A 35 year old female experienced amenorrhea, or absence of menstruation whenshe stopped taking her birth control pills. Her gynecologist did an ultrasound whichshowed that her ovaries had the string of pearls appearance which is the hallmark ofPolycystic Ovary Syndrome. She started with fertility testing and treatment with aReproductive Endocrinologist (RE). Further hormone testing indicated an imbalancein her FSH and LH levels that was keeping her from ovulating.She underwent months of invasive testing – blood tests to check hormone levels,glucose tolerance testing and a hysterosalpingogram to see if her fallopian tubeswere blocked. Her results for her fallopian tubes were normal and but she found tobe glucose intolerant. Endocrinologist prescribed her fertility drugs with a timesintercourse and self-administered abdominal injection to ensure the release of anegg.She also had to have monthly vaginal ultrasounds to make sure that her ovarieswere not hyperstimulated by the <fertility drugs>. After two unsuccessful tries with<fertility drug> she went back in to talk to her RE. She was advised to go for in-vitrofertilization.At that time, she decided to take a step back and look at other options. In-vitro is awonderful innovation but she felt that she was being pushed towards a costly,invasive procedure before more simple methods had been exhausted. She stoppedgoing to the RE and went looking for an acupuncturist and found us.
She found us and was very apprehensive of Acupuncture treatment with images of
painful needles running through her head.
I took her detailed health history and began treatment with acupuncture. I also
started her on herbal supplements and recommended some diet changes. We
started weekly treatments. After just a month of treatment her menstruation cycle
began to regulate. And after just two and a half months of treatment she was
pregnant! No drugs, no medical procedures, no timed intercourse. We continued her
treatments throughout her very easy pregnancy. She did not have any morning
sickness or many of the other common irritations of pregnancy. In November 2011,
she gave birth to a healthy, eight pound baby girl.