Fertility Bars claim to give your fertility a healthy little boost. But could it really be that simple?
If you're trying to conceive, you probably know that everything you put into your body has the capacity to affect your ability to get pregnant. Avoiding pregnancy no-nos, getting yourself into optimal shape, and ensuring your diet is chock full of nutrients—there are so many little things you can do to put yourself on the right track, and many of them have nothing to do with well-timed sex.
Among them? Snacking on this new product, which might make it easier than ever for you to get that little fertility boost. Barology, a nutrition and dietary supplement company, has released a line of "Fertility Bars," which were reportedly formulated by a fertility specialist and contain the vitamins hopeful parents should be ingesting before and during pregnancy. Think of them as prenatal vitamins in snack form.
"For many of our patients, finding and taking the combination of vitamins and supplements that we recommend can feel like a treasure hunt," Barology founder Jill Spatz, RN, said in a release for the bars. "Having gone through infertility myself and experiencing this firsthand, I meet women everyday who dread taking the huge (vitamin) pills and feeling nauseous if they're not taken with food. I saw an opportunity to take my experience and expertise to develop a simple functional delivery system for men and women wanting to conceive."
According to Barology's team, the fertility bars are formulated with ingredients that support sperm and egg health in three varieties: The dark chocolate cherry flavor is formulated for both men and women, while the blueberry almond bars are for women and the tropical trio crunch flavor works for men. Barology's team suggests eating one bar a day.
But do these bars get the seal of approval from reproductive experts? We checked in with two to get a better idea.
"As we know, supplements have been shown to help both female and male fertility. They are a mainstay of prenatal care," Phil Werthman, M.D., a urologist and director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Vasectomy Reversal, told Fit Pregnancy. "However, many do not like taking these supplements because it is often inconvenient because they need to be taken with food as to avoid stomachaches and pains. This bar is an excellent concept because it makes great sense for women and men to get the proper ingredients and nutrients needed without having disrupt their active lifestyles and work schedules. With the proper ingredients in proper doses and consumed in a regular absorptive process, this product and products like it can be successful because it is a tolerable and convenient method to improve fertility.”
Sherry Ross, M.D., OB/GYN and Women's Health Expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center voiced a similar sentiment: “Taking a comprehensive vitamin with key antioxidants is the perfect way to prepare your body for pregnancy," she said. "During preconception, I am a big fan of omega-3 fatty acids, L-arginine, antioxidants like CoQ10, vitamin C, pycnogenal and vitamin E, especially if you are experiencing infertility issues. The truth is I would also encourage women to eat a colorful diet and take a well-balanced prenatal vitamin with a proper dose of folic acid to cover all bases when trying to conceive and ensure a healthy pregnancy."
Eating well and getting enough nutrients are definitely good ideas if you're trying to conceive. But remember: If you've tried to conceive for a year without any luck, it might be a good idea to visit a doctor to rule out any underlying health issues. In the meantime, snacking on a few vitamin-packed bars couldn't hurt.