Thinking about having kids one day? Concerned about the infertility pandemic that is being reported by experts in the field?
There IS a way to address this NOW so to ensure your fertile future ~ and I don’t mean simply freezing your eggs! FUNdamentally Fertile highlights experts in the field of fertile health to give you need-to-know info on how not to be a statistic. Our goal is to put the FUN in fundamentals of fertile health and put the power back in your hands to realize your dreams of family when you’re ready.
Join Dr. Susan Fox, fertility health coach practicing in San Francisco Bay Area, as she interviews experts on fertility in Eastern and Western Medicine, nutrition and relationship health, and women and couples who have been in the trenches as they share their stories, including the “if only I knew” aspects.
17: The Impact of Emotions with Kylene Terhune
Your emotions impact a lot more than you think.
In today’s episode, Dr. Fox speaks with Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Autoimmune Protocol Coach Kylene Terhune.
They delve deep into emotions and how they impact hormone, gut, and immune health.
A former opera singer and cancer survivor, Kylene recounts her inspiring story and explains how it led her to the impactful work she does today.
Kylene will help you see trauma in an entirely new way while giving you easy tips to heal on all levels.
After this episode, you will be the boss of your own emotions!
Key Topics and Takeaways:
Why society’s way of perceiving stress is unhealthy. How our nervous system is affected by the past. Somatic therapy. Where trauma is held in the body. Signs of unprocessed emotions. The importance of gut, immune, and emotional health. Easy strategies to regulate the nervous system. Where To Find Kylene Terhune:
“To just have someone teach through conversation is just so healing.” (8:04, Dr. Fox)
“I think a lot of times when we focus so much on the physical, we almost discount the energetic, emotional, and spiritual aspects. And I really believe that God created us to be a combination of all of those things.” (9:54, Kylene)
“You can't address things in your health without recognizing how the brain is impacting it.” (11:47, Kylene)
“Yes, take your additional vitamin D, but don't take your additional vitamin D and keep perpetuating the same issues that created the problem in the first place.” (25:43, Dr. Fox)
“There's no surprise that when we're stressed, we're looking for the cookie or the candy or the glass of wine. It is not a willpower issue at that point, but we do need to exert some willpower and say, ah, if I'm feeling this way, That's truly my body telling me I actually need more vegetables and less wine.” (28:29, Dr. Fox)
16: DIY Detox for Fertility Health with Bonnie Burgess
If done right, detoxification can be a major tool to help set yourself up for a healthy pregnancy.
Today, Dr. Fox speaks with tech executive turned Certified Nutritionist Bonnie Burgess. Now, Bonnie specializes in the areas of fertility and women’s hormone health.
In this episode, Bonnie breaks down detoxification and how to do it in a way that correctly supports the body.
She’ll share easy strategies to implement into your daily life that will remove toxins from your environment and have huge results.
Bonnie will also offer her argument for going through detox before pregnancy and why it supports fertility.
If you want to feel better without drastic changes, this episode will change your life forever!
Key Topics and Takeaways:
How to detox in a healthy way all on your own. The right times to detox. Signs you might need a detox. When to bring a professional into your detox. What you need to know about hydration. Two small things you can do each day to detoxify your body. The 3 S’s of detoxification. Where To Find Bonnie Burgess:
Replenish & Reset 10 Day Program
“When we use the word detox, somebody might be talking about supporting those natural processes of detoxification, or they might be talking about a drastic, forceful detox, which is kind of how it gets a bad rap.” (6:52, Bonnie)
“Once a woman is pregnant and through breastfeeding, I would not recommend undergoing a detoxification program.” (10:25, Bonnie)
“Supporting detoxification intentionally with some frequency say twice a year is a great just rhythm to be on.” (11:09, Bonnie)
“Eating organic, even if the cost is a little higher and you're eating a smaller portion, you're going to get more bang for your buck out of the nutrients that you get.” (14:14, Dr. Fox)
“The idea of just reducing the inputs, I think that's probably the best thing you can pay attention to and something that people might not think about when it comes to detoxification.” (23:42, Bonnie)
15: Egg Freezing FAQ with Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh
Ready to clear up your egg freezing misconceptions once and for all?
Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, otherwise known as the “Egg Whisperer,” is a reproductive endocrinologist on a mission to personalize your fertility journey.
She’s on the show today to answer all of your questions around egg freezing and tell you about her work to educate people about this very important topic.
Discover the difference between IVF and egg freezing (hint: it’s not what you think!) and how you can be proactive in your fertility journey.
Egg freezing is a relatively new field, but Dr. Aimee shares this complex information in an easy to understand and fun way!
Key Topics and Takeaways:
What egg freezing is and how it works. Egg freezing parties. Why you need to pay attention to sperm quality. Fertility and acupuncture. Freezing embryos. Egg regeneration. The reason you should explore all options before choosing a treatment. Resources:
American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine
Where To Find Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh:
“Obviously infertility is a really heavy topic, so I try and make things as easy for people to digest and understand for themselves so that they're more inclined to do some of these checks without being so fearful about what the information might tell them.” (4:35, Dr. Aimee)
“I think there is a misconception out there and a myth that egg freezing and IVF are different things. They are the same. It is the same process and procedure. The only thing that's different is what happens with the egg after retrieval.” (5:52, Dr. Aimee)
“A lot of people think that you just freeze and forget, and then you just use them when you're ready, but that might not be enough and you don't want to learn it the hard way.” (9:04, Dr. Aimee)
“It would be amazing if there could be some sort of policy or a law in place that every woman who donates eggs also automatically gets eggs frozen for herself.” (12:46, Dr. Aimee)
“One should go to an acupuncturist who has a specialty, not just claim specialty, but a proven specialty in the area of fertility, because it is a complex process.” (19:07, Dr. Fox)
“What I would tell people is that when it comes to thawing your eggs, make sure you thaw them in the same place that you froze them when possible.” (27:08, Dr. Aimee)
14: Demystifying Blood Sugar with Ann Jambor
How does blood sugar affect fertile health?
Ann Jambor is a functional nutrition therapy practitioner based in Texas on the show to answer all of your blood sugar questions.
She explains how irregular blood sugar levels adversely impact the health of women trying to conceive and how to manage your own levels.
She’ll also go into the topic of weight loss, giving you tips on how to drop your snacking habit and begin an intermittent fasting practice.
As you’ll learn, eating real food and listening to your body can go a long way!
Key Topics and Takeaways:
The difference between a functional nutritional therapy practitioner and a nutritionist. Why hydration and drinking real water are important. Signs and symptoms of blood sugar problems. How diet affects emotions. Utilizing sleep for recovery. Intermittment fasting. Where To Find Ann Jambor:
“When the body isn’t safe, you’re going to have all sorts of hormone dysregulation, and you’re not going to be able to really conceive or have a body that wants to be fertile.” (11:17, Ann)
“It's so important for women to really nourish themselves and take this time before they can see you to make sure that they have a good, nourished, fertile, terrain that can handle conceiving a child.” (16:55, Ann)
“So as they're able to go longer and longer without the snack, as they change these habits, they'll get to a point where three meals a day is just fine and they feel great between those meals.” (21:02, Ann)
“I would caution someone against really jumping into an intermittent fasting type of lifestyle if they feel like they're really struggling with blood sugar issues.” (25:46, Ann)
“If there's something going wrong with your elimination, there's something going wrong upstream too.” (28:36, Ann)
13: Releasing Stress with Dr. Doni Wilson
Whether you like it or not, stress is a part of life. But it doesn’t need to overcome you.
In today’s episode, Dr. Fox speaks to Dr. Doni Wilson, a talented naturopathic doctor, professional midwife, and clinical nutritionist.
You’ll learn that stress is largely underestimated in the body and can have drastic consequences.
By hearing the symptoms of stress, you’ll know if you need to add some self-care to your plate and will also discover how stress might impact your fertility levels.
Stress is something that you can recover from, and this episode will help you know where to start!
Key Topics and Takeaways:
How to prioritize self-care and put it into practice. Why health and routine changes should be incremental. What to do if you are overwhelmed with stress. Understanding how your unique body responds to stress. Recovering from stress can help you change the immune system and turn off auto-immunity. Addressing sugar and inflammatory foods. The importance of proper sleep. Where To Find Dr. Doni Wilson:
Sign up for Dr. Doni’s 7-Day Stress Reset
“If we have too much stress and not enough support, labor also comes to a standstill.” (3:34, Dr. Wilson)
“Habitual stress is the devil, if you will, to reproductive optimal fertile health.” (5:59, Dr. Fox)
“The immune system is changeable.” (25:41, Dr. Wilson)
“Depending upon one’s level of sensitivity, as little as one exposure can create up to eight weeks of inflammation.” (31:27, Dr. Fox)
“We don’t come with an instruction manual. We have to listen to our bodies and figure it out.” (35:44, Dr. Wilson)
“Having this foundation of self-care means that anything we do in addition only needs a little bit of an effort, a little tweak, because everything else is working smoothly together.” (42:43, Dr. Wilson)
12: Cultivating a Healthy Vaginal Microbiome with Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Meet Dr. Betsy Greenleaf, a pelvic health specialist and the first-ever board-certified female Urogynecologist in the United States.
By combining conventional medicine with alternative medicine, she is able to help her patients thrive.
In this episode, you’ll learn why it’s so important to keep a healthy vaginal microbiome.
Dr. Betsy will also share her insights and recommendations for optimal health and fertility.
By focusing on the microbiome, you are using a tool that is often overlooked but incredibly effective.
Key Topics and Takeaways:
Dr. Betsy explains what Urogynecology is. Why the vaginal microbiome matters. How a woman’s vaginal microbiome affects fertility and her sex drive. The connection between the brain and vagina. Strategies to keep your vaginal microbiome healthy. Next-generation sequencing vs. PCR testing. Spiritual and emotional remedies. Where To Find Dr. Betsy Greenleaf:
“You start to realize that we’re not alone. I’m not talking about aliens, but then our body is basically covered both internally and externally with bazillions of bacteria.” (5:05, Dr. Betsy)
“Regardless of whether or not you're trying to conceive right now, there's value in getting these swabs and then going through some level of protocol or program.” (14:52, Dr. Fox)
“I think it's okay to try something for like a week. And if it's not getting any better or things don't seem to be working, like after a week of trying something, you really need to bring in a professional that can take a look at things a little bit.” (20:57, Dr. Betsy)
“So one of the things is we know that when the vaginal microbiome is off, it's very inflammatory and so it can increase the risk of preterm labor and potentially even miscarriage. So that, that's why it's important to get tested.” (25:53, Dr. Betsy)
“We all should bow to our vagus nerve 'cause it really is what helps keep us in a state of balance.” (29:40, Dr. Fox)
“The body wants to be in balance. So we just sometimes have to give the body some more tools so we can go back into balance.” (39:58, Dr. Betsy)