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Infertility

by Dr. Mecherl Lim, MD (MA) Naturopath (ND), Holistic Kinesiology

Absolute infertility is where there are no eggs and no sperm. This is rare, so most couples are really experiencing partial or sub-infertility, or they can’t conceive within their proposed time frame.

A general definition of infertility is when a couple does not conceive after one or two years of regular, unprotected sex.  This assumes the couple are sexually active at the woman’s fertile time, which is typically from day nine (day one is when menstruation starts) to day 21 in a 28 -day cycle. The peak fertility day is usually 14 days before the beginning of menstruation (in a regular 28-day cycle) and at this time there are around three successive days of high female fertility where the vaginal mucus is clear and slippery or stretchy and there’s at least a sensation of lubrication.

The Website Infertility BBT Charts shows the correlation between all indicators of fertility. If it seems too complicated, or if you have an irregular cycle, discuss this with your GP or Naturapath Practitioner.

WHO IS AFFECTED?

About 15 per cent of couples have difficulty conceiving and this figure doubles where the woman is over 35 years of age. In about 40 per cent of cases the infertility problem lies with the man, and in 40 per cent of cases with the woman. In 10 per cent there is a problem in both partners and in 10 per cent there is no known cause.

Some researchers say that in 25 per cent of cases there is a problem in both partners, and the majority of researchers say sperm quantity and quality are declining.

HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?

Sometimes couples get anxious because they can’t conceive when it’s suitable for them and they need reassurance. A medical diagnosis is needed to establish the cause of infertility, which may involve blood and sperm test, ultrasounds and laparoscopy.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

In women and men

  • Ageing
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Immune problems
  • Sperm antibodies (the body does not appropriately recognise sperm)

Contributing factors:

  • Poor general health and unhealthy lifestyle
  • Severe stress, including anxiety about conceiving
  • Insufficient restorative sleep

In Men

Low sperm count or problems with the shape or activity of sperm

Blocked spermatic cords

Testicular disease and infections

In Women

  • Endometriosis
  • Blocked fallopian tubes caused by infections, disease or tissue (Many natural therapies have successfully treated women who have been told their fallopian tubes are blocked, which confirms there are degrees of blockage).
  • Ovarian problems such as polycystic ovarian disease.
  • Disorders of the uterus such as polyps
  • Problems with the shape of the cervix or in the texture of the mucus.
  • Early menopause in young women.
  • Obesity.
  • Oral Contraceptive (over the years) I have seen a number of women who do not return to normal ovulation and menstruation and this seems to be linked to long term use of oral contraceptives).

HOW THE DOCTORS TREAT IT

Medical treatments depend on the cause of the problem.

Following a basic check, your doctor may refer you and your partner to a fertility specialist.

  • Hormonal pharmaceuticals may be prescribed.
  • Surgery may be recommended to remove polyps, cyst blocked fallopian tubes or endometriosis.
  • In Vitro fertilisation (IVF) involves a surgical procedure for collecting the egg, together with pharmaceutical hormones. It involve sperm or eggs from donors and the conception rate is about 20 percent. Before undertaking IVF, most centres organise a counselling session and provide written details so you know what to expect from the treatment, the cost involved and, the risks and outcome.  

THE HOLISTIC APPROACH

HERBS FOR WOMEN

A combination of a few herbs such as Dong Qui for abdominal pain, False unicorn for bleeding, Paeonia if Oestrogen is known to be high, Ginger to improve digestion and circulation & Chaste tree is commonly prescribed- use two capsules in the morning & two at night after food. The capsule is named as SHE 18,  if you need more info, send a message to http://www.drmecherherbs.com for more advice. The remedies are discontinued as soon as you know you are pregnant.  

Caution: If you are taking pharmaceuticals there may be interactions and I would not advise self treatment with herbs in this case.

It is also a must to take a combination of Nutrition Supplements such as Multi-Vitamin /minerals, Fish Oil, B complexes and Folate. In a scientific study of 30 women who had been trying to conceive for 6 to 36 months, half were given a placebo and half were given a combination of Herbs & Nutrition Supplements. After 5 months 5 of 15 women taking the complete course were pregnant compared to the ones without.

As we know some women have a deficiency in B vitamins, especially B12, B6 & Vitamin E.

The trials confirm my clinical experience from 1989 when I began working as a Natural Therapist Practitioner. I was surprised at the number of middle age pregnant patients. They, too, were surprised, because most have teenage or older children and have not used any form of contraception for many years. I myself, had a baby boy at the age of 40. I concluded that pregnancies resulted from improved health and the high intake of correct prescribed nutrition.  

Caution: Women, particularly those with vegan or vegetarian diets, may be infertile because of vitamin b12 deficiency, however deficiency symptoms may be masked by high folate diets or folate supplementation.

GOOD ADVICE:

Don’t leave it till it is too late to try to conceive. It will actually be quite difficult for the egg and the sperm to get together. You may have many competing needs such as careers and financial security, but nature may not coincide with these.

Before investing time and money in extreme fertility processes, get your body as healthy as you reasonably can so you will be able to create a healthy baby. However, no amount of healthy living will achieve conception if the sperm are absolutely dead or both fallopian tubes are completely blocked. 

William Lye Wins INPenang International Awards for Australia 宣扬卓越杰出品格

A unique international award that only recognizes Penang borns and organisations that have achieved milestones in their respective careers and industries. The INPenang International Awards recently celebrated its 4th edition honouring some of Penang’s bright and successful personalities and organisations in a sophisticated soirée. Endorsed by the Penang State Government, 19 awards were presented on the evening attended by over 400 locals, foreign VIPs and dignitaries including Guest of Honor the Chief Minister of Penang Chow Kon Yeow, Malaysia Deputy Agricultural Minister Sim Tze Tsin and Chairman of PETACH Yeoh Soon Hin.

Chng Huck Theng, Chief Minister of Penang Chow Kon Yeow & William Lye, OAM S.C

Penang born William Lye, OAM S.C., who won the Barrister of the Year 2017 Award in Australia was among the five INPenang International Outstanding Achievers Award 2019 winners together with Maimunah Mohd Sharif for Kenya, Yeap Huey Huey for Myanmar, Adrian Ng and Henry Goh for Malaysia. The INPenang Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Lim Gait Tong, the Chairman and CEO of Farlim Group (M) Bhd, a prominent figure known for his relentless fortitude who continues to contribute to Penang and Malaysia’s economic growth today. Other award recipients include 10 INPenang National Awards and three very talented young achievers who received the INPenang Emerging Entrepreneur Awards.

‘Phantom of the Opera’ by the Penang Symphony Orchestra

Guests were entertained with serenading tunes from the popular musical show ‘Phantom of the Opera’ by the Penang Symphony Orchestra which was a wonderful opening act to the night. As a hallmark of CHTNetwork, a runway fashion show was specially presented by The MOD House, Venessa Diamonds and Marque Deluxe. A high energy dance performance titled ‘Echo Victory 2019’ was also presented by Triple I Production House as the finale show. Luxury items auctioned for the evening included a painting by watercolourist Khoo Cheang Jin, handcrafted carpets by Nasim Carpet, a glamour photo shoot session with Michael Deeb, traditional cheong sums by The MOD House, a luxury bag by Marque Deluxe and jewelleries by Venessa Diamonds.

Sponsors for InPenang International Awards 2019 are Thai Airways International, RHB Premier, Cycle & Carriage, Schwarzkopf Professional, Red Box, Venessa Diamonds, Marque De Luxe, The MOD House, Nasim Carpets, Focal Concept,Malaysia SME, and Miura Group from Australia.

这是一项非常独特且意义深远的国际奖项,表彰了槟城出生以及槟城的组织中,在各自行业领域中取得辉煌里程碑的人们。最近,第四届 INPenang 国际大奖颁奖典礼正式举行,表扬槟城州一些取得卓越成就的人士和组织的精致晚会。这个由槟州政府鼎力支持,共设19个奖项的颁奖典礼,有逾400名本地、外国宾客及达官显贵列席参与,其中包括尊贵的槟州首席部长曹观友、马来西亚农业及农基工业部副部长沈志勤与槟州旅游发展、文化、艺术与古迹事务委员会 (PETACH) 主席杨顺兴。

出生于槟城,荣获2017年澳大利亚年度大律师奖的黎尤铭 (William Lye, OAM S.C.) 与肯尼亚的 Maimunah Mohd Sharif、缅甸的 Yeap Huey Huey,马来西亚的 Adrian Ng 和拿督吴志兴分庭抗礼,作为2019年 INPenang 国际杰出成就奖的五位获奖者之一。另外,发林集团有限公司董事长兼首席执行官丹斯里林玉唐获得了 INPenang 终身成就奖。林玉唐是一位以不屈不挠之奋斗精神著称的杰出人物,多年来持续为槟城和马来西亚的经济增长做出贡献。其他奖项包括10名INPenang全国大奖的得奖者,还有3名聪明有干劲的年轻人拿下 INPenang 新兴企业家奖项。

晚会上,来宾们还欣赏了槟城交响乐团精彩演奏的热门音乐剧“歌剧魅影”的组曲。CHTNetwork的标志性节目包括由The MOD House,Venessa Diamonds和 Marque De Luxe 特别呈献的T台时装秀。最后由 Triple I Production House 为大家呈现了一场名为 “Echo Victory 2019” 的热力四射舞蹈表演。而当晚的拍卖会环节,拍卖的珍藏品包括水彩画家邱昌仁的一幅画作、Nasim Carpet 的手工地毯、与 Michael Deeb 的一场魅力摄影会、The MOD House 的典雅旗袍、Marque De Luxe 的奢华名贵手袋以及 Venessa Diamonds 的珠宝。

INPenang国际大奖的赞助商为泰国国际航空公司、RHB Premier、Cycle & Carriage、Schwarzkopf Professional、Red Box、Venessa Diamonds、Marque De Luxe、The MOD House、Nasim Carpet、Focal Concept、马来西亚中小企业和澳大利亚的Miura Group。

INPenang Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lim Gait Tong

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INPenang International Awards Winners

  • Best Tourism (Museum) Penang – Wonderfood Museum
  • Top Bridal Studio – Anovia Bridal
  • Best Musical Conductor – Maestro Dato’ Woon Wen Kin
  • Best Geomancy Sevice Industry – David Xuan
  • Best Automotive Manufacturing Industry – Hong Seng Group
  • Top Developer – Ideal Property Group
  • Best Household Brand Group – Sunshine Retail
  • Top Health Food Manufacturer Industries Sdn Bhd – TG Ocean Health Food
  • Best Plastic & Aesthetic – The M Clinic
  • Best Transformed Tourist Attraction – The Top, Penang
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INPenang International Outstanding Achievers Awards Winners

  • Adrian Ng (Malaysia)
  • Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif (Kenya)
  • William Lye, OAM S.C. (Australia)
  • Yeap Huey Huey (Myanmar)
  • Dato’ Henry Goh (Malaysia)
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INPenang Emerging Entrepreneur Awards Winners

  • Derick Ooi Tze Wei
  • Jason Ong Han Yee
  • Tan Li Mei
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Top Grand Tourer: The Bentley Continental GT Convertible 顶级休旅车 宾利Continental GT敞篷车

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in England, Bentley proudly presents the all-new Continental GT Convertible. This stunning third generation model symbolises Bentley’s mastery of creating the world’s most definitive Grand Tourers. Benefitting plenty off the new kit, the Bentley GTC is not only exquisitely beautiful from roof up to down, it also comprises of the most technological advanced portfolio products. 

This includes an elegantly tailored convertible roof that sweeps open in 19 seconds, a finely crafted personalised cabin and many more exciting features. The Bentley GTC also presents the audience with its powerful and responsive driving experience from the 635 PS W12 engine, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and latest chassis technology which heightens the sensory experience of open-air motoring with an exhilarating performance. 

英国原厂工艺和手工制作的豪华车商宾利(Bentley),骄傲展示全新的Continental GT敞篷车。而这个令人惊叹的宾利第三代设计象征掌握创造了世界上最顶级的豪华休旅车。得益于创新套件,宾利GTC不仅是从车顶上到整体都精致美丽,还包括最先进的技术组合产品。

除了可在19秒内迅速开启的优雅定制敞篷车顶,精心制作的个性化车舱和许多更令人赞叹的功能。宾利GTC还向大家展示了其强大和反应灵敏的驾驶感受,从635ps W12动力引擎,八速双离合器变速箱和最新的底盘技术,完全提升了露天驾驶的感官体验,超越令人振奋的表现。