Michelle Mulliss is an internationally known reproductive and general natural health Expert in Harley Street, and has success outcomes of up to 85% of all those who undergo her treatment program.
As a doctor in Traditional Medicine and registered with the British Fertility Society along with the Royal Society of Medicine, Michelle is considered to be UK's only natural gynaecologist to have studied an MSc in Reproductive Medicine and Traditional Medicine to bring together a unique integrated approach for the management of gynaecology & reproductive health matters in all areas of fertility, pregnancy, and menopause.
Although Michelle's specialty is in reproductive health, her expertise covers many areas of chronic and long term health, and as an International medical conference guest speaker, you can be assured that Michelle's expertise along with her team brings great understanding and care for all your health needs.
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''I have worked together with Michelle Mulliss and her team in the care of patients trying to start a family for many years. I have always been impressed with the breath of her knowledge across both traditions of Chinese medicine and conventional western medical practice.
She has a caring and compassionate approach and is an excellent communicator. Patients find her calm and positive perspective very reassuring. With her training and experience across both disciplines, she and her team are able to provide a truly holistic evaluation of the patient and are able to recommend practical and helpful advice to help couples achieve their hope of conceiving'"
Mr Stuart Lavery Consultant Gynaecologist
Lead Clinician IVF Unit
Honorary Senior Lecturer Imperial College
Director IVF Hammersmith NHS Trust
''Michelle's expertise and credibility is something that I have been aware of for some time and I have personally witnessed Michelle’s caring and professional approach with patients undergoing IVF treatment. Her passion and knowledge of both conventional and traditional medicine shines through for a cohesive approach towards patients general health and their ability to conceive.
Her research and clinical background puts her amongst the leaders in her field and patients have a high regard for her. I respect Michelle’s work ethics and pleased to work alongside her with a view to enhance patients outcomes in the field of fertility"'.
Evidence is growing relating to stress and fertility, but when you understand what is going on in the body it’s no wonder we hear stories that people take time out from fertility or have that holiday in the sun and pregnancy occurs.
There are various research studies that look at how stress can impact fertility in both men and women, and has shown that too much stress can lead to infertility.
Stress is a change in our surroundings or our environment and requires the body to react and adjust in response to these changes with a physical and emotional responses which in most is a normal part of life. Not all stress is bad, but research shows a decline in our cellular health when exposed to ongoing stress and the constant release of adrenaline. Stress is a natural, physical and mental reaction to both good and bad experiences that can be beneficial to your health and safety.
What Happens During Stress?
Adrenaline is a hormone released in response to stressful events which prepare the body for the ‘fight or flight’ response. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones and increasing your heart and breathing rates. Your brain gets more oxygen, giving you an edge in responding to a problem. In the short term, stress helps you cope with tough situations
How Can Stress Effect My Fertility?
During stress and its many chemical changes within the endocrine system in the body something called oxidative stress occurs. It is this affect that has been identified in research as one of the causes of infertility in men causing sperm dysfunction. It is interesting to note that over the last 70 years’ sperm count has also reduced. Could this be down to the effects of today’s lifestyles?
But the research doesn’t just stop with the problems of male infertility as researchers published a paper in the Journal of Human Reproduction found that women who reported feeling more stressed during their ovulation phase were 40% less likely to become pregnant that month. However, women who were stressed at the end of their period were likely to become pregnant. This could be related to the increased amount of cortisol steroid and other hormones released during that time promoting ovulation, but more research is needed.
Therefore, the preparation for pregnancy is something that shouldn’t be underestimated. Complementary therapies I promote during my natural fertility clinics with improved outcomes for couples trying to conceive naturally as well as alongside assisted conception techniques.
My program uses a range of complementary treatments such as Acupuncture, Nutrition, Aromatherapy and relaxation techniques to reduce the overall stress effects, regulate hormones and improve the inflammatory response associated with stress whilst using nutrition to help deal with oxidative stress affects and enhance your body to help improve your cellular functions which sees improvements for men and women.
Acupuncture is one of the most recognised complementary treatments used for reproductive health and is increasingly used to treat many stress-related conditions including; autoimmune or immunological-related diseases, infertility, anxiety, and depression. Research shows that acupuncture treatments result in changes in serotonin and endorphins levels increasing a relaxed state of body and mind.
One of the best stress relievers to us is exercise, and a natural way to treat anxiety because it releases powerful endorphin chemicals in the brain, which lifts the moods and is the body’s in built pain killers. Yoga has also been shown to have benefits by reconnecting the mind and body and improving how people feel about their body and therefore controlling anxiety and hormonal balance.
Relaxation and taking time to calm your mind with deep breathing techniques or meditation all have benefits in the management of stress. Just deep breathing alone will help moderate the oxygen and blood flow in the body and reduce blood pressure as well as relaxing the muscles.
Good quality sourced fresh foods that are full of nutrients like essential vitamins, trace minerals, healthy fats, electrolytes, amino acids and antioxidants all help your body deal with stress therefore benefiting your reproductive system.
Take Back Control and be Empowered
Whilst the fertility journey can be one of the most stressful situations you can experience both physically and emotionally, and your environment may just be adding to the stress. The effects of stress should not to be ignored.