I have noticed that a lot of you following me blog about fertility issues you are experiencing, and, I therefore have some news especially for you (anyone else suddenly singing Kylie, or just me?) about a supplement called Pregnacare Conception by Vitabiotics. The news is that a recent trial from teams at University College London and The Royal Free Hospital (also in the big smoke) has found that taking a nutritional supplement seemed to increase the chance of conception in women with ovulation disorders or unexplained subfertility who were undergoing ovulation stimulation.
Now, you might have seen some info in the papers about this, but a few of the reports left out the useful information – that the supplement they tested is also out on the market, and available on pretty much every High Street for the princely sum of £10.15. Hmmm, might have been useful to say that I think!
The trial was done on a product called Vitabiotics Pregnacare Conception (wait, don’t click yet, keep reading, I’m typing here). Fifty eight women were in the trial, one group were given Pregnacare Conception (which contains a mix of nutrients including folic acid, B vits, inositol, and L-arginine), one group were given folic acid alone. All the women were from, as the researchers put it ‘a good socioeconomic background’ so not massively deprived of nutrients, but still, it was found that 75 percent of women who conceived while taking the supplement conceived on their first treatment attempt (compared to 18 percent on folic acid alone) and by the end of the trial, a total of 66.6 percent of the first group conceived overall – compared to 39.3 percent on folic acid.
As yet, it’s a small trial, the researchers are working on a larger one to confirm things. They might also then get a better idea of how it all worked – at the moment theories include that the L-arginine in the supplement may have helped improve bloodflow to the ovaries and uterus; that antioxidants within it could have helped reduce risk of free radical damage to the egg produced or that it was something to do with stabilisation of blood sugar.
Also no-one knows if it’ll work in those of you trying to make a baby the old fashioned way or using any other forms of assisted conception. (Helen adds large disclaimer pointing out that she’s not a doctor) but, as it stands, it’s an inexpensive adjunct to fertility treatment that certainly shouldn’t do any harm. If you’re also looking for other advice in this area, check out some of the books by natural fertility expert Emma Cannon on amazon. She explains how diet and lifestyle might help maximise your chances of conception and has helped thousands of women in the UK.
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