"I'm not being superfluous when I say that working with Elizabeth gave me my life back.
I met her by happenstance when she covered an appointment I had with an acupuncturist she was sharing space with. At that point, I had been through an endometriosis diagnosis, excision surgery, and two failed IVF cycles. Beyond my fertility issues, I felt like I was in my 50s even though I'm in my 30s. I had gone from taking bicycle trips across Ireland to gaining over 40 pounds in a few years and barely being able to get out of bed - I was miserable.
In that very first meeting, Elizabeth asked me so many questions about my health, my diet, and my entire menstrual history - mentioning and discussing things that never came up with any other medical professional I'd worked with. Frankly, my health has been a struggle since puberty but no one cared enough to find the root cause until Elizabeth.
We've been working together for about a year and a half on a number of healing practices. First was my overall health which was significantly improved in just months. Then working with her and a Reproductive Endocrinologist that she recommended, we moved into fertility. I'm thrilled to currently be 19 weeks pregnant with my first, and with my own eggs which a previous RE claimed would never happen and tried to force me to use a donor.
Elizabeth is kind, warm, thoughtful, and truly cares about the people she works with. She's become a guide and mentor, someone I look too when I'm struggling and that I look forward to seeing. I've never met a more genuine person."
– Sarah N.,Brooklyn, NY
“Elizabeth Carpenter is one of those rare women that stands out as one you can say, ‘I had the great fortune to meet her as a blessing in my life.
Brilliant, compassionate and soulful, Elizabeth is changing the face of women’s health. We have co-led retreats together. We’ve learned from each other. We have been in the same healing community.
But most significantly, I can call her one of the greatest and most honorable names I have to give: my friend.”
– Dr. Randine Lewis, Ph.D., Author, The Infertility Cure
I cannot say enough good things about Elizabeth Carpenter and Oriens.
I went through IVF six times before I went to see her because two of my friends got pregnant through Elizabeth’s fertility program. I was doing acupuncture for a year with the acupuncturist recommended by Cornell. I had been at the big famous clinics and at the small private clinics. I even went to Colorado for IVF!
At my first appointment, Elizabeth asked me questions I had never been asked. She sent me to a specialist for a test no one had done on me.
I started herbs and did acupuncture once a week. My other acupuncturist had me going 3 times a week!. In a month my period looked like when I was young (I am 45). In about two months my night sweats and all my digestive problems were gone.
I lost fifteen pounds and my nails grew for the first time in my life. People who hadn’t seen me in a while complimented me all the time. Elizabeth got me in SAME WEEK (by calling the RE) to the one she thought was best for me. I am 10 weeks pregnant.
My first IVF before Elizabeth got canceled. The next three I got all abnormal embryos. The last ones the eggs “broke.” I was told I needed an egg donor.
The first IVF with the new doctor Elizabeth sent me to I made a normal blastocyst! This was after three months of herbs and acupuncture and diet with Elizabeth. We did two more retrievals and I got two more normal blastocysts. Then they transferred two and I got pregnant. I still have one preserved for a sibling later. I am doing pregnancy care with Elizabeth.
She and her diet counselor are geniuses and very kind and attentive. All of her staff are sweet and helpful. You will not find more attention to your case than at Oriens. Elizabeth knows the best doctors and her acupuncture is very different from other fertility acupuncturists.
"About a year ago, an REI doctor made the shocking statement that I should consider donor eggs or adoption given my FSH and AMH levels.
My husband and I had been trying for about 6 months. At 35, I knew getting pregnant might not happen quickly. But I never expected to hear that I had low ovarian reserve. The devastating diagnosis made me feel hopeless and incredibly sad.
Thanks to a friend's recommendation I learned about Oriens. I had never done acupuncture before and don't like needles. But I was willing to try almost anything to get pregnant.
Elizabeth put me at ease right away. She has an incredible way of making you feel so cared for and comfortable. I felt like I had known her for years and found myself opening up in ways I never anticipated.
Through weekly treatments, Elizabeth shared her healing powers and positivity with me. I left my every session feeling hopeful and in control. She believed I would get pregnant quickly...and she was right.
In just a couple of months, I conceived naturally! It was the most amazing news considering what I had been told previously.
I continued seeing Elizabeth and her Prenatal Massage therapist throughout my pregnancy. I recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy. It's amazing to think how much has changed in a year. Elizabeth's work played the central role in helping me become a mother, and I will be forever grateful."
"When I was diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Syndrome my hopes for having a baby were shattered.
With an FSH of 134, I was given a <5% chance of conceiving naturally.
After many tears, I found Elizabeth who restored my faith and body.
With acupuncture, herbs, vitamins and a new diet plan, I floored my RE. My RE stood in amazement as we saw a little heart beating on the ultrasound screen. Without the need for a donor egg and IVF…I was pregnant! As I now hold my little girl in my arms, I will be eternally grateful to Elizabeth."
-Rocio Cota-Solar, PT, DPT
"I was diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure and told I would never conceive.
As I enter my third trimester, I am thankful that Elizabeth helped me connect and trust that my body could heal. I know the herbs and acupuncture and the whole Oriens program restored my fertility."
"Oriens pays a lot of attention. I like to ask a lot of questions and Elizabeth takes her time to explain things clearly.
I had been told my egg quality was very bad because I was 43. She agreed that was likely, but thought the reason wasn't necessarily my age. I did a two-month detoxification she put me on plus acupuncture, then other herbs. My baby is due on my 45th birthday!"
Elizabeth was instrumental in helping me overcome fertility issues and get my body into balance naturally. We did a lot of pre-work to get here and I'm now in my 6th month of a healthy and stable pregnancy after 3 years of struggling. She works with my doctors and I wouldn't try to get pregnant again without her. Highly recommend!
- Monica K., Oriens Fertility Patient
"I was referred to Elizabeth by The Fertile Soul organization as well as by my acupuncturist in Canada when my husband got transferred to New York for his job.
We had already done five IVF's in Toronto and I was anxious to get going with a new team in the States.
When I sat down with Elizabeth she suggested I take a time out and wanted to refer me to some specialists for testing she felt had not been done. But I did not want to wait, I just wanted fertility acupuncture.
So I did two more IVF's without success. I then went for the special testing, which turned up all manner of problems no RE had ever even asked about! I had to take a time out now because I had real health issues that were a priority.
My period stopped. If I thought I was frustrated before, now I was terrified. Elizabeth calmly and compassionately walked me through the medical adventures that were to come.
When things were stable, we started herbs. My period returned shortly after that.
Then I went to a particular RE she had in mind who had loads of experience with multiple autoimmune issues, which is part of what Elizabeth picked up on at our first session! I got pregnant in that IVF with Elizabeth and the RE working together.
We are now back in Canada but when we are ready for a sibling you can bet I will be in New York!"
"I went to Elizabeth for infertility after many unsuccessful IVF's, on the recommendation of my RE who felt we'd exhausted everything but Donor and I was NOT ready for that yet, although I was open to it.
She said it was no rush since Donor was my next step.
So when Elizabeth asked for three months off to "get internally organized for pregnancy" was the way she put it, I agreed. With the pressure off, I gave it my all and did everything Elizabeth suggested.
The fourth month I went back to the RE. The blood work and follicle numbers had changed SIGNIFICANTLY and we decided to do one more IVF, which worked.
The experience at Oriens is not like other fertility acupuncture clinics I had been to. It is not woo-woo but it is quite warm. The team approach is excellent and good answers are provided for everything that is done or requested. I do think it is the reason IVF finally worked for me."
"IVF with Oriens was a completely different experience than my earlier IVF’s. I was relaxed and completely prepared. I went into the procedure very healthy and, this time got pregnant!"
"I was diagnosed with PCOS two years ago even though I have had irregular periods my whole life.
I did not respond to Clomid as expected and the other IVF drugs really screwed me up. IVF was out. I was devastated.
My friend who also had PCOS and got pregnant naturally after seeing Elizabeth Carpenter, finally convinced me to go. Elizabeth explained her theory of inflammation causing my hormone problems.
She did acupuncture with me and prescribed herbs and supplements and a special diet that was a twist on the PCOS diets I read online.
I got 2 periods back to back. That was huge for me. I changed to the RE she recommended, who she said she had good outcomes with for my type of situation. We went for IUI and I got pregnant! I'm due next month!"
"I want to thank you so much because I really feel like the Acupuncture, the Maya Abdominal Massage, and the supportive, optimistic energy at Oriens helped me get pregnant when my doctor told me I had a only a 5% chance of conceiving naturally."
"My FSH was 72 when I started with Oriens. Four months later I conceived my daughter naturally with an FSH of 21. My RE was stunned. He had told me I would need Donor Eggs because I would never be able to use my own eggs, let alone get pregnant naturally!"
"I was really miserable and angry at not being able to get pregnant.
It seemed like everyone at work and in my network was either pregnant or trying for number two.
Elizabeth was holding a gathering called 'Evening of Hope' at her office where some of her third-trimester patients shared their stories of all they went through. My colleague was one of them. I signed up for their Fertility Program after hearing those women!
I got pregnant myself six months later.
My RE said I had Unexplained Infertility, but at my first appointment evaluation, I learned almost a dozen likely reasons I hadn't conceived yet.
We worked on things through acupuncture, fertility massage, herbs (that my husband called witch's brew), vitamins and a special fertility diet that was created for me to target these issues.
It was a very long six months in one way, because every month I was disappointed, just as always, when my period came.
But also every month Elizabeth would point out what was different about my period, and I was getting a lot of compliments about my figure and my skin from friends, and I had to agree with her about how much things like my digestion and mental focus had improved. So I knew things were changing.
But honestly, I just wanted a baby! Elizabeth sent me to an RE that she thought had the best experience with my kind of profile. We were going to do IVF the next month, but that's the month we got pregnant on our own!
I can't say enough about how the experience at Oriens changed me and our lives. I often think about that 'Evening of Hope' and am truly thankful."
"I went to many fertility acupuncturists, fertility clinics, and doctors before reading The Infertility Cure by Dr. Randine Lewis, and then attending her Fertile Soul retreat.
Dr. Lewis recommended that I become a patient of Elizabeth Carpenter upon my return to New York.
I had been told by all the doctors that I had no chance whatsoever of getting pregnant. One doctor even told me that I had a .0001% chance of getting pregnant.
But I knew in my heart that I could and when I went to see Elizabeth she noted that I was not yet a full year since my last period (7months though!) and said there was hope.
The work with Elizabeth changed my life forever and brought my daughter!"