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Another Reason to Take Vitamin D: Your Lady Business

Much has been said recently about the health importance of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin that the body creates after exposure to ultraviolet rays. As a population, our vitamin D levels are low due to spending less time in the sun and wearing more sunscreen. The impact of being vitamin D-deficient goes beyond softening our bones; it affects the health of your lady business. A new health study found that low levels of vitamin D increase the risk of a woman developing vaginosis, the most common bacterial infection for women of child-bearing age. In the study of 260 pregnant women, about half the participants had low levels of vitamin D. Just over 50 percent of the African American women were diagnosed with vaginosis, which is strikingly high compared with 27 percent of white women. The black women in the study were also close to three times as likely to be vitamin D-deficient, and researchers believe that's because darker skin prevents adequate synthesis of the vitamin.

Vaginosis, aside from creating discomfort, can lead to premature births and is a major cause of infant mortality. The bacterial infection is treatable with antibiotics. Vitamin D can be found in a handful of food sources, such as fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, egg yolks, and foods fortified with the vitamin, like milk. Talk to your doctor if you think you should be taking a supplement.


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
Having a good vaginal flora is one of the main ways to prevent getting BV. If you eat a lot of fiber and get enough probiotics, bad bacteria can't grow as well. G. vaginalis needs a nice environment to grow well and if they don't have a good clean environment to grow, they won't take hold. The vitamin-D link is interesting as well. I wonder if the levels of vitamin D in the blood somehow support the growth of the normal vaginal flora. Interesting post, Fit.
michlny michlny 8 years
mondaymoos - do you take probiotics? you may want to try that as well as a Vitamin D supplement. Just my two cents :).
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I'm ridiculously prone to vaginosis and the doctors can't figure out why. *sigh* It's definitely not lack of sunlight... I spend every minute I can outside!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Thanks Fit for this post. I've just been told by my doctor that I have vitamin D-deficient.
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