When I started out on my infertility journey, I never imagined that I would have a family. At our initial fertility consultation, the fertility doctor said “the chances of my wife and having a family naturally were one in a million”. The bad news that we would probably not have a family naturally was a bitter pill to swallow. I instantly imagined the worst case scenario, I thought we would have to adopt. There are so many children seeking loving homes, I thought adoption would be the best chance of us having the family that we always dreamed of.

Before we went down the route of adoption, Olivia and I decided to do everything in our power to have our own biological family. That meant us trying out assisted reproduction. As I had issues with the motility and morphology of my sperm, ICSI was the route for us. Click here to learn more about ICSI as a form of IVF

After two horrific failed ICSI treatments, we decided that we would give it one last try. Learning from our first two failures, we knew that a lot needed to change for ICSI to be a success. You can read extensively about all of the things that I changed for successful IVF by clicking here. One of the major changes that we made was taking supplements to improve the quality of my sperm and Olivia’s eggs. To read more about how I used supplements before our successful IVF treatment click here.


I am from Dublin and have lived in Berlin, Germany for almost 6 years. Before our third try at IVF, I decided to take fertility supplements for three months to increase the quality of my sperm. Ther is now a fertility supplement with the essential nutrients to help you have a family available in Ireland. It is called PROCEIVE®, and it provides the most comprehensive formulations available to support the nutritional needs of both the male and the female body when trying for a baby. 

Proceive Women
Proceive is available for both Men and Women. This is an image of Proceive Women

If you are trying to have children naturally or through IVF then I would highly recommend trying a nutritional supplement to increase your chances. It is one of the changes that I made and we now have beautiful twins. Nutritional supplements are not guaranteed to give you a family, but if you take them for three months and combine it with a healthy lifestyle you can increase your chances. If you are a man that lives in Ireland and want to have a family then there are two supplements available for you; PROCEIVE® MAN and PROCEIVE® MAX MAN.

PROCEIVE® MAN contains 26 nutrients including zinc, selenium and Coenzyme Q10. Designed to provide the energy needed for good quality sperm cells, when taken twice daily it supplies key nutrients to support normal reproduction and blood flow.

Proceive Men
Proceive Men.

PROCEIVE® MAX MAN contains selenium which contributes to normal spermatogenesis. It also contains:

  • Vitamin B6 for the regulation of hormonal activity.
  • Vitamin B12 for the process of cell division.
  • Magnesium for psychological function.
  • Vitamin D for immunity support.
  • Vitamin E to protect cells from oxidative stress.  
  • Vitamin C to help in producing good quality cells.
  • Vegetarian source of Omega-3 DHA to contribute to the maintenance of normal brain function.


PROCEIVE® and PROCEIVE® MAX are available from pharmacies nationwide including Boots and LloydsPharmacy in Ireland. The range is also available to purchase from www.proceive.ie. The PROCEIVE® range starts from €24.95 for 60 capsules and two capsules should be taken once a day. The PROCEIVE® MAX range starts from €49.95 for 30 sachets. One sachet should be taken a day with approximately 300ml of water or juice. For more information visit www.proceive.ie.

The lovely people at proceive have given me a prize that will hopefully help a lucky couple to have a family. They have given me €150 worth of Proceive(3 month’s supply of both Proceive man & woman). To be in with a chance all you have to do is email james.doherty@scantilydad.com, with proceive in the subject line, and your name in the body of the email.

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