Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have long been used to treat fertility problems, and are highly effective in creating healthy pregnancies and healthy “take-home babies.”
Abigail is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), Board Certified in Women's and Men's Reproductive Health. She has helped hundreds of women and men start and expand their families.
An Eastern approach to fertility enhancement dovetails nicely with Western methods. Whether you are just thinking about getting pregnant soon and have no known fertility problems, you’ve been trying to conceive for a while without success, or you’re trying to conceive using Assisted Reproductive Technology, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine may help.
Some of the fertility issues we treat include:
- Advanced Maternal Age Endometriosis
- Poor Egg Quality Ovarian Cysts
- Diminished Ovarian Reserve PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
- Subfertility Anovulation
- Unexplained Infertility Luteal Phase Defect
- Immunologic Infertility Premature Ovarian Failure
- Recurrent Miscarriage Male-Factor Infertility
- Auto-Immune Infertility (including Hashimoto's)
NATURAL CONCEPTION & ACUPUNCTURE
If you are trying to conceive via Natural Conception/Timed Intercourse, we can help you determine when you’re ovulating and time acupuncture treatments accordingly. We may also order blood tests to determine if there are any hormonal or ovarian reserve problems which may inhibit your ability to get pregnant. Most of our patients chart their cycles and fertile signs using a Basal Body Thermometer and the free software Fertility Friend.
IVF & ACUPUNCTURE
At FLOAT, we have been working with couples going through IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) since 2007. Whether you are just starting the process of preparing for egg retrieval and embryo transfer, or you're an old pro, we may be able to help increase your chances of conception with IVF. We work with all local Reproductive Endocrinologists.
A free 5 minute phone consultation with the Acupuncturist is available: call us at 818-392-8797 to schedule yours. We offer Onsite Acupuncture at your IVF Transfer for existing patients only; you must have at least one in-office visit before we can schedule your onsite acupuncture.
We respect and treat a wide range of patients who are trying to conceive, without discrimination, including:
Nontraditional families, including transgender, gender-fluid and non-binary individuals
Single Mothers By Choice
3.5 Years of Infertility
I just have to say, that after being treated by Abigail for 3 years now, she truly is a miracle worker. From the common cold, to fertility, to morning sickness, she has either solved, or helped me solve, so many things going on in my life! If she doesn't know the answer (which she probably does, by the way) she is the first to help source other people in the community to find your answers or assist in whatever she's helping you with. She was with me my whole pregnancy and even with me during my labor! She is an amazing practitioner as well as a great, caring person. I will probably never sneeze again (or twist my ankle, or have another baby) without Abigail by my side. I believed in acupuncture before, but not to the degree I do now. Abigail is a healer, in the truest sense of the word. -S.R., Studio City
Natural Conception Over 40
After trying to conceive for over three years, struggling with irregular cycles, and fast approaching 40, my husband and I began to doubt we would ever have a baby. And then I found Abigail. Abigail’s calm demeanor and thorough manner immediately made me feel comfortable. I left my first appointment with options that did not involve drugs, injections or invasive procedures and, more importantly, with renewed hope. For treatment, I underwent acupuncture and took herbs; Abigail analyzed my diet and recommended changes; and then there was her patience and understanding through the inevitable emotional turmoil. We are shocked and delighted to now be able to say: we are expecting a baby! My husband and I thoroughly believe that Abigail’s on-going treatment and support have been an integral and essential part of our pregnancy journey. We never imagined hope would arrive on the tips of several needles but, in Abigail’s skilled hands, it did, and we are grateful. --S.S., Pasadena
"The Twincident" / Natural Conception With Twins at 42
I was 40 years old when my husband & I decided we wanted to start a family. For some reason I was convinced that, despite my age, time was on my side & I would be like a fertile egg pinball machine, able to get pregnant whenever I wanted. But after a year of trying and 3 miscarriages, I was learning that the statistics might actually apply to me after all. We were just starting to investigate the IVF route when a friend recommended I see Abigail. After barely 3 months of weekly treatments, I was pregnant ...with twins! I mean, come on! We're so grateful & we certainly have Abigail to thank. As far as I know, having twins naturally at age 42 is highly unusual. Not only did Abigail overcome the odds by contributing to the Twincident, she has also continued to be a major support throughout my entire pregnancy. She's spent a lot of time talking with me and getting to know me, so the treatments are very personalized. Drawing on her vast knowledge of nutrition, massage therapy, acupuncture and herbal remedies, as well as her own personal experiences, she's helped me with everything from the flu to sciatica pain. And she has been nothing but kind and reassuring through this whole weird and wonderful thing called pregnancy. So thankful! -N.S., Los Angeles
Diminished Ovarian Reserve / IVF Pregnancy Over 40
I first went to Abigail for help with my allergies. After she helped my allergies improve, the visits transitioned into Abigail helping me with a myriad of fertility questions and issues. With her guidance, I went to a great fertility doctor. I was diagnosed with Diminished Ovarian Reserve (my AMH was less than 0.5). Abigail helped me prepare for several egg retrievals with regular acupuncture and herbs, and treated me both before and after the embryo transfer with treatments on-site. I became pregnant on the first IVF, at age 43. I continued to see her frequently throughout my pregnancy and had an incredible easy pregnancy, no doubt aided by Abigail's treatments. She came to my home for a treatment before I went to the hospital to deliver and she arrived in my hospital room as I went into active labor for support. After I delivered my daughter naturally, she again gave me a treatment and I had so much energy that day despite having had pulled an all-nighter. Needless to say, my husband and I would not have the lovely, happy and healthy daughter we do today without Abigail's expertise in acupuncture and emotional support. She has changed our lives for the better in every way. --Claire Scanlon, Los Angeles
Oocyte Cryopreservation / Single, 38, Freezing Eggs for Later Use
Abigail worked wonders for me! I was considering freezing my eggs as a single 38 year old woman. Fertility tests showed a decline in fertility as my FSH levels were rising. After 6 months of treatments at FLOAT (which included acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements, and changing my diet), I was ecstatic to see FSH levels at less than half of what they were when I started (down to 4.9 from 10.5). I completed 2 cycles of egg freezing with minimal side effects, and with those FSH levels near to where they probably were 15 - 20 years ago! I now have 19 eggs on ice, waiting for me if I need them, when I'm ready to start a family. The whole journey has been amazing, and I couldn't have asked for better support and a more thorough, whole, and balanced approach. At first I wasn't sure if it would help my situation, but numbers don't lie! I'd highly recommend anyone considering oocyte cryopreservation and / or IVF procedures to work with FLOAT first for the most successful results. -A.C., Silver Lake