Has anyone ever told you that vitamin D can help you conceive? They were right! In recent studies, Vitamin D has been found to boost fertility, in both men and women. As an acupuncture physician with a strong focus on fertility, I am constantly trying to find new information and ways to help you have a healthy & full term pregnancy. After ringesearch the connection between vitamin D and fertility I have come to find that this vitamin has a significant role in fertility and can help everyone in their efforts to conceive.
For women: This multi-useful vitamin was discovered to regulate the menstrual cycle and balance sex hormones in women, increasing progesterone by 13% and estrogen by 21%!
What if my husband won’t take supplements? Tell him this: Vitamin D significantly increases sperm count, testosterone and thus can improve libido in men, according to scientific research conducted in recent fertility studies.
Evidence has also revealed that vitamin D is involved in the female reproduction process which includes in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes as illustrated by increased pregnancy rates. “In women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), low Vitamin D levels are associated with obesity, metabolic, and endocrine abnormalities and vitamin D supplementation might improve menstrual frequency and metabolic disturbances in those women”, according to Dr. Kari Sproul, Pacific Fertility Center.
Additionally, the review of several case studies was released in the European Journal of Endocrinology. Below is information from this review regarding vitamin D levels and fertility connections:
Researchers at the Medical University of Graz in Austria said the conclusions made from these studies could provide reasons why pregnancy rates decrease in the winter and are maximized in the summer in Northern European countries.
Oliver Gillie, director of the Health Research Forum, informed the Daily Mail: “I would say to couples hoping to get pregnant to arrange a sunshine holiday, or get into the garden in the summer as often as they can.”
Word of warning: Author Dr Elisabeth Lerchbaum warned that although vitamin D could help to improve fertility, overexposure could lead to skin cancer. It is evident that there are precautions that need be taken while optimizing vitamin D levels. She said: “People could either spend more time outside in the sun – or they could take vitamin D supplements, which are a safe and cheap way to increase levels.”
I recommend optimizing vitamin D levels by taking a liquid supplement, it is easier for your body to absorb as opposed to a pill. In addition, make sure you eat foods containing Vitamin D – the best way to treat yourself is to use food as medicine. Vitamin D rich foods are: Fish oil, salmon, tuna, egg yolk, fortified milk & cheese.