After trying on my own to conceive for 6 months without success, my ob/gyn did some basic hormone testing, and my FSH level was 28.5! I was only 36 years old, but she mentioned perimenopause and premature ovarian failure. Some quick research and reading said that high FSH was the worst diagnosis of all in regards to fertility, and that Western medicine
did nothing to remedy it. I immediately decided that I would not accept this, and would have to chart my own course.
I called and spoke with 5 acupuncturists on the telephone. I decided that Laurie Binder was the one. I liked her background in women’s health, and her communication and knowledge of Chinese medicine.
I saw Laurie weekly for acupuncture and herbs for about 6 months while trying to conceive. I still did not conceive on my own, but I knew that Laurie’s treatment was doing great things within my body. I had no more night sweats, and my menstrual cycle had dramatically improved. Even the changes in my tongue were remarkable! I would not have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes.
I had surgery for ovarian cysts as a teenager, and thought this might be another contributing factor. I decided it was time to consult with a reproductive endocrinologist.
Testing showed that I was ovulating, but I was still not conceiving. I tried Clomid and several natural cycles with IUIs while receiving acupuncture weekly from Laurie, but there was no conception. I had my hormone levels tested frequently, and my FSH was always under 10.
My Dr. mentioned the possibility of scar tissue on the outside of my ovaries from the surgery 20 years prior. I was ovulating, but there could be an obstruction that was blocking my follicles from reaching my tubes. The only way to know for sure would be via exploratory surgery, or I could bypass that nd do IVF. IVF was my last resort, and I was so disappointed that my efforts to conceive had come to this. It took me a few months to come to terms with it, and decided to give it a try.
Continuing with weekly acupuncture with Laurie, I did a micro-flare protocol, and had a low response to the stimulation drugs. I went into my retrieval with what appeared to be 4 follicles. I woke up from surgery and was told that we had “one good follicle to work with”. Four turned out to actually be three, and of those three, one was empty and one was abnormal. I was beyond devastated.
My one good follicle fertilized, and grew to be a 6 cell grade B embryo that was transferred 3 days later. I had absolutely no expectations, and thought that I would have to consider this a “practice” IVF, and hopefully do “better” next time with a different mix of stimulation drugs.
Much to my shock and astonishment, my blood test came back 2 weeks later that I was pregnant! The first time ever! I continued acupuncture weekly with Laurie through my first trimester, and had an easy and delightful pregnancy. I am expecting a boy!
I know that my treatment from Laurie balanced my hormones, and fostered an ideal environment for my one little embryo. She was a vital part of my comprehensive treatment plan. She was always supportive and positive when I could not be. I consider her my fertility “angel”!
JZ, Santa Monica