would you find a new acupuncturist?

posted 2 weeks ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh man that seems excessive? I actually think that would lead to dead old sperm. Maybe he meant 2-3 days??

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I’m not sure I would trust an acupuncturist’s opinion on fertility issues over an actual fertility doctor.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

MsGinkgo :  I have nothing against acupuncture, and he’s entitled to his opinion, but I wouldn’t give it any consideration. He may be a great acupuncturist who has a bit of an ego, or he may be a cruddy one. Based on one statement that has nothing to do with what his job covers, it’s hard to say whether or not you should jump ship. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Acupuncture is great for women’s problems but if it’s a fertility issue you need to see a fertility doctor first. If there are any issues like endometriosis, polyps, fibroids, tilted pelvis, blockages in the tubes, ovarian cysts etc etc etc, Acupuncture won’t fix it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Does this acupuncturist specialize in fertility? That makes a difference in my experience 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

MsGinkgo :  Acupuncture is technically an alternative healthcare option (I’m trying to phrase this so no one gets pissed at me for knocking it).  As such, I would fully expect that my acupuncturist would hold onto some other beliefs or ideas that were more ‘out there’ and not in line with my understanding of science and how fertility works.  Your husband isn’t going to be brimming with dead sperm – the body will get rid of if.  So try it if you want or don’t, but I don’t see any reason to go to someone new over that unless he’s sharing a lot of other questionable ideas as well.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

sassyspoonicus :  i saw an accupuncturist who specializes in infertility.  he had many articles published in medical journals and shared them with me at our consult.  i didn’t know about him until after we met with an RE, as he was recommended by mutiple people in my clinic’s support group i joined.  but many women who go through infertility swear by accupuncture.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

ajillity81 :  That’s all well and fine. I’ve heard acupuncture does great things for a variety of issues. I might try it for my nerve problems. That being said, I’d still trust my neurologist over an acupuncturist if I continue to have issues. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee

MsGinkgo :  I can understand your dilemma- because even if he’s a good acupuncturist, if he gives you information that seems inaccurate or misinformed, it makes you wonder how much you can trust the rest of what he says.

I had a different but similar experience with a doctor. I mentioned, during the course of a physical, that I was going to Weight Watchers (I was 30-35 pounds overweight at the time) and he said ‘you’re fine, save your money’ and I was so surprised….because I wasn’t average weight thinking I was too heavy, I was genuinely overweight and I would think a doctor would want a patient to try and be a healthy weight. I ended up having a debate (argument?) with him over it. He’s always been a good doctor otherwise, but I question the judgment who would tell an overweight person they didn’t need to lose weight- I wasn’t fishing for compliments this is my doctor for heaven’s sake, he should want me at a healthy weight! This really disillusioned me as I find I’m now questioning how much I trust this doctor’s opinion/ judgment when I thought so highly of him before this. Still not sure if I’ll go back to him or not when I need to see a doctor next ???

So I guess I’m commisserating more than I’m helping….but I think my advice would depend on how long you’ve seen this acupuncturist & how highly you value his service so far. If you’ve just started seeing him &/ or only find his services decent but not outstanding, I’d find another acupuncturist. If you’ve been seeing him for awhile & are really happy with the quality of his services otherwise, I’d ask him about his comment & tell him you’ve heard differently.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

sassyspoonicus :  i not saying not to trust a medical doctor over an accupunturist.  all i am saying is that there are accupuncturists who specialize in particular areas. and some specialize in infertility.

and depending on the issue, accupunture might not work.  but for some it does help them.

 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

2-3 weeks is a long time without ejaculating.  it didn’t think it was healthy to go that long.  2-3 days maybe.  maybe he thought he said days, but weeks came out….

does he specialize in infertility?  i would ask him his credentials. how did you come to pick this accupuncturist?

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

You seem to be getting responses from people who have not dealt with infertility. Many RE’s advise or even require acupuncture when doing IVF. It’s great for helping blood flow and relaxation. That said, I would find one who specializes in infertility. It’s not just about the needle placement, but the times in your cycle they make your appointments. It doesn’t sound like this guy knows what he’s talking about.

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