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Supporting those seeking fertility treatment abroad

We have worked with a number of couples and individuals seeking fertility treatment abroad, below is a case study which I have anonymised where I worked with a lady who wanted fertility treatment abroad.

Fertility Treatment Abroad Case Study:

A 29 year old lady suffering from premature ovarian failure and also has extremely high killer natural cells. The couple contacted me in Nov 2014 after the first NHS funded IVF cycle had sadly been unsuccessful, after research they decided to have fertility treatment in Reprogenisise in Bruno, Chez Republic.

The reasons behind this decision were:

  • Extremely high success rates
  • No waiting times
  • Choice of donor anonymity
  • Lower costs

Having made the decision to seek treatment abroad, the couple had already researched and felt very comfortable with their choice, they had already had counselling from their Hospital after the failed IVF cycle in preparation for Donor Conception. They had taken a trip to visit the clinic in Bruno for the weekend to have bloods taken and give a semen sample.

They came to Fertility Support for help during the monitored cycle. The patient was taking prescribed HRT (hormones replacement therapy) and because of the diagnoses of very high NK cells this patient was very keen to have intra lipid treatment. I was able to assist her locating a Hospital that was able to offer this treatment in the UK.

Alongside her fertility treatment I carried out a course of Electro Acupuncture over a period of 15 days to help thicken the endometrial lining then during the middle of her treatment cycle our trained sonographer, Suki Rai, carried out an ultrasound scan to determine endometrial thickness – the results were sent over to Reprogenises.

The couple then traveled over to Bruno a few days before the donor eggs would be collected, so that sperm samples could be taken and collected eggs fertilised. The donor eggs were successfully fertilised with one blastocyst embryo being transferred to the patient and a further four were frozen.

After the transfer the couple traveled back and I saw them that same day, for post transfer acupuncture treatment and then 2 days later Acupuncture treatment to help with implantation. I am happy to say the couple had the fantastic news of a positive pregnancy test.

At just 7-weeks we carried out another Early Pregnancy Scan, the baby looked perfect.

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For some the idea of seeking fertility treatment abroad is their first choice, for others it may be an option after one or many failed cycles of fertility treatment in the UK. During our initial consultation we are able to discuss the options and how I can help during the process. I have worked with couples that are excellent at resourcing many aspects of their treatment and require acupuncture and ultrasound scans, others may need a little more help and support, my aim is to be here to support you throughout your journey as an individual or couple.

Please contact me with any questions re fertility treatment abroad or to book a 30 min free consultation.

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Preventing Babies Inheriting Deadly Genetic Diseases

Although the techniques are still at the research stage in laboratories in Britain and the United States, experts say that now legal hurdles have been overcome,the fertility regulator will now decide how to license the procedure to prevent babies inheriting deadly genetic diseases. Britain’s first three-parent baby could be born as early as 2016.

What is Mitochondria?

Mitochondria act as tiny energy-generating batteries inside cells, and around 1 in 6,000 babies around the world are born with serious mitochondrial disorders. Mitochondria are the tiny compartments inside nearly every cell of the body that convert food into useable energy. Genetic defects in the mitochondria mean the body has insufficient energy to keep the heart beating or the brain functioning. The structures are passed down only from the mother and have their own DNA, although it does not alter traits including appearance or personality.

Three Parent IVF

The treatment, called mitochondrial transfer, as reported by the media, is known as “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) because the babies, born from genetically modified embryos, would have DNA from a mother, a father and from a female donor. The technique, developed in Newcastle, uses a modified version of IVF to combine the healthy mitochondria of a donor woman with DNA of the two parents.

This process results in babies with 0.1% of their DNA from the second woman and is a permanent change that would echo down through the generations.

Critics, including Churches, fear this will effectively lead to “designer babies”.

More information on: IVF / ICSI

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Morning Sickness

“I was suffering with acute morning sickness during my second pregnancy, completely exhausted as I was unable to keep water or food down. It was then that a friend recommended Jacqueline for acupuncture. From the very first visit I felt reassured by her calm and caring nature and after a couple of days my symptoms and sickness began to improve. Following a second treatment a few days later, my nausea disappeared and I was not sick again for the entire pregnancy….a truly wonderful relief after constant nausea and sickness for around ten weeks! I feel incredibly grateful that I was put in touch with Jacqueline as I was able to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy with regular treatments throughout. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jacqueline for acupuncture.”
F. H

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Psychological Impact of Male Infertility

About 15% of all couples in their reproductive years experience infertility.

Click here to read my article on male infertility in the Huffington Post.

The feelings and emotions that manifest from male infertility can be extremely difficult to come to terms with and accept. Whilst there is a fairly even split between female/male couple infertility cases, very little research exists on how infertility affects a male.

Many of the couples that I work with are affected by male infertility. I can help them both with acupuncture treatment to help improvement sperm quality and also counselling and sign posting for treatment options where needed.

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Beetroots for Fertility

By Melanie Brown, Nutritionist for Fertility Support

Beetroot is not everyone’s favourite vegetable but it has had a bit of a revival recently thanks to its use by athletes at the Olympics for increasing blood flow to the muscles and the news that it can help treat blood pressure. Supermarkets report sales are up by 20% in the last four years and the once humble summer veggie has achieved the unlikely status of the new superfood!

Beetroot contains nitric oxide which dilates blood vessels allowing a rich supply of oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to flow to the uterus and ovaries. This ‘opening’ of the arteries allowing blood to flow more freely is also the reason why drinking beetroot juice regularly may help lower blood pressure and improve brain function; some research has shown improvement in memory before specific tests.

For women undergoing IVF treatment with a thin uterine lining, I often recommend 300mls of beetroot juice a day until implantation. Uterine blood flow is so incredibly important for implantation; aspirin and Clexane thin the blood and increase uterine flow. So if you have thin uterine lining try beetroot juice in combination with other foods that increases blood flow, such as a handful of blueberries. Beetroot is also a great source of iron for vegetarians.

 Beetroot ideas

  • Try finely grated fresh beetroot mixed with horseradish and crème fraiche with smoked trout & healthy soda bread
  • Why not make a freshly squeezed beetroot, apple, carrot & ginger juice
  • Or roast baby beetroot; arrange in a dish with butternut squash. Cut both into round slices, drizzle with a little rape seed oil and scatter with fresh thyme, then roast for about 40 minutes.
  • Try raw finely sliced beetroot with baby spinach and torn buffalo mozzarella with a sweet balsamic and olive oil dressing
  • Or a colourful grated beetroot and carrot salad with a dressing of rape seed oil, apple cider vinegar and a little honey makes a healthy light meal.

We are delighted to have Melaine Brown available to see couples that we are working with – for more information re this service please contact us or visit Nutrition for Fertility.