ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS FOR INFERTILITYChild of London 2009
Michaela Vico, 40
Having a large family was always my dream. I had planned to have kids in my early 20’s but my then my fiancé died very suddenly when I was 23. So it just wasn’t to be. Some years later I met my new husband Luis, and had started my own business. We didn’t want to have family until we truly had settled. When we got married we were both 35. I stopped using contraception and we waited, and waited. Nothing happened. After 18 months of trying, my doctor urged me to start an IVF (invitro fertilisation) cycle immediately. My sister had recently undergone several IVF treatment attempts, and after watching what she went through, I decided to try a natural method first.
I didn’t know where to go, so I started searching on the Internet. I came across one clinic, which stood out from the others, The Wimbledon Clinic of Natural Medicine. I found lots of information on their website and really liked their approach. The website described how they combine the ancient Chinese knowledge with scientific analysis and based on results of different tests, suggest a tailor-made naturopathic treatment programme.
When I went for my initial consultation I was slightly anxious. But Dr. Thomas Marshall- Manifold put me at ease very quickly and explained all the tests he did. He needed only my hands and feet and the tests were neither painful nor unpleasant. After about one hour I walked out from the clinic with copies of my test results, a pot of herbal capsules and two other nutritional supplements. Dr. Thomas suggested that Luis should also
come for testing. Initially, he wasn’t very excited about that idea. But when my energy levels started to improve and my Irritable Bowel Syndrome disappeared, he changed his mind about herbs and wanted to give it a try. Dr. Tomas did the initial testing, which showed imbalance in Luis’s hormonal levels. In order to target the treatment more precisely, Dr. Thomas suggested additional blood test for him. The results were ready in two days and then Luis could start his treatment programme.
After about 3 months of taking herbs and supplements I woke up feeling a bit sick. My period was one day late. I had a pregnancy test at home, so I did one. After one minute I couldn’t believe my eyes: two lines. I run to buy other three tests, all of them were positive. I will never forget the feeling. It was just one week before our second wedding anniversary. And it was the best present we could give to each other.
I continued taking my herbs and supplements during pregnancy, although Dr. Thomas slightly adjusted my prescription. My daughter Lola was born perfectly healthy. And then, just one year later, I realised that I was pregnant again. I knew that my dream about having a large family was becoming true.
Michaela Vico, 40, a former project manager, lives now in Salamanca, Spain, with her husband and children, Adam and Lola.
Wimbledon Clinic of Natural Medicine
Dr. Thomas Marshall-Manifold has over 30 years experience helping people with a variety of health problems, including infertility. Therapies that he uses include Acupuncture, Herbalism, Complex Homoeopathy and Chiropractic.
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