Post # 17
@squeak35: mmm now I’m craving ramen 🙂
My acupuncturist specializes in infertility. She charges $66 per session, and my sessions are 1-1.5 hours. She’s honestly one of the most caring person to talk to about infertility and I’ve never felt rushed. I go to her 3x during a cycle. CD7, O date, around implantation.
I’m at 2DPO right now, and she tells me that if my temp rises to 36.8C (98.24F) in the next few days, go in for implantation treatment, otherwise come in a few days before expected AF to prep for next cycle. I read a study on fertility friend that post O temps isn’t correlated with a higher or lower chance of pregnancy, but for acu it sounds like it is.
Post # 18
@Mukmuk: Wow, that’s really interesting! My temps were definitely higher than normal last cycle post-O. My usual post-O temps are 36.6-36.8 but after two acu sessions during last cycle, my post-O temps were mostly 36.8-37.0, which seemed really high. Unfortunately, it didn’t mean anything for me… This is my chart overlay so you can see how much higher than average my temps were:
ETA: I wish my sessions were as long as yours!
Post # 19
@Mukmuk: She’s honestly one of the most caring person to talk about infertility. That is exactly how I feel. I haven’t mentioned it before but yesterday when we left the fertility clinic we bumped into my acupuncturist (he works there a couple days a week to do acupuncture just before/after IVF). Tears were just running over my face and instead of saying something he just gave me one big hug. And then last night I got an email from him: “just checkin in – wanted to see how you are doing. if you need an ear I could chat tomorrow. My cell is…. My thoughts and prayers are with you”. He is a great person to talk to – he just gets it.
Post # 20
Interesting! They all do different things, but again it is personalized based on what they read from our personal Qi. I usually get the following based on cycle:
– 1 on spot between forefinger and thumb
-1 on abdomen
– 1 on ear OR on wrist
-top of feet
-up and down shins
– top of head
-in between brows
I go once a week no matter where I am in my cycle. I go to community acu in NYC and its about $40/session. I feel incredible when I leave.
Post # 21
@MrsFarmer: I notice that with my cycles as well. I have much higher pre O and post O temps! What she told me is that with acupuncture, it takes time. Your body changes slowly month over month, and your overall fertility health improves. I’d like it to be instantaneous, of course 🙂
Wow, I am so thankful for people like your acupuncturist. It makes a world of a difference. Hope they realize just how much it means to us!
I had the stickers with “tiny metal balls” in my ear for my last session. Mine weren’t needles, though. She told me to keep it in there until I O.
Post # 22
This sounds so interesting! I’ve always wanted to try accupuncture! It sounds very relaxing.
Post # 23
I see mine once a week and taking herbs as well. My acu. does pretty similar to @IslandLove07: @squeak35:
have described. One thing though is I am not able to relax for the entire session. I get the random itching sensation just when my body knows I can’t move lol but I try to tune it out and relax!
Post # 24
How are the herbs given to you guys? Mine comes in a liquid in a pouch, about the size of a Capri Sun. I’m supposed to heat it up in a hot water bath and take them about .5 to 1 hours after each meal. I’m terrible about it at night, mostly because I work a second job and I don’t usually have a normal dinner. If I eat when I get home at 10 I usually just want to go immediately to sleep.
Post # 25
@BrianneG: Mine come in a dried ground form. I mix it in warm water and drink twice a day. It tastes awful but the smell doesn’t bother me it just smells like dried plant. I tried making tea out of it drinking but it still tastes awful diluted so I just drink it like a shot with a little water and then wash the whole thing down with plenty of water. Its over quick and Im getting used to the taste now.
Post # 26
I started accupuncture last fall before undergoing IVF. I went weekly and then right before the egg retrieval and after the embryo transfer. I have no idea if it worked, but I did get pregnant. 🙂 And it was so relaxing!! Loved it!
Post # 27
I forgot to mention – my acupuncturist gave me herbs to put into a tea that taste awful, but she said I could put honey in it. Thought I would share the honey tip in case anyone wanted to use honey too! They definitely taste less offensive.
Post # 28
@BrianneG: Mine is in a pill. I take them in the morning and the evening. My AP also has me drinking all liquids @ room temp. No dairy products but I still eat yogurt and some cheese. No red meat. I have noticed a temperature shift so the herbs are working:)
I can feel my Qi so I’m normally staring @ the ceiling. Its just a weird sensation and I want to scratch as well.LOL
Post # 29
Hi ladies. I’m glad I came across this thread. DH and I are starting cycle 10. We started TTC in Aug 11. I am over 35 and starting to really get anxious. I started clomid last month and I will do that again this mth. I had 2 good follicles on each side and we timed bd perfectly. DH needs to get SA done.
I’ve been thinking about accupuncture for a while. I’m hoping it will help me relax (haha) and I’m thinking my lining isn’t good enough. When AF shows up it starts (TMI) rather “watery” and only lasts 2 real days and I would hardly call it heavy. I responded well to clomid so that gives me hope (my progesterone went way up this mth).
Did you share with your “traditional” doctor that you were starting accupuncture? taking other meds besides clomid? prenatal? etc? I want to get pg but I don’t want to do anything to counter act what my Dr is doing… thoughts??
Thank you ladies.
Post # 30
@MrsFarmer: I am having buyers remorse a little, it is $75 a session. I got talked into paying up front, to save a small percentage. I guess I was looking for instant results/gratification (obviously impossible, I know) and was (am) willing to do ANYTHING. I know everybody is differednt but now after reading some of these posts it makes me wonder if my acupuncturist is doing everything the “right” way.
I just spoke to someone yesterday that had the needles in her ears (she recently went off birth control and has not had a period yet, apparently that placement is supposed to invite AF to visit) I had always heard that placement in the ears was to control hunger – you press on them when you are hungry and supposedly it helps with weight loss.
Think I need to talk to acu to gets some reassurance…
Post # 31
I don’t find it relaxing at all…. wish I did