(Closed) Those Trying Acupuncture for Fertility…

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Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Wispy:   My RE actually recommends to all patients.  My AP actually works w/ many fo the clinics in my area.  He is very knowledgeable and actually has me charting my cycle for wkly review.   We talk about CM, AF pain/duration/volor, ovulation, etc.  Since I’m recovering from my surgery, I’m not ony Chinese herbs as instructed by my R and AP.  I think u should check it out.  I have noticed little changes which I hope will lead to a successful pregnancy.

Post # 33
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Worker bee

@lonsk:  Sorry to hear you didn’t have a relaxing experience! I only find it relaxing after all the needles are in, not during. I still get nervous even though I’ve been to acupuncture so many times already! My first time was not relaxing at all, as I had no idea where I’d get jabbed next. But after I learned “the routine”, I was able to mentally prepare for it.

 

I went in for treatment today and she says that I am responding very well to acupuncture. My 5DPO temps are up to 36.9 (my temps are never that high!) I think it varies from person to person. Acu can get pricey, but so does IUI, IVF and other treatments. I hope acu works for me this cycle, if not, I have to face the dreaded HSG. This wuss is NOT looking forward to that!

 

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Mukmuk:  Good luck Darling!, fingers crossed for you – sounds positive!. I feel the same way when looking at the expense (compared to IVF IUI, etc) I am putting all hopes into the acu route with hopes of avoiding IUI or IVF – just having a Debbie Downer day today.

Don’t think any of us ladies on the 6 month + club can be described as a wuss, it takes someone strong to go through the frequent disapointments, supplements, tests, etc  that we have all been experiencing – you are one STRONG lady! don’t forget that – Really hope HSG is not in your future!

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Wispy:  My RE also recommends AP. As far as herbs go, my acu. has given me herbs which complement Clomid. I couldn’t check with doc as I didn’t have herbs yet when I went for my visit.

I am curious why is the HSG dreaded? My nurse said it will just be a little uncomfortable and nothing to worry about maybe take a tylenol before. I am hoping its nothing too bad. 

Post # 36
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Worker bee

@lonsk:  thank you! I hope it’s not either. And you’re right – the amount of emotional stress we’ve all been through, I say we’re pretty tough cookies!

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@silver1:  I’ve always had painful paps because my muscles would tense up involuntarily.  The HSG is like a pap I hear, but with the added discomfort of dyes. I’ve been doing muscle relaxer exercises (basically pretend you are holding in your pee) and they actually work. Wish I knew about them earlier!

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I just wanted to thank you all for this thread. I read it a few days ago and decided to make an appointment – my first session is tonight! I am really really hoping that this is the boost we need in order to get pregnant! 

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@msfarmer – I decided to take better notes at acupuncture today for you, lol!  So it is in fact 8 needles that basically go in a circle around my abdomen, ovary area.  Then there are three in each leg – outter calf, inner ankle and middle toe area.   Then one in ear while I have my period and it’s the left ear and one always on my forehead.  Okay, that’s the official report!

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@twodoghouse:  Hope your appointment goes well

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My AP varies where she puts the needles depending on my cycle and symptoms. She must use 10-16 each session. Another way you can tell if it’s working is the quality of AF. It should be red (not pink or purple) with little to no tissue (clots or strings). It should start strong and decrease gradually lasting around 4 days.

I know AP and herbs (taken as capsules) worked for me! I got BFP at 41 naturally after 4 months of AP, 3 months of herbs, 2 months of serious diet changes (no gluten or diary or anything cold or raw), about 13 diff supplements, 2w of Fertility Yoga and Mayan Fertility Massage.

I highly recommend The Infertility Cure. It became my bible the past few months. I really like her philosophy and she acknowledges that 80% is good enough. I strived to follow her advice 100% of the time, but when I didn’t I wasn’t stressed about it.

Good luck!!

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Jenniphyr:  Just wondering whereabouts in Alberta you are?, if you are near Edmonton I could suggest my AP if you are interested…

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve never personally gotten accupuncture for fertility reasons but I went with my cousin many times. She got one right in the middle of her forhead, and multiple on her legs, ankle, feet and fingers. The foot has all the nerves that pinpoints to every part of your body.

She had her herbs in a liquid pouch, dark brown in color, and had to heat it up prior to consumption. I tried a little bit and it was so bitter

She now has two sets of twins so I think it most certainly works. Good luck to all 🙂

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

A little bit of inspiration for all of us: A 46 year old being treated at my acupuncture clinic just found out she is pregnant! she was reallly commited to diet changes (gluten free, lots of oranges) and following the APs recommendations.

As for me I started bee pollen today (30 drops twice a day), they are NOT tasty! (guess I was expecting them to be sweet, but NOPE!)

Post # 45
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Bumble bee

I get acu and take herbs for my endo, not TTC yet but she specializes in fertility/ women health so I am hoping I’ll be in a really good place once we are trying.  If you haven’t tried yet DO. I can’t even tell you how much better I feel doing it. physically and  Especially mentally. I feel like I am doing something healthy for my body instead of taking pills/hormones and it really keeps me positive about my health and fertility.  Pricey if your insurance doesn’t cover it though.

Post # 45
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Wannabee

Haven’t tried acupuncture yet and reading your post regarding needles scared me but the relaxing comments brought curiousity to my ears. Anyhow, I trusted my GlobalIVF doctors and they are really the best people that I ever had.

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