Vitamin D is generally one of the most lacking nutrients in many individuals living across the globe. This deficiency is said to now greatly affect one of the most prevailing conditions in humans-infertility. A new study suggests that women with low vitamin D levels may be less likely to have a baby after assisted reproductive therapy (ART) than those with normal vitamin D levels. Infertility, IVF and the effect of PCOS on infertility are detailed elaborately at www.firsteatright.com.
The women involved were subjected to ART treatments such as in vitro fertilization and frozen embryo transfer to help them conceive. Researchers comment that women with sufficient levels of vitamin D were 34% more likely to get a positive result on their pregnancy test, 46% were more likely to become clinically pregnant and a third of them were more likely to have a live birth than women with low levels of vitamin D. The researchers noted that only 26% of women in the studies had sufficient levels of vitamin D. High prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in infertile women undergoing the ART treatment is likely to be mirrored by similar deficiencies during pregnancy too.
But, this study proves no link between vitamin D levels and miscarriage. Neither does it convey the fact that having sufficient levels of vitamin D or taking vitamin D supplements improves the chances of delivering a baby after ART.
Meanwhile, women trying their luck on pregnancy or undergoing ART must not run to their nearby medical shop to buy vitamin D supplements until there is a clearer picture on this study. It also does no harm to eat foods rich in this nutrient or expose yourself to sun's radiation during the early morning hours for a healthy dose of vitamin D.
If the results become 100% clear, they can have major implications both for infertile patients and national healthcare policies too.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.