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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 GeritolĀ® increase my sex drive or fertility?
There’s no evidence that GeritolĀ® 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:

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.

1 December 2007 at 1:42 pm 148 comments


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