Inspiration for this blog came while watching an episode of Goop Lab on Netflix, aptly titled “The Pleasure is Ours” about the many health benefits of an orgasm. In this episode infamous feminist, Betty Dodson and actress Gwyneth Paltrow showcase the many health benefits of an orgasm while also touching on important topics like body image and a helpful female anatomy
Is stressing about your diet and exercise routine ruining your fertility and causing PCOS symptoms? Believing that PCOS is solely genetic, due to excess weight, or simply caused by cystic ovaries, that can be treated using hormone replacement is a dangerous assumption that prevents many women from getting the help they need. While weight loss in women who are overweight may
Women are delaying starting a family for various reasons… focusing on careers, building finances or waiting for the right person. The average age in Australia for women having their first baby is 31 and many now starting in their late 30’s and 40’s. Knowing that egg freezing or IVF are options at a cost if needed can be reassuring but they
Hormone Literacy and PMS. Here’s the down-low on PMS, beautiful ones. PMS is common but its not inevitable, in fact PMS is curable. Just read that again. Before we get into the physiological understanding of PMS, let me just add that I feel the term PMS has been used to trivialise and undermine women’s emotions, generally because they make others uncomfortable.
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 TRANSFER In 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
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