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Has anyone tried GNC fertility blend, or heard if it works?

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Hi there,
Another cycle no luck, CD1. I am really so very disappointed. I use to be so regular. In the last 9 months really became a runner, some say this may screw up my cycles. The last two months did not ovualte, this has never happaned. Should I try that GNC fertility blend? Does anyone know anything or heard anything about it? Also is 200mg of b6 too much?Last question (sorry), should you take the b6 all cycle, first half or last half?
Thanks for taking time to read and respond
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Dunno, dunno, and dunno.
Helpful, I know, I just didn't want to leave you with NO response. I would look up the b6 question, but I don't have my books with me.

Have you lost a significant amount of body fat? That's the main thing I'd be worried about with the running, otherwise, no problems.

Good luck!
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Thanks for keeping me company. And actually, what a interseting question, cuz I started last summer working out hard and went from 22% to about 13% does that matter? If you do check your book, let me know.(about b6)
Thanks agin for taking time to give me post.
If your BMI is really only 13, you are lucky if you are ovulating or even menstruating.

I'm sorry to say it, because you obviously trained really hard, (but at least you know you can do it and you can do it again, if you want) but you probably need more fat. Do some online research and maybe talk to a doctor of some sort, but I am under the impression that women need about 20% or more to have their weight not be a fertility issue.

Oh man, what fun I would have with food in the next few months if I was in your position!
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Hm, I don't think BMI and body fat percentage are the same. As I understand it, BMI is ratio of weight to height - really muscular basketball players with very little fat on them will be considered "overweight" (or even "obese"!) by BMI standards. A BMI of below 20ish - I don't know the numbers well - is bad (and I'm not sure a BMI of 13 is compatable with life) but it is possible to have 10, 5, even 1-2 percent body fat.

That does seem a little low, however, although underweight issues are not my forte
, but my rememberance is that less than 10% body fat could be problematical.

That said, a loss of that much fat in a fairly short time can do funky things to your cycle, definitely. With fat loss, you get a few issues - one, fat stores toxins and contaminents, so when you burn fat, you release whatever toxins they store. Second, fat plays a significant role in hormone production, so it could be that your hormones were in balance before the weight loss but need some time to adjust afterward.

Another problem with excessive exercise (not saying your exercise is excessive, just FYI) can be that too much energy is being burned - all your caloric intake has to go to matching your caloric output and there may not be enough left to attempt to support a pregnancy, so your cycles will stop or at least become irregular.

I dunno - I don't think you should freak out or stop exercising or start binging, but it may be a good idea to talk to a FAM-friendly nutritionist or general practitioner, just to get a professional take on this.
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Found this on webmd when doing a search for B6 and fertility:

I am an athlete; does a lower body fat, around 15%, affect my ability to get pregnant?

Yes. There have been numerous studies showing that having a body fat within normal range, which is between 20 and 24, is very important in making sure that the reproductive system functions normally. If the body fat index or BMI, which is a measure of body fat, is too low or too high, it can adversely affect the ability to conceive.
Although I'm not sure I'd listen to her, because, once again, BMI doesn't calculate body fat (although it attempts to estimate it), and weight put on by muscle will cause a higher BMI. (Although she also says that acupuncture helps and candida harms, which I just love

This is the link for that quote:
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Here's what this site has to say about B6:

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Usage: Vitamin B6 is used in TTC to lengthen the luteal phase. B6 is also excellent for some types of excema, and is helpful for nerve problems such as tingling or burning fingers and toes, and helps to maintain normal nerve function. B6 is required for the chemical reactions of proteins - the more protein you eat, the more B6 you need. Along this same line, B6 is required for sufficient production of seratonin [alleviates depression, certain migraines, and fibromyalgia pain] and dopamine [required for good mental health; lack of it may contribute to Parkinson's disease], and in fact, a B6 deficiency will make it difficult to assimilate amino acids from your food and any amino acid supplements you might be taking. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. One example of this affecting one's life would be the amino acid L-Tryptophan, which helps one to feel calm and to sleep. Don't turn yourself into a Prozac zombie: Take some B6 instead. B6 is useful in alleviating PMS. B6 is required for the synthesis of antibodies in the immune system, and acts in the formation of red blood cells.

Recommended Dosage: From 50 to 200 mg per day (over and above any multi-vitamin you might be taking). Do not take more than 200 mg extra, as this could cause nerve damage. An excellent form of B6 is called P-5-P (Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate).

Food Sources: Beans, nuts, legumes, eggs, meats, fish and whole grains.

Side Effects: Except as mentioned above (possible nerve damage from excessively high dosage), none, although when taken late in the day, B6 keeps some people awake. Best to take B6 in the morning.
I don't know how good this information is - I can't vouch for the site, I just found it via google.
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Right .. you'd think I would have remembered that BMI and percent body fat are not actually the same thing, considering BMI tells me I am slightly overweight and a percent body fat measurement tells me I am normal.
Thanks, Arwyn.

In any case, 13% body fat is quite low, and I think you would be smart to get a professional opinion, especially since you recently went this low and are seeing for the first time that you are not ovulating regularly.
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Thanks for the input. I made an appt. with my ob for next week . But I do know that BMI is different, I think mine is 19/20. But not only Have I not ovulated last two cycles my AF is 2- 3 days, do you think that confirms no oday?
2-3 days including spotting? That's a little light, but length of flow isn't as good an indicator of reproductive health as is basal body temp and cervical fluid. Anovulatory bleeding (not a "true period" - which is only the bleeding after ovulation, technically) is often either very light or very heavy.

If you're not O'ing, there's a problem! From the little I know about you
the first thing I'd investigate is the weight/exercise thing, but you're getting checked by an OB, who will be much better able to help you figure out what you can do to increase your fertility.
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Lose of body fat can definitely make you stop ovulating. I'm sorry. When TTC my daughter I trained for and ran a marathon. It was great but it made TTC very difficult... OK, impossible. Three months after the race, I got pregnant.
My periods are like a regular period ,but only 2 1/2 vs 7days from before. Also, I have pretty much had this workout intensity for the last 8-10 months and had ovulated up until these last 2/3 cycles. Last month had that hysto u/s, showed no blockage and fertile looking ovaries.I'm clueless.

Do you think I need to stop running all together??? I know this sounds really bad, but I m a afraid if I stop I may totally gain weight. Becoming pregnant is more important, but I get depressed if I put on weight .Please don't think I am a freak about this, it just that I feel much better when I don't have extra weight. I mean during my pregnancys I gained a healthy 25 lbs, so I would never deprive my baby of nutrition.
That sounds like an issue that a therapist could best help you with. Using exercise to stave off depression is one thing, getting depressed because of weight gain and exercising excessively to prevent that is a little different.

Again, I recommend you get to an OB/RE/nutritionist/someone to help you figure out if you need to cut back on exercise or eat more or what to get your cycles straightened out.

Whatever you do, I hope you get the help you need and the baby you want!
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Thanks for your thoughts.. I am not like clinically depressed, just the usual women being alittle insecure with appearance. I am not under weight, just average. I will be curious to see what tests my ob wants to do. I really appriciate everyone taking the time to help.
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