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Anyone had success using nutritionist?

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Sabelaa Sat 13-Apr-19 17:11:28

Hi,
I have been recommended to see a nutritionist following IVF#1 ended in MC, IVF#2 no fertilisation despite 7 eggs. The costs as all know keep racking up not to.mention the heartache, stress and endless medications/injections. A bit of history unexplained IF normal AMH etc. Second IVF according to the Dr is poor quality eggs 😥. We are planning on another round and want to do everything I can to improve our chances that is to producebetter quality eggs. Please share any experiences on use of nutritionist whether it's worth the extra expenses or supplements that has helped you improve numbers or quality or just get that BFP that we all dream off. Feeling pretty beat at the moment. Thank u in advance.

LillyLeaf Sat 13-Apr-19 19:49:25

Have you read 'It Starts With The Egg' book? It has lots of info about supplements etc especially those that can improve egg quality and is a hell of a lot cheaper then a nutritionist. My first IVF fresh cycle ended in MC too, it's beyond shit, sorry you've been through that.

Sabelaa Sat 13-Apr-19 21:24:44

Thank you Lillyleaf, yes it heart wrenching I am sorry that you had to get through it too. With IVF#2 it was a double edge sword I didn't see it coming that I would end up with none fertilised at all having gone through a successful initially BFP cycle. I have heard of the book and been meaning to purchase it... I will get on it thanks. Best of luck to u x

Viletta Sun 21-Apr-19 16:26:40

Hi,
We have MF and use nutritionist Mel Brown. We got lots of expensive supplements, started eating more organic, avoid plastic, etc, IVF 2 we had more eggs, all fertilized too, some embryos got to day 5 and we got 2 on ice. Last time we only had 1 three day embryo that got in. So I think it definitely did help improve the quality of both eggs and sperm within reason. Good luck!

greenelephantscarf Sun 21-Apr-19 16:30:59

not me, but sil.
a few cycles of ivf and before last cycle (before money ran out) she and her dh saw a dietician (not sure, the one with proper qualifications).
both lost a stone, took up exercise and their lovely dc was conceived.

Grammar Sun 21-Apr-19 16:36:52

Don't use your well earned money on a nutritionist unless you eat atrociously.
Many people out there will call themselves such but I would be more concerned with, not nutrition, but putting your money in well evidenced initiatives to help you conceive.
Good luck!

Grammar Sun 21-Apr-19 16:43:23

Just to add, why would you think , when so many people conceive easily with possibly, no thought to their diet, that a dietary "supplement, would make any difference to you?
There are many anecdotes out there. Many of these people would have conceived incidentally.
Eat sensibly. Save your money.And look at evidence.flowers

polkadotpixie Sun 21-Apr-19 16:58:02

Are you taking ubiquinol? That's meant to be good for egg quality (not just normal CoQ10). It's expensive but I think it helped me (although mine was a natural conception whilst waiting for IVF)

greenelephantscarf Sun 21-Apr-19 17:02:36

a good dietician can point you in the right directions.
sil and her dh were both overweight and not very fit, but quite 'healthy' in general.
being a healthy weight, without deficiencies and active can only ever be the ideal. sometimes a look by a third party can really help to get things in the right direction.

NightOwlStacey Sun 21-Apr-19 19:30:59

I had poor quality eggs and managed to successfully conceive using a combination of vitamins recommended by a Harley Street specialist. I took:

COQ10 - 300mg a day
Omega 3 - high dose 1000mg a day
Vitamin D - high dose
Baby aspirin from the day after ovulation
Progesterone suppositories (on prescription from my clinic) from the day of ovulation.

I think it was my second cycle on this regime that I conceived our now 3 month old. Prior to this we had a year of trying with 3 MCs. Good luck.

Sabelaa Wed 24-Apr-19 21:36:58

Thank you all for your replies/advise. I am currently taking pregnacare conception only but have ordered ubiquinol too. I am also been researching with other supplements to take. The only think I did differently for my last cycle (none fertilised) was that I did high intensity excercise cut out carbs almost completely and followed a strict diet (which was not sustainable) to help me lose weight. I wasn't advised to lose weight but thought it would help as I was slightly just above the normal BMI. I have since researched that there is some evidence indicating that intense excercise can have some impact on fertility. Now I know there are alot of ppl our there that high intensity excercise and have no problem concieveing but when you already have fertility issues I suppose anything and everything makes a difference. So now I will continue to do light activities such as walking etc in order to maintain my now normal BMI range but also follow high protien diet recommended for fertility. I do eat healthy mostly anyway but my poor egg quality has meant that I want to try what I can. My specialist was happy for me to take ubiquinol but was dismissive of DHEA. There aren't alot of evidence our there about the use of nutritionist making a difference hence why I wanted advise. It's an extra cost I could do without and thought maybe acupuncture might be more helpful??? Thank you again ladies these chats really help get through some disheartening times.

ckc45d10 Mon 29-Apr-19 22:04:57

Yes, ubiquinol is the reduced, active form. And, a water and fat-soluble form absorbs better. For DHEA, since this is a hormone, it is better to work with your doctor on the dosage. And, if your doctor is not recommending it, you could ask for a blood test for DHEA or seek another opinion.

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