Acupuncture a "Game-Changer" For Pregnancy & IVF in Brisbane

Brisbane, QLD based Womb to World Acupuncture & Massage is pleased to offer acupuncture to help improve fertility in women undergoing IVF treatment. Along with helping couples avoid the incredible expense associated with multiple IVF treatments, Womb to World aims to greatly reduce the stress they experience over such periods.

According to certain studies, the number of acupuncture sessions a person may need during their IVF treatment can depend on a variety of factors. This may include their age, ovarian reserve, previous response to IVF medication and so on. While there is a point at which diminishing returns make further acupuncture treatments impractical, research has found that more sessions tend to lead to higher IVF success rates. Womb to World says their team evaluates each client to ensure they receive as much care as they need.

The team at Womb to World are experts in Traditional Chinese Medicine and women

In order to explain how acupuncture has such an effect on the outcome of IVF treatment, the wellness centre says it is important to understand why it is known to have such low success rates. According to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth in 2019 was 32% for women under 35, 25% for women aged 35 to 37, 19% for women aged 38 to 39 and so on. As this data shows, IVF treatment has a relatively low chance of success even for women under 35, and this gets progressively lower as they age. Above 42 years of age, it is considered inadvisable to continue IVF (given how low the chances of success are).

Here, Womb to World points to some sources that highlight the fact that the biggest cause of IVF failure is poor genetic quality of eggs, and they in turn are strongly influenced by their follicular and ovarian environments. These environments may fail to develop properly due to a variety of conditions, among the most common of which may be lower blood and nutrient flow. This is where acupuncture may be able to do the most to help.

The centre utilises womb massage & fertility acupuncture to stimulate their clients’ bodies, promoting ovarian and uterine blood flow and even helping reduce stress levels. Further, since each client receives a thorough evaluation prior to undergoing a session, their acupuncturist can help them determine what other conditions they may have that can be addressed via acupuncture. Notably, the number and timing of sessions is important, and Womb to World will often coordinate with a client to ensure their schedule is closely tied to their IVF treatments. During the implantation phase, for instance, acupuncture treatment can help regulate the immune system (dissuading it from attacking the embryo), reduce stress, improve blood circulation and more.

Many have already witnessed firsthand how effective acupuncture can be in such situations. A recent review from Nicole L. says, “Angela is absolutely amazing! I would say, if it wasn’t for her skills and knowledge, I wouldn’t have my little girl. Angela is so calming, and I truly feel at ease knowing I’m in her expert hands. She is definitely an expert in her field, especially with fertility. I’ve been to other acupuncturists as Angela is too far from me now, and I can honestly say that none have provided me with the level of service, knowledge and skills that Angela offers. I am particularly impressed by the fact that Angela stays up to date with the latest information in her field. No words can describe my absolute gratitude for changing the course of my life! Thank you Angela. I am and always will be one of your number one fans! Thank you for being you, loving what you do, having the passion to help others and share your talent. I will be eternally grateful!”

Womb to World Acupuncture & Massage has made it their mission to help women experience successful IVF treatments, and their team is always ready to address any concerns or enquiries. Anyone interested in learning more can get in touch with the centre via phone or email. More details are also available on their website.

Article in the Australian Business Weekly Explains the Types of Dental Braces a Child May Need

An article in the Australian Business Weekly provides a guide to parents on choosing the type of braces your child needs. There are actually several factors that will determine the type of brace that a particular child will need. The most important factor to consider is the severity of the teeth misalignment.

According to the article, which was written by Wahroonga dentist Dr Alfred Tsang, with a severe misalignment, the child may require metal braces or possibly an orthodontic plate. If the misalignment is not severe, a child may only need clear braces or invisible aligners. Another factor to consider is the child’s age. Those who are younger may not yet be ready for metal braces, while those who are older may be capable of handling them. When people think of braces, they usually picture traditional metal braces in their mind. These are made from different kinds of materials and are available in various colours. The brackets are positioned by the dentist on the teeth and then held in place by wires that are attached to the back molars.

The three primary types of dental braces are metal, ceramic, and invisible, with each type having its own pros and cons. The orthodontist will help the patient in choosing the best type of braces for a particular child based on age, the severity of the misalignment, and personal preference.

Lingual braces, which are also called “inside” braces, can be used for straightening the teeth that is often preferred by teenagers and adults because they are positioned inside of the teeth and are therefore less noticeable. However, there are a number of disadvantages. First, they may be more costly than the other types of braces. Second, they can be more uncomfortable to wear, particularly when wearing them for the first time. Third, the wearer may acquire a temporary lisp. And fourth, it may require a longer time to wear them compared to traditional braces. Lingual braces apply the tried and tested technology of conventional braces to effectively move the teeth to the proper position. The only difference is that the action is occurring behind the teeth and is fully hidden from view.

The article advises parents to seek an experts opinion, such as a dentist, before making a decision on which type of brace to use for their child. Specifically, an orthodontist will be able to decide on which type of braces is appropriate for the child, based on the child’s age, severity of misalignment, and personal preference.

Meanwhile, clear aligners are almost invisible when worn and some of the most well-known brands of clear aligners are Invisalign, Smile Direct Club, and SureSmile. These are made from smooth and comfortable plastic and are tailor-fitted to the child’s teeth. Thus, clear aligners are usually preferred by teenagers and adults. The treatment requires the patient to wear a series of clear, removable aligners that will gradually move the teeth over time to the desired position. Clear aligners are more costly but many patients consider it worthwhile because of the comfort and the fact that they are hardly noticeable.

Clear aligners are removable, which means they have the additional advantage of allowing the wearer to eat whatever they want without fear of the food getting caught in the braces, which is quite common when wearing metal braces. After eating, the wearer will simply need to brush and clean the teeth and then put back the clear aligners to continue with their almost-invisible treatment. This also means that clear aligners are more hygienic. And because the clear aligners have been specifically made to fit the patient’s mouth and teeth, they are much more comfortable to wear compared to traditional metal braces.

The article advises parents and those who require braces to visit your local dental clinic too ensure that they will be getting the type of brace that is appropriate based on their dental needs and preferences.

Sydney-based Granny Flat Builders Explain How to Build a Granny Flat

Sydney, New South Wales -

Sydney-based granny flat builders, A1 Granny Flats is sharing the time-tested and perfected process that it uses to build high-quality and beautiful custom granny flats for NSW residents.

With over 30 years of construction experience all over Australia, the company’s granny flats stand out among the competition for their use of long-lasting materials and superior construction. It doesn’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” solution as it offers clients custom layouts that make efficient use of the space available on their property. The company also prides itself on completing projects within promised timelines and maintaining full transparency, ensuring its clients don’t have to face last-minute surprise fees.

A1 Granny Flats builder in Sydney

On its website, it explains in detail the process it uses to deliver its affordable yet premium-feeling products. During the assessment and quotation phase of the design process, checks are made to determine whether there is enough unrestricted space on the property for construction. It also recommends that clients obtain a section 149 (2) certificate from the local council to ensure compliance with State Government requirements, a sewer service diagram from Sydney Water to locate any sewer lines, and a title search to determine if any easements are located on the property.

Next, a building consultant from A1 Granny Flats will conduct a free site inspection to check for structures on the property that need to be demolished, whether there are trees that need to be removed, whether the property is connected to utilities such as gas, water, electricity, stormwater drainage, or the sewer, whether there is unfettered access to the property’s backyard, the slope of the property, and the distance from other nearby structures.

A1 Granny Flats’ licensed builders will then prepare a fixed price quotation based on all the available information, including any additional site work. Clients are encouraged to visit the display center to indulge the items and materials included in their tender, meet with the design team to prepare a free custom design to suit the block, and discuss the project in depth.

A spokesperson for the company talks about the process following the acceptance of the quotation by saying, “We then begin the design and approval phase. This includes a detailed site survey, and sewer peg-out if required, ensuring that the granny flat is within the size regulations of your council, preparing the custom concept design, modifications, and final adjustments, to the floor plan, facade, bathroom layout, and kitchen, preparing the full architectural drawings, obtaining the BASIX certificate, obtaining the structural and hydraulic engineering report, obtaining a Sydney Water tap in approval, obtaining the long service levy receipt, obtaining the CDC approval from our private certifier once all documentation has been gathered, arranging an appointment for selecting the materials and colors, preparing a draft Master Builders Association contract, preparing the final contract, and handing the project onto our construction team along with a date for commencement.”

The company provides a detailed construction plan for the stipulated time and the client will be updated on the progress each week. The first week includes the peg-out, site preparation including setting up temporary fencing, toilet, signage, and bins, and setting out and pouring the concrete slab. The second week is occupied by timber wall and roof framing and window and sarking installation. In the third week, the builders tackle the plumber and electrical rough-in and fascia, gutter, and roof installation. The fourth week is reserved for installing the external façade and electrical rough-in. Insulation and gyprock installation, waterproofing and fix-out, and painting and installation of floor and wall tiles are reserved for the fifth, sixth, and seventh weeks respectively. The shower screens, wardrobes, and kitchen are installed in the eighth week. The air conditioning installation as well as the plumbing and electrical final fit off happens in the ninth week. Finally, the last week of the build is when the flooring is installed and the site is cleaned and deemed ready to move in.

Sydney Sex Therapist Susie Tuckwell Is Helping Couples Find Fulfilment in Intimate Relationships

Susie Tuckwell, a sex and relationship therapist based in Sydney, is helping New South Wales residents understand what sex therapy is, how it works, who it is for, and how it can help patients have more fulfilling relationships with their partners.

Susie is an adult counsellor and psychotherapist specialising in sex therapy. On her website she describes couples sex therapy sessions as the perfect safe space where her clients can open up about their sex lives and sexual health.

About Susie Tuckwell - Sex & Relationship Therapist: in Sydney

"Some clients find an immediate sense of relief. For others, sometimes it takes longer," says Susie.

During the sessions, couples engage in an honest conversation with each other and fill in the therapist with all the relevant information about their sexual desires and expectations from their partners.

Susie also helps couples to talk about their emotions about sex and even digs deeper into each partner’s gender identity, sexuality, and sexual preferences. Once the role that sex plays in the couple’s relationship is understood, Susie will then use her years of experience to suggest actionable techniques for the couple to get more comfortable with each other’s bodies.

Susie’s services are gender neutral as she assures readers that both men and women will find themselves comfortable sharing their intimate thoughts with her.

She recommends intimate activities the couple can engage in the privacy of their homes to break down the barriers that are holding them back from addressing their sexual needs. This includes experimenting with new positions, sex toys, sensate focus, mindfulness, and relaxation. Susie will also help the couple better communicate these desires with each other as the spectrum of sexual needs is so diverse that discussing it candidly and truthfully is the only way to make sure both partners are on the same page.

Susie also warns her clients that it is necessary to choose a sex therapist who is well versed in the underlying science and psychology of sexual relationships. This demands years of training and experience. The most effective and reputable sex therapists will have post-graduate degrees in the topic from established universities in Australia or worldwide. The best ones will also have affiliations with relevant professional organizations as well as practice insurance to manage professional liabilities.

Readers are welcome to connect with Susie Tuckwell on LinkedIn to browse through the qualifications and consulting experience that Susie brings to the table. Susie herself has a Master of Health Science (Sexual Health) degree from The University of Sydney and is a member of the Psychotherapist and Counsellors Federation of Australia, PACFA.

Susie’s sex therapy services can address several common sexual health concerns between couples such as low libido, loss of desire, mismatched libidos, orgasm problems, anorgasmia, delayed or retarded ejaculation, erectile dysfunction (ED), premature ejaculation (PE), maintaining sexual and emotional connection in long-term relationships, problematic pornography use, or other problem on-line or internet activities, painful intercourse, vaginismus, pelvic pain, sex-related fear, shame, anxiety, healing traumatic sexual or emotional history, unwanted sexual behavior by self or others, exploring sexual or gender orientation or sexual identity, “coming out”, asexuality, exploring sexual needs and practices in a relationship, confident sexual communication, long-term affairs or “arrangements”, polyamory and other non-traditional relationship and sexual options, virginity, sexual shyness, dating self-confidence, affair recovery, pre-marital counselling, “wedding-night” knowledge and confidence, sexual and relationship recovery from cult, strict religion, and more.

Susie talks about why couples who are struggling to establish intimacy in their relationship should opt for the guidance of a sex therapist.

"A sex therapist is a trained listener who has the necessary academic background to understand their client’s concerns and does so impartially without passing judgment," says Susie.

"They have the tools needed to objectively assess the problems and suggest solutions that are respectful of each partner’s desires and comfort level with sexual exploration. You won’t get such nuanced and insightful help for your problems if you rely on unstructured and untrustworthy sources of information such as blogs and internet videos to learn about these sensitive issues. You will also waste a lot of time finding the right information that is relevant to the issues that are specific to the relationship between you and your cherished partner," she continues.

Readers can contact Susie Tuckwell - Sex & Relationship Therapist at 1300 811 726 or email her at Susie offers a free 15-minute consultation to new clients where she explains her services and gets a better understanding of their situation before the first appointment.

Daylesford Beauty Salon's Life Changing Skin Treatments

Daylesford, Victoria -

Bespoke Medispa, a unique beauty salon based in Daylesford, a spa town found in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range within the Shire of Hepburn, Victoria, Australia, is offering various kinds of clinical skin treatments, lifts, and peels. Their bespoke clinical facial and body treatments are fully personalised for the client’s own specific needs. They provide the perfect balance between effective skin treatment and pure indulgence. Bespoke Medispa ensures long lasting results to the areas being treated.

Helene, a Registered Nurse and owner of Bespoke Medispa, says, “Understanding your skin is at the heart of achieving great & long-lasting results. Our expert Dermal Therapists will spend time getting to know you and your skin, diagnosing your concerns & completing a plan for maximum results. You’ll leave armed with a better understanding of your skin & a plan to achieve the best possible results. A client’s comfort is first and foremost in our treatments, we want all clients to feel in control and comfortable.”

Bespoke Medispa in Dayles offers transformative skin treatments such as Fibroblast

Each clinical facial treatment they provide is uniquely designed to offer excellent regenerative effects that provide visible results that the client will be able to notice and feel almost immediately. Their clinical facials are suitable for all types of clients and are very much suitable for preparing the skin before a significant event. In addition, they have more advanced skin treatments and maintenance that are perfect for those periods in between bigger skin treatments.

They offer cosmetic injectables for targeting wrinkles and adding volume. This kind of treatment is based on the concept that as people age, they lose their ability to produce new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in the skin. They also experience a loss of lip and facial volume. Anti-wrinkle injections and Hyaluronic Acid injections are administered by skilled and qualified nurses to provide long lasting and natural looking results.

Along with injectables they also offer PDO Monothreads, lipodissolve, PRF plasma rich fibrin and PRP platelet rich plasma (Vampire facial) skin treatments via microneedling or cannula under the skin. RF Microneedling for skin tightening and rejuvenation, and HIFU for non surgical facelift. Clear and brilliant skin resurfacing and LED light therapies. And the incredible fibroblast skin tightening treatment.

Their IMAGE Skincare has a treatment suitable for each particular skin type, ranging from enzyme peels to high-levell AHA/BHA chemical exfoliation. And these signature IMAGE treatments are complemented by daily home care products to enhance and maintain the IMAGE treatment results. Those who are interested in learning more about the beauty salon can check out @bespoke_medispa_daylesford on Instagram.

These include the Ormedic Peel, which employs a number of organic ingredients that have been found to offer medical effectiveness to regenerate, rebalance, and restore skin while comfrey stem cells enhance cellular turnover. They also provide the Signature Lift, which employs Vitamin C and fruit enzymes combined in an organic aloe vera base and have been observed to visibly decrease redness and brighten the skin while hyaluronic acid offers excellent hydration. They also offer the Lightening Lift, which uses lactic acid combined with kojic acid and a cocktail of brightening agents to minimise all kinds of pigmentation.

And then there is the Wrinkle Lift, which utilises an ultra-resurfacing blend of glycolic acid and retinol for visibly decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They also offer the Acne Lift, which employs a blend of AHA’s and BHA’s with protective agents for the effective treatment of all grades of acne. They also offer the Beta Lift, which is a potent non-blended salicylic acid treatment that effectively and quickly improves moderate to severe acne. They also provide the Perfection Lift, which uses a distinct combination of active exfoliants that work synergistically to visibly minimise the appearance of fine lines, smoothen rough texture, correct uneven skin tone, and decrease acne blemishes. And finally, they offer the Peel Package, which is composed of six peel treatments that are scheduled at 2 week intervals.

Founded in 2020 by Elly Hubbard, Bespoke Medispa has gained such a favourable reputation that clients are now travelling far and wide to get the premium treatments that they offer. The team is passionate about providing beauty treatments without the need for surgery, applying extensive knowledge using the latest technology and experience in laser and anti-ageing treatments. At present, Bespoke Medispa's team of qualified health professionals offer the most advanced in laser technology and luxury skin treatments to Daylesford and surrounding areas.

Those who are looking for a beauty salon located in Daylesford can visit the Bespoke Medispa website or contact them on the phone or through email. They are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, from Wednesday to Friday; and from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays.