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Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology  2019, Vol. 46 Issue (5): 674-678    DOI: 10.12891/ceog4936.2019
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Relationship between endometriosis and vitamin D status - a review
M. Paliga1, *(), S. Horák2
1Medical Center Angelius, Katowice, Bytom, Poland
2Chair and Clinical Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Oncological Gynecology in Bytom, Bytom, Poland
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Abstract  

The impact of vitamin D on multiple biological processes is nowadays widely accepted. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with many diseases, including cardiovascular and neurological diseases, as well as with immune system function and its role during infections. An influence of vitamin D on the reproductive functions of women and men has been also reported. Endometriosis is one of the conditions responsible for infertility in women, and the contribution of vitamin D on the development of the disease has been investigated. Yet, a direct link between predisposition to endometriosis or severity of the disease and vitamin D status has not been defined. Some studies report no changes in vitamin D levels in endometriosis patients, compared to healthy controls, while others show a significant increase or decrease in vitamin D concentration in women suffering from endometriosis. Therefore, further studies are needed to establish the relationship between endometriosis and vitamin D status, which may be useful in designing vitamin D supplementation schedules for endometriosis patients, or in monitoring women at risk of developing the disease.

Key words:  Endometriosis      Vitamin D      Fertility      Reproductive functions     
Published:  10 October 2019     
*Corresponding Author(s):  M. PALIGA     E-mail:  m.paliga@angelius.org

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M. Paliga, S. Horák. Relationship between endometriosis and vitamin D status - a review. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2019, 46(5): 674-678.

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