Will Vitamin B6 Help Me Conceive?

Will Vitamin B6 Help Me Conceive?

Every doctor and every elder alike asks you to eat well in order to be healthy. Nutrients are essential for our living. Every nutrient plays a significant role in our growth and development and it is thus important not to miss out on any nutrient at all. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Out of all the nutrients, there are a few nutrients that will help with fertility. Yes, staying healthy will also help you get pregnant. In fact, being healthy is the first step to everything. One such important nutrient is vitamin B6. There are many who rely on this vitamin for pregnancy while there are a few who don’t think it actually works.

Vitamin B6 and trying to conceive

The fact is that vitamin B6 is one of the most secret and powerful vitamins to get pregnant. To say it in simple words, it helps you conceive by regulating hormones. Hormones play a very significant role in conception and thus, their regulation is very important.

Some are also convinced that vitamin B6 helps increase cervical mucus, which is very important to get pregnant. Most believe, experts included, that it gets rid of luteal phase defect. Lack of vitamin B6 can cause problems in both men and women. While women may suffer with poor eggs, men will face a problem with sperm development. The sperm won’t be of good quality and thus, getting pregnant will be very hard for these couples.

What is luteal phase defect?

This defect is the reason why many people face fertility issues. The luteal phase is the time period between your ovulation to your period. This time period has to last for about 12 to 16 days. If it fails to last for at least ten days, then it is said that you have a luteal phase defect.

The reason why this phase is so important is that a short luteal phase causes miscarriages. Thankfully though, this is treatable. In order to find out if you have a short luteal phase, you should chart your menstrual cycle by tracking your basal body temperature. If it is short, you should talk to the doctor. You might need vitamin B6 supplements in order to overcome this problem.

More about vitamin B6

You should either take supplements or you should include foods rich in vitamin B6 in your diet. Either way you should ensure that you consume at least 100 mg of the vitamin each day. 100-200 mg is the normal dosage. If you think this is easy to achieve, think again.

Not many people are actually able to derive even this small quantity from foods and end up relying upon supplements to fulfill their requirements. Some foods rich in vitamin B6 include spinach, avocado, wild caught fish, potatoes, grass fed meats, whole grains, eggs, and legumes.

If you don’t like the idea of taking supplements you can take these foods for vitamin B6. Remember that vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin. Thus, it will absorb really quickly and your body will need more. Thus, daily intake of these foods or supplements is a must.

When it comes to foods, you should ensure that they are in their natural state or at least as close to their natural state as possible. This is because cooking them will render the vitamin lost. If you prefer supplements, go for B-complex because all the B-vitamins taken together absorb better.

Lifestyle choices

Along with eating the right foods or taking the right supplements you should alter a few of your lifestyle choices. Some of these choices may consume all the vitamin B6 in your body. These choices include too much caffeine, smoking, hormone pills, processed foods, refined sugars, too much protein, and too many refined bread products. If you can eliminate these things from your life or at least lower their intake, you can help increase the levels of vitamin B6 in your body and thus help your pregnancy chances.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.