My husband and I tried to conceive for a year and a half. I was thirty years old and was a healthy weight, ate wholesome foods, exercised regularly and lived a healthy lifestyle. I started charting my menstrual cycles by taking my basal temperature every day during the months we were trying to get pregnant. After a year of not being able to conceive I scheduled an appointment with a gynecologist who specialized in infertility. They glanced at my ovulation charts, did blood tests to check hormone levels, tested my husband’s sperm sample and determined that everything looked normal. I also had an HSG, an X-ray to see if my fallopian tubes were blocked, that came out normal as well.
I became increasingly frustrated and became very anxious and emotional. I was still charting my temperatures, and my charts appeared to follow a pattern that indicated ovulation, but I had trouble predicting when I ovulated based on the slow rise in temperatures. Because I also had a history of emotional PMS symptoms, I suspected that the same hormones that caused my PMS could be affecting my ability to conceive and wondered if alternative medicine may be able to address both. I sought out an acupuncturist that had expertise in infertility and reproductive health.
I found Patricia at Jade River Healing Arts Center and made an appointment. She reviewed my whole health history and took time to listen to me and address my concerns. She looked closely at my ovulation charts and detected the same slow rise in temperatures that I had seen. She treated my anxiety and validated my hope that if I could restore balance I could get pregnant. I got pregnant after one month of receiving acupuncture treatments and taking herbal medicine. Patricia continued to treat me for nausea during the first trimester of my pregnancy. I wish that I had looked into acupuncture and found Patricia sooner. I am so grateful to have found such a knowledgeable and caring provider and I highly recommend her to anyone interested in trying acupuncture for fertility challenges.
-R.P. May 5, 2010