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

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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.

References

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  2. Pijnenborg R, Vercruysse L, Hanssens M, Van Assche A. Incomplete trophoblast invasion: the evidence. In: Critchley H, MacLean A, Poston L, Walker J, eds. Pre-eclampsia. London: RCOG Press, 2003: 15-2615. Parham P. NK cells and trophoblasts: partners in pregnancy. J Exp Med 2004;200: 951-5.[Abstract/Free Full Text]
  3. Hiby SE, Walker JJ, O’Shaughnessy KM, Redman CWG, Carrington M, Trowsdale J, et al. Combinations of maternal and paternal innate immune genes influence the risk of pre-eclampsia. J Exp Med 2004;200: 957-65.[Abstract/Free Full Text]
  4. Aoki K, Kajiura S, Matsumoto Y, Ogasawara M, Okada S, Yagami Y, et al. Preconceptional natural-killer-cell activity as a predictor of miscarriage. Lancet 1995;345: 1340-2.[CrossRef][Web of Science][Medline]
  5. Ntrivalas EI, Kwak-Kim JY, Gilman-Sacchs A, Chung-Bang H, Ng SC, Beaman KD, et al. Status of peripheral blood natural killer cells in women with recurrent spontaneous abortions and infertility of unknown aetiology. Hum Reprod 2001;16: 855-61.[Abstract/Free Full Text]
  6. Bisset LR, Lung TL, Kaelin M, Ludwig E, Dubs RW. Reference values for peripheral blood lymphocyte phenotypes applicable to the healthy adult population in Switzerland. Eur J Haematol 2004;72: 203-12.[CrossRef][Web of Science][Medline]
  7. Kwak JY, Kwak FM, Gilman-Sachs A, Beaman KD, Cho DD, Beer AE, et al. Immunoglobulin G infusion treatment for women with recurrent spontaneous abortions and elevated CD56+ natural killer cells. Early Preg 2000;4: 154-64.
  8. RCOG Scientific Advisory Committee. Immunological testing and interventions for reproductive failure. London: RCOG, 2003. (Opinion paper 5.)
  9. Scott JR. Immunotherapy for recurrent miscarriage. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2003;(1): CD000112.
  10. Daya S, Gunby J, Clark DA. Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy for recurrent spontaneous abortion: a meta-analysis. Am J Reprod Immunol 1998;39: 69-76.

 

Rust Never Sleeps & Neither Does Endometriosis

Endometriosis

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Men Should Have Healthy Diet Before Conceiving.

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Men Should Have Healthy Diet Before Conceiving, As Unborn Baby Influenced By Father’s Choice Of Food
This is something that we have always promoted at Shen Therapies and why we always make sure we treat the males and well and the females. Biology 101 tells us that it takes a sperm and an egg to make a baby, not just an egg. Just treating the female is not practicing fertility medicine, that is just hormone regulation.
Semen parameters can change by as much as 20% in a given month and change daily, week, monthly and yearly. Just because the sperm has been OK, weeks, months, years ago, does not mean it is OK now.
It takes up to 120 for a sperm to fully mature and so what you have done now, like excessive drinking and eating bad foods, can affect your sperm in that 90 -120 days later.
Plus, there is the DNA damage to the sperm that cannot be measured by any testing and then the mode of genetic inheritance of this passed onto any future child. Genetic inheritance is something we all need to consider and fetal origins of disease

Endocrine Disruption
It has been well established that environmental chemicals (endocrine disrupters) are reproductive toxicants and can be associated with impaired semen quality and reproductive potential in animals and humans.
An endocrine disruptor is defined as:
“as an exogenous agent that interferes with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action or elimination of natural hormones in the body that is responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis, reproduction, development and/or behavior.”
Research has shown that poor fetal nutrition to adult-onset diseases including coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic dysfunction,and has formed the basis for the developmental origins of health and disease paradigm, which similarly posits a correlation between perinatal health and the eventual development of chronic diseases. Toxicologists have also identified neonatal development as a ‘critical window of exposure’, such that chemical exposures (e.g., endocrine disrupters) have been linked to adult-onset reproductive cancers and many other diseases
Taken together, these models support the extreme sensitivity of the neonatal period to environmental influences, as shown by research, the models provide an explanation for fetal origins of adult obesity risk and other disease states, including infertility.
Shen Therapies does have a really great range of products for men that work. They have been tried and tested and have helped over 12,000 plus babies into the world. Like any herbs and supplements, they are also benefited by a good diet and lifetsyle plan to go with it
At Shen Therapies and as part of our highly successful fertility progroam, we never forget the male when helping couples have a baby. Just remember, Biology 101, tells us it takes a sperm and an egg to make a baby, not just an egg.

Have a look at this post (link below) on recent studies on how men’s diets can affect their offspring too.

http://www.medicaldaily.com/men-should-have-healthy-diet-conceiving-unborn-baby-influenced-fathers-choice-food-367244

 

 

Fertility

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Shen Therapies have established themselves as leaders in the field of Natural Fertility having assisted over 12,500 healthy babies into the world to date.

Our comprehensive multidmodality Fertility Program is designed to prepare couples’ bodies and minds so that they are in the best possible condition to create new life.

The Statistics

The following statistics are a review of seven previous studies on acupuncture and fertility:

  • Acupuncture increases the chances of conceiving via IVF by 65%
  • Acupuncture increases the chances of maintaining a pregnancy by 87%
  • Acupuncture increases the rate of maintaining a pregnancy to full gestation by 91%
  • Published in the British Medical Journal 2008

In Australia, women generally pay about $7000 out of pocket for IVF treatment.

Many couples turn to Assisted Reproduction Treatments such as IVF before investigating other less expensive and far less invasive options.

(The Weekend Australian, February 9 2008)

Our Fertility Program

The Shen Therapies Fertility Program was designed by Andrew Orr. Andrew Orr has specialised degrees from the faculty of medicine at UNSW,with a Masters of Reproductive Medicine and a Masters of Women’s Health Medicine. Andrew is also a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, a complementary medicine practitioner, Nutritionist and more.  Our East meets West approach enables us to offer additional insight into fertility issues and provide our clients with real solutions. We have experienced staff who provide our patients with regular phone support and additional professional advice.

The program encompasses dietary changes, addressing nutritional deficiencies, assist in reducing stress, assist in managing emotions, assist in enhancing immunity and may assist in improving sperm and egg quality. We also assist in addressing known causes of infertility including Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and any other causal factor. Andrew Orr is one of the only integrative medicine practitioners who is very knowlegable in the treatments of Natural Killer Cells causing miscarriage. Andrew Orr has his own Nutritional Medicince Company, ConceptShen Nutritional Medicine, and has designed a set of fertility formulas for assisting both men and women. The program begins with the Fertility Seminar, lasting 3 hours and conducted every 4-6 weeks on a Friday morning. These seminars are conducted to small groups of clients and delivered by Andrew. Attendance at a Fertility Seminar is compulsory for singles/couples on the program. At the seminars, clients receive a full report based on previously completed questionnaires and test results, as well as crucial supplements to begin the journey to conception. Soon after the seminar, clients attend a 1 on 1 consult with Andrew Orr to receive additional information and recommendations as well as a treatment plan moving forward. Treatment generally involves fortnightly acupuncture appointments for both men and women and the use of herbs and vitamins according to the individual’s Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Couples from all over Australia, and even internationally, have travelled to Brisbane to participate in the Shen Therapies Fertility Program. It is compulsory that remote patients attend the initial seminar and then consult with Andrew Orr, however following this we can refer them to a reputable clinic in their own area to continue with regular acupuncture. We have a postal ordering system which enables our remote patients to order and receive their herbal fertility formulas, supplements and vitamins at their convenience.

The program is designed to support both natural conception and assist those couples using Assisted Reproduction Technologies such as IUI, IVF and ICSI. We follow specific protocols to assist in supporting IVF an IUI cycles, which our staff will explain upon enquiry. We also help single women and same sex couples and have helped many single women and same sex couples have babies through our highly successful fertility program

For more information about the Shen Therapies Fertility Program and to enquire about the next Fertility Seminar please contact our clinic on (07) 3832 8369 and speak to one of our qualified staff or email info@shentherapies.com.au.

 

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Over 12, 500 * babies helped into the world and still counting

  • Assisting with Fertility, Gynaecology & Pregnancy
  • Sports and Remedial therapy, Chronic Illness management, Weight Management
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Shen Therapies was established in 1995 and are known as leaders in the fields of Natural Fertility, Pregnancy and Gynaecology. Our Fertility Program may assist in increasing fertility success rates and we have now assisted over 12,500 * healthy babies into the world. We can also assist in safely turn Breech Babies using Acupuncture and Moxibustion and provide Natural Induction services 

*(Please see our success rates in the menu section. Our Fertility success rates are based on doing our highly successful Fertility Program and our statistics were done independently)

In addition to Fertility, Gynaecology, Pregnancy and Women and Men’s Health, which is looked at on a medical level, we also use Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Nutrition and Holistic medicine, to treat the cause of many other disorders. This integrative medicine modalities work on several levels to:

  • Reduce the likelihood of a condition returning
  • Balance and harmonise the organs and the body overall
  • Treat imbalances before they even lead to disease

We have programs for Chronic Disease Management successfully treating conditions that have not responded well to any other forms of medicine. Using Biomesotherapy we can assist with immediate pain relief to those experiencing severe nerve damage or musculoskeletal injuries. Shen Therapies also offers Laser Therapy for treating infants and children and we carry an extensive range of Practitioner grade herbal and nutritional supplements to benefit the whole family.

The team is lead by Dr Andrew Orr, who is Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and also has specialisation degrees in Reproductive Medicine (Master of Reproductive Medicine) and Women’s Health Medicine (Master of Women’s Health Medicine) through the faculty of medicine (UNSW). Dr Orr is also a complementary medicine practitioner, a Nutritionist, a qualified Chef and more. Our team also consists of  dedicated people providing a caring and professional environment for your health care needs. We invite you to contact us for more information or come and see us in Clinic soon.