Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Getting my ‘D’ on

I don’t know how many of you have heard of the recent study strongly correlating Vitamin D levels with increase success rates in IVF. This article was published in Fertility and Sterility just this month. To summarize, they had 84 women undergoing IVF participate. Of those women they saw a 6% increase in clinical pregnancy for every ng/mL increase in serum Vitamin D levels regardless of age, race, weight or number of embryos transferred.

Experts are saying that serum levels between 50-70 ng/mL are more optimal and this is higher than standard "normal" levels. So now I’m self medicating. I’m taking 4,000 IU of vitamin D for 1 week and then dropping it down to 2,000 through beta #1 pending a successful cycle where it will continue.

*I've fixed the link
**I found 2,000 IU pills at my local grocery store
***I haven't had the chance to talk to my RE yet about it since I just found out on Friday but I figure it won't hurt and with my background as an RD I feel comfortable self prescribing. Seeing that they've given 4,000 IU to pregnant women I'm not too concerned.


Amber said...

Our schedules are super close!

I can't click on the study tab. Can you email it to me?

Where are you getting the vitamin D? Just over the counter? Did you ask your RE what he thought about it?

Sorry a million questions.

Hillary said...

Thanks for the info & link - I think I'll add some Vitamin D to my protocol, too!


Summer {Bisfor...} said...

just found your blog through Tab's. i am starting IVF 5 tonight.

thanks for this about the Vitamin D. i will be adding it too!