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COULD YOU HAVE FIBROIDS?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths or lumps of muscle tissue that form within the walls of the uterus. Fibroids can vary in size ranging from the size of a pea to the size of a rockmelon or larger.

The majority of women won’t even know they have fibroids because they may not cause symptoms.

For others, symptoms will depend on the size, number and location of the fibroids. Some of the more common symptoms include:

⚪️ Heavy or prolonged periods
⚪️ Iron deficiency (anaemia)
⚪️ Frequent urination
⚪️ A pressure sensation on the bladder, bowel or back
⚪️ Lower back pain
⚪️ A lump or swelling in the abdomen
⚪️ Period pain
⚪️ Painful sex

For more information, either check out my website (link in bio) or give the practice a call so that we can discuss your symptoms / concerns.

TIPS TO HELP YOU FALL PREGNANT

When planning for pregnancy, taking small steps to improve your health and lifestyle can go a long way to improving your fertility and getting pregnant. These include:

🤰 MAINTAINING HEALTHY WEIGHT
Being underweight or overweight can affect your hormones and fertility.

🤰 GETTING FIT FOR PREGNANCY
Regular exercise helps prepare your body for pregnancy by strengthening and toning muscles, increasing oxygen in your blood and increasing flexibility.

For both males and females, moderate regular exercise can improve fertility, reduce stress and anxiety.

🤰 PRECONCEPTION SCREENING
We recommend preconception screening of either partner so you are fully aware of possible genetic disease risks.

🤰 CREATE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
Where possible, reducing the risk of exposure to toxins, infections or radiation for both you and your partner in the home and workplace can benefit your overall health, and your pregnancy.

🤰 PRENATAL VITAMINS
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet will help you to get all the vitamins and minerals you need, but there is now evidence of other supplements that optimise egg and early embryo development.

I recommend that women start taking folic acid at least three months before conception. Folic acid is probably the simplest thing you can do to help your baby. Spina bifida is intimately related to low folic acid intake and if you take folic acid (contained in most antenatal multivitamins) you can almost eliminate Spina bifida.

For men who want to be fathers, some micronutrients such as zinc and selenium may help improve sperm quality and reduce the damage to sperm caused by free radicals.

🤰 PRE-PREGNANCY IMMUNISATION
During pregnancy, there are certain infections and illnesses that can be harmful to you and your developing baby. Immunisation is a simple and effective way to protect yourself and your baby from certain infections.

Before becoming pregnant, check that you have protection against diseases such as tetanus, hepatitis B, rubella, chickenpox, whooping cough and influenza. Speak to your GP or gynaecologist more about this.

🤰 SMOKING IN PREGNANCY
Studies show that smoking can lead to delayed conception, miscarriage and affect the environment in the uterus where baby will grow. In men, the chemicals in cigarettes can damage the sperm quality; decrease semen volume and sperm numbers.

If you follow these tips, you are giving yourself the best possible chance at conceiving that bundle of joy!

NEW COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS (AS AT 29 JUNE 2021)

Hi all. Just an update for everyone in light of the impending 3 day lockdown for our region.

I will still be seeing patients, however:

– Please come alone to your appointment.
– As advised yesterday, wearing a mask is mandatory.
– Upon arrival, we will require you to check-in by scanning a QR code.
– Please phone us to reschedule if you have any flu-like symptoms.
– Please phone us to reschedule if you have been in a known hotspot over the last 14 days.

As always, thank you for your cooperation 🙏 Hopefully come Friday 6pm, we’ll be on top of this outbreak and able to return to normal life 🤞

INTRODUCING FRANKIE

I’ve been waiting to introduce you all to this little angel and her amazing parents. Meet the adorable Frankie and her proud mums Toni and Haylee. These lovely ladies and I go back a loooong way and boy, has it been one heck of a ride!

There have been highs and there have been extreme lows; times when some people may have just given up on their dream…but not these two (or me!). And here we are – the highest of highs. Frankie is one loved little bub and I am so proud to have helped these truly special souls start a family 💖

WHEN TO CONSIDER FERTILITY TREATMENT

Seeing a fertility specialist can be daunting thought, but the reality is that if you think there may be a problem, the sooner you talk to an expert the better your chances of falling pregnant will be.
Here are a few examples of when it’s advisable to come in for a chat:

🔸 You’re have been trying to conceive for 6 months or more.

🔸 You have a known history of conditions such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease or have experienced a miscarriage in the past.

🔸 You’re trying to fall pregnant and you have irregular, very painful or no periods.

🔸You suspect there may be a male issue e.g. known difficulties conceiving with a prior partner or testicular trauma.

I always do whatever I can do make my patients feel at ease and love giving tips on how to help make your dreams of having come true ✨

THE DREAM TEAM

Recognise these faces? Anyone who has had surgery or a procedure / treatment under my care will be very familiar with my ‘partner in crime, the lovely Nurse Kristin. She and I have been a team for nearly 20 years and both have such a passion for providing the best possible experience – and outcome – for our patients.

ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.

‘March into Yellow’ is a fun and easy way to open up a conversation about the disease and an opportunity for our community to show support.

March into Yellow encourages our broader community to show their support for the invisible illness by a wearing yellow. It is also a fun way to raise funds for Endometriosis Australia who support endometriosis education and research.

To find out more or to hear about other ways you can help raise funds, click on the below.

 
 
GUESS WHO’S BACK
 

Exciting announcement for our Northern NSW patients! On Tuesday 9th March, I will once again be consulting from my Ballina office for fertility management!

 

Patients in the region can save lots of time and energy driving up to the Gold Coast, and instead come and see me at 46 Tamar Street.

 

Bookings can be made for either the Ballina or Gold Coast clinic by calling (07) 5564 8011. Looking forward to making your lives easier and helping you start or expand your families.

 
 
NEXT FACEBOOK LIVE ANNOUNCED
 

Have you been trying unsuccessfully for over 6 months to have a baby? If the answer is yes, please tune in to my upcoming Queensland Fertility Group Facebook Live Q&A. Topics on the agenda include:

🎙 When should we see a fertility specialist?
🎙 What factors can affect fertility?
🎙 How do we improve our chances of a successful pregnancy outcome?
 

No registration is required. Just head over to the Queensland Fertility Group Facebook page (link below) on Tuesday 16th February at 7pm and I will appear on the page.

https://www.facebook.com/qldfertilitygroup

 
OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
 
This month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Held each year in February, it endeavours to educate Australians about ovarian cancer, and increase awareness by sharing the stories of real women affected by the disease.
 
If you’d like to help raise funds for this fantastic cause, check out the below link. Hosting a ‘Teal Tea’ is one way you can show your support, and a great excuse to catch up with friends 💙
 

OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS: 2020

It’s that time of year again! Cue lots of Christmas catch-ups with friends and family and of course, those frustrating last-minute dashes to the shops for those presents you forgot to buy 🙊.
 
We’ll be closed for the festive break from midday Tuesday 22nd December for a couple of weeks, back in the office on Wednesday 6th of January.
 
If you have a gynaecological concern over this time, please either see your GP or if it is urgent, present to Accident and Emergency at the hospital. If you are a fertility patient, please phone Queensland Fertility Group.
 

COVID KIDS – CHANNEL 9 GOLD COAST NEWS 

Covid kids! It’s a term you’re going to hear more and more as IVF treatments and pregnancies continue to increase in the wake of the pandemic.

Channel 9 Gold Coast asked me for my thoughts and featured my lovely patients Cassie and Alex. They are one of the many lucky couples experiencing the ultimate joy during these difficult times.

To watch the piece, please click on the below link:
 

HE’S ARRIVED!

Dr Claire Allanach’s family has expanded! Congratulations on the birth of beautiful baby Benjamin. He is perfect and an already very loved little brother to the gorgeous Isla. On behalf of the team, we are absolutely thrilled.
This is one of the most common questions I am asked and the answer is two-fold. If a woman is using her own eggs, 46 is the latest we would recommend for the best chance of a successful pregnancy. However, IVF is still an option for women over this age, but this would be using a donor egg.
 
Looking at any form of assisted reproduction can be an exciting, but sometimes confusing and overwhelming time, so please give me a call if you are interested in hearing more about your options.
An IUD (intrauterine device) is a small contraceptive device that is put into the uterus. The two types available in Australia are the copper IUD and the Mirena (hormonal IUD). Both are commonly used for contraception.
 
Unlike a copper IUD, the progesterone releasing Mirena is also an effective means of non-surgical treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding. Heavy periods and cramping can be related to hormonal changes as women get older. It is common for women to experience changes such as heavy or long periods, or bleeding in between periods due to hormone levels dropping. Once physical conditions affecting the uterus have been ruled out, a Mirena can be used as an effective, easy solution.

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