Your doctors are wrong if they told you this...

So I was talking with a patient who read my email earlier this week about egg quantity and how it can be improved.

Her reaction was along the lines of "Are you for realz?  You're not just blowing smoke up my you-know-where to give me false hope?"  

Ok, I'm exaggerating.  Those weren't her egg-zact words.  Hee, hee.

But I poop you not, lay-deez.  I speaketh the truth.

Listen here and lay your doubts to rest.

Let me give you the numbers.

  • 2 million eggs at birth
  • 400,000 eggs at puberty
  • 400 eggs ovulated over your lifetime

The 400 are not predetermined at birth.  If that were the case, what's the point of the other 1,960,000?

No, sirree!  Only the strongest will survive, thrive, and present themselves in all their glory for the sperm to fight over.

What determines which 400 eggs out of 2 MILLION develop?

You!

Isn't it empowering to know how much you can do to influence the egg development?

You ain't gonna hear it from your gyn or RE, I'm betting.  In fact, they'll tell you the opposite.  Give you your doomsday talk about how it's too late for you and you need egg donors.  I call bull on that!  

Ask all my patients who were diagnosed with high FSH, low AMH, poor ovarian reserve, pre-menopause, advanced maternal age, (what else am I missing?) and got pregnant.

So if you want in on how to improve egg quality naturally, no matter how old you are, let me know you're interested in my group coaching starting in late July by filling out this applicationI'll have more details in the next week or 2.  

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt
For fertility acupuncture appointments in San Diego, call me at (858) 495-0771 or book here:http://juliechang.genbook.com/

The Real Deal:

  • Licensed Acupuncturist for 18 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
  • Fertility Epigenetics guru in training
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Santa made me cry

She immigrated to the US when I was 3yo.  My parents came during the holidays.  

Santas were on every corner.  Loud, big, white, fat guys with huge beards that scared me and made me cry.  Hmm, maybe that's why Xmas doesn't give me the warm and fuzzies.  

She knew no English and had only a few hundred dollars.  She left her entire, very large family behind so that her kids could have more opportunities. 

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Don't treat low egg quantity like dating apps

Online dating epitomizes the rampant "more is better" attitude.  

It's been a shock dating in the past year and a half cuz the last time I was single was in the 90s.  

Before Match, eHarmony, Tinder, and the whole "swipe left, swipe right" culture.  

In case you don't know, a lot of dating apps use similar technology.  Swipe your screen to the left if you're passing on the troll.  Or swipe to the right if you wanna check out the goods.

Before I got married, I met people in real life, not through apps.  

Granted, it's different now that I'm in my 40s with kids.  I don't meet many new people like I did in my 20s since I don't go out much.  Bars and clubs are a thing of the past.  And can stay there.

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Poor egg quality myth debunked

Yet another email today asking for help from a woman diagnosed with "poor egg quality and quantity due to age"...

This is the most common diagnosis my patients have since I focus on helping women in their late 30s to 40s get pregnant.

What I'm going to tell you is the straight up truth.  

Most people don't know it.  

Most doctors don't even know it.  

The secret that hardly anyone knows is that egg quality can be improved...

Here's the giddyup on that...

Yes, women are born with all the eggs that we're going to have.  (Actually, recent studies in mice have thrown a kink into that assumption.  That's something they're researching now.)  

There's a huge BUT in there though.  

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Does everyone seem pregnant to you?

Men, s-e-x and its accoutrements, kids, challenges, accomplishments, money, meaning of life, ...

My friends and I bond when we talk about stuff that's important to us.

These are also the things my patients and I commiserate and celebrate over.  That's what makes it so fun for me to go to "work".  It's like getting paid for having girlfriends.  

Since most are in great, supportive relationships, they often give me men advice and offer the hope that there actually are happily-ever-afters.   

Just as you struggle with keeping the faith that you'll get pregnant after years of trying, I battle my skepticism about loving long-term relationships when I see marriages falling apart all around me.

But alas that's another train of thought for a different bright, sunny day.

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Fertility coaching from me...anyone interested?

One of the things I most enjoy about the online course is the community that has formed around these classes.  It keeps us accountable so we continue to move forward with our progress.  Otherwise, the difficulty and sheer volume of the content can overwhelm us into non-action.  The camaraderie and support has been invaluable when we get stuck on something or just need a sounding board.

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Shut up, stupid blinking cursor!

Oooh, an idea is coming.  Let's see where I can take it...

There's a reason why I email daily, 7 days a week.  

It's for me, not you.  If you think these emails are for your benefit, think again.  If they are helpful for you, that's a perk, for sure.  And I LOVE the feedback!

But truly, they are for me to grow and challenge myself.  

We live in a reactive state.  From childhood, we're taught to listen to our parents, elders, teachers, bosses, and so it goes on.  

Rarely, are we encouraged to do things for ourselves.  That would be considered selfish and so we feel guilty.  

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How to overcome this relationship killer

As a single woman, going in and out of the dating scene, I happily share my adventures with my patients.  

Despite being in solid, loving, long-term relationships, they enjoy living vicariously through me, listening to my escapades.

Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.  And dating is entertaining, if nothing else.  
 

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How volcanoes help fertility...

My sista from another motha treated me to "Escape from Margaritaville" Sunday, featuring the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett.  Although I'm not familiar with his songs, it was a fun and entertaining musical.

The sets were amazing.  It was really impressive how they could change the scenes on such a small stage.

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My visit to a Mexican orphanage

True story...

American family of five visits Mexico.  For unknown reasons, parents leave their 3 kids stranded in a foreign country.  Mexican government reaches out to American consulate for help in finding relatives but no one turns up.  What happens to these 3 unclaimed American children?  

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Having fun doesn't just happen

I did a lot more of that before kids came along.  It really stalled after progeny #2 due to time, money, and life.

It took me years to understand the whole "fit your kids into your life" motto.  Frankly, kids are tyrants and they will run your life if you let them.  Learning how to establish boundaries so I'm not being pulled every which way was and is still a process.

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Are you a woman worth killing for?

Wars have been fought over women.  

Behold...

Helen - the most beautiful woman in the world.  Although already married to King Menelaus of Sparta with 2 children, that didn't stop Prince Paris from spiriting her back to Troy for himself.  And thus the 10 year Trojan war began as the Greeks fought to reclaim Helen.

Ok, maybe a full out war over a woman might be too unbelieveable

Hear ye then...

The story of Scheherazade in One Thousand and One Nights...

In reverse Lorena Bobbit fashion, upon finding out his wife was unfaithful, the king vowed to marry a virgin every day and behead the previous day's wife to ensure her faithfulness.  Finally, he met Scheherazade.  To avoid her fate, she had a plan. Every night she would tell him a story with a cliffhanger.  He kept her alive each day so she could finish her tales. 1001 captivating stories later, he had fallen in love with her and made her his queen. 

Fictional tales these might be.  

But they underscore the power of the woman.

In a time when women are taught that the world is our oyster, we have forgotten what it means to be feminine.

So let me remind you that although the masculine qualities of ambition, drive, assertiveness is completely appropriate in the workplace so you can blast through the glass ceiling, these are qualities of testosterone.  If you stay in this mindset in your intimate relationship though, your testosterone stays elevated.  No bueno for fertility.  So leave your balls at work, girl.

Instead, balance that high achieving, forceful energy with the softer one of estrogen. Being a woman is about receiving and patience.  

Prime example:

Egg waits patiently in fallopian tube as millions of sperm battle it out to be da man.  Once fertilized, 9 months of patience is required.  (Then 18 years.)

You also have to look the part.  Sexy undies, beautifully fitted dress hinting at what's underneath (men want a lady in public but a skank at home), feminine essentials oils lingering on the skin.  

It's the weekend.  Pull out your LBD (little black dress), suck up the pinching of your stilettos (sorry but platforms just don't have the same effect), flirt with your man, and have awesome ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom.  

That's my best fertility advice for you today.  

If you dig it and my daily emails, please like and rate my Facebook page.

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt
For fertility acupuncture appointments in San Diego, call me at (858) 495-0771 or book here:http://juliechang.genbook.com/

The Real Deal:

  • Licensed Acupuncturist for 18 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
  • Fertility Epigenetics guru in training
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Here's your chance to pay it forward

In March,  I joined a volunteer group called Baja Orphan Annie's to bring thousands of dollars worth of food, clothes, toys, and essentials to an orphanage in Mexico.  

Here's a cutie who is happily living with her 2 siblings at the home.  Her reaction when she tried on her new flip-flops...

We're headed across the border again Saturday.  PBS's Crossing South is bringing a crew to film us with the kids, providing coverage of what the organization does for orphanages in Baja California.  

The one we're going to houses 84 kids from infant to 18yo.  Some are special needs.

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How not to be Hogwarts Whomping Willow

While standing, rock back and forth gently on the soles of your feet and breathe deeply.  It's even better if you can be barefoot on grass, soil, or sand.  Bring that energy down into your feet and through the ground.  Picture yourself as a big, solid oak tree sending that energy out like deep roots.  Do this for as long as you need to calm down.  

Once the anxiety has passed, identify the situation that brought up the emotion.  Often, idleness allows us to dwell on our worries.

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This is NOT to be reserved for the dead!

I slept really well this weekend - better than usual.  I'm attributing it to binge watching Flash Episodes before bed.  :) My kids and I cranked out 13 episodes in the past 3 days.  But I can't rely on watching tv as a sleep aid.  

Instead I usually read non-fiction in bed.  No matter how interested I am in the material, I generally can't last more than 15 minutes.  Perfect!  Enough to get content I can absorb, then it's nighty-night.

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More to learn from villains...

No distractions.  
Just FOCUS - Follow One Course Until Successful.  
But you know what else they have?
Patience.  Lots and lots of it.
Cuz all this revenge stuff to right their perceived wrongs takes a lot of planning and scheming.

Harken back to the great movie "Shawshank Redemption".  It took Andy nigh close to 20 years to dig his way out of his jail cell using a tiny rock hammer with the help of a gigantic poster of Raquel Welch to cover said hole in wall.

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Villains got game. So can you if you do as they do...

Ep. 1 - dude with boy band bangs wanted to conquer the world using his weather-controlling superpower
Ep. 2 - brilliant scientist turned killer avenged the death of his wife by beating the crap out of people because he could clone himself infinite times, Matrix-style
 

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What would Steve Jobs say?

"I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” - Steve Jobs

The essence of that quote has stuck with me throughout the years.  It magically pops up during times when I'm struggling... reminding me to connect with my soul, the light at the end of my tunnel.

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PC vs Mac - which is better?

I've had my PC since 2012.  The fan is loud.  It takes forever to boot up.  Vulnerable to viruses. Firefox has become slow which forced me over to Chrome.  It freezes and is glitchy.  I've learned to back it up frequently enough and/or use Google docs so when (cuz that day WILL come) it completely crashes, I'm ok. 

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