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The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Fertility Treatments

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, January 24, 2010 | 0 comments

The Road Less Traveled - Alternative Fertility TreatmentsCan alternative medicine help you get pregnant?

Maybe. But some therapies are a lot more promising than others. Here, the lowdown on five complementary treatments.

By the time Suzanne Dubrow, 40, turned to alternative medicine to help her get pregnant, she felt she’d hit a seemingly unscaleable wall in her efforts to become a mother.

After several rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) and two miscarriages, the California journalist had been told that her “old eggs” meant she’d have to turn to donor eggs. But Dubrow didn’t agree.

She started searching the Internet for a different approach, eventually finding Randine Lewis and her Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program for treating infertility. 

“I knew that I’d found someone special and different in this horrible world [of infertility treatments],” recalls Dubrow. “Right off the bat she gave me four or five things I could do myself, which was incredibly empowering. I was just desperate to find some way to help myself to regain my fertility.”


Image: The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, by Randine Lewis. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (March 21, 2005)-The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
by Randine Lewis

-- Infertility affects one out of six couples today.

Dr. Lewis presents a groundbreaking alternative approach to infertility, explaining how she used traditional Chinese medicine to treat her own infertility, successfully conceiving and giving birth to two children.

In Lewis's experience, women who have undergone three to six months of the dietary changes, herbs and acupuncture treatments become pregnant with no further effort.

Lewis intersperses her somewhat technical examination of the program with anecdotes about her patients, weaving in discussions on diet, herbal supplements, acupuncture, older women and problems related to infertility.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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