Are There Vitamins or Minerals My Husband Should Take?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband and I have been trying for our first baby for nearly 10 months. We have been unsuccessful so far. I am taking folic tablets on a daily basis but is there any particular vitamins or mineral my husband should be taking?

Please do advise

ANSWER

A good prenatal vitamin is one suggestion, but it will not help you conceive. You might try the tool on this site to chart your temperatures and the results of an ovulation predictor kit to make sure you are ovulating and that you are having intercourse at the right time (every day starting a week prior to ovulation).

If so, then you may want to have your husband's sperm tested. If everything seems to be normal, then you will have to consult an infertility specialist for further help. Remember that up to a year of trying is considered "normal." Partly, it's just the luck of the draw.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.