Vitamin A Deficiency and Female Fertility Problems: A Case Report and Mini Review of the Literature
- *Corresponding Author:
- Theodoros Kalampokas
Assisted Reproduction Unit
Aberdeen maternity Hospital, Aberdeen
Email: [email protected]
Received date: March 25, 2014; Accepted date: November 25, 2014; Published date: November 29, 2014
Citation: Kalampokas T, Shetty A and Maheswari A (2014) Vitamin A Deficiency and Female Fertility Problems: A Case Report and Mini Review of the Literature. J Women’s Health Care 3:210. doi: 10.4172/2167-0420.1000210
Copyright: © 2014 Kalampokas T et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
We present a case of a vitamin A deficient woman who, presented to our clinic with secondary infertility to emphasize the importance of a good history and a multidisciplinary input in the management. This is a rare case of established vitamin A deficiency related to secondary infertility. Secondary infertility was quickly solved (30-45 days) after restoration of Vitamin A levels and the woman managed to get pregnant. It also illustrates that, though highly teratogenic, pregnancies on vita A replacement can be normal. Important fact here is that she was being replaced with vitamin A that her body was deficient in rather than supplementing leading to overdose of vitamin A (as in cases of treatment for Acne etc). Therefore, it may mean that for cases of vitamin A deficient women, termination should not be considered, as replacing normal vitamin A levels does not necessarily lead to hypervitaminosis and therefore increased chances of congenital malformations.