Geritol and Iron
While there are plenty of internet rumors suggesting that taking Geritol can miraculously improve fertility, even the manufacturer has this to say:
“Will the use of Geritol® increase my sex drive or fertility?
There’s no evidence that Geritol® can increase fertility and we don’t make that claim. We’re not sure how the rumor got started, but there’s no truth to it.”
Geritol, made by GlaxoSmithKline, is simply a multivitamin containing iron. Chances are, the prenatal vitamin you are taking is superior. Here’s how a few compare:
- Geritol Complete: 16 mg iron
- Geritol Tonic: 18 mg iron
- PrimaCare (prescription prenatal vitamin): 30 mg
- Rainbow Light Just Once (over-the-counter prenatal vitamin): 30 mg
- Solgar Prenatal (over-the-counter prenatal vitamin): 27 mg
A large study was published in 2006, examining the effects of supplemental iron (in multivitamins or other supplements) on infertility. The study concluded that women who took supplemental iron had a significantly lower risk (approximately half) of ovulatory infertility.
Bottom line: Take a good prenatal tablet, containing sufficient iron along with other essential vitamins and minerals, and skip the Geritol.