Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Herald Sun - Nature's Medicine



For those who missed last "Weekend's" Edition of the Herald Sun you can check out my article I wrote below.

Some simple and easy tips to increase your Health and Fertility.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Yoga Poses to increase our Fertility

Vipariti Karani (Feet up the Wall).

Vipariti Karani is a restorative and relaxing posture. This asana is known as ‘inverted lake’ and is based on the belief that the blood and hormones circulate better through the body when it is inverted. It allows the pelvis to be above the heart and pools the energy like a lake in the pelvis, calming the heart and mind. For this reason, this posture is great to do after having sex. It allows blood to flow to our reproductive organs and calms our central nervous system, inducing our relaxation response along with restoring our body. This posture is beneficial during your IVF cycle when under going ovarian stimulation. It helps alleviate bloating and distension. I advise my my patients to this posture both during an IVF cycle, after egg retrieval and of course after ovulation. 

Place a bolster/block or rolled up yoga mat against the wall. To prepare sit sideways to the wall, and swing your legs up the wall so you are in an “L” Shape with your back on the floor and legs up the wall.  Lower your back to the ground; use your hands to push your buttocks and legs as close to the wall as possible. When you are in the final pose your legs should be up against the wall. Your lower back/sacrum resting on the prop. Flex your feet and place your hands on your womb space.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Tuesday Inspiration!

Oh Tuesday Inspiration how I am feeling you! Practicing Mindfulness!

I love Child's Pose. You can totally Surrender into this pose. Letting all the worries of the world fall away.

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Role of Acupuncture in Natural Fertility & IVF Acupuncture Support

In recent studies, it has been shown that women having IVF treatment can boost their chances of falling pregnant by 65 per cent simply by having acupuncture. A review combining the results of seven previous studies has found that acupuncture also increases the chances of having an ongoing pregnancy (beyond 12 weeks from gestation) by 87 per cent -- and nearly doubles the chance of a successful live birth, increasing that by 91 per cent. If you’re new to the fertility process some of this information may be new to you.
With natural conception acupuncture can:

  • Regulate the Menses: works by regulating our hormones and menstrual cycle. Controlling irregular menstruation can enable couples to better predict the time of ovulation.
  • Increase Uterine Lining: It increases blood flow to the uterus, resulting in a thicker healthier uterine lining. I have seen dramatic improvements with acupuncture and herbal therapy in treating thin endometrial lining.
  • Improve Sperm: Separate studies have shown that acupuncture can increase sperm count and sperm motility.
  • Prevents Miscarriage: Particular herbal formulas and acupuncture treatments are known to help secure a growing embryo and prevent a miscarriage.

Acupuncture & IVF
In conjunction with in-vitro fertilization (IVF), acupuncture may help:

  • Regulate hormones: Women’s hormones must fall within a desired range to continue with treatment. Acupuncture helps regulate your hormones.
  • Increase number of follicles and improve egg quality: Obtaining good quality eggs is the most important factor and desired outcome. Specific points help stimulate our ovaries and build endometrial lining.
  • Increases changes of Implantation: Acupuncture helps creates a receptive environment for the embryo to implant. As mentioned earlier in the study it increases your chances of falling pregnant by 65%.
  • Relieves stress: Acupuncture has been shown to increase beta-endorphins “happy hormones” in the blood thereby reducing stress levels. 

At Angea Fertility Clinic our Practitioners support you during your Natural Fertility and IVF journey. To contact our clinic please call 9510 3700 or email

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Breath, Belly Breath & Fertility

The breath plays an important role and has a powerful influence over our physiological and psychological well-being. Breathing is something we don’t pay a great deal of attention too. In fact, its is an unconscious response we do naturally. What I teach my patients is conscious breathing and conscious awareness; it is a form of mindfulness.

Have you ever noticed when in a stressful situation that your heart rate increases, your breathing becomes more shallow or labored. This is our body going into what we call the “Flight or fight” response. All you can think is, how can I get out of this situation. Your head is screaming, “run”. In this heightened state our body begins to produce the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is well known for its impact on fertility. Stress reduces the changes of conceiving with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) according to recent studies.

Different types of breathing patterns have distinct physiological effects. When we connect to conscious breath, it triggers the physiological response of rest and digest. Everything in the body begins to slow down; our heart rate, our mind, our breathing becomes deeper and consciously we begin to connect into our body. Suddenly, we notice we are in a more relaxed state.

The breath we want to promote in fertility is the belly breath. Slow deep rhythmic abdominal breathing. Belly breathing stimulates our vagus nerve, which controls important body functions such as respiration and digestion and sends sensory information to the brain.  Using this breath shifts the hormonal milieu in the body from “flight or fight” to “rest, digest and nest”.

Close your eyes and focus on breath. Begin to identify your breathing pattern. Are you holding tension in your shoulders, back and neck? Is your belly moving?
If you’re not using belly breath, try this exercise/
  1. Lie down on the floor with legs extended.
  2. Place your right hand on your heart and left hand on your lower belly
  3. Close your eyes and begin to breath in and out of your nose.
  4. As you inhale feel your belly expand. Breath into your belly
  5. As you exhale, feel your belly contract, gently drawing belly to spine.

Continue this belly breathing for 5-10 minutes.