Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, Gynaecologist and IVF Expert, SCI Healthacare shares her views on how despite being sun abundant in India, Vitamin D deficiency is found in the country especially in women. She discusses the sources by which one can get Vitamin D, consequences and signs of deficiency and how one can measurement it. She further discusses the importance of Vitamin D for women. Vitamin D increases fertility, prevents breast cancer, make bones healthy and strong, prevents PCOD and support immune system. She suggests that one could obtain Vitamin D from three sources namely sun exposure, fortification of staple foods with Vitamin D and Vitamin D supplementation.


Inspite of India being a country of abandoned sunshine, it is estimated that more than 80% of healthy Indians especially women are Vitamin D deficient. Indian women both in urban and rural settings and of all socio economic strata are Vitamin D deficient and are not even aware of this deficiency and its consequences.

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with high prevalence of

  • Type2 Diabetes – Vitamin D is required to balance sugar levels in the blood by regulating the secretion of insulin. Hence, Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of developing Type2 Diabetes later in life.
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Osteoporosis, osteopenia (thinning of bones) – as Vitamin D helps in absorption of Calcium from the food we eat in the intestine. Therefore, Vitamin D deficiency will lead to calcium deficiency as well which will lead to weak and achy bones causing osteoporosis and increased risk of fractures.
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Flu – as Vitamin D plays an important role in activating the cells of the immune system which helps to fight infections. Therefore, if deficiency leads to risk of recurrent infections.
  • Anaemia
  • Infertility – a daily morning walk of 20 minutes under the sun can help in boosting the reproductive system as Vitamin D stimulates the production of female hormone progesterone.

Sources of Vitamin D :-

  • Vitamin D is photosynthesized in the skin on exposure to sunlight – UVB rays.
  • Animal food sources – fatty fish (salmon, mackerel and tuna), cod liver oil, milk, egg yolk, etc.
  • Mushrooms

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency:-

  • Staying indoors – minimal exposure to direct sunlight specially between 10.00 AM to 3.00 PM.
  • Lifestyle patterns such as clothing that limit sun exposure.
  • Strict vegan diet – most Indians are vegetarian.
  • Sun screen lotion.
  • Lactose intolerance which has a high prevalence in India.
  • Cooking practice in India – shallow and deep frying is prevalent in India during which Vitamin D is thermally degraded.
  • Inadequate fortification of dairy products with Vitamin D in India.
  • Pollution and smog in the cities can block the sun rays. Therefore, in Indian metro cities 50% females had Vitamin D deficiencies.

Vitamin D helps in promoting healthy bones by promoting the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D is also important during pregnancy as it helps to build the baby’s bones and teath and a deficiency during pregnancy may cause growth retardation, skeleton deformities and low birth weight. After birth the child may develop rickets and delayed physical development. Vitamin D deficiency also affects the pregnant mother as it may lead to complications such as pre term delivery, gestational diabetes, pre eclampsia and infections.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin D for pregnant women – 4000-6000 IU per day (as advised by Vitamin D Council).

During breast feeding also Vitamin D is important for strong and healthy bones in the baby.

Signs of Vitamin D deficiency:-

  • Muscle weakness – a person gets easily fatigued.
  • Depression
  • Pain sensitivity is increased
  • Stress fractures – as the bones become weak the incidences of fractures increases
  • Sleepiness specially in the day times
  • High blood pressure – as Vitamin D helps in regulating the blood pressure
  • Increased irritability – as Vitamin D affects the levels of serotonin in the brain which impacts hormones.

How to measure Vitamin D deficiency?

  • 25 – Hydroxyl Vitamin D blood test – normal range is 20 ngm/ml – 50 ngm/ml.
  • Level less than 12 ngm/ml indicates Vitamin D deficiency.


Why Vitamin D is important for women?

# increased fertility

# prevents breast cancer as Vitamin D has shown to prevent breast cancer cell growth and decrease the expression of cancer causing genes. In post menopausal women improvement in calcium and Vitamin D levels reduce the risk of all cancers.

# Strong and healthy bones

# Immune support – the killer cells of the immune system which are responsible for destroying the harmful pathogens are supported by Vitamin D.

# Prevents Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Recommended intake of Vitamin D in females (By Vitamin D council) – 1000 Intra Units per 25pounds of body weight


Vitamin D can be obtained from 3 sources:-

  • Sun exposure – spending at least 15-20 min. a day in direct sunlight, 3-5 times a week without applying sun screen lotion.
  • Fortification of staple foods with Vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D supplementation – Commonly available is D3 (cholecalciferol) and 1 alpha hydroxy Vitamin D3. Multi vitamin formulations are also available which contain about 400 intra units of Vitamin D3. Supplementation can be oral or by injections. If the values are very low, injection may be the best option.


Oral: Vitamin D3, 60000 IU granules in 1gram sachets. 1 sachet can be taken at an interval of 1-4 weeks as required.

Injection: Injection Arachitol 600000 units per ml, Intra muscular, every two weeks for 2 months

Taking Vitamin D supplements can cause hypervitaminosis D, which can be dangerous.


Dear Dr. Shivani,

After 11 years of trying to have our own family, we are sooooo happy and excited to share the best news of our lives:

By the grace of God & with the help of your fantastic assistance……..we have finally been blessed with two beautiful bundle of joys on 2nd May 2017 at 4:51pm and 4:53pm respectively.

Both the baby girls are doing fine. They were born at 35 weeks via c-section. They were 1.910kgs and 1.9kgs respectively at the time of birth. They have been in special care nursery of the Westmead private hospital since their birth and expected to be home in another week or so.

We have named them ‘Amara Horn’ and ‘Siara Horn’. Please find attached some of their photos we took in the hospital.
In the pic2, Amara is on the left and Siara is on the right. Siara is little tinnier then Amara.

We would also like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for helping us fulfil our dream. Without you & your wonderful teams’ assistance, we would have never achieved this.

My parents would like to come and see you personally for 5-10 minutes. Could you please let me know a convenient time during the week when they can visit you?


Kindest regards,

Proud parents Suvidha & Michael HORN




The first thing one will observe about centre is ‘Positivity’.

Every member of the centre will give you a positive vibe.

Rachna will always greet you with positive smile & sister Pooja is a friendly companion.

We are glad that we met “Dr. Shivani“. She never imposes thing on you and listens to you thoroughly.

She has a positive aura & always make things understandable.

We are thankful for understanding our concerns & for the Professional Behaviour.

Happy Couple

Thankful Parents from India


I had great problems getting pregnant, after many months of suffering and a miscarriage a friend suggested I visit Dr Shivani and ask for her help. She is a miracle worker because the month after i started the treatment i was pregnant and God blessed me with a beautiful and healthy baby boy. I am enclosing a pic of my son- Aiden Michael Saigal.

Thank you Dr Shivani, you made all my dreams come true.

Coralie Srivastava, Germany



Thank you so much SCI for making our dream come true.

We had heard such horror stories about IVF & have been so surprised and thrilled with our experience & success in FIRST ATTEMPT.

We have been blessed with a healthy baby boy on 12th feb 2017.we will never forget what you did for us.

Specially Dr. Shivani Mam, Dr Smita Mam & Dr. Sujata Mam Your support & Co-ordination are unforgettable during the treatment.

Thank you once again to the entire SCI Team.

With Regards,

Moushami & Sudhir



Dear Doctor Shivani,

I am happy to announce the birth of my two sons: Rodin Lionel Shiva ANCEL and Voltaire Raymond Rama ANCEL.

They were born Friday 17, Rodin weighs 2,750 kg for 47,5 cm and Voltaire weighs 2,650 kg for 50,5 cm.

I do not know how to thank you, I’m so happy. They are in great shape: one has exceeded its birth weight, the other is almost there. They are beautiful, they are very sensible ! Love to eat …

I look forward to coming to India to introduce them to you.

Congratulations for your wonderful work.

Thank you for your help, I am the happiest of moms.

Best regards

Cosette ANCEL



Dr. Shivani Sachdev Gour

In the name of Allah the most merciful and most gracious first and for
most of my full gratitude to be Allah who have created me, he who is
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor He begotten; and
there is none like unto Him. He who made everything for a reason and
by a reason and he who said those who doesn’t thank people doesn’t
thank their creator and for that I thank you for my heart for
everything that you have done to help me go throughout my difficulty.
I thank you by saying may Allah Grant you happiness and lead you to
the right path in which you can be happy in this life and the
hereafter and we would like to say that we love you and we respect you
and that you will always be the reason of our success and we will pray
to Allah the one who gave you a very smart and brilliant brain to
succeed you and your children as well as your beloved family and we
wish you a blessed life for you and your entire family as well and
finally Praise be to Allah, the merciful, the owner of the day of
judgment all this Nurse thanks so much.

From Abdul Aziz and Rozina in Ethiopia



Dr. Shivani Sachdev Gour, Dr. Sujata, Dr. Smita और आपके ISIS हॉस्पिटल के सभी स्टाफ को हम
दिल से धन्यवाद करते है!

हमें जो आप सभी से ख़ुशी मिली है उससे हम जिंदगी भर खुश रहेंगे और हम साईं बाबा से
प्रार्थना करते रहेंगे की साई बाबा हमारे ISIS हॉस्पिटल के सभी स्टाफ को हमेशा खुश
रखियेगा ISIS हॉस्पिटल के सभी स्टाफ को हम दोनों के तरफ से हार्दिक शुभ कामनाये.







               Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour

               Dr Tulika Sinha

 Me and my wife glad to come in this hospital “SCI HOSPITAL

Thanku  Dr Shivani & Dr Tulika for completing our family. I want to thanks to Dr tulika , She is so caring and supportive so really thanks to you.

I am really thanks to both of you From core of my heart. U were such a supportive for us. So thank u sooooo…………………much

Staff are also very nice and good with us and the one of them Ms ruby she was really nice by nature and behaviour..

Also thanks to all staff of SCI HOSPITAL. We are really blessed with god to have like ur type of doctor.

Me and my wife are really thankful l to u Because our dream come true finally after many years.

We have no enough words to say thanks.Its really not enough to describe our happiness.


Praveen Kumar

Neetu (Greater Noida)





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