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Acupuncturist for Male Fertility
Dear Friends, Could someone please recommend an
acupuncturist or any kind of naturopathic person for male
infertility. My husband's sperm count is 5million which is
really low compared to an average of over 20 million. And
obviously we don't want to do any invasive procedures or
take unnecessary chemicals. It will be great if this acupuncturist is
an expert at
female fertility and helping couples conceive. I am 40. But my tests
have come back really positive apparently. But
one can always use the help.
We prefer anyone in SFO, Berkeley, even San Jose, Palo Alto.
Anywhere, as long as they have shown results and know what
they are doing. Thank you in advance.
I recommend Byron Russell
fertility acupuncture work. He works with both men and
women. (415) 902-4070; eMail Byron.J.Russell@gmail.com
satisfied fertility customer
For acupuncture and fertility issues I highly recommend Leah
Mazel-Gee. She has helped numerous people, men and women,
that were unable to get pregnant. She's very good at what
she does and relates well to her patients. I have gone to
her (not for fertility, myself), but have known others that
had great successful fertility treatment, with happy and
healthy babies! I know, for myself, she has always been
very accurate with the health issues that I have had. She
has had extensive training and been treating for many, many
years! She is in Berkeley at 510-548-5676. Happy Patient!
Try Don Gates in Oakland www.eastbaytcm.com. We saw him for a year
and he's great. My husbands count and morphology both went through
the roof. He was pretty inconsistent about making it in for the
acupuncture but was good about the herbs so make sure your husband
takes his herbs. Also, how was his Motility and Morphology? Those
count as well. There are people who specialize in infertility but in
my experience they mostly charge a ton more. Good Luck!
I highly recommend Jill Stevens. She is an acupuncturist
and herbalist specializing in women's health, pregnancy, and
children. She has a family practice and I know she works
with men's reproductive issues as well. Her website is
I hope this helps and good luck to your family.
Sean Hall is a fantastic acupuncturist specializing in women's
and men's reproductive health issues. He is an extremely
professional, knowledgeable, gentle, and trustworthy practitioner.
His office is comfortable and calming. I highly recommend checking
out East Bay Acupuncture. http://www.ebacupuncture.com/
Re: Recurrent miscarriage - resources & fertility recs
I can highly recommend that you talk with Leslie Oldershaw,
a wonderful and very knowledgeable womens-reproductive
health advocate who blends both Eastern & Western
perspectives -- she is an accupuncturist. She has a
beautiful, relaxing, and very professional practice at the
top of Grand Avenue. She is also works closely with women
to help them understand, research, and know their options in
interacting with the world of fertility specialists. Her
personal, wholistic, and caring environment made a huge
difference in my experiences with challenges of getting &
If you do go the RE route, I highly recommend Dr. Richard
Chetkowski who is a Reproductive Endocrinologist with his
own practice near Alta Bates. I find, and know myself, that
there can feel like a huge barrier or committment to talk
with a RE. But, I highly recommend setting up an
appointment to talk with someone like Dr. Chet. He is very
clear-thinking and will be able to very quickly help you
understand where you may fall in the realm of fertility
issues and considerations. Of course, they will always be
willing to move forward into helping you (i.e. starting
fertility based assistance), but he would be a very clear
and kind, experienced doctor, for helping you understand how
your situation fits in the fertility world.
My experience is based on using Dr. Chetkowski & Leslie to
conceive one healthy daughter (now 2), after dealing with an
ectopic pregnancy & a number of fertility issues. I also
worked with others, who were *not* good, and so have a
strong basis for recommending these two. Good luck.
Re: Partner's zero sperm count
My husband and I saw Dr. John Nieters, our acupuncturist,
both times we decided to conceive. Dr. Nieters checked both
me and my husband. From friends I know many fertility
acupuncturists don't check both parties. We were both
treated and given herbs based on our needs. I didn't have
much just the regular folic acid but my husband was told to
take a combo of herbs to increase blood supply in that area.
Dr. Nieters has has many clients who have had motility and
count problems. I could not recommend him more highly. He
continues his education and is always on top of his medical
literature, both western and eastern philosophies. You can
check him out on his site at http://www.johnnieters.com/ or
call 510.814.6900 for an appointment.
Can anyone recommend a good acupuncturist for fertility? I
have read some of the 2008 and earlier archived
recommendations but would like to see if I can get some more
up to date recommendations. On the East Bay would be
perfect, but other places would be fine too. Thanks!
I highly recommend Jennifer Carino in San Francisco, 415-377-8655. She
has really educated herself on this and I believe she helped me finally
become pregnant when I underwent IVF and then a frozen embryo
transplant. I am now 8 months pregnant and all signs point to a healthy
baby. Best of luck.
I am seeking an acupuncturist/herbalist who specializes in
fertility and pregnancy related issues in East Bay.
I highly recommend Carla Dalton (510) 524-4812. I had seen
several acupuncturists for fertility issues before Carla,
but with no success. Then I asked my ob/gyn who she
recommended, and started seeing Carla. Within 3 months, I
was pregnant with my son. I had a complicated pregnancy,
and Carla was also great throughout. My boy was born
healthy and on time, and continues to thrive. Best wishes
I can highly recommend Claudia Weitkemper of Natural
Healing Ways (www.naturalhealingways.com) on Marin and San
Pablo in Albany.
When I had problems to conceive, I saw several
acupuncturists; all were pretty vague about my condition
and the potential success of the treatment.
Claudia told me what she thought the problem was and said
that I'd be pregnant within 6 months. I was in disbelief.
But she was right! I credit her not only with becoming and
staying pregnant, but also with a relatively easy first
pregnancy at age 41. She was so supportive and
understanding during our entire journey together. You
could not find a better person to guide you through this!
grateful mother of a 2-year old
I have worked with Abigail Surasky. I recommend her very highly. While the
fertility work we did was back in 2008, she also helped me with fertility
issues in 2004. Both times I got pregnant when my Kaiser OB said my
''normal'' hormone testings would definitely not indicate pregnancy as in any
way likely (meaning that though my test results showed me within the ranges
of normal they were severely whacked out enough to mean I would get
pregnant when pigs began to fly).
It was not as simple as downing a few herbs and getting stuck with a few
needles. The first time (when I was 41) things were almost that ''easy.'' But
the second time (when I was 45) she and I devised and implemented dietary
and exercise changes in addition. It was pretty much a lifestyle overhaul.
So Abigail is good. I continue to see her for perimenopause issues now that
my baby is a year old. Her phone number is 845-8017. She is located on
Dwight Way near Milvia in Berkeley.
Best wishes to you
you should try marti kennedy in berkeley http://martileekennedy.com/
she is the best! she's been doing this for over 30 years. after 1+ year of trying,
she got us pregnant in 3 months!!
happy new mama
About a year and a half ago I was also looking for an accupuncturist for
fertility issues. Since October 2009, I've been working with Nancy Rakela in
Berkeley. She is incredibly experienced (has practiced for over 20 years and
has a lot of knowledge about fertility issues by working with many OBs and
fertility centers in the area). With her expertise and treatments, I worked
through luteal phase and thyroid issues (both related to fertility); two issues
that my previous OB was not really dealing with regarding my fertility. Nancy
also is very knowledgeable and gave me advice on my diet. At the moment,
I'm almost 6 months pregnant (had a previous miscarriage) and so far my
pregnancy has been easy, which I attribute to regular accupuncture, diet, and
yoga. Nancy's website is http://www.nancyrakela.com/.
Feel free to contact me if you have further questions. Good luck!
I can highly recommend Dr Ou. She helped both my husband and I with
accupuncture treatment - she is fantastic- very knowledgable and the
treatments were complemented by her suggustions for changes in eating
and stress. We successfully got pregnant (after a miscarriage and trying
for a year- I was 39 and my husband was 43). We now have a healthy
happy 6 month old baby boy! Dr Ou's number is 1 (510) 654-3678
I highly recommend PORTIA LEE at Traditional Ways Healing
Center in El Cerrito. Portia knows her stuff. My husband and
I used her throughout both of my pregnancies. The first one,
I had trouble getting pregnant. My husband and I both went
to see her. She not only gave us both acupuncture treatments
but also herbs and gave us advice on things like how to
relax (sounds funny, I know, but sometimes you really need
the tips!), and eating better. Portia is amazingly
personable, professional, and has a comforting and gentle
touch. She makes no judgments....just gives you great care
During my labor and delivery, she was there with massage and
acupuncture, too. For my second pregnancy, I worried that my
age was working against me. I saw Portia again and her
treatments were fabulous.
And now even my two pre-schoolers go to her (flu, eczema,
pain relief, etc). Go see Portia! Traditional Ways Healing
Center, 6931 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530.
email@example.com or office (510) 799-8788.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treatment for fertility is
a wonderful option, in my opinion! I used it when I was not
getting pregnant very easily, had great success, and a very
comfortable (as much as can be expected, of course)
pregnancy. Most importantly, I had an extremely healthy
child! LEAH MAZEL-GEE is my Doctor in Berkeley and is quite
expert in the field. I have used her for many health
issues, as well as having sent others to be treated by her.
We have all been quite happy with the results, with the
atmosphere in the office, and quite confident with her level
of expertise. I guess it is possible that she does not have
success with every patient she sees, but that hasn't been
the case for me or for those I have referred. I didn't know
that Chinese medicine was so good until I had her
treatments. I had been to a couple other practitioners
before Leah. After so many decades in the field and doing
advanced studys for one year in China, I can see how the
levels of expertise vary quite a bit. She is very kind,
attentive, and thorough, as well. Her phone number is 510-
548-5676 and her website is www.holisticchinesemedicine.com.
Very Satisfied Patient
To the person who is looking for an acupuncturist for
fertility, I would highly recommend Lia Willebrand. She has
a very gentle but thorough approach to fertility. She is
well versed in herbs (yuck but effective!) and acupuncture
to maximize fertility. She also gave me suggestions about
stuff to do at home (specific moxa points, dietary
suggestions, etc.) which made me feel empowered in the
process on a daily basis. Lia is an experienced
practitioner who is kind and smart. Seeing Lia was one of
the stars that alligned to help bring me my daughter.
p.s. I referred my neighbor to Lia and now she is in her
second trimester!! Lia is populating our block with babies!!!
I can not recommend Laura Aguiar more highly, if you are looking for an
acupuncturist who specializes in fertility. She has an office in Berkeley and an
office in Orinda. I have worked with her for the past couple of years in
preparation for trying to get pregnant (IUI) and throughout my pregnancy. I just
gave birth to my daughter and Laura was a wonderful, supportive and
knowledgeable member of my team. She was able regulate my cycle prior to
inseminations and decoded the medical lingo for me. She was able to
recommend test that I asked my doctor to do, one of which uncovered a main
reason why my initial attempts were not successful. She has been able to
address other issues as well, but fertility has been the focus. You can reach
Laura at 510-326-6725.
I highly recommend Portia Lee, a licensed acupuncturist in
El Cerrito (next to Wellgrounded Cafe). Portia attended the
long and challenging (but wonderful and empowering!)
homebirth of my son and she was incredible. I had some
challenges on the road to pregnancy and childbirth. She is
knowledgeable, thoughtful, and incredibly caring and warm.
I have recommended her to many friends including three
friends who had hospital births who had various fertility or
pregnancy challenges. All of them have been very satisfied
and I know we all have such gratitude for the wonderful
support she has provided to us. Portia has continued to
support our family and my now three year old son has also
seen her on a number of occasions. Portia's info:
I have spoken with Leslie Oldershaw and seen Christina
Martin at Tao to Wellness, Maureen Raytis and now Nancy
Rakela for fertility.
I would recommend either Maureen Raytis or Nancy Rakela.
Maureen was high energy and involved with my care,
encouraging me to ask questions and maintain a relationship
even outside of the visits, and helped me a lot with diet
I am currently seeing Nancy Rakela because her demeanor is
very soothing to me, and she is clearly very experienced -
not only with fertility (though that is clearly an important
part of her practice), but also with other areas -- she is
helping me with some severe skin allergies, probably related
to fertility treatment. I could not find anyone other than
Nancy (including my medical doctors) that had the expertise
to help me with both. I feel like she treats me as a
partner as opposed to a patient, and she is incredibly
enjoyable to work with. She explains the rationale for my
care and has credible answers to questions, but she is not
pushy. Her experience is clear. Nancy's office space is
also absolutely beautiful, peaceful and immaculate. Also, I
am very pain sensitive and her needles haven't made me
uncomfortable; which I did sometimes experience with other
practitioners. Also Nancy's rates are very reasonable and
she has a wonderful assistant in her office, and takes
credit cards - which makes the scheduling and payment
process much smoother - making the overall experience
incredibly pleasant and easy. I really look forward to
I'd encourage you to talk with a few and see who you feel
comfortable with, and don't be afraid to seek someone more
compatible if the relationship isn't a fit.
Nancy Rakela is at (510) 540-6267 and Maureen Raytis is at
I highly recommend Laura Aguiar. She has an office in
Berkeley (510)326-6725 as well as in Orinda at the Jade
She is very knowledgeable about treating fertility issues,
as well as other medical issues, and her gentle manner
makes the treatment very relaxing. She is warm and
empathetic about the emotional issues involved in
infertility. She prescribes herbs and will give diet and
lifestyle recommendations, but not in a heavy-handed way.
I highly recommend that you give her a try!
Can anyone give a recommendation about Dr. Chen at the
Oakland Acupuncture Center for fertility issues? I saw a post
about him awhile ago with a phone number but only get an
answering machine with an automated message on it.
We love Dr. Chen!
I went to him for some help when we found out that my daughter was
breech and we wanted her to turn. He was fantastic. She did not
turn - it was really late in the game and we tried everything but
if I have any trouble with #2 I am going to see Dr. Chen!
I know Dr Chen professionally and he is a great doctor. However
for hormonal regulation I would see Maureen Raytis LAc. She is
absolutely wonderful and specializes in infertility treatment and
women's issues. I see her regularly for a variety of reasons and
cannot recommend her highly enough. She is gentle, intuitive and
really talented. You cannot go wrong working with her. She is in
Oakland near the Grand Lake theater. Her phone # is(510)
I am seeking an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility and pregnancy related
issues. Any recommendations? Thank you.
I have a recommendation for an acupuncturist who specializes
in fertility issues. Her name is Maureen Raytis and she's
located in Oakland. She herself, is pregnant now, so I'm not
sure if she's taking on new patients, but if she is, she's
fabulous. Her number is: (510) 444-4141.
All the best and blessings.
I highly recommend Leslie Oldershaw in Piedmont. I am
convinced I finally had a successful IVF because of Leslie. I
wish I had worked with her sooner. If you compare the cost of
her treatment vs. repeated IVF's (or any fertility treatment),
it is well worth the investment in her services.
Looking for recommendation for an acupuncturist specializing
in promotion of fertility/prevention of miscarriage.
I saw a an acupuncturist named Maria Jia-Yu Yung in Oakland at
the East Bay Pain center. I was pregnant 3 months after being
told I wouldn't be able to get pregnant. I have a healthy son who
is now 18 months old and am very grateful I went to see Maria. I
also referred a friend who was having trouble getting pregnant to
her and she now has a child as well. Good luck.
I highly recommend Carla Dalton for fertility and for maintaining
a healthy pregnancy. I saw several different acupuncturists
before Carla, but knew I'd met the right person with Carla.
Within 3 months of treatments with Carla, I was pregnant with my
son and carried him to term. This after infertility and
miscarriages. My son is vibrantly healthy, and I think one reason
is that I had regular treatments from Carla during my pregnancy
with him. She's been great since then, too, as I continue to
work towards optimum health. Carla's on her summer vacation
right now and won't be back until August, but she's well worth
the wait. Her number is: 510-524-4812.
I highly recommend Lia Willebrand for acupuncture for fertility
Lia is a down to earth, smart and warm practitioner who really
cares about her clients. She's also very knowledgeable about
herbs that support getting pregnant. I am grateful to her for
She has a two offices, both in Berkeley and some some weekend
hours. Her phone number is 510-858-6463.
love lia's needles!!
for any acupuncture needs, but especially anything fertility
related, please see Amy Taylor. she is phoenominal! her website
her # is 510-558-0117
Maureen Raytis is an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility.
She's located at 495 Elwood Ave., Suite 1 in Oakland. Her number
510-444-4141. I highly recommend her.
Abigail Surasky in Berkeley is unparalleled in my opinion. Her
number is 845-8017. She made recommendations to me regarding
dietary and lifestyle changes, non-invasive testings my
''regular'' health plan didn't sanction, prescribed herbs and
natural remedies, and performed needle treatments on me. I was
perimenopausal. And here I sit, 45 and pregnant with my own egg
and no treatments other than hers. Who knows if it will last, or
where it will take me... we shall see, we shall see. She also
helped me regain my fertility when my Kaiser doc had given me a
very poor prognosis for getting pregnant 4.5 years ago (I had a
healthy baby boy 3.5 yrs ago).
As far as preventing miscarriage.... I would believe that if the
miscarriage issues are related to your body being able to support
a viable pregnancy (''normal, healthy'' embryo/fetus), Abigail
would be able to help. But I really don't think that anything
can help prevent miscarriages that are related to blighted ova,
molar pregnancies, other serious chromosomal issues, etc.
I wish you the very best of luck!
A lot of hard work and a ton of luck
Don Gates is a wonderful accupuncturist, and helped me greatly in
overcoming fertility issues. He is also a wonderful, warm &
caring specialist. His practice is much more than fertility,
more a whole body balance. He is also very gentle and would be
wonderful for anyone new to accupuncture.
Don F. Gates, L.Ac.
Temescal Acupuncture Center
330 41st Street
Oakland, CA 94609
I saw Leslie Oldershaw leading up to the birth of my daughter and
she is great. She specializes in fertility and really knows her
stuff. I've seen other acupuncturists for fertility and there was
a big difference. She is very thorough and will work with your
other health care providers. I ended up doing IVF, as I had with
my son, but I still credit her with helping me prepare for and
keep the pregnancy. She is in at the top of Grand Avenue, in
Piedmont. Good Luck!
I highly recommend Jacques Bernou, 925 962-9228, as an
acupuncturist that specializes in fertility. Besides being a good
person he is incredibly successful helping people with fertility
I recommend Christina Martin in Berkeley 510-883-0383 or Maureen
Raytis in Oakland 510-444-4141 for fertility acupuncture. I went
to the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health for nine unsuccessful
months trying various combos of Clomid, Femara, Follistim and
Ovidrel with IUI's. After adding acupuncture to the regimen for
three cycles I became pregnant and continued treatment through my
first trimester to avoid miscarriage. So far so good! My only
regret is that I didn't begin acupuncture sooner.
Both women are warm and sincere with reasonable rates (important
since most insurance either covers very little if anything). As
mentioned in another post- Maureen is expecting and will be
handing off her practice temporarily- so Christina may be your
best bet at this time. Good luck!
42 and finally pregnant
I went to Marnie McCurdy at East-West Integrative Medicine when I
was having IVF treatment. She is really wonderful. Only drawback
= she's in the City. But, in Glen Park, very accessible. See
I recently started seeing Nancy Rakela, O.M.D., LAc in Berkeley
for the same reasons. While I am not pregnant (yet!), she is
extremely knowledgeable from a Western and Eastern medical
perspective and offers a serene office setting with professional
staff. I highly recommend. Her number is: 540-6267.
I'm looking for recomendations for an accupuncturist to help
increase my fertility as we get ready to do IVF. I've heard
Leslie Oldershaw is amazing but she's also expensive and the
IVF is stretching us to the max. My insurance wont cover any of
this. All the previous postings on BPN are rather dated so I
was wondering if anyone has more recent experience with an
effective, kind and reasonably priced accupuncturist in the
I don't know how much Leslie Oldershaw is or what is expensive to
you, but Abigail Surasky is fabulous. She is $80 a session if you
go once a week, less if you go more often. Her office is in
Berkeley at Dwight and Milvia. Her number is 845 8017. Good luck
I saw Leslie Oldershaw for fertility treatment a few years ago and
was very happy with her but I agree, it's expensive, and not
covered by insurance. I haven't tried it myself, but a friend of
mine sought acupuncture treatment at a school in San Francisco.
She found the care to be both top rate (teachers accompanied
students at the sessions) and affordable ($60/hour) if I remember
correctly. Sorry I don't have details, but it might be worth the
research. Good luck!
I'm currently seeing Marti Lee Kennedy on Ashby near college for
some pregnancy-related issues. She's a L.Ac. and OMD, and she
specializes in fertility and pregnancy issues. So far she seems
terrific, and she's been doing it for decades. If you check the
archives for her, you will find many BPN recommendations.
Currently her rates are $125 for first visit and $85 for each
Heidi Kao in San Francisco is AMAZING. She is a gentle and
understanding Acupuncturist specializing in Fertility and IVF.
Very talented. She is located at: 30 Monterey Boulevard, SF, CA
telephone 415.586.5900 www.heidikao.com. And she accepts
I highly recommend her.
I have been seeing Laura Aguiar for acupuncture for a while now
(recently for fertility issues). She is extremely knowledgeable
about both acupuncture and herbs. The treatments are relaxing and
pain-free! She is also a kind, thoughtful person and it is great
to talk to her during each appointment. (She sometimes seems to
know more than my doctor!) Laura has a practice in Berkeley
(510-326-6725) and Orinda (925-254-3148). Best of luck with your
east bay mom
Marti Lee Kennedy at the Ashby Center of Complementary Medicine in
Berkeley on Ashby Ave (by College Ave) has helped a lot of women
with fertility issues. www.martileekennedy.com. She's a wonderful,
warm-hearted, caring and very experienced practitioner. Good luck!
I can recommend acupuncturist Lili Tom. I originally went to her
in preparation for IVF. After gearing up for my first IVF cycle
we decided to just keep trying acupuncture for a few months (I
wasn't menatlly prepared for IVF). After 5 months I became
pregnant with one IUI. I'm 37 and after having been off of
fertility drugs for about 6 months decided to give a low dose of
Clomid another try. I believe the break of fertility drugs and
the acupunture helped prepare my body for the successful round of
IUI. Lili is great. She is gentle but effective. She puts her
total concentration into you and what she is doing for you. I
feel very taken care of when I see her. She charges about 85 a
session. I am continuing to see her during my pregnancy as well.
Her website is www.lilitom.com. Good luck!
Geraldine Fitzgerald Shute of Deep Healing Acupuncture has been
working with my partner while she is trying to get pregnant-
she is amazingly knowledgeable and gentle and helped her with her
hayfever at the same time! We highly recommend her.
phone: (510) 672 2210
I highly recommend Portia Lee for acupuncture to help fertility.
When we were trying to concieve, I tried three other
acupuncturist/herbalists, including Leslie Oldershaw before
hearing about Portia thru a friend of a friend. We also were
working with Kaiser and later the Pacific Fertility Center. But I
truly believe that it was Portia's care that finally made the
difference. She is incredibly warm, nurturing and supportive and
very knowledgeable about acupuncture and herbs. I took a break
between treatments at PFC and just worked with Portia for six
months to strengthen my body and work holistically. It was the
best decision, because when we finally did go back to do a
treatment at PFC, we were successful on the first try! And further
evidence of Portia's prowess, with her help-myself, my friend and
my friend's friend all got pregnant! I feel very lucky to have
gone to her.
Portia Lee, Traditional Ways Healing Center, 6931 Stockton Avenue,
El Cerrito, CA 510-799-8788 or 510-932-4456
Happy Mom (at last!)
I was wondering if anyone has experience/advice/recommendations re:
acupuncture as a fertility treatment. I'm going to be starting IVF in late
June (my previous IUI cycles ended in negative or miscarriage). I'm a slow
responder to fertility meds and do not ovulate on my own (hypothalamus
issues). Money is a factor for us, since we don't have insurance for the IVF,
so our savings is already being ransacked. But, I want to do whatever I can
to increase the chances. I've never done any kind of acupuncture and am
unsure about it. (Also potentially interested in fertility yoga)
Restorative yoga is very good for improving issues around fertility. Depending upon
where you live/work, there are restorative yoga classes with well trained yoga
teachers at the Alameda Yoga Station and Berkeley Yoga Room as well as other locations
in the East Bay and San Francisco.
try Leslie Oldershaw in Piedmont (http://www.leslieoldershaw.com) She not cheap, but
comes highly recommended, and shes very thorough. We just completed a sucessful IVF
cycle with her so we are happy!
I would like to highly recommend Maureen Raytis. She is an acupuncturist in Oakland
on Grand Avenue and she specializes in fertility. I saw her last year for the months
leading up to, and during my first (and only!) IVF cycle. I do believe that it was
with her help that my body responded as well as it did to the treatment and I was able
to get pregnant on the first try.
Her offices are beautiful and relaxing and she is a caring and knowledgeable
practitioner. She will even take time outside of normal office hours to give you a
treatment when it's most crucial to the success of your IVF cycle (before egg
retrieval, and before and after implantation).
I can't say enough great things about her. Good luck!
Her website is http://www.eastbayacupuncture.com/
Expecting in October
Here it is. This is the person/clinic that may have cured my infertility. I was
diagnosed with incurable infertility. My case was so grim that 3 different fertility
clinics, after reviewing my lab results, wouldn't even take me as a client, saying
that I had a better chance at a miracle. I can't tell you how distraught I was.
Finally, after a healthy period of crying bouts and true grief, I got determined.
After studying endocrinology myself, I did several things that led me to getting
pregnant - naturally - in 2000. I now have a beautiful, perfectly healthy and
amazing 7 year old son. Believe me, I UNDERSTAND the pain of hearing the words
Only 1 of the actions I took in my ''determined'' stage was a medical intervention. I
visited Phil Madden at the Sonoma Valley Acupunture and Health Clinic,(707-996-6681).
He is a person of intention, calm and integrity. Taking my situation very seriously,
Phil consulted with other colleagues and created a liquid herbal concoction specific
to me that I believe may have been a key ingredient in my successful pregnancy. I
know this seems unbelieveable. But, remember, I had medical testing prior analyzed by
many different sources and all agreed my case was dire.
I realize Sonoma may be far for you, but you'll probably save money in the long run by
going to the right person once or twice.
By the way, eggplant (from the nightshade family) and other foods cause miscarriage.
I remember a book that listed all foods that cause miscarriage and infertility. Some
women miscarry so quickly that they don't even realize they are pregnant. I'm sorry I
can't find the name of the book. I know there is a book called: The Infertility
Book. I can't remember if this is the book I read, but get one of these books (The
Infertility Book can be borrowed through your library's Super Search from Sonoma
- Love and Light to you.
I would recommend Thuy Nguyen at Berkeley Community Acupuncture
It's a sliding fee clinic and very affordable and she is a lovely woman to work
with. I was also struggling with fertility issues which is the main reason I decided
to check out acupuncture and I am now 5 months pregnant. Who know's if the
acupuncture did the trick but regardless it helped me to relax and create a sense of
hopefulness. Good Luck.
The best source of info I found was on http://ivfconnections.com go to their bulletin
boards (select ALL BOARDS - I think you have to join first but it's free). It's
really well organized, you can check out info from others by all sorts of headings and
in your case under ''alternative treatments'' you'll find a lot of info, or you can
post your question there. I am convinced that some of these women know more than some
of the fertility drs, and it's very powerful to have the combined knowledge and
experience of so many women trying to achieve the same thing.
I am interested in hearing about recent experiences with Dr.
Angela Wu in SF. I am forty and trying to conceive a second
time. I have a son who is 18 months old. Thank you!
Thanks for your time!
I saw five different acupuncturists in my ''baby quest''
recently, over a three year period, including Dr. Wu in SF. I
found it helpful to go there and try it out (as I'd heard so
much hype about it), and get her dietary guidelines (which are
pretty intense, but helpful to know about), etc. -- but in the
end found it to be a bit of a racket. It is SOOOOO expensive --
the recommended treatments run something like $300-500 a WEEK
-- and it felt to me like it was preying on our desperation.
There was a bit of a ''you just have to believe'' aspect to it,
that really rubbed my husband the wrong way. In the end, I
ended up going to an acupuncturist in Oakland that I absolutely
LOVE -- Dr. Jing Li on Piedmont Ave. (above the flower shop
near the cemetary, 654-1567; she also has an office in SF).
She is really smart, treated me (and my husband) by really
observing us (it didn't feel like she was just following a
standard fertility protocol), took my insurance (blue cross),
and prescribed herbs/treatments that were reasonably priced, only
going to the more expensive ones (and those almost
apologetically) when it really seemed that was where we needed
to go. I think she is smarter, better, and more... honorable
(in terms of her relationship to the 'infertility industrial
complex') than Dr. Wu. I also had positive experiences with
Leslie Oldershaw, Michelle Bullard, and Nancy Rakela -- all of
whom I'd recommend over Dr. Wu. It might be worth going just
to see for yourself, and get all the handouts -- but I think
that the time it takes to get out to the Richmond for
treatments, the psychology of the place, and especially the
cost make it not at all worth it. Especially when Dr. Li is
available!! (BTW we asked one of the Dr.s we were consulting
with, Dr. Zouves, about Dr. Wu, and he very gently and
carefully mentioned how many wonderful acupunturists besides
her were available in these parts....) -- it was pretty easy to
read between the lines. !
Good luck to you on your journey towards your second child.
I did one visit with Angela Wu in San Francisco when I was
going through fertility treatments. I will say up front I hear
she works miracles (my fertility doctor at the time even
admitted it when I asked his opinion). HOWEVER, I knew in my
heart after my first visit I could not follow her very strict
and expensive fertility plan. If you are the kind of person
who can follow a strict routine (diet, herbal supplements,
strange treatments) and have the money to invest in it, go for
it! As an alternative, I went to acupunturist Leslie Oldershaw
in Piedmont for treatment while I was doing IVF's and had a
successful pregnancy. She is well respected as a fertility
specialist (and other women's issues), kind, supportive, and
affordable. Good luck.
I missed your original question, but I assume you are asking about going to
Angela Wu for infertility issues? I went to her for 3 months, spent waaaaay
too much money, and ended up feeling physically horrible. She runs a factory
production line and gives everyone the same treatment and rakes in the money.
I lost tons of weight following her program (and I was already too thin to
start out with, so that was not a good thing in my case!), the herbs gave me
digestive problems, and most importantly, it did not help me get pregnant. My
fertility doctor said she wasn't helpful to his patients, but he did have a
recommendation for another acupuncturist in SF who he respected who
specialized in fertility issues. I can try to dig up that name if you are
interested and post again.
I noticed both previous answers were negative and while I understood their
concerns such as costs, difficult program to follow and a feeling like you are
in a fertility factory so to speak which are all valid, but I also think it
should be pointed out that Dr Wu has a gift that not many other acupuncturists
have - she is able to tell most women when they are pregnant (or with
multiples) BEFORE your test at 8 or 10 days or whenever it is (it's been 5
years since I did all this fertility stuff) just by your pulse and she is able
to tell you when your pregnancy might be having trouble and she can help you
I went to 2 other acupuncturists before I went to her, one I liked a lot
better in the sense of feeling that I could talk to her better than Dr Wu and
feeling like it wasn't so profit oriented but neither of the other
acupuncturists had the gift that she had and that ended up being very
important to me as we almost lost the baby and I credit her with being able to
prevent a miscarriage. In addition she was the only one who was able to get my
period started again.
So I think it depends how much time you have and how desperate you feel. If
you have plenty of time and not much money go elsewhere. If you are desperate
or have a history of miscarriage etc then you could check her out. Also, there
are ways to reduce the cost - ask for 1/2 sessions, don't go every week when
you are pregnant etc.
This is a late response, but I wanted to comment that Angela Wu, while very expensive,
was a great help to me. I had been unable to get pregnant for almost 2 years. My
reproductive endocrinologist was suggesting I start thinking about IVF. Instead, I
decided to try Dr. Wu.
I followed her recommendations (dietary and otherwise) very closely, especially from
the beginning through about 5 months of pregnancy. Within 8 weeks of starting
treatment with her (herbs, acupuncture, acupressure and dietary changes), I was
pregnant. I continued treatment during my pregnancy and had an extremely easy
pregnancy--no morning sickness or nausea, no strong food aversions or cravings, very
few aches and pains and no excess weight gain.
While I sometimes felt that she was asking me to have more treatments than necessary,
and the monetary cost and time investment were quite high, I have to say that her
treatment was very successful for me. It's a lot cheaper and less stressful than IVF,
or at least it was for me.
If I have problems getting pregnant a second time I plan to go back to her.
I am looking for recommendations for an acupunturist that specializes in fertility
issues. Price is a concern since there is no coverage with insurance. Attempting
pregnancy for second child.
I highly recommend Michelle Bullard, whom I give lots of credit for my
''miracle baby.'' She is a kind, gentle, and gifted acupuncturist and is very
knowledgeable about women's fertility and women's health, among lots of other
topics. I have another friend who went to her and also had a baby last year
and swears by her. Good luck! Here's her info: Michelle Bullard, 2421 4th
St., Berkeley, 510-845-8282
I have been seeing Leslie Oldershaw for three months. She's really nice and
people give her rave reviews. It is expensive though - $95 a visit. I
pre-pay for 10 at a time and get $10 off each visit. My insurance pays for
$25 a session.
I would go to Christina Martin. I went through my successful IVF cycle with
her. She doesn't specialize in infertility per se, but came highly
recommended by my OBGYN. She is very supportive and knowledgable (teaches at
a local acu school), and went out of her way to schedule me for treatments
immediately before and after my embryo transfer (came in at 7 am!). She also
charges a reasonable sliding scale fee. I actually tried someone who
advertised herself as an infertility acupuncturist and was very disappointed
with the experience. She was much more expensive to begin with, and kept
trying to push really expensive tests and supplements on me (and insinuated
that it would be detrimental to me getting pregnant if I didn't buy these
things!). Meanwhile, she cut corners with her methods. For ex, you are
supposed to change around where needles are placed dependent on what's
happening with the patient. She never asked how I was, just placed the
needles in the same place each time - I saw her for 5 minutes total each time. She was even 20 min
late one time bc she was joking around with another patient and never
bothered to apologize or give a discount. I was left with the feeling that
she was just trying to cash in on the desparation of people who really wanted
to have kids. And of course, some patients will eventually get pregnant
whether or not they get acupuncture, so it's hard to catch scammers like her.
I would AT LEAST recommend that you try Christina vs someone else to see how
they measure up. Lots of luck to you!
I went to Angela Wu in SF (Clement and 11th?) for 3 months before IVF to get
ready and every week after. I'd highly recommend her but I will tell you it
gets quite expensive. I went about 3 or 4 years ago and spent about $150-200
out of pocket every week - this included acupuncture, herbs, massage, and
cupping. I also followed a strict diet. She made a big difference to me in
quality and quantity of eggs. She is truly talented, can usually tell if you
are pregnant before you do the test (I think around day 8?) just by feeling
your pulse! And often also knows if it is multiples and can warn you of
dangers as the pregnancy progresses.
There is another TCM dr I've noticed who also seems very talented, located in
Marin and gives free advice on a website called www.IVFconnections.net (I
know you didn't mention IVF but this website is great info even for those
just looking to get pregnant the natural way) - look on the Bulletin Boards
for IVF with Alternative Treatments under the Complementary Treatments and
there is a thread ''Happy to Answer Questions'' and she answers all sorts of
general and specific-to-you questions so this may be a good way to get some
info w/o any costs if you have questions regarding what you could be doing.
She also has a website www.ancasira.com
I highly recommend Maureen Raytis, L.Ac. She is one of a few acupuncturists
in the Oakland/Berkeley area who has a specialty in fertility. She has a
great bedside manner and uplifting spirit which is important when working
with fertitilty and the stress it brings. She also will take time to counsel
you on nutrition and other things you can do to help the process. She takes
insurance and her prices are very reasonable compared to other acupuncturists
specializing in fertility. Maureen's office is located across from the Grand
Lake Theater in Oakland. Her number is (510)444-4141. Her website is
www.eastbayacupuncture.com Best of luck to you!!
Hi there -
I feel for you - but there's hope! I got pregnant twice (lost the first
pregnancy due to chromosome problems) within one year with the help of the
fabulous acupuncturist and naturopath Claudia Weitkemper, who specializes
in women's fertility. Her website is www.naturalhealingways.com and here
is the page on Fertility Challenges
You need to go see my acupucturist! She is great at treating insomnia and
she works a lot with women, fertility and post-partum issues. My friend
went and saw her for chronic insomnia and is now sleeping through the
night. Her name is Maureen Raytis and she can be reached at 510-444-4141
Get the point, you'll feel better!
I posted about my acupuncturist, Bea Hammond, in response to the referral
request for someone to help with morning sickness. Since she has a really
good track record helping women who are trying to get pregnant, I'm posting
about her here as well. She's in Albany on Solano.
www.harmonyacupuncture.info Her number is 510-495-4946.
I am an almost 36 year old woman who is lucky enough to have 2
beautiful children. My son was conceived through IVF and my
daughter was a miracle. My husband and I would love to add one
more child into our lives. I have been diaganosed with poor egg
quality - fsh was 7.5 day 3 and 14.8 day 10. We cannot justify
IVF again and were thinking that accupuncture may help. I live
in Walnut Creek and have been given a few names: Dr. Jorgen
Jensen, Dr. Michael Boyer, Dr. Chai and Dr. Singular. Does
anyone have any experience with them? Especially dealing with
poor egg quality? We don't want to wait as these eggs aren't
getting any better! We just want to know that we tried as many
avenues as possible before we give up and move on with our
Thank you so much
I am an acupuncturist and it is my understanding that acupuncture cannot change
the quality of the egg. You are born with a certain number of eggs and as you
get older, the quality of these eggs declines. This happens for some people
faster than others. Acupuncture can help with fertility in many ways:
increasing circulation to the gynecological organs, removing obstructions from
the fallopian tubes balancing hormones, reducing stress, thickening the lining of
the uterus, and improving sperm quality and and quantity. Unfortunately, it
cannot change the health of the eggs themselves.
Sara Rankin, L.Ac.
I tried accupuncture to conquer infertility 13 yrs ago. My
understanding is that accupuncture can help with infertility if the
issue is regularizing periods so that you know when you will be
fertile. It certainly wasn't helpful with me with improving the
quality of my old eggs. You should satisfy yourself, though, and
find out what precisely it can help you with. I don't know that
anything can improve egg quality, but perhaps there have been new
advances in the last decade or so.
I wish you the best of luck.
I am 40 years old and also had been diagnosed with poor egg
quality. My FSH was 12. It took us 2 and a half years to conceive
but I am now 8 months pregnant. We were just about to try an IUI
but were fortunate to enough to conceive naturally. I had
explored several alternative avenues like acupuncture but what
really did it for us was Chinese herbs. I did acupuncture for the
whole 2 and half years that we tried but as soon as I started the
herb treatment I was pregnant within a few months. That pregnancy
unfortunately ended in a miscarriage but I was pregnant once
again 2 months later. The important thing is to find a a Chinese
herbalist who uses raw herbs. The kind you have to boil and
simmer and drink as a tea. Most acupuncturists also deal with
herbs but they are usually tablets or powders. The raw herbs are
much more powerful. More labor intensive and not very tasty but
well worth it. I went to Fu's Natural Healing Center, 391 Sutter
Street Suite 515 @ Stockton San Francisco (415) 788-2298. San
Francisco might be too far for you but maybe you can find a
Chinese herbalist in Walnut Creek. Good Luck!!
In response to your search for an Acupuncturist to help you with the health of
your ovum and hopefully aid you in your third pregnancy; I am not familiar with
the Doctors names you were referred to, but if it isn't too much to consider I
will add one more. I myself am an acupuncturist, focusing on women's health and
just entering my third trimester of pregnancy. My personal acupuncturist and a
very gifted Doctor is Aida Men. She practices in Alameda. She is brilliant and a
master herbalist as well. She specializes in fertility, maternity, gynecology and
pediatrics. She has years and years of training and experience in both
traditional chinese medicine and western medicine. She is also incredibly kind,
and gentle in her needling technique. I will be referring a lot of patients to
her when I take my own maternity leave. Her clinic number is (510) 749-9630. She
would be well worth the trip from Walnut Creek. Good Luck!
Celina Lyons, L.Ac
My husband and I both use Portia Lee in El Cerrito. She's
marvelous! We were concerned about the length of time it was
taking for me (37 yrs old at the time) to get pregnant (my
first). She treated us both with acupuncture and herbs and gave
us great advice about the importance of the lifestyle we were
living (too busy, not getting enough REST!, eating healthier, etc.).
Portia is very caring and understanding. She works WITH you, as
opposed to just working ''on'' you. She has a gentle touch, poise
and professionalism that made me feel very at ease.
After getting pregnant, I continued to see her and she even came
to the hospital after about 30 hours of labor to help my delivery
When we start thinking about a sibling for our son, we will
definitely see Portia again.
She works at Traditional Ways Healing Center, 6931 Stockton Ave.
in El Cerrito. Her office number is 510-932-4456.
I saw Don Gates at Temescal Acupuncture Center. He was
wonderful, kind, and gentle. I have a needle phobia and Don made
the whole procedure wonderful.
I have seen Nancy Rakela, acupuncturist in west Berkeley, for a
few years for infertility issues. I would recommend her --
knows the subject matter well. I believe acupuncture is a
great way to stay relaxed during the infertility journey. I
believe it really helped to strengthen my overall system, boost
my immune system, and allowed me to deeply relax during the
hectic pace of life, work, and infertility treatments. It's
well worth it. I will now make it a part of my health care --
Hi-- I'm being referred to an RE (age 43, d3 FSH 7 but estradiol
82; d10 FSH after CCT is 14.2) but have also wondered about
I've read the posts and will try Dr. Ou (on Grand Ave). On the
phone, she didn't really have the time to explain how acupuncture
can help. I know it destresses and can regularize menstrual
But, can my FSH be artificially or temporarily heightened by
stress or irregular cycles, such that acupuncture can lower FSH?
I know that I owe it to myself to give it a shot but I'd also
like to know if anyone knows whether it can help bypass problems
with poor ovarian reserve.
Unrelatedly, but if someone knows... can the presence of an
ovarian cyst during CCT (which ruptured on d15 after having it
for a year, probably due to the clomiphene citrate) create
falsely poor results? The cyst definitely affected my hormones (PMS).
Thanks for any ideas you may have.
I highly recommend Dr. Jing Li (4414 Piedmont Ave., 654-1567) for
infertility and other pregancy-related issues. She is very knowledgable
and kind. I went to Dr. Li when I was trying to get pregnant After 4
unsuccessful inseminations, I went to her in my 5th cycle and got
pregnant. When I was over-due, I also went to her to ''get things going''
and went into labor that night. I have been to Dr. Ou as well, but I found
her English to be limited and had a hard time commuinicating with her. I
think if you have not had much accupuncture before, Dr. Li would make
you feel very at ease.
My acupuncturist is Jorgen Jensen in Walnut Creek. He is
wonderful at explining things. He has approx 80% or higher?
fertility rate. (Much higher than inverto fertiliztion or
artificial insemination and much cheaper too!) I got pregnant
after 3 month in his care after trying for years.
For the person who wondered about the purpose of acupuncture for
fertility: I went through it myself (unsuccessfully, alas) and
never completely understood it, but I would just warn you that
Dr. Ou on Grand Avenue may not be the best person to explain it
to you. I saw her once and it wasn't the right place for me:
very little privacy in the rough-and-ready office and treatment
area, and a brusque manner from the practitioner. I ended up at
a more ''Western'' practice. I wish you all the best.
Regarding benefits of acupuncture for fertility: I have heard
many western doctors tout the benefits of acupuncture for
fertility, in particular around greater uterine blood flow and
reduced stress. Here's a blurb on a journal article that tells
I have also heard many acupuncturists talk about the benefits of
acupuncture in terms of Chinese medicine, which I don't claim to
I was in your shoes a couple of years ago. I did do
acupuncture and I feel that it probably did not help. My
doctor suggested it and I respected his advice so I went
ahead with it. I did eventually get pregnant but it was several
months after stopping acupuncture.
But I do think it helped in the sense that I felt I was doing all
that I could do. And for me that was really important. I
needed to give it my all so that ten years from now I would
be ok with how things turned out. But who knows maybe
the acupunture did really help and its benefits didn't
materialize for several months!
And that is what is so hard about being where you are right
now. Not having answers and not really being able to get
them. It drove me nuts! There is so much that the doctors
DON'T know. You just have to pursue this for as long as you
feel comfortable doing so.
I had a wonderful fertility doctor who really got on my case
about trying to figure out what all the numbers mean. I was
41 years old, my FSH was a depressing 19 and my periods
were really erratic. A previous doctor had told me the only
way I would become pregnant was to use egg donor.
The numbers mean something but they don't mean
everything. Every month is different. Doctors cannot predict
with accuracy your chances for getting pregnant. I know that
for a fact. I went through four IVFs and the first three
produced almost nothing. For the fourth and what was
going to be the last IVF I produced a whopping nineteen
eggs which resulted in my having a healthy daughter.
I think part of it was having made peace with all the fertility /
pregnancy stuff. It wasn't 'giving up' in a negative sense it
was just making peace with it. And you can't reach that
space until you have traveled all the way through this journey
you are on. I am so sorry you are having to go through this.
Don't feel pressured to do anything you don't want to do.
Find a kind and very competent doctor and pace yourself.
It is hard to balance doing whatever it takes with not
exhausting yourself. And it is difficult to eliminate stressful
things in our lives because change itself creates stress.
Going through treatment for infertility is such an emotional
rollercoaster and throughout it all we are supposed to relax!
I think you have already answered your question. You owe it
to yourself to give acupuncture a shot. The only reason for
not doing it is if it stresses you out financially or emotionally.
If it creates any kind of strain for you then just let it go.
I really recommend you read ''The Infertility Cure'' as it is all
about how accupuncture, chinese herbs, and dietary/lifestyle
changes can help fertility. The woman who wrote it was trained
both in Western and Eastern medicine. I'm in my 40's and have
been going to Leslie Oldershaw, who I think is fantastic and
will take all the time in the world to explain things to you.
I'm still doing the fertility program at Kaiser, but feel that
the accupuncture has helped, both mentally and physically.
Above all it has helped my stress levels tremendously and a big
factor in infertility is the fight or flight syndrome which
means it's harder to get pregnant when you're stressed and not
eating right. When I miss my weekly appointment, I definatley
notice that I am more PMS-y or things will get to me quicker
Although I am not a doctor, I have had quite a bit of experience with acupuncture
and fertility treatments. I am 41 and started recieving treatment through a reputable
fertility clinic using acupuncture to support the IVF cycles. I have been though
numerous IVF cycles in the past year all the while doing acupuncture in conjunction
with the cycles. One thing I can tell you is that my ovarian reserve has not
While there is some clinical evidence to suggest that acupuncture can help with
fertility and possibly improve results of IVF, the data is far from conclusive. We
decided to do the acupucture just in case.
My strong word of caution is this: At 43 years, you should not be looking to
acupuncture to increase ovarian reserve or egg quality. Go immediately to a good
fertility clinic and consult with a specialist. Any good RE will be interested in
anything that will improve your chances, including acupuncture. But time is of the
essence. No one has yet found a means to reverse the aging process.
I don't mean for this to sound too alarming, but from my own experience, delays
can be costly. I hope you reach your goal of having a child soon.
Best of luck!
I am 40 and my FSH is 29!!. Practically all doctors have asked me to consider donor
eggs. I heard acupuncture helps my kind of cases. I may go for acupuncture for
couple of months and then try IVF cycle. I will appreciate if someone can
recommend good infertility acupuncturists in bay area.
Does anyone have any experience with Angela Wu or Lifang Liang in San Francisco.
Thanks for your help!
Hi there -- I've seen Angela Wu and found her approach demands lots of
money and time and a willingness to give in to her program. I liked
some of her practitioners and the treatments were fine, but the
program (the cost esp. but also the amount of time it took each week)
was causing too much stress in my relationship and my life. Also her
waiting area also made me feel like I'd joined a cult of desperate
women willing to pay anything...not a feeling I liked. I've since
switched to Nancy Rakela in Berkeley and like her a lot; Leslie
Oldershaw is also very knowledegable and supportive (and a student of
Lifang Liang I believe). But actually the most helpful and inspiring
''therapy'' I've done as part of this ''baby search'' has been with
the www.fertileheart.com website and the phone circles run by its
creator, Julia Indichova -- the author of the book *Inconceiveable*
(her FSH was 42 when she was told to give up on getting pregnant, and
went on to change her diet, mindset, and approach to her own health
Check the archives! There are many postings already re: Angela Wu vs. other acupuncture/fertility specialists in East Bay/San Francisco. I went to Leslie Oldershaw (I was 45!) and credit her with the birth of my daughter. Angela Wu works miracles, but her regime was too overwhelming for me.
I noticed the existing posting for accupuncturists/ herbal
medicine is couple of years old. I would appreciate it if
anyone has more recent experiences with Leslie Oldershaw, Marti
Lee Kennedy, or Angela Wu in helping with late pregnancies &
multiple pregnancies. Any other recommendation is also
Thank you so much.
I started seeing Marti Lee Kennedy in my third trimester
primarily for the lower back pain I was experiencing. I had
never had acupuncture before and was a bit leery, however she
made me feel extremely comfortable and her treatments started
working immediately. It has also helped me with some of the
insomnia I have been experiencing. I cannot compare her with
other practitioners, but I have been very pleased.
I saw Marti Lee Kennedy for acupuncture treatments for a few
months just prior to getting pregnant with my second child in
mid-2004. Our initial intention was to use acupuncture
to ''prepare'' for IVF (some research has shown higher success
rates for IVF with preceding acupuncture), but discovered we
had become pregnant without any other intervention than
acupuncture just prior to the cycle we had slated to begin IVF
injections. It's hard to say for sure whether it was the
acupuncture that definitively led to the pregnancy, but what I
can say is I was already 42 and had been trying for 3 years
unsuccessfully to get pregnant.It felt to me like it did make a
difference. I also saw Marti occasionally once the pregnancy
had started, which was always pleasant though my pregnancies
were blessedly uneventful and thus didn't require much
symptomatic relief of any sort. I always really enjoyed going
to see Marti-- she's a very nice person, empathic, kind, and
seemed to me quite skillful and knowledgeable professionally. I
invariably felt so relaxed after the treatments that it seemed
like a good thing regardless of the outcome.
Best of luck.
I started seeing Marti Lee Kennedy in my third trimester
primarily for the lower back pain I was experiencing. I had
never had acupuncture before and was a bit leery, however she
made me feel extremely comfortable and her treatments started
working immediately. It has also helped me with some of the
insomnia I have been experiencing. I cannot compare her with
other practitioners, but I have been very pleased.
I've also heard good things about Dr. Kennedy. I have heard
that she has been successful with at least one older patient,
with very high FSH. I had one treatment by her years ago for a
non-fertility related issue and found her very nuturing.
I have not seen any of the doctors that the original post asked
about, but I do have a great acupuncturist recommendation...
Portia Lee L.Ac. is exceptional. As a mother of two little ones,
she is very knowledgeable about women and their bodies.
Portia has been treating me since postpartum with my second
child, and now throughout my third pregnancy (I am due in two
weeks). She is nurturing and respectful, and I find her
treatments to be both gentler and deeper than other treatments I
have had before. She uses a lot of Moxa (heat), gives great
nutritional recommendations, traditional medicinal Chinese
recipes, and custom mixes her own whole herbs.
Although I do not think she specialized in pregnancy and women's
fertility in school, it does seem to be the clientele that is
drawn to her. I have only positive feedback to give, and I am
grateful to have found her. I leave her office each time feeling
She has recently moved her practice to a great office in El Cerrito q
Traditional Ways Healing Center at 6931 Stockton Avenue.
I have had experience with both Leslie Oldershaw and Angela
Wu. I was in my early 40's when I started trying to get
pregnant and desperately wanted a baby. Traditional fertility
treatments were not working. I
later was given the name of Leslie Oldershaw by a nurse who
worked in my fertility doctor's office. Herbs were offered but
were optional (which was not the case with Angela Wu). I liked
Leslie a great deal, and I credit her with the birth of my
little girl. I had two IVF's that were not successful, and
pending the 3rd try, Leslie worked on improving my uterine
environment through acupuncture. I would highly recommend her!
For my first round of IVF, I went to Leslie Oldershaw, whom I
liked tremendously. I liked her office, her style and
operation. Unfortunately, probably through no fault of hers,
that IVF cycle failed miserably.
Another acupuncturist who's highly thought of and has a lot of
fertility experience is Nancy Rakela in No. Berkeley. I've
been treated by her and liked her a lot as well.
I have had experience with both Leslie Oldershaw and Angela
Wu. I was in my early 40's when I started trying to get
pregnant and desperately wanted a baby. Traditional fertility
treatments were not working, so I scheduled an appointment with
Angela Wu. I found her routine to be too exhausting and
expensive, so did not continue with treatment. That being
said, even my fertility doctor admitted that she works
miracles, I just knew I would not follow her strict routine.
I have been seeing Dr. Wu in San Francisco for several months now and she has
helped me immensely. Our fertility (we are only doing IVF at this point, with a
gestational carrier, so we don't know what a natural cycle would be like) has
improved, but still not resulted in a viable pregnancy. I have known women who
have become pregnant with her treatments who were told they were hopeless cases,
and a friend that I sent to her a few months ago just had over 15 embryos in her last
IVF cycle (up from 0 in the first, and 6 in the second pre-dr. Wu)--she doesn't know
yet if she is pregnant. Dr. Wu says her own sucess rate is 50% --which is amazing
considering she gets mostly women who haven't been able to get pregnant. I would
definitely check her out--she is the real thing.
After my first round of IVF with another doctor, I decided to pull out all the stops and go to
Angela Wu, whom I had heard a lot about, both positively and
negatively. I went to her out of blind faith (and
desperation!). Treatment by Dr. Wu was very intensive, time-
consuming and expensive. She has a much more comprehensive
dietary and lifestyle treatment program than the other Oriental
Doctors I've seen.
Dr. Wu wanted to see me 2-3x/week and asked me to take
MULTIPLE, expensive herbs. After much hesitation and
skepticism, I ended up doing everything she recommended
(including wearing red underwear and burning moxa 2 times per
day) and beat the odds. At age 39, with an FSH of 18+, I had a
successful 3rd IVF cycle and ended up with a beautiful,
perfectly healthy baby girl. This was after several renowned
Western fertility doctors told me I had less than a 5% chance
of conceiving, even with IVF.
Interestingly, Dr. Wu told me all along that I had all the
basics in place for a successful conception, but just needed to
follow her program for 4 months. (She also accurately told me
I was carrying a girl based on my pulse when I was only 10
I firmly believe my daughter would not be here if not for Dr.
Wu. Despite all that, though, treatment by her required a leap
of faith, and a great deal of time, money and lifestyle changes.
I was treated by all three acupuncturists at various points.
So, all in all, I think Drs. Oldershaw, Kennedy and Rakela are
all good choices if you want to stay local and are just
starting out. Hopefully their treatments will work for you.
If you're at the end of the line, however, and have the time,
money and commitment, I'd go to Angela Wu.
Also, acupuncture and other complementary fertility treatments
won't increase your chances of a multiple pregnancy.
Beat the odds
After two years of trying to get pregnant, my husband and I
decided to start seeing Dr. Wu for fertility treatment. We've
seen her a couple of times, but are not sure we should keep
going to her clinic. I read good recommendations on your
website, but would like to know of more recent experiences. Have
any of you been to her clinic recently? What was your experience
with her? Did you have doubts at the beginning (whether you've
treated with her recently or in the past)? Any other suggestions
for alternative fertility treatment?
Thank you very much
Go to Nancy Rakela in Berkeley instead. I used Dr. Wu for
several months, and am happy to share with you my experience if
you care to know. Long story short, when I miscarried (for the
5th time), I expected her to be understanding and warm (I
certainly didn't blame her for the loss, since I'd miscarried
before). Instead, she spent the entire time explaining why it
was my fault that I lost the baby. It was the worst experience of
all my 5 miscarriages. So awful, in fact, that I wrote a short
story about it.
As a last resort, still believing in alternative medicine, I went
to Nancy Rakela in Berkeley. She was kind, not nearly as
expensive, and truly interested in me, not statistics. I got
pregnant, stayed pregnant, and now have a healthy little
holy-terror running around. I cannot say enough about Nancy.
After 5 IUI's, and 2 unsuccessful IVF's, I began acupuncture
with Leslie Oldershaw in Piedmont. She is a warm and caring
woman who I firmly believe helped me have my beautiful
daughter. Leslie may be able to help with labor induction. (I
did not use her for that purpose, but the subject did come up).
Hi everyone - My husband and I have been struggling with
infertility for a couple of years now and we're ready to look
into alternative treatment. We're condsidering
accupuncture/chinese medicine and we'd be interested in hearing
about experiences folks have had with Leslie Oldershaw, Barbara
Wilt and Sally Savitz. I've looked at past recommendations on
the board...but I was hoping for a bit more. This is a really
tough decision and it's taken me awhile just to get to this
point. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
We too have been trying to get pregnant after many months of
trying (we already have one child, so know it should be possible
again). I began getting weekly acupuncture treatments about 4
months ago, as well as taking an herbal tincture that my
acupuncturist recommended. I have to say that, although I am not
pregnant yet, the treatments have been amazing. I went from
having unpredictable cycles that lasted from 26-34 days to a
right-on-the-dot 28 day cycle, with ovulation happening on day
15. I feel now it is just a matter of time until we can conceive
again. Plus, the treatments are incredibly relaxing and not
painful at all. I don't have experience with any of the
acupuncturists you ask about--I see Laurel Brody at Traditional
Ways Healing Center in El Cerrito. In general though, I would
highly recommend acupuncture as a non-invasive alternative (or
adjunct) to Western medicine.
I would definitely try acupuncture. There are a lot of reasons
for infertility, and yours may be different than mine, but the
combination of acupuncture, herbs, and diet changes is what it
took for me to get pregnant. I don't know any of the
acupuncturists you inquired about, but I can highly recommend
Marti Lee Kennedy at the Ashby Center of Complementary Medicine
near College Ave. in Elmwood. She specializes in fertility and
pregnancy issues, and is warm and loving and extremely
supportive. I personally know two women besides myself who were
struggling with infertility and got pregnant while seeing Marti.
This is a really difficult issue and time for you, so please
feel free to e-mail me if you want more information.
My husband and I have been working with Leslie Oldershaw off and on
for close to five years. We cannot say enough wonderful things about
Leslie and her friendly staff! Five years ago we started working with
Leslie to boost our fertility and we have a beautiful 31/2 year old son to
show for it! We are now working with Leslie again to try for number two.
Leslie teaches classes about Chinese Medicine and fertility. Fertility is
definitely one of her specialities. She is so knowlegable in this field that
we feel we have recieved our best information from her. We are also
working with Kaiser's Infertility Clinic and have been impressed with
Leslie's knowledge of western infertiliy treatments as well as her ability
to support those treatments with accupunture and herbs. Leslie is
always able to explain our lab results and tests better than any western
doctor. She has a wealth of information regarding all available bay area
infertility resources. Leslie is caring, sensitive and has a great sense of
humor to boot! Western medicine can make you feel quite hopeless,
and a visit to Leslie with her wonderfully positive spirit always brings us
back to a hopeful place. I should add that Kaiser doctors have been
amazed that with our numbers that we have been able to get pregnant
three times and my husband and I attribute it all to Leslie! Best of luck
and feel free to email me with any other questions.
I worked with Leslie Oldershaw and I thought she was great - I
appreciated her knowledge, her flexibility and especially how
personalized and supportive the care was. I'd recommend,
though, that you talk to a couple of people and see who clicks
with you. Beyond the technical expertise, and we are lucky to
live in a region with several well-recognized experienced
fertility accupunturists, I think it's about who you can
develop a good rapport with.
A fan of Leslie's
Although I haven't had to grapple with infertility, I can give
a resounding recommendation for Leslie Oldershaw as a skilled,
wise, and compassionate practitioner. As far as your issue
goes, Leslie has a terrific reputation; she studied with the
Chinese woman MD in SF who is considered the top in the field
and wrote an introduction to her recent book on the role of
acupuncture in enhancing the effectiveness of western
infertility treatments. She has a lovely office and wonderful
assistants; she also does her own herbal preparations and is
knowledgeable about nutrition, homeopathy, and other
alternative techniques and treatments.
I just completed an intensive course of treatment with her--
following nonsurgical treatment at UCSF for a brain aneurysm in
November I was subject to blinding, migraine-like headaches
(due to blood floating around in my brain, as they explained
it) which the neurologists said I would continue to experience
for up to 6 months; my first treatment with Leslie was a week
after I got out of the hospital (10 weeks ago) and I have not
had a single headache since I began!
Leslie is a great listener; she takes a lot of time with her
patients and does a great job of asking questions to elicit
information to help her in treating you. She is patient with
questions and enjoys sharing her knowledge with clients. There
is a bulletin board in her office covered with baby pictures
from grateful parents whom she helped in their quest to
conceive and bring to term healthy infants! I recently
referred a family member to her for infertility treatment.
Good luck to you!
I'd like to respond to the couple seeking alternative
infertility treatments. My recommendations: Dr. Ching Chun Ou,
the older sister, on Grand Avenue/Sunnyside in Oaklan -- make
sure not to mistakenly go to a different Dr. Ou. (Ou already
recommended on this site). Another doctor told us we had very little
chance of conceiving even with IVF; then, with the help of Dr.
Ou and Shapiro, we conceived naturally in about a half-year's
i am writing to give a very heartfelt recommendation for sally
savitz if you are considering accupuncture to address
infertility issues. at 36 i was diagnosed with ''premature
ovarian failure.'' three different fertility specialists told
me that my chances of a successful pregnancy were less than
1/100. two of the three wouldn't even try drugs or IVF with
me; the third agreed to (with the warning that even IVF would
only increase my chances to 3 or 4%), but i didn't respond to
any of the drugs. i had seen sally for other issues, so i
asked her to help with my fertility. i began seeing her on a
weekly basis for treatment. at the same time, i read up on
yoga, meditation, vitamins, etc., so that i could approach it
from all angles (''inconceivable'' is a good book outlining this
approach). for my 38th birthday (after a cancelled IVF cycle,
and before starting what was going to be our second & final IVF
attempt), we went to europe for a vacation . . . and i
conceived my perfect, adorable daughter, who is now four months
old! i had a joyful, problem-free pregnancy and an unmedicated
5 hour labor.
although one never knows for sure what causes a pregnancy to
finally take, i know that sally made it happen for me. she is
an extremely accomplished, experienced professional (plus a
wonderful human being) and i trust her absolutely. after my
daughter's birth, sally came to see us in the hospital and it
was just so incredibly special.
i understand what you're going through & it's very hard. i
hope it all works out for you.
I'd like to respond to the couple seeking alternative
infertility treatments. My recommendations: Dr. Ching Chun Ou and
Marcey Shapiro, great MD/naturopath
on Solano Avenue in Albany. Another doctor told us we had very little
chance of conceiving even with IVF; then, with the help of Dr.
Ou and Shapiro, we conceived naturally in about a half-year's
I would really like to get a first hand recommendation on an
acupuncturist in SF or the East Bay who works with women and
increasing their fertility.
Any recommmendations would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you so much for any advice or information!
Leslie Oldershaw is great. I know several friends that used her
for fertility. I used her for other stuff & she is sensitive,
caring, takes lots of time with you-- just a great health care
provider in general. She has a very holistic approach & will
work with you to come up with a plan that fits your life
realistically (ie. can/will you also do herbs, diet change,
She will also work with you to figure out if your insurance will
pay for it, using tax-free medical spending accounts, etc.
She is on Grand Ave in Piedmont.
I loved my acupuncturist who specializes in enhancing fertility. She was
exceptional in how much time she spent with me, her style is warm and
caring. I am convinced her work helped me get pregnant after a year of
trying. Her name is Leslie Oldershaw, office on Grand Ave, phone
Dr. Ou on Grand Ave. in Oakland is really great. I think she helped me
to get pregnant both times, but of course I can't be totally sure I
wouldn't have anyway. She really impressed this way....my cycle had
always been on the long side and she wanted it to be just 28 days. After
one or maybe two sessions with her, it was 28 days and it stayed that way
for a long long time.
Her number is in information for Oakland and her first name is Chun
something....sorry I'm not sure, but I'm sure you can find her in the book.
I highly recommend Sally Savitz for fertility related
acupuncture. I tried to get pregnant for 18 months (and I was
under 30) without success. I saw her twice and was pregnant that
same month! Good luck.
She's in Oakland - 655-9644
I know of 3 people personally who have gotten pregnant with the
help of Angela Wu (http://wushealingcenter.com/general/). Her
practice is extremely busy and expensive but seems worth it.
health care professional
If you have the time and the commitment, Angela Wu in San Francisco has a
clinic that treats infertility with Chinese massage, acupuncture and diet. I
believe it is the only comprehensive Chinese medicine clinic that is almost
completely devoted to infertility issues. Here is the web address:
I had a very positive experience.
Angela Wu on Clement in SF is well-known for fertility
treatments. Went to her for a period of time. She also puts you
on a specific diet and herbal regimine as well as acupuncture.
I gave up (too difficult for me to get there and couldn't hack
the herbs) but she does have a decent success rate. You can ask
to call some of her clients for references. Wu's Healing Center
at 415-752-0170 or www.wushealingcenter.com. Good luck!
I have seen a number of posts recommending acupuncturists for
infertility issues. I have always had irregular periods and had
been on the pill for years so it wasn't an issue until I wanted
to become pregnant. I ended up getting pregnant via clomid and
now have an 18 month old daughter. We are thinking about trying
for a 2nd child in 6 months or so, but until then, I would like
to correct any ovulation problems that are causing the irregular
periods. I would love to have a regular cycle so I don't need
to go on the pill again. Has anyone used acupuncture to correct
irregular cycles and did your cycles become regular on a long-
term basis? I realize that alot of people use acupuncture to
get pregnant but I haven't heard much about how it helps AFTER
the delivery. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
I tried acupuncture for irregular periods, and it didn't really
do anything to regulate them, but it helped relax me. The best
thing I got from it was the nutritional advice. I heartily
approve of the whole-body approach to medicine that is offered
by acupuncturists. The one I saw made me chart out what I ate
for a week, then gave me advice on what to cut down on, eat more
of, etc, since the hormonal stuff is pretty closely tied to
nutrition. Maybe if I had followed the advice, it would have
worked! It certainly couldn't hurt, but wasn't the miracle I
was looking for. I ended up taking Progesterone since I can't
stand to take the pill (makes me have constant 'morning
sickness'). But for the few months I was on Clomid, it
regulated my period as well as the Progesterone. Good luck!
I bet that any of the acupuncturists you've seen
recommmended for infertility will also be very good to help
you regulate your period. Check out the list again. In the
meantime, I highly recommend Carla Dalton who works in
North Berkeley. Her phone is (510) 524-4812.
I highly recommend my acupuncturist for irregular periods, among
many other things, her name is karen Cutler, her office # is
510-654-3873. She is very skilled, and knows a lot about diet
and other things that all contribute to the woes of womenhood!!
Plus, I love her to death, I think she's great! I started with
her last summer, and I have no complaints!! good luck
This is not exactly the same, but I went to see an acupuncturist after I
had been bleeding heavily for 8 weeks after a miscarriage. I had been
to the doctor and been told that the only way to end the bleeding was to
either wait for however long it took or take birth control pills to slam my
body into shape, which seemed a bit harsh, seeing as it was struggling
so much already. I was also unhappy because I was incredibly anemic
and yet the attitude was, take iron pills or do the therapy we recommend.
So I went to see an acupuncturist my mother recommended, a highly-
skilled Chinese man in San Francisco named Dr. Lai. He had been
working on a family friend's eyes for years, basically keeping her vision
going as long as he could (she was becoming legally blind).
He took one look at me, shook his head in distress, and told me I was
too weak for acupuncture; instead he prescribed Chinese herbs (which
his wife dispenses from the drawers covering a complete wall). I went
home, followed the directions, and within 48 hours had stopped
bleeding entirely. Within a week I felt better than I had before I was
pregnant! I still look back with wonder at the sense of vitality those
herbs gave me in such a short time; they really built up my blood quickly.
To make a long story short, he got me back on track and I conceived a
child after six more very regular and manageable periods. I cannot
recommend Dr. Lai enough; he is an excellent doctor and a very kind
man who doesn't see the body as some kind of machine separate from
the rest of you.
He is located on Geary Blvd, across from Kaiser near the hill where the
old Sears building is. I don't know the address but I believe he is in the
phone book. If you can't find him, you can email me and I will find out for
I used acupuncture to help regulate my cycle and lessen PMS. I
found it incredibly helpful and the results longterm. My
pregnancy and postpartum were healthy and easy as well. I saw
Dennis VonElgg in Berkeley, he has an office in Lafayette
also. His # is 872-0895 or www.vonelgg.com. He was very
compassionate, attentive and aware, I found him to be
knowledgeable and easy to talk with. I highly recommend him.
I am trying to find a good acupuncturist and/or herbal medicine
specialist to help me deal with my fertility issues. I have
read the recommendations on the website but they are pretty
old. I am looking for someone who has dealt with hormonal
imbalance issues successfully.
Trying to conceive again
I highly recommend Marti Lee Kennedy, The Ashby Center of
Complementary Medicine. 843-5000 She was recommended by a
friend who had fertility problems. We both have children now.
I can recommend Dr. Li (a woman). Her main number is (415) 282-
1880, but she has an Oakland office on Piedmont Ave where she
works twice a week. Good luck!
I have seen Leslie Oldershaw, L.Ac., for a few months, and she
specializes in fertility issues. She's very informed and warm,
and she supports patients to integrate Chinese and ''western''
medicine. While I've only used her services for a short time,
she was recommended by other friends who used her services to
support fertility. Her phone number is 510-595-1175, and her
office is in Piedmont.
I went to see Dr. Ou after trying for 16 months to get pregnant and did get
pregnant on the very next ovulation cycle after she poked me. I'm sure
she'd be happy to discuss your situation with you over the phone before
having you commit to an appointment. She's at 3901 Grand Avenue near Lake
Merritt 510.547-6798. Good luck!
I too had problems and went to Angela Wu in San Francisco. I now
have a child. She is a great acupuncturist and almost
exclusively treats fertility patients, with great success. She
was in a SF Chronicle article a while ago (last year I think).
Her phone number is (415)752-0170 and her website is:
Good luck. She's not cheap but she's worth it!
Angela Wu on Clement Street in SF is a miracle worker. Be
prepared to spend a lot of money, take a ton of herbs, singe your
hair off with moxa and totally give up good food, but in the end
you'll get your baby.
a mom at last :)
I highly recommend Carla Dalton. 510-524-4812 She was
not the first acupuncturist I saw for fertility issues, but she
was the best. Within three months of seeing her, I was
pregnant with my son. After I became pregnant, she was
wonderful in helping me hold and keep my baby healthy
during a difficult pregnancy. I have sent friends to her for a
variety of reasons, and all those who wanted to get pregnant
were very quickly.
I would recommend Laura Aguiar, an acupuncturist who has offices
in both Berkeley and Orinda. Her number is 326-6725. She works
with a lot of women who are trying to get pregnant/are pregnant,
and she's great.
I am looking for an alternative to taking hormones to treat
infertility - does anyone have a recommendation for an
acupuncturist or other oriental medicine practitioner?
I went to Yumiko Bamba, who is in SF at 415-447-9270. I got pregnant the
first month after treatment but then miscarried. I continued on with her and
got pregnant a second time with another miscarriage.
My husband and I believe that Dr. Y.C. Chiang, an
acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, made the
difference in our getting pregnant after a long time
of infertility. He has helped many others as well. He
works in El Cerrito on San Pablo Avenue. He doesn't
speak English well, and he is expensive, but he's very
effective with many people. His number is 524-1057. He
also teaches martial arts as does his wife; they have
a school called the Wen Wu school. My husband and I
have also been taking Chi Gung classes with them; Chi
Gung is a martial art done for health. The Chi Gung
may also have helped us get pregnant; it can help
people become more vital with many possible benefits.
Another acupuncturist who specializes in infertility
issues is Marti Kennedy on Ashby in Berkeley. Her
number is 843-5000. She also has lots of experience
and has helped many people. Either doctor can also
give herbs to help hold a pregnancy, if there is
possibility of miscarriage, and can help with any
other health issues that might come up during
pregnancy. In our case, we had been told it was
"extremely unlikely" that we could conceive without
intervention, and that even with in vitro
fertilization our chances were low. When we saw Dr.
Chiang, he said we both had low energy in some ways
that affected our fertility, but that he thought we
could be pregnant in three months if we took his
herbs, and we were. Later, it looked like I was about
to miscarry, and my ob/gyn told me there was nothing
she could do. Dr. Chiang gave me herbs to help hold
the pregnancy, and it was fine. We have a beautiful
child now. We did a lot of research into both western
medical and alternative infertility treatments.
Good luck. -- Alexandra
I went to Robert Dreyfuss in Kensington, 528-0132.
He specializes in infertility, and in cancer, and has
a very kind and gentle spirit.
I decided to get acupuncture and herbs after having
two early miscarriages trying for my 2nd child,
and having always had extremely irregular and unpredictable
menstrual cycles. After starting treatments with him,
I immediately started and maintained a regular 30-day cycle
(perhaps the most direct and obvious effect!), got pregnant
within a few months, and delivered a very healthy & happy baby girl.
I began seeing him every 2 weeks, and after my first trimester
cut back to once a month. I'll never know, of course, how much
of my success with that pregnancy could be attributed to the
acupuncture and herbs (other than having regular cycles for the
first time in my life!), but I'm sure it didn't hurt and my attitude
was to do whatever I could to help make the miracle happen.
Good luck !!!!!
Dr. Ou on Grand Avenue is famous for her work helping couples with
infertility. She helped me to get my cycle healthy so that I could
conceive. She is also an excellent all around accupuncturist -- I would go
to her with any health problem. Be prepared, though, for her very
straightforward manner and aggressive use of needles. But please still go
-- she has a very high success rate -- there are photos of babies covering
her desk. Her # is 547-6798.
I hear really good
things about Jane Tang who is in Marin. I know of two people with
infertility problems who got pregnant with her help. (June 1999)
Jane Tang also has offices in Oakland at 4414 Piedmont
Ave, 654-1567. Or at least she did as of a few years ago, when I saw her. I
didn't use her for infertility, but I liked her and her assistant a lot.
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