After conceiving our first pregnancy naturally in late 2000 we were overjoyed. Sadly we miscarried at 11 weeks pregnant. Our next pregnancy was early in 2007. Again, we were overjoyed. Sadly that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at 10.5 weeks. No-one ever mentioned to us about Acupuncture.
We spent the next 2 years trying to get pregnant. After 2 years we figured we probably needed some help. We went to see an infertility specialist at the end of 2008. We spent most of 2009 doing various fertility options—we did Clomid, numerous timed intercourse and IUI’s. Finally we were told that IVF was our only option to have our family. We did IVF in early 2010. They transferred all of the 3 eggs we had, and we waited. The longest 2 week wait ever! It didn’t work. We were devastated. While we were taking some time off, we did a lot of looking on the internet. We read a very interesting article on doing Acupuncture while doing IVF. When the chance to do IVF became an option for us again we asked our IVF doctor if she recommended doing Acupuncture while doing IVF. She said yes, and gave us Lynn’s number. So, we started doing Acupuncture with Lynn. She made some good suggestions to us, which we followed. We are currently 25 weeks pregnant with our daughter! Lynn recommended doing Acupuncture weekly during the first trimester, then bi-weekly throughout the rest of our pregnancy, as our history of miscarriage was high. I can honestly say that doing Acupuncture has had a positive effect on our pregnancy. I experienced no morning sickness, minimal heartburn, and more importantly, we are still pregnant!! We are loving every minute of the experience, and we couldn’t thank Lynn enough. I guess to sum it up, we did IVF and didn’t do Acupuncture and it didn’t work. Then, we did IVF whilst doing Acupuncture and here we are, pregnant!
Back in 2003, my husband and I found that we were not able to have children without fertility assistance. After 5 failed IUI’s and 1 failed IVF, I began doing research for alternative methods for boosting fertility. To my surprise I found numerous medical journals that stated acupuncture increases fertility.
I looked up fertility and acupuncture on the internet and Lynn Almloff’s practice was cited. I called her and set up an appointment. I was very impressed at her up to date knowledge of IVF/fertility procedures. She was very thorough about what acupuncture was and what I could expect to feel. I was a little nervous as I had never been to an acupuncturist before. She did tell me that it was very important to follow her fertility protocol. With my second IVF, I did just what she suggested and became pregnant. Unfortunately, my baby was not healthy and I had a miscarriage.
After the miscarriage, my reproductive endocrinologist diagnosed me with atypical polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and placed me on Metformin.
A few months before I started IVF #3, I began acupuncture again and followed Lynn’s treatment plan as she suggested. To my surprise, I became pregnant without any IVF treatments! I believe that the acupuncture is what helped me get pregnant on my own.
I am currently 8 months pregnant and we look forward to Lynn meeting our son she helped us conceive!