infertility

(Chinese for Qi)

As I have had a few complications with this pregnancy, I decided to see a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) specialist at Eu Yan Sang – I am in Asia afterall. There are hundreds of so-called TCM specialists here, many unlicensed, but the specialist I saw at Eu Yan Sang was fully licensed and works with my obstetrician’s fertility patients. I’m always open to alternative therapies to complement traditional medicine, although I’m not necessarily a true believer in them. In the past have had acupuncture, seen a homeopathist, a healer and I’ve even had a session of absent healing since I’ve been here (I’m not a tree-hugger).

I know lots of mums who swear by acupuncture or herbs to help with fertility issues. [click to continue…]

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Coping with pregnancy after miscarriage

by admin on May 3, 2011

Image courtesy of Babytidings.com

Having a miscarriage is SHIT. It hurts, mentally AND physically. It takes time to grieve, to recover, to get to the point when you are strong enough to want to try again. Then, when you do get pregnant it’s impossible not to be paranoid it might happen again. It’s hard to get excited, to relax and enjoy being pregnant when each day you wake up fearing the worst.

Despite miscarriage wrongly being seen as a taboo subject, I have no qualms talking about my experiences and have often blogged about what I’ve been through. I have actually had 4 miscarriages, 3 of them since my daughter was born (she is 3). Trying for a second has been a long, expensive and often heart-breaking journey. I had test after test at St Mary’s Hospital (the UK’s leading miscarriage clinic) in London, where I was eventually diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder and Asherman’s Syndrome. Both these conditions are thankfully treatable. I was put on aspirin and daily heparin injections for the blood clotting and had surgery to treat Asherman’s.  [click to continue…]

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Asherman's Syndrome: Interview with Specialist Mr Adrian Lower

July 7, 2010

Having recently been diagnosed and had surgery for Asherman’s Syndrome (AS) myself – also known as Intrauterine Adhesions (usually caused by d&cs following miscarriage, terminations and to remove retained placenta at birth), I thought it would help raise awareness of the condition by posting the interview with Mr Lower by Sophie Blake. If undiagnosed, AS […]

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