As my daughters get older, I've taken particular interest in how our society defines gender roles. Read More
That, in turn, has influenced how I help women on their fertility journeys.
We live in a masculine world where traits such as power, competition, and productivity are valued.
These characteristics are essential in the workplace for job security and advancement.
However, women have let those ideals into their personal lives where they feel the need to be busy all the time.
Often, she experiences guilt for slowing down or doing nothing.
However, it's in the calm quiet that a woman can access the power of her femininity. Without it, she can't be patient, loving, kind, and nurturing.
All qualities of a mother.
If you want to be a mother, start by cultivating the traits necessary to become one.
It's in becoming your full potential will you be able to really have a chance of overcoming seemingly insurmountable issues like poor egg quality, low ovarian reserve, repeated failed IVF cycles, and/or recurrent miscarriage.
Often it's not physical age that's blocking you but rather your inability to tap into the creativity that's inherent in every woman.
One simple (although not always easy) way to regain your power is to leave work where it belongs...at work. Don't you think 8+ hours/day is enough to give to someone else?
You must have time to be you. Wife. Mother (if you're already one). Daughter. Sister. Friend.
To be a multidimensional being.
To help you better along your fertility journey, I'm doing a complete reboot of my GPS (Get Pregnant and Stay pregnant) Fertility Program to be relaunched in September. If you want to get in to the current program and take advantage of big savings to version 2.0 as an existing client, get in now while you can ... zenfertility.com/gps.
All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt
My tomboy girls sometimes snidely comment "You're dressed up" when they see me wearing a dress.
There's actually a very practical reason when it's hot as Hades out. I get a lot more air circulation than wearing shorts. Material for summer dresses tend to be lighter as well which is a bonus.
So shove it, girls!
Keeping cool is important for guys as well. I actually talked about it last week.
But lo and behold, a study JUST came out to confirm what I was saying.
Published last Wednesday, researchers found that men who wore boxers had a 25% higher concentration of sperm and 17% higher sperm count than those who favored other underwear styles.
646 men were asked to choose from the following options: boxers, jockeys, bikini, briefs, and “other.”
As a chick, I'm wondering...
As a clinician, I'm putting boxer briefs into the "briefs" category, in case you're wondering.
They should have added "none aka going commando" as another choice cuz theoretically that's the best option, no?
I would have been happy to give my professional input in this study. ;)
If going shopping, organic cotton or silk are best since they're natural fibers that'll keep him cooler than he already is. Read More
If you found this tip helpful, I have lots more to improve your egg quality as you TTC naturally or prepare for your next IVF. To learn more about them, check out my Fertility Top10 ... http://zenfertility.com/top10
All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt
Think different to be different... "The pizza-wheel is actually an infinity knife." - Anonymous, via Reddit :)
Ever been stuck in a plane, circling the airport? Read More
Imagine doing that for a month.
Cuz that's what's happening to the crew on a ship going round and round in the Pacific Ocean since July 6.
Fascinating (at least to me) random trivia... Read More
Why don't vultures have feathers on their heads and necks?
The predominant theory is that since they feed off dead animals, being bald keeps them relatively clean as they stick their head inside carcasses to scavenge.
One of the most frequent refrains I hear from clients is "I'm too busy to..." Read More
They're too busy to do some of the things that are necessary for optimal fertility, like...
Yesterday, I talked about one of the big myths of IVF. Read More
IVF's success rate. And how inflated it can be.
Today let's talk about the other factor that many aren't aware of.
In my office, I usually see women after they've already gone through several rounds of IVF. Read More
It's a rare woman who comes in BEFORE her first IVF to prepare. Those women I commend in having done their research.
One of the dumbest movies I've ever seen was a Sharknado film. It was riveting in a weird way cuz it was so asinine. Read More
Head scratcher...it has become a cult favorite and spawned 6 films to the series.
Have you ever noticed that middle-aged Asian women are often covered up from head to toe? Even in the middle of summer? Read More
It's cuz they want to keep their skin as light as possible. Lily white skin is the beauty standard of many Asian cultures.
My kids are gone for 3 weeks visiting their relatives in Denmark. Read More
It's the 5th summer abroad for my 13 yo and the 1st for my 9yo. Sometimes their dad is able to travel with them, like this year. Some years my older one needed to travel by herself.
My 9 yo and I are watching "Once Upon a Time" together for our movie nights. Read More
It's a great TV series where Snow White's evil stepmother curses all the fairy tale characters into the modern world so they can no longer have their happily ever afters.
My work in helping women overcome fertility issues and grow their families is all about relationships. Read More
One of my all-time favorite shows is Dexter. Read More
His blood thirst could only be quenched with murder. So he targeted criminals. An "ethical" serial killer, if you will.
A client asks..."I wasn't the best with my nutrition, drank alcohol, and slept very little. (Having too much fun at ComicCon!) Other than righting my path asap, is there anything else I can do to straighten my crooked path?" Read More
Yes, it's nice to indulge and relax the health restrictions once in a while. But once it's done, it's done. Best thing to do is move on.
Another client question, this time about exercise... Read More
"I am so scared to exercise at all, that all I have been doing is gentle walking. Since trying to conceive I have ended up putting on 10 lb since last year, probably because I cut out working out. Is exercise safe to do while try to conceive and especially during the 2 week wait?"
"Can I get pregnant with a low AMH?" Read More
I've addressed this before in my daily emails but it's probably the most common question I get in working with women in their 30s and 40s, so let's have another round at it.
First, what IS AMH?
When I had the house with the white picket fence, I thought about raising my own chickens. How cool to have fresh eggs every day! Then I realized that I would need 6-8 hens to provide the daily supply necessary for my family. No thanks. Dream busted. Back to the grocery store. Read More
But raising chickens is becoming more popular in large cities.
Earlier this month, Starbucks announced that it would phase out single use plastic straws from all their locations by 2020. Read More
With 8 MILLION metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, Starbucks leading the charge in reducing its environmental impact is admirable.
It's funny (not really) how we develop such blind spots to ourselves. Read More
You think nothing of working overtime for your boss. Or attend ongoing education classes on your own time. You may grumble but you do it. Maybe to help you climb up the corporate ladder, out of obligation, or simply fear of losing your job.
A new study published last month showed that the older the mother, the higher the risk of passing mutated, disease-causing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to offspring. Read More
The importance of these results confirms what I teach through these emails and to my clients.