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Oestrogen Dominance

By Ann Shaw – Nutritionist at TCHP

Oestrogen can cause mayhem in your body if it is not balanced with progesterone and you may find yourself facing issues such as fatigue, anxiety, headaches, infertility, PMS, uterine fibroids, depression, bloating and puffiness, endometriosis, thyroid, hot flushes/night sweats, heavy periods and gall-bladder issues, weight-gain around your hips, waist and thighs is a typical example.

What causes oestrogen dominance? Soya, dairy, meat, wheat, cosmetics in your body from chemicals and phthalates, tap water, The Birth Pill, HRT, chronic stress, BPA’s, plastics, heavy metals, body fat and scented candles. Xenoestrogens are industrial chemicals that mimic the behaviour of oestrogens and we are constantly exposed to them in our environment, foods, furniture, clothes, growth hormones in commercially bred animals, pesticides and herbicides.

Sugar can disrupt the hormone insulin in the body and insulin is closely connected to all of the other hormones in your body, including oestrogen and testosterone. Tap water also contains pesticides, fertilisers and synthetic and natural oestrogens from drug medications and livestock, chemicals, arsenic and other metals. Scented candles burn phthalates which are released into the air where they may be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Once they enter the bloodstream, they can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms in some people, and have been found to alter hormone levels. A 100% soya candle will release small amounts of the carcinogens and toxins found in paraffin. Again, most soya candles on the market are not 100% soya and contain a high percentage of paraffin.

Cosmetics and body products and toothpastes are directly absorbed through the bloodstream and contain parabens, phthalates and other disruptive chemicals, many of which interfere with hormones. Look out also for plastics and ‘Bisphenol A’ which is a hormone disruptor. Oestrogen is inflammatory and weakens the intestinal lining, worsens Hashimotos Thyroid and autoimmune conditions, making you feel extremely tired, but there are a number of ways to address this inflammation.

Supporting gut healing with appropriate foods and supplements is a starting point. Look at your diet, environment and lifestyle factors as these are important to balance your oestrogen and progesterone levels, rather than one dominating the other.

For more information on Nutrition and allergy testing click here

If you would like to find out more please contact reception on 01372 464659 and ask to speak to Ann Shaw.

 

Acupuncture for IVF

Acupuncture For Fertility

The treatment of infertility with acupuncture and Chinese medicine dates back 2,000 years. These ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential health, healing and childbearing.

According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi and blood affecting one or more of the Organ systems.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can raise the fertility potential for women by affecting the quality, quantity, balance and flow of Qi and blood. When Qi (also called Life Energy) and blood are circulating freely throughout the body, every cell, tissue and organ is properly nourished and functioning well. When this occurs, a woman’s health and fertility are increased.

A landmark study published in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility found that acupuncture dramatically improves the chances of becoming pregnant when used in conjunction with other assisted reproductive techniques.

Acupuncture can….

  1. Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting in the uterine wall
  2. Reduces anxiety, stress, and the hormones that are secreted during stressful situations that can significantly decrease fertility
  3. Normalise hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, specifically in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome
  4. Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility regulate menstrual cycle In a study published in Human Reproduction Journal, and ultrasound was used to evaluate blood flow to the uterus during acupuncture treatments. The study found the blood flow increases during treatment. According to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, “When acupuncture needles are placed correctly, it can affect the nervous system. The idea is that if you stimulate the nervous system, you can make the uterus quiet and allow blood to flow.”
  5. Relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow allows for the successful implant of an embryo within the uterine lining.

Women’s health issues that Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been effective in treating:

  1. Fertility (male & Female)
  2. Irregular menstrual cycle
  3. No menstrual cycle
  4. Heavy bleeding
  5. Painful menstrual cycle
  6. PMS
  7. PCOS
  8. Ovarian cysts
  9. Breech Baby
  10. Labor induction in overdue pregnancies
  11. Uterine fibroids
  12. Blocked Fallopian tubes
  13. Hormonal imbalance
  14. Recurrent miscarriage
  15. Pregnancy & Postpartum support
  16. Problems with Lactation
  17. Stress
  18. Insomnia
  19. Anxiety

Tracey also treats Men’s Fertility issues – Acupuncture and can help improve sperm quantity, mobility and motility

Support Groups

www.hfea.gov.uk (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

www.patient.co.uk

www.IVFworld.com