(Closed) Acupuncture – TTC thoughts?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
4997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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mama2bee71 :  I did 3 IVF cycles and got pregnant on the third one when I also did acupuncture. Now I don’t think the acupuncture was the reason I got pregnant (we also did a lot of other things differently), but I honestly do think it helped and I’m not an alternative medicine kind of person. I would definitely recommend it but make sure you find someone who specializes in fertility acupuncture.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i did it for 2 iui cycles and 1 ivf cycle and it didn’t help me.  i did get pregnant on my 2nd ivf cycle.

and i saw a accupuncturist who specializes in infertility.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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mama2bee71 :  I did acupuncture, but I have no history of infertility since we just started to TTC last month. I’ve always had irregular cycles…they’ve regulated a bit in the past few years, but they’re still sometimes longer than average (43 days is my longest) and they vary in length month to month. So, I had a feeling getting pregnant was going to be difficult for us, so I started accupuncture at the same time we started to TTC. I got pregant the first month trying. I don’t think acupuncture was the sole reason, but I do think that making healthy lifestyle changes can help balance cycles.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I had two work colleagues who were trying to conceive in their mid-late 30s, went for acupuncture for this reason, appears the needles go in your lower abdomen, both got pregnant right away.

That’s all I know about that! 

I would definitely consider it but I would want to go to someone recommended and do thorough research on the place and practitioner.

I would say as far as I know neither had any known or unknown problems to conceive, they just wanted to boost their chances as they were about to start TTC and were a bit older.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I did it for my FET cycle. I did not do a fresh transfer with IVF. Still in my TWW so we will see if it helped. I went with my doctors recommendations to an acupunturist who specialized in infertility. If nothing else I felt that it couldn’t hurt and it really helped manage my stress levels. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I saw an accupuncturist for 4 months for I got pregnant (we had been trying for 18 months total).  I don’t think it helped though, because I was always so stressed running to the accupunturist after work and trying not to be late lol!  

Post # 10
1639 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

After about a year of trying I decided to give it a shot and I did it for about a year.  It was relaxing. I eventually stopped because it was too expensive, and we were trying to save money for 4 iuis and eventually 1 ivf.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I was also thinking about trying acupuncture next cycle if I dont get a BFP. Does anyone know the best time during their cycle to get it done? Before ovulation? Does it matter?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I asked this exact question a couple of months ago. I went home to the UK for 6 weeks and I found a fertility specialist acupuncturist near my family and decided to give it a try. I have PCOS and the first session we talked a lot about diet and controlling blood sugar levels etc then she gave me 10 minutes with the needles just so I could see what it was like and didn’t stress about it before my next appointment!

The next time I had needles in my lower legs, abdomen, ears, and between my eyes (!) It didn’t hurt a bit and I found it quite relaxing. They recommend you go pretty much weekly, once for each stage of your cycle, but I couldn’t do that – I only had 2 real sessions.

As for whether it helped…well my DH fractured his coccyx and was out of action for the whole of my fertile window 🙁

I have friends who had to had IVF because he had cancer and she did acupuncture both attempts and got pregnant first try both times. She swears by it!

Post # 13
4226 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I did it through the naturopath I was seeing during TTC. She was also a licensed accupuncturist and reccomended it. I did it for both fertility and to reduce stress. I can’t vouch for how much it actually did for me, but I got pregnant after seven months of TTC so it couldn’t have hurt! Sadly, she moved her practice and she is now too far for me to get to. She also was going to do accupuncture during my pregnancy to help with morning sickness and make for a smoother delivery. Alas, I’ll never know if that would have worked for me too!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve been getting acupuncture for about 3 months now. I go once a week and I find it totally relaxing. She does the needles first and has me under heat lamps for about 25-30 minutes and finishes the session with cupping and acupressure (massage). The whole experience is just amazing…almost like a trip to the spa. 

That being said, I think it DOES work. We’ve been TTC since January and I’ve had spotting in my luteal phase since September last year. With these treatments, the spotting has all but disappearedand my luteal phase has been lengthened. While I’m not pregnant yet, I do believe there are benefits…if anything the relaxation it brings is something. 

Post # 15
799 posts
Busy bee

I went to a regular acuptuncturist – for about 3-4 months. I had irregular cycles. They soon evened out and within 3 months I was pregnant and I really think we owe it to the treatment. 

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