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Acupuncture and the Treatment of PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders. There is strong evidence to suggest that it is a genetic disease, often other female members of same family e.g. mothers or sisters may suffer.

PCOS may produce symptoms in about 5% to 10% of women of childbearing age and is one of the leading problems causing fertility issues. Some of the principle features of PCOS are irregular or extra long cycles, often without ovulation; there may be raised levels of testosterone and insulin resistance, leading to high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes.

Acupuncture and Nutritional Advice play important roles when treating PCOS. I offer special Nutritional Advice and Acupuncture to help balance hormones and regulate periods, often using Electro Acupuncture, to help stimulate a bleed.

Vitamin D3 is essential. Patients may be prescribed Clomid to induce ovulation and also Metformin to reduce insulin. Vitamin C 500 mg may help whilst taking Clomid. Acupuncture works in conjunction with, and to compliment western medical advice.

Acupuncture | Nutritional Advice

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Acupuncture for Fertility and Early Pregnancy

Often during the first few weeks of pregnancy, probably up until the first scan, it’s natural to be filled with very strong emotions, often happiness tinged with anxiety. It’s safe to say that these feelings are common for both women who have conceived with assisted conception and those who have conceived naturally.

As a Zita West Affiliate I am trained to support our clients during all stages of conception and pregnancy and often use acupuncture for fertility and early pregnancy with our clients. Acupuncture may be used to help with stress and anxiety and promote relaxation; which in itself is great for improving fertility. I also offer Nutritional Advice and guided Relaxation techniques.

Acupuncture may also be used to manage early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and nausea.

Contact us in confidence, for a free consultation about the fertility support services we offer and to find out how I use acupuncture for fertility and early pregnancy.

Pregnancy | Assisted Conception | Acupuncture | Acupuncture in Pregnancy | Nutrition in Pregnancy

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Acupuncture and Endometriosis

Endometriosis is, without question, one of the most puzzling conditions that affect women. 25% to 50% of women who have fertility issues are thought to have endometriosis. Clients may suffer from painful periods, resulting in the use of lots of painkillers. Often there may be pain on intercourse, and Endometriosis results in chronic inflammation that leads to adhesions and scar tissue. It may also cause lack of ovulation and may cause chocolate cysts. Medical diagnoses of endometriosis may be made through Laparoscopy.

I use acupuncture to help with Endometriosis. Acupuncture may move stagnant blood during the first half of the cycle (estrogen phase), helps balance hormones generally and assists in regulating ovulation. Acupuncture may also help to control pain during the menstrual cycle and help with stress.

Contact us in confidence, for a free consultation about our fertility support services or to discuss Acupuncture and Endometriosis.

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Hughes Syndrome ~ Cause of miscarriage and stillbirth

Hughes Syndrome or Sticky blood as it is also known is one of the largest causes of miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnancy.

It has often never been heard of, even by many midwives and GP’s, and was once considered a rare disease. Many women have several miscarriages before diagnosis, which can be heartbreaking; some women have had as many as 12 miscarriages, even more, sometimes late into a pregnancy.

Diagnosis is very easy. 2 blood tests 6- 8 weeks apart.

With treatment throughout pregnancy e.g. blood thinners such as aspirin and heparin and monthly scans, the chances of having a successful pregnancy are increased to 70%.

Hughes Syndrome Foundation is a great source of information. They are a UK registered charity dedicated to promoting awareness and funding research into Hughes Syndrome which is also known medically as the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS).

If you have had a miscarriage or know of another woman who has had 1 or more miscarriages than ask your GP to investigate and test for Hughes Syndrome, it could save much heartache.

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Neupogen Used for Recurring Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage

Neupogen (filgrastim) is a drug that causes the body to generate neutrophils, a type of white blood cell which plays an important role in the immune system. Clinics have investigated its use in fertility treatment as a solution to certain immunologic causes of multiple miscarriages. This suggests it may be successful when other options have failed.

You may benefit from using Neupogen if you have experienced recurrent miscarriages after failed IVIG or LIT and if you meet specific criteria for treatment. The drug is also suggesting that the drug may be useful in many cases for the purpose of improving egg quality or improving the tissues of the uterine lining. It is critical that your treating physician has vast experience with the use of this drug for fertility.

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Early Embryo Viability Assessment

A novel kind of non-invasive technology has been created which permits precise recognition of healthy embryos at an earlier developmental stage, according to scientists at Fertility 2013.

The team refers to their new development as Eeva (Early Embryo Viability Assessment). It may result in more favorable outcomes as well as reduce the requirement to move more than one embryo into the womb.

This would cause the rate of multiple pregnancies to drop, the most important risk factor in IVF treatment for both mother and child. The time that the embryos spend in the synthetic environment of the lab may also decrease with this new technology.

Standard procedures that evaluate embryos depend on a restricted number of static examinations made on consecutive days. Embryos are currently left to develop for 5 or 6 days in an artificial setting to see which ones thrive so scientists can identify the workable ones. Then, experts know which embryos should be re-implanted back into the woman’s womb.

By taking pictures of the embryo every 5 minutes, the Eeva test uses time-lapse technology so that it can monitor every cell division that takes place. With this method, any abnormalities that appear (for instance, a nonuniform appearance or developmental profile) can be identified by a software program during the time of the culture and determine which embryos can flourish after less than a few days in the lab.

A team of investigators at the Pacific Fertility Center (USA) and the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool UK analyzed the viability predictions that Eeva made on the third day and compared them to predictions made by standard manual procedures. The researchers tested 298 embryos from 30 individuals.

The research indicates that with a high level of reliability, Eeva can predict which embryos are most feasible, displaying a specificity (the capability to recognize negative results) of 79% and a positive predictive value (amount of positive test results that are real positives) of 54%.

According to the authors, using Eeva alongside standard procedures is notably more beneficial than using just standard procedures. The precision of the test performance is constant across laboratory protocols, clinical practice styles, and procedures. The new development has the potential to be very valuable, permitting more precise recognition of healthy embryos to be implanted back into a woman’s womb.

The researchers believe that Eeva will help make fertility treatments more successful and cause a reduction in the rate of multiple pregnancies. A study now needs to be conducted to compare the implantation rates of embryos selected by Eeva with the ones selected by standard procedures.

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