Familiy First: Fertility Acupuncture

Posted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 --- 9:39 p.m.

A woman who had trouble getting pregnant - and had some give up hope for her - is now expecting her second child.

Before Mischelle Grabner had 10-month-old Andrew, she had five miscarriages. Her doctor didn't know what to do.

"I got about between 3 and 6 weeks and I would have a miscarriage," Grabner said. "And she did a bunch of tests on me and couldn't find anything wrong on me and it was frustrating because I expected her to say this is what the problem is. And she basically threw her hands up and said I don't know."

Mischelle and her husband started the process of adopting a baby from China.

"I kind of thought well, we'll just wait now," she said. "And then after awhile I thought I'm not going to wait anymore, I'm not getting any younger."

That's when a friend told her about Isthmus Acupuncture.

Mischelle got pregnant just months later and is pregnant a second time. Something her acupuncturist has seen a lot.

"I do a great job with helping women who have repeated miscarriages which is one area western medicine has a hard time addressing," Michelle Buchanan of Isthmus Acupuncture.

Buchanan practices Japanese-style acupuncture and works frequently with women having trouble conceiving.

"What we're doing here is we're helping the woman's body to mature one egg, mature it well and promote that for conception," Buchanan said. "Versus sometimes with western medicine or western drugs is they're pushing several eggs forward and making the ovary work really hard. And if the ovaries aren't working right to begin with and you start to put a serious load on them and ask them to produce a lot more then sometimes you don't get the best quality."

She also recommends a certain family of chinese herbs that are known to prevent miscarriage.

In addition, unlike Mischelle, this method of acupuncture has been known to double the success rate for women undergoing in vitro fertilization.

"This was a miracle, coming here. So we're still in the process of adopting but now we're blessed with Andrew and another one at the end of the summer," Grabner said.

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