By Deborah Mokris, patient of
Dr. Daren Chen
Little is written or known about Acupuncture in connection with Fertility
in the U.S. No one I have talked to ever heard of such a thing. No one
in the western medicine field ever recommends Acupuncture to patients with
low sperm counts. I could not find any formal studies published in the
U.S. on the topic. However, from my husband's and my own experience, it's
an effective, safe, natural, cost efficient and virtually painless, method
of treatment for infertility.
I was 32 years old when I married Pete, who was 37. We were in love
and wanted to have children together. We waited one year after the wedding
before we terminated the use of contraceptives. Six months passed. In came
the boxer shorts. Out went the jacuzzi's. After one year, no baby.
The testing began and I tested normal. Pete's sperm count was 4 million
with low motility for approximately one million motile sperm. One doctor
told us we had better start thinking of adoption if we wanted children,
but we were not to be discouraged. After all, it only takes one healthy
sperm to make a baby.
Over the next two years I took my temperature and we planned intercourse
around ovulation. Pete sat on ice to cool his testicles. We tried zucchini
flour pollen, vitamin C, standing on my head after lovemaking, and every
old-wives tale we came across. We tried Chinese herbal tea. Pete's sperm
count and motility remained low- about 7 million to 14 million motile sperm.
We did intrauterine insemination twice. Our hopes rose and fell as the
negative results persisted. I began to notice my temperature was not as
stable as it was the first year. At that point, we filled out the necessary
papers for adoption.
On a whim, we called an acupuncturist who practices in the Fremont and
San Jose, California, area, Dr. Daren Chen. We thought we might try the
Chinese herbal tea again, but Dr. Chen recommended that Pete try acupuncture
first, and Pete complied. After two months of treatment, we had another
semen analysis done. The sperm count had skyrocketed to 117 million with
a 65% motility! We went for one more intrauterine insemination and again
it was unsuccessful. It was then I decided to try acupuncture. Within three
weeks of treatment, I conceived.
Our baby is due the first week of March, and we are thrilled beyond
belief. We are at least the fifth couple treated by Dr. Chen who has become
pregnant, and we are convinced that the acupuncture treatments were instrumental
in increasing our fertility. We are very grateful to Dr. Chen for enabling
us to experience this miracle of life. For other couples who are struggling
with infertility as well, acupuncture presents another option.