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The effect of vitamin D supplementation on sexual functioning and depressive symptoms in young women with low vitamin D status

Robert Krysiak, Anna Szwajkosz, Bogdan Marek, Bogusław Okopień
DOI: 10.5603/EP.a2018.0013
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Pubmed: 29442353
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Endokrynologia Polska 2018;69(2):168-174.

open access

Vol 69, No 2 (2018)
Original papers
Published online: 2018-01-18
Submitted: 2017-09-18
Accepted: 2017-10-21

Abstract

Background: 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. Methods: 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). Results: 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. Conclusions: The obtained results indicate that vitamin D supplementation improves female sexual functioning and mood in women with low vitamin D status.

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Abstract

Background: 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. Methods: 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). Results: 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. Conclusions: The obtained results indicate that vitamin D supplementation improves female sexual functioning and mood in women with low vitamin D status.

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depressive symptoms, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, questionnaires, sexual functioning, vitamin D status

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Title

The effect of vitamin D supplementation on sexual functioning and depressive symptoms in young women with low vitamin D status

Journal

Endokrynologia Polska

Issue

Vol 69, No 2 (2018)

Pages

168-174

Published online

2018-01-18

DOI

10.5603/EP.a2018.0013

Pubmed

29442353

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Endokrynologia Polska 2018;69(2):168-174.

Keywords

depressive symptoms
25-hydroxyvitamin D
questionnaires
sexual functioning
vitamin D status

Authors

Robert Krysiak
Anna Szwajkosz
Bogdan Marek
Bogusław Okopień

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