Successes

Here are personal stories of patients who’ve been helped by Acupuncture Fertility Specialists. If you’d like to share your story, please contact us!

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Evangeline

My husband and I had been trying for almost 9 months to get pregnant when I decided to try acupuncture. My twin sister had been going through assisted reproduction due to ongoing fertility issues, and my husband and I wanted to avoid going through that process if at all possible. I called Acupuncture Fertility Specialists and I felt a connection with Jennifer Horton as soon as I met her. I felt encouraged and hopeful after each session with Jennifer, and I felt that she cared about me as a person, not simply as another patient. I started to notice changes in my body and energy level after only a few sessions. After 6 weeks of acupuncture treatment, my husband and I were surprised and overjoyed to find out that we were pregnant! I am so thankful that I chose to try acupuncture when I did, rather than start down the path of medical intervention.

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Rebecca –December 2014

As with most women, starting at the age of 16 I spent my entire 20s preventing pregnancy. After I got married, my husband and I had The Big Talk about when to change that guest room in our house to a nursery. When the agreed upon time was here, I went off birth control and we were both giddy with the excitement of the year ahead of us. Fast-forward 12 months, 30 negative pregnancy tests, one hypothyroid diagnosis and one miscarriage later, our excitement had given way to despair. All hopes had vanished and I was reduced to tears with every pregnancy announcement or baby shower invitation I received in the mail. My OB/GYN referred us to a fertility specialist, but their first appointment wasn’t for 3 months. With the loving support of my husband, we decided to look into what else we could do to take control of the situation. I had used acupuncture in high school to control allergies, so I already knew the many healing properties it can have. After a quick Google search, I found Dr. Cherry. I immediately started weekly appointments with Dr. Cherry. After my husband and I met with the fertility specialist, Dr. Cherry worked alongside my western medicine doctors to support us through our first IUI cycle. Two weeks after the completion of the IUI cycle, the results were in: Pregnant! That was 37 weeks ago. Throughout the pregnancy, I have continued to see Dr. Cherry. He has continued to support me by treating morning sickness, heartburn, swelling and most recently mucous membrane swelling that caused my ears to get congested and infected. As I enter my 9th month of pregnancy, I’m so thankful that I found Dr. Cherry. I strongly recommend him to all my friends whether they are having fertility issues like I did or not. Even those who get pregnant easily could benefit from working with Dr. Cherry for the various physical changes that accompany pregnancy. My husband and I are expecting our little boy in 3 weeks and we are forever thankful to Dr. Cherry for helping us start our family.

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Angela & Donald

I don’t know where to start besides a big Thank you to Dr. Cherry and your staff for giving my husband and I our special gift. After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in June 2009 after trying to conceive I was told fertility medication would be the only way for us to have children. We decided to try pills and after 7 failed rounds and being told injections was the only way I found Dr. Cherry online by faith. I began treatment in October of 2009 and enjoyed every moment and became very close to Dr. Cherry and Val. They gave me constant hope and positive feelings at every moment of my journey. After 5 months of treatment I decided I needed a personal break from all of the baby things after no successful ovulation, Little did I know I had ovulated and became pregnant!!! 1 week after I found out I called Dr. Cherry and told him the amazing news, I think we were both shocked. I had not ovulated in 14 months and through all of Dr. Cherry’s expertise and determination here I am 15 weeks pregnant with the most precious gift anyone can ever receive. When you feel all of your hope and prayers have failed you; having that special person(s) to guide you through day to day and give you positive energy and a sense of well being can change your life. That is what Dr. Cherry has done for me. I will forever be grateful…

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Lisa

Our path to conceiving a child wasn’t the easy road we expected it to be. However, it was made much easier by Dr. Cherry and his staff. After trying to conceive for more than a year, we discovered that my cycles were very abnormal and that we also had male fertility issues, which meant that IVF was our only chance at conceiving the child we so desperately wanted. A close friend who had also been through IVF recommended that I go to Dr. Cherry for acupuncture prior to and during the IVF process. I didn’t know much about acupuncture before that but thought I would give it a try. Dr. Cherry’s bedside manner and calming spirit immediately put me at ease and helped me relax during what is a very emotionally draining and physically stressful process.
Within weeks, my cycles became more regular and my usual monthly issues, like terrible cramps, went away. Although our first IVF was unsuccessful, I continued to visit Dr. Cherry in preparation for another attempt. Those visits not only helped prepare my body to go through the process again, but helped me heal and deal with the pain of our first attempt not succeeding. It all paid off in the end when we found out we are expecting twins!

I have continued to visit Dr. Cherry throughout my pregnancy and his treatments really helped with my morning sickness, back issues and other pregnancy woes. I cannot stress how much I appreciate all he has done to help my husband and I realize our dream of having children. I truly don’t believe this all would have come together without him.

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Karaleen, Wesely, William and Future Baby due Nov 2010

I began seeing Dr. Cherry after miscarrying our first pregnancy and three failed IUI’s. We were heading into our first IVF and I read that acupuncture can often help increase your chances of getting pregnant. I had very little experience with acupuncture. My grandmother had used it several times for arthritis, but I had no idea there were fertility benefits.

My first meeting with Dr. Cherry completely put me at ease. I was not afraid of the needles, he answered all my silly questions about why this point? Why that? What is up with all the pulses? Overall, I felt very comfortable and relaxed in his care. I saw Dr. Cherry once a week for 2 months leading up to my IVF. At 40 years old, I was anxious knowing odds were not in my favor, but acupuncture seemed to ease that anxiety. My side affects from the medications were reduced (I suffered from headaches very badly with the last three rounds) and my overall attitude going into the stressful IVF process was less than with our previous, less invasive procedures. My husband commented several times about how calm and relaxed I was (and if you know me…these are not adjectives usually used to describe me).

Our first IVF resulted in a good number of follicles and a good transfer of 3 embryos. I did get pregnant, but sadly… lost the pregnancy very early. These things cannot be stopped if they are meant to be. But I did acupuncture before and after transfer and it was wonderful.

We continued to see Dr. Cherry as we decided on our next steps. One more try…that was the answer. And this time I needed acupuncture even more as this was the LAST attempt. That along increased the anxiety level. But once again….my weekly appointments calmed me, gave me hope and kept me centered. We sailed through the procedures, continued the acupuncture and had a wonderful outcome. Once my pregnancy test was positive, I saw Dr. Cherry once per week for the 1st trimester and once per month for the remainder of the pregnancy. He helped me with swelling, back pain, nausea and to relieve my stress and fear about another miscarriage. Overall….a fantastic experience and I have since recommended him to anyone I know who needs help conceiving.

Fast forward 2 years later and we are back. We decided to adopt embryos and do a frozen embryo transfer to grow our family. I would not even consider doing and fertility treatments anymore without including acupuncture. And this time, we sailed through and got pregnant on the first try. But…the first several weeks were scary with spotting and questionable ultrasounds. I was a wreck emotionally and looked forward to my weekly (and sometimes biweekly) appointments as they calmed my nerves and put me at ease. We are now anxiously awaiting the birth of our 2nd child and I enjoy my monthly visits to see Dr. Cherry.

Not only would I recommend acupuncture for anyone struggling with infertility… but specifically I would recommend Dr. Cherry and his phenomenal staff. They feel like family to us and we miss them when we are not here regularly.

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Nina

Dr. Cherry and his staff have been an absolute joy!!

My husband and I were fortunate enough to be referred by our fertility clinic. I firmly believe that his services helped us not only to get pregnant, but to ease the symptoms of our twin pregnancy. We are so blessed to be 32 weeks along and not on bed rest!!

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Keri

“I am a mom.” I waited six years to say that simple phrase. Two months before starting my fourth round of IUI (after years of other treatments and procedures) my mother suggested I try acupuncture. Of course I should, why didn’t I think of that before. I started weekly treatments. I felt different after my first treatment …I was relaxed. I had one hour a week that I was allowed to simply relax. I didn’t have to think about the shots, the sadness or the frustration that I had felt every day for the past six years. I just got to be. After the first month, the relaxation followed me beyond my appointments. I was breathing more, I was sleeping better and I had less sever mood swings from all of the hormones. My final round of IUI was not successful and it was time for Invitro. On the day of the transfer I met Dr. Cherry for a pre and post treatment. I walked into my appointment so relaxed. I was ready, my body was ready, it was time.

I remember the day I received the call – “Well, Keri it is a good day for you…you’re definitely pregnant.” Words cannot describe what I felt at that moment.

I kept my weekly acupuncture appointments through my pregnancy and had very few symptoms and those symptoms that I did get were lessened thanks to acupuncture.

I remember the day I delivered Parker. September 23, 2009. Words cannot describe what I felt at that moment.

I know without a doubt that acupuncture helped my body and my mind prepare for pregnancy. I also know without a doubt that acupuncture was a nice thing to do for me. Dr. Cherry and Dr. Horton are absolutely wonderful and create a very warm and compassionate environment for women who are going through a very stressful and sad time in life and for that I am very grateful!

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Cathy

What can I say about Dr. Cherry? I am not a woman of few words so let me tell you all my story and how I came to see Dr. Cherry. When I first tried getting pregnant at the age of 32, I thought I would have no problems. Little did I know that I would suffer from 3 miscarriages and would end up at a fertility clinic. This was in December of 2003 and I was desperate for answers. I ended up having multiple surgeries within my uterus which left my endometrium very thin from all of the scar tissue. I had a baby, via fertility treatment, in Oct. of 2005. I had a very hard delivery and ended up having surgery after my daughter was born. When my husband and I decided to have another baby we went back to the fertility clinic. I had another surgery and then tried fertility treatments three times, each time it failed.

After thousands of dollars and much sadness, my fertility doctor told me that my chances of getting and staying pregnant were very small due to the fact that I had a very thin endometirum from all of the scar tissue in my uterus and that fertilized eggs would have a hard time sticking and embedding itself into the wall of my uterus. I had basically given up. I decided that I should feel blessed, and I did, with a healthy 2 year old girl. That was when my best friend told me to go and see Dr. Cherry. He had helped her get pregnant and he could help me too.

I figured, what the heck. It was worth a try. How blessed I was to have been afforded the opportunity to be one of Dr. Cherry’s patients. Dr. Cherry saw me once a week and he really took the time to find out what it was that was causing me to not be able to get and stay pregnant. He developed a personalized herb regimen for me to follow that would help with my specific fertility issues. Through his weekly treatments and daily herbal program, I began to gain the confidence that not all hope was lost. I had been trying for over a year to get pregnant, spent a ton of money and was injecting myself with so many fertility drugs it makes my head spin. Once I gave that up and followed exactly what Dr. Cherry told me to do, I felt a burden had been lifted from my shoulders. I remember having a conversation with Dr. Cherry after about 3 months of treatment. I asked him if he really and truly thought there was hope for me. He looked me in the eye and said, “I absolutely know there is hope for you. If I didn’t you would not be here. If it ever comes to a point where I feel this is not going to work, I will let you know, but we are no where near there right now.” That was in March of 2008.

I found out I was pregnant on May 7th 2008 and I gave birth to a very healthy baby boy on December 29th, 2008. I saw Dr. Cherry throughout my entire pregnancy. I got pregnant on my own with no fertility treatment and I stayed pregnant! How truly fortunate I was to have been one of Dr. Cherry’s patients. To anyone that has lost hope or given up, I tell them to see Dr. Cherry! I will be 40 years old this year and I do not plan on having more children so now I just have to stop by every once in a while to see Dr. Cherry as I do miss our weekly visits!

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Chris

I cannot speak highly enough about the level of care that Dr. Cherry provided to me before, during and after our twin pregnancy. From the intake appointment through lactation issues postpartum, he was a cherished part of our “team”, as I refer to them, and I know that he played an intricate part of our successful pregnancy and birth.

My appointments were relaxing and I always left feeling we were doing all we could to keep our babies safe and healthy. I had 3 miscarriage prior to receiving Dr. Cherry’s treatment and when my IVF clinic mentioned the possibility of acupuncture, I was willing to take whatever steps were necessary – – this was what was necessary for us.

I have referred Dr. Cherry to several friends trying to get pregnant and would recommend all women see him for treatment – – no matter how you are trying to conceive.

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Kristin

After experiencing the loss of 2 of my babies, one in my 2nd trimester and one in my first trimester, I was extremely depressed and in need of some answers to why I had these repeated losses. My OBGYN had suggested that I go to a local fertility clinic to begin a large array of tests which ended up leading me to more anxiety and stress, and was costly.

Many of the tests came back normal with the exception of a low antral folical count which was most likely due to my maternal age of 38. It was recommended that we do FSH injections which my husband and I weren’t comfortable with so we decided to try a different approach to getting pregnant. Dr. Cherry was recommended to us by friends who we met from a local infant loss support group. I didn’t know much about acupuncture, but was willing to try something different and less envasive to getting pregnant.

When I first met Dr. Cherry, I was extremely impressed by his professionalism and his throroughness during my assessment. He truly loves what he does and it shows. I had so many questions about acupuncture and he answered all of them and explained them completely. He was very understanding of my situation and showed true empathy for the losses that my husband and I experienced. After I was given a diagnosis, I was placed on a program that consisted of taking herbs, changing my diet and having acupuncture treatments. I was amazed at how I began feeling better both physically and emotionally after only several treatments. I was thrilled when I got pregnant naturally in only 5 months after my 2nd loss. I went for weekly treatments until the end of my first trimester and then monthly sessions for the remainder of the pregnancy. The treatments that I received during my pregnancy helped my overall being. I felt less nauseated and more optimistic about the pregnancy. I would always look forward to my appointments knowing that I would have a chance to relax and I always left the office feeling better than when I went in. At one point later in the pregnancy, I was diagnosed with syatica which I was told by my Doctor that I would most likely have during the rest of the pregnancy and may need to quit work early. I couldn’t walk without excruciating pain. After 2 sessions with Dr. Cherry, I had no pain and was able to walk again and continue working until I went on maternity leave.

I am now happy to say that we have a healthy baby boy who is one week old. I am so grateful for the care that I have received by Dr. Cherry and his staff. Thank you Dr. Cherry for helping make this pregnancy a success and for your caring approach towards my treatment. I would highly recommend Dr. Cherry and his colleagues to anybody who is struggling with fertility issues and wants to try a different approach to getting pregnant.