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Folic Acid and Ovulation

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Rockhopper81 Fri 12-Jan-18 21:05:57

Hi all,

Not sure if this is the correct board? But am looking for advice/opinions/help!

I’m planning to use a known donor with at home insemination to become a single parent. I have PCOS, so have been tracking ovulation using OvuSense for about 7 months now - it had detected ovulation in the first 4 cycles of using it, although it isn’t at the ‘normal’ place during a cycle, given my cycles are longer I’ve not worried about it. I taken Metformin, and my cycles were becoming more regular, albeit longer than average.

I started taking folic acid, to prepare for insemination, but haven’t ovulated in the two cycles I’ve had since starting to take it.

Has anyone had a similar experience? Could the folic acid be impacting on ovulation?

I have a donor lined up, but have had to cancel the last two arrangements for donations as I haven’t actually ovulated.

Any ideas/suggestions/advice would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

physicskate Fri 12-Jan-18 22:26:43

Folic acid has no impact on ovulation. It prevents neural tube defects as the embryo develops into a foetus.

Rockhopper81 Sat 13-Jan-18 17:15:07

I know what folic acid is taken for - to help prevent neural tube defects - but I was wondering if anybody had any other anecdotal experience of folic acid having an impact on ovulation.

Obviously it's possible - as with anything you take - it can have an unintended impact on systems other than the one it is designed for. I'm not looking for, or expecting, it to have an impact on ovulation, I was just wondering if anybody else had experienced an issue with ovulation whist taking it.

AttilaTheMeerkat Sun 14-Jan-18 09:32:10

I doubt very much that the folic acid tablets are having any impact on ovulation; its more likely that PCOS is causing you to not ovulate regularly, if at all now. This is why these ovulation type tracker things fall down; they are not really designed for PCOS.

Instead of using the tracker I would try and have some blood tests done to give you some up to date test results re your hormones pertaining to ovulation.

PerfectlyDone Sun 14-Jan-18 09:35:30

Most women don't ovulate every month.

Folic acid has no effect on ovulation.

Rockhopper81 Sun 14-Jan-18 11:24:36

The OvuSense tracker has the best success rate for PCOS that I’ve found, although I don’t claim it’s infallible. I’ve has blood tests relating to hormones etc. and started using this on the back of those.

It’s just odd that I was ovulating - and had the differences in CM associates with ovulation, so I genuinely think I was - up until I started taking the folic acid.

Thanks anyway. smile

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