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I love Vitamin D and I tell all my patients about its value and benefits.

If you find it’s taking a little more time to get pregnant, one of the things you can do to maximize your chances of conceiving is to make sure you have enough vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a substance our bodies naturally produce following sun exposure, so getting outside in the sunshine is a great way to help boost your fertility.

Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic status in Western societies and has been linked to increased risk of cancer, osteoporosis, and decreased chances to get pregnant. Thankfully, more and more doctors are now recognising this are recommending tests and supplements.

A 2010 study led by Dr. Lubna Pal from Yale University, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, found that vitamin D blood level was a better predictor of pregnancy success following in vitro fertilization than any other conventionally-used prognostic parameter. For women undergoing fertility treatments, this means that your IVF may fail just because your body is vitamin D deficient, even if everything else is in good shape. Dr. Pal suggests measuring vitamin D as part of a routine infertility workup because “appropriate supplementation of those depleted in vitamin D may translate to an improved fertility outcome as well as improved overall health.”

When I’m working with patients who are trying to conceive, balancing hormones through my therapies (reflexology and acupuncture) and Vitamin D supplementation is my prescription!

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