Monday, 23 March 2009

B6 and Fertility - How To Boost Your Chances of Conceiving

Vitamin B6 has been known to increase your fertility by balancing your hormones. It’s great for lengthening your luteal phase (if you have a luteal phase defect), it can regulate your blood sugar and even has a hand in reducing your PMS.

The luteal phase is the time between ovulation and menstruation and should last over 11 days (14 days is considered optimal). However many women experience luteal phases of 10 days or less which isn’t long enough to conceive even if the egg was fertilized (it won’t get time to embed into the uterine lining).

Of course you can have too much of a good thing as well (too much B6 can be harmful) so just how much vitamin B6 do you need for optimal fertility?

Most women have good results from just 50mg of B6 per day but you can safely take up to 200 mg without any harm.

It’s a good idea to start out with the lower dose of 50mg to see if it improves your luteal phase. And increase it gradually each month.

While taking Vitamin B6 it’s also important to take a multivitamin that contains all the other B vitamins as they work well together and help each other to be absorbed by the body better (otherwise you are just likely to pee them out with that bright yellow pee).

The most important B vitamin when you are trying to conceive is B12 or folic acid which can help prevent spina bifida in your baby. Vitamin B6 and B12 work really well together and should both be taken when trying to conceive.

You can take B6 throughout your entire cycle from Day 1 right up to menstruation. You don’t need to stop while you are menstruating as B6 can also help with PMS.

You can get B6 in tablet form or from the following foods.

Foods with vitamin B6 in them:

  • Cereal
  • Eggs
  • Legumes
  • Liver
  • Meat
  • Wholegrains
  • Yeast

1 comment:

Aravinda said...

Folic Acid is B9, not B12. You need all of the B vitamins, each for its own reason. Folic Acid is the one we hear most alarms about.