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My Natural Pregnancy with High FSH

A patient testimonial

In April, a Clomid Challenge test indicated my FSH level was 15.  According to my Reproductive Endocrinologist, at age of 35 my chance of pregnant with IVF was 5-20%.  Another infertility doctor cut the chase and suggested my husband and I consider donor egg.  After two-and-a-half years of infertility treatments, I was emotional and physically exhausted at this point.  On an Internet High FSH Board I saw some success stories of women with similar situations.  They achieved pregnancy through alternative medicine, either alone or combining it with conventional infertility treatment.  I decided to hold on to my dream of a biological child a little long.

I discussed my situation in details with Dr Zhou on the phone.  She impressed me with in-depth knowledge in the area of infertility.  Later on when we discussed other aspects of my health (head injuries, depression, insomnia and quite a few others), I realized that her knowledge goes far beyond infertility.  The core of Chinese Medicine treats patient as a whole person instead of only the area of apparent problems.  I felt very comfortable with her style.  She listens well.  I don’t feel rushed with her.  She is very good at managing her time with patient.  I never had to wait beyond my appointment time.  She has a calm presence that injects confidence into the patient.  Many times after appointment she calls me at home and gives me more suggestions on treatments and diets.  I feel that she genuinely cares about me.

I started acupuncture and Chinese herb tea with Dr Zhou on April 8.  The plan was to continue this for three months before starting an IVF cycle.  I was at the lowest point of my emotional and physical state at the beginning of the treatment.  The herb tea isn’t the best –tasting tea I’ve ever had.  But I noticed big improvement in my PMS symptoms the first month.  At every appointment Dr Zhou carefully re-assessed my condition and adjusted treatment accordingly.  By the time we started treatment for the 3rd month, I got my IVF calendar, planned day off and was ready to see my Reproductive Endocrinologist again.  Then, on July 22, I found out I’m pregnant!!!

After two months, I became pregnant with great hCG levels, which had always been a problem.  Dr. Zhou recommended I continue to see her until after the early sonogram.  But I began bleeding before then and canceled my weekly acupuncture appointment, fearing the worst and at the point of giving up my hope of a 2nd child. After hearing my teary message, Dr. Zhou called me at home and insisted I come in for a make-up appointment right away.  The heartbeat was strong the next week, and Dr. Zhou said I didn’t need to see her anymore.

I shared the great news with Dr Zhou.  She happily released me from her “Chinese Medicine Academy” and gave me some important advices on how to avoid miscarriage.  Two days later, I discovered bleeding.  It was a Saturday morning and I couldn’t get a hold of my OB.  Out of desperation, I called Dr Zhou.  She carefully selected several herbs that are specially used for treatment of threatened miscarriage and strongly recommended bed rest.  I started both right away.  On Monday I was able to go see my OB and received the same advice – bed rest.  Now the bleeding has pretty much stopped.  I’m almost ten weeks pregnant.  Last week an ultrasound showed a healthy fetus 1 inch long with heartbeat at 184 every minute!

Looking back at my long road to regain fertility, I feel extremely lucky that I found Dr Zhou.  After three Infertility Specialists and a Reproductive Endocrinologist, I discovered a sanctuary with Dr Zhou, who gave my body and mind the chance to heal with minimum interruptions and pain.  I highly recommend her to every woman seeking infertility treatment.

-Amy   

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