The Vitamin D test is not routinely
offered on the NHS yet, even though much research has been done into the
role of Vitamin D deficiency in fertility and pregnancy. The Department
of Health now recommends that all women should take a Vitamin D
supplement during pregnancy.
Vitamin D deficiency is common in women with
ovulatory problems such as PCOS. It has also been associated with IVF
failure, particularly at the implantation stage, as well as with
miscarriage and pregnancy complications, such as pre-eclampsia and
prematurity. Deficiency also appears to be common amongst women of
African and Asian origin. The main source of Vitamin D is the sun, so
it’s not surprising that we identify a deficiency in over 50% of those
of our UK clients who are tested.
Vitamin D deficiency is relatively easy to
correct, but it is best to find out what your levels are before
pregnancy, so that the right level of supplementation can be given if
If you are about to try to get pregnant in the
near future, have been trying to get pregnant for a while without
success, or if you are about to have IVF, then it may be something you’d
like to consider.
If you would like to take a Vitamin D test, purchase your blood-test kit
now on-line and we will send it to you straight away along with clear
instructions for you and your nurse/GP. The blood test is simple and
easy to do and can usually be done by your practice nurse or GP for a
small fee (though some may do it for free). Once you have the sample,
just follow the instructions with the pack and return it to us in the
stamped and addressed return envelope provided.
Once the test is complete (please allow two
weeks) we will write to you with an analysis of the results plus advice
on any indicated action.
Alternatively, if you choose to have your Vitamin D status tested alongside an AMH test (click here
for details), the results of the test and any indicated action will be
given to you during the 'phone consultation that you will have to
discuss the AMH results. One blood sample is sufficient for both tests.
The cost of the Vitamin D test is £47.50 + p&p.