Once the thought of trying to conceive comes to mind, boosting fertility becomes the next step to take. One of the ways to boost fertility is to ensure that your iron level is pumped up.
This is because there is a connection between iron and fertility.
Researchers found that women who took the iron supplement have a lower risk of not being able to produce healthy eggs compared to women who did not take an iron supplement. You need to know certain things before you grab those iron tablet and stuff it down your throat.
Not every woman need iron supplements: Researchers are yet to clearly recommend that women use iron as a fertility booster. However, even if it is not categorically recommended, it is not out of place to want to boost your iron level because it is one of the minerals your baby will take from your body so if you don’t have enough for yourself, how can you share with your growing baby in the womb? This is why some women come down with anemia in pregnancy.
Discuss with your doctor: When it comes to making the right decisions as regards fertility, conception, and pregnancy, you cannot do it without the counsel of your doctor. You need to consult with your doctor, who would do a blood test to ascertain the level of iron in your body. If your test shows a low iron level then your doctor may recommend an iron supplement with a suitable dose. If your iron level is okay then taking prenatal vitamin will just be right for you (prenatal vitamins still contain some iron)
Eat foods rich in iron: Apart from iron supplements, you can get iron naturally from the foods you eat. Iron can be gotten from animal and plant sources- meat, fish, poultry, shrimp, pork, beans, oats etc.
Remember, iron plays a role in improving fertility but it is not the sole factor that aids conception.