Ovarian Reserve Explained: FSH, AMH & Clomid Challenge

ovarian reserve tests Blood tests can be used to assess how many eggs are left in the ovary (also called ovarian reserve). The tests include Day 3 Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), a clomiphene challenge test (CCT), and Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH). These are strong predictors of how well your body will respond to fertility drugs. The results of these blood tests, along with the resting follicle count (also called the antral follicle count), are the most conclusive tests of ovarian reserve. Continue reading

Infertility Support Group Portland Now Forming

infertility supportWomen’s Infertility Support Group Portland now forming. Limit 5 people.

This session meets every other Thursday from 7-8:30pm with one exception during the holidays.

November 6th, November 20th, December 4th, December 18th, January 8th, January 22nd.

Cost is $180 for 6 sessions.

In this small, confidential group, you will have the support of Anne Dolan, who has over 25 years experience in this field, including leading support groups for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Organization. Additional focus during this series will be How to Get Through the Holidays,” as well as ongoing support and discussion of other issues facing women dealing with infertility.


Call Anne Dolan, LCSW: 617-650-3732


This group is led by Anne Dolan, LCSW who has more than 25 years experience working in this field, including leading support groups for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Organization.

IVF Tips for Patients: Top Ten Things to Do


Liz Richards, L.Ac., MAcOM has been treating fertility patients with Traditional Chinese Medicine in Portland, OR since 2002.  Here are ten IVF tips based on her clinical experience with patients receiving acupuncture at Blossom Clinic while undergoing IVF at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

acupuncture portland oregon1. Begin acupuncture treatments right away:

As a general rule, the way you treat your body three months prior to trying to conceive is more important than anything you can do right now to boost your fertility and increase your chances of getting pregnant. This has been a clinical observation of mine for years, and I am lucky enough to have colleagues who are now documenting this statistically with clinical research.

Most of our patients visit us weekly, and as they reach their goals, the visits taper down. We recommend a minimum of three menstrual cycles of treatment for both women’s and men’s fertility support.

To find the practitioner that is right for you, here are some things to look for in a fertility acupuncturist: Continue reading

Support Group for Women Trying to Conceive

women's infertility support group Support Group for Women Trying to Conceive

If you have had a bad experience with peer led infertility support groups, this is a refreshing alternative. In this small, confidential group, you will have the support of Anne Dolan, who has over 25 years experience in this field, including leading support groups for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Organization.

The next group is a 6 week series on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Blossom Clinic beginning in May, 2014.

$180 for 6 weeks. Call Anne Dolan at 617-650-3732.

“Fertility Help, the Natural Way”: Liz Richards, L.Ac. and Lori Reising, LMT of Blossom Clinic in NW Kids Magazine


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Liz Richards, L.Ac. and Lori Reising, LMT of Blossom Clinic are interviewed on pages 18-20 of the May 2013 NW Kids Magazine


Click here to read “Fertility Help, the Natural Way”, an article by Jenny Duvander in NW Kids May 2013 issue (page 18 & 20).

She discusses the importance of acupuncture, nutrition, massage and relaxation for those trying to conceive.  If you have been diagnosed with infertility or will be getting your body ready for pregnancy, this is a great resource.

Acupuncture Reviews for Blossom Clinic in Portland, OR

Acupuncture Reviews for Blossom Clinic

Fertility Enhancement:

Just What we needed!!!. My wife and I had been trying for some time to get pregnant to no avail. We decided to look into the Acupuncture route for increased fertility, At a friends suggestion (who had enjoyed success using their service ) we went to Blossom. Today we heard our soon to be babies heartbeat for the first time!! Our experience at Blossom was professional , pleasant and informative , and most important of all SUCESSFUL!! Big Thanks to all the staff at Blossom! CM

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Dr. Elise’s Naturopathic Fertility Program

Dr. Elise has started a new fertility program which takes a naturopathic approach to achieving conception by personalizing each program to the patient’s particular health needs.

Recent pregnancy research has seen success rates for previously failed IVF couples increase from 17% to 81% after proper nutrition counseling. Another compelling survey, Continue reading

Why I Rarely Use the Word “Infertility” to Describe My Fertility Patients

Contributed by Liz Richards, L.Ac., Practitioner of Oriental Medicine since 2002 in Portland, Oregon.  

Today a patient on the table told me a story of a receptionist at another clinic repetitively using the word infertility during her phone conversation about their services. She was really turned off by this. While my patient was speaking, I was reminded of how I rarely use the word infertility in my work, on my website, and in my blog post writings.  Now, while I acknowledge that I would probably get more search hits to my website if I did use the word infertility, I have for years avoided it.  Instead I speak of fertility, fertility enhancement and sometimes even pre-fertility or sub-fertility. Continue reading

Hormones Rule: From Menstruation to Menopause

fertility yogaHormones Rule: From Menstruation to Menopause

A Healthy Hormone Dialogue

Ever wonder why you get bloating, cramps or irritability before your period?  Foggy thinking, hot flashes and weight gain getting you down?  OR are you suffering with unwanted hair growth and irregular periods.  These familiar symptoms are all signs of hormone imbalance.

To find out more about how to solve YOUR hormone imbalance symptoms, join us at the Blossom Clinic Tuesday October 4th at 7 PM Continue reading

Infertility Support Group Portland Oregon

“Nurturing Yourself in the Midst of Infertility”

Women’s Support Group at Blossom Clinic

with Anne Meneakis, LCSW

infertility support groups portlandWomen’s support groups can offer an emotionally safe and supportive time to talk, breathe, share understanding and cathartic humor, and receive support from other women who know what it’s like to go through infertility.

Topics Included Are:

  • Mindfulness meditation and practical relaxation techniques for managing and reducing the sensations of stress
  • Ideas and tools for enhancing self-care and sustaining self-care routines
  • Techniques for gently getting through the more difficult emotions that can accompany infertility
  • Tactful methods for responding to unsolicited advice from others
  • Self-care strategies to retain your sense of being a “whole person” rather than becoming immersed in being an infertility  patient.

One out of six couples will have some complications or delays in trying to have a baby.  Infertility can be a time which creates a closer connection for couples, and a deeper sense of meaning-making for women and men, clarifying and affirming what matters most in one’s life.  Infertility can also be very stressful – for women and for couples.  Doctors and infertility researchers recommend patients reduce stress in order to create the most beneficial environment for pregnancy to occur.  While women often rely on friends and family to gain support with life stressors, infertility can often be one time when family and friends alone cannot provide the understanding and support that is needed.  Some conversations about infertility with family or friends can even crate a sense of feeling misunderstood, or even judged or blamed.

Couples can experience relationship stress over infertility, just when the support of one another is needed as a safe harbor through the waves of emotions that accompany infertility, and the difficult decision-making required when choosing which treatment options to pursue.

Partners may respond to stress and grief differently, creating distance or discord in the relationship.  Blame and guilt can arise.  Yet, it is also possible to avoid these harmful emotions so that couples emerge from infertility with an enriched and sustaining emotional intimacy.

infertility supportAnne Meneakis, LCSW specializes in work with the emotional and relationship aspects of infertility for women and couples.  She has worked as a counselor for over 23 years.  She blends her knowledge and experience with a warm, compassionate and collaborative style of working with clients, honoring her clients’ own resiliency and insight.  Ann provides individual, couples and group counseling services for people seeking additional support as they go through infertility.  Anne coordinates care and treatment planning with other health care professionals to ensure her counseling services are provided in a comprehensive manner with utmost dedication to quality of care.  Anne may be reached at 503-349-6152

Please call 503-287-0886 for further details on this infertility support group.