IVF Acupuncture Testimonial

“Jacqui has been a constant support for us during a really hard time of fertility treatment. She is so knowledgable on all aspects of fertility and has all of the most up to date information – from nutrition and general health to more specific tests that might help further understand what might be happening and also gives brilliant advice on the clinic that might be right for you.

I would definitely recommend Jacqui to anyone who is undergoing or thinking about starting any fertility treatment. Sometimes it can feel really lonely and isolating but she really knows how to make you feel like there are options and that gives you hope.”

After the first attempt of IVF ended in miscarriage, I asked this couple to see Dr George Ndukwe over at Zita West clinic. George was able to treat all of the immune issues that were stopping a successful pregnancy. Previous miscarriages had always created the suspicion of immune issues and now they could be properly addressed. Dr Ndukwe suggested that as many as 20% of pregnancies end due to immunological issues. I gave acupuncture treatment throughout this process and now this couple have a beautiful baby girl and are pregnant with their 2nd baby!

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Welcome to the World…

“Hi Jacqui, just wanted to let you know that xxxxxx was born on xxxxxxx, beautiful healthy and perfect! Thank you so much for your part in helping him into the world; so grateful to you for everything, will never forget.”

I saw this lovely couple just prior to them starting their 2nd IVF protocol. I gave nutritional advice and also suggested the endometrial scratch prior to starting their assisted cycle. Their IVF cycle was successful. They only had one embryo transferred and this then split resulting in identical twins in the same sac. Tragically this resulted in a very late miscarriage of two baby boys and devastation to the couple.

Bravely, after weeks of counselling, the couple decided to try again. They had been lucky enough to have some frozen embryos in reserve. I gave acupuncture treatment to help with the process but on the day of frozen embryo transfer, the clinic decided to abandon the treatment because it looked like the timing was off; ovulation may have already occurred.

We decided to try with acupuncture and natural conception – a miracle occurred and 6 weeks later we discovered that there was a positive pregnancy!! I continued with acupuncture treatment throughout the pregnancy and now the couple have a very special little boy.

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Premature Ovarian failure and HRT

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) taken by women with premature ovarian failure is very different from the hormone therapy that is often taken by women who are going through or have already gone through natural menopause. Most health care providers believe that HRT replaces what your body should be making naturally as a young woman, and that your body needs these hormones to function normally.

The type of therapy taken by women with premature ovarian failure (POF) may be called hormone extension therapy, rather than hormone replacement therapy. Women with POF get hormone replacement therapy; that is, the HRT is providing something their bodies would normally be making if they didn’t have premature ovarian failure.

The type and amount of HRT prescribed to women with POF is different from the hormone therapy taken by women going through the menopause. For example, women with premature ovarian failure usually take a full-dose of estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) meaning the amount of estrogen is nearer or equal to the level normally found in a young healthy woman whose ovaries are working properly, before menopause. Hormone therapy for women who have already gone through menopause is a much lower dose. And, women with premature ovarian failure typically use a patch to deliver the hormone estrogen, but take a pill that provides progestin.

Talk to your health care provider if you have questions about HRT as a treatment for premature ovarian failure. He or she can explain the benefits and risks of HRT for your specific situation as a young woman. It is important to remember that young women with premature ovarian failure differ from older menopausal women in many significant ways. Your health care provider should consider these issues when deciding on the best treatment for you.


CMV-Cytomegalovirus in choosing donor sperm.

CMV is a virus within the herpes group of viruses, all of which tend to remain dormant in the body after an initial infection. There are two types of CMV infection: primary and recurrent. A primary infection is an individual’s first infection. A recurrent infection is either a reactivation of a prior infection or a re infection with a new strain. An estimated 40% to 90% of adults have experienced infection and test positive for CMV antibodies.
The majority of people infected with CMV experience no symptoms and are therefore not even aware that they’ve been infected. In adults, infection may manifest in flu-like symptoms, such as fever, swollen glands, and sore throat. However, infection of a fetus or newborn can lead to brain damage or even death. Currently there is no effective treatment or vaccine.

How is CMV Transmitted?

CMV can be transmitted through urine, saliva, mucus, cervical secretions, semen, blood, or breast milk. It is common in settings such as day care centers, where children can transmit the virus through contact with each other’s bodily fluids (infected children carry the virus in their respiratory and urinary tracts for long periods of time). Adults can also be infected through unprotected sexual contact. An infected mother can transmit CMV to her fetus either through the placenta or through exposure to her infected cervical secretions during birth.

Is There a Way to Screen for CMV?

A blood test can detect the presence of antibodies to CMV, which would indicate whether an individual had ever been infected with the virus. The presence of IgM (immunoglobulin M) antibodies indicates that the individual is experiencing either a primary or a current infection. The presence of IgG (immunoglobulin G) antibodies (reactive) indicates that an infection occurred at some point in the past. Therefore, a reactive (positive) IgG and non-reactive (negative) IgM result would indicate that an individual had experienced a past infection is not necessarily currently infectious.


Development of a fetus during 3rd Trimester – Weeks 28 to 42

The development of the fetus from fertilised egg to baby in just 40 weeks is phenomenal. Here is an outline of the changes during the 3rd trimester:

Weeks 28-32
The Western Medical View point:
• A boys testes descend
• Store of body fat and iron are laid down
• Taste buds form
• The body hair disappears from face.
Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint:
• The Large Intestines

Weeks 32-36
The Western Medical View point:
• The body hair disappears
• The eyelids blink and can focus
• Fat stores increase and the body becomes rounded
Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint:
• The Kidneys.

At 40 Weeks:
• Your baby is now 8 times bigger than it was at 3 months and has increased its weight by approx 600 times
• Most of the fine downy hair has gone, but there may still be some traces down back and in front of ears and on lower forehead.
• The Fingernails extend beyond the fingers
Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint:


Development of a Fetus during 2nd Trimester (Weeks 12-27)

The development of the fetus from fertilised egg to baby in just 40 weeks is phenomenal here is an outline of the changes during the 2nd trimester:

Weeks 12-16
The Western Medical View point:
• Lango (fine downy hair) covers the baby’s skin
• The skeleton rapidly develops
• The nasal septum and roof of mouth fuse
• The milk teeth buds are in place
• The fetal heart beat140-150 brats per minute, twice as fast as mothers
Traditional Chinese Medicine view point:
• The Triple Heater

Weeks 16-20
The Western Medical View point:
• The Vernix caseosa appears, a protective layer of creamy white covering the skin
• The fingernails appear
• “Quickening” movements are felt by the Mother
• The Lungs breathe amniotic fluid in and out.
Traditional Chinese Medicine view point:
• The Spleen

Weeks 20-28
The Western Medical View point:
• The eyebrows and eyelashes start to grow
• The skin is red and wrinkled
• Most of the body system are fully functional
• Links between nerves and muscles are established and fetus responds to sound and stimulation
• The eye lids reopen
• The Fetus is Viable (could survive born)
Traditional Chinese Medicine view point:
• The Stomach.
• The Lungs


Development of A Fetus During 1st Trimester (Weeks 1-12)

The development of the fetus from fertilised egg to baby in just 40 weeks is phenomenal here is an outline of the changes during the first Trimester:

Week 1-4
Western Medicine View point:
• The cells rapidly divide and grow
• The heart starts beating
• The central nervous system starts to develop
• The limb buds appear
Traditional Chinese Medicine view point:
• The liver is formed

Week 4-8
Western Medicine View point:
• All the major organs appear in primitive form
• The facial features start to form
• The genitals form
• Movement begins
Traditional Chinese Medicine view point:
• The Gall bladder

Week 8-12
Western Medicine View point:
• The fetal circulation begins functioning
• The eyelids fuse
• The fetus is able to swallow surrounding fluid
• The sex of the baby becomes apparent
• The kidneys start to function and urine is passed from 10 weeks
Traditional Chinese Medicine view point:
• Pericardium


Acupuncture may be used to encourage your baby to Turn.

Baby in Back to Back Position? Acupuncture may be used to encourage your baby to turn by using researched acupuncture points, sometimes using Moxa (an ancient way of heating the acupuncture points).

Sometimes the way to try and turn the baby is by rocking back and fourth on a birthing ball or by leaning forwards of an evening over a bean bag or a chair so you’re in the all fours position but still remain comfortable. These techniques may give the baby room to move. Depending on where your placenta is you could try a few simple things like lying on your left at night rather than your right.

At 37 weeks there is still time for your baby to turn. Baby can in fact turn in the last hour before delivery – a lot of babies only turn when you’re in labour. If baby is still back to back when you go into labour, you may find being on all fours a lot more comfortable. It’s usually best when leaning against something with knees on the floor and dipping back down and swaying in different directions. You may consider an epidural if your baby doesn’t turn.

You may wish to check out the spinning babies website too which is very good.