Spending Time in the Sun Linked to Increased Fertility

by Kathy Jones on Jan 31 2012 9:09 PM

 Spending Time in the Sun Linked to Increased Fertility
Spending time in sunny climates could be the trick to increasing fertility after researchers found that sunlight increases the vitamin D levels in the body and hence increase the chances of having a baby.
In the study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology, researchers at the Medical University of Graz in Austria found that sunlight increased the progesterone and oestrogen levels in women by 13 percent and 21 percent and also helped regulate the menstrual cycle.

Sunlight was also found to benefit men as it increased sperm count, testosterone levels and libido.

While spending time in the sun can benefit your reproductive cycle, lead researcher Dr Elisabeth Lerchbaum warned that overexposure could increase the risk of skin cancer and added that people can also opt to take vitamin D supplements. “People could either spend more time outside in the sun – or they could take vitamin D supplements, which are a safe and cheap way to increase levels”, she said.