Our approach

A holistic approach to enhance natural fertility

At our clinic, we embrace a holistic approach to enhance natural fertility and optimise gynaecological and reproductive health. We are passionate in our belief that diet, exercise and environment contribute to fertility and general health. We also believe that natural fertility can complement more traditional medical infertility treatments such as IVF.

Some natural fertility and wellness options that we often explore include; nutritional health and genetics, physical health, sleep investigations, complementary therapies, environmental health and eco fertility.

Nutrition

Food is medicine. You are what you eat. Plain and simple.

We are at the forefront of nutritional health, and how it can impact a couple’s ability to conceive. A powerful underpinning of the natural fertility approach is a focus on healthy diet and weight.

Statistically, couples that are overweight are more likely to face infertility challenges. Being overweight means it can take longer to get pregnant and the likelihood of pregnancy complications and miscarriage are higher. Being underweight is also associated with health and fertility issues.

Nutritional research is constantly evolving, allowing us to understand more about the way diet affects health and fertility, and how our individual genetic make-up impacts the way in which our bodies process what we eat. The emerging science of nutrigenomics, or nutrigenetics aims to explain the interaction between food and our genes. What we ingest can affect the genetic information our genes pass onto our bodies in order to carry out bodily functions.

We are no longer thought to be victims of our genes, but rather our genes a victim of us.

There is an emerging science called nutrigeneomics and nutrigenetics. These branches of science explain the interaction between food and our genes. What we eat, can impact on the genetic information our genes express – in other words, the information our genes give our bodies to carry out all functions.

Why is what we eat so important in preparing for a baby?

We really are what we eat. If you eat badly, your body will not have the resources needed to carry out all important roles such as cell division, and DNA replication.

Why does nutrition affect us all?

Not only is good nutrition important for making you healthy, but it can also impact on the health of your children and grandchildren.

How can you benefit?

We spend time discussing your diet and eating patterns. This is equally important for all soon to be parents.

We don’t have control of many things like our age, but we have ultimate control over what we choose to eat and drink.

Often we forget to address the root of the problem, which tends to be deeply rooted in our lifestyle habits.

Want to learn more?

Dr. Andreadis has a special interest in nutritional medicine and likes to keep her patients up to date with the latest in the field. She is currently a student of IIN – Integrative Nutrition..

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Sleep

Getting your beauty sleep

Sleep has a critical role in the ability to conceive and should be considered when enhancing natural fertility. People should get at least 7 – 8 hrs sleep per night. Factors such as premenstrual syndrome and menopause can impact sleep patterns and cause sleep disturbance. 

Our health not only relies on good food and exercise but also sleep. If you are not sleeping well, please check in with your GP; ask for help.

Dr Andreadis will ask you about your sleep should you see her. She will explain how your hormones can lead to sleep disturbance and what can be done to help you. Certain lifestyle changes, foods, supplements and exercise may be effective. You may also benefit from referral to a local sleep clinic.

Do you have problems with sleep ? Can’t fall asleep, can’t stay asleep or wake up too early ?

Your menstrual cycle can effect your sleep. Some people have problems sleeping during the second phase of their cycle (luteal phase). Poor sleep is often a part of the Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

Did you know that estrogen and Progesterone can increase the need for sleep?

Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone can effect a sleep. This occurs across all reproductive years – from puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding and the menopausal years.

Want to learn more?

Resources: 

  • The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep – Dr Carmel Harrington, Australian Sleep Expert
  • The Sleep Diet – Dr Carmel Harrington, Australian Sleep Expert
  • Sleep Health Foundation www.sleephealthfoundation
  • Sleepio is a 6-week digital sleep improvement program, grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). The content is based on evidence-based self-help techniques developed by leading sleep expert, Prof Colin Espie (University of Oxford). Sleepio is accessible online at www.sleepio.com

Physical Health

We can control our weight, unlike our age.

Being fit and staying fit is one of the most uplifting, energising and positive things you can do for yourself. Above all it can be a lot of fun. It’s never too late to change. If you need assistance to lose weight, Dr. Natasha will help you work out a plan of action; together she will help you reach your health goal.

Evidence supports the simple fact: that fitter, healthier people are less likely to have problems getting pregnant than their overweight counterparts. Just like nutrition, you have 100% control over this aspect of your life. So take the initiative now to get fit if you haven’t already.

Why is it important I aim for a healthy weight?

Our bodies were designed to move. People who are overweight/obese or underweight have more health issues than people who have a healthy weight. This applies to people of all age groups.

Why is This Important When Planning a Family?

Overweight couples have a harder time conceiving. If you are overweight it will take you longer to get pregnant; you are more likely to miscarry and have complications in pregnancy and post pregnancy.

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Environmental Health – EcoFertility

A healthy environment

At our clinic, we also have a passion for understanding the environmental factors that may affect fertility and encourage patients to look at their environmental and chemical exposure. Environmental medicine and eco fertility are burgeoning areas of research that can uncover barriers to natural fertility. In particular, household chemicals found in cleaning, beauty and hygiene products may affect a patient’s ability to live the healthiest life possible and achieve optimal reproductive health.

How can my environment affect my reproductive health?

We are surrounded by chemicals that have known health effects. Many of these chemicals are found in general household cleaning products and beauty/ hygiene products.

You may of heard of parabens, BPAs, phthalates and parabens.

These chemicals may cause reproductive disorders, pregnancy loss and hormone disruption. They can also cause many other health issues such as asthma and allergies.

Which environmental factors should be considered?

Consider your environment. What chemicals are found in your:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry
  • Bedrooms
  • Living Areas

What products do you apply on yourself on a daily basis that may contain harmful substances?

Dr Natasha has an interest in helping make the environment as chemical free as possible, to help people live the healthiest life possible. By lowering our chemical exposure we can achieve better health – for ourselves and our families.

Want to learn more?

If you are interested in finding out more, please complete our  Environment Questionnaire and return it to info@drandreadis.com.au

Complementary Therapies

Providing our patients with the most well-rounded of care

We encourage patients to explore ways to enhance conventional treatments. Many patients report positive results from treatments such as Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine or naturopathic therapy. We work with highly qualified and experienced complementary practitioners that have extensive experience in the field of natural fertility and gynaecology.

We believe that the most effective approach is a combination of both Eastern and Western medicine, especially where there is clinical evidence in support. Many patients experience excellent outcomes when complementary and conventional medical approaches are combined.

What role can complementary therapies play in helping me get pregnant?

Areas such as Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine or naturopathic therapy have been practiced for many years. Such modalities can provide useful knowledge about health and disease.

Can they help with my period pain?

Acupuncture can help with a range of gynaecological illnesses including painful periods. It is also commonly used during IVF treatment as it may help embryos implant.

Complementary Treatment Approaches

The naturopaths and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners that Dr. Natasha works with and refers to are highly qualified and experienced, particularly in the field of fertility and gynaecology.

Dr. Andreadis likes to recommend where there is clinical evidence and to work closely with complimentary health practitioners. She believes this provides her patients with the most well-rounded of care.

Each modality be it Western or Eastern has its strengths and Dr. Andreadis likes to draw strengths from all to help provide the best care for her patients.

Are complementary therapies effective?

Therapies can be used alongside conventional medicine to achieve very good outcomes. These therapies include naturopathy and Chinese medicine.

Dr. Andreadis is open to the use of complementary therapies that have been clinically proven to be safe and effective. She enjoys collaborating with complementary practitioners to achieve the best outcomes possible for patients.

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