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A holistic approach
At our clinic, we embrace a holistic approach to enhance natural fertility and optimise women’s health.
I am passionate in my belief that diet, exercise and environment contribute to fertility and general health. I also believe that natural fertility can complement more traditional medical infertility treatments such as IVF.
Some natural fertility and wellness options that I often explore include; nutritional health and genetics, physical health, sleep investigations, complementary therapies, environmental health and eco fertility.
The power of nutrition
We are at the forefront of nutritional health, and how it can impact a couple’s ability to conceive. A powerful underpinning of the natural fertility approach is a focus on healthy diet and weight.
Statistically, couples that are overweight are more likely to face infertility challenges. Being overweight means it can take longer to get pregnant and the likelihood of pregnancy complications and miscarriage are higher. Being underweight is also associated with health and fertility issues.
Nutritional research is constantly evolving, allowing us to understand more about the way diet affects health and fertility, and how our individual genetic make-up impacts the way in which our bodies process what we eat. The emerging science of nutrigenomics, or nutrigenetics aims to explain the interaction between food and our genes. What we ingest can affect the genetic information our genes pass onto our bodies in order to carry out bodily functions.
Getting your beauty sleep
Sleep has a critical role in the ability to conceive and should be considered when enhancing natural fertility. Not only do women need more sleep on average than men in order for their bodies to function effectively, but they are also more likely to encounter sleep difficulties at every stage of life. Factors such as premenstrual syndrome and menopause can impact sleep patterns and cause sleep disturbance.
A healthy environment
I also have a passion for understanding the environmental factors that may affect fertility and encourage patients to look at their environmental and chemical exposure. Environmental medicine and eco fertility are burgeoning areas of research that can uncover barriers to natural fertility. In particular, household chemicals found in cleaning, beauty and hygiene products may affect a patient’s ability to live the healthiest life possible and achieve optimal reproductive health.
I also encourage patients to explore ways to enhance conventional treatments. Many patients report positive results from treatments such as Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine or naturopathic therapy. I work with highly qualified and experienced complementary practitioners that have extensive experience in the field of natural fertility and gynaecology.
I believe that the most effective approach is a combination of both Eastern and Western medicine, especially where there is clinical evidence in support. Many patients experience excellent outcomes when complementary and conventional medical approaches are combined.
RPAH Medical Centre
100 Carillon Avenue
Newtown, NSW 2042
Ph: (02) 9519-9707 Fax: (02) 8088-8005