The effect of vitamin D supplementation on sexual functioning and depressive symptoms in young women with low vitamin D status.
Endokrynol Pol. 2018 Feb 14. doi: 10.5603/EP.a2018.0013. [Epub ahead of print]
Krysiak R1 r.krysiak at interia.pl., Szwajkosz A, Marek B, Okopień B.
This 6-month trial only accepted women with < 30 ng of vitamin D
Women with levels < 20 ng were given 4,000 IU daily
Half of women with 20-30 ng were given 2,000 IU daily
Half of women with 20-30 ng did not get any Vitamin D
The word "placebo" does not occur in the PDF
Their results could be just a placebo effect
Note: Patients with a poor response to Vitamin D ( < 30 ng at end of trial)
were not included in the results
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Hypovitaminosis D is associated with abnormal female sexual functioning. The aim of our study was to assess whether vitamin D supplementation affects sexual functioning and depressive symptoms in young women with low vitamin D status.
The study included 47 women with vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency. All women with vitamin D deficiency were treated with oral vitamin D, while women with vitamin D insufficiency were either treated with vitamin D or left untreated. At the beginning of the study and six months later, all patients completed questionnaires evaluating female sexual function (FSFI) and depressive symptoms (BDI-II).
The total FSFI score and scores in three domains (sexual desire, orgasm and satisfaction) were lower while the overall BDI-II score was higher in women with vitamin D deficiency than in women with vitamin D insufficiency. Vitamin D improved sexual desire in women with both vitamin D deficiency and vitamin D insufficiency, increased the total FSFI score and scores for orgasm and sexual satisfaction, as well as decreased the total BDI-II score in women with vitamin D deficiency.
The obtained results indicate that vitamin D supplementation improves female sexual functioning and mood in women with low vitamin D status.
PMID: 29442353 DOI: 10.5603/EP.a2018.0013
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