Does Folic Acid Increase Fertility?

9th June 2022

Folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, is one of the many B vitamins that the body requires in order to be healthy. Folic acid is key to ensuring your body produces healthy red blood cells, and it can also be used in medications to treat certain conditions such as folate deficiency anaemia, Spina Bifida in children, arthritis, Crohn's disease, and psoriasis. But, does folic acid increase fertility? 

Fertility can be an area of concern for people at all different stages of life, and for some, it may be a topic that can be difficult to talk about. When someone struggles with their fertility, they will look for any solution they can in order to bolster their chances of conceiving. When researching, people may discover a link between folic acid consumption and increased fertility, but is there actually any tangible evidence that suggests this is the case? In this article, we will discuss how folic acid could potentially help both male and female fertility, as well as where you can naturally find large quantities of folic acid. 

Does folic acid help male fertility?

When a man is struggling with his fertility, it can be incredibly disheartening and can have a great impact on self-esteem and mental health. Whilst you may think you have an issue, it is best to do tests that can provide an insight into whether or not you are actually struggling. Babystart FertilCount fertility tests are designed to provide this insight with the focus being on sperm count. If a man has a lower sperm count it can be incredibly difficult for him to naturally conceive a child with his partner. If you do a Babystart FertilCount test and it indicates you may have a low sperm count, you may wish to look for options regarding boosting your fertility.

So does folic acid help with male fertility problems? Simply put, taking folic acid alone will not prove to be beneficial for the fertility of a man. However, taking a supplement that contains both zinc and folic acid can potentially increase sperm count by up to 74% when taken regularly over a 26 month period. It should be noted that male fertility can be quite temperamental and can vary on many different factors. For example, sperm count may be low if a man is experiencing high amounts of stress, but this can be reversed if his stress levels change. 

Does folic acid help female fertility?

Female fertility is a topic that is not discussed enough. Many people may feel like there is nothing they can do if they suffer from reduced fertility levels. To discover whether or not you may be one of the many people with fertility issues, there are tests that you can do. FertilTime ovulation tests from Babystart allow a woman to discover when she is at her most fertile, giving her the ability to tailor her sex life to optimise her chance of conception. Women can also use the Babystart FertilCheck Female Fertility Test to test whether their bodies are producing excessive levels of FSH, which is an indicator for low fertility rates. 

If you do have indications of lower fertility after taking a FertilCheck test, you may be wondering whether folic acid will help. Again, as mentioned earlier, some people may find theories that suggest folic acid will help female fertility, but is there any truth to this? Unlike male fertility, there is research that suggests there is a truth to folic acid helping female fertility on its own. Folic acid can help women both before and after conception. Prior to conception, folic acid can help with cell metabolism in the entire body, including the ovaries. When a woman is pregnant, folic acid can also prevent potentially miscarriage enducing early pregnancy conditions. Supplements can be taken, including Babystart FertilWoman, that include folic acid as an active ingredient. 

Where is folic acid found most?

Folic acid is not only found in fertility supplements, but it is also naturally occuring, and can be consumed alongside a supplement in certain foodstuffs. Some food that is high in folic acid/vitamin B9 include: 

  • Beans
  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Fresh Fruits/Fruit Juices
  • Whole Grains
  • Liver
  • Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Dark, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, asparagus, and brussel sprouts.

When you eat these foods, you will not only be getting the other vitamins and minerals that they contain, but you will be receiving the benefits that folic acid provides you. The recommended daily intake of folic acid for an adult is around 400 micrograms, which is the exact amount that is contained in both Babystart supplements previously mentioned. When you are cooking the above foods you should also be careful with the methods that you use. Folic acid is a soluble vitamin, meaning that it will dissolve in water. To avoid losing the folic acid in the above foods you should ensure that you do not over cook, steam, or microwave your food. If you do cook any of the above foods in these ways, you are at risk of losing the folic acid content of the food.

Can you take supplements to help with fertility?

At UK Meds, we provide Babystart fertility supplements that contain your daily dosage of folic acid needed to not only help with general health, but will also help with both male and female fertility. These fertility supplements have been especially designed to help people with not just their fertility, but with general health. Generally, the healthier someone is, the better their body will work. This also includes the systems that control fertility. You will be able to boost your fertility by leading a healthy lifestyle including getting plenty of exercise and eating a balanced diet.

Babystart and UK Meds are here for you no matter where you are on your fertility journey. Shop the Babystart range online with UK Meds today

Sources

https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/folic-acid/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/infertility/

https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/trying-for-a-baby/planning-your-pregnancy/

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https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/folic-acid/

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