141. Integrating Nutrition in Fertility Treatment: The Dietitian’s Role in Reproductive Medicine
The effect of diet on fertility is frequently overlooked in favor of low tech and high tech fertility treatments. However, improving diet can have a profound impact on the ability to conceive. This leads to a reduced need for very expensive, high tech, in vitro fertilization procedures. Even for patients who require IVF, an improved diet will result in fewer complications, better outcomes, and less complicated pregnancies. Dietitians will benefit from a more in-depth understanding of what it takes to conceive, current reproductive treatments, and how to integrate appropriate medical nutrition therapy into fertility practices. Join a Reproductive Endocrinologist and a Registered Dietitian who have been working to optimize lifestyles for women and men to create successful pregnancies.
Planned with the Women’s Health DPG
- Describe current medical infertility assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
- Discuss the impact diet and environmental chemical exposures have on fertility success for men and women.
- Integrate medical nutrition therapy as a part of the fertility treatment team to enhance pregnancy outcomes.
Learning Need Codes:
- 4180 – Women’s health
- 5410 – Client protocols, clinical guidelines
- 4120 – Life Cycle
- 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
- 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
- 12.2.1 Identifies determinants of health and their influence on population health status.
Katie Leahy, MS, RDN, CDN
Judy Simon, MS, RDN, CD, CHES, FAND
Clinic dietitian, Owner private practice, Adjunct Faculty,
Angela Thyer, MD
Physician, Medical Director, Food for Fertility