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It’s a Boy

“Hope you had a good birthday lecture in London! So….. Oren was born yesterday at 6.39am, weighing 3.3kg! Everything seems OK! I’ll send you a photo later today! But I will have to cancel my appointment for later !!!!!!. Love xxxxx (& Oren)”

I saw this lovely couple in April 2013. The reason for fertility treatment was because of low ovarian reserve measuring at 4.08 pmol/l (age 33) and a thyroid issue. Having tried 3 cycles of clomid the couple decided to go on to IVF at Coventry University Hospital (CRM). The news of low ovarian reserve was of course extremely upsetting, with so many mixed emotions this client was divested. We spent the first session talking, trying to make sense of the diagnoses and coming to terms with the idea that this process may be more difficult than originally thought. After explaining that actually many girls are successful with much lower AMH count and that in fact I had treated many couples who now have babies (some even working on a 2nd Pregnancy), this seemed to give her hope and relief.

We had time to prepare so were able to have 8 electro acupuncture treatments prior to the IVF cycle.

The long protocol was used so I gave acupuncture during the down regulation phase then 2 acupuncture treatments during the stimulation phase. On the day of embryo transfer, pre and post transfer acupuncture treatments were given. As the embryo was blastocyst, a treatment was also given 3 days later to help with implantation.

We saw each other for monthly acupuncture treatment. This pregnancy was an absolute dream, the Mommy to be just blossomed. During the last 4 weeks we saw each other 4 times for treatment, getting ready for delivery. Baby O arrived just a few days after the expected due date.

IVF / ICSI | AMH Fertility Testing | Pregnancy | Acupuncture

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Reading a Basal Temperature Chart

Recording and charting a woman’s basal temperature can help to assess when a woman is ovulating.

The average range of BBTs is between 97.0 – 97.7 Fahrenheit (36.11 – 36.5 Celsius) before a woman ovulates and 97.7 – 99.0 Fahrenheit (36.5 – 37.22 Celsius) after ovulation. Ideally, a woman’s temperature will not bounce around more than 0.5 degrees in the follicular phase or first half of the cycle.

The temperature will then stay above the highest reading given during the first half of the cycle. This is called the luteal phase, the phase post ovulation, when the body temperature is naturally higher because of the progesterone hormone being relaxed to help create the environment necessary to support a successful pregnancy.

I help lots of the ladies I work with to chart their Basal Temperature to give them a greater chance of natural conception.

Natural Conception | Basal Temperature | Ovulation Monitoring | Pregnancy

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Our Beautiful little girl

“Our Beautiful little girl was born today at 10.40Am weighing 7lbs 14oz xxxxx”

I first saw this lovely couple in Sept 2012, the couple were receiving treatment at Coventry University Hospital (CRM) and the reasons for fertility treatment were: AMH measuring 11 pmol/l (34 years old), immune issues, blocked fallopian tubes due to adhesions discovered after an ectopic pregnancy and showing signs of anaemia, male factor anti-sperm antibodies.

The couple’s first IVF cycle unfortunately failed, however the cycle response was very good so they had 5 frozen excellent quality blastocyst. The First question was if best to go with a fresh cycle or have a frozen transfer (FET).

We discussed the possibilities and I presented the current research on FET, suggesting that in fact in Japan they will only carry out FET, some of the rationale for this being that the body can be drug free (unless oestrogen etc is required to help thicken uterine lining). There is less trauma to the womb, having not just gone through egg collection, we know that the embryos are strong and very good quality as they have gone through the embryo scope and survived the freezing and thaw process.

The first 4 acupuncture treatments were electro, my aim was to help bring blood supply to the uterus. We did not need to work on follicular development as we already and the frozen embryos. Then day 5 after ovulation on the day of embryo transfer I gave pre and post acupuncture treatment. Then acupuncture again a few days later to help with implantation. After a positive pregnancy test and first scan I saw this client for monthly acupuncture treatment. During the final 4 weeks we worked on getting ready for the birth. This involves a weekly acupuncture treatment. The final acupuncture treatment was to help in early labour.

AMH Fertility Testing | IVF / ICSI | Acupuncture | Pregnancy

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We’d like to take this opportunity

“Upon your referral to Dr Agrawal, we were eligible for treatment on the NHS. Once tests were carried out, we found out that * has a low AMH level, and that my sperm, although very high on numbers, lacked mobility. We were asked how we wanted to proceed. After careful thought we decided to try IVF. To shorten the story, injections and egg collection went fine. When I produced my sample, it seemed to be in low concentrations, so they decided to do an ICSI procedure.

Anyway, we found out last week that it worked and that we’re 5 weeks Pregnant!! 🙂 As you can imagine we’re elated.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and everything that you did for us. In my eyes this wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for you, so I will be eternally grateful.”

I have the great opportunity to work with some of the best Fertility Consultants and clinics in the Uk and now Europe, having supported so many couples. Each case is different and each need has to be considered. Fertility treatment is not a “one size fits all” situation and once my patients are facing the expenses of their fertility treatment I want to make sure that they get the very best care and the treatments that they need.

Now at fertility Support we can offer ultrasound scans and same day results or hormonal blood work, allowing my patients to seek treatment anywhere in the uk or Europe. This cuts down the need for costly trips back and fourth to London and really just having to go to their chosen clinic at key points during their protocol. This opens so many more possibilities.

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