Among men and women who are within their reproductive age range, infertility affects around 10 percent of couples. There are many factors that can affect fertility, including medical conditions, hormonal factors, and even nutritional deficiencies. In vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive treatment that can help couples suffering from almost any form of infertility. While IVF is a highly successful treatment, there are steps that can be taken to increase the chances of success even further. For instance, for some of our Los Angeles patients, a lack of magnesium affects fertility. By increasing their intake of magnesium before undergoing fertility treatment, such as IVF, these patients can increase the chances of a successful conception and healthy pregnancy.
Magnesium and Fertility
When studying those who have suffered from infertility, there have been discoveries that suggest a link between magnesium deficiency and infertility, in women in particular. In a large number of studies of women who suffer from infertility, it has been found that the red blood cells show a low level of magnesium. While it is still unclear why low levels of magnesium affect a woman’s fertility, there has been enough evidence found for researchers to believe that there is a direct link between magnesium levels and fertility. When treating couples for infertility at the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, we examine the entire body to pinpoint any possible areas of fertility difficulties, including nutritional deficiencies.
Can Magnesium Supplements Treat Infertility?
While there is a link between infertility and low magnesium levels, it is unlikely that magnesium supplements alone can treat infertility. However, there have been cases in which women with low levels of magnesium and other nutritional deficiencies, who were previously considered infertile, have successfully conceived following the use of a strong blend of nutritional supplements. However, for many of our patients, there are several factors that play a role in infertility, so nutritional supplements alone are not likely the answer. Still, as with any nutritional deficiency, it is important to treat the condition in order to replenish the body. By ensuring that the body is well nourished and rich with all of the proper vitamins and minerals, couples can ensure that the body is healthy and well prepared to support the growth of a healthy fetus. It is because of this that doctors recommend the use of a pre-natal vitamin, not only during pregnancy, but also when trying to conceive and when undergoing fertility treatment, such as IVF. In fact, in the case of a magnesium deficiency, many doctors recommend a daily intake of up to 400mg a day, an amount far greater than that found in a typical prenatal vitamin. By treating magnesium deficiency, couples can prepare the body for pregnancy, increase the likelihood of successful fertility treatment, and support fetal growth and an overall healthy pregnancy.
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Couples who have been trying to become pregnant for over a year and have been unsuccessful in conceiving should seek out fertility treatment. Our doctors at the Center for Fertility and Gynecologycan look for the source of infertility and recommend appropriate treatment. Schedule an appointment to learn more about your fertility treatment options. Together, we can work on making your dream of parenthood a reality.