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Use Acupuncture to Quit Smoking When Trying to Get Pregnant

Last updated: January 13th, 2020 at 03:50 pm

Are you interested in using Aupuncture to Quit Smoking or Vaping?

Do you need help to quit smoking or vaping?

I’m sure you already know that you should stop smoking & vaping if you are trying to get pregnant, but it’s just so hard. It is possible, especially with help, you CAN stop smoking & you CAN stop vaping. You just may need a bit of help, something to give you an edge, something like using Acupuncture to quit smoking or vaping.

Using acupuncture to quit smoking when trying to get pregnant is a natural way to help, which is great if you are trying to be as healthy as possible and do not want to use nicotine patches or nicotine gum or if you are tempted to switch to vaping hoping that is better.

It only takes 3 sessions of acupuncture to help with:

  • reducing cravings
  • reducing withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anxiety & trouble concentrating
  • boosting will power

You can also use the acupuncture ear seeds quit smoking ear seedsto stop smoking when you are trying to get pregnant

The acupuncture ear seeds are vacaria seeds on a plaster which are put in your ear and stay there throughout the day and night. These help to enhance the acupuncture treatments you receive in the clinic.

The ear seeds are placed over acupuncture points in the ear that help reduce cravings, boost will power and help reduce withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anxiety and trouble concentrating.  For an extra boost, you can even press down on them if you feel a craving coming on.

You can also use Acupuncture ear seeds to stop vaping.

In our clinic, we not only give you the acupuncture to stop smoking, we also put in the ear seeds after to help you in between the acupuncture, for the same cost of the acupuncture treatment (there is no extra cost for the ear seeds).

Another good reason to use acupuncture to quit smoking and vaping is financial

As a 20 a day smoker you are spending €4,500 per year or €45,000 over the next ten years.

If you are trying to get pregnant, I’m sure you want all the money you can to go towards the costs of having & raising children.  You may even be saving for the cost of IVF, so quitting smoking or quitting vaping can save you thousands of dollars.

go to www.QuitSmokingAcupuncture.ie  for more info

Check out www.quit.ie for more ways to help quit smoking

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Hi, I’m Linda Ryan, Fertility Acupuncturist & mother of three: Having overcome my own fertility issues is what drives me to help women like you to achieve the results that I made happen for myself.

 

Acupuncture in Clane : our recommendation

Last updated: November 23rd, 2019 at 10:40 am

Best Acupuncture in Clane: our recommendation

Here at MARA we specialise in & only treat Fertility, Pregnancy & Menopause Acupuncture & when our patients get such good results from Acupuncture, they tell their friends & family how great Acupuncture is & we always get asked for a recommendation for the best Acupuncturist to treat other conditions.

We highly recommend Acupuncturist Teresa Sweeney

Teresa Sweeney is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist with over 15 years experience.  She lives in the Clane area. Teresa is my personal go to Acupuncturist, it’s too difficult to give yourself Acupuncture! 😉 . She is very knowledgeable as well as kind, caring & takes patient confidentiality seriously.
If you are interested in getting the best Acupuncture in Clane, Teresa treats all conditions & is quite the expert when it comes to stress, sleep disorders & painful conditions.

Contact Teresa for the best Acupuncture in Clane

You can contact Teresa for an enquiry or to shcedule an appointment for Acupuncture in Clane by ringing or texting her on 0872835631 or send her an email to tbjsweeney@gmail.com
Be sure to mention that we here at MARA recommended you to go see her for Acupuncture in Clane.  Teresa Sweeney also can see you for Acupuncture in Blanchardstown.

Acupuncture can be used in the treatment of many conditions

See below a list of conditions that Teresa is qualified to see you for & even if your condition is not specifically listed below, Teresa can still help.

The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) has proposed that Acupuncture can be used in the treatment of the following conditions (Reference Bannerman 1979)  :

  • Acne
  • Addictions
  • Allergies
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anaemia
  • Angina
  • Anxiety
  • Aphasia
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back Pain
  • Bowel Problems
  • Bells Palsy
  • Bronchitis
  • Candida Albicans
  • Catarrh
  • Childhood Illnesses
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Cystitis
  • Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drug Addiction
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Eczema
  • Enuresis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Gastritis
  • Gum Problems
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Hay Fever
  • Headache
  • Hiccup
  • Hypertension
  • Impotence
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Infertility
  • Influenza
  • Insomnia
  • Lumbago
  • M.E.
  • Menopausal Problems
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Migraine
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea
  • Neck Stiffness
  • Nervous Problems
  • Nosebleeds
  • Obesity
  • Oedema
  • Otitis Media
  • Painful Periods
  • Palpitations
  • Paralysis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Polyuria
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Rheumatism
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Shock
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Problems
  • Sore Throat
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Thrush
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Tinnitus
  • Tonsilitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Retention
  • Urogenital Problems

You can contact Teresa for an enquiry or to schedule an appointment for the best acupuncture in Clane by ringing or texting her on 0872835631 or send her an email to tbjsweeney@gmail.com

Be sure to mention that we here at MARA recommended you to go see her for Acupuncture in Clane.  Teresa Sweeney also can see you for Acupuncture in Blanchardstown.

Black Cohosh for Fertility: When should you take Black Cohosh?

Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 11:33 am

Black Cohosh for Fertility

Black Cohosh for Fertility has long been used for centuries to help with female reproductive issues. More recently, the Black Cohosh fertility link is due to a possible Clomid alternative & to a PCOS remedy. Read on to learn about the herb Black Cohosh & how it can be used to treat infertility & women’s issues. Here’s a look at Black Cohosh as a natural herbal fertility treatment.

What is Black Cohosh?

Black Cohosh is derived from a plant root & goes by the Latin name Actaea Racemosa. This herbal extract has been used for centuries as an ayurvedic medicinal by Native American Indians. They introduced Black Cohosh for fertility to Europeans.

Black Cohosh for Fertility: What Does It Do?

Black Cohosh helps boost the reproductive system by getting blood flowing, which aids in a number of conditions which adversely affect fertility. This herb is also a natural anti-inflammatory which also aids in many infertility conditions.

What Are The Benefits of Black Cohosh for Fertility?

  • Black Cohosh has shown to relieve symptoms of PMS such as migraine headaches, bloating, backaches & cramping.
  • Black Cohosh is commonly used to treat ammenorhea (the absence of menstruation). Black cohosh for uterine lining conditions aids in the shedding of the uterine lining in order to help bring on a woman’s period.
  • Black Cohosh gently relieves menstruation pain.
  • Black Cohosh helps strengthen pelvic floor muscles to prepare the body for conception.
  • Black cohosh and PCOS: there is a connection that assists in rectifying symptoms of PCOS

Is Black Cohosh a Natural Clomid Alternative? Does Black Cohosh Help Ovulation?

There is a Research study comparing Black Cohosh and Clomiphene (Clomid): 50 women were assigned to a group that would take Clomid for 5 days (which is the dosage usually given in clinical fertility treatment). A different group of 50 women received a dose of Black Cohosh for 10 days.

The results were impressive:

  • The group that took the Black Cohosh showed significant improvements in key gonadotropin markers such as LH and LH/FSH ratios.
  • Also the group of women who took the Black Cohosh had better Progesterone levels. Better levels of Progesterone indicate stronger, healthier ovulation & greater chances of implantation.
  • The endometrial lining was significantly thicker in the group that took the Black Cohosh. This is not surprising though as it is common knowledge that taking Clomid thins the endometrial lining for many women.
  • Although it did not reach clinical significance, the pregnancy rate was higher in the group of women who received Black Cohosh.

When Should You Take Black Cohosh?

You can take Black Cohosh at any time of day. Some herbal experts say you should not take black cohosh for more than 6 months at a time.

Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements, herbs or vitamins, especially if you are doing IVF.

Black Cohosh provides benefits for women who are trying to conceive, but you should always consult your doctor & a qualified herbalist before taking any herbs.

Black Cohosh Fertility Dosage: How Much Should I Take?

If you’re using Black Cohosh supplements, it’s recommended black cohosh for fertilityyou take 40-200mg per day (the number of capsules depends on formula strength, check the label on the bottle). If using a tincture, you only need a small dose of about 5-15 drops a day. It has a strong taste, so you may want to mix it with a bit of juice or put it in a smoothie.

What Are the Side Effects of Black Cohosh?

  • Black Cohosh is known to affect the mood & it may cause headaches if taken in high dosages.
  • It is recommended that people with liver disease steer clear of this herb, as there have been indications it may induce hepatoxicity.
  • It has many drug interactions.

Potent & organic, Black Cohosh for fertility is usually prescribed by herbalists & healers to those struggling with infertility. Black Cohosh is natural & trusted by couples trying to get pregnant.  Consult your doctor & herbalist to see if it is right for you.

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Day 21 Bloods – What is it? What does it test?

Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 11:38 am

Author, Linda Ryan, BA, Lic. TCM, CH

Day 21 Bloods

What Hormone does Day 21 Bloods test?

The “Day 21 Bloods” is a test for the level of the hormone Progesterone.

What are Day 21 Bloods?

Day 21 bloods is the common name for the Progesterone hormone test of a blood sample taken on the 21st day of your menstrual cycle.

Why test on day 21? The progesterone test is commonly performed on Day 21 because the 21st day of your menstrual cycle is supposed to be 7 days after ovulation.  7 days after ovulation your progesterone level should be high enough that it will indicate whether or not you have ovulated and when and if the level of progesterone is high enough to perform it’s intended purpose (read more on that below).

So, if you have a text book perfect period: your cycle will be exactly 28 days long with ovulation happening exactly on day 14, but if your cycle is not 28 days long and/or if you are ovulating earlier or later than day 14, then having the test on day 21 may provide information about the timing of your ovulation and what that means about the length of your cycle, etc..

Read on to discover when is the best day of your cycle to test your progesterone level, what the possible purposes of the day 21 bloods are and to find out just how important the role progesterone plays in reproduction.

When to test Progesterone levels

You can have your progesterone level tested on other days than day 21 of your cycle. You start counting your Cycle Day 1 from the first day of full flow menstrual bleeding, not when spotting starts.  The timing of reproductive blood hormone tests are important because each of the many reproductive hormones sets up the necessary stages of the menstrual cycle (thickening the womb lining, maturing eggs, triggering ovulation, maintaining a pregnancy so an embryo can continue to grow, etc.).

There can be variation of the actual day when the blood is drawn for the progesterone test because:

  • sometimes you just can’t have blood drawn on Day 21, for example due to it being a weekend and the doctor’s office is closed or you have to be at work that day. (You can now purchase at home progesterone tests, check them out on   Amazon.com      or    Amazon.co.uk  )
  • performing the test on day 21 may not provide an accurate reflection of the information you are looking to gain.  Know what you are trying to learn from testing your progesterone level: for example, are you trying to pin point the timing of ovulation or are you trying to determine if you have enough progesterone to maintain a pregnancy?. so you and your doctor can determine the best day to test your progesterone level.

What is the purpose of the Day 21 Blood Progesterone Test?

Hormones are messages that tell your body what to do and when to do it.  The menstrual cycle is driven by very particular hormones. The purpose of testing this particular hormone Progesterone during the Luteal phase (The luteal phase is the time just after ovulation up until your period starts.) of the menstrual cycle is to determine:

  • if you ovulated
  • when you ovulated
  • if you have a high enough level of Progesterone to maintain a pregnancy
  • possible onset of perimenopause/ menopause

The information of when you ovulated is important because if you ovulate too early, your eggs might not have matured enough. If you ovulate too late, that also may effect the quality of your eggs as well as not leaving enough time for an embryo to implant.

What does Progesterone do in relation to reproduction?

A drop in Progesterone is what signals your body to start your period, so if you are trying to get pregnant, having a high enough level of progesterone is key.  And if you just want a normal length menstrual cycle, progesterone plays a significant role in when your period starts.

The timing of your body pumping out progesterone begins just after ovulation: the follicle that the egg matured in and is released from collapses just after ovulation and is renamed  the “corpus luteum”. The corpeus luteum will continue to pump out progesterone in the 2 weeks after ovulation to help maintain a possible pregnancy.  If conception does not happen, the progesterone level will fall and this falling level in progesterone will signal the body to start a period and menstruation occurs thus starting a new menstrual cycle over again.

If conception and implantation of an embryo does happen (pregnancy), then the collapsed follicle/corpus luteum continues to release progesterone through the first trimester while the placenta is being formed.  At the end of the first trimester the placenta then takes over this function of releasing progestrone from the corpus luteum and it is the placenta that continually releases progesterone for the remainder of the pregnancy, thus helping to maintain a pregnancy to full term.

Interesting fact: Your body can convert Progesterone in to other hormones like cortisol as needed.  This is commonly referred to as “the progesterone steal”.

When perimenopause/ menopause begins, the reproductive hormones begin to wane, the menstrual cycle changes: The cycle length can get shorter or longer and eventually it stops. Symptoms like mid-cycle spotting, insomnia and hot flashes may occur.  This day 21 blood test as well as  Day 3 Blood Tests can determine your hormone levels and if you are starting to enter menopause / peri menopause.   Hormone levels usually start to change at around age 40, but some women may experience early onset menopause.

Remember, to have the progesterone you need, you first need that egg to come out out of the follicle (ovulation) so the follicle can then collapse and then start pumping out the progesterone. Other reproductive hormone blood tests that are extremely helpful in determining what is happening in the first part of your menstrual cycle before ovulation are referred to as Day 3 Bloods.  The Day 3 bloods can help determine if the follicle with the egg in it is even growing, if your womb lining is thickening and more.

Always consult your doctor for medical advice & explanation of medical tests & procedures.

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IVF Cost Ireland: IVF Price Comparison List between IVF Clinics in Ireland

Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 12:56 pm

IVF Cost in Ireland – How Much is IVF?

IVF Price Comparison List between IVF Clinic prices in Ireland

*Current IVF treatment cost in Ireland: We endeavour to regularly check the prices listed on the clinic’s websites and update accordingly: the updated date of this article is usually the most recent date checked, but for up to the minute IVF costs, click through to each clinic’s IVF cost page, for your convenience, you can easily click on the IVF clinic name links we have at the end of this article, the links should take you straight to their current ivf costs page. Disclaimer: we are not responsible for any inaccurate information provided here, contact each clinic directly to obtain their current prices.

*please also read the section below on the “extra add on” costs of IVF that you will have to add to the price listed below.  How much is IVF really? IVF treatment costs vary from IVF Clinic to Clinic and the procedures they include in the IVF Cost price that they list on their website varies as well. Listed below is their general starting price for IVF treatments.

IVF Clinic Name & location IVF – in vitro fertilization price ICSI cost -intracytoplasmic sperm injection Egg Donor IVF Cost
Beacon Care Fertility Dublin €4500 €4,900 (4500+400) Not listed on website
Galway Fertility Clinic €4750 €4750 Not listed on website
Institut Marques, Clane €4,960 €4,960 €8,850
Merrion Fertility Clinic, Dublin €4,500 €4,900 Not listed on website
Repromed, Dublin €3,500 €4,000 €7000
Rotunda, Dublin €4,400 €4,900 Not listed on website
SIMS, Dublin & Cork €4,600 €4,920 €7,700-€8,700
Waterstone Clinic Cork €4,750 €5,250 €1,200-€8,000

IVF Insider tip for this season: Most of the IVF clinics in Ireland become very busy toward the end of the summer with new patient enquiries & bookings, so if you want to get scheduled for an appointment at the end of the summer, then it is best to ring the IVF clinic of your choice now & secure an appointment because the longer you delay to schedule in, you may have to wait a lot longer than you would like for an initial consultation.

Also, in the summer most of the IVF clinics start offering Open days or Open evening events where you can stop in for free and have a look around the clinic and listen to a talk from some of the staff.  It’s a nice way to get a feel for the clinics, it can help you decide where you would be most comfortable attending.

How Much is IVF Really?
IVF Cost Ireland: There are “extra add on” costs of IVF that you should be aware of

The IVF cost listed above does NOT include the cost of IVF medications that you will have to take.

IVF price listed above does not always include the initial bloodwork, scans, pap smears and consultant appointments, etc. that you must have done before even starting an IVF cycle. So if one IVF cost seems a lot lower than other clinics, they may have not listed the total cost of all procedures needed.  And sometimes the clinic websites factor in what you might receive back from your insurance or a tax rebate and put up the reduced cost, but you still have to pay up front first and then hope you will get it back from insurance, tax claim, etc.

It is also important for you to know that there can be necessary additional costs when doing IVF that are not always included in the IVF price’s listed above.  For example, if you have more embryo’s than you can transfer back to the womb, you may have to pay extra to freeze the extra embryos for use at a later date (after all you won’t say “oh just let those extra embryo’s die off”).  Most people want to let their embryos progress and then freeze them for use at a later date.  Embryo freezing can be another €700-€900.  If you are having egg donation the price can greatly vary due to whether you choose a known or anonymous donor.

Some examples of additional IVF costs / charges are:

  • Assisted hatching of embryo
  • Blastocyst culturing beyond 3 days
  • embryo glue (intended to help an embryo implant)
  • embryoscope, timelapse technology (monitors embryo’s as they develop)
  • embryo freezing
  • yearly fee for storing the frozen embryo’s
  • endometrial scratch
  • dummy transfer (this is a trial run to see if embryo transfer would go smoothly)

IVF Tax Relief in Ireland

You can claim a portion of the cost of IVF against your tax credits. This used to be done by filing the Med 1 form, but this is no longer how to claim. On 11 Feb 2019, The Revenue website states:

“The Med 1 is no longer available. Health expenses are claimed through your tax return form. You can claim relief on health expenses after the year has ended. You should wait for your P60 statement to arrive before claiming. You must also wait for the P60 statement from your spouse or civil partner if you are jointly assessed. You can only claim for expenses that you have receipts for. You can claim relief on the last four year’s health expenses.”

So make sure you keep all your receipts.

In Vitro Fertilization Price: other considerations when choosing an IVF Clinic

  • What clinic do you feel most comfortable in?ivf cost
  • What clinic is most convenient for you? Location, scanning times, etc.. There will be a lot of going back and forth for appointments during your IVF cycle, how does that fit in with work, etc.? Some IVF clinics offer scans before 9am and during lunchtimes, etc..
  • Do you have confidence in the IVF treatment plan that is being recommended to you?
If you want to learn what happens during an IVF cycle , click here to read our Article (written in easy to understand layman’s terms/ not too much medical jargon): “A Brief Synopsis of What Happens During an IVF cycle” 
If you feel that IVF sounds daunting & overwhelming, my patients highly recommend the following book: “IVF, A Detailed Guide: Everything I Wish I Had Known Before Starting My Fertility Treatments.”Read the full book description and check out the reviews on either   Amazon.com   or  here on   Amazon.co.uk    
If you are considering having IVF and want to prepare, check out the book: “It Starts with the Egg” Read the full book description and check out the reviews on either Amazon.com   or here on   Amazon.co.uk

IVF Cost Ireland: links to current website IVF cost pages for each Irish IVF clinic listed above

BEACON CARE FERTILITY CLINIC:     https://www.beaconcarefertility.ie/ivf-costs/

INSTITUT MARQUES:      https://www.institutmarques.ie/treatments/treatment-costs-2/

MERRION FERTILITY CLINIC:   https://merrionfertility.ie/patient-information/how-much-does-fertility-treatment-and-ivf-cost/

GALWAY FERTILITY CLINIC:  https://www.fertilityclinic.ie/treatments-services-offered/pricing/

REPROMED:  http://repromed.ie/tests-treatments/price-list/

ROTUNDA:   http://rotundaivf.ie/fertility-treatments/how-much-does-fertility-treatment-cost/

SIMS:   http://www.sims.ie/treatments-and-services/prices.883.html

WATERSTONE CLINIC CORK:      https://waterstoneclinic.ie/patient-information/our-price-list/

 

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