Darryl and I just wanted to write to you and say “thank you” for helping us become pregnant with our little miracle. From the time I wrote you, Lorne, and spoke to you on the phone I felt that we were in good hands. During our first consult with the IVF clinic, we were told that due to my ovarian cysts and my husband’s male factor issues, our chances weren’t good. I needed to get those cysts removed before we would be allowed into the program. This was step one. Lorne, you helped prepare my body for surgery, and my recovery was remarkable. When the ultrasound tech looked at my ovaries post-op, she couldn’t believe how healthy they looked. The advice you and your staff provided to Darryl and I was invaluable. As was advice that you provided to an acupuncturist in Regina, as we lived so far away. This enabled me to get treatments even though I was not in Vancouver. I know the acupuncturist here really appreciated the advice.
During the IVF protocol, you reassured us that all was going well, and it was. A woman my age (especially with my surgery) wasn’t supposed to be able to have all those eggs!! I felt next to no side effects from all the IVF drugs and responded so well. Before ER I was given acupuncture and a wonderful massage by Raeghan. I felt nothing during the procedure.
When it was time for ET I was relaxed with the treatments, both before and after. Advice was again provided to reassure us that what I was feeling was normal, and not to worry. Obviously, it worked as we will be meeting our little one soon! Thanks again to all of you, Lorne, Raeghan, Spence, and Melissa!! We will be sending you a picture of her as soon as she is born. To anyone else considering IVF or just having fertility problems, please take the time to sit down and talk to Acubalance. They have so much to offer couples struggling with infertility. We believe that this is the difference between a positive pregnancy test and a negative one!
It’s hard to believe I am actually writing this email…but we are really REALLY excited to share that we are expecting a baby!! After nearly three years of waiting and hoping and praying (along with some struggling and crying and pounding our heads against walls), L was finally able to pee on the stick and see a positive result! Best bathroom break EVER.
Spence, we want you to know the very, very important role you played in our lives as we’ve walked through the last few years. Thank you for all the great advice and encouragement you provided, along with the spectacularly relaxing and renewing acupuncture. Thank you for exposing us to new ways of caring for ourselves, but never pushing us too much. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in hearing our story and helping us carry the load. You helped us feel known and normal, and we are truly thankful to have called you our friend through this crazy season of life.
L is about 8 weeks along, and we have our first doctor appointment on Wednesday. The whole thing feels very surreal to me…but is feeling very nauseatingly real for L, who is currently enjoying a diet made up primarily of Ginger Ale and saltines. We are elated and completely overjoyed, and praying for this sweet little raspberry-sized child as it develops and grows. It looks like the baby will come in June, which means we will have a brand new infant when we go to my new job in August. Crazy! But so fun…
Hopefully our paths will cross with yours sometime soon. Thanks again for everything!
I personally didn’t enjoy the pre treatment, but only because I was so anxious about the embryo transfer that I found that I couldn’t relax. However I was thankful for the treatment after the transfer. Because it was onsite, it was only a few feet a way, which meant more time to let the embryo “snuggle in”. It greatly helped to relieve all the tension that I felt leading upto the transfer. Dr. Pentland was of course (and still is) a good sounding board and offered some great advice for the day of the transfer
He came very highly recommended to help deal with an fertility problem my wife and I were having and quickly morphed into a total body and mind experience. I felt so incredible after each treatment, I found myself looking forward to going back (which isn’t how I usually feel about going to doctors). Amazingly, after just a few treatments, my wife and I got pregnant!! Even without that happening, I recommend Spence to everybody I know, being pregnant is the icing on the cake. Run, don’t walk to see him.
Bill S. from Vancouver aged 33
Western medical science cannot solve my specific problem and I thought that Traditional Chinese Medicine was an esoteric last ditch effort in a fight against the unknown. Fortunately enough, I came into contact with Spence Pentland.
I found, and continue to find, Spence as a knowledgeable, considerate, and professional practitioner of TCM. His diagnosis and treatment were comprehensive and skilful. He was also sensitive to the feedback from my treatments and modified his process to account for my individual needs. I believe that I had an excellent experience in a field that I was quite ignorant about.
Although the treatment I received was unable to fix my infertility, I am glad to have gone through a process that has removed stress and discomfort in my life. Finally, Spence has taught me to become more aware of the interrelationship between my body and my environment. I think TCM, and more specifically, Spence Pentland, can add value to your life whatever your imbalance may be.
I have suffered from infertility for a long time. I had done an IVF that went really bad. I got 14 eggs, 6 mature that 5 of them arrested the next day. I had just one very bad quality embryo to transfer and of course no pregnancy. When I saw my doctor after this failed IVF he strongly recommended donor egg to me. I was devastated.
Then I met Dr. Pentland at PCRM. I have to say I was really lucky to meet him. He spent enough time to educate me about acupuncture and the research of how it works. I started acupuncture weekly with him and he recommended supplements and CoQ10 as well. Acupuncture helped me so much to be relax and positive. 6 months later I did my second IVF, the result is unbelievable , 24 eggs, 22 mature, 18 fertilized, 6 grade 1 ( considering grading is from 1 to 5 which 1 is the best). I transferred 3 grade one embryos. No matter what outcome, I am the proof for acupuncture helping infertility.
I would suggest acupuncture for IVF, specifically Dr Pentland, to any lady who is going through the hardship of infertility.
Thank you Dr. Pentland for helping me hold onto the belief that I can do it with my own eggs!
My story starts off in October 2008 when my husband and I found out that we had unexplained fertility issues. My Husband was 33 and I was 30 years old. Despite being told by several doctors that we were young and not to worry, it was unsettling. We started a cycle of clomiphene and IUI, which failed after 3 cycles. We were then recommended to try IVF. I never thought we would have to take this route of action, but we were still hopeful and we wanted to become pregnant. March of 2009 we completed one cycle of IVF only to be devastated by the results. The IVF procedure resulted in 9 eggs, 5 mature and 4 immature. The 5 that were mature were of “D” quality and were not able to fertilize. The 4 immature were good quality but not developed enough. One immature egg had fertilized and was transferred at day 3 at 4 cells. Unfortunately, a pregnancy did not result. I was heartbroken and in shock. Our follow-up appointment with the fertility doctor did not go well. He basically told us to explore donor egg options. To this day, that conversation makes my heart sink.
After one cycle of IVF, we had heard about acupuncture for fertility issues. I had met Dr. Erin Flynn and was immediately attached to this idea. We decided that I would do 3 to 6 months of weekly acupuncture treatments before trying another round of IVF. After 2 months of treatments, we were unexpectantly surprised that we were pregnant! It was unbelievable. We found out the day before we were going to Hawaii for vacation. It was an amazing feeling – “no more IVF!” The happiness lasted 10 days. I had an ultrasound as soon as we returned only to find out that the pregnancy was a tubal pregnancy. I was in the hospital, had surgery, but had an acute hemorrhagic episode resulting in losing the tube. It was horrific. I still can’t stop thinking about that day. During this time of recovery, I continued seeing Dr. Flynn, which really sped up my recovery phase. My surgeon was really impressed that I had bounced back after 6 weeks, especially after what I had been through.
We tried another cycle of IVF February 2010, which failed, and a frozen embryo transfer in June 2010 resulting in a chemical pregnancy. We decided to switch fertility clinics and attempted a third IVF, which resulted in no pregnancy. We were immediately recommended to try the frozen embryo transfer, which resulted in a pregnancy! We were so happy and overjoyed.
I am due in July 2011 and am overjoyed. I would definitely put a lot of my belief in our journey towards acupuncture. I feel that my symptoms, the side effects from the medicines and my overall fertility experience was nurtured by acupuncture. Dr. Flynn does amazing work and is very specific and detail oriented. She helped me through this journey in order to achieve the desired results. I have had controlled nausea and headaches with the acupuncture since becoming pregnant. The relaxation alone has provided me with strength throughout the day. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who has been struggling with fertility or even symptoms of pregnancy. I am continuing acupuncture once weekly to continue to have support throughout my pregnancy. My experience with Dr. Flynn has been very positive and rewarding.
-name withheld, Surrey
“I absolutely believe acupuncture was what helped me finally conceive. Dr Flynn has excellent bedside manner, a kind and Patient demeanor, and never let me give up on my body’s ability to bear a child. I would recommend your clinic 100%. ”
I started receiving massages from Natalie in my second trimester and continued to see her every other week throughout the rest of my pregnancy. She was so good and helpful that I upgraded to weekly massages. Natalie took time to assess my body and its changes and ask about areas of concern that needed attention for that session. Each treatment, she worked on my entire body, while focusing special attention and time to the tender areas, so I always left feelings thoroughly satisfied (but wanting more!). She checks in to make sure the pressure is the right fit your comfort and uses enough force to alleviate the sore areas. Her energy is calming, therapeutic, and warm, and she carries herself with the utmost professionalism.
An hour with Natalie is something everyone needs in their life, to alleviate stress, focus on self-care, and relax. Natalie is not only an excellent RMT, she is a genuinely good person. This contributes to her competency and credibility as an RMT – she is a role model for self-care, healthy living, and loving your body. Thank you, Natalie, for making my pregnancy more comfortable. Each treatment caused my life and daily functioning to be so much better!
Yesterday was the first time I visited the washroom at Yinstill. The moment I open the door and began looking around at all the hopeful positive messages I felt at ease. Surrounded by others’ struggles and stories of happiness calmed me in a lasting way. I felt so hopeful and optimistic.
Yinstill is such a beautiful place. Even the bathroom is so inspiring!
Warm and fuzzy,
Working with Sean and the Yinstill team has been transformational for my physical and mental health. I began my treatment journey with Yinstill to increase my fertility, which resulted in my wife and I conceiving a child (who is a very awesome little human being) and also helped with my overall health, too. In addition to enhancing my fertility, I rarely succumb to colds, sleep better than I should with a toddler in the house, and handle stress well, too. The outcomes of my experience with Sean and the Yinstill team have been overwhelmingly positive and I highly recommend their services for men who have questions about how to enhance fertility as well as people who simply want to increase their overall health and live a more mindful life.
It is 2 days less the year that you were giving me my final accupuncture treatments that resulted in my miracle boy. Jesse was born August 18th and I am sure the accupuncture made a huge difference to this success. He is the light of our lives and we love him more than we could have ever imagined.
We will be in touch soon as are hoping to give Jesse a brother or sister in May or June.
Happy holidays and we can never repay you for the kindness and support that gave us the best gift in the entire world.
Hi, my name is Gianni, I’m 49 years old and had been struggling with erectile disfunction since the age of 40. I was prescribed Cialis and Viagra at different times and continued taking them on and off. I had tried to speak to different doctors about my situation and about different options for treatment, the answer was always the same……..take this pill, it will help!……
I got tired and frustrated and began to look into alternative medicines. This is when I found Yinstill clinic on Main st. in Vancouver.
My first appointment I met Sean Quigley, he is a registered acupuncturist. He made me feel comfortable and not worried. I was amazed at the results, and within the first two sessions of acupuncture I was achieving erections without any pills!! I am so grateful to Sean and Yinstill.
Thank you so much
I am a patient at Yinstill and my experience has been nothing but positive. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a few years now and were unsuccessful. After attending Yinstill and being treated by Junko, not only did I get the care and support I needed but she worked with me to achieve my goal! Yinstill works! And the best part is all the staff are so caring. I am currently pregnant with my first child and couldn’t be happier. All the tips and treatments that was provided helped so much in terms of fertility to make this possible and I owe the credit to Yinstill!
Thank you so very much for helping me through this journey! I look forward to seeing you guys closer to my due date!