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In Ireland couples are increasingly leaving it later when trying for a baby which is impacting on the fertility rate and approximately 1 in 6 couples may experience issues with fertility.

A healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet and taking enough exercise are important when trying for a baby. It can be difficult to get all the nutrients you need from your diet and at Sam McCauley Chemists we have a wide range of scientifically formulated fertility supplements to help support both men and women when trying for a baby.

Proceive is a range of supplements developed by fertility experts which provide folic acid, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to support the nutritional needs of the body when trying for baby. Also available is Pre-conceive. This is a unique unisex formula which has been proven by independent clinical trials to boost fertility, and is designed primarily for couples who are having difficulty in conceiving naturally.

The importance of taking Folic acid supplements cannot be stressed enough and women should start taking this well before trying to conceive in order to reduce birth defects. Folic acid is available in a separate supplement e.g. Clonfolic or in combination with other vitamins and minerals. Women planning a baby should take a supplement containing 400mcg of folic acid until the 12th week of pregnancy.

Ovulation tests can play an important role in identifying the most fertile days of a women’s cycle. The Clearblue Digital Ovulation test is over 99% accurate in pinpointing the 2 most fertile days each cycle, and gives clear results on a digital display.

It is vital if you are trying to conceive that you are aware that traditional lubricants should not be used as they often have the wrong ingredients. There are fertility-friendly lubricants that can help to support fertility and the process of conception and both Pre-Seed and Conceive Plus are available in our pharmacies.

Our pharmacists and staff can advise you on all of these products, and many others to ensure that you get off to the best possible start, so call in and ask any of our pharmacists or staff for advice.