
Prenatal vitamins that are formulated with these micronutrients may have a positive impact on both healthy women and those who have difficulty conceiving.1
Other Causes of Infertility
If you are having difficulty conceiving, you’ll need to speak with your doctor about all the possible causes. A vitamin or nutrient deficiency could be the culprit; however, many other factors can cause infertility. Some of these possibilities may include the following3:
- Ovulation disorders
- Damage to fallopian tubes
- Uterine or cervical abnormalities
- Problems with the male partner’s sexual organs, sperm, or ejaculation
Sometimes, infertility goes unexplained. If you have concerns about conceiving, talk to your doctor.
When to See a Doctor
Tell your doctor as soon as you decide you want to try to have a baby. They can help you come up with a personalized plan to ensure you’re in the best possible health. Part of this plan may include taking a PNV that is specially designed for preconception.
Experts recommend women age 35 and younger try to conceive for at least a year before trying fertility treatment. Women ages 35 to 40 should discuss their concerns with a doctor after six months of trying to conceive. If you are over 40, your doctor may want to begin fertility testing or treatment right away.3
Prenate® Vitamin Family
This post is sponsored by the Prenate® Vitamin Family, a line of prescription prenatal supplements designed to enhance preconception, prenatal, and postpartum nutrition in women. Talk with your doctor about how taking a daily prescription prenatal or postnatal vitamin could help support a healthy pregnancy and postpartum wellness.