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!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★Jennifer
After 3 unsuccessful attempts at IVF, my husband and I were ready to give up on infertility treatments. We decided to give it one last try and were referred to Dr. Cherry by a friend. Dr Cherry was caring and compassionate towards helping achieve success with fertility as well as my overall health. I truly believe that Dr. Cherry’s acupuncture treatments made the difference and we are now looking forward to the upcoming birth of our twins!
March 26, 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ ★Suzie & Brion
About four years ago, my husband and I started trying to have a child. After about a year without success, we were sent to a fertility clinic and told InVitro Fertilization was our only option. A friend had told me that acupuncture and Dr. Cherry were a great compliment to IVF. After doing some research, I realized that IVF is actually well supported in the literature for improving odds with IVF. On our first attempt at IVF and acupuncture, I was pregnant. Not only pregnant, I was having twins! We could not have been more excited!
We wanted a baby so bad and now we were lucky enough to have two. At 22 weeks pregnant, I went into labor and delivered my baby girl, Catherine and my baby boy, Carter. I was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix (basically a weak cervix that opens whenever it wants) and my twins passed away due to their young gestational age. It was the toughest year we have ever experienced following the loss of our babies.
Exactly three months later, we decided to try again. Fortunately we had two frozen embryos and went through with a second IVF transfer along with acupuncture. I soon found out I was pregnant again with one baby. I decided to do acupuncture throughout this pregnancy just to be on the extra safe side. I had many problems with this pregnancy – including two bleeding episodes in the first trimester – so severe that one ER doctor told me I had a miscarriage. When they finally discovered that I did not lose the baby, I knew this baby was tough and going to make it. Right after these two bleeding episodes I saw Dr. Cherry. He reassured me and did special pins during my session to help with bleeding issues. I do not understand how exactly acupuncture works, but I know I would not have made it through that pregnancy without the care he provided. More problems asrose as I was diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder (Factor V Leiden and MTHFR), diabetes, and put on bedrest despite my cerclage (stitch to sew up my cervix). I had preterm labor at 28 weeks and put on medicine for that. All along the way, Dr. Cherry saw me and changed his plan of care as my pregnancy progressed.
To make a long story short, we now have our baby boy Chase that we love so much. Thank you Dr. Cherry for helping us get to where we are today. I have included a picture of our little miracle!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★Wayne & Eiko
My husband and I never had doubt that we would conceive whenever we decided to start a family, but we were wrong. We went to see the fertility specialist and had a test to determine a cause of infertility. We were diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” and were recommended to start taking medications to stimulate ovulation. We still believed we would conceive soon with some treatment. We were wrong again. Over the next 2 years we went through 1 cycle of IUI and 7 cycles of IVF and still had not conceived. We were very frustrated and medications drove me physically and emotionally crazy. We felt we had enough of these approaches and decided to try naturally. Several years had passed, without any luck. We started to accept the fact that we would live our lives without any child. However, when I turned 38 years old, I strongly felt that I would like to try one more time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★Dani
Sadly I lost my first child to a miscarriage in my second trimester, shortly thereafter was where my infertility story began. My husband and I spent a couple of years trying to conceive again with no success. During that time I went to a fertility clinic, took fertility medications, even underwent laparoscopic surgery to find the answers, and yet still was sent home with a confident “unexplained infertility” diagnosis. After months of fertility medications and negative pregnancy tests, I began to have more hot flashes than hope. I decided to break from all the shots & pills and discontinued all fertility meds and treatments. When a dear friend recommended acupuncture and specifically Dr. Cherry’s office, I went in with my fingers crossed and an open mind to Eastern medicine. After 6 short weeks under treatment I read “positive” on a pregnancy test just as Dr. Cherry assured me would happen. I continued treatment thru the duration of my pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby boy 9 months later. Dr. Cherry & his associate, Jennifer Horton, provided me with medical care that alleviated my nausea and relieved my sciatica pain mid-pregnancy, but more importantly they gave me immeasurable hope, eased my anxiousness over miscarriage, and sustained my pregnancy with their enthusiasm and encouragement. They are practitioners with sharp minds, open ears and big hearts. It’s been an honor to have been one of their patients. I have and will continue to passionately recommend friends to Dr. Cherry’s office. And when we decide our family needs to grow some more, I will seektheir hands again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★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!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★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!