“ Brand: Amitamin / Dosage Form: Capsules „
We were recommended fertilsan M by our fertility clinic in Harley Street after we had been trying for eight months. We were both tested and found to be "statistically fertile" and that we should be fine to have a baby.
The consultant told us to keep trying, because we are both in our mid 30s. He said that a fertility supplement is the first "soft" thing we could try for six months, before we commence a fertility treatment. It is cheaper, less invasive, stressful and so on. I was actually surprised he said this, because I expected him to attempt selling us into an expensive ICSI/IUI/IVF treatment.
He recommended amitamin fertilsan M to my husband and I should get on the best folic acid and omega-3s I could find.
When we went to buy fertilsan M on the amitamin website we saw they also have a women's fertility supplement. It's called amitamin fertil F and has all the folic acid and omega-3s you need plus a huge amount of other ingredients apparently good for female fertility. Both are basically all-in-one pills, which we like so we bought both, which works out as £1 per day for each of us, i.e. £360 for six months. Not cheap, but definitely cheaper and less stressful than the cheapest fertility treatment. The ordering was really quick and the package arrived just a few days later.
We both started taking them straight away. For women the stuff works immediately, but apparently it takes men something like 10 weeks to produce the sperm so they have to take it for longer before it actually works. After four months I got pregnant and sadly miscarried after 9 weeks.. The reason was that my placenta wasn't developing properly. We met with our consultant again, decided to get some counseling to get over what happened, then buy more supplements and try again - because it had worked once before! After a three month break and another four months of trying I got pregnant again. I am now 22 weeks and it's all going well!!!!! Fingers crossed!!
The experience has been crazy with all the ups and downs. Before you spend big on a treatment I would definitely recommend taking supplements like amitamin fertilsan M and fertil F first. Considering we struggled for eight months and I then got pregnant twice in six months means something is working and it is worth trying.
Good luck and never give up!!
Today I'd like to share a really important experience. My husband James and I had our first boy seven years ago and at first did not intend having another one. About three years ago I got broody again, I managed to change James mind and we started trying.. but it just didn't happen! The first time was so easy, I guess because we were young. This time took so long we almost gave up. Thankfully we didn't!
We became obsessed with doing everything right, made several (overdue!) lifestyle changes and took supplements for several months. I think my body took some time to adjust after I came off the pill again. We also had James's swimmers tested and they weren't as good as we had hoped.
So I decided to research fertility supplements for us. I took omega-3s, folic acid and Agnus Castus, which helps restoring hormone balance when you come off the pill. For James I found something called fertilsan M, which is specifically made to improve the quality of sperm. Thankfully just as we were about to buy expensive fertility treatment last summer to give it our last shot I conceived.
What is fertilsan M?
fertilsan M is a fertility supplement for men. Similar to how women take pregnancy supplements like folic acid, men can take supplements to enhance the quality of their sperm. I didn't know how important this is, until I read that the quality of male swimmers apparently massively decreased over the last 20 years. Men only need to take such a supplement on a "pre-pregnancy" basis, because all they need to is to deliver the one quality shot at the right time. Well, that's easier said than done!
fertilsan M includes several ingredients, which improve semen quality measured in terms of sperm count, morphology (shape), motility (movement) and a few other factors. The amino acids Arginine and Cysteine and zinc provide building blocks for sperm cells and improve morphology and count. Carnitine provides energy for the sperm and therefore improves motility. The other group of ingredients are anti-oxidants, which protect the sperm's DNA. The vitamins included are A, C, E, D3, B9 (folic acid) and Coenzyme Q10, which is not a vitamin, but considered a very powerful antioxidant.
Before we bought it I did a lot of research for James on google to make sure he really needed to take all this stuff. I found a proper scientific study which essentially backs this up: http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/5/1/28.pdf (I bookmarked it!)
How do you take it?
You take three capsules once a day with water and ideally with a meal. Sperm cells take three months to mature in the testies before they are ready. Therefore a man really has to take a fertility supplement to make sure that the swimmers that come out are the good ones! All nutrients are natural without side effects so you can take it until it works.
How much does it cost?
One month costs £39.95 plus £5.95 shipping (£1.53 per day). If you order three months' there is a discount and the cost per day drops to £1.06.
What are the alternatives?
I looked at a few, because there are several similar supplements on the market. Wellman Conception and Fertilman are big brands and cheaper, but have very small amounts of the key ingredients. Orthomol fertil plus also includes omega3s, but is several times more expensive than fertilsan M.
How do you buy it?
I bought it for James directly from the manufacturer called amitamin, which is based in Germany. The website is sleek and I remember the order was straight-forward. They have a Trusted Shop seal and I think I paid with PayPal, which is very convenient. Once I placed the order I received an email with an invoice and another email with a UPS tracking number. The package arrived soon neatly packed from Germany. Wouldn't expect anything less from them ☺ I also liked that it is made under strict regulation over there, which gave me some peace of mind. There are too many supplements out there produced in sheds and sold by dodgy websites!
Well, we both started taking our supplements about 18 months ago and I finally got pregnant about four months later!
Compared to other products I looked at I felt that fertilsan M was fairly priced and offers just the right amount of nutrients. The Carnitine, which amitamin include in fertilsan M is called Carnitpure and apparently of higher quality.
I gave birth to our second son Roman six months ago and .. what can I say .. we are absolutely thrilled! It has been an amazing experience and I am sure the supplements have done their bit. I wish you all the best of luck out there, who are TTC and have got my fingers crossed for you that you will achieve your dream!