Our team at Metro Drugs attended the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress and Expo this week. It’s always a pleasure to interact with the fertility community, the fertility physicians we work with, and to engage in discussions on how to improve fertility care.

Here are three great takeaways from ASRM this year…

1 – Lots of discussions took place around “pro-fertility diets”. While I’m hesitant to say, “diet”, I think it’s appropriate to recognize that a high intake of organic fruits and vegetables with low chemical/pesticide exposure, whole grains, and protein sources is linear to an overall healthier lifestyle and reduces the risk of obesity.

2 – Overall, focus on improving physical and emotional health continue to be integrated into fertility care. It’s encouraging to see how whole body wellness is receiving attention when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Self care is not just a buzzword, but a truly important part of women’s health.

3 – A very interesting poster was presented by Natalie Crawford, MD on the role of social media with physicians. (Follow Natalie on IG @nataliecrawfordmd)
Her key points per her Instagram post stated that only 49% of physicians had social media accounts, yet 85% of users wanted to see health information on social media. Topics of high interest included medical facts, clinical cases, and behind the scenes insight.

At Metro Drugs we recognized that our customers want to see helpful health and wellness content that is easily accessible online. We’re glad to see that we are helping support the fertility community we serve both in and out of our store. In addition to our wellness blog, we’re always active and available online. Follow us on Instagram and reach out anytime!

Linda Scruggs BSN, RN has specialized for 15 years in fertility, reproductive medicine, and women’s health. As a nurse, patient educator, and solo mother of two children, she shares personal experience with high-risk pregnancies. Connect with Linda on Instagram at @metrointegrative and @unboxedmom where she serves as a resource to empower and educate women seeking wellness for themselves and their families.

This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition. The information in this article is for educational purposes only.