Vitamin B12 and Fertility

on Sep 06, 2012

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Trying to get pregnant? Find out all the benefits of adding Vitamin B12 into your diet to boost both yours and your partner's fertility.

One of the natural means to prevent and treat infertility is to take vitamins, and the most effective is vitamin B12. Studies show that after following a treatment based on vitamin B12, fertility problems lose in frequency and intensity and an impressive number of couples succeed to conceive the child they desired.

Here are 5 basic facts regarding vitamin B12 and its importance in solving fertility problems:

Vitamin B12 rich foods

B12 is one of those vitamins that can be easily found in a lot of animal foods, such as beef liver, salmon, trout, tuna or clams, but also in plain yogurt and milk. This vitamin is also widely encountered in cereals, so you should not have any problems adapting your diet to ensure your daily intake.

Balances your hormones

If you take your daily dose of vitamin B12, fertility is just a matter of time, as this vitamin helps you balance your hormones. Of course, this means that you have to give up bad habits, such as drinking caffeine and alcohol beverages, as well as pumping too much sugar or proteins into your body. But getting pregnant is worth this sacrifice.

Vitamin B12 and male fertility

If your husband or partner is suffering from a vitamin B12 deficiency, that means his sperm count is affected, so he is likely to have fertility problems. So, vitamin B12 is not essential only for women, but also for men.

Lowers miscarriage

The deficiency of vitamin B12 is one of the most common causes of infertility, but it does not necessarily prevent the installation of pregnancy. However, studies show that, if your body does not get enough vitamin B12, even if you get pregnant, the risks for miscarriage to occur are higher than in the case of women who started taking vitamin B12 before getting pregnant.

Vitamin B12 and pregnancy

Vitamin B12 should be taken by any couple trying to conceive, as it prevents and treats infertility, but it is equally efficient during pregnancy, as it help the baby develop normally, reducing the risks for fetal development problems, abnormalities, autism or mental retardation.

Basically, vitamin B12 is a solution in hand for many problems, despite the fact that people do not usually grant it the deserved attention. It can be found in many common foods and also in natural and medical supplements, it helps both men and women, and it is useful both before and during pregnancy, increasing fertility levels and ensuring a healthy pregnancy.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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  •  dec 7 is my 1st day of menstration supposed to be i had my menstration this january 3 coz i had 28days cycle  but it didnt happen and today i had a little spotting,am i pregnant?

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

     Yes. You could be pregnant given that you have a regular 28 day cycle. The best way to know for sure is to take a home pregnancy test.

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  • Jessica

    I’m taking iron pills and vitamin B12 for my anemia and I had my period last month on the 20th and I haven’t had a period this month,My husband smokes and I was told it lowers sperm count but he is also taking B12 could it be we are pregnant?

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  • Disneylove

    How much mcg of b12 should a woman take? Most bottles are 1,000 mcg. Is this safe?

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  • Disneylove

    No major health issues that I am aware of. What can I do to increase cervical mucus?

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  • Lira Danastor

    please, I need help, my husband and I, just got married we trying to a baby desperately, will be our first baby, I am 50yrs old, I will do anything to have a baby for him. I need to know what can I do to make it happen

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  • Chloe

    I recently heard about a new oral prescription alternative to the injections called Eligen B12. I recently read that it works even if you don’t have intrinsic factor (so even if you don’t have normal gut absorption), which would mean no more shots. Apparently it came out a month or two ago. Has anyone tried it??

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  • kassie

    How much b12 should me and my husband be taking? I’ve had 4 pregnancy losses total; most recent was my twins at 9 weeks on 10/23/15

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