Over 40 with high FSH and conceived naturally after Vancouver fertility clinic suggested IVF required

This personal story is about a Vancouver fertility couple who, despite having had a miscarriage previously following a successful IVF, went on to conceive naturally and deliver a beautiful boy. Interesting, we had been working together to optimize her fertility using acupuncture, herbs, and lifestyle changes for about three months when her IVF clinic told her she could not wait and continue our natural preconception care because not only was she 40 but her Day 3 FSH was 19. Fortunately, that cycle where her FSH was 19 was the same cycle she conceived naturally using acupuncture and Chinese herbs. What impressed me most is how she really and truly believed in her body. I remember her pounding her chest as she told me she did not agree with her IVF clinic diagnosis needing IVF and that she believed and trusted her body. All the women we see want to have babies but only a few actually truly believe they can, trust their bodies. This can be blamed on our medical system and how we label these women and take away their power and trust in themselves. At Acubalance, we pride ourselves in empowering couples and giving them back the control in their fertility journey so they can once again believe in and trust their bodies.

I came to see Dr. Lorne Brown at 40 years old. Just six weeks prior, I had been through a devastating loss to preterm labour at 17 and half weeks. This was an IVF pregnancy. My husband and I had been trying to conceive for three and half years. The fertility clinic told me I didn't have a lot of time and urged me to not wait too long for another IVF cycle. They also told me that my chances were considerably lower this time because my FSH was now at 19. I chose to believe different; I felt that if my body was pregnant once it will be pregnant again, regardless of my FSH or age. I also believed that I would become pregnant naturally and I wanted to waste no time so began working with Dr. Brown immediately. He was compassionate, gentle, and a wonderful listener. I began weekly acupuncture treatments and Herbs. Every time I drank that not so great tasting herbal tea I would tell myself "this is for my baby." Little did I know that I would be pregnant two months later.

I continued acupuncture throughout my pregnancy up until the day of my labour. I now have a beautiful healthy son.

Thank you, Lorne for helping me believe in my body :). You are an angel.

-Jana

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