Do you perform hormone testing, imaging studies, etc? Do you diagnose fertility issues?
As an acupuncturist, I don't perform Western diagnostic testing on my clients. As a part of The Fertility Fix program, you'll take a comprehensive symptom assessment to get to the bottom of the endocrine issues that might be interfering with your fertility. Then you'll follow a step-by-step diet and lifestyle plan based on what we uncover in the assessment. I diagnose according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) for acupuncture and herb recommendations. I may also suggest lab tests that might be helpful based on your symptoms, but they'll need to be ordered through an MD (I can recommend one if necessary).
Do I need a diagnosis from an MD before I schedule a consultation?
No. If you do have a diagnosis, we'll take it into consideration when formulating your treatment plan, but it's not necessary to have a formal diagnosis before beginning the program. I diagnose according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) for acupuncture and herb recommendations.
My doctor told me I won't be able to conceive naturally. Can you still help me?
Yes! While I can't make any guarantees, most fertility specialists aren't trained in nutrition or natural methods of fertility enhancement—the only tools they have in their toolkits are synthetic hormones and artificial insemination. If they see certain numbers on lab tests, they assume there's no way to change those numbers and automatically resort to the only tools they've been trained to use. I look at my clients as whole people (not just lab numbers), find areas of imbalance, and instruct them on how to correct those imbalances to improve their fertility, regardless of what their numbers say today.
I tried IVF and it didn't work. Can you still help me?
Yes! Again, I can't make any guarantees, but most people don't realize that IVF is really only effective in a very few specific cases. If someone is experiencing an issue where a sperm is having a hard time meeting an egg (certain types of physical obstructions, anovultory cycles, low sperm count, etc), IVF can sometimes be an effective solution, but even then there are no guarantees. If your problem isn't related to sperm meeting egg (maybe your uterine lining is thin, your progesterone levels are too low to support a pregnancy, etc) or if you have additional imbalances beyond those addressed by IVF, the procedure is usually ineffective since it doesn't do anything to address those issues. In these cases (and even in some where IVF can sometimes be useful), natural methods are often much more effective.
How long will it take before I get pregnant?
It depends. Since ova take about three months to go from recruitment to ovulation, the changes you make today will affect your cycle three months from now. Other changes can happen more quickly. I usually tell my clients to give the program a full six months, with most pregnancies occurring between three to six months. Some clients get pregnant more quickly, for others it takes longer. And of course, the more closely you follow the program, the better your chances of success.
I don't know if I can wait six months. What happens if I decide to go the assisted reproduction route before then?
I strongly encourage you to commit to giving The Fertility Fix program the full six months. I know that doctors sometimes pressure women into quick action because of age or other factors, but I really hope you'll have faith in your body and its innate wisdom. Even at age 40, six months is not going destroy your chance of conceiving. In fact, after six months of eating optimally, reducing stress, and optimizing your endocrine health, if you don't conceive naturally you'll still be in an infinitely better position to have a successful IVF cycle. If you decide to start hormones before the six months is up, the only change you'll need to make to the program is discontinuing any Chinese herbal formulas you may be taking. Talk to your doctor about other supplements, but they can usually be continued without any issues.
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