Getting pregnant can be very easy for some women. For others, it can be very difficult or almost impossible. Some women spend years, a lot of money and a good portion of their sanity on pills, injections, and painful and uncomfortable procedures, only to end up with absolutely zero results. The fact is, however, that getting pregnant is often more difficult than presumed, especially the older a couple gets. Irregular ovulation accounts for 30 percent to 40 percent of all cases of infertility. Having irregular periods or no periods at all often indicates that ovulation is absent, a condition sine qua non for a pregnancy. Although anovulation can usually be treated with fertility drugs, it is important to be evaluated for other conditions that could interfere with ovulation, such as thyroid conditions or malfunction of the pituitary glands—a hormonal imbalance.
Profecund is a food supplement based on 3 natural active ingredients – Vitex agnus castus extract, Maca lepidium extract and active folate. The combination between the three active ingredients helps to ensure a regulated menstrual cycle and thus regulated ovulation—mandatory conditions for an increased chance of getting pregnant.
Chasteberry or vitex (vitex agnus-castus) is a fertility-promoting herb with a long, safe history of human use. Vitex is known as ‘Monk's Pepper’ in Germany and for centuries, women in Europe have used vitex to increase their odds of conceiving a baby, as well as to treat symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance. Vitex has been shown in several clinical studies to help stimulate and stabilise the reproductive hormones involved in ovulation, menstrual cycle balance, and menstrual regularity.
Maca lepidium is a root-like cruciferous vegetable from the Andes in Peru. It grows in some of the harshest farmlands in the world; experiencing freezing temperatures, fierce winds and intense sunlight. Containing 31 different minerals and 60 different phytonutrients, maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, helping the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance) to function properly. Maca has been scientifically researched for fertility since 1961.
Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects in a developing embryo, such as spina bifida. Therefore, pregnant women and women who could get pregnant should supplement their daily diet with folic acid. But folic acid is not biologically active in the body—this means folic acid isn’t naturally found in the human body or in food. Active folate is the optimal form of folic acid required by the body to protect reproductive health, prevent anemia, and repair DNA.
In one study, 189 women with fertility concerns trialled Profecund for 18 months. The results showed 62 women conceived—a success rate of 33 percent.