My infertility journey has definitely been a long one. It started in May of 2011 when we discovered that I had miscarried after only being pregnant for a few weeks. At that point, we had only tried for two months and we were thrilled. However, our bubble quickly burst with the miscarriage. We actually felt fortunate that we lost it so early and the doctor said there was nothing to worry about. We figured it was a great sign that we got pregnant and should have no problem getting pregnant again. Well we started trying again that August and had no luck for almost 3 years!
During that in between time, we got various tests at the doctor, tried out random things and read blogs/info online to help figure out simple things we could do to help the process happen naturally. Well I found out that I had a thyroid issue which could have played a role so I got on medicine to regulate it. We then attended a free seminar with a fertility clinic and we realized that I had symptoms of PCOS as well, so I tried adjusting my diet. Nothing seemed to work.
Finally a friend mentioned that we should consider acupuncture. It did not seem to feel like a right fit for me, but I was willing to try anything if it meant we could be parents. I tried out two places before I met Jenny and although both places offered benefits such as stress relief and help with regulating my cycle, they were not the right fit.
When I met Jenny, it was like a breath of fresh air. She was extremely knowledgeable and experienced with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, but there was no language barrier, she was so caring and helpful and most of all……..she listened. She offered that “bedside manner” that the others could not offer. Acupuncture appointments actually became something I looked forward to and finally felt were worth the money! Not only did she apply acupuncture points to help with infertility but she was a resource of information and the sessions felt like therapy through this difficult time.
In January of 2013, we had our consultation with a fertility clinic and the mad dash to pregnancy began! We had testing done, attempted a couple of IUI procedures and even two surgeries to correct issues with my uterus (remove polps and repair my bicornuate uterus) over the next year. Throughout that whole year, I visited Jenny and she helped to keep my system balanced, increase blood flow to the uterus and help with healing from my surgeries. She would help me relax/reduce anxiety, provide supplements/nutritional info and help to ease aches/pains.
We finally decided to move forward with IVF in March of 2014 and Jenny was there to help navigate me through the process. We put together an acupuncture schedule based on a 9 point system that has shown results in studies that would maximize my chances of success. We were so fortunate that it took on our first attempt at IVF. In fact, I am 19 weeks pregnant today and we are expecting our first child on Thanksgiving of this year. We definitely have so much to be thankful for this year and I truly believe that Jenny was an important part of our success.
I highly recommend her services for infertility. Not only will you receive acupuncture treatment but Jenny will provide so much more. She provides resources, knowledge, a listening ear and a heart of gold. If you are hesitant to try acupuncture…….give it a shot, there is no harm. The benefits of stress relief, pain relief, increased blood flow/circulation, regulate your system are worth it and it increases chances for fertility!