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Targeted Supplements – Safe While In Fertility Treatment? Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on February 5th, 2015

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Targeted Supplements – Safe While In Fertility Treatment?

Nutrition Program

supplements-fertility-treatmentJust last week in Fertile Yoga, we were talking about pomegranate juice. No idea why, it’s just what came up. The conversation expanded to include comments about certain herbal teas (chamomile was mentioned) and then we were onto supplements.

There was a lot of back and forth comments. More comments than questions. One question that kept recurring was what to tell the doctors and what not to. The general consensus was that it wasn’t necessary to tell your fertility doctors a lot of these things.

And then Carolyn Gundell, RMACT’s nutritionist, brought this article to our attention today. She sent it to everyone on the RMACT team because it’s that important. It’s important and it’s alarming.

It relates back to the conversation last week.

What Should You Tell Your Fertility Doctor?

What do you need to tell your fertility specialist that you are taking?

Very simple answer.

  • If you are using a food as a healing or therapeutic tool, such as three cups of pomegranate juice a day or two pineapples a day, do you need to tell your doctor?
  • If you have weaned yourself off a prescribed dosage of anti-depressant because you feel it would be healthier for a subsequent pregnancy to use something more natural, like St. John’s Wort, do you need to tell your doctor?
  • What about if you want to start a new, intensive exercise regime?

Tell your doctor. Better yet, ask what they think about it.

Considering a cleanse? Where you limit your food, and take a protein powder?

Please, please, please.

Tell your doctor.

Here’s why.

Consider that your RMACT team; your doctor, your nurse, your patient navigator, your financial services representative, your nutritionist, your acupuncturist, your therapist and more are all here to provide you with the best fertility care possible. (If you are with a different fertility program, hopefully you have a team there that you trust.)

To provide the best care possible, your caregivers need to know what you are putting into your body.

Does that make this some weird sort of relationship where you do everything your doctor tells you to, without question?

Your decisions are yours to make. Your team is here to provide the best scientific and medical advice possible. They’re here to provide the most knowledgeable, current information, founded in reliable research and data.

Your Fertility Journey – A Partnership Between You & Your Fertility Care Team

This is a partnership. And in the RMACT structure, you are a full partner.

You share information with us so that we can create the best fertility treatment protocols for you specifically. We share information with you so that you can make informed decisions that you are comfortable with.

A partnership.

So yes, if you are taking a supplement or herb, considering a dramatic change in lifestyle or in any other way affecting your body or mind, your team needs to know about it.

That’s what partners do. They share information.

So please, if you are making these kinds of decisions for yourself, let us know.

About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.