Navigating Fertility Wellness: Unveiling the Truth About Adrenal Supplements

Bringing a new life into this world is a dream shared by many, but for some, it can prove to be a challenging often times, non-linear path. In the quest to optimize your chances of conception, some women often turn to various supplements, hoping to boost their fertility and improve their chances of natural conception. Among these supplements, adrenal supplements have gained popularity in recent years. However, it's essential to separate fact from fiction when it comes to these supplements and their impact on fertility.

So let’s delve into the concept of adrenal fatigue, why it may hinder your progress, and how reliance on adrenal supplements may hinder proper diagnosis and potentially impede your ability to get pregnant. We'll shed light on a concerning issue: the hidden ingredients found in some adrenal supplements, including steroids and thyroid hormones.

The Myth of Adrenal Fatigue:

Adrenal fatigue has been touted as a diagnosis for various symptoms, including fatigue, stress, and fertility issues. However, it's essential to understand that adrenal fatigue is not a recognized medical condition.. This term lacks scientific validation and is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) or other established medical references.

One of the key reasons why "adrenal fatigue" is not accepted in the medical community is because it oversimplifies the complex interplay of hormones and bodily functions, which can contribute to symptoms like fatigue and stress. These symptoms may indeed be related to hormonal imbalances, but they require a thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis by a healthcare provider. So although adrenal fatigue isn’t a true diagnosis, your symptoms are!

Impeding Proper Diagnosis:

Relying on the concept of adrenal fatigue can impede the proper diagnosis of underlying health issues that could be contributing to fertility problems. Instead of addressing the root causes of these symptoms, individuals might self-diagnose and attempt to treat themselves with adrenal supplements, delaying the opportunity for a healthcare professional to identify and address any genuine health concerns.

Hidden Dangers in Adrenal Supplements:

Even more concerning is the fact that some adrenal supplements can contain undisclosed and potentially harmful ingredients. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2015 found that over-the-counter adrenal supplements often contained unlisted ingredients, including steroids and thyroid hormones. This poses serious health risks, as the unregulated use of such substances can lead to hormonal imbalances, further complicating fertility issues and overall well-being.


While the allure of adrenal supplements may seem tempting for those struggling with fertility issues, it's crucial to approach them with caution and skepticism. Adrenal fatigue is not a recognized medical diagnosis, and relying on these supplements could hinder your ability to receive proper medical evaluation and treatment.

Instead of self-diagnosing and self-medicating, consult a qualified healthcare professional who can conduct a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms, including potential hormonal imbalances. They can provide evidence-based treatments and recommendations tailored to your unique health needs, increasing your chances of achieving the dream of parenthood. This is exactly what we offer at NMD Wellness of Scottsdale.

In your pursuit of a healthy pregnancy, remember that the road to conception may be complex, but it's best navigated with the guidance of medical experts who can provide you with the proper care and support you deserve.

About the Author: Meet Dr. ZenAlissia Zenhausern- Pfeiffer, NMD, FABNE, (commonly known by her patients as Dr. Zen), is a licensed naturopathic doctor board certified in naturopathic endocrinology and the founder of NMD Wellness of Scottsdale, a premier naturopathic medical practice that focuses on helping women to take a proactive approach to their hormone and fertility health. Dr. Zen has been featured as a lead expert in Forbes, Shape Magazine, and Instyle and is deeply passionate about bridging the gap between traditional and natural medicine in the world of fertility. She works with a variety of hormone related issues including PCOS, endometriosis and unexplained infertility. Her goal is to help more women get back into the driver’s seat of their own health to make lasting transformational changes to their health to bring more cute and adorable babies into this world. Read More About Dr. Zen...