We’ve had multiple losses – what should we be asking about?

“We seem to have no trouble getting pregnant, but we’ve had several first trimester losses.” Or, “We put back good-looking embryos every time, but they just don’t stick.” If this sounds like you, here are a few ideas you might want to discuss with your doctor.

Miscarriages can be caused by any one or more […]

Choosing a good acupuncturist

There’s some good evidence that acupuncture can enhance your odds whether you are ttc naturally or using ART (IUI, IVF). But how on earth do you choose a GOOD acupuncturist? Here are a few tips to help you, including: * How to tell if your acupuncturist is NOT a good choice * The scoop on NZ and other acupuncture qualifications and credentials * A list of recommended acupuncturists from around the country * Questions to ask a prospective acupuncturist before agreeing to work with them […]

What low-tech things can we do to increase our odds?

Maybe IUI and IVF aren’t an option for you and you’d like to try and increase your odds generally while ttc naturally. Or maybe you’re gearing up for – or in the middle of – IUI or IVF treatment. Or on one of those interminable waiting lists! Is there anything you can do NOW that can help improve your odds? Yes! There are a number of things you can do to get your bodies readier and more likely to succeed than they currently are for conception and pregnancy. Many of these take several months or more before you see the full benefits, so remember, it’s never too early to start AND it’s never too late to start because every little bit helps! If you’re on a waiting list for IVF (or waiting to get on one!!), this is a fruitful way to make the most use of your time. … […]

Can acupuncture help?

There’s a very interesting difference between Western and Chinese medicine on how fertility is viewed. Western doctors tend to focus on the cycle in which your eggs are produced (e.g. the cycle in which you do IVF), whereas Chinese medicine takes a much more long-term view. … The Chinese medicine perspective is that, although age and heredity are huge determinants of egg quality, eggs and their chromosomes can also be damaged during their development if they are subjected to toxins or have to grow in a sub-optimal environment. So, if you maximise the quality of the ‘soil’ in which they develop, then you will be able to get the best possible eggs that the woman can produce at her age. […]