Poor Egg Quality
Boo hoo to all the naysayers! Being diagnosed with advanced maternal age, poor/diminished ovarian reserve, POF (premature ovarian failure), high FSH, low AMH, and the like is NOT a death sentence. There are ways to improve egg quality and acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments. See how our clients overcame this seemingly bleak diagnosis.
"My experiences with Zen Fertility were outstanding. My acupuncturist was fantastic throughout the entire fertility treatment and I highly recommend Zen Fertility. Prior to the first IUI, my Doctor diagnosed me with a low egg count and recommended acupuncture to increase my chances of getting pregnant. After 2 weeks of treatments at Zen Fertility Center, I found out I was pregnant after my FIRST IUI. I just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and we are so thankful to Zen Fertility for their great knowledge fertility acupuncture and for their support throughout this process. I will definitely continue my treatments when we are ready to try for baby #2!" - Aubrey Eblin, San Diego
"I was diagnosed with early menopause by my doctor at age 41. My FSH level was 73 and I hadn’t had a normal period in 6 month. I was also experiencing night sweats. A visit to my OBGYN confirmed what the first doctor had said and I was advised to prepare for menopause, and to consider hormone replacement to protect my bones. I decided to start treatment with Eric Hollander at Zen Fertility Center. He had me drink an herbal tea, and with in a few weeks my night sweats had stopped. Eric then treated me to help get my period started again. A subsequent blood test showed my FSH level dropped to 30 which was good news. I never got my period however. This is because a month later I found out I was pregnant! My husband and I are still a state of shock. We never thought it was possible. Thanks you so much!" - B.Y. San Diego CA
"I am 42 years old, an MD, and believe it was acupuncture that allowed me to conceive at a later age. When my husband and I decided we wanted a child, I was already over 40 and diagnosed with advanced maternal age infertility. In other words, no good reason, just "poor egg quality." Our infertility doc immediately told us we needed to go straight to IVF as that would be our best chance. So we did, and failed our first IVF attempt. I decided I was willing to go another round and had done research on my own to try to optimize the outcome. I found out about the benefits of acupuncture in infertility, and through the internet, found Zen Fertility Center. I chose them for their experience in infertility specifically. I have never regretted that decision! From the beginning, Heidi's experience and compassion were exceptional in diagnosing me and then helping me to get my body in balance, to decrease my stress levels. I was originally going to use acupuncture to supplement my next IVF attempt, but wouldn't you know it-unbelievably within 1 month, I got pregnant naturally! I continued with acupuncture throughout my pregnancy and I know that has made a huge difference in minimizing my morning sickness and boosting my overall health during the pregnancy. I am now 37wks and expecting a baby boy soon! Needless to say, my husband and I are thrilled. I truly believe it was acupuncture at the hands of experienced professionals like Heidi who helped us achieve our dream. Acupuncture works!" - AKP, San Diego
"After years of trying to get pregnant naturally without success, my husband and I went to see a fertility specialist. Based on our age (I was 40 at the time, my husband 47) and our diagnosis – diminished ovarian reserve/premature ovarian failure (AMH 0.7) and mild male factor infertility (decreased motility, volume, morphology) - our doctor cautioned us about our chances of getting pregnant. We were told that, given my age we would have a much better chance, using donor eggs. Not ready to take this step – we decided to give it a try using my own eggs. After one failed IUI and one IVF that ended in an early miscarriage, I had a hard time dealing with the emotional stress of going through the treatments, then getting pregnant only to lose the pregnancy again, but at the same time I felt that at the very least I could get pregnant, and that there was room for improvement. I started looking into additional options that could increase our chances. At one of our doctor visits, acupuncture was mentioned as a way of reducing stress during fertility treatments.
Talking to Zen Fertility Center and reading about the positive effects of acupuncture on infertility, I decided to give it a try. I started treatments which helped with the emotional stress, and it also made me realize that I could strengthen my body, improve hormone levels, increase blood circulation to my uterus, and that I actually had a chance of improving my egg quality. Before starting another cycle of fertility treatments I saw Heidi for about 6 weeks - twice a week for acupuncture treatment. I also added their fertility smoothie and DHA supplement to my diet. After 6 weeks we tried for another IVF cycle, which had to be converted into an IUI, because of having only 3 mature eggs. Given the even lesser chance of getting pregnant through an IUI, we were surprised when we found out that I was pregnant again. Only to be devastated again by another early miscarriage.
My acupuncturist made me feel that it was not all hopeless and that with patience and further acupuncture treatment (they recommend 3 months min. before trying fertility treatments) I would have a better chance of getting pregnant and staying pregnant. And she was right! After 3.5 months we tried again for an IVF cycle, which also had to be converted again into an IUI due to the fact that I was a “bad responder” to the fertility drugs. This time I had 4 mature eggs only. The bad news came with some good news about the lab results for my husband. Sperm motility went up from 45% to 75%(normal) after adding the fertility smoothie and other supplements to his diet. And I felt that even though I only had 4 mature eggs and doing IUI only, my chances had increased. Two long weeks later we got the good news that I was pregnant again! And I believe it was with the help of acupuncture and the supplements my husband and I took, that from the beginning everything seemed to look better. HCG was increasing at the right rate. Early ultrasounds were normal. After years of struggling with infertility we finally were pregnant!
I continued with the treatments throughout my whole pregnancy - at the beginning to help prevent miscarriage, later on in dealing with all of those pregnancy related symptoms and side effects, and now in preparing my body for labor and delivery.
I feel that acupuncture, the expertise, advice and support we got, made ALL the difference for us to being able to have a child! I am 38 weeks now, waiting for our miracle to arrive! My husband and I are very grateful to everybody at ZEN FERTILITY CENTER!" - A+M San Diego, CA