Alcohol around conception and pregnancy At Mornington Chinese Medicine we have numerous lifestyle recommendations for the time when you are trying to conceive and also maintain optimal health. One of those recommendations for men or women is to totally cut out alcohol. This can sometimes be the most difficult step for some individuals, but the reasons behind this little piece of
Reasons for a Late Period that don’t mean you’re Pregnant – by Andrea Murphy, Licensed Acupuncturist
Nearly every woman has had a time in her life where she’s been waiting on the edge of her seat for her period to show up. Occasionally this delay causes a gal to pee on a few sticks, while she wonders if her life is about to change forever, only to very anti-climactically get her period a few days later. Late
The lie most, if not all of my fertility patients have been sold…. by Cath Brown – Dr of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist
The egg timer test, as its commonly touted & even promoted by IVF clinics & Fertility specialists to my dismay is accurately named the Anti-Mullerian Hormone test or AMH. To understand this test further lets understand your ovarian function first. An ovarian follicle is a fluid-filled sac that contains an immature egg, or oocyte. During ovulation a mature egg is released
Endometriosis – what’s going on in both conventional & Chinese medical terms. Endometriosis is a western medical term for the presence of endometrial tissue growing outside the uterus. It commonly involves the lining of the pelvis, ovaries, fallopian tubes and in some cases, the bowel. This tissue can thicken and bleed, often causing pain and bleeding outside of menstruation. The period
THE TWO WEEK WAIT POST EMBRYO TRANSFERIn an IVF cycle each step is a milestone.Holding on to hope, managing anxiety and waiting for new information until you reach your transfer day. Now you have made it this far whether it day two or day five an embryo (s) is safely in your womb and the potential for implantation and new life
A Teenage Girls Guide to Happy Hormones Part II One of the many things I love about my job is connecting with young women about their health. I’m so happy to see many girls taking charge, asking questions and educating themselves about all the changes that come with womanhood. I’m also thankful to see mothers come with their daughters, sometimes their
There may be a few things to know before deciding to on IVF. Have the following things been checked & ticked off ? Have given you a diagnosis as to why you’re not falling pregnant naturally? If not this is a red flag. If you’ve been told you’re too old without having a day 3 hormone panel (face palm), don’t listen to them.
Delving into birth stories. I have listened to many birth stories in my treatment room, in women’s circles and on sofas with cups of tea. I love all the details, hearing about the twists and turns, the pain and determination, the trauma, the awe, disappointments and joy. Your birth story becomes part of who you are, it is a shared
We’ve got you Mumma; supporting your whole pregnancy journey – Cath Brown, Doctor of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncturist
How Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture supports you through pre-conception, pregnancy, labour preparation & postpartum care. If you have been trying to conceive for 6 – 12 months without success and you partner’s sperm has been thoroughly assessed and passed with flying colours; which by the way is an increasingly rare occurrence, you maybe starting to wonder why its not happening?
You’ve been told you have PCOS & been put on the pill ? to “regulate” your period (which is code for let’s shut off your ovaries until you want to get pregnant & deal with it then). Unfortunately this is a common case & it makes it hard as a practitioner to help until someone is ready to come off the
Kerry Marshall delves into the Heart of the fertility patient Women trying for a baby are one of the most compliant motivated patients I treat. Navigating through the abundant information about Fertility available to us can lead to a sense of control and knowledge, but in lots of cases confusion and overwhelm. What works for one person may not be
So let’s back up a bit & let me introduce you to the thyroid. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in our neck that produces hormones which power all the cells of our body. Thyroid hormones regulates metabolism, so if there’s not enough hormone you can feel sluggish & hold on to weight & if there’s too much