Scottsdale Health November 2019

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/ by Megan Rigby, DNP

Megan Rigby is a

Doctorate Prepared

Nurse Practitioner,

Certified Nutritionist and

Owner of MacroMINI.

With over 13 years of

experience in the health

and wellness space, she

specializes in gut health,

nutrition and lifestyle

changes.

Fertility

Facts

1 in 8 couples suffer

with infertility

Fuel Your Fertility

5 essential nutrients to incorporate

Infertility is a sensitive, deeply personal and oftentimes private topic.

The range of emotions can vary between guilt, shame, anger, and

helplessness. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one

in eight couples suffer with infertility. Fortunately, the conversation

surrounding reproductive complications is becoming a more common

topic thanks to those who are willing to share their journey. With this

newfound candidness, comes a wide variety of differing viewpoints

regarding the complimentary alternatives to modern medicine.

The most commonly discussed natural remedy to aide fertility is

nutrition, but does it work? It seems every few months there’s a new

hot list of “fertility-boosting foods.” While limited, studies do tend

to support a correlation between eating and infertility, but do not

specifically define “boosting foods” alone. Complimentary remedies

and modern medicine can work in harmony. Risk factors such as

sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, excessive body mass index

(BMI) or low BMI have been found to correlate with reproductive

complications. Proper nutrition is an essential change to make to

improve these areas of concern.

Infertility affects

both men (9%) and

women (12%)

See a physician after

6-12 months of trying

to conceive without

success

Seek a physician’s

advice if currently

taking medications

before trying to

conceive

Leading an unhealthy

lifestyle can put an

individual at risk

for reproductive

complications:

-Excess weight gain

-Poor dietary intake

-Sedentary lifestyle

-Smoking

-Excessive alcohol

intake

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