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Wednesday Lunch Club Q+A With Fertility Expert Emma Cannon

Section: Fertility

Missed our Wednesday Lunch Club with fertility expert Emma Cannon? Don’t worry, you can read all of the advice she shared here

Every week at Mother&Baby we bring you the Wednesday Lunch Club – a chance to get brilliant advice for your fertility, pregnancy and parenting questions from a top expert. 

This week, fertility expert Emma Cannon was on board to answer questions. Emma Cannon is a fertility, pregnancy and integrated women’s health expert and registered acupuncturist. She specialises in fertility, but she also works with women in pregnancy and post-birth. Her special interests are the immune system and how that impacts on fertility, how the mind affects the body and helping people through difficult life challenges and ultimately giving them a fuller, healthier, more balanced life.

Emma is also the author of three books – Total Fertility (June 2013), The Baby-Making Bible (2010) and You and Your Bump (2011).

If you missed the chat, here’s what happened…

I had my baby seven months ago and he was conceived after eight rounds of Clomid. I am back on the Pill at the moment but would like to think about trying for baby number two in about a year. How long after coming off the Pill should I wait before being asked to be referred back to a fertility specialist? Would they give me Clomid again?

Emma Cannon: Sometimes periods become normal and fertility improves following a successful pregnancy so you might be lucky. I would be inclined to give it a few months after the Pill (age permitting) to see if your cycle becomes regular with a regular period and ovulation. It may also be worth trying acupuncture at this time. If your period does not return in three months, it’s best to see your GP.

Can reflexology help regulate a period?

Emma Cannon: Yes, potentially, depending on the diagnosis. But there is more evidence for acupuncture which tends to be more direct having a measurable effect on the hyperthalamus which is the part of the brain that controls hormones.

Emma Cannon's Fertility Rooms also makes sure that each partner gets tested – 30 per cent of infertility is because of the man so it's really important that he gets tested. Even if there’s an issue on the female side then the male needs testing, too.

How long should it 'normally' take to get pregnant? I'm 34 and I've been trying with my husband for almost 18 months. Is it time to start looking into fertility drugs and treatments?

Emma Cannon: It can take couples up to year to conceive if they’re having regular intercourse, if you’re ovulating normally and your partner’s sperm count is normal. Taking up to a year to conceive is considered normal, but if you have existing problems and you are 34 years old you will need to attend regular check-ups with a gynaecologist or your GP.

If you have been trying for 18 months then yes, you should go to your GP who will refer you to get some base line blood tests and scans done.

Is it true that some sex positions can help me get pregnant more than others?

Emma Cannon: Some people like to tip their pelvis following sex to help the sperm travel towards the cervix. You can do this by putting a pillow under you bottom/lower back area. Put good quality sperm should be able to travel under their own speed.

For more trying to conceive sex positions, click here.

I'm 38 years old and worried about my fertility. I haven't yet started trying for a baby but can I be put on the fertility list as I heard the list can take years.

Emma Cannon: Don't assume you will have problems as many women your age will conceive naturally. I'm afraid I can’t comment on different procedures and criteria for IVF but if you have not tried yet you don't actually know if you have a fertility issue so I would think that it’s unlikely you can get on any list.

On the private sector you might want to look at freezing eggs but this is best done as early as possible and there is still very little data on this and how successful it is. My best advice is to crack on with it and take care to make sure you are in the best health in terms of STDs and gynaecology.

Also clean up your lifestyle in terms of smoking and drinking and the things you can do something about.

Which are the best tests to see when I'm most fertile?

Emma Cannon: FSH, AMH and an antral follicle scan tells you how fertile you are and DuoFertility and Ovusense both do good ones which tell you when you are fertile.

Charting is very good, too. In my book Total Fertility I tell you how to do this as it gives you an idea of the whole cycle.

Check the M&B ovulation calculator to see how and when you’ll be most fertile.

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