(Closed) Acupuncture – what to expect?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

lcd02:  I’m doing acupuncture right now for fertility. The first appointment your naturopath will go over your whole health history to give them a better idea at what to focus on. Then you lay on a table simiar to a massage table and they turn the lights out and put the needles on. You don’t need to do anything – just lay there and relax for 20-30 minutes. Some places on the body hurt more than others. Sometimes I don’t feel the needles at all. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s painful, but just little pricks or a burning feeling. 

Afterwards I feel all jello-like. A little light headed, and relaxed. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I have no had acupuncture for TTC but have gotten it for medical issues and stress. I was so nervous at first but you really shouldn’t be! I went to a comunity acupuncturist (an open room with others being treated also). They talk to you about your medical history then put the tiny needles in. I did not have any burning and have felt maybe 10 needles ever, and have done it probably 50 times with 20 needles each time. The needs are very very small. When you can feel them like the last poster said its a tiny prick.  At my place you can relax up to an hour. I have fallen asleep. you don’t feel them getting removed very much if at all. And it can make you feel relaxed and a little jello-y like after a massage!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

lcd02:  I’ve done it for medical reasons, but not for ttc. People will say it doesn’t hurt at all — but that was not the case for me. Many of the needles stung, at least for me, as they were tapped in. Sometimes I was even sore for a couple of days in the spot where a needle had been (especially on my legs and ears). But I often had a really nice floaty euphoric feeling after they were in and I was resting with them in. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

alamana:  Did they wipe your skin with an alcohol pad before putting the needles in? I am curious as to why it stings some people and doesnt effect others. Maybe the alcohol hadn’t dried all the way before sticking them. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

prettyshinythings:  They definitely wiped me with alcohol. Not sure about whether it had dried or not. My acupuncturist was a very experienced Chinese medicine practitioner. He’s like 70 and from China, so he knows what he’s doing. I think some people are just more sensitive to it than others. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I went for stomach issues and I got sicker. It hurt a lot and did not seem to help. It burned. He gave me herbs and that worked very well.

I also went for my knee I injured in yoga. That was great. It healed in 3 sessions. No pain. Same guy. I guess it works for something and not for other. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I agree that some places where they place the needles will hurt and others won’t. The last time I asked the acupuncturist about it she said that the more ‘blocked’ a meridian is the more sensitive the corresponding site will be. So… Lotsa pain -> lotsa blockage there. Usually if you express discomfort they’ll ask you if it’s more of a discomfort, burning, stinging or pressure type of pain. They might even readjust the needle a bit until you can tolerate it comfortably. Of course once I went in for a bad UTI and the needle straight over my bladder was of course a super sensitive spot, as well as one on my ankle. Meh, it’s not a horrible omg get that thing outta me kinda pain OP.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I started going in January and I love it. I went due to stress and irregular cycles. I am now 4w3d pregnant and am still going. She recommended continuing through the first trimester. 

I was so nervous the first time, but she was amazing. I read a lot of reviews and she came highly recommended. The needles hurt a little bit more the first time. Now they just hurt when going into my wrists. I just wear shorts and a t-shirt to my appointments.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I never felt them going in, and it was so relaxing! He did lots of points everywhere, and just chatted until I was done. I loved it

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I had my first appointment a few days ago! The naturopath asked me a bunch of health questions. I primarily went about infertility (TTC for 14 months now) but also mentioned stress. It was so relaxing. I felt a few of the needles when they went in but it went away after a minute or so. Then I laid on the table in a dark room for 20 minutes (it will get longer as time goes on). It was so relaxing. I’ve been pretty high strung lately and my husband could really notice the difference in me when I got home.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve had two appointments now for fertility (and I went during my first pregnancy). It’s really relaxing! A few of the spots on my leg he hooks up to some light electodes, so those spots feel a little different than the others. Some needle spots I can feel a little pinch when they go in, others I feel nothing, but it’s never painful. It’s definitely relaxing and I enjoy that little time to just relax! As an interesting side note, I saw the same guy for induction related accupuncture (and I went into labor an hour after my appointment!) and there are a lot of similar points for fertility as there are to induce labor when the time is right! 

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