Geritol is a multivitamin supplement and not a fertility drug. It can help you keep with your vitamin, minerals and antioxidant requirement that is needed to keep you healthy and fit. But it does not help in treatment of infertility issues.
In most normal couples, pregnancy can be achieved within 12 months of unprotected intercourse. About 82-87% of couples in their 20s through mid-30s will become pregnant within 1 year of co-habitation.
The chance of conceiving among couples in which the woman is less than 32 years old is approximately 20-25%, per monthly cycle. This means that the human reproduction is less efficient than most other species.
There are three things a couple must have to get pregnant: the woman must ovulate, the man must have sperm, and the woman must have open fallopian tubes. If any of these are not functioning optimally, a couple may experience infertility, which affects about 13-15% of couples at any point in their reproductive lives.
Infertility can be due to combination of factors involving both the male and the female partners. Hence both partners should be involved in the evaluation and treatment.
Female and male causes are nearly equally responsible for infertility (30-40% for each). In 20% of cases, there is a combination of male and female causes. In 10% of cases, no cause can be detected for the infertility problem after examination and investigation of both partners (unexplained infertility).
Here are some tips for a woman who is otherwise normal to conceive:
1. Take prenatal vitamins - including folic acid , Vitamin B12 and B complex.
2. Know when you will be ovulating and have intercourse during that time period.
- In a woman with 28 day cycle, ovulation usually occurs around the 14th day. Hence having sexual intercourse from day 12 to day 16, should increase the chances of conception.
- In a woman with 32 day cycle, ovulation usually occurs around the 16th day. Hence having sexual intercourse from day 14 to day 18, should increase the chances of conception.
For accurate timing, you can choose to use ovulation prediction kits, which might be helpful.
3. If you have any issues like irregular cycles or unexplained vaginal bleeding, consult your doctor and get proper treatment.
4. Improve the quality of sperm: Your partner should cut back on alcohol, avoid smoking, have healthy diet. He should also avoid hot tubs, saunas and hot baths, as heat kills the sperms. Tight fitting clothing should also be avoided.
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