The Youth Of Your 20’s Is The Key To Your Fertile 30’s
Guest post by Natalie Kringoudis.
Does it seem you spent most of your twenties trying your darndest not to fall pregnant, only to discover that now you’re thirty-something the pipes aren’t as squeaky clean as you expected? You are not alone. Many women are now finding themselves in their thirties, trying to rewind the clock. It sounds so silly, we can get so caught up in getting ahead for the future: How do we get from a to b? Where are we going for dinner? What are we wearing? Our work choices? We disregard the actual nuts and bolts of future – it’s modern living.
While sitting at the chiropractor a little while back I read something interesting about preventative medicine. Whilst it is great that routinely we are offered ‘check-ups,’ are we failing to realise that wellness and prevention aren’t the same thing? Living well takes a huge amount of effort. It isn’t simple – but it simplifies life once we get the hang of it. It’s a practice makes perfect (well almost) kind of thing. Because we know that no one is perfect, but our lives get closer to a sort of wonderful perfection as we work on what works for us.
Let me introduce myself. I’m Nat Kringoudis. I’m a mother of two, a wife and a Natural Fertility Specialist, Acupuncturist and Herbalist. I run a busy Natural Fertility and Women’s Health Clinic – The Pagoda Tree in Albert Park, Melbourne. I dedicate a lot of my time, just as Jess does, educating women on, well, being women and being well, through my blog – Fertile Body, Heart and Soul and through other media outlets. Jess has asked me to do a series of posts around fertility. It’s an interesting and sometimes daunting topic – some of you might find your attention swerve at the word ‘fertility’ and others might try to jump ship quicker than you can utter the word ‘baby.’ I’m here to tell you this: Fertility doesn’t necessarily equate to babies. Fertility is very simply the potential to conceive, if and when the time is right. That is – with a healthy reproductive system.
As infertility and IVF rates climb, women are being forced to re-think the way we look at our health, specifically our fertility. It is important to remember that health and fertility are not separate entities, wellness and fertility are intrinsically linked. Women with endometriosis, poly cystic ovarian syndrome and hormonal imbalances are very aware that their fertility is potentially being compromised by these conditions, and therefore they must use this diagnosis to their benefit. With the knowledge that comes with a diagnosis, women are then able to make treatment decisions that can make a real difference to their fertility future.
You might be in your twenties, and having a baby is the last thing on your mind. You might be in your thirties but have fertility challenges caused by illness, so you think being on the pill is the answer to fertility problems (you can read why it isn’t here and here). You might even be past the pregnancy phase of your life but know somebody who is young that needs support and fertility education. The truth is as women we should never stop learning about our health, especially when it comes to reproductive function. It spans from our first menstruation way into the years after our last.
So how do we keep learning and keep healthy. Firstly we realize that healthy fertility does not have to mean you want a baby and you want it now – it means you want to be at your optimum health. The best start is being mindful that you are not superhuman and your body requires a constant level of care. Exploring your options and getting to the crux of health issues is vital to build a solid foundation, to serve yourself well for the years you and your body have ahead. We can’t always fall back on medications – they often fail to offer a solution to a broken body. Optimum health always comes back to simple wholesome lifestyle practices. Our twenty-something’s youth is the key to our thirty-something’s fertility.
I look forward to sharing with you over the next few months. I have planned topics including poly cystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis, the pill and how it affects your fertility, unexplained fertility, and my top fertile foods. These are all coming your way. I hope you will be encouraged (and maybe challenged in a positive way) to make the right choices and preserve your youth – it’s never too late to start.
Can you relate to the topics in this article? Have you faced fertility challenges or issues like endometriosis and PCOS? What fertility questions would you like answered? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Author bio: Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist, Natural Fertility Educator and Writer, Natalie’s belief in the benefits of alternative therapies saw her establish her own Women’s Health and Natural Fertility clinic in Melbourne, The Pagoda Tree in 2003. The birth of Natalie’s first child; daughter Olivia (now four) further fuelled her love for natural health and home living and revealed to her an entirely new treatment perspective. Natalie has been featured in many publications, some including Marie Claire, Cosmo Health, Cosmo Pregnancy and Body + Soul and appeared on The Morning Show as their Natural Health expert. She enjoys any opportunity to educate women on the use of alternative therapies and nutrition. You can visit her site www.melbournenaturalfertility.com.au for up to the minute information on health and fertility as well as recipes for healthy living and wellness.
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