Are We There Yet?

A patient told me how she's trying to convince her friend to see me because she's given up on getting pregnant.

Friend's response: "Already tried acupuncture"

Me: "How long did she try?"

Friend: "About 3 months"

Me: "Well, that's easy to know why it didn't work.  She didn't stick with it long enough."

So, let me straighten out expectations and ground them in reality.

For a healthy woman in her prime (that means late teens and early 20s), the chances of getting pregnant in any particular menstrual cycle is only about 25%.  That number goes down as the woman gets older. 

For a woman in her 40s, it's less than 10%.

If you're a typical woman, you have a period every 28-30 days.  Out of that month, your fertile window period is only about 3-5 days. 

To make it crystal clear, if you don't get pregnant in those 3-5 days, that's an entire month that's gone. 

So to expect acupuncture or any holistic treatment to increase your chances from 10%-25% success rate to 100% success in 3 months isn't realistic. 

Most women will take at least 6-12 months.  Even longer if there are more issues such as age, male factor, irregular cycles, etc.

Acupuncture is not a magic bullet.

It requires patience, commitment, and faith.

But, for many who stick it out, it's well worth the journey.

If you want me to help you personally, book your appointment here: http://juliechang.genbook.com/

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

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