IVF treatment often requires medication that encourages the body to produce more eggs. Additionally, women undergoing fertility treatment are strongly encouraged to take a prenatal vitamin as they undergo treatment. Prenatal vitamins are created to provide a pregnant woman with the additional vitamins and minerals her body needs during pregnancy. Among these are a folic acid supplement. Folic acid is essential during early pregnancy in order to avoid certain birth defects. Additionally, research is increasingly showing that folic acid supplements may increase success rates during IVF treatment.
Folic acid is from the family of B vitamins and aids in a number of key functions in the body. Specifically, folic acid aids in the production of news cells within the body, the growth of news cells and the creation of DNA. Furthermore, a fetus uses the mother’s supply of folic acid in early brain development. When there is insufficient folic acid, a child is at a greater risk of developing neural tube defects which can result in spina bifida.
Recently, research has indicated that taking folic acid during IVF treatment can improve success rates. Women who took 800 ug per day of folic acid had higher success rates for a number of reasons including:
- Improved fertilization rates
- Improved embryo survival rates
- Improved cycles
- Improved implantation rates
Taking Folic Acid Supplements
Because of the importance of folic acid in preventing birth defects, most prenatal vitamins provide the suggested daily requirement. Before selecting a prenatal vitamin, double check this information on the label. While many foods naturally include folic acid, such as leafy green vegetables, it can be difficult to get an adequate level based upon diet alone. Therefore, taking folic acid supplements is ideal during IVF treatment, during pregnancy and while breast feeding.
For additional information on taking folic acid supplements and other vitamins during fertility treatment, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.