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.
At the age of 35, my husband and I finally decided that it was time to start a family. After three years of trying, we were still unsuccessful. We did all the testing with our family doctor, who found no reason for infertility. I did three rounds of Clomid which did not work. I then decided to contact Dr. Lorne Brown at the encouragement of my best friend.
Ovulatory disorders are one of the main causes of infertility. The following story is from a Vancouver woman who was diagnosed with polycystic ovrian syndrome (PCOS) and did not ovulate regularly without the use of medications. She is another example of a woman who began to ovulate regularly and then conceived naturally and gave birth after following the Acubalance PCOS program of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements, and diet.
A Vancouver woman was diagnosed with low ovarian reserve, advanced maternal age and male factor infertility (low sperm count and poor morphology). She had a previous failed ICSI cycle before coming to Acubalance. After diet and lifestyle changes, combined with a regime of acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy to help optimize the environment for her eggs, she went on to to have a very different ICSI result. It was successful and she's expecting twins.
I'm 40 and pregnant with twins!
A friend of mine told me about Acubalance over two years ago. She had successfully had both her babies who were breech turned around by acupuncture treatments at Acubalance. She also had heard that acupuncture treatment helps prevent miscarriage.