As you already know, women are encouraged to take folic acid supplements while trying to get pregnant, primarily to protect against birth defects. But should men also take folic acid?
Some studies say yes... at the very least, they say you should seriously consider it. Folic acid plays a vital role in DNA creation, and some studies have found that folate levels in semen correlate to healthier sperm. And some studies have found increased sperm counts after taking folic acid supplements.
Folic acid may even play a role in female fertility, beyond the prevention of birth defects. (Not to downplay the importance of preventing birth defects, of course!) Folic acid supplementation may possibly be connected to having more regular cycles.
Learn lots more about folic acid, including what foods contain folate and whether men and women should supplement, here:
Do you take a daily folic acid supplement? What about your partner? Feel free to share in the comments!
More on male fertility:
- All About Male Infertility
- 7 Things Every Man Needs to Know About Fertility (Though it's good for women to know these things, too!)
- What Is Semen Analysis?
- Understanding Semen Analysis Results: What's Normal, What's Abnormal, and Why
- What If Your Semen Analysis Results Are Abnormal?
- Varicoceles: Common Cause of Male Infertility
- Performance Anxiety During Testing and Treatment
- 10 Tips to Increase Male Fertility
- Smoking and Male Fertility
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection: What You Need to Know About ICSI
- Coping with Doctor Prescribed Sex During Fertility Treatment
- Top Sperm Friendly Lubricants
- How TTC Impacts Your Sex Life
- A Complete Guide to Baby Making Sex
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