Kitchen Science: The Friendly Bacteria That Live In Your Food

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You couldn’t enjoy cheese like this without the intervention of micro-organisms. By Enzo Palombo, Swinburne University of Technology | Photo Credit: Marie Coleman, CC BY-NC-SA Kitchen Science: bacteria and fungi are your foody friends As you sip a cup of coffee, enjoy a rich chocolate treat or savour the aroma of a piece of Roquefort…

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Is your uterus on FIRE?

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Is your uterus on fire? If you are one of the many women who have experienced IVF failure, implantation failures, or frequent miscarriages — you may have an inflamed uterus. Inflammation has been connected to almost every dis-ease from heart disease to cancer to diabetes. Would it be any surprise that inflammation has an affect on…

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NSAIDs may be affecting your fertility

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Are you one of the thousands of women who regularly have to take over the counter pain medications to help you through your cycle? On average, 84% of women report menstrual pain and about 50% report having pain with every cycle. With this type of prevalence, the use of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatories is pretty high. In…

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Taking Progesterone is Not The Solution to Your Fertility

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Progesterone Levels and Egg Quality Most of you might be aware that progesterone is playing a significant role when it comes to infertility treatments today. It’s also known to play an important role in pregnancy and miscarriage. But, several people ask us what progesterone does with the egg quality. Is there any relationship between these…

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Don’t gain weight this holiday season- no dieting necessary

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Food cravings are abound:  here are some tips so that you don’t have to gain weight over the holidays… Do you ever wonder why so many people have food cravings? Doesn’t it seem like more and more, people are addicted to sugar? Some to carbs? And yet, a large majority of America is obese and so…

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Birth control and fertility

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Until you’re ready to have a baby, birth control is essential. And, on average, young girls begin having sex in the early teen years and often wait to have babies till their 40s. So, that’s almost 25 years of needing “protection” from what nature intended… babies! So, what to do till then? I have so many…

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Why didn’t clomid work?

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To stimulate ovulation, many women are given clomid as the first line of therapy. Usually, you don’t need to see a reproductive endocrinologist but rather, your OB/GYN can prescribe clomid for you. However, it’s often not the magic bullet. It doesn’t work for many women who have underlying problems that haven’t been diagnosed. – PCOS is…

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Is your uterus happy?

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Whether you are trying to conceive naturally, undergoing IVF, or considering an egg donor (like my patient I was talking to today), you need a healthy uterus to support the growth and development of an embryo into a child. There are some key things you can look for to determine the health of your uterus.…

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