Nat (95)

What You Need To Know About Freezing Your Eggs.

When I first started out in clinic, many women were coming in for assistance with their egg quality in preparation for egg collection as part of their IVF treatments.  To date, this is still very much part of what we do however in recent times, there has been an increasing number of women requesting support for egg quality and fertility not necessarily for the near future, but for if and when the time is right to conceive.

Many young women are being encouraged to freeze their eggs for several reasons be it circumstance, health issues or fertility concerns, but the most common reason is age.  There are a few facets that need to be considered when it comes to egg freezing and supporting women more in this intriguingly new space and somewhat new approach the longevity of a woman fertility. Forgive me if this post is long, I will try and break it down simply with the facts to support you, help increase your egg quality and fertility too, no matter where you are at.  Fertility isn’t just about babies, but rather a thriving reproductive system ready when you are to fire away.

The Debunking Ovulation Trailer! (PLUS a cheeky giveaway – score a download worth $47)

This weekend I had the pleasure to visit the beautiful city of Perth!  Oh my, two words.  In LOVE!  I had never been and I honestly I didn’t want to leave!  The women of Perth totally immersed themselves into the time we had together.  It seems, I could have spoken to them all day and they would have kept listening.

My inbox indicates that some of you have missed the live events in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and now Perth which is why I created the Debunking Ovulation Download that was released last week.

In case you’re not sure of what all the fuss is about OR perhaps you’re just not sure if it is for you – here’s my promo clip.  When I say this information is valuable for ALL woman, I truly mean it.  We not only cover ovulation, we talk about contraception, conception, natural fertility methods, poly cysitic ovarian syndrome, cervical cancer and abnormal pap smears, gut health and SO much more.

I invite you today to do 2 quick things.

1.  Watch the clip.  It will take you all of 3 minutes and most likely you’ll learn something you didn’t know.
2. Share this post – you’ll automatically go in the running for the giveaway to SCORE a free download.  I’m giving away 3 – they’re valued at $47.

(you’ll have to tell me you’ve shared it please in the comment section below)

From the bottom of my heart – I know you’ll change somebodies life just from helping me spread this message!

To head directly to the Debunking Ovulation page, click here.

This coming weekend I’m off to share the word with Tasmania.  Perhaps you know somebody there that may like to join me?  Not to be a nag – there’s still tickets available and so again – send them here and change their lives too.

One last thing.  My co-ordinator and I had plenty of time to chat on the long-ish flight over (which actually went really quickly!) and we want you to stay tuned.  My team and I have something exciting we will be revealing in the next few weeks about next years tour dates!  We’ll be covering something entirely new and equally as important – changing the way women see their health and taking the fear factor out of fertility because of course, fertility isn’t just about the babies!

The winners will be announced this Friday 8th of November – you’ve got 4 days to get your place in the draw!

IMG_2503

Why IVF is failing so many couples – the TRUTH to making awesome babies.

Today I’m asking for your help. I need people to hear this message. I need people to know the truth. My heart longs for people to make educated decisions and not be bullied or tricked into avenues that may not suit them. I ask you today, to share this post and from the bottom of my heart I thank you. You’re going to change somebodies life by doing so – you are living by the affirmation – ‘be the change.’ Go be it.

shavingbaby

Baby steps… to IVF – why IVF isn’t necessarily the ‘easy’ way.

Original image from blog.mybigeyekids.com

I see patients from all walks of the fertility journey. Some natural fertility, some assisted conception and some, that have truly been over the hill, to the moon, around the block and back again. One thing I know is this; the fertility journey can be tough. Really tough. That’s why I write here – to share some of that load, to educate and help others make well informed decisions. I was connected with Candace and Chris from our mis-conception several weeks ago. They write a fabulous blog and share about their journey – a very rough, tough and heartbreaking one thus far. Take the time to look around their site – it may be exactly the support you are needing in your own journey – it’s all about connecting. Connecting with people who are in the same boat – grabbing the oars and rowing together.

I’ve wanted to touch on the physical and emotional strain of IVF for a long while – and whilst I see and share with hundreds of couples in this position, I myself have not personally experienced IVF. So I asked Candace and Chris to share with us, from their perspective, how IVF has affected their lives. I figure there is no better than those living it, to tell their story. My main motivation for it is this – to help couples understand IVF isn’t necessarily the easy route (although for some, the only route, granted). In fact, it is far from simple and straightforward as you are about to see. It makes for a very straining, painful and disconnected time. I want you to remember, IVF isn’t always a last resort either – I also see people who are told they will never have children, fall pregnant. But, by some tiny miracle, they do. Trust me, it happens.

Over to Candace and Chris.

fertileflower

How long do we keep trying naturally before exploring assisted conception?

“I am wondering at what point you recommend going the medical intervention route (if at all)? We have been trying for 3.5 years. The specialist ….. recommended trying natually as long as we wanted to, and then if we had no luck the next step would be clomid and IUI. Do you have any advise about when to take that next step? I am 33.”

I’m not at all opposed to assisted conception – in fact approximately 40% of the couples I see in the clinic come to us for support surrounding reproductive medicine, from clomid to IVF. Sometimes, assisted conception is the best way moving forward. Sometimes, especially in instances of couples who have been trying for a long period of time, it is whatever gets you to parenthood the quickest because as time goes by, emotional health begins to fade. What we know is when we add acupuncture and herbal medicines to the mix, we see an increase in success by up to 70%. This is mostly because the body is well cared for from top to toe – not just focusing the reproductive organs. We know when the whole body is supported, we see great outcomes.

As for a time frame to head toward medical assistance – it will differ for all couples. In the clinic I apply a certain protocol. Once I’m satisfied both partners have a certain level of wellness and fertility, I allow six months, before we might begin to discuss further exploration. One thing I have learnt is that the longer a couple is trying, the more disheartened they generally become, which does no favours for their fertility – because fertility isn’t only a state of physical wellness, it also involves the emotions.

I am also wondering if there is anything you can recommend in terms of Chinese medicine for someone on a limited budget? I talked to a wonderful local practitioner about acupuncture for fertility and he said he would want to see me a few times a week for at least several weeks at a cost of $100 per session. The time commitment would be very difficult to manage, and while I don’t doubt it would be worth every penny the several thousand dollar investment simply isn’t an option for me right now.

My best advice is to find a practitioner that can work within your parameters. Each practitioner’s approach will differ, and this is because they do what they find works well in their practice. For me, I like to see patients on average, twice a month, as well as the use of prescribed supplements. I find this works really well for me and we achieve fantastic results using this protocol.

Get to the bottom of what is happening for you. Make sure you and your partner are in great shape, gear your lifestyle toward fertility (the new e-book out this week is your perfect go-to for this), have a semen analysis (I’m only ever too happy to look over one of these) and make sure your menstrual cycles are sound. Once you have ticked all these boxes, should things not be happening for you, it’s time to look further and seek assistance.

In most instances, this is enough to provide a solid foundation for a happy and healthy pregnancy.