I'd like medical input (and thoughts from an RE) on using Royal Jelly and COq10 during IVF.  Obviously I've read the hype on the internet and I'm taking it.  Even if I was told it was just placebo at this point I'd keep at just so I could hope I might get that Baby.  What I want to know, is there any danger on continuing my supplements during IVF stimulation.  I understand there might be some estrogen effects with Royal Jelly, but are they really enough to screw up my IVF meds?  And, any thoughts on why I should not keep at the COq10?  I've been using it for 3 months and I don't have any of the side effects.  

I know I should talk directly to my own RE, but this will be my 3rd IVF and 5th transfer.  I love my RE, but I want to try/do more than I have in the past.  I want to believe that some change other than the same old protocol might give me that little edge of hope. 

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Comment by Anonymous on November 5, 2011 at 11:11am

Thanks for the response Dr. Reh.  From the patient side of things, a “clinical pregnancy” is still a cycle failure because we don’t bring home a live baby.  What constitutes as a good protocol and stimulation still leaves us wanting to do more…and avoid heartache.  I wish going into IVF I had known about all the miscarriages.   Royal Jelly and coq10 are addressing the patient concerns on egg quality, chromosomal separation and ultimately embryo quality.  While we wait for “hard data” in the way of study results, we’re going thru this right now.  Even the newest technologies being talked about are years away from impacting the everyday IVF patient.  Many of us (particularly the IVF veterans) are hard at work teaming our stimulation protocols with Acupuncture, yoga, reiki, meditation, fertility diets, wheatgrass, and chugging all kinds of supplements.  Is it
helping your statistics, or just making us feel like we are doing all we can….who knows.  I’ll let you know when I hold my own baby.    

Comment by Kristen on November 7, 2011 at 5:32am

Hi there,

I can relate to the feeling of helplessness and the drive to search for something that will tip the scales in your favor.  (I'm on my third round)  Our issue is with my DH, and I truly have to hold myself back from nagging him endlessly about his vitamins, diet, exercise, and even how often he's...well, I'll leave that to the imagination. 

I've realized that I have to leave a certain amount of this situation in the wise hands of mother nature.  I read about the wheatgrass, the acupuncture, and what "type" of infertility I'm suffering from.  But then I had an epiphany when my mother called me telling me that she left one of her nice watches at the shrine of some saint in Greece, believing that this would somehow coax my little embryo to divide normally.  It didn't work.  But it made my mom feel like she did everything in her power to help.  So if supplementing ivf with various other remedies (royal jelly, yoga, prayer, etc) makes one feel more hopeful and in more control, I say go for it!

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