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Needed Fertility Review

Why I Chose This Support Plan for My Journey to Parenthood

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The Bottom Line

Needed is a prenatal vitamin brand that focuses on optimized dosages of essential nutrients for fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum.

Its Fertility Support Plan includes 6 unique formulations that provide complete nutritional support for people planning to conceive or freeze their eggs.

Key ingredients include choline, methylfolate, calcium, magnesium, omega-3, collagen protein, CoQ10, potent antioxidants, and pre/probiotics. 

At $255.95 per month, Needed’s Fertility Support Plan is ideal for individuals seeking comprehensive, high-quality nutrition that supports egg quality and positive fertility outcomes.

In this article, I’ll discuss my experience with each unique supplement in the plan to help you find the best fertility supplements for your needs. 

A word from our expert


- Dr. Stephanie Hanchuk
Resident Physician at Yale New Haven Health

The ingredients are all backed by robust scientific research to promote ovulation and healthy development of early stage pregnancy.

Needed Fertility Support Plan

4.9 / 5 stars

  • Formulated by top fertility doctors
  • “Pre” prenatal for thinking or trying
  • Prenatal vitamin, CoQ10, DHA + EPA and folate
  • No nausea formula with delayed release capsule technology

The Basics

Needed’s 6-part Fertility Support Plan makes it easy to achieve optimal nutrition in all perinatal stages. I appreciate that the products are formulated to complement each other, allowing me to seamlessly add this routine to my day-to-day. I also love that the plan is customizable with vegan and powder formulations, so I can tailor the routine according to my preferences and dietary needs. At $255.95 to $319.94 per month, it’s a significant financial investment, but I like that the plan comes with a free nutritionist consult for invaluable personalized guidance. Purchasing the plan as a whole is also more cost-effective than purchasing each supplement separately. 

Needed has five great plans

PlanPriceProducts included

The Fertility Support Plan

From $255.95/monthPrenatal Multi (capsules/powder/essentials), Omega-3, Collagen, Pre/Probiotic, CoQ10, Egg Quality Support
Fertility Support Plan For TwoFrom $397.43/monthPrenatal Multi (capsules/powder/essentials), Men’s Multi, Omega-3, Collagen, Pre/Probiotic, CoQ10, Egg Quality Support, Sperm Support +
The Complete PlanFrom $172.47/monthPrenatal multi (capsules/powder/essentials), Omega-3, Collagen, Pre/Probiotic
The Starter PlanFrom $79.18/monthPrenatal multi (capsules/powder/essentials), Omega-3
Egg Quality Support PlanFrom $79.18/monthEgg Quality Support, CoQ10
Men’s Fertility Support PlanFrom $157.47/monthMen’s Multi, Omega-3, CoQ10, Sperm Support +

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Vanilla-flavored powder form of prenatal multivitamin prevents pill fatigue
  • Offers comprehensive nutrition in optimized dosages for all perinatal stages
  • Sustainably sourced vegan options available
  • Third-party tested and traceable 

CONS

  • More expensive than other available prenatals
A word from our expert


- Dr. Stephanie Hanchuk
Resident Physician at Yale New Haven Health

Needed's Fertility Support Plan conception pack is well-suited to all women pursuing natural conception. Older women with higher-risk pregnancies, as well as those under the care of an infertility specialist, should speak with their medical care team before beginning any supplements.

Needed Fertility Support Plan

Prenatal Multi Powder + Capsules

4.7 / 5 stars

  • Formulated by top fertility doctors
  • “Pre” prenatal for thinking or trying
  • Prenatal vitamin, CoQ10, DHA + EPA and folate
  • No nausea formula with delayed release capsule technology

Needed’s Prenatal Multivitamin comes in 3 forms: Powder, Capsules, or Essentials. The Essentials contain fewer ingredients in lower dosages, as they’re formulated for people experiencing nausea or upgrading from gummy prenatals. The Powder and Capsules are identical in ingredients and dosages.

  • Choline
    • Powder & Capsules: 400 mg
    • Essentials: 150 mg
  • Vitamin A
    • Powder & Capsules: 1,500 mcg RAE
    • Essentials: 750 mcg RAE
  • Vitamin C
    • Powder & Capsules: 300 mg
    • Essentials: 75 mg
  • Vitamin D
    • Powder & Capsules: 4,000 IU
    • Essentials: 2,000 IU
  • Vitamin E
    • Powder & Capsules: 30 mg
    • Essentials: 10 mg
  • Thiamin/vitamin B1
    • Powder & Capsules: 5 mg
    • Essentials: 1 mg
  • Riboflavin
    • Powder & Capsules: 20 mg
    • Essentials: 5 mg
  • Niacin
    • Powder & Capsules: 25 mg
    • Essentials: 10 mg
  • Vitamin B6
    • Powder & Capsules: 40 mg
    • Essentials: 15 mg
  • Methylfolate
    • Powder & Capsules: 918 mcg
    • Essentials: 918 mcg
  • Vitamin B12
    • Powder & Capsules: 200 mcg
    • Essentials: 150 mcg
  • Biotin
    • Powder & Capsules: 350 mcg
    • Essentials: 25 mcg
  • Pantothenic acid
    • Powder & Capsules: 150 mg
    • Essentials: 10 mg
  • Vitamin K
    • Powder & Capsules: 90 mcg
    • Essentials: 45 mcg
  • Calcium
    • Powder & Capsules: 200 mg
    • Essentials: 100 mg
  • Iodine
    • Powder & Capsules: 290 mcg
    • Essentials: 150 mcg
  • Magnesium
    • Powder & Capsules: 200 mg
    • Essentials: 100 mg
  • Zinc
    • Powder & Capsules: 25 mg
    • Essentials: 15 mg
  • Selenium
    • Powder & Capsules: 200 mcg
    • Essentials: 200 mcg
  • Copper
    • Powder & Capsules: 1 mg
    • Essentials: 0.5 mg
  • Manganese
    • Powder & Capsules: 5 mg
    • Essentials: 1 mg
  • Chromium
    • Powder & Capsules: 120 mcg
    • Essentials: 45 mcg
  • Molybdenum
    • Powder & Capsules: 100 mcg
    • Essentials: 10 mcg
  • Mixed tocopherols
    • Powder & Capsules: 67 mg
    • Essentials: 22 mg
  • Potassium
    • Powder & Capsules: 100 mg
    • Essentials: Not included
  • Zeaxanthin
    • Powder & Capsules: 1.2 mg
    • Essentials: Not included

Take 2 to 4 Omega-3 softgels or Omega-3+ Vegan capsules per day. The Omega-3 (non-vegan) supplement should be taken with a meal. 

Omega-3 and Omega-3+ Vegan don’t require refrigeration; store them at room temperature or cooler. 

Omega-3 softgels and Omega-3+ Vegan capsules cost $34.99 to $49.99 per month. 

My Experience

Omega-3s are essential for egg quality and healthy fetal brain development. Needed omits omega-3s from its Prenatal Multi because they’re not shelf stable when combined with other ingredients. So, the fact that Needed offers a separate omega-3 supplement is a major perk. I like that they allow you to personalize your plan by choosing omega-3s from sustainably sourced fish oil or vegan microalgae. 

With no dietary restrictions on my end, I opted for the fish oil. I loved that the supplements have no fishy smell or aftertaste, which has been a deal-breaker with other fish oil supplements I’ve taken. 

Prenatal Omega 3 or Omega 3 Vegan

4.8 / 5 stars

  • Formulated by top fertility doctors
  • “Pre” prenatal for thinking or trying
  • Prenatal vitamin, CoQ10, DHA + EPA and folate
  • No nausea formula with delayed release capsule technology

Ingredients

Omega-3 contains 1,000 mg of DHA and 1,000 mg of EPA from sustainably-sourced fish oil. The supplement includes a gelatin-free, plant-based shell and is certified by Friend of the Sea, Clean Label Project Purity, and Pesticide Free Award. 

Omega-3+ Vegan contains 500 mg of omega 3 (including both DHA and EPA), 100 mg of choline, 10 mg of lutein, and 2 mg of zeaxanthin. It’s sustainably sourced from microalgae, with pending Clean Label Project Purity and Pesticide Free Awards. 

Take 2 to 4 Omega-3 softgels or Omega-3+ Vegan capsules per day. The Omega-3 (non-vegan) supplement should be taken with a meal. 

Omega-3 and Omega-3+ Vegan don’t require refrigeration; store them at room temperature or cooler. 

Omega-3 softgels and Omega-3+ Vegan capsules cost $34.99 to $49.99 per month. 

My Experience

Omega-3s are essential for egg quality and healthy fetal brain development. Needed omits omega-3s from its Prenatal Multi because they’re not shelf stable when combined with other ingredients. So, the fact that Needed offers a separate omega-3 supplement is a major perk. I like that they allow you to personalize your plan by choosing omega-3s from sustainably sourced fish oil or vegan microalgae. 

With no dietary restrictions on my end, I opted for the fish oil. I loved that the supplements have no fishy smell or aftertaste, which has been a deal-breaker with other fish oil supplements I’ve taken. 

Collagen Protein

4.8 / 5 stars

  • Formulated by top fertility doctors
  • “Pre” prenatal for thinking or trying
  • Prenatal vitamin, CoQ10, DHA + EPA and folate
  • No nausea formula with delayed release capsule technology

Ingredients

Needed’s Prenatal Collagen Protein contains pure hydrolyzed bovine collagen. Each serving contains 15 g of hydrolyzed bovine collagen, which provides 14 g of protein. The collagen is ethically and sustainably sourced from the hides of grass-fed, pasture-raised, hormone-free bovines. 

Mix one scoop into a serving of food or your beverage of choice. Store at room temperature. 

Needed’s Prenatal Collagen Protein costs $34.99 to $49.99 per month when purchased separately. 

My Experience

Like many of my friends who have had children, I struggled with hair thinning and skin changes caused by hormonal fluctuations and increased nutritional needs. Incorporating this collagen protein into my diet has been a game-changer. It combines into my regular beverages easily (even water) without forming any clumps, making it incredibly easy to use.

Every morning, I blend a scoop with the prenatal powder in my yogurt. This simple addition not only helps me fulfill my elevated protein requirements, but also noticeably improves my hair and skin health. It feels empowering to tackle these pregnancy challenges head-on with such a convenient solution.

Needed Pre/Probiotic

4.8 / 5 stars

  • Formulated by top fertility doctors
  • “Pre” prenatal for thinking or trying
  • Prenatal vitamin, CoQ10, DHA + EPA and folate
  • No nausea formula with delayed release capsule technology

Ingredients

Needed’s Prenatal Pre/Probiotic contains a combination of spore-forming and non-spore-forming probiotics and prebiotics, including polyphenols that feed healthy gut bacteria. Ingredients include:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14® (9 billion CFU)
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 (7 billion CFU)
  • Bifidobacterium longum (5 billion CFU)
  • Bacillus subtilis DE111® (1 billion CFU)
  • Lactobacillus reuteri (2 billion CFU)
  • Bacillus coagulans/LactoSpore® (2 billion CFU)
  • Bacillus clausii (1 billion CFU)
  • Saccharomyces boulardii (3 billion CFU)
  • Pomegranate extract/Pomma+® (180 mg)
  • Decaffeinated green tea extract (170 mg)
  • Lactoferrin (100 mg)

Take 2 capsules daily alongside a meal, or break them open and add the contents to your food or beverage. Store the capsules at room temperature.

Purchased separately from the Fertility Support Plan, Needed’s Pre/Probiotic costs $41.99 to $59.99 per month

My Experience

After experiencing the all-too-common bloating and irregular bowel movements that arise in pregnancy, Needed’s Prenatal Pre/Probiotic was a must-try. This supplement, specifically tailored for pregnant women, not only supports digestive health, but also boosts immunity. I’ve noticed a significant improvement in how I feel each day, with less bloating and more regularity. Plus, it’s comforting to know that I’m caring for my body in a way that also nurtures my growing baby.  

Egg Quality Support

4.8 / 5 stars

  • Formulated by top fertility doctors
  • “Pre” prenatal for thinking or trying
  • Prenatal vitamin, CoQ10, DHA + EPA and folate
  • No nausea formula with delayed release capsule technology

Ingredients

Needed’s Egg Quality Support supplement contains a blend of targeted antioxidants in optimal dosages for improving egg quality, including:

  • R-alpha-lipoic acid (150 mg)
  • Pyrroloquinoline quinone (20 mg)
  • Acetyl-L-carnitine (500 mg)
  • Green tea extract (100 mg)

Take 2 capsules together daily, at least 30 minutes before or after food for the best absorption. But, if you experience nausea, you can take the capsules with or right before a meal. 

Purchased separately, Egg Quality Support costs $27.99 to $39.99 per month.

My Experience

As an aging woman, I knew that maintaining optimal egg health was important if I wanted to conceive naturally. That’s why I started taking Needed’s Egg Quality Support three months before we planned to try for a baby.

The supplement’s blend of antioxidants and vital nutrients, like alpha-lipoic acid, is specifically designed to nourish and enhance egg quality. This is crucial for me, as fertility typically declines with age. It’s also a fantastic option for women considering freezing their eggs, as it preps the body for egg-freezing procedures by optimizing egg health.

Coq10

4.8 / 5 stars

  • Formulated by top fertility doctors
  • “Pre” prenatal for thinking or trying
  • Prenatal vitamin, CoQ10, DHA + EPA and folate
  • No nausea formula with delayed release capsule technology

Ingredients

Needed’s CoQ10 supplement contains 200 mg of CoQ10 per softgel. Needed uses Ubiquinol, the active, antioxidant form of CoQ10 that makes up more than 90% of CoQ10 in the human body. 

Take one capsule once or twice daily with a meal. Note that this supplement is formulated for use before and after pregnancy, so talk to your doctor before using it during pregnancy. 

Purchased separately, Needed’s CoQ10 supplement costs $34.99 to $49.99 per month. 

My Experience

When I discovered Needed’s CoQ10 supplement, I realized it was something both my partner and I could benefit from, especially since I was already taking Egg Quality Support. Formulated for people of all genders, Needed’s CoQ10 is not only vital for egg quality, but it’s also essential for sperm health. It was the perfect supplement for me and my partner to share as we prepared for conception. We both appreciated its cellular energy support and antioxidant protection, crucial for sperm motility and egg maturation.

Potential Side Effects

Like all supplements, the products in Needed’s Fertility Support Plan may cause minor side effects in some individuals. 

Prenatal Multivitamin

Prenatal multivitamins in general can trigger side effects including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Change in stool color

Omega-3 supplements in general may cause mild side effects, including:

  • Unpleasant taste
  • Bad breath
  • Headache
  • Odorous sweat
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Prebiotics and probiotics can cause the following side effects, particularly in the first few weeks of taking them:

  • Gassiness
  • Bloating
  • Upset stomach
  • Abdominal pain and diarrhea (typically only in high doses)

Hydrolyzed collagen supplements cause minor side effects in some people, including nausea, gassiness, and indigestion.

Ingredients in the egg quality support supplement may (rarely) trigger side effects. 

R-alpha-lipoic acid supplements may cause:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Skin rash
  • Diarrhea

Acetyl-L-carnitine supplements may cause:

  • Stomach upset
  • Cramps
  • Urine or body odor with a fishy smell

CoQ10 supplements in general may cause mild side effects, including insomnia and digestive upset.

The Competition

Our side-by-side comparison of prenatal products from Needed, Ritual, and Perelel Health underlines each brand’s particular approach to prenatal nutrition. While all 3 brands provide third-party tested supplements in bioavailable forms, Needed offers the most comprehensive range of nutrients suitable from pre-pregnancy to postnatal care. Ritual focuses on essential nutrients in a convenient and affordable two-pill daily regimen, while Perelel Health provides stage-specific prenatal supplements tailored to distinct nutritional needs throughout pregnancy. Each brand caters to unique dietary requirements, supplement preferences, and budgets, so you can find a product that closely aligns with your nutritional goals and lifestyle.

Best Fertility Support Prenatals

 NeededRitualPerelel
Prenatal Multivitamin$41.99/month (capsules)
$48.99/month (powder)
$31.2/month$49.5/month
Prenatal Omega-3$34.99/month$26.40$25.5/month
Prenatal Probiotic$41.99/month$43.2/month$24.5/month
Prenatal Collagen$34.99/monthIncluded in postnatal
CoQ10$34.99/monthIncluded in conception prenatal
Customized for each trimester?Prenatal can be taken in every stage
Formulation optionsPowder or capsulesCapsulesPowder or capsules
Non-GMO + Allergen-friendly
Vegan options available?
3rd party tested
Nutrient FormsBioavailable formsBioavailable formsBioavailable forms
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A word from our expert


- Dr. Stephanie Hanchuk
Resident Physician at Yale New Haven Health

In general, Needed's support plan provide a good source of anti-oxidants and nutrients that may play a small, but significant role in improving a woman's chance of conception. There really is minimal risk for patients with potential for maximum reward - a healthy pregnancy!

The Verdict

Overall, Needed’s Fertility Support Plan is ideal for individuals seeking convenient, comprehensive nutrition throughout each perinatal stage. With vegan and powder formulation options, Needed suits a range of dietary requirements and supplement preferences. However, with a high price point, the plan may not fit all budgets. 

I found the Fertility Support Plan to be an easy way to optimize my nutrition, from 3 months before trying for a baby to postnatal. Needed gave me peace of mind in knowing I was getting optimized dosages of all essential nutrients for my own health and the health of my baby. I also love that both I and my partner could take the plan’s CoQ10 for fertility support. 

FAQs

We answer some frequently asked questions

Can folic acid improve egg quality?

Research shows that folic acid can improve egg quality and reduce the risk of anovulation. 

Signs of poor egg quality include irregular menstrual periods, difficulty conceiving, and frequent miscarriages. 

While you should take omega-3s in the prenatal stages, it should be taken as a separate supplement, given that omega-3s can compromise shelf stability when combined with other ingredients. 

While you should take omega-3s in the prenatal stages, it should be taken as a separate supplement, given that omega-3s can compromise shelf stability when combined with other ingredients. 

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