Does a lack of Vitamin D affect your fertility?
The answer is YES it does!
If you do not have enough Vitamin D in your body you are putting your fertility, general health and well-being at risk.
What does Vitamin D do? It helps absorb calcium into your bones to keep them strong and healthy. It also stops the cells from growing abnormally and can stop the cells becoming cancerous.
There is evidence now that Vitamin D is more of a hormone and it has a direct effect on all the cells in your body for your immunity. If there is not enough vitamin D in the cell, it affects the action of the cell. Potentially causing abnormal growth or allowing cells to die.
For male fertility, this has an effect on the sperm cells, count, morphology and motility of the sperm. Also, the Ovary function of producing mature eggs in women. When implantation takes place a lack of vitamin D can impair the growth of the foetus.
More than 40% of women are deficient in vitamin D of childbearing age.
What else does vitamin D do -?
- Vitamin D reduces inflammation. Helping with Poly Cystic Ovaries Syndrome and endometriosis, two of the most common causes of infertility in the western world.
A study carried out on with women with PCOS has shown vitamin D deficiency to be a factor in most cases.
- Vitamin D increases testosterone in men.
- Vitamin D supports the uterus when implantation takes place. Fighting any possible infection that can occur during implantation.
Couples who are undergoing IVF treatment – if the women’s vitamin D levels are high, she has a greater chance of conceiving than women with low vitamin D levels.
Studies show that women and men who increase their vitamin D intake increase their chances of getting pregnant by 6%.
Chinese Medicine and Vitamin D
Your kidney and liver energy digest vitamin D into your cells and bones. It turns Vitamin D into D3.
With the pressures of everyday life, we all put our liver energy under strain. Chinese medicine treatments support liver energy which helps process vitamins. Your spleen Qi (energy) takes over and transports D3 around your body. Liver energy is vital for reproduction. Liver meridians run through your genitals and onto the womb and ovaries. Our livers are responsible for smooth flow, and can easily be disrupted with stress, anger and frustration. Affecting ovulation and a regular menstrual cycle. (see our blog about the liver Qi energy)
Kidney energy is the fire that keeps us alive. When the fire dies down it affects the way we function day to day. For those of you trying to conceive, you need to make sure your kidney energy is at its peak. www.myfertilebody.com has designed a combination of acupressure points, diet and meditation to help tonify your kidneys and increase your odds of a pregnancy.
Common Signs of Vitamin D deficiency…
- Weak painful muscles
- Weight gain
- High Blood Pressure
- Bladder problems
- Poor restless sleep
- Waking during the night
- Pain in your joints
- Chronic pain
- Poor concentration
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
When you need to take Vitamin D –
If you feel you are getting enough sun but you still don’t feel right – you will need to support your liver and kidney energy with acupuncture and vitamin D supplements. The best is D3
If you feel you are not getting enough sun. You will need to start taking Vitamin D3. This is the most important D Vitamin. Also take vitamin K, this will help your Liver energy. I would recommend you get a blood test done from your GP to check your vitamin D levels. Also start acupuncture treatments; this will help rebalance your Kidney and Liver Qi energy to help absorb the vitamin D you get from the sun, certain foods and supplements.
You have had a blood test and your vitamin D levels are fine. But you still are not functioning as well as you could. If your digestive system is not absorbing vitamin D correctly, we need to look at diet changes, acupuncture and vitamin D supplements. #lucytownlsyacupuncture.com #theclonmel-acupunctureclinic.com #myfertilebody.com can help.
Ways to get Vitamin D
- Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel
- Milk that is fortified with vitamin D
- Vitamin D supplement – D3 is the King
- Some cereals can be fortified with Vitamin D
- Cod liver oil
- Expose your skin to the sun every day between 15 to 20 minutes without sunscreen
More signs you could be Vitamin D deficient
- You catch a lot of coughs and colds
- Suffer from sore muscles
- Have problems with fertility, both male and female factors
- Cardiovascular disease
- Poor bone quality/strength
Please feel free to write any comment on how Vitamin D has helped you. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Written by Lucy Townsley