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Optimal Thyroid Function – the link with infertility!

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Great article – thought I’d share.

Also check out our YouTube Channel:  New Leaf Health Team – where there are some examples of kinesiology which support better thyroid function, and radio discussions regarding fertility, endocrine issues, thyroid problems…  For example…

Our team offers acupuncture, naturopathy, kinesiology and microcurrent – all of which can support you in better fertility!

Madonna Guy
07 3348 6098
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

 

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for six months or more, have you considered getting your Thyroid checked?  Optimal Thyroid function is crucial when it comes to fertility in both men and women.

But why is this fact so important when you are trying to get pregnant?

The Thyroid gland is known as the “Master Controller” as it controls your whole metabolism (how your body breaks down food and converts it into energy), brain and digestive function, blood pressure and even how fast your heart beats.  In fact every cell in your body requires Thyroid hormone in order to function. 

Certain prescription medications such as cholesterol lowering drugs and steroids can block Thyroid function but something as simple as a mineral deficiency also plays a major role in Thyroid health.  A deficiency of the mineral Iodine for example can lower Thyroid function because Iodine is essential to produce Thyroid hormone.

Two of the most important female hormones are Oestrogen and Progesterone which need to be in balance for optimal fertility.  If Progesterone levels fall, Oestrogen levels rise creating an imbalance called Oestrogen dominance.  One of the main problems with oestrogen dominance is it causes the liver to produce what is called TBG (Thyroid Binding Globulin) which prevents Thyroid hormone from being utilised properly in each of your cells.  This invariably leads to low Thyroid function.

Blood tests which only measure the amount of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) you are producing is really an incomplete blood test, and may be interpreted by your GP as ‘normal’.  If the blood test does not also test your levels of T4 as well as T3 (which is the active form of Thyroid hormone), you don’t truly know the whole picture. 

When interpreting a Thyroid function blood test, what does the TSH level actually tell us?  If you have insufficient T4 and T3, the TSH result will be high.  Conversely your TSH level will be low if you have an excess of T4 and T3.  Let’s not forget the amount of hormone actually being assimilated into each of your cells can be abnormal due to the presence of Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG).  You may not be efficiently converting inactive T4 into the active T3 form.  Therefore a thorough Thyroid function test would check your levels of TSH, T4, T3, reverse T3 and autoantibodies (autoimmune disease indicator).

Hence women suffering from Oestrogen dominance may be exhibiting symptoms of Hypothyroidism (low functioning Thyroid) only to be told that everything looks ‘normal’ on their Thyroid test. Sound familiar? This is why an under functioning Thyroid can have a significant impact on your ability to conceive.

Some of the symptoms of low Thyroid function may include skipped or irregular periods, clotting and heavy bleeding, unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight (even if exercising and consuming a healthy diet), and fatigue.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of symptoms and of course could be contributed to a myriad of other health conditions – however around 25% of women who have been previously diagnosed with unexplained infertility may have Hypothyroidism (low Thyroid hormone synthesis).  Hypothyroidism can reduce the levels of Luteinising hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) which are essential for the maturation of egg follicles as well as your ovaries’ production of Oestrogen and Progesterone.

It is vitally important I believe to not only check your hormone levels, but to undergo a comprehensive Thyroid function test in order to get a clear understanding of the health of your body as a whole when preparing for a healthy conception and pregnancy.

Don’t despair if you feel like you have been doing everything ‘right’ diet and lifestyle wise – there may be light at the end of the tunnel! Working with a natural health care professional such as a Naturopath who understands the link between your Thyroid, hormones and infertility can support you on your conception journey. Healing factors such as poor digestive function for instance may be affecting how well your body converts Thyroid hormones into its active and useable form. Every patient is unique and requires a multi-faceted, personalised approach to treatment using a combination of nutritional supplements, diet, mineral therapy and herbal medicines.
Your Thyroid may just be the missing piece of the conception puzzle.

Do Genes Rule Your Life? Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer & Angelina Jolie

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Below is the article from Huffington Post about Angelina Jolie’s most recent preventative surgery, removing her ovaries and fallopian tubes and putting her into early menopause.  This was after her controversial decision to remove her breasts a few years ago.  Every woman needs to make decisions in their life about how to treat their hormones, how to look after themselves if conditions arise.  I know that I would avoid surgery, chemo, radiation at all costs.  Each time we have medical intervention (scans, biopsies, surgeries, mammograms), research indicates we may be increasing our risk of cancer.  Particularly in relation to preventing female hormonal cancers, always have intervention in the second half of your cycle (from ovulation through to your period) to reduce the risk of activating oestrogen-dominant cancers.

We all have between 500-1000 ‘dodgy genes’ such as the ones linked to breast cancer, that BRAC 1 and BRAC 2 genes,

What can we do to prevent breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer??

1. Maintain optimal weight – talk to us about how to start your journey of regaining your health and body.

2. Look at hormonal imbalances and work to correct them – cysts, fibroids, PCOS, endometriosis, pelvic inflammation:  there are many natural therapies that can help these conditions:  reflexology, microcurrent, kinesiology, herbal and nutritional supplements, oestrogen dominance reversal

3. Look at inflammatory processes in your body and start to quench the inflammation:  headaches & migraines, aches and pains, structural imbalances, acid/alkaline balance etc

4. Look at diet.  Know your allergies and intolerances and avoid where necessary.  Eat plenty of health greens, healthy colourful fruit and vegies, lots of organic food, lots of filtered water. Avoid excessive sugar, grains, bad fats, starchy carbs, alcohol, sweets.  Keep insulin resistance low (we can test for this), as some research is indicating if female cancers are not oestrogen dependent, they are often insulin dependent.

5. Lifestyle.  Enjoy life.  Relax.  Yoga.  Meditation.  Walk.  Swim.  Live!

6. Boost your immunity.  Know what’s going on inside your body (looking at your blood in real time, urinalysis, bio-impedance screenings).

Call us to see if we can help you (I know we can!)

 

 

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Angelina Jolie has revealed that she underwent preventative surgery to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last week after tests found inflammatory markers that could be an indication of cancer.

Jolie, who had a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 when genetic tests showed an 87 percent risk of breast cancer, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the same BRCA1 gene gives her a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.

As a result, the 39-year-old filmmaker, actress, UN envoy and mother of six had been planning to undergo the procedure for some time.

It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause,” Jolie wrote. “So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date.”

When she learned two weeks ago that tests revealed higher inflammation levels, Jolie and her doctors decided it was time. Her husband, actor Brad Pitt, who was in France at the time, flew to be with her during the procedure, a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.

Jolie wrote that doctors found a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues.

As a result of the surgery, she is now in menopause.

After her double mastectomy, Jolie revealed to People magazine that she was planning to have her ovaries removed. She also told Entertainment Weekly that she was preparing to have another surgery to prevent cancer.

In her latest op-ed, Jolie emphasised that her decisions are specific to her, and that a family history of the disease played a role in her decision. She lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.

Jolie said other women may have different options, writing:

“I did not do this solely because I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, and I want other women to hear this. A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery. I have spoken to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths. There are other options. Some women take birth control pills or rely on alternative medicines combined with frequent checks. There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.”

She added that younger women may have the option to remove the fallopian tubes but keep their ovaries so they do not go into menopause and can still have children.

“It is not easy to make these decisions,” Jolie wrote. “But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.”

Reflexology and Infertility, Hormonal Issues, Endometriosis, Poly-Cystic Ovaries and General Hormonal Balancing

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Is reflexology the new cure for infertility?

I found this article about reflexology and infertility when I was doing some research – with reflexology now available at our clinic, and one of our specialties being fertility issues, I was happy to hear that reflexology has been found (and Carole specialised for many years as a reflexologist specialising in infertility) to help and support hormonal problems of all types.  We also do Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage at New Leaf, which also supports (like reflexology does) better blood supply, nerve supply, lymphatic detoxification, and reduces congestion of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, abdominal cavity, pelvic positioning.

Hormonal imbalances we help at new leaf, with our combination of reflexology, naturopathy, chi nei tsang, microcurrent and emotional support (kinesiology & reiki healings) are:

  • endometriosis
  • poly-cystic ovaries
  • infertility in both men and women
  • low libido
  • cysts and fibroids
  • benign tumours
  • cervical dysplasia
  • breast issues
  • PMT, post menstrual tension
  • menopausal conditions
  • post birthing traumas
  • cystitis and other pain linked to sexual intercourse
  • hidden infections in the abdominal cavity
  • cancer support:  before during and after treatments

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by ANDREA PERRY, femail.co.uk

Infertility can be an emotionally exhausting, not to mention expensive, condition.

But according to a growing number of people, the key to overcoming the problem for many couples could be far simpler than they think – thanks to reflexology.

 

An increasing number of women claim this popular type of foot massage has helped them conceive. Now a medical study has been launched to discover if the claims are true.

Reflexology, a traditional healing art dating from the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, involves manipulation of pressure points in the hands and feet and is often used to ease period pain, headaches, sinus and back problems as well as the effects of chemotherapy.

Practitioners claim the soles of the feet are like a mini map of the inside of the body and are linked to our inner organs and systems, including the fallopian tubes and ovaries. By massaging different points on the feet therapists claim they can unblock energy pathways in the body and so help the body to regain its natural balance and heal itself.

Some points on the foot are associated with a woman’s egg production and by manipulating these areas reflexologists claim they can correct the imbalances which can hamper pregnancy.

The latest research, a two year clinical trial at the IVF unit at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth,

is the brainchild of reflexologist Jane Holt. She approached the unit after 13 of the 23 women she treated with a range of fertility problems fell pregnant last year.

Beccy Wellington, 34, an auxiliary nurse, from Kingsbridge, in Devon, is convinced that her trip to see Jane in November 1999 resulted in the birth of her son Luke, who is now five months old.

‘We had been trying for a baby for just over a year and had begun to look at other ways that would help me conceive when someone recommended reflexology,’ she said.

‘I had four treatments and was pregnant within three weeks. I am convinced that the reflexology got my body in working order so I was ready to conceive. I also felt ten times better, more positive and a lot happier in myself.’

‘I went in there with an open mind, but was totally shocked to find myself pregnant so soon,’ she said. ‘I would definitely advise other women to try reflexology. It may not work for everyone, but it worked for me and it is worth trying.’

Jane Holt, a reflexologist for 12 years, claims one woman she helped had been trying to get pregnant for 20 years.

‘Infertility is a complex problem and I think that often what is needed is something that gives the system a bit of a kick start and that’s what reflexology can do,’ she said.

‘At least this gives women the option to try something else while they are going through hospital procedures and even if it works for some of them that’s a bonus.’

Cathy Shipton, who plays nurse Duffy in the BBC TV series Casualty, is also convinced that reflexology on the set of the show in Bristol helped her to become pregnant.

She had been trying to have a baby for four years, but four months after having twice weekly reflexology sessions she became pregnant.

 

In the new study, 150 volunteers will be offered reflexology rather than the fertility drug clomifene, which is usually used to induce ovulation. This drug works in about 70 per cent of patients, but the drug’s main drawback is it can increase the likelihood of a multiple pregnancy.

The volunteers will each receive eight treatments over a two to three month period. In order for the trial to be conducted in a scientific way, patients and hospital staff will not know whether true reflexology or a ‘dummy’ version has been given. Only the reflexologist will know who has had the real treatment.

One in seven couples suffers with infertility. Last year the Plymouth IVF unit saw over 900 patients. Thirty per cent of these were not producing eggs.

The hospital has already pioneered the use of acupuncture – the insertion of fine needles into the body to unblock energy channels – in pregnancy and routinely offers it to women who might benefit.

Dr Jonathan Lord, clinical lecturer in reproductive medicine at the hospital, is co-ordinating the new trial.

‘At the moment there is no evidence to say whether reflexology works or not,’ he said. ‘Although there are several reports of patients in whom it has worked, this is not sufficient evidence to enable it to be routinely recommended.’

Endometriosis: 3 key symptoms

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Most of the clients I’ve seen for endometriosis have come to see us because they have painful periods, ridiculously heavy bleeding or can’t fall pregnant.  But did you know there are 3 signs to look out for that are big warning signs for endometriosis?

  • painful sex
  • infertility
  • painful bowel movements

There are fabulous natural remedies which can help the body reverse the condition of endometriosis.  Endometriosis is a  huge health issue, linked to other health issues such as ovarian, cervical and breast cancer.

Call us today to sort out your endometriosis!  Phone consults always available.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Wynnum, Brisbane, Australia

Natural Fertility Management Experts: Here at New Leaf Natural Therapies in Wynnum Brisbane…

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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We have a combined 22 years experience in helping people with subfertility.  Men & Women alike, fertility is a problem for 1 in 6 couples these days.  We find that many of our clients, whatever the age, are offered IVF with very little thought or analysis as to the problem.

Did you know that there are very, very specific reasons for subfertility, all of which we can help:

  • acidity (a huge reason for inability to hold a pregnancy)
  • blocked fallopian tubes
  • uterine tissue (not strong enough)
  • sperm issues
  • oxidative stress with sperm or eggs
  • all female hormonal issues including endometriosis, PCOD, ovulation issues
  • stress
  • toxicity

So give us a call and see how we can help you today!

Madonna Guy
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Wynnum, Brisbane, Australia
3348 6098 / 0417 643 849