To date, we have been through 5 failed IUIs and IVF has been recommended by our Reproductive Endocrinologist. Needless to say, hubby and I didn’t think we would be at this point. I told my husband if I knew it would take us this long to try and conceive, I would have started trying right after we got married 4 years ago. Sometimes you just don’t think of these things. 🙁
After our 3rd failed IUI last year, hubby and I did decide to take a break from all the doctors and injections. I was pretty depressed but a close girlfriend of mine spoke to me about acupuncture and whether I had thought about it. Since then, I have been open to other alternative forms of medicine such as acupuncture. To this day, I have gone to acupuncture once a week for over a year now to help de-stress, decompress and ultimately become pregnant.
When you go through infertility treatment via western medicine, it’s filled with tests and pumping your body with hormones to stimulate whatever remaining eggs you may have left to rise to the occasion. After our 5th failed IUI, I started feeling desperate. I found myself awake late at night researching and reading any article online that would give me an answer or some hope that if I did “this”, I could get pregnant. I did this for several months. Then I went on Amazon one day and (I kid you not) found this really great book. ‘The Infertility Cure’ by Randine Lewis, PhD not only provided me with a different perspective on women’s reproductive health, it gave me a renewed sense of hope that I too can be a mom someday. Before finding this book, I had so many questions like these in my head:
- How come I cannot get pregnant?
- What is it I am doing wrong or Is there something I can do to change this diagnosis of infertility?
- I have followed all the advice of the doctor, why isn’t this working?
- Am I too old to have a baby?
- Can I still have a baby without having to go through the western ways of infertility treatment? (they seem so invasive and unnatural)
- Have I done all that I can?
If you have any of these questions lingering in your mind, I highly recommend reading this book. It opened my eyes to a different way of looking at my body and my own ability to conceive. In particular, I found Chapter 10, Advanced Maternal Age (If you’re over thirty- five, please read) very helpful and gave me a sense of hope that I still have a chance! I started to understand why in order for the seeds to grow and flourish, the land and soil must be balanced and healthy to support their growth. I never understood this before. Western medicine never taught me to look with this perspective before. (I have been trained in western medicine!)
The book will give you an overview of traditional Chinese medicine, give you the eastern vs. western view of your body and its needs, and give you the 411 on many herbs used in Chinese medicine to treat specific deficiencies or symptoms. This book is a must read for those who feel confused, stressed or just have a list of questions that the doctor can’t answer. I picked this up because I was feeling so frustrated that I couldn’t find the answers to the questions in my mind. I needed a new perspective on things.
I really do believe in Chinese medicine if not alone, perhaps in conjunction with western medicine, it can help to restore or enhance my fertility. I am really glad Dr. Lewis wrote this book. It is SO easy to read. Thank you Dr. Lewis!