Today, we’re going to talk about male fertility because guess what, it still takes two-to-tango, and you need a sperm and an egg to get pregnant.
Male fertility sometimes gets overlooked. And I don’t know if it’s something deeper but when a couple is having trouble conceiving, the woman is the presumed person with the problem. But here is the scary thing, male fertility issues now account for 40% of all infertility cases.
So in this episode, I’m going to give you an overview of male fertility, from a western point of view and from a chinese medicine perspective. When it comes to male fertility, the nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement requirements are slightly different than female fertility. We’re going to get to all that eventually in upcoming episodes, but today we’re just going to be looking at the bigger picture of male fertility. I also get a lot of questions about how to read semen analysis results so I’m going to go over that as well.
I firmly believe that the more information you have, the more empowered you will be and the better decisions you will make. So let’s dive right in.
Today’s guest is Hilary, a member of the Practically Fertile™ Club.
Hilary reached out to me on one of our group coaching calls, and I decided to offer her the honor coaching opportunity because I needed more information about her situation to be able to answer her questions. I also thought it might be helpful to some of you who are in the same situation.
Hilary has been trying-to-conceive for 5 years. She’s currently in between IVF cycles and her major challenge is getting the uterine lining to the optimal thickness for a frozen embryo transfer.
In this coaching call, I help Hilary make tweaks to her nutrition plan and exercise plan to boost the amount of blood flow to the uterus.
Keep in mind that even though everyone is different and Hilary’s plan isn’t necessarily the right plan for you, you’re still going to gain new understanding and learn tips and tricks whether you’re on the IVF journey or you’re trying to conceive naturally.
Let’s dive into my live 1-on-1 honor coaching call with Hilary.
We live in a world where we are always on the go and sleep seems so overrated. God forbid if you sleep-in or take a nap, then you might feel like you’re missing out on something or people might think you’re lazy.
That is so wrong, especially for someone trying to get pregnant. I bet a lot of you don’t think about how sleep could possibly be affecting your fertility.
I often ask my patients about sleep and they always say sleep is good. But when I dive in deeper, I find that they’re actually tossing and turning all night long, or having to get up to use the bathroom at least once, or it takes more than an hour to fall asleep.
So in today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how sleep ties into better fertility, what hormones are involved, and how much sleep you really need. Yes, there really is such thing as too much sleep.
Then I’ll give you my top 4 tips on how to improve your sleep hygiene without the use of medication.
Let’s dive in!
Today’s episode is going to be a really useful one. We’re going to be talking about Chinese medicine, and specifically the Chinese medicine perspective on the menstrual cycle.
In Episode 47 I talked about the four substances according to Chinese medicine. Today, we’re going to deep dive. You’ll get a better idea of how each substance corresponds to the 4 phases of the menstrual cycle and what you need to do to boost your fertility.
And I have a super awesome freebie for you too, it’s a recipes collection. I’m going to give you a sample recipe for each phase of the menstrual cycle.
To get your hands on this freebie, you can download it at adriennewei.com/52download.
Episode 40 - Why Was It So Easy for Her, But Not For Me
Episode 47 - The Four Substances and How They Affect Fertility
I’m so excited for 2018 because there are just so many things to look forward to.
This episode is a facebook live interview that I conducted with Shannon Schultz-Wooten. Many of you are familiar with Shannon. She is a life coach with a speciality in helping others with fertility challenges move the blocks out of the way that are preventing them from moving forward and achieving future goals. She is also the author of “Infertility sucks, you don’t.”
Shannon was my guest for episode #29 where we talked about how the fertility journey has so many similarities with the five stages of grief. I thought the facebook live interview I did with Shannon would be the perfect episode to round out the year 2017. As we head into 2018 and as many of you reflect on the year 2017, you might be feeling a bit down on yourself if you didn’t get pregnant this year. You may feel like a failure. I don’t want you to head into 2018 with this type of mindset.
As mentioned before, Shannon is known for taking the 5 stages of grief and applying that to the TTC process. In this interview, Shannon and I specifically discuss the final stage which is acceptance.
Here are some of what we discussed:
My purpose with this episode is to let you know there is light at the end of the tunnel whether or not pregnancy is the outcome. When you’ve been trying to conceive for a while, it seem like it’s never going to happen. But I want you to trust yourself, trust the process, and know that you’re going to be OK no matter what happens.
#29 - Interview with Shannon Shulz-Wooten: Infertility Sucks, You Don’t
Today’s episode is part 2 of How to overcome limiting beliefs that are preventing you from pregnancy.
To quickly review, limiting beliefs are show stoppers. They stop us in our tracks and prevent us from moving forward. Just by having these beliefs, we do not think, do or say the things that the beliefs prevent us from thinking, doing or saying and we totally sabotage ourselves.
Limiting beliefs can be “I am not very good at this,” “this is too hard,” “I can never do this,” “I’m never going to get pregnant,” “ I’m that annoying person,” “people are going to laugh at me.”
And the ways we come up with these limiting beliefs is through life experiences, what others have said, our fears, and our assumptions that we know what others will do, think or say .
So in today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how to actually overcome limiting beliefs whatever they might be.
Let’s dive right in.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Episode 49: How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs That Are Preventing You From Pregnancy (Part I)
Do you ever find yourself saying things like “I’m infertile,” “I don’t have the willpower,” “people think I’m annoying,””I can’t do this,” “this is too hard.”
We probably all have said something similar. These are what we call limiting beliefs.
Limiting beliefs are show stoppers. They stop us in our tracks and prevent us from moving forward. Just by having these beliefs, we do not think, do or say the things that the beliefs prevent us from thinking, doing or saying. And we end up totally sabotage ourselves.
Having a fertile mindset is as important as having a fertile cycle and a fertile lifestyle.
Today's episode is part 1 of a two part series on how to overcome limiting beliefs that are preventing you from getting pregnant. We learn what limiting beliefs are and where they comes from.
Let's dive in.
Today, I want you to meet Heather, a member of the Practically Fertile Club.
Heather has gone through three rounds of IUI and is currently taking a break to get healthy before trying again. Heather’s challenges right now is with the nutrition plan. She is trying to stick to the plan as closely as possible but is gaining weight instead of losing weight which she needs for optimal hormonal balance.
The reason I reached out to Heather to offer her the honor coaching call is that I know so many of you are also struggling with the nutrition piece of the puzzle. You think you’re doing the right thing, but you’re not getting the results you’re looking for.
So I think you’re going to really enjoy this episode because it helps to know that you’re not alone. I know some of you when you hear Heather’s story, you’ll be nodding your head “yes, that’s me.” And even though no two people are alike and what I’m recommending for Heather isn’t necessarily what I would recommend for you, I know you’re still going to walk away with new ideas that might apply to your own situation.
I had Heather send me her food journal for a week prior to our call. And we were able to uncover three reasons why she is gaining weight instead of losing weight.
The good news is the last time I checked in with her, the weight had started to come off.
I’m so excited for you to listen to this, let’s jump into my on-air coaching call with Heather.
Welcome to episode 47.
I touched on the core principle of Chinese medicine in episode #43. In that episode I talked about how the guiding principle of Chinese medicine is to always strive for balance.
But specifically what do we try to balance? You hear me tossing around the terms qi stagnation, qi deficiency, blood deficiency, yin deficiency, what do these all mean?
In today’s episode, we are going to talk about the four substances, Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang.
These four substances power your body by working together. When one of them is out of whack, it will affect the rest.
Let’s dive in and find out why they’re important and how they affect your balance.
#43 - The Core Principle of Chinese Medicine
#40 - Why Was It Easy For Her, But Not Me
Today, I’m going to talk about a topic that is for sure going to stir up a debate and I’m probably going to get some hate mail.
The topic is animal protein vs. plant-based protein. I get this questions very often from the women with whom I consult. “Really, I can have red meat? I thought that was bad for you?” Or “Really? I read this book and it said plant based diets were way better for fertility so I stopped eating animal protein.”
We can have debate on ethics some other time, but if you’re trying to get pregnant and you’re asking for my advice, I’m going to be honest with you and tell you like it is because this is my area of expertise.
When it comes to hormone balance, and especially trying to get pregnant, animal proteins provide the most complete source of amino acids which are the building blocks for hormones, and plant proteins do not.
Let’s dive in to take a deeper look.
Today, I actually want to revisit an old topic that we’ve talked about a lot this past year. And that is gut health.
I want to revisit gut health because since episode 3 aired, the responses and questions have been overwhelming because it’s a new way of looking at nutrition, and how specifically it affects fertility.
In the US, salads are the go to "health" foods. And most people grew up drinking milk. So cutting out dairy and ditching the smoothies and salads for most people, presents a huge lifestyle change.
Through working with clients and talking to women in our private Facebook group, I see three main obstacles that people are encountering when they make this shift to no raw foods and no dairy.
So let's dive in and talk about how to overcome these obstacles.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Podcast episodes mentioned:
Episode 3 - Why Gut Health is So Important for Fertility
What if you’ve never had a natural cycle for almost 10 years? What if you were bouncing around from doctor to doctor looking for answers and the best advice they can give is to take medicine?
This is the incredible story of Susie who was diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea and PCOS. She went from feeling hopeless to getting pregnant.
You’ll hear from her talk about:
I hope Susie’s story will leave you feeling a bit more inspired, a bit more hopeful knowing that you too can overcome your obstacles because there is no such thing as infertility.
Susie mentioned working with me 1-on-1, but you also have the option to join the Practically Fertile Club, a membership site where you can get courses, workshops advice and support to help you get pregnant.
I’m looking for Founding Members now and Founding Members enjoy a lifetime rate that never changes no matter what. To get on my waitlist please visit adriennewei.com/memberswaitlist.
Today is special for two reasons.
First, it’s the one year anniversary for when I launched the podcast. One year, can’t believe it. My podcast has been downloaded 7374 times this last month. Compared to the very first month last year, I had 149 downloads. That’s so awesome!
I am so thankful for all of you who are sharing this podcast and spreading the word for me. I so appreciate it. Without you, my podcast would not be where it is today. And of course, we’re going to just keep growing, keep spreading the word and helping women everywhere to get pregnant with less stress and less anxiety.
The second reason is that the Practically Fertile™ program that I've been working so hard on this past year is launching today. Yes, yes, today is the day! This labor of love that I’ve been working on, tweaking, fine tuning, beta testing is finally ready.
So today, I want to talk about the Practically Fertile™ program, why it’s awesome, and also my 1 on 1 coaching program. Because many of you are not sure where to spend your hard earned dollars to get maximum results in the shortest amount of time.
Isn’t that what we all want? Quicker results in less time? HAHA :)
So let's dive in!
I always talk about how Chinese medicine is really different than Western medicine. Because one medical system looks for the root cause of diseases and the other is about putting out fire and treating the symptom. But yet, these two medical systems have a lot of similarities.
I mentioned last week that I really want to break down the information into bite sized pieces so it’s easier to understand and grasp the concepts. Especially when it comes to Chinese medicine.
To many of you it’s a fairly new way of looking at the human body. In today’s episode, I’m going to start with the very, very basic and talk about the core principle of Chinese medicine and its approach to wellness, which is to always strive for balance.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Hello and welcome to season 4! Can't believe that it's almost been a year since I launched this podcast.
This episode is a preview episode. I just had so much to update you on that there's no way to squeeze in more content.
So, I'm going to be talking about what to expect in this upcoming season. I'm doing things a bit differently so that I can provide more value, and help you get to your goal.
I'll be back next week with Episode 1. I'm so excited!
Ahhhhh, yes, the Two-Week-Wait, or 2WW...
The Two-Week-Wait is the time between ovulation and when you test for pregnancy.
You’ve done everything you could up until this point.
You tracked ovulation and you did the baby dance and now….you wait.
You find yourself “symptom checking.”
Ohhhh, is that an implantation cramp?
Do I feel slight nausea?
Did my boobs get bigger?
You also can’t help it but hop onto fertility blogs and forums to see if anyone else out there is feeling the same way.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
The two weeks wait feels like an eternity, it feels like two years instead of two weeks. This anguish and anxiety comes from the unknown and the fact that you’ve done everything you could up to this point, and there’s little you can do now except just waiting and waiting.
Many people will tell you don’t stress...yeah right. That’s the worst advice ever. It’s important for you to understand that you’re not a crazy person, you’re not over-analyzing, what you’re feeling is completely normal. So why fight it? Telling yourself not to think about it is going to cause more anxiety and stress.
I’ve been through thousands of 2WWs with patients and clients.
While what’s done is done and you can’t change your egg quality at this time, there are things you can do to ease the anxiety and stay positive during this time.
But in this episode, I want to share with you my best tips on how to boost your chances of implantation while maintaining your sanity and staying positive.
I received a personal message yesterday after a long day at work. And it’s my favorite type of message - a pregnancy success story.
One of my listeners wanted to let me know that she has been following me for a few months and she incorporated my diet advice as part her daily routine. She is now pregnant and planning her gender reveal party.
It was so amazing to receive this message. First, she took the time out of her day to write me a note, and secondly, I’m so happy that I was able to make a difference on her journey.
For many of you, hearing about success stories is a double edged sword. It can certain give you a ray of hope, that “if she can do it, I can too.” But it can also cause the comparison blues
“Why is it so easy for her, but not me?”
Sure the FOMO Syndrome might be partly to blame here. We see Facebook and Instagram posts of cute pregnancy selfies, baby bump pictures and baby nursery decor. It’s hard not to feel like we’re missing out on all of those things.
But today, I want to actually address your burning questions “why her, not me.” Yes, there is a very real explanation why it maybe easy for some but others to get pregnant. At the end of this episode, you’re going to feel a whole lot better because you can actually do something about it.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Season 3 Episode 9: How to Avoid FOMO and Be Happier
If you’ve been listening to my podcast for a while, you most likely have heard the period series where I talked about how to know if your cycle is fertile. And one of the ways to gauge whether or not your cycle is fertile is the pain level of your period.
In a nutshell, if your period is super painful that means the energy and the blood are both really stuck. And when that happens, the uterus is not an ideal environment for implantation.
Today, I’ve asked Jocey from the office to come on the show. You’ve all heard me singing her praises because she is amazing.
We’re going to talk about painful periods. You know that Time-of-the-Month that you dread, not just because it means a big fat negative, but for a lot of you it means excruciating pain, you end up having to take a lot of pain killers, and sometimes it affects your quality of life, you have to cancel events, and call out from work.
Jocey has suffered from painful periods her whole life, and she has cracked the code to pain-free periods. She is going to go over her exact monthly routine and what she does to prepare her body to make sure the blood is flowing smoothly.
What Jocey is going to share is not just for painful periods though. Remember how all the energetics in your body are all connected, so by working on one you’re working on others. When one improves, they all improve. What you’re about to learn is not only going to help reduce the pain level of the period, it’s going to make the entire cycle more fertile overall.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Season 1 Episode 6 - Period Talks, Part I
Season 1 Episode 9 - Period Talks, Part 2
Season 1 Episode 13 - Period Talks, Part 3
Today’s episode is going to be on FOMO, have you ever heard of that word? FOMO, fear of missing out. That grass is always greener feeling, and there’s always something better out there.
Have you ever had this uneasy and anxious feeling that everyone else’s life is better than yours? Are you the type of read at least 10 reviews before buying a toaster just to make sure that there’s nothing better than this one toaster you’re thinking about getting?
Or how about this, you’ve heard about this big party, and you’re not really sure if you want to go but at the same time you’re thinking well what it’s super fun, you don’t want to miss out, but you really would rather stay home and watch a movie.
FOMO actually made it into the Oxford dictionary in 2013, and by definition it mean the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out – that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you.
Suffering from FOMO has real consequences. My goal for this episode is to open up the dialogue and conversation about FOMO because I feel like most of us who suffer from FOMO don't realize that it's alive and well.
So we're going to talk about how to avoid FOMO so we can all make better decisions and feel good about those decisions.
I’m sure never in a million years would you have thought that in your late twenties and early thirties that you would be battling acne again. You’re excited to put that awkward teenage years behind you, but the acne just keep following you around. It’s so frustrating that no matter what type of face wash, moisturizer that you use, and zit zapper like salicylic acid, these annoying pimples always pop up especially in the week or two before your period and they don’t go away until after your period is finished.
You’ve probably heard that it’s normal to have acne before period, it’s because of the hormones are acting. But which hormones are acting up and why are they acting up, and what can you do about it? These are all the questions we’re going to talk about in this episode.
We're going to talk about:
And you're also going to get a really cool freebie which is a recipe for a homemade acne face serum and an acne face toner. To download your freebie, please visit www.adriennewei.com/podcast.
Let's jump in!
In Chinese medicine we talk about energy flow and how important it is for your energy to flow properly. If it gets stuck, you’ll have problems. But what about the energy flow of your environment?
What if you’re living in a super cluttered space, what if you’re working with a toxic person every day? Have you ever wondered why some plants keep dying in certain places, why you walk into a room and the air just seems stuffy?
You’re not crazy, it’s not in your head. It’s all about Feng Shui.
If you have heard of feng shui before you kinda know a little bit about what I’m talking about. You might start thinking arrange furniture a certain way, placing good luck charm in certain place, and using certain colors to bring in good energy and good luck. If this is the first time you’ve heard the words feng shui, you are not alone.
Feng shui is an art and science. It’s more than just energy placement, it’s about creating a harmonious environment where your health, your relationship, your finances will all flourish.
I want to properly introduce our guest for today’s episode. Her name is Kelly Jones. She is a Feng Shui expert, healer, author and speaker. Kelly is going to debunk some myths around Feng Shui and then give you some action items so that you can harmonize the energy around you to boost your fertility.
If you are interested in Kelly's consultations, please visit her website: www.kellysjones.net
And you can also call Kelly directly at 919-200-8686
I’m so excited, let’s dive into the interview.
It's no secret that one of my favorite subjects to talk about is acupuncture.
In this episode, I talk about how to know if acupuncture is right for you and how find an acupuncturist. What are some of the questions you have to ask to see if that person is a right fit for you, what qualifications do you look for. As much as I love my profession, I don’t believe all acupuncturists are created equal and I want to help you to find the right person so that you have an amazing experience.
As always, I appreciate you tuning in! Let's roll!
In this episode, we’re going to talk about how to know if you’re ready for medical intervention.
I love the fact that reproductive medicine has advanced so much now because 30 years ago, IVF wasn’t even an option. And now many women are able to get pregnant and become mothers because of it.
But I think because IUI or IVF is a readily available option, many people are jumping into these procedures pre-maturely, at least in my opinion.
I totally get it, it’s so disheartening to get that big fat negative every single month, and when everyone around you is getting pregnant except you, of course if there’s an easier way, why not?
But today I want to specifically talk to you about why even if you’re considering IUI, IVF you need to make sure that your body is ready because guess what, IVF is only a 46% success rate.
I’m going to talk about the steps you need to take before you even think about IUI or IVF. And for some of you who are on the fence about IUI or IVF, this episode is going to also help you make the decision.
To download the freebie checklist for this episode, please visit www.adriennewei.com/podcast
Welcome to episode 4!
So I'm back from D.C. and had an amazing time! Many of you wonder if and how I stay on track with my diet and lifestyle while on vacation. Vacations for some people is a time to relax, let loose and "cheat" on their diets. My husband certainly does this. As he is eating a chocolate cake he'll say "it's vacation."
I've often wondered why people think that vacation is a green light to be unhealthy.
I think it's the principle of "everything in moderation is ok." I used to be a fan of this, but now I'm finding that I'm wrong, and moderation may be preventing us from achieving our goals.
To find out why, let's jump in!
Welcome to Season 3 Episode 3, The first of the supplement series.
Many of you have questions about supplements and what you really should be taking because surely there's something you're lacking that you didn't know about.
My personal belief on supplements is that we're all over-supplementing. We have this mentality that we can supplement our way out of a bad diet. Why eat veggies when you can take a multi-vitamin?
In today's episode, we explore a list of common vitamins and talk about each one, and whether it's optional or for everyone. My goal is to help you get away from this idea that you need to supplement. The truth is, if you eat a proper diet, you don't need a ton of supplements.
To get your hands on today's freebie which is a cheat sheet with all the supplements we talked about today, please visit www.adriennewei.com/podcast to download.
I'm excited about today's episode, let's roll.