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Baby Steps: Popping pills

Christine and her husband try taking vitamins to boost their chances of conceiving.

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Christine Bowley
Christine Bowley

The craziness over conceiving has calmed down in the Bowley household. My husband is still recovering from surgery and – in turn – we are waiting to find out if it had any effect on our ability to have a baby.

In the meantime, I’ve been reading up as much as I can. We’ve also been looking for other little ways to help our chances. The newest thing we are trying – vitamins.

For me, I’m just sticking to the basics: folic acid. I’ve had my own issues with the full-strength prenatal vitamins.

For my husband, we bought a fertility supplement for men. It has a combination of several components including: L-carnitine, Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10. The biggest problem so far is actually getting him to remember to take them!

Also, the information on these types of supplements is hard to come by and experts in the field don’t seem to hold much faith in them, including our own doctors. According to one online source, these vitamins haven’t been researched and tested enough to prove that they will actually help. And – in fact – they may interact badly with other drugs.

In our case, it was something we wanted to try. We spent less than $50 on a bottle that’s supposed to last about a month. That’s pennies compared to what we could be spending if we start looking at IVF or adoption. My husband is about to schedule another analysis appointment in the next few weeks. I’ll let you know if we notice a difference in the results!

Christine is an associate producer at WRAL-TV, which includes research for 5 On Your Side and producing the 10 p.m. weekend newscasts on Fox50. She, her husband and two dogs moved to the Triangle in 2006. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility.


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