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Acupuncture & Infertility

My husband and I began trying to conceive in December of 2009. We waited and waited for my cycle to start but it never did. I was placed on Provera to “jump start” things but things never did regulate and in December of 2010 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I was given a strict low carb diet and placed on Metformin and Clomid, but each month my cycle would get longer and longer while my blood work would get worse and worse and I never ovulated. Finally, after a cycle that lasted 42 days and progesterone blood work that went from bad to worse, my doctor suggested I try acupuncture along with everything else we were doing. At this point I figured what could I have to lose, we had two more months on the Clomid before we would have to see the specialist, so I was willing to give it a try.

I began meeting weekly with Gina for acupuncture in early May of 2011. On the very first visit Gina made me feel at ease. She took my pulse and was able to figure out the best treatment plan based on that and my medical issues. I was shocked that I was actually very relaxed during the appointment and the feeling lasted well after the treatment. Gina also made a combination of Chinese herbs for me to take as well to help regulate my body. I had only been going in for treatments for about four weeks, when I had blood work done and it showed a slight improvement in progesterone levels. I am an avid temp charter and used my ovulation predictor kit religiously and based on those two things I believed that I might have ovulated after the blood work was done. I continued on with the treatments and taking my temp. The weekend of June 4th I began to have some spotting and thought my cycle was beginning on day 32, which was much better than the previous cycle that lasted 42 days. The spotting stopped, and I thought that maybe it was a light period and called the doctor’s office to see if I should start my Clomid yet. They said to take a pregnancy test first. I thought they were nuts but did so anyway. Four positive tests later, I called the doctor’s office and set up blood work to confirm. The blood work also showed I was pregnant! After a year and a half of trying with no luck, no regular cycle, and never ovulating I was pregnant, and I can say with my whole heart that I believe it was the acupuncture and Chinese herbs that made it possible. When I went in for my next acupuncture appointment the following day I told Gina, and she took my pulse and sure enough I had the pregnancy pulse. I think if we had continued on with the “traditional” medical path we would still be trying with no luck to conceive, acupuncture really made the difference for us." - L.M.