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Posts Tagged ‘fertility’

Sperm Donation: A priceless gift

By Jocelyn Tan • December 9th, 2015

When we think of Christmas, we think of giving and of family. It is for this reason that we would like you to think about sperm donation. Sperm donation is one of the most priceless gifts someone can give. It is giving hope and granting someone’s dreams.  It is, as one former recipient put it, ‘bringing joy into a dark place’. Many recipients of sperm donation would never have the chance to have a family without donors. They usually have no other medical or technological solution. Although, adoption is often suggested, improved social and economic conditions mean very few children (less than twenty a year) […]

What’s in your herbal treatment

By Kimr • August 12th, 2014
What’s in your herbal treatment

So often people are taking herbal remedies for menopause, for fertility or for erectile dysfunction and don’t know exactly what is in them. In this month’s Australian Family Physician journal there is a cautionary tale. A patient seeking fertility had been prescribed multiple herbal preparations by an Ayurvedic herbal practitioner.  She presented with shortness of breath, palpitations and joint pains. She was found to have a serious anaemia and an analysis of the herbal preparations revealed high levels of lead, mercury, arsenic and chromium.  She required chelation therapy to “mop up” the heavy metal levels in her body and the […]