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 among 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. If you are having difficulty getting pregnant it is well worth considering having your own level tested.
The good news is that 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 required.
If you'd like to have your Vitamin D status checked, we can arrange this for you. You don't need to come into the Clinic to have it done. Just visit our on-line shop and buy a test-kit and we'll send it to you with details about how to get a blood sample taken by your own GP or practice nurse. Send the sample back to us in the stamped addressed envelope provided and we'll then email you with the results plus recommended action, if any.
The test costs £47.50.