Pregnant Naturally after 2 IUI and 1 IVF
by Meghan O.
My husband and I have a beautiful 3.5 year old daughter who was conceived with no problem at all. I had an extremely easy and uneventful pregnancy/labor. I never ever dreamed that we would have difficulty conceiving again. To our delight I conceived again with no trouble or delay when our daughter was about 1.5 yrs old. We were thrilled. Our excitement and happiness was short lived as we went for an early u/s @ 10 weeks and there was no heartbeat. We were devastated. I was told that it is not uncommon to have a miscarriage especially as I was about to turn 38 and that I shouldn't worry too much.
Six months after the miscarriage we still were not able to conceive. I was diagnosed with secondary infertility due to my age (38 at the time) and high FSH (12). I had tried both the eastern and western route to be able to have a second child. Six months before contacting Amelia, I began seeing an Acupuncturist and was hopeful but after a few months I felt she wasn't completely focusing on me or my particular symptoms. We did some work on dietary changes and supplements and while I did feel a bit better, I felt that the treatments were the same week after week. It seemed as though she was guessing and randomly suggesting things to try to increase my odds of conceiving - like taking baby aspirin?? She used no diagnostic testing to inform her and guide her in my treatment plan.
I then began to go down the western path.....I went through 2 IUI's and 1 IVF cycle, all were unsuccessful. I felt physically and mentally drained. The fertility drugs in particular were wreaking havoc on my body and my marriage. After receiving the phone call that the IVF cycle had failed, my husband and I needed to make a decision. Were we going to give up or try one more alternative?
I was at one of the lowest points in my life when I wrote Amelia an email to see if she could help me. I had spent many hours reading all the incredible information and testimonials on the Fertility Acupuncturist’s website. There was a slight bit of hope still left inside of me and I reached out to Amelia. It was the week before Christmas and Amelia squeezed me in. I met with both Amelia and Hwasook. They spent close to 3 hours with me, listening to my story, explaining the various tests they use and the protocols that they believed would enable me to conceive and go on to have another healthy child.
Two of the feelings I remember walking out of the office with that night were hope and empowerment. Amelia and Hwasook were compassionate, knowledgeable, and insightful as they began to give me the tools to believe in my body once again. I knew it would not be a quick fix and both Amelia and Hwasook were careful not to even hint that it would be. Patience was another attribute they both demonstrated and also helped to instill in me. They both made it very clear that I would have to be willing and extremely diligent in changing the things that needed to change within my body. But I never felt alone, they both were there to answer all my questions and concerns as well as be my 2 best cheerleaders! Even with Amelia being half way around the world!
After 6 months of working with Hwasook and Amelia I became pregnant. I am currently 36 weeks pregnant! I have had a very easy and uneventful pregnancy thus far. The tests (hair and saliva), along with charting and my weekly visits were able to give Hwasook and Amelia significant information as to my body’s particular actions and needs. Every cycle my chart would show signs of improvement, granted minor some months but none the less still improvements. This along with Hwasook and Amelia’s support kept me going. I was not only able to see the changes my body was undergoing by way of my charts; I was also feeling different, physically and mentally better – much better.
Of all the experiences I have encountered in the medicine field throughout my life, both Eastern and Western, I have never had a greater personal, successful and rewarding encounter as I have with Phoenix Fertility Center’s team. Their knowledge and willingness to seek out the appropriate treatments was evident during every one of my visits. They have taught me to trust my body and take control of my health and well being using various alternative methods.
I am so excited to see Hwasook next week for weekly treatments to hopefully ensure an uneventful and intervention free delivery of our second child! I am forever thankful and indebted to the Phoenix Fertility Team for their help in achieving a healthy pregnancy.
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