Leah Hechtman

PhD (Candidate), MSciMed (RHHG), BHSc (Naturopathy), ND, FNHAA 

Leah is an experienced and respected clinician and has been in practice for over 20 years. She specialises in fertility, pregnancy and reproductive healthcare for men and women. Her primary passion is her clinical practice where she is inspired and humbled by her patients. She has completed extensive advanced training and is currently completing her PhD through the School of Women’s and Children’s Health (Faculty of Medicine [UNSW]).
She is a keynote speaker, author and educator to her peers; Director of The Natural Health and Fertility Centre, Sydney; and mother to two gorgeous boys.

Talk #1
Endometriosis: The interplay between the immune and reproductive systems
There are various subtleties and contributing pathways that perpetuate and proliferate this troubling condition. The peritoneal fluid is a dynamic environment that links the reproductive and immune systems. Endometriotic tissue is influenced by this environment and in turn, the peritoneal fluid is altered by the presence of endometriosis. Treatments that target this environment make radical anti-inflammatory and immune modulating impact.

Talk #2
Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) and clinical responsibility
POF affects between 0.1-1% of the population (age dependent) and presents a clinical conundrum when attempting to support a woman’s choice to conceive. Whilst genetic and immunological considerations are factors contributing to its progressive development, other holistic considerations that both accelerate its progression and deviate the body from its biological blueprint must be considered.