After my first attempt at IVF failed due to poor egg quality and quantity, I asked my OBGYN what I could do before I started my second round to prepare my body and increase my fertility. He suggested that I try acupuncture and referred me to Dr. Brown’s clinic Acubalance. I had tried acupuncture previously at a different clinic for unrelated reasons and had an unpleasant and unsuccessful experience, so I was a little nervous going for my first treatment at Acubalance. Dr. Brown and his staff put me immediately at ease.
Canada Day weekend 2007 found me in bed crying for three days as I miscarried at 10 weeks. My husband lied next to me, holding me the whole time. I felt so crushed, so broken, like my body and my life was betraying me. I had to undergo a D&C at the hospital. We had gotten pregnant after about six months of trying; I was 37 at the time, my husband almost 48.
It is with great joy that I thank Dr. Lorne Brown and the entire Acubalance team for their extraordinary care. I’m happily and healthfully 24 weeks pregnant with my first child at age 36.
After several years of trying to conceive unsuccessfully, I was diagnosed with stage four endometriosis in March 2007. The doctor said that I only had a 20% chance of getting pregnant naturally but would have a better chance using assisted reproductive technology. This was very devastating news. Based on our chances, we contemplated trying IVF. They suggested that I take several medications to get my condition under control before even trying IVF. I instead decided to do some research to see if there were any holistic options available to me.
After a year of trying to conceive, I was diagnosed with "premature ovarian failure" at the age of 26. Devastated, my husband and I thought our chances to have a child were over. After much soul searching and research, we decided in vitro fertilization (IVF) was the path we wanted to take. IVF is an expensive procedure, not covered by our insurance, so it took us a while to save up the funds and to identify an egg donor.
After having tried to conceive on our own for a year and a half, my husband and I were referred to a doctor at the UBC Fertility Clinic. After many tests, I learned I was not a candidate for IVH because of my low ovarian reserve. -- I had a low antral follicle count, and my FSH was 14. It is desirable for AFC to be at least 5 and FSH to be below 10. -- On top of the existing issues, I was 40 years old - no spring chicken!
After trying to get pregnant with metformin and then clomid for a couple of years, I ended up with severe hot flashes, headaches, swing moods and no baby! A friend recommended I visit Acubalance. At the beginning, I was very sceptical; I doubted my hot flashes could be fixed with acupuncture. Pregnancy was not on my mind anymore. I was very disappointed.
The first thing I have to say is that I wish I had gone to Acubalance earlier than I did. I am 42, have lead a very healthy life, and am now 22 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby girl but it took me (us) two somewhat agonizing years to get here. I credit our pregnancy to the peace/joy and balance that we had in the latter part of these two years, in large part to my (our) experiences with Acubalance.
To all the staff at Acubalance Wellness Center,