The Sunshine Vitamin Part 2: Vitamin D and Fertility
By Annmarie McManus, PA and Lauren Houser, CRNP
As mentioned in last week’s post, Vitamin D has long been recognized for its important role in protecting our bones, elevating our mood, supporting hormone health and many other functions. Recent research shows that this multi-purpose “sunshine vitamin” also can play an important role in infertility.
Fertility specialists often measure a blood marker that indirectly estimates ovarian reserve (remaining egg supply) through measuring Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH). A low AMH can be correlated with an increase risk in infertility while a high AMH can indicate Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). High dose vitamin D3 has been found to increase AMH levels. It has also been shown to have a protective role in women with PCOS.
Additional functions of Vitamin D:
Enhances cholesterol metabolism
Increases Anti-Cancer activity
Contributes to antioxidant function
Regulates calcium utilization
Enhances insulin secretion
Vitamin D/K Deficiency is associated with:
Muscle and bone pain
Increased cardiovascular risk
All PIM providers consider vitamin D serum level a standardized test for patients. Consider an appointment with Annmarie McManus to have your vitamin D and other levels checked today!
As a part of PIM’s Integrative Fertility Program, I recommend all women get their vitamin D serum level measured and look for an optimal range of 50-80. What is considered a normal value in conventional medicine, for example 30 ng/ml, is considered deficient at PIM. A 25 hydroxy Vitamin D level can be checked through conventional LabCorp or Quest testing. A specialty option--Spectracell Micronutrient testing--measures all vitamin and nutrient levels and offers a 6 month average--much more powerful than a spot check or serum level. With conventional testing, we recommend rechecking your levels every 2-3 months if you’ve been deficient.
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