After many years of drastic measures of avoiding pregnancy, my husband and I decided, it's time to start our family, let's just stop all birth control and if it happens, it happens. Fast forward a few too many years and we still weren't expecting.
I decided we both needed to be tested for infertility problems. After many doctor appointments and a lot of blood work, it was determined that I was the problem. I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrom). Basically, I wasn't ovulating due to a hormonal imbalance. I underwent a few treatments with fertility drugs and also an IUI, with no success. At that point, I was devestated. Not to mention broke and tired of being treated like "just another patient." We decided to take a break from the Western approach and have a carefree summer.
As summer was coming to an end, the baby bug came right back to me. I knew I didn't want to go back to the regular doctor, so I decided to find an acupuncturist. I've had success in the past with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, so I thought, what the heck, it can't hurt, let's try that approach instead. After scouring the internet, I found an acupuncturist that was local and her website had a testimonial from another patient she treated with PCOS. That's when I called Anna to arrange my first appointment.
I first spoke with Anna over the phone, she was very thorough, giving me her expectations and how long treatments may take considering my history. Of course, I was thinking to myself, ugh, I hope it doesn't take another year or two to see results, since I wanted to get pregnant years ago. I wanted to be pregnant NOW and I wasn't getting any younger!!! She told me up front, that we're getting YOU healthy first and when it's the right time, the things you want WILL happen.
I can't thank Anna enough. After following her guidance and was diligent with my treatments, I'm now expecting a baby girl in September. I owe it all to Anna and I believe in her work and treatments. Even though she has a bustling, busy health center, she always has time to chat with you and she makes you feel comfortable. I believe the time she spends with each of her patients, contribute to the power of her medicine and the healing ability. The more you open up to her, the more she can help you achieve your health goals.
Even after I achieved pregnancy, I continued with my treatments. I believe my pregancy has been problem-free and I will have a strong healthy baby due to Anna's help.
I would defintily refer Anna to any of my family, friends or co-workers in need of an alternate route to healthy living. I think she's the best at what she does and takes pride in her work.
I'm sitting here, 16 weeks pregnant, elated and still a little shocked that our 3rd child is on the way! Without your help, who knows where I'd be. I came to you in August of 2008 with a dx of PCOS which only manifested itself in the form of extremely irregular ovulation/periods and bothersome spotting. But it did interfere with my life quite a bit and I feared that should I ever want to get pregnant again, I would have a difficult time. Acupuncture and herbs proved to be the only truly effective and natural treatment option for me! You stressed the importance of consistency AND herbs for my particular situation, and I'm glad I stuck with it.
The entire 7 months that I stayed consistent with my treatment I cycled every 35 days, which was unheard of for my body. Though life got busy and I stopped seeing you regularly, I continued on two (sometimes three) herbal formulas that yielded great results. Those herbs are powerful!!! I believe in them with every fiber of my being. Of course I would fret about the extra cost, but in the end I decided that I would rather treat my underlying hormonal imbalances that way than through some "Band-Aid" remedy thrown at me by a medical doctor (i.e. Clomid or synthetic hormones). Anyone out there considering acupuncture for fertility, PLEASE try it and commit to it before you head to a fertility specialist who will force your body into extreme processes it's not ready for. The beautiful thing about acupuncture is there are no side effects except increased energy, sounder sleep, improved libido AND on top of all that, you're bringing the body into homeostasis which is, in my opinion, essential for conceiving and growing a baby.
Well.....I happened to have a completely normal cycle in July (30 days!) that ended after 5 days of healthy bleeding. Unfortunately, the bleeding resurfaced in the form of brown spotting that lasted 10 days. I finally decided to call you to see if you could clear it up. I had ONE treatment on a Saturday and not only did the spotting stop immediately, I ovulated and got CONCEIVED that Thursday!!!
So here I am.....in a nutshell, acupuncture and herbs regulated my hormones, brought on more frequent and stronger ovulation and gave me fertile quality cervical fluid that I'd never produced before. I do have PCOS and have conceived all three of my children NATURALLY. I can't say enough positive things about your ability to heal and the wonderful effect your treatments have on fertility and pregnancy :)
Thank you so much!
(Practitioner’s notes: I treated this woman starting in August 2008. I requested that she give me 12-18 months to help her get pregnant due to the nature of her PCOS condition. She received acupuncture and was on 2-3 herbal formulas a month consistently. She informed me of her pregnancy in September 2009. Please refer to Tricia’s other testimonials to get more information regarding our treatments and many of the other benefits the acupuncture and herbs did for her.)
My Endocrinologist has been treating me for PCOS for the past year. During last week's visit, he said my blood work showed huge improvement. My androgen hormones have decreased. I was originally put on two medications. About three months ago I stopped taking one of the medications. During last week's visit, I was told to cut the dosage of the second medication in half. He felt that there was no need for me to see him again. He advised me to have my family doctor redo blood work in about six months. He believes the hormones will continue to balance and become normal. At that point I can stop taking all medications. His comment to me was "whatever you have been doing, keep it up". I have been receiving acupuncture treatments from Elements in Harmony for about five months. Thank you Anna!
Just wanted to let you know I got my period 45 days from my last period. No cramping at all and bright red blood. I'm so happy I got my period.By the way my last period took 104 days.
(I am treating this woman for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.)
Thank you so much for changing my life and the way I now view the importance of mind and body health. When I came to you in August, my menstrual cycles were 60-75 days long and I was suffering from the effects of severe hormonal fluctuations. Your caring nature and passion for Chinese medicine intrigued me and I didn’t have many options with Western medicine. Not only do I feel SO much better, but I am a BELIEVER that it’s in everyone’s best interest to bring the body into homeostasis. My cycles have shortened to 35 days and I am much more relaxed, which has resulted in a decrease in obsessive-compulsive behaviors. I was underweight and staying up too late. I’ve now gained 4 pounds and am feeling energetic but more rested. Best of all, after getting to know you and the healing power of Chinese medicine, I was inspired to make dietary and lifestyle changes to supplement the acupuncture and herbs. Everyday, I am enthralled with my progress and appreciative of your help to get me here. Thank you!
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