(Closed) Those Trying Acupuncture for Fertility…

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MrsFarmer:  I started accupuncture the month I got my BFP and I loved it! It was so relaxing!! My acupuncturist would normally put needles in each of my inner ankles, alongside of my feet (right by the arch), on each knee, in the middle of my forehead, and on both my wrists. When I would get close to ovluation, he would put 2 needles right by my ovaries. After O, no needles would go on my stomach. Good luck, and I’m praying that it works great for you!!! I truly believe it worked for me so I’m hoping the same for you!!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

On top of my foot between the big toe and the second toe (on one side)

mid shin on the inside

4 in my abdomen – not in a straight line

top of my hand between forefinger and thumb 

outer wrist

top of shoulder

top of ear

top of head

(I think! – They seem to be on alternating sides…she doesn’t do all of them all of the time.  She does solely infertility acufertility.com if you want to check it out (or if your therapist does.)

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve been to two different fertility acupuncturists.  The first one would basically poke me all over in a big circle around my body but not near my ovaries.  He had a different style of one sharp prick then removing the needles.  He was big on talking about energy and stagnation.

The new acupuncturists I see leaves the needles in for about 30 minutes or so and usually puts a bunch in my abdomen/ovary area, maybe 8 – 10? And thenShe places about four on each leg, I think three on the shin area and one on each foot.  Sometimes she does one in my ear, and always one on my forehead.  Sometimes she adds this electro pulse machine thingy on the needles near my ovaries before I ovulate, I think.  Hope this helps! 

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I’ve never heard of this! I am researching it right now!!!!! Omg! How cool! My insurance says it covers 80% after deductible. Does that mean I pay 100% until the 1500 deductible is met?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I started accupuncture in March (twice a week).

My acupuncturist specializes in fertility however she found other issues (kidney, liver and small intestine) and is also treating me for headaches so that affects the placement of the needles…

Usual placement: top of head, forehead, 1 (sometimes 3) by belly button, inner ankles, right shin and both wrists.

I am also taking terrible tasting herbs. I am desperate for this to work, so fingers crossed…

Mine is not covered so it is an out of pocket expense 🙁 (PRICEY!)

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m seeing an acupuncturist who is specialized in fertility/infertility. The points change depending on where I am in my cycle and are pretty similar to mrsgg list:

On top of my foot between the big toe and the second toe

ankles on the inside

mid shin on the inside

both knees

4-6 in my abdomen

top of my hand between forefinger and thumb 

outer right wrist

top of head

chest (middle approx. bra line; after ovulation)

He uses electro acupuncture before ovulation and I don’t think any needles go into my abdomen after ovulation. I can’t really remember right now but I’ll pay attention next time and will report back.

Have you read the book infertility cure? I haven’t read it in detail but I remember that it has a section where it explains all the points.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I really want to try acupunture!  I can’t answer your question since I haven’t been yet, but I have been meaning to ask–at what point in your cycle should you start going?  Does it matter? 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I started three weeks ago, but I don’t remember exactly where they all go or how many. I specificially remember:

both ankles

right knee

right hand and wrist

abdomen

forehead

top of head

Accustickers in each ear that stay there all week.

She also uses a heating pad in the middle of the table and puts a heat lamp on my abdomen. She places the needles, turns off the lights, and I lay there for 30 minutes.

I’m taking herbs 3 times a day and they are getting easier but I still hold my nose when I drink them.

My acupuncturist says that her specialty is infertility.

I’m curious what everyone pays out of pocket. I seem to have found a good deal at $40/session by paying for ten at a time. I also get two free acupressure sessions. The herbs cost $250 for what seems to be a month supply.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@cafegirl:  Go to the site I posted, you usually go once a week start around day 7 or 8.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@JaneyD:  Ooohhh-thank you so much!  I overlooked that before.  I’ll definately check out the website and thank you for the info on when to start. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My AP is an infertility specialist as well.  He was educated/trained in China and is linked to several fertility clinics throughout the OC.  He inputs the needles:

On top of my foot between the big toe and the second toe

ankles on the inside

mid shin on the inside

both knees

4-6 in my abdomen

top of my hand outer right wrist

top of head

I have a heating lamp on my feet and on my tummy depending on my cycle.  Also depending on my cycle, I will have the electrodes for the tummy only.

I go once a week and take Chinese herbs in pill form 2x a day. 

Since its OOP, $85/session, I’m glad I only have to go once a week.  But I do enjoy it and afterwards I get a nice big bowl of ramen noodles. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MrsFarmer:  The acu stickers are tiny needles that stay in my ears all week. It’s cool if they fall out but they haven’t yet. Maybe I don’t wash my ears enough. They look like tiny band-aids, but there’s a little needle inside.

I also love how relaxing it is. I always fall asleep.

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