My husband and I had been trying to start our family for seven years when we first contacted Acubalance. After unsuccessfully pursuing fertility treatment in Calgary, now both 35 years old, we decided to try Genesis Fertility in Vancouver and learned of Acubalance through them. Before coming to Vancouver, I arranged a series of appointments at Acubalance concurrent with my IVF cycle. I also saw an acupuncturist in Calgary who participates in professional development with Acubalance.
There aren't enough "thank yous" we can say to express the gratitude we feel for all you've done. The relief and comfort we felt after our first appointment was exactly what we needed. After my operation to remove a fibroid and two failed attempts at IUI while trying to conceive for two years, there were many tears and we really started to worry. Although we are both very healthy, we're both over 40 and were starting to wonder if our dream of having a family was possible.
After two and half years of trying to get pregnant, Melani Waterman and her husband Brett had twins — Lukas and Charlotte — on Oct. 6. The story is featured in Empowered Health, read more at http://www.vancouversun.com/health/empowered-health/Ladner+nurse+credits...
Quite simply, Dr. Ryan Funk pulled me out of a sea of despair. In March, 2010, I was 12 weeks into the first trimester; my world was full of hopes and dreams. After a routine ultrasound, we were told there was no heartbeat. I couldn't believe this was happening again! This was my third miscarriage. I felt like I was caught in an emotional storm; I had to deal with these feelings, carry on with daily life, work, while trying to figure out what to do next. I knew in my heart that I wanted to try again but I was afraid that something would go wrong again.
Dr. Lorne Brown at Acubalance has provided ongoing long distance support and advice to my fertility journey since I first stepped into Acubalance in January 2011. I cannot imagine how I would feel by this point without having Lorne as my go-to person with endless questions on an "as-need" basis. I was and still am doing almost everything conceivable to try to conceive (no pun intended!), meanwhile going through a complete fertility work-up with my husband (oh fun!).
I was thoroughly enjoying working with Emilie Salomons for over eight months on our fertility journey when she invited me to partake in the studio acupuncture treatments. She clearly outlined the benefits I could possibly gain from having consecutive acupuncture treatments as they do in China and I felt that I had nothing to lose to give it a try.
It is very hard for me to put into words how I feel about the Acubalance Studio because I am so moved by what a gift it is. To be able to get treatment five days a week for the price of two is such a blessing. My future children and I are forever grateful. I think it’s very rare to find something that truly exists for the good of the client but this really does. I think it was made solely so we could get the most benefits out of our acupuncture treatments for a price that was affordable. It’s not every day in this world that this kind of generous service is offered.
My husband and I had no problem getting pregnant. Staying pregnant was another issue. At the age of 32-33, I had experienced three miscarriages in less than a year, never making it past nine weeks of pregnancy. After going through the routine tests at the Recurrent Pregnancy Loss program at Women's Hospital, I was told there was nothing wrong and that we should try again (they call this diagnosis “unexplained pregnancy loss”). Well, that simply didn't cut it for me.
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.