Can vitamin D affect fertility?

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Postby AnnaJuly » Wed May 30, 2012 1:39 pm

Thanks for that megs!
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Postby Rubyru » Thu May 31, 2012 12:13 am

In the UK d3 is now recommended for all pregnant women.
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Postby Ravyndancer » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:24 pm

Thanks for this post! I had an appointment with my naturopathic doctor yesterday and asked her about vitamin D and fertility. She wasn't aware of it's benefits for fertility, but recommended it for overall health.

We live in Northern Canada, and she told me that the angle of the sun up here isn't enough to provide us with sufficient vit D and that most northerners are deficient in vitamin D. So I got the D3 which is in concentrated drop form. Or else, you would need to take SO MANY pills to get the 2-5,000 iu (?) amount that you need.

Thanks! I look forward to improvements in my mood, overall health and hopefully fertility!
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Postby TTCnumber2at42 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:50 am

Ravydancer, did your naturopath tell you to take 2,000-5,000 IU of Vitamin D3? I live in Ontario and I started to take 2000 IU and thought that was sufficient.

I've read 35 IU per lb:
http://www.prideangel.com/p170/fertilit ... min-D.aspx

I've also read 1000IU in summer and 2000IU in winter:
http://www.gettingpregnantnow.org/Artic ... ility.html
and
http://www.wholebodyfertility.com/artic ... -conceive/

But if your naturopath advised of 2000IU to 5000IU, I may up my dosage.
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Postby Ravyndancer » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:48 pm

TTCnumber2at42 wrote:Ravydancer, did your naturopath tell you to take 2,000-5,000 IU of Vitamin D3? I live in Ontario and I started to take 2000 IU and thought that was sufficient.

I've read 35 IU per lb:
http://www.prideangel.com/p170/fertilit ... min-D.aspx

I've also read 1000IU in summer and 2000IU in winter:
http://www.gettingpregnantnow.org/Artic ... ility.html
and
http://www.wholebodyfertility.com/artic ... -conceive/

But if your naturopath advised of 2000IU to 5000IU, I may up my dosage.


Sorry, I didn't write back sooner!

I just looked at my prescription and Vitamin D3 drops. Each drop is 1,000 iu and she actually recommended 5,000 iu

Hope that helps!
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Postby AnnaJuly » Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:50 am

Some people who live in northern climates, traditionally got a lot of vitamin D from oily fish. When people eat less of that, it can become an issue.
I live in a northern clime as well and take Vit D 3 all year now but more in winter.
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Re: Can vitamin D affect fertility?

Postby maddy » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:15 pm

I know this is an old post, but I just had my levels checked and my level was extremely low! It was a 6

I am now taking 5000 IU of D3 a day. I thought that I had this checked already, but I guess I havent. I am hoping to see some positive changes in my cycle, more regular ovulation etc.

Just really wanted to bump this thread and remind everyone to get your vitamin D checked! Its really important in helping to conceive!
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Re: Can vitamin D affect fertility?

Postby Leannamoonbody » Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:22 pm

It is very possible but every doc I have been to is "unsure". I have had vit. d deficiency for about 4 years now. The lowest I have been is 1 and the highest 18. This month I am down to 2. Currently taking 50,000 IU twice a week, for 8 weeks, as well as a daily dose of 5,000 IU. about 450,000 IU a month. I did get my bfp this month though.
Beta 1: 13
Beta 2: 30
Beta 3: 68
Beta 4: 135
Beta 5: 606
Beta 6: 1433
Beta 7: 1634
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Re: Can vitamin D affect fertility?

Postby TTCnumber2at42 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:15 am

What should your vitamin D level be at?
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Re: Can vitamin D affect fertility?

Postby maddy » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:34 pm

The optimal level is between 50-70.
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Re: Can vitamin D affect fertility?

Postby maddy » Mon May 06, 2013 4:32 pm

Ive been taking vitamin D 5000-10000 IUs and 800 mg magnesium daily for a little over 3 months now. I just ovulated naturally this cycle on CD14! :D Must be working!

If you have a deficiency and take vitamin D, it is important to take magnesium with it because it helps the body utilize it.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Can vitamin D affect fertility?

Postby TTCnumber2at42 » Tue May 07, 2013 4:49 am

Thanks for the great info. My fertility naturopath RX'd 2000 IU daily but she said I could stop at the end of April as long as I go outside daily. I am still taking it as I do not feel I get enough vitamin D. I am going to request to get my levels checked at my next appointment. As I live in Canada and have a desk job (in an office with no windows) I don't feel my 15-30 minutes outside daily is enough to raise my levels.
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Re: Can vitamin D affect fertility?

Postby maddy » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:02 am

Well just an update to my vitamin D defiecncy. I havent been able to get above a 26 which is still deficient, but better than a 9 lol. I have stopped the supplements and am trying a tanning bed 20 minutes twice a week. I will update with my next testing and see if that works better than oral supps. At the very least Ill have a nice tan! :D
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Re: Can vitamin D affect fertility?

Postby B Michaelson » Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:03 pm

I am in Canada too and was told by a dr to take VD. He said it is recommended to all women living in our area, TTC or not, but especially important if TTC.
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Re: Can vitamin D affect fertility?

Postby Zraii » Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:28 pm

I live my life by this website: http://www.doctoryourself.com. Ever since I started taking vitamins, my infertility issues went away. However, a 'normal' multivitamin is ridiculously low in their dosages as its intended for the whole population. This one particular page will sum it up well: http://www.doctoryourself.com/pregnancy_lactation.html

Vitamin D3 in 5000IU is good. You will also need magnesium, as the body uses them both in conjunction. 400mg is perfect. Also, Vitamin E is incredibly good. If you check out the above link you'll see around 400IU of vitamin E daily will do you just fine.

As far as calcium is concerned, please buy yourself Calcium ***CITRATE*** not the normal Calcium Carbonate. You need the absorption of citrate - typically branded as Citrical.

And please... don't forget about the absolutely critical (and nearly always forgotten about) vitamin C. I take roughly 30,000mg (yes you read that correctly, 30 GRAMS) of Vitamin C daily. Aside from never being sick (once every six years the flu might get me), I've noticed a ton of symptoms leave me, like arthritis, to gaining nicer skin, being the most noticeable. Lastly, hubby/SO should be taking high dosages of Vitamin C (water soluble, completely safe) as well to increase motility and get better swimmers :)

HTH!
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