So, you know a regular pap smear is important, but what do the results really mean? What are they screening for? Does is affect your fertility or the progression of a healthy pregnancy? In this episode I speak with Dr Alice Huang who answers these important questions and explains everything you need to know about Pap smears, including the new advances which are providing more scope in testing and why they are not officially called pap smears anymore! Dr Alice [...]
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Whether it's plan A, plan B or plan C, there is a path to your baby. In this episode of the Conceive Baby Podcast, I speak with Dr Genia Rozen about the evolving world of fertility preservation. We discuss egg freezing, embryo freezing, sperm freezing and uterine tissue freezing. How they work, what the the benefits are and when they may be appropriate for you. Genia Rozen is Gynaecologist and Fertility specialist from Melbourne. She trained at the Royal Women’s [...]
In today's episode of the Conceive Baby Podcast we’re talking about a topic which is growing enormously and that’s Fertility over 40. I know in my practice I’m seeing more and more women starting or growing their families in their 40s. But biologically, how fertile are we? What are your chances, really? And what can you do to stack the odds in your favour. Today we’re going to be answering all these questions and more with the lovely Angela Hywood, [...]
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while you probably know about ovulation trackers and temperature charting, well today we’re going to be looking at a different way of charting your menstrual cycle and that’s via your lunar cycle. In this intriguing discussion we talk about the origins of the lunar cycle (it was actually developed by a Doctor) and how you can use your lunar cycle to optimise you chances of conceiving, and perhaps even increase your odds [...]
In this episode I speak with Women's Health Dietitian, Stephanie Valakas. We discuss the most common hormonal disorder found in women, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS as it’s most commonly known. PCOS affects around 10% of women in Australia and can have a significant impact on fertility and our ability to fall pregnant. We discuss symptoms and diagnosis, but most importantly in the episode we do a deep dive into diet and the simple changes you can make to [...]
In this episode I speak with renowned Melbourne Fertility Specialists, Dr Lynn Burmeister about a very topical issue. One which is growing rapidly. And that’s egg freezing. More and more women are turning to egg freezing as an 'insurance policy', if they haven’t met Mr Right or are just not ready for a baby right now, but know it’s something they want in their future. But how much of a guarantee of a healthy baby is it really? What’s involved [...]
Whether you are going through IVF, struggling with infertility or just wanting to prepare for a healthy pregnancy in this episode we talk about the fundamental things you need to know about your diet and lifestyle that will have a significant impact on your ability to conceive; on your ability to carry a healthy pregnancy and on the long term health of your future baby. It is in this precious preconception period that you have the opportunity to optimise the [...]
In this episode I speak with Moira Bradfield who is currently completing PhD research into the vaginal microbiome. Moira will be providing her insights into the role of the vaginal microbiome in fertility as well as practical tips and advice to help you support a healthy vaginal environment to improve your chances of conceiving and carrying your healthy baby. We cover topics including * what is a microbiome? * how our vaginal microbiome differs from our gut microbiome * what [...]
In this episode of the Conceive Baby Podcast we talk about fertility, as always, but from a different perspective. We discuss a wonderful, collaborative, celebratory event, which is on a mission to change the conversation around fertility and infertility – Fertility Fest. I speak with inspiring founder Jessica Hepburn who shares with us her personal journey, as well as insights into the evolution of Fertility Fest and what you can expect at this year's event. Jessica Hepburn is one of [...]
In this episode I speak with Dr Jemma Evans about the impact of your diet on the most important and amazing organ when it comes to fertility, and that’s the uterus. We hear a lot these days about egg health in relation to fertility, which is obviously super important but there is another important player and that’s your baby’s first home. The place where this tiny fertilised egg will have the opportunity to grow into a thriving, healthy baby. The [...]