Falling Pregnant in 2017

If you and your partner have been ‘kind of trying’ for the last couple of months or even years with little luck but have now decided that this is your year to fall pregnant, listen up…

  1. Stop comparing yourself to strangers on the internet – get off the forums and get in to see a real live person who can give you individual advice and treatment.
  2. Stop making excuses about your diet. No matter what anyone tells you, your diet and the nutrients you and your male partner absorb are incredibly important for your fertile health.
  3. Get some basic blood tests done, sperm testing done and pelvic ultrasound to eliminate serious causes of infertility so you can either seek natural treatment or move on to another cause.
  4. Start charting your basal body temperature and show it to the real live person you are seeking treatment from in step 1. Learn how to tell when you are fertile and when you are not, learn about your body and start building a better relationship with it
  5. Exercise – get your body moving! Walking or yoga are two great options that everyone can do. Moving blood around your body helps deliver nutrients to your growing eggs or developing sperm for the males.
  6. Sort out your ‘minor’ health complaints – if you suffer from bloating, poor digestion, frequent headaches, tiredness, skin complaints, low libido, insomnia, painful periods, short or long menstrual cycles, get these treated. They may be related to your difficulty in falling pregnant.
  7. Seek emotional support – either through a great group of friends or with a professional, surround yourself with people who love and support you.
  8. Drink water – the simplest tip but for some reason, the most difficult. Keep hydrated. You want full, luscious reservoirs of eggs for ovaries, not dried out raisins
  9. Relax. Falling pregnant can take time. Stress can negatively impact ovulation and your ability to conceive so do the things that bring you joy.
  10. Have lots of sex! The biggest cause of infertility is not enough sex. Knowing when you’re fertile (step 4) can help target the best ‘window’ but regular intercourse is your best chance at conceiving.
  11. Lastly, get acupuncture. This incredible therapy has the ability to help with all of the above – provide individual and holistic advice and treatment, help you relax, improve your blood flow, treat a myriad of health complaints and provide emotional support especially when given by a practitioner experienced in fertility.

Best of luck in your pregnancy goals for 2017. I’d love to hear from you if you have any specific questions about your individual fertility concerns – info@thepointofwellbeing.com.au

Paige x

Ovulation Myth

It is still widely understood that all women ovulate at day 14-15 or ‘mid cycle’. Whilst for some women, this may be true, for a large and growing number of women, this is not. Ovulation is best calculated as 14 days PRIOR to your period. So for women who have 28 day cycles, day 14 (and therefore midcycle) is the average day of ovulation. However, those with 32-36 day cycles could be ovulating as late as day 18-22. The trouble is, you won’t know until you get your period if you’re using this method to predict ovulation. It may take a couple of months of tracking to understand your best fertile days. Keep in mind too that you may have slightly different cycles depending on which ovary has released an egg. The first half of your cycle is all about ripening a follicle for release. If you have decreased blood flow to one ovary you may find it can take longer for the follicle to be ready. The month you ovulate from this side may have a longer first phase. Keeping record and looking for patterns is the best way to know your own body.

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Self Prescribed Herbs for Menstrual Regulation

I’ve been asked a few times in the last week about Chaste tree or Vitex (vitex agnus-castus) used in regulating menstrual cycles and assisting with fertility. The thing about any herbs, is that they work by a specific biological action. If the reason your cycle needs regulating is not due to a problem with that specific biological action, they will be a waste of time and money. Vitex has been shown to reduce prolactin secretion, normalise a shortened luteal phase (second phase) as well as increase mid-luteal progesterone and oestradiol levels. Which is fantastic if those are the reasons you specifically are not falling pregnant or suffering from irregular or painful menstrual cycles. However, if none of these are a problem for you, Chaste tree supplements will not help.

The fantastic thing about Chinese medicine, is we take your individual case to treat you uniquely with acupuncture, moxibustion and herbs. Try not to get too caught up in hype surrounding the ‘latest’ herbs or supplements for fertility. They’ve been around for centuries, it’s just the marketing that changes.

Talk to a health professional before self prescribing. It might be more expensive, but the individual results will be worth it.

Ovulation Pain

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Pain is a protective mechanism for the body. It lets us know that something is wrong. Ovulation pain is no different.

Ovulation pain or mittleschmerz (‘middle pain’) is low, one sided abdominal pain that occurs around ovulation (or egg release). It is really commonly experienced in women of all ages in varying degrees. Some women experience a mild twinge, alternating between sides each month and some women get debilitation pain over days with vomiting and diarrhea. This can be a cruel form of irony when it comes to trying to fall pregnant. It can also become worse after giving birth because of the extreme drain this process has on the body, taking possibly years for the body to replenish itself without specific help. This may also be contributing to problems falling pregnant after your first child.Western medicine is unable to completely explain this physiological process, often attributing it to hormone fluctuations or fluid metabolism dysfunction.

In Chinese medicine theory however, ovulation is the exact moment where Yin (the nourishing, egg development and oestrogen dominant stage) switches to Yang (the growth and progesterone dominant stage). Yang energy quite literally bursts out of the follicle for the egg to begin its journey down the fallopian tube. When you have imbalances between Yin and Yang energy, pain and ovulation dysfunction occurs. A Yin and Yang imbalance can occur for a number of reasons; an energy or blood stagnation, a deficiency in energy or cold in the uterus. Each pain pattern presents differently and is therefore treated differently.

Acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese medicine work really well to move stuck energy, increase energy and blood, remove cold from the uterus and balance Yin and Yang to reduce pain and encourage a healthy and pain free ovulation.

If you have any further questions, please contact the clinic on (07) 5539 2362.

*disclaimer – the information provided in this post is general advice only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for individual healthcare.