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Guide to Eating for Optimal Fertility and Hormonal Balance

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Elevated FSH

I just turned 40 in October, and I am the very blessed mother of a beautiful boy, who just turned 7 months old. My infertility journey began at the age of 37, when much to my surprise, I was hit with the dreaded high FSH diagnosis, and given little hope of ever conceiving with my own eggs or carrying to term. A chemical pregnancy followed, which I quickly miscarried. Thank God I chose to turn to alternative Eastern medicine approaches. I was also so blessed to find Dr. Hunter. She provided hope in my darkest times, and, I believe, helped improve my egg quality and prepare my body to hold the successful pregnancy that resulted less than 6 months later. Please don’t give up hope! Along with God, Dr. Hunter helped put me on the path to my miracle.


San Jose


Hi. I am a 32-year-old woman with severe endometriosis, and I have severe episodes of pain that ensue each month as I ovulate. I have been through many drug therapies and many laparoscopies to correct the abnormal growth and pain. A few months after starting acupuncture, I no longer experience the severe pain, and I am able to lead a normal life. I am still working on my fertility with Dr. Hunter, and I hope to conceive a child in the next few months.



Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

A year ago I was diagnosed with PCOS, and was told that I might not be able to conceive. My fertility doctor recommended a drug protocol and some acupuncture to see if I could in fact start ovulating again. My menstrual cycles were extremely irregular, and sometimes over 100 days apart. Dr. Hunter recommended that I start doing weekly reproductive organ massage to increase blood flow to my ovaries and uterus. After a few months on massage and herbs, I started menstruating about every 32 days. I am thrilled to let you know that I am currently pregnant with my first child, and having a very healthy pregnancy. I can not imagine going without my weekly treatments, since I feel so relaxed!


San Jose

Recurrent miscarriage

After three consecutive miscarriages that occurred about the twelfth week of pregnancy, my doctor suggested I try acupuncture. I was referred to Dr. Hunter by a friend who had been going there for about 6 months. I met with Dr. Hunter, and decided to give it a try. I was now about 6 weeks pregnant and very concerned that I would in fact miscarry again, because my medical doctors had thought I had immune issues and bad egg quality. I was given herbs to help prevent the miscarriage, and some dietary guidelines about what to eat and what not to eat. I looked forward to my relaxing sessions; I have just delivered a very healthy nine-pound baby boy!



Premature ovarian failure

My journey with Dr. Hunter began when I was 37. I was trying to have a baby for at least a year with my new husband and was very unsuccessful. I was diagnosed by my RE as having premature ovarian failure and elevated FSH levels. I was devastated, and a friend of mine told me that acupuncture might be able to help. I was very concerned, because I hate needles and am very skeptical about non-western medicine. I finally made the call; I have been going to the clinic for about 7 months now and my FSH is now at 10. I originally started with an FSH of 27 and my RE is very impressed that this number has dropped so significantly.



Male infertility

My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over 4 years now, and recently he has been diagnosed with poor sperm quality and morphology. After reading several articles on the internet regarding Chinese medicine and fertility enhancement, I decided to ask my doctor for a referral to an acupuncturist. I met with Dr. Hunter with my husband, and we both decided to start treatments. We were told to get a baseline estimate on my husband’s sperm, and that it would take approximately 90 days to make some improvement in his sperm count, etc. After the 90 days, we went back and re-tested, and are very happy to say that things improved dramatically.

Paul and Alison

San Francisco

Luteal phase defect

I was 29 when I first started seeing Dr. Hunter and I had been trying to have a baby for the past 3 years. I was diagnosed last year with luteal phase defect, and was told I would have trouble maintaining a healthy pregnancy. I decided to try acupuncture and herbs to see if I could change the outcome. After going to Dr. Hunter for about 3 months, I conceived for the very first time in my life. I am currently 8 months pregnant and very, very happy. I would recommend this clinic to everyone.


San Francisco

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