- Women who are trying to get pregnant
- Been trying for some time without success
- Are thinking of having IVF
- Checking your Vitamin D level before supplementation
NEW, QUICK AND EASY-TO-USE, PIN-PRICK BASED SELF-COLLECTION KIT
A growing body of research, including our own at the Zita West Clinic, has found that Vitamin D deficiency is increasingly common amongst women who are finding it difficult to get pregnant. It has also been associated with IVF failure, miscarriage and pregnancy complications.
You can test your Vitamin D levels with this simple finger-prick based blood-test, and any deficiency is usually easy to correct with supplementation like our Vitamin D Spray.
- Take a blood sample with the finger-prick blood test. Collect the sample yourself at home – everything you’ll need is included
- Send the sample in the pre-paid envelope to our lab
- Written results and suggested corrective action provided
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 required.
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 on how to collect the sample yourself at home. The pin-prick based blood test is simple and easy to do. 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. However, if you require both tests it is doubly important that you fill the collection tube to the upper limit (600 microlitres) as we will not be able to complete both tests without this.