I am sure many of you have done research on fertility issues and what your body needs to fall pg, but I was not aware until recently that vitamin D plays a huge part in both men and women... And with everyone being so sun smart, most of us aren't getting enough.
I live in townsville, north QLD so you think I would be fine... Tested in Dec and it was way below normal... GP gave me an instant hit (shot in the butt). I had him retested me before I started my injections here in Feb and it was higher (up to 73 vs the 49 I was before) but still not high enough... Needs to be in the 100 for good fertility... So I got another shot...
So I though I would share my experience as I have been taking things like my preconception vitamins that have extra vitamin d in it, but it hasn't been enough. I have been getting outside, but I guess my genes don't seem to want to convert it properly...
Men also need to have higher levels of vitamin D as well...
Hope someone else finds this useful.
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17-02-2014 07:20 #1
Vitamin D levels - are yours low?
17-02-2014 08:25 #2
Thankyou for putting this on. Even though I am replying in an ivf thread, I still wanted to reply.
I think it does very much play a role in fertility. Apparently around 80% of pcos cases have low vitamin d levels.
I don't know if it's routine for vitamin d to be tested as a pre pregnancy tool, but it should be.
I got tested in winter this year when I was 9 weeks and I only got a result of 30. Even tho it didn't seem to affect my cycles (had perfect text book ovulating every month cycles) and managed to fall again in winter, it does make me wonder if vitamin d may have contributed a miscarriage I had in winter 2012 by maybe causing less potent eggs?
Thankyou again for putting this on
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17-02-2014 08:49 #3
I got tested at 5 weeks in May last year and my levels were 35. I got pregnant naturally but it does make me wonder if ttc took longer because of it.
Fyi my levels rose to 75 by 28 weeks after taking 3000iu of vit D sups a day (as recommended to me by my midwife) and trying to get 10mins sun a day.
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17-02-2014 09:40 #4
It's definitely a possibility... The body is lot of mystery... I was trying to increase with supplements, but no luck... My body actually got worse... GP not sure why, hence the needle to boost my levels.
17-02-2014 09:50 #5Senior Member
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Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy have also been linked to an increased risk of MS for the baby in later life so another reason to make sure you have enough vitamin D.
17-02-2014 12:57 #6
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I have read this also which is why I tripled my dose this cycle.
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17-02-2014 17:41 #8Senior Member
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I have had a gastric sleeve and yes feel fantastic but the dr wanted me to double my vit d dose, but after reading your post I am going to get tested and may need to triple the dose to stay healthy and also my husband and I are thinking about a third baby as well. Maybe it takes longer to fall preggers if a low vit d score oh dear many ladies may not be aware of this either.
17-02-2014 21:47 #9
DH and I have been TTC for 6 years... Lots of testing and what not, but both of us have had very low vitamin d over the years... Not saying it's our only problem, but probably hasn't helped..some people also don't absorb it through liquids and tablets well... So if your always low or boarder line as hot might be the only way to boost it up... I must say I do feel really quite good for a few months after the shot....
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