I am blissfully happy, and my husband is over the moon. When my friends ask about our success after such a long time of disappointment, I do not hesitate to credit Porter. My husband and I decided that we would like to be parents on our third anniversary. I threw away my birth control pills, and three months later we started trying to conceive, sure that it would be easy. It was not. During the years to follow, we underwent testing, waiting, more testing, a diagnosis of and operation for endometriosis, still no pregnancies, the full compliment of Western infertility treatments from IUI to IVF (three times, no success), the conclusion of “unexplained infertility,” my decision not to inject any more hormones into myself even if we never had a baby, several years of nothing, a brief flirtation with starting infertility treatment again that ended up not happening, two spontaneous pregnancies, and two equally spontaneous 11th-week miscarriages. We were nearly ten years older than we had been when we began this journey, and I, at least, was becoming resigned to the fact that I just wasn’t going to be able to carry a baby to term when a friend opined that she wished I could see her acupuncturist in Philadelphia because she was sure that the good doctor would be able to cure my ills. I had never had acupuncture, or any other non-Western medicinal treatment, before, but I was intrigued enough to start doing a little Internet research and found a local practitioner whose specialty was “fertility”. Having gone through our history, I assured him that I would not consider it his fault if I never got pregnant, considering all that we had already been through. He told me that in Chinese medicine we would be hoping to see positive results in 6 months to a year. I started seeing Porter twice a week (my husband also saw him, about twice a month). He soon diagnosed me as being deficient in my kidney qi and having yang deficiency as well. I didn’t know what any of that meant, but at least it sounded like something that could be treated. Over the next several months, besides the twice-weekly needle treatments, Porter used moxabustion to warm up my chilly yang and massage to move my qi. I began charting my basal temperature every morning, and we started to see some progress; in fact, I thought we had actually hit the jackpot after only one month of treatment, but that proved not to be the case. Still, I was feeling honestly optimistic for the first time in a very long while. In October, our family experienced an unexpected and tragic death that required us to leave the state for a while. When I returned, the stress of the preceding weeks seemed to have taken a toll on my system; my cycle was extremely irregular (unheard of for me, Mrs. 26-Days-Like Clockwork) through early December. My husband was also going away on a business trip, so it seemed the unlikeliest of possible times to become pregnant, but I continued seeing Porter, undergoing treatment twice a week, and charting my basal temperatures. After my husband’s return, we went away for Christmas. I returned to see Porter in January. During my first visit, after taking my pulse, he said, “So, do you think you could be pregnant?” I laughed and said, “No way, impossible, I’m a few days late but my body’s been so whacked out the last couple of months, I’m not really surprised.” When I returned for my next visit, my new cycle still had not started (again, unheard of for me), and Porter asked if I’d be willing to take a pregnancy test. He had even bought one for me. I took it to the bathroom mainly to prove him wrong. I was astonished by how quickly it came up positive. I was in a state of shock throughout my treatment, and when I got home and my husband asked how my day had been, I replied, “Surprising.” I honestly still didn’t believe it myself; a week later, I actually repeated the test at home, and again it came up positive almost immediately. Only then did I call my GP and my mother. I continued to see Porter for treatment throughout the pregnancy. We were all on pins and needles through the first trimester (understandably, given my history), but sailed through into the second and then the third. My water broke, and our beautiful, healthy, perfect baby boy was born the next morning, exactly on his due date. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured twenty and a half inches long. He is a charmer and the light of our lives. I wish you all similarly happy endings!
p.s. I am convinced that the acupuncture and the treatment plan that Porter devised enabled me to get to this point. I am even hopeful that there might be a sibling to come, despite my advancing age. I encourage anyone who has been suffering with “unexplained infertility” to see Porter and find out what he might be able to do for you. I cannot properly put into words just how much he has done for us. I only wish I had tried this sooner.
Porter Nilsson is an incredible alternative practitioner. He is extremely empathetic; he truly feels your pain. He listens, which is an ability that is very hard to find in today’s medical arenas. Porter incorporates acupuncture, massage, herbs and his knowledge of western medicine to aid each individual case. Four members of my family see Porter and he’s helped each of us with our very different concerns. His skills produce results. You will not be sorry if you seek out Porter for whatever ails you. I recommend Porter without reservation.
The first time I came to see Porter I was terribly nervous, as I do not like needles whatsoever, but I had become so desperate that I was willing to try just about anything. I immediately noticed that Porter was quite unlike all the other practitioners that I had been to. He didn’t rush me, he took the time to really listen to my situation and genuinely seemed concerned and interested in helping me. When I was finally on the table and he was preparing to begin a physical diagnosis he could tell that I was nervous and asked if a “test” needle would help me to relax (as he probably couldn’t get an accurate pulse reading due to my nervousness!) Once I felt that the needles were so painless, I immediately was able to relax and he was able to continue. As he began to place the rest of the needles for my first treatment I was amazed at how skilled he was and how wonderful the effects of the needles were. I’ve enjoyed weekly treatments for just over four months.
I suffer from endometriosis and had been trying to get pregnant for a year. A friend suggested acupuncture and this seemed like the logical choice. I just entered my second trimester three weeks ago and everything seems to be going great!
I can easily say that my life has changed for the better since I began to see Porter and routinely recommend him to everyone I can!
Porter Nilsson I can’t say enough about him. He took the time to listen when I first went to see him and made me feel right at ease. I’m not one for needles but he told me I wouldn’t feel them at all. He was right. I felt great after my first appointment. He cares about his clients and he takes the time to find out how things are going with you. Now how rare is that. Each visit I felt better and stronger the stress levels I had just melted away and I also have been able to maintain my weight.
Porter of Acupuncture Infertility Care is very knowledgeable & has a deep understanding of the bodies systems. Since I started having acupuncture treatments my body is in much better balance & my over all health has improved. I would highly recommend Acupuncture treatments by Porter Nilsson. Thanks so much.
Karen of Natick, MA
Porter is the best acupuncturist ever! The quality of care is excellent. He is extremely professional, knowledgeable and caring. His background in western medicine allows him to combine the best of eastern and western medicine for the benefit of his patients. He has been able to get amazing results in difficult circumstances, for me as well as other members of my family. Excellent!
Dear Porter – Thanks so much for your participation in the project of bringing Anna into this world. I think your acupuncture treatments complemented our infertility treatment very well, allowing me to relax and focus my energy appropriately! I appreciate the enthusiasm, focus and curiosity you brought to the treatments. And now we can celebrate the end result!