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Do the chances for success increase or decrease with repeated attempts IVF?

ivfThe statistic estimated that 1 in every 6 couples around the world suffer from infertility in around the world. The diagnosis of infertility could be devastating for most of the couples. However, there is good news. There are many ways to overcome infertility. One of the most well-known ones nowadays is IVF ( In-Vitro Fertilization)

IVF process starts with fertility drugs being injected to stimulate woman’s ovaries. Eggs are then collected from the woman through day surgery procedure. Next, they will be fertilised and matured. Egg and sperm will be placed in a dish in order for the fertilization to occur. One more embryos may be transferred to the uterus, others can be frozen to be transferred later.

Increase chances with repeated attempts of IVF

Recently, Medical Journal of Australia released a report that shows data from 56,652 women starting IVF treatment for the first time who went through 120,930 IVF cycles between 2009 and 2014. They excluded women who used donated eggs and embryos, The report was based on two measures; the live-birth and the cumulative live-birth rate for each consecutive IVF cycle. These women completed up to 8 cycles of IVF treatment.

The results showed that in overall, women who started IVF, 33% of them had a baby after the first cycle, and the percentage went up to 54-77% by the eighth cycle. However, the rate varied with the age of the women and number of IVF cycles performed beforehand. The cumulative live-birth rate did continue to increase along with repeated cycles. And, it has to be noted down that this is just a population estimate, and every couple condition is different (i.e body fat percentage, ovarian reserve level, etc).


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to support IVF success

Acupuncture can help assist women in losing weight as body fat percentage could affect fertility, It will also help rejuvenate some oocyte characteristics that will enhance the delivery of nutrition to egg development.

Acupuncture stimulates certain points in the body to supply sufficient blood flow in the pelvic region, and along with Chinese medicine, nourishment will be provided to egg, thus increasing the quality of the egg. Sperm quality can also be improved by acupuncture, as it increases blood flow through blood vessels in testes thus improving the flow of nutrients to sperm, increasing sperm vitality.

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Other Alternatives to IVF

Fertility specialists usually recommend couples who want to conceive to try other alternatives first before going for IVF. Not only IVF procedures can be very expensive but it also takes lots of effort and can be painful. This article will discuss other alternatives to IVF for couples who want to get pregnant.

What are the alternatives out there other than IVF?

  1. Acupuncture

acupunctureAcupuncture is one of the best traditional procedures that couple use for getting pregnant. Nowadays, it has been proven by research that acupuncture is very effective in preparing couples toward IVF or natural pregnancy. Acupuncture will enhance blood flow to the uterus and increase beta-endorphin levels in the body. It will also improve the quality of semen as well as eggs. Acupuncture normalises the dysfunction of Hypothalamus Pituitary (Ovarian Axis), which then enhances ovarian function and creates more follicles and improves egg production.

Acupuncture for fertility treatments can also regulate menstruation, improve ovarian function, reduce stress and balance the endocrine system.

Dr Christine is specialised in acupuncture for fertility for over 25 years now. It is recommended for a couple who want to get pregnant to try at least 3 months of acupuncture before going to IVF.

  1. IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)

iui-success-ratesAlso called as artificial insemination, is done by placing sperms (partner or donor) through the neck of the womb (ie. cervix) into the woman’s uterus. This procedure is similar to Pap smear and is not painful. It is believed that it would be easier for sperms to reach the egg if it placed inside the uterus.

According to research, the success rate is around 10 to 20% for women with age below 40 in one cycle. If the cycle is increased up to 6 cycles then it could reach up to 80% success rate.

In addition, the cost is much more affordable than IVF. In Australia, IUI is eligible for Medicare rebate. The out of pocket cost will be around $1,901, whereas, in the US, the cost of IUI starts from USD 633. In comparison to IVF which cost around $10,000 per cycle, this could save lots of money for a couple.

  1. Natural herbs or Chinese Medicine (TCM)

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for hundreds of years and has been proven effective for couples who want to conceive. It is best to use Chinese medicine in conjunction with acupuncture.  According to the study, when combining IUI with TCM and acupuncture treatment, the success rate of getting pregnant increased to 65.5% in comparison to those who did not receive acupuncture or herbal medicine.

  1. ZIFT and TET (Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer and Tubal Embryo Transfer)

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Women will need to undergo controlled ovarian hyper-stimulation using fertility drugs to produce multiple eggs. Then, these eggs are collected as well as male sperms. After fertilisation has taken place in the lab, then the embryo is transferred into the Fallopian tubes. In ZIFT, eggs retrieved and fertilised on one day and transferred the following day; whereas TET gives few more developmental days before it is transferred.

  1. GIFT (Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer)

GiftGIFT follows the same procedures as ZIFT and TET at the beginning stage. However, the sperms and eggs are collected and then mixed together but no effort is made to fertilize the egg in the laboratory. After this, the combined material then placed in catheter via laparoscopy and injected into woman’s fallopian tubes. The couples then hope that the fertilization will happen naturally inside women’s uterus.

Last but not least, it is highly recommended for couples who want to conceive to adopt a healthy lifestyle. This means drinking less alcohol, less coffee, regular exercise and having healthy diet meal plans. You can find many articles on this website that can be used as a reference for your healthy meal plans. Taking acupuncture treatment in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine is highly recommended as this will boost your immune system, reduce stress as well as increase blood flow to the uterus and improve eggs and sperms quality in the long term.

 

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How spicy food affect infertility ?

Spicy Food affects intertilityIt is important for a couple who would like to conceive to consider a healthy diet. In this case, it is best to consume a different kind of food. There is no doubt that nutrition is essential for your fertility and overall health. It makes big difference in your body and its readiness to sustain a healthy pregnancy. Therefore you need to take good care of what you have to eat for daily consumption and this includes avoiding spicy food.

The following are reasons why spicy foods affecting the fertility and pregnancy:

  1. Spicy food can also increase the contraction for pregnant women. This means that pregnant women must avoid spicy food in their first trimester and last trimester.
  2. Furthermore, spicy foods may affect pregnancy because it causes heartburn in many women. Heartburn is most common in the last trimester, as your growing baby causes stomach acids to push up into the oesophagus.
  3. Spicy foods can cause yin deficiency which leads to poor quality of eggs, therefore can trigger polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
  4. Although spicy food is mostly safe for the baby, pregnant women need to take consideration if they are allergic to it. This means a healthy pregnant woman without any kind of gastrointestinal (GI) or gastroesophageal issues should be fine eating spicy food.

There are also other considerations that women need to think about spicy foods. These include the following:

  1. Does it make you aggravate morning sickness? Pregnant women usually very sensitive with their smell and have delicate stomach in the first trimester. If this happens, then you should avoid spicy food.
  1. Will it induce heartburn acid reflux?  This means that if you feel heartburn, you should avoid spicy food. Acid reflux results in heartburn, burping/regurgitating, and nausea.
  1. Does it cause Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?  The symptoms include experience heartburn during the night, have the difficulty breathing, coughing, weight loss and black stool. It may indicate that you have GERD and you should stop eating spicy foods.

Spicy foods, in this case, are not recommended for pregnant women or those who are willing to conceive. It is better to consume a wide variety of food which contains folic acid, protein, low in fat, starches such as white rice and flour. More example of a food with high in protein includes chicken, beans, tofu, fish, peas, kale, broccoli and mushrooms. However, fish with high mercury is not recommended because it linked with fertility issues. Hence, avoid fishes such as; marlin, tilefish, swordfish, shark, king mackerel and bigeye tuna.

In conclusion, spicy foods are to be avoided if you are willing to conceive because it may cause heartburn and increase contraction as well. Dr Christine recommends taking healthy diet, reduce alcohol intake and do regular exercise.

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Preparation for natural fertility over 40

Time is ticking...

Time is ticking…

These days couples are trying to conceive late in their life cycle as more and more of them are focusing on their career goals and travelling. There is good and bad sides of this, the good side is of course to achieve their dreams of their own business. However, the side effects will be on their fertility because we need to accept the fact that after the age of 35, women’s fertility decline quite significantly. So, how can couples overcome this fear? Is it still possible for women over 40 to be conceived? How many percent of chance that couple over 40 can get pregnant?

This article will discuss about the above issues and how to overcome or be prepare for natural fertility for couples who want to conceive over the age of 40.

First of all, we need to understand the change in women’s menstrual cycle when they reach 40.  The condition of normal functioning follicle happens when the estrogen levels increase and signal the pituitary gland to release LH (Luteinizing Hormone). This LH then signals follicle to open and release a mature egg (ie. ovulation). After ovulation, then the corpus luteum triggers the progesterone level to increase and causing it to develop to be capable of nourishing a growing embryo.

As women reach 40, less and less menstrual cycle happen, this means there is lesser chance to get pregnant. Menopause is confirmed when women do not get their period for the whole year. This will vary for women, but it can happen between the ages of 40 to 55. Menopause could take 1-7 years to complete. During perimenopause (the stage before menopause), a woman over 40 can still conceive naturally and carry a baby to a term.

How to prepare for natural conception for women who are in perimenopause (ie. over 40)?

Here is our advice and it’s been proven that some of couples can still possible to conceive following this advice.

1. Fertility Diet

Fertility diet includes consuming only organic food (IE. meat, vegetables, eggs, etc.).

Add some Superfoods in your diet, such as Maca, royal jelly, egg, banana, broccoli, asparagus, avocado, spirulina, etc. Try to eat food with high in folic acid, antioxidants, green food and Omega 3.

2. Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been proven in many years to enhance the chance of getting pregnant. At Dr Christine clinic, we suggest that couple comes as often as possible to improve their fertility level of getting pregnant. There are many couples over 40 who are able to be conceived at age of over 40 with acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture will increase the blood flow in women’s pelvic region and improve the hormones to produce progesterone and therefore increasing the chance of couple to get pregnant.

3.  Healthy Lifestyle

These include exercise; do not drink alcohol, no soda of any kind, no smoking, almost no sugar, and no trans-fats, no artificial.

The exercise include the following:

  • Fertility yoga
  • Meditation
  • Swimming
  • Pilates
  • Walking
  • Kegel exercise (IE. contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles repeatedly)

4. Start to chart your cycle using the BBT Chart

It is now important if you are willing to get pregnant any time soon to chart your cycle. Therefore, you will know when you will be ovulating and when is your peak time. Women usually become fertile 2 or 3 days after menstruation. Do try to have intercourse on the day of ovulation. It is also strongly recommended for couples (men and women) to do acupuncture during ovulation as this will increase your chance to get pregnant.

5. Improve level of Cervical mucus

By drinking plenty of water (IE. 8 glasses or more), take omega essential fatty acid supplement daily), taking herbs.

6. Chinese medicine

Take Chinese medicine in conjunction with the acupuncture to improve your fertility level. This Chinese medicine will also increase the production of cervical mucus as well as nourishing the body as a whole. Hence, enhance the chance of natural conception for women over 40.

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How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control

Hormonal Balance

Many people today has been using birth control since they are teenagers and some of the doctors actually prescribed birth control to some of their patients who suffer from Endometriosis or PCOS. Birth control could reduce pain, reduce the incidence of ovarian cyst or regulate your cycle for some time. However, this is just a short term relief because once you stop taking the pills then the symptoms will come to the surface again. Therefore, it is recommended for couples who want to conceive to stop from taking birth control. We will explain in the next paragraphs how to balance your hormones after birth control.

The first step is to Nourish and Cleanse the body.

  1. Fertility Cleansing

The body has lost some of the nutrition when using the birth control and therefore it needs to be nourished by using herbs. Not only that, but the liver has to metabolize synthetic hormones and becomes overloaded and taxed during birth control use. The liver helps remove toxins and some of fertility cleanses to remove excess hormones. We do recommend Chinese Traditional Medicine because it has been proven for thousands of years.   The Chinese herbs will nourish the body and help liver function normally again. The Chinese herbs will also supportive, toning and cleansing for the uterus.

Secondly, fertility cleansing is an excellent way for couples who want to conceive to create a clean slate and helps the body to respond and utilize other natural remedies better. Hence, fertility cleansing will increase their chance to get pregnant.

  1. Fertility Diet

The change of lifestyle is also very important as this will improve your body to balance the hormones. Healthy diet is strongly recommended for couples who want to conceive.

Did you know that birth control or pills will have some permanent damage to the healthy gut bacteria? That is why it is recommended to consume yogurt, pickles and sour cream to provide the body with probiotics or good bacteria.

Birth control also affects the levels of Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, and folic acid. Therefore, it is necessary to take multivitamin, or supplements and whole food iron supplement.  Taking good probiotic supplement is also good because it will balance and maintain the pH levels in the vagina.

Eating plenty of foods that has high in calcium also is strongly recommended, since the use of birth control can also thin the bones. The food includes spinach, broccoli, sesame seeds, seaweed, chia seeds and cottage cheese.

The next stage after cleansing is Herbal support

The purpose is to restore the ovulation process and improve hormonal balance.

There are some herbs that are recommended for couples:

  1. Fem rebalance

You can get the supplements in any chemist store. This Fem Rebalance will help couples to balance their hormones and reduce stress as well as rapid weight loss or gain. The herbs include Licorice Rt., Vitex, Chaste tree berry, Rhodiola, borage, Maca, vervain root , sarsaparilla root, wild yam root and black cohosh.

It is best used for couples who go through a stage of healing after birth control as pregnancy preparation but not used while trying to conceive. The reason being is because the body needs at least 3-6 months to heal without actively trying to conceive.

  1. Maca

This is known for one of the superfood for male fertility. However, this can also support female’s endocrine system and this root is very nourishing to the body. This will support holistic hormonal balance and reduce stress.

  1. Dang Gui (Angelica Sinensis)

This will nourish the body and promote the blood flow in the pelvis region. It can be used as females’ tonic and fertility herbs and it is highly recommended for those who try to conceive. This is also part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is one of the well-known ingredients that Dr Christine

  1. RejuvaFlow

This supplement will help you to ‘build the blood’ so that your menstruations period will be regular/normal again. Once your menstruation cycle becomes regular, then healthy cervical mucus production will be restored. This will increase the fertility level also for those who try to conceive.

  1. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

This has been used by many Chinese people since thousand years ago and has been proven that some of the herbs can enhance the fertility level. At Dr Christine Cui clinic we have our own TCM and they are plant based. This will also improve the blood flow in the pelvic region and nourish the body and balance your hormonal level. We can ensure you that there will be improvement in the body once you have started to take this Chinese medicine.

Stage 3.   Acupuncture and Fertility massage

Once the body has been healed and menstrual cycle has been restored, then the cervical mucus will also be produced. The couple can try to do some acupuncture or fertility massage to improve their fertility level.

At Dr Christine Cui clinic, we offer acupuncture for couples who want to conceive. The acupuncture stimulation of the reproductive, endocrine and neurological systems is aimed at ensuring an internal environment that supports reproductive health, fertility, healthy conceptions for women and men.

For women, Acupuncture not only stimulates the body’s ‘happy hormones’ (Endorphin), providing natural pain relief and easing anxiety, but also stimulates the normal flow of energy (Qi) through the body, providing a safe, drug-free and highly effective method for restoring mental, physical, emotional and hormonal balance.

Discover more about our range of services and treatment options by contacting our team and find out why people from North Melbourne to Sandringham visit Dr Christine. Make an appointment by calling (03) 9820 8651 and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and arrange a consultation. You can also leave your details in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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5 Surprisingly Simple Habits that Enhance Fertility

 

  1. Monitoring your body weight

Body weight is definitely one of the important factors that needed to be monitored during pre-conception for both men and women. Being overweight or underweight for women can cause either over-production or insufficient production of reproductive hormones. These hormonal imbalances may result in irregular ovulation and therefore, lower any chances of pregnancy, either naturally or through IVF (in vitro fertilization).  Additionally, normal body weight will also reduce chances of miscarriage and other complications during pregnancy as well as labour. Maintaining a healthy body weight is also crucial for men’s fertility as it affects sperm count, motility, and morphology.  All of which increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

A common method to determine whether the body overweight or underweight is called Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a ratio of height-to-weight. It can be calculated using the formula below:nhbnvhjn

The recommended BMI range for women and men who are trying to conceive is between 18.5 and 24.9. BMI over 24.9 is considered over-weight, while a BMI under 18.5 is considered underweight. Balancing the right amount of nutrients and regular exercise which ideally is 45 minutes about 3 times a week are highly recommended to stay within the ‘healthy’ BMI range for both pre-conception and during pregnancy. Do not over-exercise as it would negatively affect menstruation cycle and further decrease the chance of conception.

  1. Reducing artificial night-time lights

According to the study conducted by researchers from UCLA, Osaka University, and Japan Science and Technology Agency, sleeping with artificial night-time lights may significantly reduce fertility especially in middle-aged women. These artificial lights include TV, smartphone, tablet, bedside lamp, and many more. It correlates with fertility as it affects circadian rhythm or the body’s internal clock. During the time with less light, body’s internal clock signals the brain to pr
oduce melatonin. Besides causing drowsiness, melatonin is very important for women who are trying to conceive as it has strong antioxidant properties that protect eggs from free-radical damage, especially during ovulation.

Melatonin is also important for women during pregnancy since it can also affect the health of the unborn baby. Insufficient amount of melatonin from the mother can cause several behavioural problems in children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.

Women who are either trying toget pregnant or in the middle of pregnancy should at least have 8 hours of dark period at night. Additionally, it is also recommended to limit the usage of TV and other electronic devices to one hour before bed.

  1. De-stressing

Most people think that fertility is only determined on the physical aspect of the body, however, studies have shown that mental well-being also takes a huge part when women are trying to conceive both naturally and through IVF. Scientists believe that stress plays a role in about 30% of all fertility problems!

Stress affects a part of the brain called hypothalamus, which has a role to regulate hormones for the ovaries to produce eggs.  This causes the body for a late ovulation, or in some extreme circumstances not at all. It is called stress-induced-anovulation, usually occurs during a traumatic experience. Conceiving when ovulation is uncertain can be a very hard task. Additionally, when the body is stressed, it produces adrenaline.

It prevents the body to utilize reproductive hormones, therefore, causing infertility. Studies also have shown that stress can reduce male fertility as it impacts sperm quality and quantity.

Various ways have been discovered to reduce stress from going back to the nature, doing yoga, meditation, until using traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Picking a time to de-stress every now and then is essential to ensure that the body is in the best condition to conceive.

  1. Stop consuming alcohol

It is widely known that once pregnancy occurs, mothers should stop drinking alcohol due to the danger given to the unborn baby. However, alcohol is also proven to give substantial negative impact towards fertility both for women and men. Therefore, couples trying to conceive are strongly suggested to avoid the consumption of alcohol as studies have shown that alcohol can decrease fertility by 50%!

For women, alcohol directly interferes with the process that regulated ovulation and menstruation. It often causes multiple fertility problems such as amenorrhea (delayed/absent menstrual cycle), reduced ovarian weight, lowered hormone concentrations, and anovulation (lack of ovulation). Disturbed ovulation and menstruation process would significantly lower chance of pregnancy, both naturally and through the IVF process.

Alcohol is just as dangerous to men as to women. Studies show that men who regularly consume alcohol have a lower sperm motility and concentration. It also often results in decreasing number of sperm production and sperm quality. All to which lower the chances of conception.

Stopping the consumption of alcohol pre-conception would also help women avoid alcohol during pregnancy. Furthermore,couples with infertility treatment such as IVF should stop 3-6 months prior to the procedure. Alternatives such as alcohol-free mocktails should be considered to replace cocktails and wine in everyday life.

  1. Improve your oral hygiene

It may seem odd how oral hygiene can impact fertility, however, studies have shown that poor oral hygiene can both lower the chance of conception and increase the chance of complications during pregnancy. A good care of teeth and gums can actually boost a woman’s chance of pregnancy and lower the risk of miscarriages.

Poor oral hygiene can impact fertility because the bacteria in the mouth can severely affect the condition of the entire body. It begins with a simple gum inflammation. However, if it is left untreated, the inflammation and bacteria will begin to spread from the mouth to other parts of the body.  Once it
entered the system, the body will automatically fight the bacteria which cause a drop in the immune system, making it an unsuitable environment for conception. Oral hygiene is also important during pregnancy as when the body is fighting off the bacteria, very often the uterus is overrun by the body’s immune system to get rid of any infections which most likely will end in miscarriages or other pregnancy complications.

Therefore, routine check up to the dentist actually plays an important part when trying to get pregnant and even throughout the pregnancy to ensure no harm for both the mother and the babylose-weight-4

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Tips of healthy food intake for couple prior to conception

It is important for couples who want to conceive to take a closer look on their eating habit. This will have great impact on how soon they can conceive. We have listed for you the top five recommended food for couple who want to conceive faster.

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1. High Quality Proteins Food

The research found that couple who consumes more carbs, are less likely to conceive than those who have high intake of proteins. By eating 25% more protein and 40% less carbohydrate daily, a couple can double their pregnancy rates. These food include white eggs, fish high in omega 3 (ie. salmon) and chicken.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)is 0.8 grams per kilogram (0.36 grams per pound) of body weight per day. It is around 46 grams of protein for an average woman.

For vegetarians, you can consume legumes, beans or soy products.

If you’re trying to get pregnant you should not eat raw or undercooked meats, sushi or soft cheeses such as feta, brie, blue cheeses, and queso fresco. These foods can cause a serious infection called listeriosis. It is also recommended for women who want to conceive not to take spicy food, cold food, caffeine and alcohol.

2. High in Folic Acid

Folic acid is the most significant vitamin that the couple needs in order to nourish the baby’s brain. The first trimester is very important to take folic acid supplements for the development of the embryo’s brain. Folic acid is a type B vitamin that normally found in food such as; asparagus, oranges, peas, dried beans, spinach and broccoli.

The amount that you should be taking is between 400-600 mg of folic acid daily before pregnancy and around 800mg during pregnancy to minimise birth defects.

3. High in Omega 3 Fatty Acid

The recommended intake for a couple is 1000-2000 mg of omega 3 fatty acids daily. This include, two tablespoons of Chia seeds, 85 gram of fish, especially Salmon or 2 tablespoons of walnut.

Vegetables4. Fruits and Vegetables

Eating fruits and vegetables are highly recommended if you want to get pregnant faster.

These are recommended fruits/vegetables:

  • Avocado: Heart health powerhouse, filled with fibre, B vitamins, Vitamin C, high in good fats and potassium
  • Blueberries: High in antioxidant, fibre and vitamin C. The antioxidants will help control cholesterol levels and increase your immune system. Good source of vitamins.
  • Almonds: Rich in monounsaturated fats that can protect your heart. Rich source of antioxidants as well as fibre.
  • Asparagus: Consist of plenty of vitamins include, folic acid, vitamin C, fibre and potassium. The potassium helps regulating heart function and controlling blood pressure. The Vitamin C and folic acid assist in preventing heart disease.
  • Broccoli: Contains sulforaphane and high source of vitamin A, vitamin C, co-enzyme Q10 and fiber. The sulforaphane will play defense mechanism and can reduce inflammation as well as protecting arteries from disease and damage. Co-enzyme Q10 will improve heart muscle and strength.
  • Orange: It contains flavanones, vitamin C, B vitamins and antioxidants. The falvanones can lower bad cholesterol. It can improve women’s immune system
  • Spinach: It consists of Co-enzyme Q10, fiber, antioxidants and folic acid.

dairy-food     5.  Full fat diary

According to research, people who consume full fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who consume low fat ones. The full fat dairy foods consist of estrogen and progesterone (ie. female hormones). By removing the fat, the only hormones that are left are androgens (ie. male hormones). As a consequence, the ovulation is impaired. Therefore, it is important to consume full fat dairy foods for women who try to conceive as this will impact their natural fertility level.

Here are the recommended example of full fat dairy foods:

  • Whole milk
  • 4% yoghurt
  • Grass fed beef
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Whole eggs
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Salmon
  • Almond
  • Tuna
  • Cheese
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Endometriosis Diet

green dietPainful menstruation could be the symptom of Endometriosis.  Endometriosis is a disorder where endometrium found outside the uterus instead of inside.  It could also lead to infertility issues for those couple who want to conceive. However, the symptoms can be eliminated by having the right diet and healthy lifestyle.

According to research, women with high intake in beef/red meat (ie. every day), most likely to have endometriosis than those who take fruits every day.  Other studies find similar connection between endometrial cancer/fibroids with these eating patterns. Women who ate beef everyday have twice as likely to have endometriosis than those who don’t.

The research also shown that women, who exercise regularly, will have less endometriosis than those who have low activity density. The result shown that women with average of 2.5 hours of high intensity activity such as cycling or jogging were 63% less likely to have endometriosis.

Dietary fat influences production of prostaglandins could lead to higher production of progesterone, which can influence the growth of endometrial tissue. Prostaglandin is chemical that stimulate uterine contractions and influence ovarian functioning. The painful menstruation is actually due to high level of prostaglandins in your body as well as symptoms of endometriosis. It is very important to change your diet to balance the hormones.

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As mentioned earlier, we need to change our diet in order to alter or to balance the hormone of prostaglandins in your body.  The good oils, which are in omega-3 fatty oil group, could lead to good prostaglandin production. Therefore consumption of the following is essential:

  • Oily fish
  • Spinach or other dark green leafy veg
  • Walnut oil
  • Pumpkin seeds

Secondly, increasing fibre intake in your diet can also reduce symptoms of endometriosis.  These foods include:

  • Brown rice
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, cabbage
  • Whole grains
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans
  • Fruits
  • Mustard green

Last but not least you can also focus on reducing inflammatory foods such as: Sugar, red meat, fried food, processed food, alcohol and dairy products , food with high saturated fats/oils, eggs, cakes and chocolate.

It is also recommended to take vitamin and mineral supplements as these are best source of balanced diet and many of our todays food lack of essential elements. The vitamins that are best to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include the following:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Selenium

In conclusion the best diet to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include plant based diet, lesser red meat intake, more fruits and vegetables,  focus on reducing inflammatory food and taking vitamins and mineral supplements.  It is highly recommended to do regular exercise up to three times a week as well to improve your wellbeing. From our clinic experiences, we can have maximum results by having healthy diet in conjunction with acupuncture to eliminate the pain of endometriosis and increasing the chance of conception.

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Natural Fertility

Excited couple finding out results of a pregnancy test sitting on the bed

At Dr Christine Fertility Clinic, we encourage women to conceive naturally by going to regular acupuncture treatments combine with Chinese herbal medicine.

We believe that women should monitor their body temperature in order to know when they start to ovulate. This is the best time for a couple to make love because this time is known to be the most fertile for women to conceive. Now that you know that waiting for ovulation period is important, the next step is to identify when you will be ovulating.

How do you know when you are ovulating?
Here are some of the signs:
• Mucus changes
• Vaginal Secretions of cervical fluid (ie. Increase stretchy fluid)
• Change in body temperature
• Change in sex hormones

The duration of ovulation is usually between 6 to 12 hours. If you are still unsure, it is also good to check with ovulation pee sticks.

Acupuncture Role to assist in natural fertility

1. Maintaining regular menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture can increase the flow in the pelvic area and therefore eliminating any blockages and treating hormone imbalances. The hormone imbalances can result in stress, endometriosis as well as irregular menstrual cycle. Eliminating this issue can improve the chance of being fertile.

2. Improving well-being and overall health for men and women.
Since the blood flow has increased because it has been stimulated through acupuncture, automatically the body can get better nourishments. The blood carries nutrients such as, sugar, oxygen and hormones. When the blood circulation is enhanced, the vital functions also become better and hence, improve the couples’ ability to conceive.

3. Strengthening the uterus lining by stimulating the blood flow to the uterus, enhance the possibility of conception.
This is also important for women who are in first trimester, as it will reduce the chance of miscarriages. Therefore, acupuncture is necessary in the first trimester not only during the process of conception.

4. Acupuncture combine with Chinese Herbal medicine (TCM), can give nourishment for both the fetus and women who try to conceive
Chinese herbal medicine (TCM) can stimulate blood flow in pelvic region and also improve vital organ function. By combining acupuncture and TCM, couples have higher chance to conceive.

5. Acupuncture can treat Endometriosis symptoms and increase chance of being conceive
Endometriosis is condition where the blood does not flow to the areas it should be. Professional acupuncturist is able to points to areas of the body where blood flow in pelvic region can be improved. Therefore, nourishes them with correct amount of hormones, oxygen and nutrients.

6. Balance the hormone and release endorphine levels, reducing stress and increase level of happiness.
The levels of testosterone in women need to be reduced if a woman is trying to conceive. Acupuncture can assist by regulating hormone imbalances and reduce testosterone level.
Not only the level of testosterone reduce, the endorphine levels also released; which results in less stress and increasing the ability to conceive.

7. Increase the quality and quantity of sperms
Over the past decade, the quality of sperms in men is reduced due to stress, imbalance hormones and other factor. Therefore, it is necessary for men to do acupuncture as it will impact the couple to conceive. According to research, men who received regular acupuncture (2 times a week) has better quality of sperms and increase the quantity as well. Hence, there is higher chance of conception for the couples who would like to have baby.

Success Rate
According to Dr Kenneth Snell from IVF Acupuncture Clinic in NSW, said that out of the women who received acupuncture treatment regularly, 70.8% of them conceived naturally. Not only that, he also said that 72% of them were aged between 30 to 40 years old. Therefore, do not lose hope if you already over 30 or 35 and has not been pregnant yet, there is still chance for you to conceive naturally.

At our clinic, we are able to assist you with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, recurrent miscarriages, male infertility, stress and anxiety problems, post-natal depression, natural induction labor, IVF acupuncture, unexplained infertility, low ovarian reserve, hormones imbalances and ovulatory disorders.

Call or email Dr Christine Cui to discuss the use of Acupuncture Treatment and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of female or male infertility: +61 3 9820 8651or info@medccc.com

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Post Natal recovery through Acupuncture

Post Natal

Our acupuncture fertility clinic is not only focusing on fertility for couples who want to conceive, but we also focus on helping new mothers for post-natal recovery through acupuncture.

Acupuncture promotes the health of overall well-being for both the mother and baby. There are many things that acupuncture can offer you such as:

  • Recovery from baby blues or depression

It is common for new mothers who experience with the baby blues or depression.  Acupuncture can help by releasing endorphin into the body, which then makes the new mother feel happier and less stressed. It is also recommended that the mother receive extra treatment by taking Chinese herbal medicine to manage their well-being further so that the baby also can benefit from breastfeeding.

In short, acupuncture can help mothers to boost their self-esteem, endorphin levels, reduce anxiety and therefore recover from the baby blues.

  • Promote production of breast milk

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for new mothers who have an insufficient supply of breast milk.

It is important for mothers to keep continue breastfeeding even if there is only small amounts while receiving acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The reason behind lack of breast milk is because there is not enough nourishment to support the mother’s health.  Other circumstances that affect mother’s health include long labour with excessive blood loss and birth trauma.

Acupuncture combines with Chinese herbal medicine is an effective tool to further nourish women’s body and regenerate mother’s blood as well as the body fluids.

  • Eliminate stress and promote happiness

Stress can make the chemical and hormones in our body imbalance. Acupuncture treatment assists mother to have a balance hormone by releasing ‘qi’ (life force) and stimulating areas in the body that are affected.  Once the hormone is balance, endorphins released and stress will be eliminated through regular acupuncture treatments.

  • Avoid mastitis

It is recommended for new mothers to breastfeed their babies in their first 6 months. However, this can be very traumatic experience for new mums who experience mastitis (inflammation in breast tissue). This caused by blocked milk duct that has not been cleared. The consequence of having mastitis is there will be insufficient flow of breast milk for breastfeeding, high fever, massive pain and inflammation.

Acupuncture not only can prevent mastitis, it can also be used to treat mastitis. Professional acupuncturist knows the specific points on the body that correspond with the diagnosis in order to accelerate the healing process.

Hence it is necessary to have acupuncture treatment as well as doctor consultation to ensure mother will not have further breasts infection. Through acupuncture, new mothers can be rest assured that they will be free from mastitis.

  • Decreasing Fatigue

As new mothers it is very difficult to find free time during the day. However, it is very important to set aside the time for themselves to recharge their body through acupuncture. By doing acupuncture treatment, mothers can have their own relaxation time, decrease fatigue, reduce stress and automatically transfer the happy hormones into the babies (for those who breastfeed).

  • Handling difficulty in urinary and postpartum pain

Acupuncture can eliminate the pain of postpartum and at the same time diminishing the urinary problem for new mothers.

  • Get slimmer body and healthy weight

Last but not least, this is the best part of acupuncture for new mothers who want to get back in shape. Acupuncture has been effective in treating women to get their healthy weight or return to their previous weight before having the baby.

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