Inositol and vitamin D may naturally protect human reproduction and women undergoing assisted reproduction from Covid-19 risk

J Reprod Immunol. 2021 Apr;144:103271. doi: 10.1016/j.jri.2021.103271. Epub 2021 Jan 8.


In late 2019, the new Coronavirus has been identified in the city of Wuhan then COVID-19 spreads like wildfire in the rest of the world. Pregnant women represent a risk category for increased abortion rates and vertical transmission with adverse events on the newborns has been recently confirmed. The scientific world is struggling for finding an effective cure for counteracting symptomatology. Today, there are many therapeutic proposes but none of them can effectively counteract the infection. Moreover, many of these compounds show important side effects not justifying their use. Scientific literature reports an immune system over-reaction through interleukins-6 activation. In this regard, the possibility to control the immune system represents a possible strategy for counteracting the onset of COVID-19 symptomatology. Vitamin D deficiency shows increased susceptibility to acute viral respiratory infections. Moreover, Vitamin D seems involved in host protection from different virus species by modulating activation and release of cytokines. Myo-inositol down-regulates the expression of IL-6 by phosphatidyl-inositol-3-kinase (PI3K) pathway. Furthermore, myo-inositol is the precursor of phospholipids in the surfactant and it is applied for inducing surfactant synthesis in infants for treating respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). This review aims to summarize the evidence about COVID-19 infection in pregnant women and to encourage the scientific community to investigate the use of Vitamin D and Myo-inositol which could represent a possible preventive treatment for pregnant women or women undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

Keywords: COVID-19; Myo-inositol; Pregnancy; SARS-CoV-2; Vitamin D.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / immunology
  • COVID-19* / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical / prevention & control*
  • Inositol / therapeutic use*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious* / immunology
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious* / prevention & control
  • SARS-CoV-2 / immunology*
  • Vitamin D / therapeutic use*


  • Vitamin D
  • Inositol