Entries by Carolyn Allen

IVF and Natural Fertility

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is an assisted reproductive technique which involves collecting ova (eggs) from the ovaries and fertilizing them outside of the body. Embryos which result from this fertilization are then placed in the uterus to implant. Success rates for IVF vary widely, with most clinics in Brisbane report between a 30 – 40% success […]

Natural Fertility Care and IUI

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is an assisted reproductive technique where sperm is inserted into the uterus. IUI can sometimes increase the conception rates for couples who have been unable to fall pregnant naturally. How can natural fertility care help with IUI? Natural fertility care helps to improve outcomes in IUI by improving egg and sperm health, […]

Poor Sperm Morphology

Sperm morphology refers to the structure and integrity of sperm. A poor sperm morphology, or low percentage of normal sperm indicates that there are high numbers of abnormal sperm. Poor sperm morphology is diagnosed with a semen analysis, so is often not picked up right away when fertility issues arise. What causes poor sperm morphology? […]

Low Sperm Count

Low sperm count is becoming an increasingly common cause of infertility, with at least 1 in 25 males having a low sperm count. Having a low sperm count causes infertility as there is a greatly reduced chance of a healthy sperm getting to the ova in time for a healthy conception to occur. What causes […]


Amenorrhea is the absence of a menstrual period in a woman in her reproductive years. Amenorrhea is becoming increasingly common due to the rise in polycystic ovarian syndrome and hormonal imbalances. Types of amenorrhea Primary amenorrhea is when a woman has not had a menstrual period by the age of 16. Secondary amenorrhea is where […]

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids, also known as uterine leiomyomas, are growths of tumour like fibrous tissue (non-cancerous) inside the uterine tissue. Fibroids affect 20-25 percent of women aged over 35. Fibroids range from tiny to large, from symptom free to painful. They impair fertility by interfering with the ability of the ova to implant in the uterine […]

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a common disorder, affecting up to 12% of all women according to POSAA, the Australian PCOS Association. The most common symptoms of PCOS are: Male pattern excessive hair growth (Hirsutism) Insulin resistance High androgen levels (hyperandrogenemia) Acne Failure to ovulate (anovulation) Painful or irregular periods Infertility Treatment of PCOS with naturopathy involves treatments […]


Endometriosis is a common cause of infertility in women. Often taking some time to reach a diagnosis, women with endometriosis may have heavy and very painful periods, although sometimes there are no symptoms at all.  In endometriosis, there is abnormal growth of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus. Common places for this to occur include […]

Power Smoothie!!

This smoothie is perfect for those who don’t have a great deal of time in the mornings. It is packed with minerals like calcium , zinc and magnesium that boost fertility, and is great for sustained energy release. In a blender overnight, soak: 1/4 cup rolled oats 10 almonds 1/5 cup pepitas 1/5 cup sunflower […]