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“I’ve been trying to get pregnant for about five years now,” one woman said.

Starting a family is something so many couples dream of. For this hopeful mother-to-be, that dream is no different, but much harder to achieve.

“We had five embryos that were sent off to genetic testing and they were all anucloid, which means they were all sick with one disorder or another,” she said.

She chose to stay anonymous, but wanted to share her story. We’ll call her Melissa.

After three miscarriages, two in vitro fertilization attempts and a round of genetic testing, Melissa’s outlook is still optimistic.

“Every cycle you have your hopes built up and you’re so excited to try again,” she said.

One of the in vitro attempts worked, but Melissa still lost the baby.

“It’s either try again with possible poor results again in the future and now it’s getting to the point where it’s kind of expensive,” she said.

Melissa turned to something a little different than a doctor after running out of resources, money and hope.

“There’s an infertility support group through our doctor’s office and several of the girls have come here to Meagan and really recommended her. So I made my first appointment and she’s great,” Melissa said.

Meagan Bretz is a registers acupuncturist in Brighton. It’s a practice becoming more and more popular among women struggling with infertility.

For Bretz, the journey is personal.

“My parents had fertility issues in the past, [as well as] other family members of mine. So I knew there could be an issue with me possibly in the future,” Bretz said.

After four years of college, she learned her course of study – advertising and public relations – wasn’t the path for her.

“A post card showed up in the mail at my parent’s house for the acupuncture school for an open house and I looked at it as a sign,” Bretz said.

Four more years of school later, her training was much like that of a medical doctor. However, that couldn’t prepare her for the patients she meets.

“I tend to get a little wrapped up sometimes with my patients and I let some of my emotions get into it too. But it makes me be more passionate about me helping these couples get pregnant,” Bretz said.

She interviews her patients, like Melissa, ahead of time to map out their individualized treatment.

She said holistic methods aren’t typically a woman’s first choice, but that’s starting to change.

“Overall, the population is just becoming much more conscious about the decisions they make, about food, about exercise, about just lifestyle in general,” Bretz said.

From infertility to back pain it’s hard to believe, but needles can heal almost whatever ails you. Bretz uses needles to turn skeptics into believers.

“We’re working to make sure the energy is flowing properly. When it is, then everything in the body is working properly,” Bretz said.

She compares that process to a flowing river. Along that path there may be dams blocking the water.

“So when we’re needling, think of it as we’re unblocking that dam,” she said.

Although it’s different from your typical infertility treatment, Bretz actually works with several medical doctors. Many refer their patients to her.

“There’s definitely some points that are more sensitive than others. There’s more nerve endings toward your fingers and toes,” Bretz said.

Melissa has been coming to see Bretz once a week for three months. Her sessions last about 45 minutes.

“It’s super relaxing while I’m here, kind of eases my mind of my struggles,” Melissa said.

Melissa is also taking Chinese herbs in addition to acupuncture.

While there isn’t a specific amount of sessions needed before successful patients become pregnant, Bretz said herbs often seed up that process.

“I had a patient once who called and hung up and she called back saying, ‘I’m so sorry that I hung up on you, but I realized I called you before I even called my husband to tell him I’m pregnant,’” Bretz said.

Melissa knows she will be one of those women coming in to tell Bretz the method made her dream come true.

“I’m super hopeful that this is gonna be something that kinda changes the game for us, that we’re able to have a successful pregnancy. That’s the finish line,” Melissa said,

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