November 2012 was a particularly tough month for my husband and me. We had been married almost 8 years and had been trying to get pregnant for over three years. I had been off birth control for five years. I had a history of endometriosis and difficult menstrual cycles. That month, I went to another annual gynecological physical that month and had another conversation with my doctor about infertility. I had received treatment by a highly trained acupuncture physician longer than one year, and those treatments had brought on menstrual cycles more intense and painful than I had ever experienced. She gave me two recommendations: try a new acupuncturist and a round of Femara. I went home that day sad and unsure what to do next.
By January, I was ready to seek a new acupuncturist. I had filled the Femara prescription, and it sat on my dresser, staring at me every day, for two weeks. The side effects concerned me, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to take it. I had heard about an acupuncturist that was closer to my home and office, and I was intrigued by the business name, Center of Bliss. I was certainly looking for bliss. My job had become increasingly stressful, I wasn’t sleeping well at night, and I felt a desperation to get pregnant, since I had already passed my 35th birthday.
At the same time I contacted Katie at the Center of Bliss, I also made an appointment at a well-respected reproductive endocrinology office for early March. My husband and I decided we would not seek IVF, but we did want to have fertility testing conducted so we could set aside once and for all that we could not have children and either adopt or seek out a new adventure.
I saw Katie for the first time on Valentine’s Day 2013. She was young, positive, and energetic. Her needling was kind and her consultation compassionate. She explained to me that she thought my imbalance had less to do with my menstrual cycles or female organs and more to do with my inability to sleep, anxiety, and stress. Katie asked me to add certain foods to my diet and explained I had some stagnation. This was new to me, but after that first session, I felt so amazing – so alive for the first time in years. I became less focused on “getting pregnant” and more focused on relaxation and sleep. I committed to see Katie every 2 weeks.
My husband and I went to the reproductive endocrinology office the first week of March. The doctor explained that I would need to have testing completed at days 2-5 of my next menstrual cycle. All the while, I continued seeing Katie, feeling better and better after every session. My energy was up during the day and I was sleeping better than I could ever remember.
Easter 2013 weekend my husband and I went to Chicago to visit his colleague and have a romantic weekend. I didn’t feel like myself that weekend, and the rounds of nausea made me think a stomach virus had found me. When I returned home, opened my period tracking app, it said “you are 5 days late.” I thought that maybe the acupuncture had adjusted my period, but the nausea, the tired feeling – could it be? I took a pregnancy test – and another – and went out and bought a digital testing kit and tested again – and every time it said “Pregnant.” It had finally happened to us! I called the reproductive endocrinologist and explained I wouldn’t need to come in for any testing, because I was pregnant. I discarded the femara that had been on my dresser for months. Most importantly, I called my husband who was still out of town and told him our good news. We cried, we laughed, and we thanked our lucky stars for Katie. In just three sessions we were pregnant!
I continued to see Katie every two weeks throughout my pregnancy. Compared to a lot of my girlfriends, I experienced much less fatigue and nausea. The pregnancy, despite my age, was without any serious complications. We now have a beautiful, strong, healthy baby girl, born December 1, 2013.
I have so many reasons to be grateful to Katie, not just for her skill as an acupuncturist. At every session she really took time to listen to me, to share her thoughts, and to be fully present. I went to her with a list of difficulties and challenges, and every session I walked away with the recognition of my blessings and my path in life. Her positivity and her ability to help me redirect my life have meant so much. I can honestly say that I don’t believe we would have our baby girl without her! Thank you, Katie!