This is the fertility event you’ve been waiting for!

10 Apr

If you’ve been trying for a baby for some time, and are perhaps going through fertility tests or treatment, you’ll know how confusing and distressing the whole experience can be.  You want to know how you can improve your chances of success, but perhaps you don’t know where to look for answers…

I’m pleased to invite you to the Fertility Focus Telesummit 2014 – an amazing “virtual event” you can attend for free!

The Telesummit will feature fertility experts from around the world sharing their knowledge and insights on a wide range of fertility subjects.  You can listen in to all the information-packed presentations online every day of the Telesummit for FREE, starting on 27th April. 

Some of my personal favourites, who will be presenting, include fertility expert Randine Lewis, author of “The Infertility Cure”, Dr Marilyn Glenville, nutritionist and author of “Getting Pregnant Faster, and acupuncturist, Emma Cannon, who wrote “The Baby Making Bible”.

Grab your free place now to attend this exciting event, and get fully informed about what you can do to improve your chances of having a baby –

Click here to read all about the Fertility Focus Telesummit 2014, including details of all the expert presentations, each covering a different aspect of fertility and all offering great advice, ideas and solutions to help you move further towards becoming a parent.

Here’s what previous attendees said about the Fertility Focus Telesummit:

“Well I followed some of the advice given from the last telesummit and am now pregnant!  I’m in my second trimester! So happy to have had a chance to listen to the telesummit. Thanks for offering it!” – Heather

“I was told at age 41 that my eggs were too old and IVF was the only way. When IVF failed something inside me was adamant that was not the way. Your Telesummit last year opened my viewpoint completely and through listening in and then following some of your speakers’ advice I became pregnant! Thank you so much Sarah for bringing me to a journey of discovery, acceptance, hope and joy.” – Roisin

“I was amazed by the amount of information shared in each of these sessions. I went from feeling hopeless to hopeful – how priceless is that! My impression was that there was a deep honoring of the many ways that woman journey through fertility and the lack of judgment towards how one does the journey was greatly appreciated.” – Anonymous

“The telesummit was so inspirational, it’s brought back hope that I lost when I went through an unsuccessful IVF cycle last summer. Thank you so so much!!” – Anonymous

Be sure to sign up here for your FREE place at this event:

P.S. Remember it all starts on 27th April so there’s not long to secure your place. Visit the website to sign up now.


5 Things To To Know Before Your Next IVF

15 Feb

Are you considering IVF or have you done a cycle or two with no luck?

Going through IVF can be very difficult, emotionally and physically.

Download this FREE ebook to get advice, tips and support.

5 Things To Know Before Your Next IVF

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Help My Iron Levels are Low! What Can I do?

7 Feb

Working with pregnant women, I often get asked what they can do to help increase their iron. Iron supplements often leave them constipated and uncomfortable so how can iron levels be maintained during pregnancy?

Chaya Valier, a doula and midwife in training, writes about this issue on her blog, which offers lots of useful advice and tips for pregnant women. Chaya writes: 

Many women have low-iron, and certainly in pregnancy it’s a hot topic. Here’s all about it.

What does iron do in our bodies?

Iron plays such a crucial role in our bodies, the question might be posed, “What does iron NOT do?”

Iron is essential for the following:

– Transport of oxygen to cells throughout the body, and then CO2 to the lungs.

– Production of red blood cells

– Converting blood sugar to energy (metabolism)

– Producing enzymes (for hormones, neurotransmitters, amino acids, and generating new cells)

– Strengthening immune system

– Encouraging optimal physical/mental growth, therefore it’s crucial for growing fetus, infants, and children. (This is because it’s giving the red blood cells oxygen, essential for growth.)

To read more about low iron in pregnancy with tips and advice to improve and maintain iron levels with foods, herbs and supplements, click here…………

Top Tips for After a Vaginal Delivery or Csection

1 Feb

Tamara May, a British-trained physiotherapist specialising in Women’s Health, offers some really useful tips on recovering from a vaginal or csection birth.

Now many of you may think that this topic is not physiotherapy-related, but the job of a women’s health physio sometimes involves treating patients within hours of them giving birth. In these cases, we provide general advice on advisable body positions, as well as treating the patient for the uncommon discomforts post-labour. The second half of this article will focus on post-c-section advice.

My number one tip of the day would be to keep drinking water, and lots of it. You may quite often hear many of the different medical professionals say this, but this is because it affects so many systems in the body that it is an all round good substance for the body. Many might recall the soreness down below when urinating. Now the water can change the pH of your urine making it sting less. If you find it very painful when you urinate then you can pour water on yourself, down the toilet whilst urinating. I might also add that doing your pelvic floor exercise can also increase the healing time as it increases blood flow. (There is just no escaping those pelvic floor exercises). To continue reading, click here……


Male Fertility Problems: What YOU Can Do To Help

20 Jan

collage_male fertilityImagine this scenario:
“Baby, I’ve been talking with my friends and researching online and I’m going to stop smoking, clean up my diet and take supplements to improve my sperm so we have a much better chance of getting pregnant.”

After you pick yourself up from the floor where you landed after fainting, you give him a big kiss and a hug …………………….ok, ok back to reality.

Improving sperm quality definitely increases your chances of getting pregnant whether naturally or with fertility treatments. So how do you encourage your partner to take action to improve his sperm?

The thing to remember is that men are incredibly sensitive about this issue but react differently to women. When we find out there is a fertility problem, our first reaction is to jump online and see what we can do about it. We take action. Men bury their head in the sand. All men assume they are fertile so when they find out their little swimmers are not Olympians; it’s a blow to their ego.

You need to be gentle with them. Don’t go giving them a list of things they need to do immediately but instead, introduce things one by one.

If they are smokers, talk to them about reducing the number of cigarettes they have each day. Quitting is best, of course, but greatly reducing the number a day will help too.

There is plenty of research on the internet showing how smoking affects the quality of sperm. Print out the research and leave it lying around. Ask your kupat holim if they offer programs for quitting smoking.

Supplements: there are lots of supplements that have been shown to improve sperm health but the list can be overwhelming. A good place to start is with a multi-vitamin that is targeted towards male fertility.

Look for the following things inside the product:

Vitamin B6 & 12

Vitamin C

Vitamin E


L-Carnitine and L-Arginine (these are two really common things that they now know help sperm quality so any good male fertility vitamin should contain at least one of these two)

Check in your health food store or SuperPharm for supplements for men. You can also order online

Decrease the amount of meat you are eating and increase the number of vegetables you eat. Have more green salads with your meals and eat more green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach. If you both like cooking, why not look into doing a vegetarian or vegan cooking class together? You don’t have to give up meat but it’s a great way to discover healthier alternatives to meat.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have also been shown in research to improve the quality and health of sperm. It can be really tough to get men to come in for regular acupuncture treatments but it can be very beneficial for low sperm count, poor motility and for erectile dysfunction (and no, we don’t needle that partJ). Chinese herbs are particularly helpful and three months of herbal supplements can make a big difference to sperm quality. I offer a consultation without acupuncture, where I review the man’s health history and prescribe Chinese herbs. He only needs to come in once for the initial consultation and then I check in periodically with him while he’s taking the herbs.

The woman I treat in my clinic are often coming for help with their own fertility problems but when I go into detail about their situation, it often turns out that there is also a problem with the partner’s sperm quality. However, usually they are told by their fertility doctor that “The sperm quality isn’t great but it’s good enough for IVF.”

However, is ‘good enough’ what you really want? Doesn’t it make sense that good healthy sperm will increase your chances of getting and staying pregnant?

For more information, please contact Sharon at 054-916-0156 or at

Fertility Foods: Salad with Beet & Quinoa

5 Jan

This is a great healthy recipe and has ingredients that can improve fertility. I eat this salad once a week. And it makes great leftovers for lunch the next day.

Fertility Nutrition: Improve fertility with food

Fertility Nutrition: Improve fertility with food

Quinoa is a great source of protein. In Chinese medicine, the beets and the walnuts are excellent for women trying to get pregnant. To add even more fertility goodness, you could replace the green apple with pomegranate seeds. Not only are they packed with vitamins and antioxidants, pomegranates have throughout history been a symbol of fertility.

3 cups of cooked quinoa
3 cooked beets, chopped
1 green apple, chopped
3 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
½ cup of walnuts, chopped
1 (spring) green onion, chopped
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Juice an orange and a lemon and pour juice on the salad. Add some olive oil, salt and pepper.


Acupuncture & IVF: Creating Babies

31 Dec

Acupuncture & IVF: Creating Babies TogetherWith IVF, Western medicine has accomplished an amazing feat in helping couples have children. However, hundreds, if not thousands, of years before IVF was even an option, Chinese medicine has been helping women overcome fertility problems.

Today, we are lucky to live in an era where both types of medicine are available to everyone.

My philosophy has always been to embrace both Western and Chinese medicine to achieve the best results. Both types of medicine have amazing methods to help couples with all kinds of fertility challenges so why not combine the best of both worlds? Why hop on one leg when you can walk on two?

What do fertility treatments, including IVF, actually do?

Fertility treatments, such as IVF, improve your chances of getting pregnant in one month by increasing the number of available eggs per cycle and getting the egg and sperm together to create an embryo.

However, getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy involves much more than just getting sperm to fertilize an egg. The body needs to be healthy and in balance to support the growing baby. Hormones need to be balanced and there needs to be a good blood supply to the fetus to supply all the good things a baby needs to grow and develop normally.

This is where Chinese medicine and acupuncture has much to offer. While IVF takes care of the mechanical aspect of getting the sperm and egg together, Chinese medicine is able to

  • Reduce stress & anxiety
  • Strengthen the body to allow for a healthy pregnancy
  • Improve the health of the ovaries and therefore may improve the quality of eggs
  • Increase sperm count
  • Create a juicy lining for implantation of the embryo
  • Support the growth and development of the baby

Find out more about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help improve your IVF cycles by scheduling a consultation with Sharon 054-916-0156