What Is Geritol?

Geritol, a brand of vitamin and mineral supplements, has been touted by some as a way to help boost fertility. There is no scientific evidence to support that Geritol can increase your chances of conceiving.

The manufacturer even notes on their website that the claim Geritol will help you conceive is false. They make no fertility claims and state that their vitamins are not formulated to meet the needs of women who are pregnant or nursing.

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Geritol vs. Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are specifically formulated to meet the needs of pregnant women. Some vitamins and minerals—like folic acid, iron, and calcium—are needed in high amounts while pregnant and nursing, and prenatal vitamins provide those supplemental nutrients.

Geritol is a multivitamin designed to meet the needs of adults based on the general recommendations for vitamin and mineral intake. The manufacturer states that their products are not formulated with pregnant women’s needs in mind.

Geritol Multivitamin vs. Prenatal Vitamins
Geritol Multivitamin Prenatal Vitamins
Folic Acid 0.38 mg 400 mcg
Vitamin D 400 IU 400 IU
Calcium 148 mg 300 mg
Vitamin C 57 mg 70 mg
Thiamine 1.5 mg 3 mg
Riboflavin 1.7 mg 2 mg
Niacin 20 mg 20 mg
Vitamin B12 6.7 mcg 6 mcg
Vitamin E 30 IU 10 mg
Zinc 13.5 mg 15 mg
Iron 16 mg 17 mg
Iodine 120 mcg 150 mcg

You could choose to take Geritol as a multivitamin while trying to conceive and during pregnancy, but it hasn’t been created for that purpose, so it may not be the best choice.

Discuss with your doctor which supplement would be best to meet your needs to support your health while trying to conceive and during pregnancy.

Vitamins and Fertility

Taking a multivitamin supports your health and helps to prevent nutrient deficiencies, which could make it more difficult to become pregnant. It’s not accurate, however, to say that taking a multivitamin, like Geritol, could increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

Prenatal Vitamins and Fertility

Taking a prenatal vitamin won’t increase your chances of becoming pregnant, but the supplements included are important for a potentially developing baby.

Folic acid is an important vitamin for women who could become pregnant. Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps with the development of the spine during pregnancy.

When there is a lack of folic acid in the body while pregnant, a condition called neural tube defects can happen. Neural tube defects are severe birth defects of the brain and spine. One example of neural tube defects is spina bifida, which is when the lower part of the spine doesn’t completely close during the baby’s development.

Research shows that the neural tube develops early during pregnancy, between two to four weeks into it. Many women don’t find out they are pregnant until at least four weeks into their pregnancy, so taking a vitamin supplement with adequate folic acid is important when trying to conceive.

Risks of Vitamins

For most people, as long as you aren’t taking mass doses of vitamins and minerals, there aren’t any risks to daily vitamin and mineral supplements. Daily multivitamins, like Geritol, are created with the intention for daily use when taken in recommended serving size.

Discuss Vitamins With Your Doctor

It is important to discuss any supplements you want to take with your doctor to ensure they are safe for your specific health history.

Remember when taking dietary supplements, those vitamins and minerals are also present in the foods you are eating. You may not need to be taking a supplement if you are eating enough variety in your diet to meet your vitamin and mineral needs.

Some types of vitamins and minerals are stored in the body, so taking large doses could cause a buildup to toxic levels. A few examples of those stored in the body include:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Chloride

Increasing Fertility

One of the best ways to increase your chances of becoming pregnant is to practice consistent healthy habits, including:

  • Eating nutritious foods
  • Exercising
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Managing stress

Maintaining a healthy body helps make it easier to become pregnant and increases the chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Remember though that becoming pregnant can take time. Even people who practice healthy habits consistently can struggle to conceive.

You can also increase your chances of becoming pregnant by learning about your menstrual cycle and when you ovulate, to understand when your fertile window is during the month.

When to Seek Help

If you have been trying for longer than one year to become pregnant, or if you are over the age of 35 and have been trying for six months, consider talking with a fertility specialist.

A Word From Verywell

It’s normal for it to take couples six to 12 months before becoming pregnant. If you have been actively trying to conceive for longer than a year and have concerns about your fertility, consider seeing your doctor to have your fertility evaluated and help find solutions for you.

There is no research to support the claims that Geritol will help you to become pregnant, and Geritol is not formulated to meet the needs of women who are pregnant or nursing. You could take Geritol while you are trying to conceive, but you should discuss with your doctor if it is the best option for you.

Your doctor may recommend a different dietary supplement to best meet your needs based on your specific medical history. You can also learn more about healthy habits and when your fertile window is, to help increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

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