Kelly LeVeque: The Fertility Crisis: Why it’s Happening and How to Fix it

Episode 862 53m


If you or someone you love has struggled with infertility, you know it’s a complex and extremely difficult path to unwillingly walk down. I hope that today’s podcast can lessen that burden, and I promise you it’s not all doom and gloom—many things within our control can reduce the chances of infertility. The reality is that one in six couples struggles with infertility. And while there are many contributing factors, certain components like environmental toxins, nutrient status, and lifestyle choices can move the needle and improve fertility levels. It’s also imperative we stop viewing infertility as only a women's health issue. Men are half the equation and focusing on preconception health as a couple is the most powerful approach. Today, I’m thrilled to sit down with holistic nutritionist, celebrity health coach, bestselling author, and mom of three little boys, Kelly LeVeque, to talk about this pressing issue of our time. Kelly and I talk about:
    • The top causes of infertility in our day and age
    • Forever chemicals and how to remove them for the greatest impact
    • Why infertility is not solely a women’s health issue
    • Epigenetics, spermatogenesis, and how to increase male fertility
    • How to combat environmental and emotional stress
    • Why WeNatal is our favorite prenatal supplement for men and women
    • Which type of folate women need to be taking
    • The critical nutrient most prenatal vitamins are missing
    • The secret to optimizing sperm and egg quality
    • Postnatal depletion, breastfeeding, omega-3 fats, and increased nutrient requirements
Infertility is a multifaceted issue that requires a multifaceted approach; Kelly walks us through the most scientifically proven and accessible actions you can start implementing today.


This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, LMNT, Thrive Market, and Butcher Box. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • Why we’re seeing an increasing incidence of infertility


  • Environmental toxins and ways to limit exposure


  • Men’s health and fertility


  • Optimizing sperm quality at every age


  • Selecting a prenatal with methylfolate, not folic acid


  • Preparing for pregnancy


  • Epigenetics and pregnancy


  • Assessing prenatal supplement quality


  • Nutrition status and postpartum depletion and depression


  • Focusing on what you have control over


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Dr. Mark Hyman: Coming up on this week's episode of The Doctor's Farmacy.

Kelly LeVeque: So that can be overwhelming because you hear the word endocrine disrupting chemicals forever, chemicals, they're omnipresent. If someone removes these endocrine disrupting chemicals, they can see the decrease of the urine excretion of PUFAs by half within a few days or a week. So we have so much power in our ability to make decisions around these forever chemicals that cause oxidative stress to our body and the DNA that we'd be passing down for future children. So when it comes to these types of chemicals, there are so many things you can do.

Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, and this is..

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Ep. 862 - Kelly LeVeque: The Fertility Crisis: Why it’s Happening and How to Fix it