May 9, 2014

How Does Vitamin D Affect Reproductive Health?

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Sunlight is the best and only natural source of Vitamin D. It is the way your body intended you to make it. Unfortunately, depending upon your work schedule, the season of the year and where you live, natural sunlight is not always a given. Vitamin D supplements are therefore suggested for many because Vitamin D along with diet and exercise is one of the most preventative factors in human health.

How does Vitamin D affect reproductive health? Vitamin D has also emerged as a major factor in reproductive health enhancing both egg and embryo quality in those taking up to 2,000 IU per day. A recent study published in the April, 2014 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that Vitamin D may also play a key role in the regulation of infection-induced inflammation. Therefore Vitamin D may be useful in preventing implantation failure, enhancing the maintenance of pregnancy preventing inflammation induced pregnancy loss and may even help to prevent preterm labor. So this Spring get out and enjoy the sunshine. As skin exposure for as little as 15 minutes a day is all that is needed to replenish and enrich your level of Vitamin D to healthy levels. But remember more is not better. Sun exposure to the point of burning nullifies any positive effects brief exposure provides.

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Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D.

Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D. Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility