Julianne

I vividly remember the first day that I met Angela. It was less than a week from when my best friend had her first baby…on the same day that I had started my period, thus confirming that our third round of IUI had failed. I was just a shell, emotionally and physically. We had been trying for 4 years, there was no “reason” why we weren’t getting pregnant, and I was just done. Our reproductive endocrinologist had such faith in Angela that he touted acupuncture as being as important in fertility treatment as the medical interventions themselves. I was hopeful, but what I was really hoping for was finding myself again. 

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Lydia

When I began treatment with Angela, I had told her I would give this work 3 months without medical interventions because that’s all I felt I had left in me. At that time in my life, I was extremely depressed and anxious. I would get angry and depressed every time I would here about someone getting pregnant, even my own friends. It’s a horrible feeling to be unhappy about a friends’ good news, but there I was, miserable. My misery extended to other issues in my life as well. I was constantly sick to my stomach, exhausted, and I would look in the mirror every day and think, “God, I look awful.” Little did I know in the end I would view my “infertility” as a blessing that would change my life for the better.

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Priscilla

My husband’s doctor referred us to Angela because they couldn’t point out the determinative factor causing our infertility. I was pretty open-minded because I had experienced acupuncture in the past and was willing to try anything. I learned that fertility—like any other thing that happens in our body—is affected by many other things. I was surprised to see how much the emotional side of one’s life could play such a big role in something like fertility. I was going through a very stressful time in my life, so I doubt anybody saw major changes in my personality right away, but the inner changes I saw were tremendous. 

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Audrey

At twenty-eight, I knew I wanted to have a baby. We’d gone back and forth about it for a few years – was it the right time?, Were we ready? – but by the time I turned twenty-eight, we were decided. I had gone off the pill a year before, as my doctor had instructed me to do, and we began to use the Fertility Awareness Method, charting temperature and cervical fluid, to help us conceive. There was only one problem: my cycles were long. Really long. Like 84 days long. According to my charts, I was ovulating – there was a clear temperature shift each cycle, followed by my period fifteen days later, which meant that every cycle we had a clear chance to get pregnant. But if you ovulate once in 84 days, you have a lot fewer chances in any given year to get pregnant than if you ovulate every 28 days.

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