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Fertility Testimonials | Seattle Acupuncture & Holistic Health | Monica Legatt

Fertility Testimonials

Read what our clients have said about us.

Success Conceiving in 2 Weeks

I started seeing Monica after working with two other acupuncturists for infertility over the course of nine months without any success. She came highly recommended and I was impressed right away with how she explained her philosophy on treating infertility with acupuncture. She put me at ease by giving me practical advice and by explaining why and how she would use each acupuncture point. She also addressed diet and herbs, which were important to me. I left my first treatment feeling encouraged, optimistic, and more cared for than I had with previous practitioners. I started seeing her weekly and was amazed when only two weeks later I was able to shift my care from infertility treatment to maternity treatment! I continued to see her for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, which was extremely helpful both for sustaining the pregnancy and for reducing nausea. I would strongly encourage anyone in a similar situation to seek Monica’s help!


Success Conceiving in 6 weeks with Acupuncture for Fertility

After a painful fall a few years ago, I acquired back issues. On top of that, I tried for a few years to conceive. I’ve tried many different things to help with both issues to no avail. I knew I needed a change and so I expanded my research and found Monica. Whenever I meet with Monica, she always spends time to discuss how I am and, more importantly, how she will be treating me and why. Monica’s attentiveness, along with the confidence I’ve gained from her knowledge and skills, has allowed me to relax and my treatments to become effective. Thanks Monica! I'm happy to say that after a month and a half of treatment, I found out I’m pregnant and feel blessed with the path that has lead me to this place. I cannot wait to meet my baby soon!


Acupuncture for Morning Sickness; Acupuncture to Sustain Pregnancy in 1st Trimester

I went to Monica when we first started trying to conceive. Her treatments were very calming, relaxing, and always made me feel better. Once I became pregnant, I continued to get acupuncture treatments throughout my first trimester to help ease the nausea and promote the positive energy I needed to make it through that fragile time period. I believe my acupuncture treatments helped me both physically and mentally to achieve a happy, healthy pregnancy.


Successful Conceiving With Acupuncture For Fertility

My experience with Monica @ Downtown Seattle Acupuncture clinic has been truly a great experience!  I went to see Monica for fertility issues, as I had heard fertility acupuncture could possibly help in this arena. Not going to lie, I don't like needles and was skeptical at first, but Monica made the process easy & enjoyable, and it's a very relaxing and calming way to spend 30 minutes:-). I saw results in a matter of a couple months, and now, it has been about 1 year and I believe that the combination of my fertility acupuncture treatment with Monica, along with my fertility medicine I was taking, allowed us to conceive and am happy to report that I am currently 20 weeks along in pregnancy and couldn't be happier.  Because I believe acupuncture can truly help in SO many ways, I continue to see Monica to help with stress relief, headaches and muscle pains throughout my pregnancy.  She is very knowledgeable with the science behind Chinese medicine and in my case, fertility, along with what herbs to take to regulate my body and the various foods that improve the process as well.  She not only was a great acupuncturist, but also is very personable and down to earth and I enjoy visiting and receiving treatment each month.  I would highly recommend Monica and her practice!



Success Conceiving in One Month with Acupuncture for Fertility

My husband and I had been trying to conceive for over a year. When we first moved to Seattle last fall, I found the Downtown Seattle Acupuncture website and read about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility. I went to see Monica for about a month of treatment, and then I got pregnant! It happened fairly quickly. Thank you so much Monica!


Success Conceiving With Fertility Acupuncture after Multiple Miscarriages

For three years my husband & I kept trying for our second child. The times we did conceive, I was unable to sustain the pregnancies. I then reconnected with Monica who I had seen a couple of years earlier for a shoulder injury that no physician could successfully treat.

After going through fertility treatments, as my last ditch effort I went back to Monica - something I should I have done in the first place! Within 6 months of seeing Monica, I was pregnant. More importantly, I was able to sustain the pregnancy and have a beautiful baby girl as a result. Monica provided me with outstanding physical and emotional support throughout my journey. She is a true healer.


Success Conceiving With Fertility Acupuncture to Treat PCOS; Acupuncture for Labor Induction to Avoid C-Section 

In January 2010 I was diagnosed with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). As a result, I was unable to naturally ovulate on a monthly basis. In addition to working with a reproductive endocrinologist, I had regular acupuncture sessions with Monica at Seattle Acupuncture. Within 5 months I was pregnant with my first child. I have no doubt that the acupuncture sessions directly contributed to my ability to get pregnant and maintain a healthy pregnancy. I revisited Monica when I was 41 weeks pregnant to see if she could help me go into labor naturally. After one session, my water broke the next day and I was able to have the baby without a c-section. I would like to thank Seattle Acupuncture for helping to bring this great addition to our family.


Success Conceiving With Fertility Acupuncture to Treat Anovulation & Irregular Menstrual Cycles

After finishing 13 years of taking the pill, my menstrual cycle never returned. Fertility drugs triggered ovulation fairly easily to get pregnant with our first baby, but 3 years later still with anovulation and trying to have a second child, I had no response to several rounds of fertility drugs. The next step for me was hormone injections and IUI, which was more invasive than I wanted. My naturopath had recommended I try acupuncture with Monica, so I took a break from the fertility clinic to try that route instead. That was such a great decision!

Even after sharing my long history with anovulation, fertility drugs and uterine surgeries, Monica showed such optimism and confidence that she could get my menstrual cycle to return in a short amount of time. She thoroughly explained the reasoning behind her assessments and treatment methods, and answered all of my questions so I fully understood how we would work to restore balance to my hormone levels.

Monica's confidence and enthusiasm are contagious, and she made me feel very comfortable trying acupuncture for the first time. My menstrual cycles started occurring naturally for the first time in 17 years, and I was so thrilled to conceive shortly thereafter without fertility drugs! We recently gave birth to our second beautiful, healthy baby girl!

I repeatedly recommend Monica to all of my friends and family, for whatever health concerns they may have.

-Lisa M.

Success Conceiving First Child with Fertility Acupuncture 

My husband and I had been trying to conceive for over a year.  When we first moved to Seattle last fall, I found the Downtown Seattle Acupuncture website and read about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility.  I went to see Monica for about a month of treatment, and then I got pregnant!  It happened fairly quickly. Thank you so much Monica!



Success Conceiving with Fertility Acupuncture after Multiple Miscarriages; Acupuncture for Labor Induction


I came to Monica after suffering two very early miscarriages.  My OB provided no answers or help, so I turned to Monica and found exactly what I needed.  From the first visit, I knew I had found to right person to help me get and STAY pregnant.  She was professional, extremely knowledgeable and very reassuring.  I got pregnant again quickly and as soon as I found out I e-mailed her (on a Sunday) and she replied right away encouraging me to come in for a treatment so that we could maintain the pregnancy.  The treatments helped relieve my anxiety, lessened my morning sickness and, most importantly, kept me pregnant.  I visited Monica again when I was 41 weeks pregnant with no sign of labor on the horizon.  She treated me on Monday, again on Wednesday and I went into labor on Thursday.  I’m currently 5 months post partum and will be visiting Monica again as I’m having difficulty recovering from the 3rd degree perineal tear I experienced during delivery.  I am confident that treatment will aid in my healing and recovery.        

I found acupuncture to be very relaxing; I would often doze.  I appreciated Monica’s straightforward approach.  She recommended what was needed, no more or less.  She is readily available by e-mail and honest about whether or not acupuncture can help with whatever issue you’re facing.  I have referred several friends to Monica and will continue to do so in the future.  


Successful Getting Pregnant With Fertility Acupuncture for Elevated FSH

On October 18th, 2010, Monica Legatt changed my life forever.

Having had multiple conversations with fertility specialists between April and September of that year who told us that my FSH levels were too high to get pregnant and that the only chance we had at a family was egg donorship or adoption, I had almost given up hope. But after speaking to a friend who had success using acupuncture to address fertility issues, I decided to give it a chance.

I first visited Monica in her office on October 18th and shared my story with her. She asked tons of questions and told me in no uncertain terms that I should not give up. I laid down on the table that day only half believing that anything she would be doing would help my chances of getting pregnant - and I was convinced that even 50% was high odds.

On October 26th, I received a call from my doctor. She told me that me that my husband and I were expecting a "miracle baby." After being given less than a 1% chance of getting pregnant on our own, we had somehow overcome the inconceivable. We had managed - with the help of acupuncture- to create a little life.

Today, we have a 12-week-old little girl who we are absolutely in love with. We tell her every day how lucky we are to have her in our lives...and every day, I think about how lucky I was to meet Monica, who helped us to bring our little miracle into the world.


Andrea L

Fertility Acupuncture for Elevated FSH & Ovarian Cyst Results in Successful IVF

My doctor told me that I had an elevated FSH level & that if it were any higher I wouldn’t be eligible for IVF. Because it was so high I had a lower chance of conceiving than other women in my age group.

This is when I decided to turn to acupuncture. I read a review about Monica from a lady who swore she was the reason her IVF worked and decided to give her a try.

When I explained everything to Monica, she said that there were definitely things she could help. During my next cycle my fertility signs returned & I know that was because of the acupuncture. Then an ultrasound revealed a dermoid cyst on my ovary that needed to be removed before we could proceed with IVF. I continued to see Monica and get healthier while awaiting the surgery. My husband also went to her to increase and improve his sperm count and motility.

I had the cyst removed and we were able to finally do our first and only IVF cycle. Monica was so accommodating during this time. She made sure she was available for us any time of the day while we were going through our procedure. She was there to give me a treatment before & after my embryo transfer which she had to come in on the weekend for.

We were very successful with our procedure, even with my elevated FSH level. A week and a half after the transfer we found out we were pregnant and a few weeks after that we found out we were having twins.

I really feel like if I were not seeing Monica during this time that I would not have become pregnant. She was understanding and very involved and interested in my overall health. I carried my twins to full term, even with my bicornuate uterus.

Thank you Monica for my wonderful girls!!!!

Tracy H.


note: The above has been abridged: click here to read Tracy’s full unabridged fertility story.

Success Conceiving First Child in 3 Months with Fertility Acupuncture

"My husband and I were trying for over a year to get pregnant without success. I was seeing an acupuncturist at the time but nothing was happening. We both starting seeing Monica and within 3 months, I was pregnant! Now we eagerly await the birth of our first child."


Success Conceiving Using Fertility Acupuncture after Multiple Miscarriages

 "I found out I was pregnant February 2007. My husband and I were thrilled. Sadly I lost that pregnancy at 15 weeks. We were devastated. After a few months I fell pregnant again but sadly it was an ectopic pregnancy and we had to terminate it. We then tried for about a year without success. Finally 13 months after my last loss I realized I was expecting once again but again I suffered another miscarriage. About this time I learned from a friend with fertility issues that she was able to conceive and carry a full term pregnancy after undergoing acupuncture treatment. So even before I got pregnant for a 4th time I went to see Monica. I am really glad I did. I fell pregnant a lot quicker after I started acupuncture and I had weekly treatments throughout the first trimester. I believe it made all the difference for me. I experienced an uneventful pregnancy for the first time and my son Nicholas was born January 2010! "

-Deb D.S.


Fertility Acupuncture Helps to Conceive Two Children; Acupuncture for Labor Induction; Acupuncture for Post-Partum Care

"Before working with Monica I saw other acupuncturists to help with fertility issues but I did not develop confidence in their treatments. As soon as I began to work with Monica I knew I had found the right practitioner. She was always compassionate and professional and her treatments gave me immediate relief of various symptoms and challenges. Monica was a great help to me in my process of having babies, in preparing my body for the conception of my two children, and also with preparing for labor and delivery, and with post-partum healing. I cannot recommend her highly enough. "


-Laura S.

Success Getting Pregnant With Fertility Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

"Three years ago my husband and I decided to try and have a baby. I had never been pregnant before and I was very close to turning 30 so I had no idea how long it might take. I was already seeing Monica for other issues so I figured I might as well boost up my fertility while I was at it. Three months later I came home with the news that we were going to have a little baby of our own. Everything went really smoothly throughout my pregnancy until the very end.

Ten days before my due date I found out that my baby was Frank Breech. I was panicked, this was a total shock to us. I called Monica as soon as I left the doctor's office which at the time was very close to closing on a Friday night. Monica explained that because of how far along I was that the chances of turning the baby in time were low but she still saw me and she even did it on her own time. She went way beyond the call of duty to help me out. Unfortunately I went into labor the next day before we could get the baby moved. I had to have a c-section after all but I will never forget what she did for me and how caring she was. She did a great job and now I have a wonderful healthy three year old daughter.
Thank you Monica!"

-Lisa S.


Successful IVF Using Fertility Acupuncture; Acupuncture for Infertility due to Endometriosis


"Dear Monica, During my stay in Seattle last December you treated me for my endometriosis while I was in between cycles for IVF treatment. You also prescribed some Chinese herbs for me to take with me when I returned to France. Well, I have great news and want to extend to you my deepest appreciation for all of your help.

My CA125 (blood test marker for endometriosis) dropped from the 300's down to the 50's. I think the benefit of the acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs are difficult to dismiss. My IVF cycle resulted in a positive, and as of today, I am seven weeks pregnant, complete with healthy measurements and a strong heartbeat on ultrasound.

I really think that your help in reducing my endometriosis has been a significant factor to the success of this IVF treatment. Thank you very much! "

-Suzanne R.

Successful IVF with Fertility Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

"I started seeing Monica toward the end of my infertility journey. I had been on clomid for a long while and wasn't getting great results. We started doing IUIs and I wanted to do everything I could to insure the best result. My trips to see Monica were the highlight of my day. I had never had acupuncture before. It was amazingly calming. I was so tied up in knots from everything we had been through trying to have a baby and the acupuncture really helped me to take some time to relax and clear my mind.

Shortly after I started seeing Monica we decided to move forward with IVF (in-vitro fertilization). It had been a long road and we discovered I had more issues beside ovulatory issues and that our best shot was IVF. At the beginning of our journey I said I wouldn't go that route, but when faced with that as our best option we went for it. I consulted Monica about our new plan and she worked up a plan to help with stimulation and preparation for transfer. I had an amazing result. Not only did the treatments help me to stay calm (which I think was immensely helpful), but I had fabulous response to the drugs. They harvested plenty of eggs and we got good embryos as a result. I now have 3.5 year old twins and definitely credit Monica's help in that success. "

-Laura M.

Successful IVF with Fertility Acupuncture after Failed IVF

"In my opinion Monica is the absolute best acupuncturist out there. I have seen her for a number of different reasons over the years and she has helped me a great deal.

For example... I had years of infertility, saw other acupuncturists and even had a failed IVF. After seeing Monica for just 3 months, my menstrual cycle completely changed, I felt better, had more energy and GOT PREGNANT after having a frozen embryo transferred!! I have referred many friends to her for fertility issues and they have all had success. She is not only great at what she does, but she is so dedicated to her patients. A few months into my pregnancy, I began to bleed heavily and e-mailed her on Christmas day to let her know what happened. She immediately called me back, left her family dinner (on CHRISTMAS!!!) to meet me at her office for a treatment. And thanks to her, I had a healthy little boy. Seriously I can't recommend her enough. "

-Laura V.


Successful Getting Pregnant With Fertility Acupuncture; Acupuncture for LaborInduction

"In May 2008, I started receiving fertility treatments from Monica. I was only starting to get serious about fertility treatments via acupuncture. All I knew was that my husband and I had been "casually" trying to get pregnant for years and thought that a pregnancy might be off the table for us.

In early May 2008, we began the fertility treatments. Monica also worked with me to develop a plan to monitor my temperature daily and to chart my cycle using web based charting tools she had access to. July 1, 2009, we had a positive pregnancy test. I genuinely believe that Monica's treatment had a direct impact on my ability to get pregnant. I continued to see Monica sporadically throughout my pregnancy to help ensure the pregnancy went well without complications, which it did. At the end of my pregnancy, my due date came and went and I was getting antsy, so again, I turned to Monica for treatment to help induce labor. Sure enough, 24 hours after treatment, my water broke.

I would strongly recommend Monica as an acupuncture service provider. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, kind and compassionate. "


-Lisa Y.


Successful Pregnancy Using Fertility Acupuncture for Irregular Menstrual Cycles after Going Off Birth Control Pill

"When I began acupuncture for fertility my cycles were short because I was ovulating quite early since ceasing birth control. After the first treatment my cycle was a full 5 days longer before I ovulated which would have made my cycle a normal 28-day length were it not for getting pregnant that same cycle. Additionally, the acupuncture treatment for my thyroid was made in conjunction with starting a synthroid medication, which is now regulated. I'm sure all of these things helped to support a very quick pregnancy."


-K. Flemming


Successful Conceiving With Fertility Acupuncture for Late Ovulation & Irregular Menstrual Cycles

"I came to Monica for help with extremely irregular cycles and ovulation. I was trying to get pregnant, but was having difficulty; I didn't ovulate until day 45-55 of every cycle, and had been unable to conceive. The first month of acupuncture with Monica, I ovulated on day 19 instead, and successfully got pregnant that month. We now have a healthy, active toddler as a result! Monica has a warm, caring demeanor combined with expertise on fertility issues, and I would recommend her to anyone struggling with infertility. "


-Name withheld for privacy


Successful Getting Pregnant with Fertility Acupuncture for Irregular Menstrual Cycles; Moxibustion (moxa) to Turn Breech Baby

I have always had irregular periods and was concerned about the possibility of ever getting pregnant when the time came in my life that I wanted to start a family. I asked each new doctor I saw throughout my late teens and 20's and they all shrugged off my concern, didn't give a good answer, and didn't seem to care. This was very upsetting! So when my husband and I decided it was time to try getting pregnant, I knew that Western medicine was going to be the last resort. My husband had previously seen Monica for back pain and I had heard that acupuncture is good for infertility, so we decided to give it a try and I made an appointment to see her. Monica was so caring and took the time to explain what she was doing since this was all so new to me. I really looked forward to my appointments and enjoyed the time to relax. She suggested two kinds of Chinese herbs that I took at different times during my cycles. I was already charting my temperatures and could see a noticable difference after starting the herbs! After 3 months of acupuncture treatments and herbs, my cycles became regular. Four months later, I'm pregnant!!



Note: Renae wrote this to us shortly before the birth of her baby after receiving treatment for breech fetal position: The baby turned! Hurray! We are so relieved! Acupuncture worked for me again. Wow! Thank you!