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Study Finds Vitamin D Deficiency Lowers Fertility In Women

With an aging population and women choosing to have children at much later ages than in previous decades, the rates of fertility are a constant worry for men and women. New studies have given women one more worry in regards to infertility issues, as vitamin D levels have shown to make a big difference in couples trying to conceive through in vitro fertilization methods, as well as naturally. The numbers affect in vitro on a much larger scale, however, and research shows that this natural occurring vitamin, best recognized for its aid in bone health, is now a major factor in whether or not pregnancy will take place.

Vitamin D And Women

A recent study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has showed that in women who are trying to conceive through in vitro fertilization, a vitamin D deficiency can actually cut the chances of becoming pregnant in half. These statistics have caused serious concern in couples trying to get pregnant, as well as various other studies on the effects of a vitamin D deficiency in other relations to the human body. Science Daily writes: “Long known for its role in bone health, vitamin D is a steroid hormone that is emerging as a factor in fertility. Animal studies have shown that the hormone, which is produced in the skin as a result of sun exposure as well as absorbed from some fortified foods, affects fertility in many mammals.”

The correct amount of this vitamin can be advised through a physician, nutritionist, or a fertility clinic nurse or doctor in regards not only to pregnancy but to proper bone health and other factors that are affected by its inclusion in the diet.

How The Study Was Conducted

Throughout this particular fertility research, women who were undergoing in vitro fertilization were monitored. This process is used in the birth of more than one percent of all babies in the United States annually, according to statistics given by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study recorded by Italian researches is the largest to date relating vitamin D to this form of fertility, and author Alessio Paffoni of Milan, Italy’s Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico found that the vitamin played a large role in how high the quality of the embryo produced was in each woman. This correlation between healthy embryos and vitamin D lead to the conclusion that it was an important factor in how likely it was for women to become pregnant, especially during a fertility treatment like in vitro. In 2012, 154 women with a vitamin D deficiency, and 181 women with sufficient levels of the vitamin were examined during the in vitro process. The recommended level of vitamin D is 30 ng/ml, but the women being tested with sufficient levels had a minimum of 20 ng/ml. The women with the correct levels of the vitamin were found to have a fifty percent higher chance of conceiving than those who were lacking. The theory behind this is that the vitamin D produces higher quality eggs, and also relates to the implantation process in the uterus as well.

The Loss Of Vitamin D

This vitamin deficiency, especially in the United States, isn’t news to many, as scientists and medical professionals have been informing the public over the past decade about how important this particular vitamin is and that numbers have been low in all racial groups and genders. The numbers are so drastic for this vitamin deficiency that numbers have actually doubled from 1994 to 2004 in regards to insufficiency. Women, who are of age to reproduce, have shown a 40 percent or higher insufficiency in vitamin D, making it a new leading cause in infertility. The benefits of vitamin D have long been documented, with the most common role relating to healthy bones by aiding in the absorption of calcium into the system; says: “However, recent research has pointed to additional ways that vitamin D deficiency factors into our overall health, including its role in chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as an association with a higher risk of both overall and cancer mortality.”

Many studies in the past have focused more on the affects that the level of this vitamin has on cancer, showing that the risk of colon, prostate, and breast cancer all were increased with a low level.

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