“Since puberty I have always had irregular, heavy, and painful periods. I have spoken to 3 doctors in 3 countries and was repeatedly told it was just normal, just a part of ageing, just how it was for life as women. When checking up on my health for fertility reasons in my late 30s, I was finally diagnosed with severe uterine fibroids but told that the only treatment would be very invasive surgery. They still didn’t know the cause of my irregular periods.
After meeting with Dr Lily a couple of times, and her following my cycle for a few weeks, she suspected I had polycystic ovaries. Even with a series of scans and ultrasounds in the hospital no doctor had diagnosed me with polycystic ovaries.
Due to my age and irregular periods, I was put on the NHS waiting list for fertility treatment. Meanwhile I went to Dr Lily and the staff at Acumedic every few weeks starting in November, taking Chinese herbs daily in teas and capsules and having regular acupuncture treatment. After years of having only one or no menstrual cycle at all for 4 to 6 months during the winter season, within 3 months the traditional Chinese medicine not only shortened my cycle to 28 days, but the severe bleeding and cramping was also reduced to a fraction of what I had previously experienced.
That’s not all, though. Most importantly, I experienced for the first time the unmistakable signs of ovulation which enabled me to become pregnant with the smallest effort since I had been trying for over a year.
The hospital staff eventually diagnosed me with – you guessed it – polycystic ovaries. They said there was no treatment, like with the fibroids. Thankfully I had already known from Dr Lily’s diagnoses, and been treated and cured in time to conceive my son by the end of February.
I am now 39 weeks pregnant and should give birth any day now. My only regret is not keeping up the Chinese herbs in the second half of the pregnancy, because the growth rate of the fibroids increased after I stopped the Chinese medicine. Whereas the growth rate of the fibroids was considerably less when I was taking the Chinese medicine – my obstetrician and midwife were amazed that they stayed so small.
I am so thankful to Dr Lily and the staff at Acumedic for everything they have meant to me and my baby. Their holistic approach to my body, health and mind has meant that I have been able to bring my son into this world despite the different fertility challenges other doctors thought untreatable. Without Dr Lily I would have had to try lengthy, invasive, exhausting ivf treatment. With her as more than just a trained and expert fertility doctor, but more a member of my extended family, I have been able to have an easy natural conception and pregnancy. I can’t wait to introduce her to the son she helped conceive! We will be forever grateful to Dr Lily and her staff for helping make our family a reality.
Many thanks and much love”