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Trying to Conceive: Hope for Couples Struggling with Conception

GETTING PREGNANT: 

The road to conception can be a rocky one. Trying to conceive is not always straight forward, nor is it always a quick process. Some couples try for years, while others might only try for a month.

For those who have struggled with months of disappointment, constant calculations and testing stress, reports of a new study on nutritional supplements and their affect on fertility brings a glimpse of hope.

Thirty Irish couples, who have so far been unable to conceive, are taking part in Europe’s first clinical study on how nutritional supplements can help fertility in both men and women. Most of us in the TTC club know that a healthy diet and lifestyle increases chances of conception. We’ve probably all tried, or at least looked into, taking various supplements to improve our chances. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we had confirmation that these supplements actually help to boost our chances of conception?

The study teams up with Wexford-based nutritional supplement manufacturers, Pillar Healthcare, and fertility specialists, ReproMed Ireland. Each couple will take the high-dose nutritional supplement pre-Conceive once a day over a 90 day period, and also follow a healthy lifestyle regime.

The positive news is that Pillar Healthcare says that last year, 12 couples managed to conceive while taking the supplement. That’s certainly an encouraging result and gives hope to other couples who will be anxiously waiting to hear the outcome of the trial.

Also, there are talks of a new ‘budget’ IVF fertility treatment costing under £1,000 (approximately €1,200 euro) becoming available to British women this year. This new treatment, only developed last year, replaces the use of expensive drugs and incubators with cheaper test-tube sets and a chemical reaction.

The new technique has been tested in Belgium and has had some success, with one-third of the women involved in the testing became pregnant. A new trial, based in London, will now treat 50 women under the age of 37 and compare their progress with 50 women going through normal IVF. If it’s successful, the treatment could be available in Britain later this year, and hopefully to Ireland soon after.

As always, we would love to hear your opinion. 
Do you believe that these trials are a step in the right direction in assisting couples who are having difficulty conceiving? Or is it just setting us up for further disappointment?

What do you think about nutritional supplements for fertility? Are they miracle workers, or an expensive placebo? 

Please leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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