Shen Therapies Highly Successful Fertility Program

Shen Therapies Fertility Program

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  • Are you struggling to fall pregnant?
  • Have you had multiple failed cycles of IVF, or Assisted Reproductive Therapies?
  • Do you want to know ways to increase your chances of pregnancy?
  • Are you struggling to fall pregnant a second time around?
  • Do you feel like a number at your fertility clinic?
  • Do you feel like your fertility specialist, GP, or gynaecologist isn’t listening to you?
  • Could you have had things missed in your fertility investigations?
  • Are you getting to a point where your fertility journey is getting you down?
  • Do you just want proper answers to why you aren’t conceiving?
  • Have both you and your partner been evaluated properly?
  • Are you considering IVF, or Assisted Reproductive Therapies and want to know more?
  • Do you just think that there could be more to your issues that haven’t been looked at

Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine highly successful Fertility Program has helped over 12,000 babies into the world and can help increase your fertility success rates by 96.1% * (based on independent research)

For years Dr Andrew Orr has seen couples, single women, same sex couples and anyone requiring fertility help, walk through his door, emotionally exhausted, desperate and at breaking point. The problem for many of these people is that they have not been investigated properly by everyone they have seen, both medically and holistically. Worse still some of the people are already at a point of giving up, believing they have done everything possible, when in fact they haven’t. The sad fact is that some people may have already given up thinking they did everything, when actual fact they may not have. It is so sad when Dr Andrew Orr hears stories like this is why he is so passionate about helping  couples, single women and same sex couples, get the right information and help them to be properly diagnosed or investigated.

About Dr Andrew Orr

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Dr Andrew Orr is one of Australia’s leading integrative medicine specialists who has a medical degrees with a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and a Masters in Women’s Health (Medical). He is well known in both the medical and complementary medicine fields for all of his success and work with couples for Fertility and pregnancy and also for people with gynaecological conditions such as Endometriosis and PCOS.

Dr Andrew Orr is also a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a qualified Naturopath, a Nutritionist, and is an owner/Director of his own Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Supplement Company-ConceptShen Nutritional Medicine PTY LTD.

Dr Orr is also a Lecturer, Public Speaker, Researcher, Mentor, Writer, Author and more.

Dr Andrew Orr has helped nearly 12,000 babies into the world with his unique fertility program combining Eastern, Western and Nutritional Medicine. It is truly an integrative medicine program that sets itself apart and he has gained much media attention about it. He has been on national television on programs like “A Current Affair” and many local and state television shows for his successes with fertility. In the media he has been named “The Brisbane Baby Maker”.

He has also had independent research done on his program and the results have showed that it can help couple increase their fertility success rates by 96.1%*

Dr Andrew Orr has written and reviewed for the Australian Medical Journal, written for leading Magazines and has appeared on Channel 9’s A Current Affair, Channel 9’s Brisbane Extra and been in national papers and health magazines.

Dr Andrew Orr also lecturers to Health Care Professionals, Specialists, Midwives, students and the general public on a regular basis.

Dr Andrew Orr has a passion for Health Care and helping people to get the best out of their lives on both a physical and emotional level. He also has a passion for helping fellow practitioners gain knowledge and to also help anyone who needs help with changing their lives for the better.

Dr Andrew Orr also specialises in gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis and PCOS and travels the country lecturing to healthcare professionals about the importance of early intervention and treatment for women. He is very passionate about informing women of the medical facts about gynaecological conditions and to not wait and put up with things such as period pain. His motto is always that “Period Pain Is Not Normal” and that he has a “No Stone Left Unturned Approach” to anyone he helps.

stones on a plate

About Dr Andrew Orr’s Highly Successful Fertility Program

The Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine Fertility Program is run by Dr Andrew Orr, who has over 20 years experience in the treating Fertility and Gynaecological issues and hold dual qualifications in both western medicine and complementary medicine to bring people a true integrative approach to fertility issues. He has helped over 12,000 babies into the world via his highly successful Fertility Programme. There really aren’t many people that can say that and his qualification are also a one of a kind. There is really nobody else with his qualifications to date. His success has been documented nationwide in the media and he is known as “The Brisbane Baby Maker”

The Fertility Programme is very through. Many people don’t realise what goes on in the background before you even step through our door. Comprehensive questionnaires are sent out to people and medical reports, blood tests, medical investigations, surgical intervention (if needed) and everything that is needed for your reproductive and health history is chased up and checked so that people are diagnosed correctly.

Both men and women are assessed as fertility issues are not just related to females. Over 50% of fertility issues are related to make factors and many miscarriage issues are related to chromosomal factors relating to the male also. Dr Andrew Orr is always seeing many male issues are missed due to non compliance and assumptions. Biology 101 tells us it takes a sperm and an egg to make a baby, not just an egg. Everything for the couple, or anyone needing fertility treatment, is assessed properly and thoroughly before you even walk in the door.

Fertility treatments aren’t just about having Acupuncture or holistic medicine either. Couples are then assessed and treated on both a medical and complementary medicine level and a comprehensive report is written up with all the changes and investigations that you will need to get do. These recommendations are then constantly checked and followed up to ensure couples get all the investigations done and that all the requested changes are made. There is no stone left unturned.

The program encompasses dietary changes, addressing nutritional deficiencies, reducing stress, managing emotions, enhancing immunity and improving sperm and egg quality. We also address known causes of infertility including Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and any other pelvic pathology that may be causing fertility issues. Every test or investigation that needs to be done is done and thoroughly looked over.

The program begins with the Fertility Education Session, lasting 3 hours and conducted once per month, or as needed, depending on numbers. These Fertility Education Sessions are conducted to small groups of clients and delivered by myself so that every couple is educated on the changes and investigation that will need to increase their chances of having a baby.

Attendance at a Fertility Education Session is compulsory for singles/couples on the program. At the sessions, clients receive a full report based on previously completed questionnaires and test results, as well as crucial herbs and supplements to begin the journey to conception. Soon after the education session, clients attend a 1 on 1 consult with me to receive additional information and recommendations as well as a treatment plan moving forward.

Treatments on the Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine fertility Program also involves fortnightly acupuncture appointments for both men and women and the use of individual tailored herbs, herbs from the ConceptShen fertility range and vitamins according to the individual’s holistic diagnosis and their medical diagnosis as well. We have specially trained registered acupuncturists that are also part of the Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine team.

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We See People from All Over Australia & All Over the World

Couples from all over Australia and even internationally have travelled to Brisbane to participate in the Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine Fertility Program. It is compulsory that all remote, interstate and international patients attend the initial seminar and then consult with me, however following this we also offer Skype consults for the follow-up consultations

We have a postal ordering system which enables our remote patients to order and receive their herbal medicines, ConceptShen fertility formulas, supplements and vitamins at their convenience.

The program is designed to support both natural conception and those couples using Assisted Reproduction Technologies such as IVF and IUI. We follow specific protocols when supporting IVF an IUI cycles, which our staff will explain upon enquiry.

At Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine we want every couple, or person seeking fertility treatment, to be able to have a baby and we make sure you have everything done possible to ensure you have the best chance of conceiving a baby.

For further information please call Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine on 61+07 32795697, or email us at info@shentherapies.com.au

We also can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ShenTherapies/

 

Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Irritable bowel syndrome

 

Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

-“Chinese Herbal Medicine may be the key to fixing this inflammatory bowel problem”

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a problem that affects a staggering 3million people, or more, in Australia and about 20% of people world-wide. It is a condition that has baffled doctors for years. There is no single cause, no specific treatment and, as yet, no cure.

But first let’s look at some general information on IBS.

IBS is more common in women than in men and occurs more often in younger people. IBS is usually ongoing, and there are some times when symptoms are worse than other times. Having IBS does not mean you are more likely to develop colon cancer later in life.

Symptoms of IBS

Some people with IBS mainly have constipation, others have diarrhoea. Many people with IBS alternate between periods of constipation and diarrhoea.

Symptoms include:

  • Cramps and bloating in your lower abdomen, which usually get better after having a bowel motion or passing wind
  • Pain that can be a sharp or dull feeling
  • Constipation: feeling that you have not managed to empty your bowels completely, having bowel motions less often, straining to pass a motion or passing small, hard stools
  • Diarrhoea: having bowel motions too often and passing loose stools
  • Flatulence, or wind, and/or rumbling noises from your abdomen
  • Needing to rush to the toilet
  • Headaches
  • Mucus in your stools

Some of these symptoms can also be from other inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohns disease and Ulcerative Colitis, which sometimes get categories as IBS.

But some of the symptoms above can also be part of having endometriosis and many women who are diagnosis with IBS, in fact have endometriosis. They then have all the testing for IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis etc (colonoscopy etc) as these don’t find anything and then these women are often told by doctors they are at a loss to what is happening. This is why endometriosis often takes up to 12 years for definitive diagnosis, which is terrible.

IBS triggers

The cause of IBS is not known, but certain things can trigger its symptoms, including:

  • Stress
  • Depressed mood
  • Food poisoning
  • Tummy bug
  • Virus
  • Certain foods and drinks
  • Some medication
  • Some people find avoiding alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can reduce their IBS symptoms

As said before some women suffer more acutely from symptoms of IBS just before, or during, their menstrual cycle. IBS symptoms can also mean that they have a condition called Endometriosis. Many times these conditions can be overlooked and they can be present at the same time, along with bladder issues as well.

Lactose and wheat intolerance and wheat may be a cause and needs to be assessed before permanent changes to diet are made. Wheat grains are inflammatory to the bowel anyway and they should be removed if anyone does have inflammatory bowel issues.

Treatments

There are a few medical treatments available but results can be varying. Many people with severe IBS end up on steroids to settle inflammation in the bowel. There are also other medications to slow bowel motility and reduce inflammation as well

Dietary and lifestyle changes are a must for the treatment of IBS. See my post on what real nutrition should be food what a good diet should be like.

There is, however complementary therapies that can bring great results.

The complementary medicine unit and the University of Western Sydney ran a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial to determine whether Chinese Herbal medicine was of any benefit in the treatment of IBS. Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat many disease states, including inflammatory bowel conditions.

The results were stunning. More than 70% of patients taking the Chinese herbs improved. The results were published in the Journal of the American Medicine Association.

There are also other complementary therapies and treatments that can be used and combined with the above treatment also. Studies have shown that strain specific probiotic bacteria have induced remission in inflammatory bowel conditions such as ulcerative colitis and IBS. But, this needs consultation with a qualified healthcare professional to treat disease properly. Self-prescribing is not an option for this disease that affects over 3 million people here in Australia alone.

With any disease state such as IBS, there needs to be an individualised approach, not a one treatment fix all approach, because everyone is uniquely difference in their symptoms they experience and what their triggers are. There also need to be a multimodality approach because many times IBS overlaps with conditions such as endometriosis for women, and other inflammatory conditions in men.

If you would like information on how to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome and get rid of it for good, email the clinic, or call my clinic. I have lots of experience with this disease state, as I not only have family members with Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis etc, but have been treating IBS successfully for years.

Regards

Dr Andrew Orr

References

  1. Treatment of IBs with chinese herbal medicine -Alan Bensoussan, MSc; Nick J. Talley, MD; Michael Hing, MBBS, FRACP; Robert Menzies, PhD; Anna Guo, PhD; Meng Ngu, PhD http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=188145
  2. VSL#3 Probiotic-Mixture Induces Remission in Patients with Active Ulcerative Colitis- (American Journal of Gastroenterology 2005;100:1-8)
  3. Investigations and treatment of Endometriosis- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2008
  4. Bensoussan A, Myers SP. Towards a Safer Choice: The Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Australia . Sydney, Australia: University of Western Sydney Macarthur; 1996.
  1. Yu ZX, Wang K, Li FP. Clinical trial of Chinese herbal capsule for 157 cases of irritable bowel syndrome. Chin J Integrated Tradit West Med.1991;11:170-171.
  1. Liu ZK. Chinese herbal medicine treatment for 120 cases of irritable bowel syndrome. Chin J Integrated Tradit West Med.1990;10:615.
  1. Shi ZQ. Combination treatment of Chinese and Western medicine for 30 cases of irritable bowel syndrome. Chin J Integrated Tradit West Med.1989;9:241.
  1. Chen DZ. Tong Xie Yao Fang with additions in treating 106 cases of irritable bowel syndrome. Nanjing Med University J.1995;15:924.
  1. Xu RL. Clinical realisations during the diagnosis and treatment of 55 cases of irritable bowel syndrome. Shanxi J Tradit Chin Med.1995;11:10-11.

 

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Fertility Information Night – “Your Questions Answered”

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Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine

Fertility Information Night

“Your Questions Answered”

Tuesday 10th May at 5:30pm until 6:30pm

Tuesday 21st June at 5:30pm until 6:30pm

Life Fertility Clinic. Level 1. Suite 298. St Andrews Place Springhill.

*We will also be doing these Information nights nationally*

*(Interstate dates: Please enquire)*

All enquires please call 07 32795697 or email info@shentherapies.com.au

  • Are you struggling to fall pregnant?
  • Have you had multiple failed cycles of IVF, or Assisted Reproductive Therapies?
  • Do you want to know ways to increase your chances of pregnancy?
  • Are you struggling to fall pregnant a second time around?
  • Do you feel like a number at your fertility clinic?
  • Do you feel like your fertility specialist, GP, or gynaecologist isn’t listening to you?
  • Could you have had things missed in your fertility investigations?
  • Are you getting to a point where your fertility journey is getting you down?
  • Do you just want proper answers to why you aren’t conceiving?
  • Have both you and your partner been evaluated properly?
  • Are you considering IVF, or Assisted Reproductive Therapies and want to know more?
  • Do you just think that there could be more to your issues that haven’t been looked at?

These questions and more will be answer at Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine’s Fertility Information night being held on Tuesday 12th April at 5:30pm until 6:30pm in Brisbane, at Life Fertility Clinic (Address above). We are asking people to bring the questions they want answered to this special event. This is an opportunity to get some of your fertility questions answered, by one of our leading Reproductive Medicine and Women’s Health Specialists, Dr Andrew Orr.

We will also be doing these information nights in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide in the near future (please enquire for dates and venues)

This is also an opportunity for those who want to know more about Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine highly successful Fertility Program, which has helped over 12,000 babies into the world and can help increase your fertility success rates by 96.1% *.

(The event isn’t part of our fertility program though and isn’t the patient fertility education session, that is the start of being on our Fertility Program. This is just an information event, for those they may be interested in our program and to also provide some information to the public. )

For years Dr Andrew Orr has seen couples, single women, same sex couples and anyone requiring fertility help, walk through his door, emotionally exhausted, desperate and at breaking point. The problem for many of these people is that they have not been investigated properly by everyone they have seen, both medically and holistically. Worse still some of the people are already at a point of giving up, believing they have done everything possible, when in fact they haven’t. The sad fact is that some people may have already given up thinking they did everything, when actual fact they may not have. It is so sad when Dr Andrew Orr hears stories like this is why we are holding this night to help couples, single women and same sex couples, get the right information and help them to be properly diagnosed or investigated.

About Dr Andrew Orr

 

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Dr Andrew Orr is one of Australia’s leading integrative medicine specialists who has a medical degrees with a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and a Masters in Women’s Health (Medical). He is well known in both the medical and complementary medicine fields for all of his success and work with couples for Fertility and pregnancy and also for people with gynaecological conditions such as Endometriosis and PCOS.

Dr Andrew Orr is also a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a qualified Naturopath, a Nutritionist, and is an owner/Director of his own Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Supplement Company-ConceptShen Nutritional Medicine PTY LTD.

Dr Orr is also a Lecturer, Public Speaker, Researcher, Mentor, Writer, Author and more.

Dr Andrew Orr has helped nearly 12,000 babies into the world with his unique fertility program combining Eastern, Western and Nutritional Medicine. It is truly an integrative medicine program that sets itself apart and he has gained much media attention about it. He has been on national television on programs like “A Current Affair” and many local and state television shows for his successes with fertility. In the media he has been named “The Brisbane Baby Maker”.

He has also had independent research done on his program and the results have showed that it can help couple increase their fertility success rates by 96.1%*

Dr Andrew Orr has written and reviewed for the Australian Medical Journal, written for leading Magazines and has appeared on Channel 9’s A Current Affair, Channel 9’s Brisbane Extra and been in national papers and health magazines.

Dr Andrew Orr also lecturers to Health Care Professionals, Specialists, Midwives, students and the general public on a regular basis.

Dr Andrew Orr has a passion for Health Care and helping people to get the best out of their lives on both a physical and emotional level. He also has a passion for helping fellow practitioners gain knowledge and to also help anyone who needs help with changing their lives for the better.

Dr Andrew Orr also specialises in gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis and PCOS and travels the country lecturing to healthcare professionals about the importance of early intervention and treatment for women. He is very passionate about informing women of the medical facts about gynaecological conditions and to not wait and put up with things such as period pain. His motto is always that “Period Pain Is Not Normal” and that he has a “No Stone Left Unturned Approach” to anyone he helps.

stones on a plate

About Dr Andrew Orr’s Highly Successful Fertility Program

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The Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine Fertility Program is run by Dr Andrew Orr, who has over 20 years experience in the treating Fertility and Gynaecological issues and hold dual qualifications in both western medicine and complementary medicine to bring people a true integrative approach to fertility issues. He has helped over 12,000 babies into the world via his highly successful Fertility Programme. There really aren’t many people that can say that and his qualification are also a one of a kind. There is really nobody else with his qualifications to date. His success has been documented nationwide in the media and he is known as “The Brisbane Baby Maker”

The Fertility Programme is very through. Many people don’t realise what goes on in the background before you even step through our door. Comprehensive questionnaires are sent out to people and medical reports, blood tests, medical investigations, surgical intervention (if needed) and everything that is needed for your reproductive and health history is chased up and checked so that people are diagnosed correctly.

Both men and women are assessed as fertility issues are not just related to females. Over 50% of fertility issues are related to make factors and many miscarriage issues are related to chromosomal factors relating to the male also. Dr Andrew Orr is always seeing many male issues are missed due to non compliance and assumptions. Biology 101 tells us it takes a sperm and an egg to make a baby, not just an egg. Everything for the couple, or anyone needing fertility treatment, is assessed properly and thoroughly before you even walk in the door.

Fertility treatments aren’t just about having Acupuncture or holistic medicine either. Couples are then assessed and treated on both a medical and complementary medicine level and a comprehensive report is written up with all the changes and investigations that you will need to get do. These recommendations are then constantly checked and followed up to ensure couples get all the investigations done and that all the requested changes are made. There is no stone left unturned.

The program encompasses dietary changes, addressing nutritional deficiencies, reducing stress, managing emotions, enhancing immunity and improving sperm and egg quality. We also address known causes of infertility including Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and any other pelvic pathology that may be causing fertility issues. Every test or investigation that needs to be done is done and thoroughly looked over.

The program begins with the Fertility Education Session, lasting 3 hours and conducted once per month, or as needed, depending on numbers. These Fertility Education Sessions are conducted to small groups of clients and delivered by myself so that every couple is educated on the changes and investigation that will need to increase their chances of having a baby.

Attendance at a Fertility Education Session is compulsory for singles/couples on the program. At the sessions, clients receive a full report based on previously completed questionnaires and test results, as well as crucial herbs and supplements to begin the journey to conception. Soon after the education session, clients attend a 1 on 1 consult with me to receive additional information and recommendations as well as a treatment plan moving forward.

Treatments on the Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine fertility Program also involves fortnightly acupuncture appointments for both men and women and the use of individual tailored herbs, herbs from the ConceptShen fertility range and vitamins according to the individual’s holistic diagnosis and their medical diagnosis as well. We have specially trained registered acupuncturists that are also part of the Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine team

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We See People from All Over Australia & All Over the World

Couples from all over Australia and even internationally have travelled to Brisbane to participate in the Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine Fertility Program. It is compulsory that all remote, interstate and international patients attend the initial seminar and then consult with me, however following this we also offer Skype consults for the follow-up consultations

We have a postal ordering system which enables our remote patients to order and receive their herbal medicines, ConceptShen fertility formulas, supplements and vitamins at their convenience.

The program is designed to support both natural conception and those couples using Assisted Reproduction Technologies such as IVF and IUI. We follow specific protocols when supporting IVF an IUI cycles, which our staff will explain upon enquiry.

At Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine we want every couple, or person seeking fertility treatment, to be able to have a baby and we make sure you have everything done possible to ensure you have the best chance of conceiving a baby.

For further information please call Shen Therapies Reproductive Medicine on 61+07 32795697, or email us at info@shentherapies.com.au

We also can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ShenTherapies/

 

If You Read Just One Article On Natural Killer Cells, Read This One

NK cells killing embryos

If You Read Just One Article On Natural Killer Cells, Read This One

By Dr Andrew Orr (Reproductive Medicine & Women’s Health Specialist)

On a daily basis we get people, who are having failed IVF cycles, calling our clinic looking for some miracle pill, to supposedly eradicate the body of natural killers cell and wipe them off the face of the planet in some war like rage, all because they have been told this will bring an end to their fertility woes.

I wish it was that easy and when my staff go on to explain that treating natural killers cells, and especially looking at the cause of natural killer cells, is complex, there is no one miracle cure, nor some magic pill, people get annoyed and hang up the phone in a huff ,without listening to the reasons why.

While Natural killer (NK) cells have an important role in the early responses to viral infections, they have also been linked with failure of pregnancy.Increasingly, clinics are offering blood tests, at an increased cost to the patient, to measure the number and activity of circulating NK cells. As a result of these investigations, many women are offered treatments such as steroids, intravenous immunoglobulins, and tumour necrosis factor blocking agents. The scientific rationale for these tests and treatments, however, is not always supported by our current knowledge of the function of uterine NK cells.

So, I thought it was about time I set the records straight on the BS information, that seems to being handed around as gospel, by money hungry fertility clinics run by big health conglomerates, and by the rotten Dr Google, about natural killer cells and these supposed miracle pills, that will miraculously fix someone’s fertility issues.

Let’s Look at the Facts about Natural Killer Cells Relating to Miscarriage

  1. There is no miracle pill, or one supposed miracle treatment, or a one pill solution to treat, or get rid of natural killer cells. You do not want to get rid of NK Cells.
  2. Natural Killer Cells are a natural part of the immune system designed to target inflammation, kill of cancer cells, kill off bacteria and protect the body from harmful invasion of foreign organism
  3. There is huge difference between natural killer cells that are circulating in the blood stream, compared to uterine killer cells
  4. Uterine Killer Cells are in large numbers during a pregnancy to protect the embryo
  5. Natural Killer Cells are only in large number and are only being sent out by the immune system because there is some inflammatory process going on in the pelvis, or the rest of the body
  6. You cannot regulate Natural Killer Cells numbers unless you first address the inflammatory process that is causing them to be in high numbers in the first place (Eg- Inflammatory gynaecological conditions such as PID, Endometriosis, PCOS, Adenomyosis, Adhesions, STI’s, CIN, HPV, Herpes etc)
  7. Many people have not had the proper initial fertility investigations and testing needed to actually fall pregnant in the first place and looking at Natural Killer Cells, before all that proper testing etc is done, is actually not assessing the patient properly.
  8. If you do not treat the cause of the Natural Killer Cells being in high numbers, you will not be able to reduce the numbers of Natural Killer Cells that are actually doing the job they are meant to do, which is …. Protect the Body.
  9. Many of the so called treatments for Natural Killer Cells, regarding fertility, have never been approved for such treatment and research on it is still inconclusive.
  10. Some of the treatments being proclaimed as miracle cures (Intralipids etc) are purely money making exercises that are preying on the vulnerability of people who have been told wrong information and have this perception of some killer being inside their body attacking their embryos.
  11. Intralipids have never been proven to treat Natural Killer Cells and are derived from highly inflammatory soy based compounds, which then in turn can cause more inflammation.
  12. The drugs used in the treatment of Natural Killer Cells are steroidal based and carry many side effects and are for more harmful to the body that any natural killer cell will ever be. The steroids are also a category C drug that has been shown to have an effect on the neonate
  13. Steroids, such as Prednisone, do work on regulating NK cells, but they do so by suppressing the immune system, thus compromising a person’s immunity. There are also risk to peoples minerals by using these long term and there are also other side effects to the body.
  14. Natural Killer Cells are there to protect the body, not hurt it.
  15. Natural Killer Cells are only attacking embryos because they are seen as foreign body as well and when they are there trying to kill of the diseases and issues causing inflammation in the body, they just happen to kill of any other foreign organism and inflammatory processes at the same time
  16. Again, to address natural Killer Cells, you need to address the inflammatory process as to why they are in high numbers in the first place
  17. The perception around Natural Killer Cells being this “thing” killing off embryos in the body is misguided and is actually not a true representation of what Natural Killer Cells actually do. It is purely often used to tug on the heartstring of unsuspecting patients, who are highly emotive and clinics use these emotions to get them to pay for treatments that have never been fully proven to work.
  18. The name “Killer Cell” is too often exploited in the wrong context by many in the fertility world
  19. Blood tests cannot measure the number of Natural Killer Cells in the Uterus, Only a biopsy can do this.A Natural Killer Cell Biopsy has to be done between the 24th and 28th day of your menstrual cycle to give the best results.
  20. Blood tests can only measure the circulating NK cells in the body and not the uterine killer cell activity, which can be the cause of recurrent miscarriage. So, if you have had a blood test, it is not measuring what is needed. Everyone will have circulating NK cells in their blood stream.
  21. The percentage of CD56+ NK cells in peripheral blood in normal healthy individuals varies from 5% to 29% .Despite this, more than 12% NK cells in women with infertility or miscarriage has been arbitrarily defined as abnormally raised and used as an indication for treatment
  22. The percentage of NK cells in blood can be affected by many factors including sex, ethnicity, stress, and age too.

Natural Killer cells (Uterine killer cells and other NK cells) are the main immune cell-type found in the uterus. Their numbers increase through the menstrual cycle to peak at the time of implantation. If an embryo does implant, NK cell numbers increase further to 70% of all cells. Uterine NK numbers start to decrease at around the 20 week mark of pregnancy and are all but absent at the end of pregnancy. Natural killer cells acquired their name as a result of the initial test used to identify them in vitro. Unlike T lymphocytes, NK cells are able to spontaneously kill cells in a non-MHC restricted manner.

Regrettably, this is a misleading name in reproduction, and the powerful image of maternal cells attacking the fetus is emotive and easily exploited. None the less, these NK cells can kill off the embryo at early stages of pregnancy, but there is nearly always a reason why. That reason is inflammation in the pelvic cavity and uterus. This needs to be addressed to regulate the number of NK cells, not some notion of killing off the “Killer Cells”.

Types of Inflammation causing high NK Cells

  • Endometriosis & Adenomyosis
  • PCOS/PCO
  • Fibroids, Myomas
  • Vaginal Infections & Bacteria
  • STI’s
  • Cancer, Trauma, Localised Lesions & Others
  • Stress

Yes stress can lead to a compromised immune system, which then leads to high TNF (Tumor Necrosing Factor) and increase Natural Killer Cells, which then leads to prolonged increase activated T Cells, and this then causes reduced implantation of embryos.

This is also a reason why any inflammation in the uterus or pelvic cavity needs to be addressed to help fix this issue and one of the reasons why any woman having fertility issues needs to be investigated and treated properly. This needs to involve proper differential diagnosis, proper pathology testing, genetic testing and surgical investigations such as laparoscopy prior to any further fertility treatment. A laparoscopy is the gold standard for addressing and treatment of issues in the uterine and pelvic cavity.

Natural Killer Cells (Uterine Killer Cells) can be a part of recurrent miscarriage, but we need to stop the misinformation and perception of them being some killer organism that isn’t meant to be in the body. They are meant to be in the body and the name is all too often exploited by many to offer unproven treatments and medications by clinics trying to increase profits.

If you want to regulate and treat natural killer cells (relating to recurrent miscarriage) properly, you need to find out what is causing them to be there in the first place. There is no magic pill to get rid of Natural Killer Cells. You cannot rid the body of Natural Killer Cells anyway. They are meant to be there

At Shen Therapies, we have a proper NK cell protocol (designed by Dr Andrew Orr) and treatment plan that is individually tailored and looks at the “cause” of high number of Natural Killer Cells and makes sure that proper investigations, testing and treatment are administered to treat the person properly.

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How the Christmas, New year & Easter Festive Seasons Can Affect a Woman’s Menstrual Cycle

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How the Christmas, New year & Easter Festive Seasons Can Affect a Woman’s Menstrual Cycle

-By Dr Andrew Orr (Reproductive Medicine & Women’s Health Specialist)

We have not long gotten over the Christmas and New Year period and we are about to embark on the fast train into Easter holiday and festive season. While many are getting ready for the sugar fest ahead, with Easter eggs and hot cross buns galore, we need to take the time to understand how this may affect our bodies afterwards, especially for women and their menstrual cycles. Worse still it could even affect pre-existing gynaecological conditions that women live with on a day to day basis, some of which impact women’s day life terribly

Christmas and Easter times always pose great problems for women and their menstrual cycle, and year after year many women never make the correlation why. Year after year I see women coming back to see me, after Christmas and Easter,  scratching their heads as to why all of a sudden their menstrual cycle has gone haywire and they are getting the worst PMS symptoms they’ve had since starting goodness knows

So why do so many women have problems with their menstrual cycle after Christmas and Easter?

The answer is blatantly obvious. Stress, Poor diet and Lifestyle factors!

The lead up to Christmas and Easter, is always a busy time and no matter how much people try to deny it, it is very stressful. People are rushing madly to meet deadlines before everyone goes on holidays and then the mad Christmas and Easter shopping rush that follows.

Then there is the stress of what to buy everyone, followed by the mad catering panic. People litrally go mad and one would think the end of the world is imminent, with supermarkets being emptied by the marketing hype of these two festive seasons.

Then the big day arrives. Everyone forgets the basic principles of a healthy diet and engorge themselves on any food they can lay their hands on. Basically it is a licence to eat as much bad food as we can put in our mouths, and then use the basic excuse of “Its Christmas” or “It’s Easter” and “It is only just one day and it won’t really matter and I had to do it”.

Then one day leads into two, and then this leads into a week and then before we know it, it has been more than just one day of bad eating, or drinking alcohol. The sad fact of that statement is that some people eat and drink alcohol like it’s Christmas and Easter every day.

With Christmas we can have many portions of baked dinner, crackling, seafood, Christmas pudding, chocolate and any other sugar substance that can be consumed it all had to be washed down with a nice alcoholic beverage, or two. Many bottles of bubbly, or choice of poison later, and we now have a stomach full of sugar, fat, cholesterol and alcohol all churning quite nicely. Diabetes and heart disease here we come.

Then approximately 1 week later it is New Years Eve and the licence, to drink like fish and eat like a ravenous bear, is pulled from the pocket and waived around once more. “But it’s Ok”, we say.

The New Year’s resolution will be to not do it again, until next year when all resolutions are forgotten. Meanwhile the system had short circuited, the gut has gone into melt down, the cholesterol levels are rising, the sugar levels have reached diabetes status and the brain cells have been reduced yet again.

Several months later when the system has started to recover, Easter arrives and the sugar binge begins; with Easter eggs and all manner of chocolate, sugar laden delight. The body short circuits itself again and will take until Christmas to recover and then it starts all over again.

Now, I wonder why the menstrual cycle would be affected?

Hmmm, I wonder?

There are only a few things that will affect a menstrual cycle and cause PMS, irregularities and pain. The trouble is many of them can be unknowingly self- inflicted. Yes, many monthly menstrual related problems can be unknowingly self- inflicted.

Let’s not forget that many people do have gynaecological issues that they suffer on a daily basis though. But even still, this high amount of burden on the system will exacerbate these pre-existing conditions and make them worse, due to the resulting high levels of inflammation. What I am trying to do is just make people aware of how conditions can be worsened and how these high levels of inflammation, from high levels of sugars etc, can cause havoc with a woman’s cycle. This is not about blame. It is about education and prevention. I am here to help, not hinder. Please remember this.

As I said there are only a few things that affect, or exacerbate, a woman’s menstrual cycle and I’m going to list them below. So that way if you are wondering why you can’t get enough Naprogesic into your body, when you get your cycle, please remember the list below.

Please also read my article on “What a proper Menstrual Cycle Should Be Like”. If it isn’t like the one I describe you better book in to see me soon.

What Affects a Menstrual Cycle

  1. Poor diet – Foods such as high sugars and junk foods all cause inflammation in the body and lead to hormonal irregularities and pain with the menses
  2. Alcohol – Most alcohols contain high sugars and they also cause inflammation in the body. It also interferes with your hormones and affects the liver too. In Chinese medicine the Liver governs the menstrual cycle. Excess alcohol leads to SOL ( Shit on Liver) J
  3. Poor Sleep– Sleep deprivation leads to reduction in hormones such as serotonin and then effect the moods etc. Lack of sleep also stops the body from repairing and can lead to other health issues
  4. Trauma – Things such as surgery, a virus, cold/flu etc, or where the body has to repair, can lead to menstrual irregularities. The body shuts down the menses so that it can repair itself first
  5. Weight gain or weight loss– It is a well known fact that many athletes do not get a menstrual cycle because of lack of body fat. The same goes for people who are overweight too. Too much, or too little, body fat interferes with your fertility. All your hormones are made from fats and protein.
  6. Emotional Issues– Bottled up emotions such as anger & frustration cause blockages in the system & then cause pain. Emotional issues also cause problems with hormones. Emotions can be a major issue in any health condition, or can affect hormones.

What a proper menstrual cycle should be like

A proper menstrual cycle should be 26 –32 days in it’s length. It should be 4 days flow, 5 at the most. Any shorter than 4 days is too short and any longer than 5 days is too long. This isn’t good. You shouldn’t get any pain at all, you shouldn’t get clotting, spotting, breast tenderness, bloating, fluid retention or changes to the moods such as teariness or irritability. These are all signs of irregularities and need to be addressed. Some of the things that exacerbate menstrual issues are listed above.

 

Rust Never Sleeps & Neither Does Endometriosis

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Rust Never Sleeps, and Neither Does Endometriosis

By Dr Andrew Orr (Reproductive Medicine &Women’s Health Specialist)

When rust gets into a piece of metal, it starts to slowly eat away and corrode its unsuspecting host. Nobody really knows where it will pop up next. At first the tiny implants of rust cannot be seen, but underneath the layer of metal, the rust is at work, slowly devouring and eating away at the core of this metal piece. It is like a weed. You can cut it out, poison it, and do whatever you can to prevent its return, but once it is there and those minute little seeds have shed and spread, not matter what you seem to do, it seems to just keep popping up everywhere.

It is silent and can often take years to take full effect and be visualised, but once it is there and it full swing, it causes weakness, corrosion, toxicity and all manner of havoc for the piece of metal it has now invaded. Just because you cannot see it, doesn’t mean it is not there either. It is the master of stealth, but eventually is will rear its ugly head everywhere, all the while it is has been working its way underneath the surface and its endless tentacles and teeth reaching out and eating at the very core of its host. As the famous musician Neil Young once said “Rust Never Sleeps”. It is perfect assassin for it needs no sleep, and it has a mission of destruction and chaos to anyone who stands in its way.

While rust may never sleep, neither does Endometriosis. Endometriosis is just like rust. It is also like a pesky weed, with a never-ending lifecycle. It spreads; it drops seeds (implants) everywhere it goes. It causes pain, it can be silent and with stealth and at the same time, spreading without causing a single ounce of pain for a significant portion of the population. All the while it is causing havoc in other parts of the body, creating the illusion that there must be something else there. It is the master of illusion. It makes many think it is something else (IBS, Bladder issues, UTI etc). It invades without a trace and can even be the master of disguise, evading even the most notable physician, but all the while it is feasting and causing chaos under the surface, just as rust does.

Just like rust, sometimes you can cut out a small piece of it and get every single minute part of it at the same time. Other times you can cut it out, and then underneath the microscopic, undetectable implants just pop up somewhere else and starts its vicious lifecycle in another location. Sometimes it can hide altogether, yet still be there under the surface causing havoc. Other times it will present itself to be seen everywhere and scatter itself so far and wide, you will never ever catch up with all of it.

While sometimes the smallest amount of it can cause immeasurable pain, sometimes the largest amounts of it will go undetected and cause no pain at all. Actually, a significant portion of women affected with Endometriosis will have no pain at all. We only hear of the women with pain and this is totally understandable. But we also need to let people know, many have no pain at all. It isn’t until the person is investigated properly (via a laparoscopy), that they find that they may be riddled with it.

Endometriosis just isn’t in the endometrial lining. It is most outside the uterus, or embedded deep into the endometrium. It can get on your tubes, in your vagina, on your bowel, into your intestines, up into your lung, around your pericardium and heart, into your brain and they have even found it in people’s fingers. It is truly like a weed, like the rust we started talking about. It can spread everywhere and as said before, can evade even the most noted medical mind. If you don’t know what you are looking for, it will try and evade you forever.

But like rust, with the right treatment, Endometriosis can found, captured, seen for what it is, have its true colour exposed, have its weakness exploited and be vanquished to the nether regions of the destructive world it appeared from. Yet, many fail to explore, or implement the right treatment, choosing to mask it, or pretend it has gone, and all the while it is being allowed to inflame, fatigue, cause pain, play with your emotions and basically wish that life as you know it would magically just end. This can be the life of many who unknowingly trust that just cutting out the rust, or trying to mask the symptoms of it, without destroying and preventing the tiny implants of it underneath the surface from appearing and taking hold again.

Like any disease, prevention is the key to treatment. Take away the fuel, and the fire can never take hold. The same goes for endometriosis. You need to take away the foods and substances (alcohol, smoking, chemical is the environment) that are fuelling the endometriosis to grow in the first place.

If the endometriosis has taken hold and is causing issues, you need to then have it cut out and removed. There is a point where no matter what medications etc you take, nothing is going to settle that inflammation and pain down and well and corrective and investigative surgery. The only way you can diagnose endometriosis is through a laparoscopy. Scans and blood test do not diagnose it. Even sometimes with surgery, endometriosis can be invisible to the naked eye, but make no mistake, it can still be there. This is why biopsies are taken to see if the microscopic implants are there causing pain and havoc, underneath he surface. But even then, it can infiltrate deep into the muscles and around the nerves to remain undetectable, even via a biopsy. But make no mistake, at some stage, it will rear its ugly head to be seen and to be heard. For those that know the symptoms, they will know it is there, when all other measures of investigation fail.

Once the visible disease is found, it needs to be removed and then you need to prevent its return. The only way you can do this is suppress and then destroy the microscopic implants and the very thing they feed off. Never make the mistake of thinking that surgery is where all your treatment ends. It isn’t. This is where the real work begins.

While estrogenic response is a know factor, we also know that insulin feeds inflammation and also causes problems with estrogen and hormone metabolism and distribution. If you get the diet under control, reduce the inflammation through lack of insulin and sugars, then you also help regulate the hormones and starve the endometriosis. You need to eat as clean as possible and this means grain free and no refined foods at all. Lots of proteins, nuts and seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables, good oils, pre and probiotics and water.

Herbal medicines and other natural medicines and supplements, can also help control and diminish the microscopic implants of endometriosis and also help prevent its return. They can also help with hormone regulation and help with insulin resistance and also help with reducing inflammation. They are a must and now why the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend herbal medicines and acupuncture and part of the overall treatment plan for the guidelines of treatment of endometriosis.

You also need to look at stress and emotional factors that are driving the inflammation in the first place. Learn some coping skills, learn to relax, find that quiet time, do some yoga, or some form of relaxation. Do whatever it takes to find that stillness in your daily life. You can’t treat a disease without looking at the emotional and lifestyle component of it as well.

So, before you go and try and mask the symptoms of endometriosis and the actual diseases itself, with the pill, Mirena, or other current medical approach, ask yourself this. What are you doing to prevent the cause of the disease in the first place?

Endometriosis requires and multi-modality approach to get rid of it and prevent its return. If you don’t take this approach, then it will nearly always come back. Yes, you need to surgery, but, you still also need to prevent and treat the actual cause of the disease in the first place. This will then treat the microscopic implants from ever coming to life and causing more misery for everyone concerned.

Having just had a loved one riddled with endometriosis, I am going to do everything possible I can to help prevent the return of this horrible disease for this most cherished and loved individual. A multimodality approach will be used and I know that eventually I will take control and vanquish this terrible foe into oblivion where it belongs, like I have done for so many other people in my years of practice. But, with any disease it also requires compliance of the patient too.

What are you doing to control your endometriosis? Do you want to just mask it, or fix it for good?

If so, you need to implement a multimodality approach that I mentioned above and help boot endometriosis out of your life forever.

Just remember, rust never sleeps and neither does endometriosis.

Take care and remember there is always hope and help if you listen where to find it.

I am always here to help you find that help

Regards

Dr Andrew Orr

 

Do You Suffer Endometriosis?

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Do You Suffer Endometriosis

-We can help you with our successful endometriosis treatments.

Endometriosis has now reached an all time high in its ever-growing presence. This disease is often debilitating both physical and emotionally. A significant portion of women that have endometriosis are asymptomatic (No symptoms). It is one of the most misdiagnosed and under diagnosed conditions in women with many health care professional not having enough education to identify the disease and its presenting symptoms. This is often why it is 12 years from initial onset to definitive diagnosis and this is really terrible that so many women get missed on a daily basis.

Many women diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome actually have endometriosis and not IBS. It can also play major havoc with the emotions, hormones and the libido. Many women with it also have pain on intercourse which further lessens the desire around sex. If you get painful periods and can’t get out of bed, there is a good chance that you actually have it. Although a significant portion of women with endometriosis are asymptomatic, meaning they would not even know they have it. It is just that we only hear about the people in pain and presume all people with endometriosis get pain, when in fact they don’t.

Please refer to my previous posts on what a normal menstrual cycle should be like.

In a nut shell, women should not get pain with their menstrual cycle and period pain is not normal.

To date, Western medicine does not know how or even why it occurs. The only solution that has been offered in the past was to laser it. This usually has a recurrence rate of up to 80%. Recently many doctors have been cutting it out, which offers better relief with less recurrence. However, it still usually recurs. Why is this?

Primarily it is because they are just treating the symptoms and not the cause. You can take away most physical symptoms very easily, but if the real cause isn’t addressed at the same time, you have no chance of a full recovery. This includes emotional factors. Also many of the hormones that women are put on after surgery; mask the problem and can actually make it worse. By actually stopping the period, like many of these hormones do, there is an increased risk of further endometriosis growing. Sure, while you have no period, you have no pain or symptoms, but internally it is still there waiting to flare up again. This is caused by, emotional outlook and the very hormones that were supposed to be helping.

The Chinese consider Blood Stagnation and long-term Liver Qi Stagnation as the cause of endometriosis. In essence, what this means is that over a long period of time emotional issues, poor diet etc have caused stagnation in the body, which then manifests in real physical symptoms.In Chinese medicine they believe on of the root causes behind endometriosis and many gynaecological problems is long-term emotional problems such as frustration, anger and long-term resentment, with other factors such as diet adding to the inflammation. While there will always be an emotion aspect to any long term health issue, what comes first, the chicken or the egg, is not of concern here. Whether the old Chinese texts are right, or wrong, what we do need to do, is look at the emotions as part of the overall condition and help with emotional support also. There will always be an emotional aspect to endometriosis as most people know and much of this is brought about by the pain and suffering for those with this horrible disease.

Just so people know, when Chinese Medicine talks about blood stagnation, this is literal stagnant blood, which blocks the vessels and then causes pain etc. This would be very similar to what we see with varicose veins and what we actually see with endometriosis. We often see this show up in dark and clotted menstrual blood and this is a key symptoms of endometriosis

Extended use of The Pill, the increasing levels of hormones in our food and a protein deficient diet have caused some problems too.

Increased levels of insulin caused by a high GI diet lead to inflammation in the body and these further fuel conditions such as endometriosis. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful diets out there attesting to be the cure for endometriosis, but half are them are actually making it worse. Unless the diet is about reducing grains, high GI carbs, sugars and increasing proteins etc then it isn’t going to help endometriosis. But at the end of the day it is diet, emotions and lifestyle that really does make this condition worse and further exacerbates this condition, so this needs to be a big part of the treatment

So what is the solution to this problem?

In my opinion I think the best course of action is to use a combined approach. For severe cases you will need to see a good gynaecologist to get as much of the endometriosis cut out (not lasered). Secondly, use Chinese medicine to treat the root cause. This will be the primary treatment after surgery and help stop it coming back. By treating the cause, it will prevent it from coming back and help with the overall control of this disease. Hormones treatments aren’t always the key either. They often mask the symptoms of the disease, making it harder to diagnose and can often make this condition worse.

Lastly, see a good counselor. Emotions are a big part of this disease and you also need to learn coping skills around pain management and lifestyle changes. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can also help both the physical & emotional side, but sometimes solution-based therapy is needed for best results.

So, the solution to endometriosis is Surgery, Acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Naturopathy, Diet, Lifestyle changes and counseling. Surgery is a very much-needed process if the problem is either too acute or chronic, in order to alleviate and remove painful symptoms. Some hormone based therpaies may be needed for very severe cases. However, in the end the Chinese medicine, holistic medicine, diet and lifestyle changes treats the root cause. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines for treating Endometriosis now states that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is a recommended therapy. We really can help, but for anything to work more effective you have to use a combined multimodality approach and be prepared to follow the treatment through properly.

 

What a Proper Menstrual Cycle Should Be Like

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What a proper menstrual cycle should be like

Most women usually start their menstrual cycles around the age of 13-14 years. Many of them are now starting the menstrual cycle as young as 9 years old and this can pose significant issues later in life.

The problem for many young women, and some older women, is that they do not know what a proper menstrual cycle should be like and that period pain is not something that you have to put up with.

Unfortunately many women are told that period pain and menstrual issues are normal and you just have to live with it, or that going on the contraceptive pill will fix everything. While the contraceptive pill will help many young women with menstrual issues short term, the long term effects are often masked and found later in life when they want to start a family. Sometimes an issue that could have been addressed very early on, can pose very significant problems to a young girls future fertility and this does need to be seriously taken into consideration.

Young women need to be made aware of what a proper menstrual cycle should be like and if it isn’t they need to seek the help of a gynaecologist, not just their GP. Many GP’s often miss crucial   gynaecological issues.

What a proper menstrual cycle should be like

A proper menstrual cycle should be:

  • 26 –32 days in its length.
  • It should be 4 days flow, 5 at the most. Any longer can be too long
  • You should not get any pain at all,
  • You should not get clotting, spotting, excessive heavy flow that is prolonged.
  • You should not get excessive breast tenderness, bloating, fluid retention etc
  • You should not get major changes to the moods such as teariness, irritability, or aggression

These are all signs of irregularities and possible major issues and need to be addressed

If you experience severe pain and symptoms each month then you really need to get these assessed by someone such as myself, or a good gynaecologist, not just a GP.

The hard thing with many gynaecological issues is that many people with issues such as endometriosis are asymptomatic (meaning they don’t experience any symptoms at all). Irregular cycles, with hormonal changes such as acne, migraines, increased hair growth could mean PCOS.

There are only a few things that will affect, or exacerbate menstrual issues and the menstrual cycle and cause PMS, irregularities and pain.

As I said there are only a few things that affect a menstrual cycle and I’m going to list them below. So that way if you are wondering why you can’t get enough Neurofen into your body when you get your cycle, then please remember the list below. If you continually get menstrual issues after doing all the right things then you need to book in and see me, or a good gynaecologist to get it sorted out.

What Affects a Menstrual Cycle

  1. Poor diet – Foods such as high sugars and junk foods all cause inflammation in the body and lead to hormonal irregularities and pain with the menses
  2. Alcohol – Most alcohols contain high sugars and they also cause inflammation in the body. It also interferes with your hormones and affects the liver too. In Chinese medicine the Liver governs the menstrual cycle. Excess alcohol leads to SOL ( shit on Liver)
  3. Poor Sleep– Sleep deprivation leads to reduction in hormones such as serotonin and then effect the moods etc. Lack of sleep also stops the body from repairing and can lead to other health issues
  4. Trauma – Things such as surgery, a virus, cold/flu etc, or where the body has to repair, can lead to menstrual irregularities. The body shuts down the menses so that it can repair itself first
  5. Weight gain or weight loss– It is a well known fact that many athletes do not get a menstrual cycle because of lack of body fat. The same goes for people who are over-weight too. Too much or too little body fat interferes with your fertility. All your hormones are made from fats and protein.
  6.  Emotional Issues– Bottled up emotions such as anger & frustration cause blockages in the system & then cause pain. Emotional issues also cause problems with hormones. Emotions and stress are a major cause of menstrual irregularities

Sex Around The Time of Embryo Transfer Increases The Likelihood of Successful Early Embryo Implantation and Development.

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One of the things that Dr Andrew Orr promotes is that regular sex is so important for our fertility patients, on many levels. Sometimes the obvious eludes some people though

One of the things we see quite regularly is that couples doing Assisted Reproduction (ART) are abstaining from sex fearing it will affect their chances of conceiving. Actually the opposite is true. By not having sex during ART cycles (IUI, IVF etc) you are affecting your chances of conception.

Dr Andrew Orr has spoken about the importance of sex and orgasm assisting implantation in other posts and there is so much medical research to back this up

Let ask the question “If you were trying naturally, would you stop having sex for fear that conception has taken place?”

Then why would you stop having sex around an ART cycle?

Let’s face the facts, implantation takes place in the uterus, and not the vagina, and no man is that well endowed to even penetrate the cervix, so…. Let’s get a grip here

The question to ask is “What does an embryo feed off and need to successfully implant?”

The answer is blood!

Think of a tick borrowing into skin to feed off its host.

How do you get blood flow into the uterine lining?

The answer is that sex and climax stimulate blood flow to the lining to assist implantation and also prepare the lining for implantation!

Nature has given us all the tools for healthy conception to take place, and yet many of us just aren’t using them.

This article shows that sperm are also beneficial in assisting implantation and exposure to semen around the time of embryo transfer increases the likelihood of successful early embryo implantation and development.

http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/15/12/2653.full

Don’t forget that regular sex during this time not only helps assist implantation, but it also helps with the bonding process and physical connection process during this stressful time. Many couples split up because of losing this connection during the ART process and sex is a way of keeping that physical and emotional connection. Sex also tells your body you are also preparing to conceive on another level too.

For those doing IVF etc, next time you are doing an ART cycle maybe it is time to start doing things the way nature intended to give you that boost you so desperately are needing. Go get busy people

Lastly, don’t forget that we have specialized formulas to help with implantation too.

Sperm Help Trigger Ovulation

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Sperm help to trigger ovulation and also send signals to the woman that she is ready to conceive

Semen isn’t just vehicle for carrying sperm – it also plays a crucial role in triggering ovulation, according to a new study.

Scientists have discovered the protein in the sexual fluid acts as a hormonal signal on the female brain.

This triggers the release of other hormones that signal the ovaries to release an egg.
The international team led by Gregg Adams at the University of Saskatchewan, said they found this protein in a variety of mammals from llamas to rabbits to humans. They say this implies it plays an important role in reproduction in all mammals.

Male mammals have accessory sex glands that contribute seminal fluid to semen, but the role of this fluid and the glands that produce it are not well understood.

‘From the results of our research, we now know that these glands produce large amounts of a protein that has a direct effect on the female,’ Professor Adams said.

The protein, which was dubbed the ‘ovulation-inducing factor’ (OIF), works through the hypothalamus of the female brain. This part of the brain links the nervous system to the endocrine system (a system of glands that secrete hormones into the blood stream) via the pituitary gland.

‘The idea that a substance in mammalian semen has a direct effect on the female brain is a new one,’ Adams said.

The scientists discovered it is the same molecule that regulates the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells.

For this latest study, the team looked at two species: llamas and cattle. Llamas are ‘induced ovulators,’ that is, they ovulate only when they have been inseminated. Cows – and humans – are ‘spontaneous ovulators,’ meaning that a regular buildup of hormones stimulates the release of an egg.

Using a variety of techniques, the researchers found OIF present in semen samples taken from both animals.

However, while injecting the llama with this protein caused them to ovulate, the same effect wasn’t seen in cattle.

But while the molecule doesn’t appear to induce ovulation in spontaneous ovulators, it did affect fertility in different ways. The protein was found to effect the timing of when cattle developed the fluid-filled sacs in the ovary which carry the eggs. It also promoted the development of a temporary endocrine structure needed to sustain pregnancy.

‘This latest finding broadens our understanding of the mechanisms that regulate ovulation and raises some intriguing questions about fertility,’ Adams said.

The team said further research was now needed to see what role it could play in human fertility. For instance, they theorised that men with high concentrations of the OIF could potentially be more fertile.

The study appears in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This is why it is important for couples trying to conceive to still maintain a regular sex life, even if doing IVF. It is all about letting the body know you are trying to conceive, rather then actually shutting down the whole process by not having sex. Studies like these show the importance of things that happen at the basic levels of conception and how it affects the brain and the bodies capacity to not only stimulate ovulation, but also its capacity to be ready to conceive.