How much longer until your fertility hits menopause?

I was asked yesterday how single life 2 years post-divorce was treating me. 

Without hesitation, I said it's been way more fun than I could ever expect.  There have been and still are tough periods but overall it's a path I don't regret being shoved onto.

I've learned that living well is a skill. 

It's not something that just happens.  It's a journey.

It needs to be cultivated, nurtured, and prioritized.

Because living well requires me to be in the moment, to control my emotions (both positive and negative) instead of them controlling me, to welcome opportunities that will help me grow despite the fear of the unknown, and to have a vision to work towards. 

I consciously choose to live well because time is our most precious resource.  The sand in our hourglass is drifting down.  

Here's a sobering exercise:
1.  Take your age and subtract it from 50 (average age of menopause in the US, more or less).  For example, if you're 40yo, 50-40=10.
2.  Multiply that number by 365.  So 10 x 365 = 3650

So if you're 40yo now, you have 3,650 days...

To live well before your childbearing years come to an end.

To create a life that a baby WANTS to be a part of, if you don't already have one.

One of love, laughter, kindness - for yourself AND others.  One where you and your partner are healthy of body, mind, and spirit.

If you're constantly stressed and being pulled in every direction, that's not a welcoming body for a baby to call home.

Makes me wonder if part of the reason why it's so much easier to get pregnant when we're much younger, other than the obvious biological advantage, is that we're more carefree, with less worries and obligations.

As we get older, it's much more challenging to remember our younger version when we laughed more and delighted in the smallest things.

Tick, tock.

What will you do today, tomorrow, and each day after to live well?  To grab a little more of that younger you?

I can't tell you how to live your life but I can show you the steps to get you closer to optimal fertile health.  If you want to follow my yellow brick road in my online GPS (Get Pregnant & Stay pregnant) Fertility Program that I laid out for women like you, skip on over here... zenfertility.com/gps

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

The Real Deal:

  • Natural Fertility Coach
  • Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 18 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
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Who you gonna believe? Your docs and an Olympian...or me?

"Nancy Kerrigan Realized You Can't 'Train' Your Way to a Pregnancy"

That headline caught my eye as it made its way 'round the fertility forums these past few days.

As a former Olympian in figure skating, she knows a thing or two about training.  

So let's get this issue cleared up. 

Right the eff now.

Many people, including doctors, think that your fertility can't be changed by anything you do.  It is what it is.  It's fixed.  

If you've been reading my emails for awhile, you know how I feel about this.

It's a load of crap.  Pure, udder bullshyt.  

There is nothing static about the body.  The only constant about your body is that it's changing at any given moment in time.  That includes your eggs.  

The environment your eggs are in affects what they're going to do.  Whether they're going to go whimpering into the sunset of menopause or come charging back from hibernation.  

My patient who came to me after a failed IVF cycle can attest to that.  17 eggs retrieved, 8 fertilized, 3 embryos at Day 3 but none at Day 5 for transfer.  

After 5 months with my guidance, she had 21 eggs retrieved, 20 fertilized, 16 embryos at Day 3, and 8 at Day 5.

Yes, her IVF protocol changed so that was part of the reason. 

But I believe she made lifestyle changes that contributed to her massive improvement.

It doesn't matter if you've been diagnosed with advanced maternal age, poor egg quality, low ovarian reserve, low AMH, high FSH, etc.  

No matter your age, your egg quality CAN change. 

If you want to know how, you best be getting in on my online GPS (Get Pregnant & Stay pregnant) Fertility Program.  Run here, don't walk... zenfertility.com/gps

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

The Real Deal:

  • Natural Fertility Coach
  • Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 18 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
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Recipe: Egg Scramble with lotsa fertility goodies

Egg Scramble

Eggs are a staple in a fertility diet.  They're nutrient-dense, fast, and relatively cheap. 

Traditional cultures prized eggs for their fertility boosting nutrients.  Eggs develop into an entire animal.  Eating them would thus make a woman more fertile.
 
Just make sure you get them from pasture-raised chickens.

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Fertility's Pope-mobile - what is it?

A great question came up about not seeing cervical mucus around ovulation.  

Heads up, dudes - this might be TMI for you but suck it up and learn about your woman.

Ok, here goes...

Typically, after your period ends, your hoo-la-la isn't make much cervical mucus (CM).  Sometimes you'll feel the dryness during sex and you need lube.  Or your man needs to do more foreplay (hint!). 

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Are the fruits of your body contaminated?

Yesterday's email about persimmons was getting a little long so I'm continuing the discussion on fruits today.

I've read articles over the years about whether buying organic over non-organic foods was worth the extra cost. 

Unless the entire organic foods industry is lying to us, I'm going to assume that yes, they are cleaner than their non-organic versions. 

I don't care if it's just 1% cleaner because over time that 1% accumulates.  And my body (and those of my kids') are temples, not to be defiled by synthetic pest-killing chemicals.

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The bounty of child labor...

Child labor rewarded me with 30 pounds of persimmons sitting on my kitchen counter.  Wish I could say it was free but I'm paying for them for at least 18 years. :/

That's what happens when I take my girls persimmon picking.  

Persimmons are our all-time favorite fruit when the summer crops end.  

They're great portable snacks.

Sadly, not a lot of people know about this yummy fruit.

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Is your man hurting your chances of getting pregnant?

It feels like I'm picking on men this week.  But really I'm not...

It just happens all these studies are coming across my desk at the same time.

The latest news shouldn't come as a shocker though. 

We already know being overweight and obesity decreases fertility in women.

And so it is with men as well...

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How NOT to be so lame when online dating

It's a week since I've been on Tinder, an online dating app.  I now see why people refer to it as the "hookup" app.

Fast sign up.  Free.  No questionnaire to fill out - many don't even bother with a short bio.  Easy in, easy out.

I've swiped left on literally thousands of profiles.  So easy to pick apart what I don't like.  No tattoos, beards, students, one night stands, threesomes, and on and on.

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These healthy foods really aren't, even if your doctor says so

"Eat more fruits and vegetables."  This common advice is dispensed everywhere, online and from medical professionals.

In my not so humble opinion, methinks that's a crock of doodoo.  

No, chickies.  

It should be "Eat more vegetables."  Period.

Lumping fruits and vegetables in the same category is just plain wrong.  

Yeah, fruits have all sorts of goodies like fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other health-promoting nutrients.

You know what else it has that vegetables, especially the dark, leafy greens, don't have in nearly the same amount?

Sugar!

Girlll, it don't matter if it comes from fruit or a cookie.  

Just cuz fruit sugars are natural, doesn't mean it's a fruit buffet all day long. 

And dang, I see that in my patients all the time - fruit in their breakfast smoothie, fruit for morning snack, fruit for afternoon snack, and then let's just finish the day with some more fruit.  If that's you, that is no bueno!  

Fruit should be eaten as if it's a treat.  Therefore in very small amounts.  

Anyhoo, my online fertility coaching program explains why fruits sugars are harmful and more importantly, which specific fruits you should eat to boost fertility.  You'll be surprised why some of these fruits have been used to improve fertility for thousands of years.

The program will reopen in November.  I'm working hard on getting it ready so my daily emails will be a bit spotty in the next few weeks.  But don't go nowheres.

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

The Real Deal:

  • Natural Fertility Coach
  • Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 18 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
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My return to online dating and how it applies to fertility

I remember thinking when I was married how fortunate I was that I wasn't dating.  Single women I knew kept complaining about how tough it is out there in the jungle.  

I completely jinxed myself cuz lo and behold, here I am.  Single.  With kids, no less.

Motivated by my friend, I joined Tinder earlier this week.  It's one of the most popular dating apps.

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Is it time to give up?

Since most of my patients are in their late 30s and 40s, one of the issues that come up often is when to move on and end the fertility journey.  

In my opinion, for most women, the definitive end point is a women at least in her mid to late 40s whose period has been regular to date but has recently become so irregular that ovulation is difficult to track or it completely stops.  Ending the fertility journey before that is premature, I think.

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Mussels - fertility friend or foe?

I got a great question from one of the ladies in my online fertility coaching group about a recommendation I made last week.

"Although I love mussels a lot, do you think is it safe to eat them? I've read articles about how poisony they could be because of the sea pollution.  What do you think?"

Shellfish are surprisingly a great source of fertility boosting nutrients such as zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, copper, Vit B-12, magnesium, and protein.

Since shellfish are filter feeders, people think of physical filters, the type we use like an air filter in the car or vent ducts.  Physical filters accumulate the stuff we don't want and are then thrown out.

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Naughty Nun Touched My Bum

"Naughty Nun Touched My Bum"
"Fergie Decks Becks"
"Brad Pitt Ate My Sandwich"

Those are a few of the front page headlines papering the wall of international spy, Galahad, played by Colin Firth in the first Kingsman movie.

(I'm introducing my daughter to the Kingsman so she can watch #2 while it's in the theaters.  Forgot how funny it was with a lisping Samuel Jackson as a deranged billionaire who's intent on wiping out the world's population except for a select few in a dramatic effort to save the world from climate change.)

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More from my new fave drug lord villain...

I'm jonesing for more of my new fave villain, Poppy, played by Julianne Moore in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"...

So back to her and one of her best quotes...

"Sugar is 10 times more addictive than cocaine. It causes more death and misery in America. Yet one is legal. Peddle that shyt and you’re in the Forbes 500. Peddle coke and you’re in jail. What the fugk!"

True dat, sista!

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