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IVF clinic have told me to stop taking my supplements. Should I?

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isthismummy Tue 24-Jan-17 21:28:30

Due to start stimming at Guys hospital within next few weeks. It's an NHS cycle.

Had appointment today and consultant has told me to stop taking all supplements apart from folic acid and pre natal vitamin.

I'm currently taking dhea, ubiquinol, inositol, omega 3, alongside vitamins E, C and B vitamins (and folic acid and pre natal vitamin of coursesmile)

Have other people been told this at their IVF clinics? I've been following the advice in "it starts with the egg" but now I'm not sure what to do?

Really appreciate any advicesmile

Blueroses99 Tue 24-Jan-17 21:41:51

I would follow the consultants advice. Eggs take 3 months to mature so the supplements will have done all the good that they can do before you start stimming. You also don't want anything interfering with the stims. Good luck with your cycle xx

isthismummy Tue 24-Jan-17 23:39:36

Thank you Blueroses. There's just so much conflicting advice isn't there? I even bought melatonin because I read in iswte that it's helpful whilst stimming.

Think I will just keep taking tablets as normal and then stop when I start stimming.

Not hopeful it will work as I have really low amh, but I guess you never knowsmile

Blueroses99 Wed 25-Jan-17 07:54:08

We have male factor infertility so it was DH on a cocktail of supplements rather than myself. I was on pre-natal vitamins, omega 3 and vitamin c which I continued throughout. There is lots of conflicting advice, and it would be much simpler if they all agreed but all you can do is whatever you feel is best.

My very simple understanding is that low AMH reduces the number but not the quality of the eggs - and it's the latter that counts.

Be prepared for it not to work but hope for the best. Sometimes it takes more than one cycle. I am 12w in my second pregnancy, both ICSI, after my first (NHS) cycle failed xx

isthismummy Thu 26-Jan-17 14:51:36

My poor DP takes SO many supplements as wellgrin We have low motility just to nicely compliment my low AMH. Consultants have been less than encouraging. The words egg donation have already been bandied about.

I'm trying to see this cycle as a diagnostic tool. If it's an utter disaster then I may well move to ED.

Congratulating on your pregnancyflowers Hope it continues happily and healthily for you.

MrsDay14 Sun 29-Jan-17 11:31:19

Hi ladies,

I'm currently at the stagend where I need to choose an ivf clinic to start nhs funded IVF. Can I ask what made you choose Guy's Hospital?

It's one of our options to as well as Create Fertility, CRGH and The Bridge Centre.

What's your experience of Guy's been so far? Thank you xxx

NarkyMcDinkyChops Sun 29-Jan-17 11:35:37

There's just so much conflicting advice isn't there?

there may be, but why would you even think of taking any except from the experts you are dealing with at the clinic? Do whatever they say, not what some randomer on the internet suggests!

Parker231 Sun 29-Jan-17 11:38:11

Why have you decided to continue taking them when your doctors have said not to?

ellesbellesxxx Sun 29-Jan-17 11:42:48

We were told exactly the same thing.. they don't want anything potentially affecting the IVF drugs.
As blueroses said, all the supplements should have had their effect by now.. good luck!

isthismummy Sun 29-Jan-17 11:44:15

Because I know a lot of doctors are totally against any type of supplements, even the useful ones.

I will stop when I start stimming, but that isn't going to be for at least five weeks. Until then I will continue to take my ubiquinol, dhea etc, as I want the best quality eggs for when I start.

NarkyMcDinkyChops Sun 29-Jan-17 11:47:10

They might not go ahead with it if you are completely ignoring medical advice.

isthismummy Sun 29-Jan-17 11:47:53

Hi MrsDay,

We didn't have choice. We were just told we were going to Guyssmile

The initial consultation was OK, although consultant wasn't The friendliest. Also be prepared for the fact that if they have bad news from your results etc they might very well tell you over phone. It happened to me and I was devestated.

However the people in the ACU itself are really nice. The doctor we saw there on Tuesday was lovely and so was the nurse we saw afterwards. I don't think we could ask for nicer treatment to be honest.

Good luck with your treatmentsmile

MrsDay14 Sun 29-Jan-17 11:58:41

Thank you thisismummy for taking the time to reply, really appreciate it. All the best in your journey and you never know I may be seeing you 😊 xxx

isthismummy Sun 29-Jan-17 12:21:43

Thank you MrsDay. Just keep an eye out for the anxious brunette tearing her hair out😉

ellesbellesxxx Sun 29-Jan-17 12:22:15

I really wouldn't take anything else from now... they seriously wouldn't advise you to stop taking everything else without medical reasons

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