Author: Tasha Jennings

Fibroids and fertility

What are Fibroids? Fibroids, (also known as uterine fibroids, uterine leiomyomas or uterine myomata) are small, non-cancerous growths, which occur within the uterus.  They can vary in size from microscopic and quite unnoticeable to large growths that can put cause pressure and pain. Fibroids can grow within the muscles of the uterus, on the outside of the uterus, within the uterine cavity or on rare occasions may growth within the cervix.  Fibroids are very common and affect around 80% of women, although many of these will be asymptomatic with severe symptoms presenting in up to 30% of cases.  ...

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Overcoming Endometriosis

Or listen to the Podcast  In this episode of the Conceive Baby Webinar Series we discuss one of the most common conditions affecting women’s reproductive health. Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a complex condition and medical treatments are limited. This is where natural medicine comes in. There are many factors involved in endometriosis, which can be successfully treated and overcome to reduce symptoms and improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes. In this webinar I discuss these factors, diagnostic tests and natural treatment strategies with renowned Naturopath Leah Hechtman. Leah is an experienced and respected clinician and has been in practice for over 20 years. She specialises in fertility, pregnancy and reproductive healthcare for men and women. Her primary passion is her clinical practice where she is inspired and humbled by her patients. Leah has completed extensive advanced training and is currently completing her PhD through the School of Women’s and Children’s Health (Faculty of Medicine). She is a keynote speaker at major conferences across Australia and internationally, an author and educator to her peers. Leah is also the Director of The Natural Health and Fertility Centre, Sydney; and mother to two gorgeous...

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Embryo Freezing – Your Rights and Options

Or listen to the Podcast   You’ve seen the sensational headlines. The celebrity couple suing over frozen embryos, donor recipients ‘stealing’ embryos. But what is the reality of embryo freezing. What are your rights and options if you do end up with ‘spare’ embryo’s following IVF treatment. In this informative webinar I speak with two leading experts on this topic from Louise Johnson and Karin Hammarberg. Louise is the CEO for the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), a position which she has held for past ten years, Louise oversees VARTA’s administration of aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 as well as its public education about assisted reproductive treatment, the health and welfare of children born as a result of treatment, and the causes and prevention of infertility. From 1st March 2017, VARTA took over management of the Victorian donor conception registers, providing a “one door in” approach to counselling support and information associated with donor conception and the donor registers. Louise is also spokesperson for the Your Fertility program which provides advice to people on ways to optimise their fertility. She has an Honours degree in science, postgraduate qualifications in education and management and a Masters in Regulatory Studies. Karin Hammarberg is Senior Research Officer at the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) and Senior Research Fellow at Jean Hailes Research Unit, School of Population Health...

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PCOS – What you need to know

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most commonly diagnosed hormonal condition affecting more than 1 in 10 women. Recently there has been debate as to whether the name PCOS should be changed as many women suffering from PCOS do not in fact have any recognisable cysts on their ovaries.  In fact research is suggesting that PCOS is over diagnosed due to the broad diagnostic criteria.  Studies show that around  1 in 4 women show some characteristics of the syndrome and are being diagnosed with PCOS, when perhaps these symptoms may be due to other factors. But whether the name changes...

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Good news for endometriosis sufferers

In a decision celebrated by women across the nation this month, the Australian Government announced that it will implement the first national action plan for endometriosis.  The new plan aims to improve the awareness, understanding and treatment for condition which affects an estimated 1 in 10 Australian women.  A number similar to that of diabetes get which currently receives about 5% of the funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council.  The lack of awareness also leaves suffers undiagnosed for an average eight to nine years. Endometriosis is a chronic condition where the endometrium, which is normally found...

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