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    AK3664
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    L-arginine

    Is anyone here supplementing with L-arginine? How long do you take it?


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    I used it along with DHEA for a couple months prior to the stim cycle. Once I started stims I stopped DHEA but continued L-Arginine until night before ET. This was my RE's orders so make sure you talk to them about what they want you to do. BTW, I am pregnant!!


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    Lizzy, thanks for your reply. May I ask why you chose to take DHEA and L-Arginine? And did you chart while you were taking them and if so, did it improve your chart at all?

    What does DHEA do?


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    Sure, I took both to help with egg quality and quantity. Plus DHEA is supposed to help lower FSH (mine was 10.5 prior and not tested after). I did get more eggs overall but for whatever reason I had less mature ones (could simply be the drug protocol I was on or bad luck - though 4 additional ones matured overnight bringing my total to higher than first IVF). As for quality - I also had better quality eggs this time around as well. What kind of chart are you referring to?


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    I was referring to a BBT chart.

    What dosages of each did you take?


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    Ah - no, I did not chart.

    For DHEA I took 75 mg a day. I took mine all at once as RE said it didn't matter. For L-arginine she recommended 1600mg a day but I could only find 500mg pills which she said was fine. I also took those once a day (three at once).

    There's all kinds of studies published about both and they can easily be found wtih a google search.

    I wish you a BFP!!!!!


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    i have not taken dhea as my dhea levels are elevated anyway, but i did take l-arginine. i didn't discuss it with my re so i just took one capsule every other day. i don't know if it made any difference though. i got pg but will likely m/c soon.

    also, just an fyi...i saw on another post somewhere that if you are prone to cold sores, taking l-arginine can trigger an outbreak.


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    L-arginine
    http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/cgi...ract/14/7/1690

    DHEA
    http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/cgi...ull/21/11/2845

    Good luck to everyone and Pregohope - I hope for a miracle for you and no m/c.


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    Pregohope: I'm sorry to hear you miscarrying. I hope it doesn't come to that.

    Do you happen to know what dose the pills of L-arginine you were taking were? And how long did you take it?


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    My DH takes Fertility Blend for Men and it has L-arginine in it. It has really helped him. His count went up from 100,000 to 4 MILLION!! Still not alot but TONS better!!

    Kathryn
    Me(32) DH(33) Male Factor
    IVF/ICSI #1 Twins born @ 25wks 5days
    Stephen b4/22/02 & Braddock b4/22-d5/20/02
    IVF/ICSI #3 Bennett 8/26/05 7lb 4oz
    IVF/ICSI #4 t/f 3 8 cells on Mar 2 08 BFN
    IVF/ICSI #5 5d t/f of 3, Cerclage IT'S A GIRL!! C-sec Feb 20th



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