(Closed) Acupuncture for conception – please share your first visit experience

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Helper bee

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cbgmtx :  Hi there. I’ve had two acupuncture sessions so far. My first session included a discussion with the acupuncturist about my general background and why I was wanting acupuncture (to optimise fertility), as well as an acupuncture session. We discussed my cycle including length, heaviness, pains. He didn’t know what OPKs were so that worried me a little. He didn’t seem too bothered by my semi fluctuating cycle length (25-28 days at that stage, but now 25-33) or my worries that I wasn’t sure if I was ovulating at all. He placed the needles on my feet, lower legs, wrists, head and pelvic bone. I didn’t feel any different and didn’t feel relaxed because it was a loud medical centre. I didn’t concieve that cycle either and am not sure if I should cancel my following appointments or not. I might give it one more cycle because a lot of podcasts, books and articles I read seem to think highly of acupuncture. I’m still on the fence. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I did acupuncture for months when TTC – didn’t work for me at all. To be honest I found it a waste of money. 

For the first session she wanted to know everything about my cycle including what my period was like. 

Most needles were in my pelvic region with some in legs and feet.

it was relaxing but like I said I didn’t get pregnant  while having treatment 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

first visit was about an hour of talking, 20 minutes of actual accupuncture

questions she asked: asked about luteal phase length, follicular phase length, period duration, period pain, period color and consistency.. um.. what else.. how long we’d been trying, if we’d tried any western medicine yet, etc..

and tehn she put some needles in my wrists and ankles and one in one ear.  

I’ve been back twice (I go every Friday, if I’m in town) and it’s always wrists, ankles, ears, and sometimes knees.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i did accupuncture for IUI #2, #3, and IVF #1.  we got pregnant on IVF #2 when i did not do accupuncture.

but, the accupuncturist i went to specialises in infertility, he published many articles on the topic.  he was recommended by a few people in the infertility support groups i attended.

my first session, we talked about where i was in my journey, what my diagnosis was from the RE and any other issues i was having.  we also discussed my husband’s issues.  then i laid on the table, he put some needles in me. and then i would lay there a relax for 30 minutes or so.  i really used that time to clear my head of everything.

his recommendation was 3 times during your cycle.  the beginning, right before ovulation and about 5 days after.  i didn’t temp either.  with IUI and IVF it was more timing, so i just told him when certain things were happening and we scheduled around when particular appointments were. ie, 1 few days before trigger, then 5 days after trigger.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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cbgmtx :  we’d been trying for over a year when I went. It took us 2.5 years to get pregnant. I was doing weekly sessions for about 6 months. No change in cycle, period, or getting pregnant 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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cbgmtx : 

Intention to concieve that month–no, but only because I was travelling without DH before, during, and after ovulation.  I only had the one appointment before I left anyway, so this month is my first month TTC with acupuncture helping out.  We’ll see what happens!

No, you can’t expect it to work right away, IMO.  Here’s my logic:

If acupuncture works (and there does seem to be good evidence that acupuncture is at least somewhat effective for at least some things–that’s why your insurance will cover it) then the best it can do is make you super fertile.  Even super fertile teenagers (and/or women taking fertility drugs) have 25-30% chance of concieving any given month, assuming perfect timing. (I believe it has to do with variance in blastocyst quality: our bodies don’t let sub-par blastocysts implant.)  So.. the best accupuncture can do is increase your odds slightly, up to 25-30% chance per cycle.  

And that’s still assuming your issue isn’t at least partially male-factor, which is a contributing issue 40-50% of the time.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We have a good family friend who is an acupuncturist so mine was a little different. He knows we have been trying to get pregnant and that I am going through IVF, transfers, etc. so I just sorta gave him a low down of when our transfers have been, DH’s fertiilty background as well as mine, etc. I will be going back to him as we prepare for another transfer because that was the one time I got pregnant. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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cbgmtx :  I see an acupucturist who specializes in fertility. I’ve been seeing him for about 3 months. First visit consisted of a 45 minute consultation followed by a 30 minute acupuncture session. Consulation went over what many of the PPs mentioned. History (how long have we been trying, any previous pregnancies, miscarriages, births etc.), cycle length, approx. CD I ovulate, what methods I use to confirm ovulation, PMS symptoms, how often do we BD, what does my diet consist of, what do I do for a living, do I work out regulary. Pretty much a whole breakdown of my life at the moment. Since my first session was around O time he placed needles on my lower abdomen as well as on my feet, legs, arms, head and ears. I didn’t get pregnant that cycle. I did notice a difference in my body after beginning treatment. I go once a week. My sleep is significantly better, my skin has cleared up, the following cycle I ovulated 2 days earlier than I usually do and I overall just felt great. After 5 sessions I got my BFP. We saw the baby and heard the heart beat last month. I’ve continued going each week to help support the pregnancy (they use different points). I truly feel like it helped but I guess I’ll never truly 100% know. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have been seeing an acupuncturist for a while (1 year) to get healthy reduce stress quit smoking and fertility. 

My experience has been nothing but positive.  I quit smoking (6 months now) I have extremely reduced my overall stress levels and am on the path to being more healthy.

My SO is on month 2 of quiting smoking also.  He has sleeping issues and the moxa treatment is working for him.

I am still working on infertility, but as she told me when I started this is a process to balance myself and get healthier to prepare my body for pregnancy.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

The first time, I talked with my Acu doc and went over goals.  She started with a simple balancing treatments. 

(honestly mostly it is painless and really relaxing.  I only once in a while feel small pin picks that last for nearly to no time.

THen as treatments went (one a week session).  She introduced other easterm medicine treatments and methods in addition to acupuncture Moxa, cupping, electro magnetic, heated warming beds, ear seeds, and ear needles (leave in)

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