The Connection Between Vitamin-D & Female Fertility
Vitamin-D helps your body utilize calcium and phosphorus. Moreover, it is essential for proper bone growth and remodeling. Vitamin D also directly affects your body’s ability to fight infection and inflammation.
Vitamin-D deficiency can cause a host of health complications such as physical weakness, increased risk of heart disease, cancer, muscle loss, “foggy” thinking, fatigue, brittle bones, and bone pain. 4 in 10 women of reproductive age are deficient in Vitamin D. For pregnant women, vitamin D deficiency can lead to low birth weight and pre-eclampsia – a condition that can cause high blood pressure and possible damage to liver and kidneys.
Vitamin D deficiency can be equally damaging to your partner’s reproductive and sexual health as being deficient in Vitamin D can lead to erectile dysfunction in men.
Can Vitamin-D Improve Your Chances Of Conception?
Studies have established a clear correlation between adequate Vitamin D levels and successful pregnancy. Research shows women with normal vitamin D levels were four times more likely to experience successful IVF cycles as compared to those who were vitamin-D deficient.
How Much Vitamin- D Do I Need?
Most people require approximately 3,000-5,000 IU or 75-125 mcg of vitamin-D daily. And if you happen to have a routine where you don’t get enough sunlight exposure, you may need more than 10,000 IU or 250 mcg.
That said, the best way forward is to follow the recommendation of your doctor or fertility physician. They will screen your current Vitamin D levels and advise accordingly. You can also easily boost your Vitamin-D intake by including mushrooms, egg yolks, and oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, and other Vitamin-D rich seafood e.g. oysters and shrimps,