All vitamins and minerals are important to the human body. Each serves a purpose and works in conjunction with the others to keep your body running efficiently, free of illness and disease. Although it’s hard to say which vitamins and minerals are most important for women (they all are!), two that are important in gynecology are vitamin D and magnesium. When the body encounters vitamin D and magnesium deficiencies, the nervous system and endocrine system cannot function optimally.
Vitamin D is essential. It is important to in gynecology because of its role in endocrine health. Without it you may be tired all the time, have a higher risk of bone breaks, depression or anxiety, or have problems with your hormones or thyroid. It also reduces general inflammation in the body, which is the precursor to many chronic issues. Ideally, we want your vitamin D blood test to come back 40 or higher. Vitamin D supplementation is necessary to correct deficiencies, but do not take it without first obtaining a blood test. When we correct vitamin D deficiency, oftentimes other gynecological symptoms begin to improve.
Magnesium is an essential mineral we cannot live without. It plays a role in energy levels and stress levels, two symptoms we commonly see in our office. Magnesium deficiency is common, and ladies in menopause or those on birth control pills require more. Magnesium calms the muscles and can reduce the pain and associated with PMS or other gynecological issues like Endometriosis. Unfortunately, magnesium is easily depleted and hard to absorb. Try an Epsom salt bath or take magnesium supplements on an empty stomach. When we correct magnesium deficiency, you may notice your body is more relaxed, and you may notice your period pain improves.