By Teresa Gudex, Repromed Dietitian
It is a fact that your regular eating habits can impact fertility by affecting ovulation, egg and sperm quality, implantation, pregnancy rates, as well as health during pregnancy and of your child. Weight-loss is the most common topic when it comes to diet and fertility – but did you know you can make changes to your diet to positively impact fertility without weight-loss? This is what we call your ‘fertility diet’ which is about improving your chances of successfully having a healthy baby.
Helen Nicholson, our lovely Counsellor was featured in the NZ Herald recently with some support for our community.
Read the article here.
More people are eating gluten free and feeling better for it. But have you ever wondered if you have Coeliac Disease? Coeliac Disease is relatively common around the world and in New Zealand, it is estimated that one in 70 people have this condition.
What’s interesting is that around 80% of people with Coeliac Disease are completely unaware they have the condition. It’s possible to have ‘silent’ Coeliac Disease: when a person has Coeliac Disease without any of the typical gut symptoms or vitamin deficiencies that usually lead to a diagnosis.
What has rarely been spoken about in the past is the potential link between Coeliac Disease and fertility.
Optimising your fertility
As we head into a new year, now is a great time to pause and reflect on where things are at with your body and your health. Here at Repromed our aim is to assist you in optimising your fertility for the coming year. There are several lifestyle changes that you can make that are proven to influence or enhance your chances of getting pregnant, whether you’re male or female.
Guy Gudex, Repromed Medical Director
As we approach the end of the year, it is timely to reflect on the many milestones and achievements at Repromed.
We have now completed 5 years of being a provider of publicly funded services in the Northern Region and we are delighted with the results we have achieved and the level of service we have provided. All our public funded clients receive exactly the same high quality of treatment and same wrap-around care and support throughout their IVF treatment, as our private clients.
We understand that fertility treatment can be a daunting and sensitive issue, we make it a priority to provide clear and realistic information, so our clients know what to expect every step of the way.
We are lucky to have four Mandarin speaking members in our Repromed team so during treatment for our Mandarin speaking clients, nothing is lost in translation.
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My husband and I met and married when we were very young, so infertility was something that hadn’t crossed our minds. We never dreamed it would take us 14 years to have a baby!
When a year went by and I wasn’t pregnant, I was worried something was wrong with me so we started having lots of tests. Finally, I had diagnostic laparoscopic surgery done and discovered I had endometriosis. After surgery, the chance of pregnancy is 60%, and I believed that my prayers were being answered and this surgery would be the golden ticket to curing infertility. But it wasn’t to be.
Should information about the optimal fertility age be taught at school? Our Medical Director Guy Gudex strongly believes so. Read his recent article that featured in Stuff.co.nz to find out more.
My husband and I had been together for nine years when began our fertility journey. We had known from the beginning of our relationship that we both wanted to start a family ‘someday’, but we were at the point in our lives where we just enjoyed our work life and spending time together. We weren’t in a rush.