Will Vitamin B6 Help Me Conceive?

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1 All About Vitamin B6 For Fertility

If you are trying to conceive and are looking for something natural to give your fertility a bit of a boost, you might want to consider using vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is a water soluble vitamin, and it is present in many different foods.

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Vitamin B6 helps the body’s metabolism, helps with brain development during pregnancy, and also helps with the functions of the body’s immune system. In women who are trying to conceive, vitamin B6 can be beneficial in lengthening the luteal phase of the cycle. Read on for more info about why lengthening the luteal phase can be important for some women.

2 How Vitamin B6 For Fertility Works

The luteal phase is the phase of a woman’s cycle that lasts from ovulation to the start of her period. A normal luteal phase usually lasts about 12 to 16 days. The length of the luteal phase is very important when you are trying to conceive.

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The luteal phase is when the fertilized egg implants and begins to grow. If your luteal phase is too short, the egg cannot implant properly, and a miscarriage can occur. A luteal phase defect is a luteal phase that lasts less than ten days.

Vitamin B6 can help to lengthen the luteal phase and make a successful pregnancy more likely. Your doctor will be able to give you more information about Vitamin B6 and can let you know if it is a good choice in your particular situation.

3 How To Use Vitamin B6 For Fertility

If you are interested in using vitamin B6 for fertility, start by eating more of the foods that naturally contain vitamin B6. Most doctors recommend getting about 100mg of B6 in your diet each day to improve luteal phase issues.

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Some of the foods that contain vitamin B6 include spinach, avocado, wild caught fish, potatoes, grass fed meats, whole grains, eggs, and legumes. It can be tough to get 100mg of Vitamin B6 each day from food sources alone, so you might want to consider taking a supplement.

If you do take a supplement, you will need to take it each day so that you get enough, considering that B6 is a water soluble vitamin. Also, if you choose to get B6 from food sources, make sure to eat the foods as close to their natural state as possible. Cooking them too much can actually make them lose some of the nutrients, and you do not want that to happen.

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Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.

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