Acupuncture was an invaluable part of my journey, when trying to conceive my first child. At the time, I lived in the Manhattan and I went to a couple acupuncturists that I didn't love. That was before I went to Angela; she was a godsend.
Angela is a reproductive health expert, acupuncturist and founder of Fifth Avenue Fertility Wellness in New York City. She helped me with so much, including nutrition. She gave me instructions for a detox and helped me put together a diet. This was super successful. During the detox I felt pretty terrible. But, in the end, I felt amazing. I also lost all the weight in my stomach I had gained from the hormones I had been taking from my previous failed cycles (this was weight that seemed impossible to lose). And, my IVF retrieval cycle after doing this detox was astonishingly better than my previous cycle.
Before going to Angela and doing her diet and detox, I had a retrieval that resulted in 5 eggs (I was seeing another acupuncturist for this cycle at another clinic that I did not love as much as I loved Fifth Avenue Fertility Wellness) -- for various reasons this cycle was a bust. The next cycle, after the diet, detox and acupuncture with Angela I made 12 eggs - for those who are mathematically challenged - thats more than double!! All other variables were essentially the same - same doctors, same patient, same drugs...but I did the detox, diet and acupuncture with Angela and my retrieval was a huge success. I credit Angela with the huge increase in eggs at my second retrieval.
Not only was seeing Angela a quantifiable success evident by how many eggs were retrieved. But, she was a guiding light and gentle-comforting-spiritual guru through my whole journey. I remember following my miscarriages when I was just too depressed to get out of bed, I could always call Angela. She's a pro and knew the right things to say to help me process what I was dealing with. I would leave after having needlework done, still sad of course, but life was bearable again. She was so valuable to me during that time and such a lovely support, I am forever grateful.
I went to see Angela a couple of weeks ago to start my detox again and took the fun picture with a needle in my head (above). It was nice to be in a familiar place eventhough her office is full of some of my darkest memories. I am often filled with gratitude by places like this that connect two periods of time. In this case, I was able to reflect on how I felt after my miscarriages wondering if I would even be able to carry a child; in contrast to how I felt in the present time, sitting in the same office, grateful to have one child and optimistic about easily having a second. It was gratitude inducing. But, I am often so grateful for my son.
I am going to be seeing Angela on a consulting basis when I am in the city for this IVF. Sadly, I won't be able to see her weekly because we are out in Connecticut now but I will also absolutely be using her for my retrieval day and transfer day.
If you are struggling with fertility, I wholeheartedly recommend Angela.