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

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

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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Summer MediClear Cleanse

The MediClear Cleanse is user friendly.  In this cleanse, you eliminate foods that are commonly allergenic or inflammatory for 15 days. Continue reading

Would you like to share your IVF experience in a book?

The letter below is from a friend of ours and the book she is writing is unrelated to Blossom Clinic.


My name is Rebecca Matthews and I am an embryologist at Oregon Reproductive Medicine in Portland Oregon. I’ve been an embryologist for 11 years and also have a PhD in fertility. I would like to use my experience to help others by writing a book about IVF and answering the questions and concerns I commonly hear.

I would like one of the chapters in my book to be personal stories from people who have been through the process. I would love to hear from you regardless of which clinic you went to and whatever the outcome was.

All of this will be in the strictest confidence and you name will never be published.  If interested, please email me:


Yours gratefully,


Acupuncture on the Day of Embryo Transfer

blastocystredI have been attending embryo transfers as an acupuncturist since 2002 and I think it is an honor to be there on such an important day.  The protocol that I use is based on a study published in Fertility and Sterility  in 2002 and again in 2006 and 2007, which reported that acupuncture given on the day of the IVF embryo transfer increased the rate of pregnancy by 50%. The protocol for the day of embryo transfer actually consists of two treatments, one before the embryo transfer and one after the embryo transfer. 

On the day of embryo transfer, I will meet my patient about 45 minutes before their scheduled embryo transfer time.  The fertility clinics I work with here in Portland, Oregon, are very familiar with the protocol and welcome acupuncturists on the day of the embryo transfer. Sometimes when I attend a transfer, I will see one to two other acupuncturists there.  It is no secret that having extra support there on that day makes a difference in your mind and body.  The day of the embryo transfer during your IVF cycle is so important.  It is the culmination of so much and people are usually experiencing a mix of excitement and anxiety.  Sometimes women will experience a little bit of fear that day if they have had a negative experience with a prior IVF cycle.  I do my best to be present with them and provide the best care on that day. 

For new IVF patients that I take on, I make a commitment to being there with them on the day of their embryo transfer.  If there is a reasons that I cannot be there, which happens rarely these days, I will find an excellent replacement from Blossom Clinic or from another acupuncture clinic that specializes in fertility in Portland.  Most of the time I have an established relationship with the person whose embryo transfer I am attending.  My patients will have had between 7 and 12 appointments with me before that day.  Occasionally I will meet someone for the first time that day, if they are from out of town doing a donor cycle or another acupuncturist in town needs coverage because they cannot be there with their patient for some reason. 

If you had an acupuncturist there at your embryo transfer, I would love to hear about your experience.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me, 503.287.0886. 

All of my best,

Liz Richards, L.Ac.