In part two of our NAC series, we wanted to help you discover NACs association with fertility. N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a powerful antioxidant supplement that can serve many functions in your health life cycle. There are a number of ways that NAC can increase fertility in women (and men too!). Let’s investigate why NAC can improve your chances of conception.
Increases Ovulation Rates
When you are trying to get pregnant, the most important part of your menstrual cycle is ovulation. While women stress over tracking their ovulation, NAC can ease some of that stress, as it has proven to significantly increase ovulation rates. One study found that those who took a NAC supplement during their cycle saw 52% improvement in ovulation. This is compared to a previous cycle when the women took clomiphene citrate, another supplement that aims to improve fertility, where ovulations rates improved by a mere 18% (1).
Improves Egg Quality
NAC has also been shown to improve egg quality. This is particularly important if you are going through IVF treatments or are trying to get pregnant when you are older than 35. In a study of women suffering from PCOS, the group who received a NAC supplement saw a decrease in the amount of abnormal ovarian cells and the most significant increase in embryo quality when compared to other groups (2). NAC can improve the quality of your eggs and their chances of fertilization.
Decreases Chances of Miscarriage
NAC has also proven to increase pregnancy rates in those women who experience recurrent pregnancy loss. In one study, 80 women were given a folic acid supplement with NAC while another 86 women were given a supplement that solely had folic acid. All the women in the study had a history of recurrent pregnancy loss. Those taking the supplement with NAC saw increases in the length of living pregnancy, most over 20 weeks (3).
Here at BINTO, we understand all the benefits that NAC can provide for your fertility. That’s why we provide NAC to those women who need it based off our BINTO needs survey!
- Badawy, A., O. State, and S. Abdelgawad. "N-Acetyl Cysteine and Clomiphene Citrate for Induction of Ovulation in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Cross-over Trial." Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Nov. 2008. Web. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17364286>.
- Cheraghi, E., M. S. Mehranjani, M. A. Shariatzadeh, M. H. Esfahani, and Z. Ebrahimi. "N-Acetylcysteine Improves Oocyte and Embryo Quality in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Patients Undergoing Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection: An Alternative to Metformin." Reproduction, Fertility, and Development. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2016. Web. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25482371>.
- Amin, A. F., O. M. Shaaban, and M. A. Bediawy. "N-acetyl Cysteine for Treatment of Recurrent Unexplained Pregnancy Loss." Reproductive Biomedicine Online. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Nov. 2008. Web. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18983759>.