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Live chat with Zita West, Monday 12 November, 1pm

(103 Posts)
OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 07-Nov-07 11:27:16

We're delighted to announce that Zita West will be here for an online chat with Mumsnetters next Monday 12 November.

Zita is a practicing midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor. She worked in the NHS for over 20 years and then in 2002, she set up the Zita West clinic, a multi-disciplinary practice that uses evidence-based complementary therapies for fertility and pregnancy.

Zita will be joining us for an hour on Monday at 1 o'clock, so grab a sarnie, get your questions ready and join us then.

If for some strange reason, you can't be here (and we hope you've got a very good excuse) then please post any advance questions here.

Thanks, MNHQ

naffy Tue 08-Jun-10 15:12:40

Iam 27 years old and had asherman's syndrome which i under gone treatment in Egypt oct 2009. I was taking my recommended drugs and experienced my period for two month than the menses stoped coming. I contacted my Doctor in Egypt and he said i should come for another treatment. I have spent so much for the treatment and accommodation in Egypt close to $10,000. Now i do not have that kind of money to go back to Egypt and the menses is not coming at all since that time and occasionally i use to experienced stomach pain and vomitting, i do not know whether this is associated with lack of menses. Kindly advice me.

lightrose Wed 12-May-10 18:48:04

Hi zeta, I am 37 had 3 failed iui and 1 failed ivf. about to try another nhs funded ivf have asked if i could have steriods at the end of treatment for best chance.. been advised that is only done after 4 attempts? Dont think i could go through any more so this is my last go. can i pay privetly to have additional steroids ect... ps at ivf hammersmith.

Buda Fri 18-Sep-09 13:52:12

sweethoney - this thread and chat were actually in 2007!

sweethoney Fri 18-Sep-09 13:48:50

I'm 31 have 3 DC and had great big babies and natural births (I am a big advocate of home births) . I'm unsure as to whether at some stage to have a 4th. I feel very lucky already.

So my question is does pregnancy and birth get harder as you get older even if you have had previous children? In your expert opinion what would be the biological 'cut off age' to get pregnant and give birth in an ideal situation?

Is it true that the later/earlier you start your periods can effect how long you will be fertile for e.g. if you start at 16 you will be fertile for longer (in age terms) than a girl who starts at 11?

Also I was touched by a previous message that you actually took the time to call someone who sent an email to your clinic even though they weren't a client. It gives me a warm glow that you seem to genuinely care. Keep up the good work grin

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 31-Aug-09 13:47:54

Hi ricci2 - you may find a better response on our conception boards here
Hope this helps and best of luck with it all
MN towers

Ricci2 Mon 31-Aug-09 13:36:56

I have been on Yasmin for about two years and recently started evra, i got terrible side effects and stopped mid cycle after two weeks, i got my period three days after that and multiple breakthrough bleeds during this time. I have been off for about 10 weeks. My first normal period i got after 34 days and lasted only 3 days. My breasts have swollen and gotten really big and is sensitive. I have been getting low back pain. Today is the 34th day again and no period yet. Could i still get my period or could i be pregnant. I have done a blood preg test on the 12th of August. Could I have tested too early?

nobodysfool Mon 12-Nov-07 14:10:13

my dh must be odd then as he wants to know every bloody detail of whats going on with my body.Then again he has seen me in labour and if he can still fancy me after that there is no putting him off.Bless him.

Sheherazadethegoat Mon 12-Nov-07 14:03:12

come on baby my cervix is high and soft!

deenymcqueenygoreandguts Mon 12-Nov-07 14:02:53

thankyou kindly Zita.
no organic peas shall pass my lips smile

nobodysfool Mon 12-Nov-07 14:02:38

Surely everyman finds that a real turn on!!??

Sheherazadethegoat Mon 12-Nov-07 14:00:12

you mean showing dh my stretchy mucus is a turn off? shock

ZitaWest Mon 12-Nov-07 14:00:10

So sorry I couldn't answer all of your questions but thanks so much for your posts.

I wish you all well.

Zita x

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Nov-07 13:59:31

Hi everyone,
I know that Zita has appointments for the rest of the day, so will have to go soon. We're sorry that time hasn't allowed for all of these questions to be answered, although with such specific questions, it's very hard for her to answer them all.
I'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to Zita again for her time today.

ZitaWest Mon 12-Nov-07 13:58:58

Hi twixfits

When you are pregnant all alcohol should stop (whatever the research says). But the odd glass of good wine when you are trying is not going to affect your chances. However I would stay off it around ovulation. Without a doubt sex does become mechanical when you are trying for a a baby. I hate to say this ladies, but 'Don't tell your partner every minute detail of what's going in your body. He doesn't need to know what your secretions are like! It can be a complete turn off which can cause a lot of pressure.

nobodysfool Mon 12-Nov-07 13:53:51

Hello Ms West,
I have posted earlier but thought i would try again....I have a 2.5 ds and had emergency c section.I am been diagosed with endometriosis and am due to have a laproscopy next month to drain a large cyst and remove adhesions.Just wanted to ask if this will effect my fertility in a positive or negative way.It took me a year to conceive the first time.many many thanks.

Hulababy Mon 12-Nov-07 13:51:03

Thank you. Interesting to see that there are things I could do. Where can I fnd out more of what is involved?

ZitaWest Mon 12-Nov-07 13:50:08

Hello deenymqueeny

You don't have to eat all organic to conceive. It's so expensive and not everyone can afford it. I often wonder with some of the organic produce you buy is actually organic! The best thing is to eat fresh food without additives, buy it locally and frequently. So many of the women I see worry that if they've eaten a non-organic pea that's the reason they're not conceiving! It's all about moderation and I believe a little of what you fancy does you good so don't deny yourself everything.

ZitaWest Mon 12-Nov-07 13:43:37

Hi Hulababy

This must be hard for you. I have treated many women with Ashermans Syndrome and do Acupuncture treatment to increase blood flow to the area. Plus we recommend nutritional therapy aimed at building up the Uterine lining plus we would use pro-biotics for you because of the anti-biotic use. However everyone is different and has different nutritional requirements. I hope this helps.

nomoremagnolia Mon 12-Nov-07 13:41:41

Hi Zita
I'm 29, DH 28. Been ttc #1 for nearly 2 yrs. Had blood tests (only one cycle) and sperm tests (only once too) which showed I didn't ov and DH's sperm weren't great (low morphology -3%, but good sized sample, therefore enough 'good' ones to do the job)
I don't have PCO/PCOS or endo (or even irregular cycles) and there's no 'reason' behind why I didn't ov. DH and I both eat healthily and exercise regularly. (We're also having sex regularly, of course). I have never got a +ive pg test at all in 23 months of ttc. I'm on my 5th cycle of Clomid at the moment, out of 6, before we go back to specialist in Feb.
I'm not too confident in my care (NHS) either (no monitoring on Clomid/no diagnosis of why I'm not ov'ing/no repeat of tests to see if it was an anovulatory cycle etc) but I can't afford to go private.
What can we do to help our chances? What do you recommend we do next?
Thanks x

justjules Mon 12-Nov-07 13:41:38

hi zita,

i know you have loads of questions to get through but if you find the time before the end could you try and answer lissielou herbaceous and my questions on recurrent miscarriage please smile

frostythesnowmum Mon 12-Nov-07 13:41:03

Hi Zita
I am 10 weeks pg tomorrow and have 24/7 morning sickness, more nausea than vomiting. I have been off work for a month. Last pg it went at about 13 weeks am I likely to find the same this time round or could it stay. if it does stay is there anything that can be done - all the traditional remedies fail me.
Thanks smile

ZitaWest Mon 12-Nov-07 13:38:40

Hi Luelle
What wonderful feedback - thank you. There are so many elements to getting pregnant but often it is an unconscious thing - the more conscious you make it the harder it becomes. Have a great birth!

deenymcqueenygoreandguts Mon 12-Nov-07 13:36:57

is it esential to go organic to concieve?

what is your experience of people trying o concieve on ads?

ZitaWest Mon 12-Nov-07 13:35:57

Hi myboyjack

Miscarriages are really tough to go through. Many of the women that I see in my miscarriage clinic have lost confidence and feel their lives are on hold. We see them from when they are five and a half minutes pregnant and they are very anxious and need a lot of support. You need to be properly investigated - the science in this area has improved greatly but sadly the options available vary from hospital trust to hospital trust so this can be out of your control which is frustrating. What is in control is your diet, your lifestyle and to keep trying and staying positive.

FredAdair Mon 12-Nov-07 13:31:37

Hi Zita,

Any advice on boosting my chance at conception would be appreciated:

I have one daughter aged 3. We have been trying to conceive for 2+ years with 2 miscarriages last year and not a whisper of positive test this year.

An HSG shows one blocked tube (with scans showing large cysts forming on at least two cycles), I have sub-clinical hypothyroidism (now on throxine), pretty high FSH (wavering between 9 and 11+) and factor v leiden. So, a catalogue of unhelpfuls!

Any hope? (I'm nearly 37)

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