Glutathione plays a key role in both male and female infertility. The microenvironments in the follicular fluid, the fallopian tubes, and the abdominal cavity are important for optimal fertility. They have a direct effect on egg quality, sperm quality and embryo viability. Oxidative stress affects early embryo development and implantation which impacts fertility. Glutathione injections for fertility can improve the reproductive microenvironment.
It’s the master antioxidant. It aids in detoxification and moderates the immune system. Normally antioxidants protect cells from damage. When they are lacking, free radicals cause damage or death to cells, which can contribute to lower egg and sperm quality and infertility. Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps preserve other antioxidants, including those present in both egg and sperm cells.
It’s in the science. Numerous studies have shown that increasing the body’s level of glutathione can increase egg, sperm, and embryo quality. Here’s a sample:
- Glutathione shields eggs from damage caused by oxidative stress during folliculogenesis, and as such, egg quality is dependent on it. In fact, research has shown that oocytes with higher levels of intracellular glutathione produce healthier and stronger embryos(Mukherjee et al., 2014).
- Another study found that for women undergoing IVF, higher levels of glutathione in a woman’s follicle translated into increased fertilization rates (Tola et al., 2013).
- In other studies, glutathione is shown to be an antiaging antioxidant which could have possible impact on egg health, one of the cells most affected by the aging process (Fujii et al., 2005).
- The protective action of follicle stimulating hormone on embryonic development is largely due to glutathione synthesis (Tsai-Turton & Luderer, 2006).
What conditions can Glutathione injections for fertility be used for? Because of its role in decreasing oxidative stress glutathione can be used to treat:
- Age related infertility
- Unexplained infertility
- Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS)
- Hydatidiform mole
- Tubal factor infertility
- Luteal phase defect
Why would my body be deficient in Glutathione? The body produces its own glutathione, and it can be depleted by:
- Poor diet
- Exposure to chemicals
- Environmental toxins
How often should you get Glutathione injections for fertility? Dose does matter. We recommend injections 1-2 times per week for 1-3 months. It is never too late to start Glutathione, but for most fertility cases it should be started immediately.
Can I just take Glutathione orally? Unfortunately, Glutathione is very poorly absorbed through the gut. The best way to increase your levels is via injection.
Can I get fertility acupuncture and injections at the same time?
Yes. Injections can be done either on their own in a quick 15- 30 min treatment, or during your acupuncture session.