Must know fertility facts

Must know fertility facts.


1. The statistical chance of becoming pregnant in any one month for a healthy fertile couple is at best 25%.

Provided that a woman has a 26-32 cycle with 3-7 of fresh red bleeding, no know fertility issues and ovulating regularly and a man had sperm quality that is within recommended specification there is a maximum 25% chance of falling pregnant every month.


Q. We’ve been trying for over 12 months and nothing has happened. What should we do? Understanding the factors that affect your fertility, when you are ovulating and when your 'fertility window' is very important. If you are having problems in these areas you may need to see a fertility expert to help you with these problems.


2. What is infertility and how do I know if I have it?

Infertility is defined by lack of conception after 12 months of trying. 1 in 6 Australian couples attempting to have children fall into this category. 50% of the problem is female, 40% male and 10% doctors have difficulty explaining why.

 Q. What tests are involved in determining what may be to possible causes of infertility?

Personal tests: Is my menstruation normal? Is my vaginal mucous normal? 

 Medical tests: Blood tests to check hormone levels are the first step. For the man it is a semen analysis. An ultrasound to check for abnormalities in the reproductive organs may be warranted, or a surgical laparoscopy to view to organs first hand can be used if the first two tests indicate the procedure is valid. A salpingoscopy is a surgical procedure to push dye through the fallopian tubes to see if there is an obstruction preventing the egg from entering the uterus. This an advanced test performed under anesthetic.


Natural tests: Diagnosis through a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner or naturopath can provide answers where modern medical models may leave more questions. Seeking advice from different professionals gives you more options for treatment and will allow you to make more informed decisions on how best to proceed.


3. A medical diagnosis of a problem will likely require medical treatment.

Infertility affects 1 in 6 Australian couples. If you have seen a doctor and have been diagnosed with a problem then your next logical move is to find a way to have it fixed. It is possible that the problem may resolve itself, however, it is more likely that the problem will continue to get worse, not better without treatment. There are many options available for treatment, finding one that suits you may not always be the first option presented. Researching your problem, and seeing specialists of different modalities, can give you more options to help resolve your problems.


Q. How do I know when to see a doctor, or an alternative specialist for my problems? The modern medical diagnosis of blood tests, ultrasounds, laparoscopies and salpingoscopies are excellent tools to help a person understand and diagnose their medical problem, however their therapies may not always have the most effective treatment options available. Iridology by a naturopath is always enlightening but not always specific enough for a treatment strategy but can provide more options for treatment not suggested by a medical doctor. A doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine can provide insight into why the problems you have been diagnosed with and how systems in your body can be influenced to rectify your problems. Chinese Medicine and acupuncture has a very long history and has a unique way of understanding of the interactions of the body, their therapies have been scientifically proven to be some of the most effective therapies for resolving infertility and achieving pregnancy in the world.

 Remember some medical diagnoses you receive are not the root cause of your infertility problem, and could be symptoms of a much larger picture.

30 Interesting Facts about PCOS

  1. Women with PCOS have higher rates of anxiety and depression than women without the syndrome.
  2. Worldwide, PCOS affects 6-10% of women, making it the most common endocrinopathy in women of childbearing age.
  3. Elevated insulin or insulin resistance are not part of the diagnostic criteria for PCOS but are seen in the majority of women with PCOS.
  4. The diagnotic criteria for PCOS states that a women has PCOS if she has at least 2 of the following 3 criteria. a. Irregular or absent periods, b. blood tests or physical signs that show high androgens, c. Polycystic ovaries
  5. The Unites States spends an estimated $4 billion annually to identify and manage PCOS.
  6. Women with PCOC are at a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea due to the influence of androgens affecting sleep receptors in the brain.
  7. Women with PCOS can have monthly menstrual cycles and still have PCOS.
  8. Depsite the name, not all women with PCOS actually have cysts on their ovaries.
  9. Characteristics of PCOS were first described in 1935 by researchers Stein and Levanthal.
  10. There are at least 10 different phenotypes associated with PCOS.
  11. Both myo-inositol and n-acetyl cysteine (NAC) have been shown to improve fertility and metabolic aspects of PCOS.
  12. PCOS is the most common cause of ovulatory infertility.
  13. Know your numbers: women with PCOS have 70% prevalence of elevated triglycerides and low HDL ("good" cholesterol). Changes to diet and lifestyle can improve levels.
  14. In PCOS, there is a rapid conversion from impaired glucose tolerance to type 2 diabetes. For this reason, the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society recommends yearly blood screening.
  15. Women with PCOS have more testosterone and can build muscle easier than women without the syndrome.
  16. It is important if you are taking metformin or oral contraceptives to also take a B12 supplement as the drug can interfere with absorption of the vitamin. A lack of B12 can cause permanent and serious problems.
  17. The cysts typically seen in PCOS are actually the result of a hormonal imbalance, not the cause of the syndrome.
  18. One of the earliest signs of elevated androgens in adolescents with PCOS is acne.
  19. There is a lack of evidence that supports a very low carb or gluten free diet as an effective eating plan over other diets for women with PCOS.
  20. Fish oil improves every aspect of PCOS from improving hair quality to mood.
  21. Eating protein and/or fat-containing foods every 3 to 5 hours throughout the day may help stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent cravings in PCOS.
  22. Regular exercise is an effective way to improve insulin levels in PCOS.
  23. As women with PCOS get older, they are likely to experience more regular menstrual cycles.
  24. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in women with PCOS at middle age is 6.8 times higher than that of the general female population.
  25. A number of studies demonstrate that modest weight loss of 5-10% of initial body weight improves metabolic, physiological and psychological aspects of PCOS.
  26. The optimal treatment for PCOS is a multifactorial approach involving diet and lifestyle modification and medications.
  27. Women with PCOS have a higher incidence of gestational diabetes, miscarriages, preterm deliveries, and stillbirths.
  28. It is estimated that 50-70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance. 
  29. Vitamin D, a hormone and a vitamin, have been shown to play a role in insulin resistance and egg development.
  30. If left untreated, PCOS can lead to numerous chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. With treatment, these conditions can be prevented.

 Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine has a rich history in treating difficult health problems that Modern Medicine has no answers for. We treat the root cause of your problem, so that the body can perform its functions normally. 

At Australian Natural Fertility Townsville, Mackay and Whitsundays we use Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine to treat a wide range of gynaecological disorders and help people conceive naturally and improve the outcomes of IVF.

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