One month before my wedding, I received the news that I would likely never conceive a child using my own eggs. After 5 months of stopping the pill, I had not had my period. Routine hormonal testing showed my FSH level was over 150, which is considered post-menopausal. A second test showed levels at 84. I was 32 years old and in otherwise in very good health & normal weight. I was completely devastated and angry at my body. My gynecologist referred me to a fertility specialist, but my husband and I decided to wait until after the honeymoon in order to brace ourselves for more devastating news.
In the meantime, I happened upon Dr. Zhou’s practice while researching online. I’ve had acupuncture treatments in the past for various reasons (TMJ, stress, etc.) so I was very familiar with the process. The emotions of the past two weeks overwhelmed me and I cried during my first visit – I was broken. Dr. Zhou was so kind and gentle. While she did not make any promises, I regained a sense of hope. I began weekly acupuncture treatments along with daily herbal teas. I took these visits very seriously and never missed an appointment. I even followed the twice daily tea regimen while honeymooning in Jamaica. Dr. Zhou’s knowledge of both Eastern and Western medicine was very evident from my first visit and my family doctor was very accommodating to order any lab tests Dr. Zhou wanted. Every piece of advice Dr. Zhou gave was like gold to me.
I have no doubt that the daily teas combined with weekly acupuncture treatments “woke up” my body. Within 2 weeks, I began spotting for a couple of days. The next month I had a light period. By the third month, there was no doubt my body had woken up – I had a very heavy, but normal period. We retested my hormone levels and FSH improvement was dramatic – down to 13.5.
I conceived naturally that same cycle.
I am 21 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby boy. Every day I am thankful I found Dr. Zhou and am so thankful I went to her first without starting the invasive and expensive treatments of fertility specialists. The weekly appointments not only woke up my body, but also my spirit.
While I am a believer in the practice of acupuncture, I also believe that not all practitioners are created equal. Dr. Zhou is one-of-a-kind. I consider myself extremely lucky that Dr. Zhou is in the DFW area. However, I would travel from out of town to see her if I had to. I look forward to returning to her when we start preparing for baby #2.
Thank you Dr. Zhou. You are very loved and appreciated.-NTC