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Folic Acid and Fertility

on Sep 02, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Folic Acid and Fertility

Folic acid has long been known to prevent spinal defects in pregnancy. Folic acid is also an important vitamin to take to boost both yours and your man's fertility.

Can folic acid really help with your fertility? Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. Found in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and tomatoes, folic acid has long been known to be vital in aiding in brain development while in the womb. It is an important supplement for all pregnant women to take. But can it affect fertility as well? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Effects on male & female fertility

There have been studies done that show that healthy women who were having problems conceiving due to ovulation problems had fewer problems when taking a folic acid supplement. There are also studies that show a link between folic acid and male fertility as well. The studies actually found that men who consumed high levels of folic acid on a daily basis were shown to lower their risk of sperm abnormalities by as much as 30%! That is a huge number! Sperm abnormalities can put your baby at risk for chromosomal defects and other birth defects, so you want to avoid them at all costs. So, ladies, if you are trying to conceive, you might just want to go ahead and pick up a supplement for your guy as well!

Supplements vs Folate-rich foods

Doctors also say that you should get the majority of your folic acid intake from your diet, and that a supplement should be, well.. just that, a supplement. You seem to get better results from actually eating foods rich in Folic Acid as opposed to just taking a supplement. I mean, if you are not going to get folate from foods, you should take a supplement, but also try to make sure that your diet is rich in those foods as well.

Folic acid and pregnancy

Folic Acid is one of those important vitamins that should be taken even before getting pregnant, even though it will also help you to have a healthy pregnancy. You need the folic acid to be in your system even before getting pregnant, since folic acid is one of the building blocks for a healthy baby. It is recommended you begin taking folic acid up to 3 months prior to getting pregnant. You need to make sure that you are getting at least 400 micrograms a day. If you have a family history of birth defects, your doctor might want you to take as much as 4000 micrograms per day. Folic acid doesn’t stay in your system for very long either so it is one of those things that you will need to eat or take a supplement of every day.

As you can see, folic acid is an essential vitamin in helping you to conceive, and also in helping you to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Make sure that you are getting enough! If you are not sure, talk with your doctor or health care provider to make sure!

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Julie

    I have been told taking this and prenatal vitamins work.. Does it?? I have been just taking the conceive easy.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Folic acid is an essential vitamin in conceiving and ensuring a healthy pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins also add to this. Folic acid, and some vitamins, don’t stay long in the body so you need to regularly get them from food or supplements. Taking these while on ConceiveEasy gives you the best possible chance of achieving a healthy pregnancy.

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  • jessica

    ever since my miscarriage about a year ago my periods have been irregular and i cant conceive can you please give me some suggestions.

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  • Nadia

    I have had three miscarriages in past years and I just don’t know what is the cause of it. I have been taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins daily but still my pregnancy does not stay for long term. It always miscarry at early stage. Please if you can tell me what is it that I should do to have a healthy pregnancy. I have gotten my Husband sperm tested and his results of the test was very good. I want to find out what can I do to make my eggs healthier in order to have healthy pregnancy. Please kindly get back to me on this regarding this matter. Thank you.

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  • brooketerrill_1

    Nadia, I had the same problem. . Turned out my body doesn’t process folic acid so no matter how much I consumed (whether through food or supplements) it didn’t get turned into anything I could use. I now have to take a pure for of active folate! But it works. I started clomid this week to help get pregnant again after my 2nd miscarriage but I was assured there should be no more miscarriages due to this problem. I also have a blood clotting problem that has been taken care of.

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  • Nontoh

    For how long should I take folic acid?

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  • Gwen

    Is folic acid can increase my chance to get pregnant?

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  • misty

    I’ve had five miscarages and I’ve been trying for 3 going on 4 years to have a baby,could taking folic acid help my chancesof getting pregnet? Should my hiabem take them to?

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  • makia

    i am taking my second cylce of clomid, now , i am going to purchase a bottle of folic acid suppplements, my ovulation date is on the 20. hope we r lucky

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