"I highly recommend Dr. Lee for any health issues you may be having. She will come alongside you and develop a plan of action for your specific circumstance. I sought her out after reading numerous articles/books mentioning acupuncture helping couples to conceive. I was thrilled to know she not only has a background in acupuncture, but as a naturopathic doctor as well. I was growing weary of self diagnosing and trying different supplements on my own. My husband and I had been trying to conceive for a year and a half when we first met with Dr. Lee. I've always believed that infertility is only a temporary condition that is caused by a variety of conditions (auto-immune disorder, thyroid issues, vitamin deficiencies, PCOS, etc.). However, month after month of disappointment wears on you. November, (6 months after working with Dr. Lee), I was starting to feel as though God was directing us toward foster care to adoption. I continued seeing Dr. Lee because I believe in holistic health, but I can't say I didn't begin to doubt our ability to change infertility. Well, God blessed us right before Christmas with our first positive pregnancy test. We had our first ultrasound at 9 weeks, and when I heard the heartbeat, my heart melted. It was real. I felt blessed and so thankful. I credit Dr. Lee's knowledge and acupuncture as part of our success. She worked with me to establish a healthy diet, eliminating food allergies, and recommended supplements to create a body capable of conceiving. I also credit God and his perfect timing. We are so thankful. To those of you enduring the difficult journey of infertility, I encourage you to not lose hope. My heart goes out to each and every one of you." ~ Nicole ~
"The experience I had with Dr. Lee was nothing short of amazing! She took the time to listen to my medical history and was able to put together a detailed plan of action for my health concerns. After seeing her for only 4 months, she was able to help reduce the occurrences of a chronic cyst and was able to help my infertility problems. I am now 5 months pregnant; something doctors told me would not/could not happen naturally. I would recommend Dr. Lee with the highest regards." ~ Aja ~
"I just wanted to keep you updated with how everything is going for me. I am officially 3 months pregnant with TWINS!!!! We are so happy! I just wanted to thank you so much for everything. I strongly believe that the acupuncture helped me get pregnant. Thank you for helping me achieve my dream! I referred a patient to you today! I told her how amazing you are!" ~ Brittani ~
“We tried naturally by ourselves for over a year, and were not successful. So when I started with Dr. Lee, I went with not a lot of expectations. I went on believing it was probably not going to work because we had unexplained infertility. Everything was functioning normally from what the doctors had told us, so there was really no reason why were were not getting pregnant. I felt a lot healthier in general, and we were successful at getting pregnant after 2 months!”
~ Jessica ~
"My wife and I have an almost two year old and are expecting November 2013. Both came about two completely different ways. The first time around we tried to conceive for at least a year with no success. My wife went to her doctor and got tests and she suggested I go to an Urologist and gets tests. The whole time we thought it was her, we were wrong. Tests proved I had low counts and bad morphology, motility, and mobility. Subsequent test proved that at times certain counts and levels showed promise, so we remained positive. Our next step was IUI, and it worked our 3rd or 4th try, thankfully. Fast forward another year and we start to "try" again. Several months later no results. So I start to research alternative methods and a few google searches later I called Dr. Lee. I scheduled an appointment right away. It was clear from the onset that I made the correct decision, as Dr. Lee was so receptive to us and our situation that I knew this is where I needed to be. After about 3 visits we both agreed my wife should visit too. To conceive "naturally" it takes two, so why not both go through this together. My wife agreed and had her first appointment, as I continued monthly treatments. After about 4 months after we were both receiving acupuncture, my wife tells me we were expecting. Our family has been blessed with one child and soon another, both coming to us two different ways. Comparing both approaches, it's obvious which I prefer. Acupuncture is treating the "whole" patient, you, and offers additional health benefits. Fertility issues can put couples in limbo, it's sometimes very hard to deal with, but the approach and process that Dr. Lee offered made this whole process so easy. We highly recommend Dr. Lee!" ~ Jon ~
"I first started going to Dr. Lee for acupuncture a year and a half ago for sinus issues, but when I turned 30, my husband and I started trying for a baby, and within a month got pregnant. I feel that the acupuncture was a huge bonus in helping us to get pregnant so quickly. We have a normal pregnancy, and Dr. Lee is supporting me throughout. I highly recommend Dr. Lee for anyone struggling with infertility." ~ Kendra ~
"Acupuncture helped me to relax while going through IVF, as it was so stressful and emotional. We were successful during our third cycle, and are taking things one day at a time!" ~ Jennifer ~
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Acupuncture and herbs help to improve ovarian and follicular function. It has been shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining. "It can allow you to cross the line from infertile to fertile by helping your body function more efficiently, which in turn allows other, more modern reproductive treatments, like IVF, to also work more efficiently," says James Dillard, MD, assistant clinical professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and clinical adviser to Columbia's Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
In a study of 160 women, published April 2002 in the reproductive journal Fertility and Sterility, a group of German researchers found that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols substantially increased pregnancy success. Magarelli and Cridennda released findings in Italy involving patients with an average prognosis for IVF success. Those yielded clear numbers that the pregnancy rate increased with acupuncture by 24 percent, according to Magarelli.
What types of infertility patients typically get acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used for infertility conditions such as spasmed tubes, hormonal imbalance including elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with anovulatory cycles, and male factor including men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation, low sperm count, motility, or morphology (acupuncture for 3-6 months).
When should acupuncture sessions begin?
Those interested in conceiving naturally should plan for at least 3 months of acupuncture, every other week throughout your cycle. Clinical evidence has shown that patients who get acupuncture 1-2 months, once a week, before an insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer, and continued during the whole process have improved rates of success.
When should I stop getting acupuncture?
Typically most miscarriages occur within the first 3 months of pregnancy. Therefore, acupuncture may often last through week 12 to help prevent miscarriage.
What are the risks of using acupuncture?
There are minimal risks when using acupuncture for infertility. Licensed acupuncturists are trained in contraindicated acupuncture points when a woman becomes pregnant.
How may acupuncture work for infertility?
• Acupuncture may improve sperm quality and counts in infertile men.
• Acupuncture may improve the lining of the endometrium, including increasing the blood flow to the uterus.
• Acupuncture may help regulate hormone levels, specifically gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which in turn may improve ovulation rates.
• Acupuncture may help women with PCOS and anovulatory cycles.
• Acupuncture may help those with thyroid problems, as thyroid issues can lead to problems with fertility
• Acupuncture may increase the number of follicles produced during an IVF cycle.
In studies published in the journal Fertility and Sterility in 2002, Chang, along with noted Cornell University reproductive endocrinologist Zev Rosenwaks, MD, found a clear link between acupuncture and the brain hormones involved in conception. Chang says acupuncture has a neuroendocrine effect, impacting a three-way axis between the two areas of the brain involved with hormone production (the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands) and the ovaries, a constellation that ultimately impacts egg production and possibly ovulation. Their research noted that acupuncture increases production of endorphins, the body's natural "feel good" brain chemical that also plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture is also a stress-reliever during an emotional time. Part of acupuncture's success is relaxation. When the body is relaxed, all systems function better. A paper published in Social Science and Medicine stated that psychosocial factors, like ineffective coping strategies, anxiety, and/or depression are associated with a lower pregnancy rate following IVF-procedures. Support has been found that stress reduction through relaxation training or behavioral treatment improves conception rates.
"Acupuncture works to restore the flow of Qi -- your body energy -- so with regards to infertility, it has a calming, restorative effect that increases a sense of well- being and ultimately helps the body to accept the creation of life," says acupuncturist Ifeoma Okoronkwo, MD, a professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine.
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