Acupuncture??

Discussion in 'Trying To Conceive Over 35' started by Dwrgi, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Dwrgi

    Dwrgi Well-Known Member

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    Hello Everybody!

    Before I start, just want to say what a fantastic site this is for giving hope and support to all those with baby/no baby as yet issues-and good luck to us all!

    I've been TTC for 3 years-I'm now 39 and after suffering an MC 14 months ago, I'm getting really despondent. Am about to start IUI when AF arrives (old hag), and that should have been on Monday this week. Confused, as I've been cramping since Monday, but no AF, but lots of brown discharge (TMI-sorry). Anyway, am steeling myself for the worst.

    Read a lot, and been told, about acupuncture as an aid to conception, and just wondered if anybody had any success stories??

    Like I said, good luck to us all for our BFPs!!
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  2. irina

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    Good luck to you and everyone here :)
     
  3. mandy1971

    mandy1971 Well-Known Member

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    hi Dwrgi
    I also am starting first iui in a few weeks, had 3 m/c so far and am extremely anxious about it. I have no experience with accuuncture but there are some positive stories on the site. Be interesting to read some of the replies to your question.
    Good luck with iui, adding you as a friend honey, maybe we can share some of our experiences? xxxx
     
  4. Redclaire

    Redclaire A mammy at last!!

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    just thought i'd say welcome welcome and hope you like the rest of us aren't here for very long!!!:happydance:
     
  5. Jax41

    Jax41 It only takes one...

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    Hiya - I've been having acupuncture for the last few months and although I've not got my BFP (yet!!) I truly believe that it's helping me along the way and I intend to carry on (I feel strengthened, relaxed by it and if you connect with the acupuncturist it can only do good things for you). I'm fortunate in that I've always had regular cycles so haven't needed help with that but if I've had a lot of AF pain and clotting (sorry if that's tmi!) then it's helped enormously. My acupuncturist see's me at various times in my cycle either before/during O or AF - he tells me to visualise my womb like a beautiful spring day!!:flower: He's mad but I love him!!

    Have you escaped AF this month or has she shown her ugly face?

    Good luck!!x
     
  6. teresapk

    teresapk Well-Known Member

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    i've only been TTC for 4 months but i have been going to the acupuncturist that whole time. he has helped me enormously with migraines and muscle pain so i trust that the treatments he gives me for fertility will help as well.

    i go every other week and one of those weeks tends to be a few days before OV. i can say that i've ovulated everytime i've had ap, so i can only hope it will take a little bit more time.

    my feeling is it doesn't hurt to try something once and if you don't like it don't be afraid to quit.

    best of luck
     
  7. vaileasmama

    vaileasmama Well-Known Member

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    i had acupuncture done, and i truly believe it resulted in my daughter.
    i had a history or recurrant miscarriages (3), and decided that western medicine didnt give a f**k, so i turned to alternate therapies to help me have a babe.
    i saw an amazing iridologist/naturapath, who immediately diagonosed a prob with my left ovary ie i was only ovulating one every 2 months. he prescribed agnus castus, as well as a multitude of other potions and tonics!
    at the same time, i saw a fertility acupuncturist. she saw me for a cycle while my ptnrwas overseas ie no chance of getting preg. she said my spleen was weak - and in eastern therapies your spleen is the organ used to "hold onto things" - she said a weak spleen could def explain mc.
    she also said that i run hot - and this heat could also affect fertility.
    she said a lot of other things as well, but i cant remember!
    anyway, one cycle where ptnr was away, and then one cycle where ptnr was home - and i was preg!!
    once i was preg, i continued to see her for the first 12 weeks, and she helped my spleen become strong and keep the preg.
    sorry for the essay, but im very passionate about this! i was heartbroken after my mc, and no "doctor" would even give me the time of day. however i took matters into my own hands and my daughter is now 3 months old.
    good luck with your journey x
     
  8. blueberry9

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    I read statistics somewhere that women who have acupuncture while having IVF have 30% more chance of conception and carrying a baby to term. I think I will try acupuncture too.
     
  9. Leeze

    Leeze Mum and TTC #2

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    I've had acupuncture twice a month for the last 3 months, just before O and just after. The acupuncturist said after month 3 that I now have good qi energy, and that's meant to help with conceiving. It definitely helps me to relax although it did take a couple of sessions before I really got into it. Good luck everyone xx:hugs:
     
  10. Nat0619

    Nat0619 Mummy :-)

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    Hi

    I've just started acupuncture in the hope it may help nature along a bit! Had two sessions, last week and the week before (unfortunately my acupuncturist is now on hol so next session not until 16th Feb). My first session was a few days before last AF and then second session on CD4.

    Anyway, I have never had twinges and aches around my ovaries like I am having them this month :wacko: It feels like they are just really 'active', as if they have 'gone up a gear' or something :shrug: According to CBFM I haven't ov'd yet (am on 4th day of 'high' reading), wish it would just hurry up and get on with it now!! I certainly find it interesting and plan to continue with it for at least a few months or so x
     
  11. Leeze

    Leeze Mum and TTC #2

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    ooh - I hope that's good signs Nat - could be a lovely strong egg breaking through!! :thumbup: the main thing I've noticed since starting the acupuncture is my AF cramps are much less and the pain is hardly there. This is amazing as I've had AF pains ever since I was 13!! Fingers crossed acupuncture helps those BFPs come along :hugs:
     
  12. kym b.

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    I started acupuncture about a month and a half ago, after hearing from my OB that my conception chances were "slim," due to my very high FSH (25) and very low ovarian reserve (AMH of .19). I've had 5 sessions so far, one per week. In this time, my acupuncturist has said that my "kidney pulse," the one tied to your reproductive organs, has gotten much stronger. Apparently it was almost nonexistent at my first session. She also told me that my uterus was "cold," and prescribed hot ginger tea twice a day, plus a host of little black pills (jin kui shen qi wan)... 24 per day! She said that it's a gradual thing, and that I shouldn't expect much until after about 3 months. I'm feeling hopeful, and I know that I feel AMAZING after a session and the day after. I'm still trying to go it "au natural" (no IVF, IUI, etc.)... we'll see. Fingers crossed!
     
  13. Cypress

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    Hi all - sorry to ask a basic question, I just wondered how often those who use acupuncture for fertility have treatment? I want to try it, but the cost virtually puts it out of my reach (the clinics around me seem to cost £60-80/session, is that the going rate?). Do you need to go twice a week, once a week, once every two weeks - or would once a month be ok, or be too little to make any impact? Thanks in advance x
     
  14. kym b.

    kym b. Well-Known Member

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    I am going once per week. Check in your area to see if there's a School for Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture... that's where I'm going! They offer a student clinic for $25/session, or a grad school clinic (people who have their own practices, but recently graduated from the school and are putting in hours) for $35/session. I'm doing the grad school clinic. It's not exactly a "zen" salon-style experience (no pretty decorations, very clinical, sometimes there are student observers, etc.), but it's 1/3 the price of my other options... which helps!
     
  15. Dwrgi

    Dwrgi Well-Known Member

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    Where do you reply to a thread? I am so thick!
     
  16. Dwrgi

    Dwrgi Well-Known Member

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    That is fantastic news, and sorry for not replying sooner-I'm still getting the hang of this site! It seems that it's certainly worth a try, and obviously worked in your case-I am so happy for you! xx
     
  17. Dwrgi

    Dwrgi Well-Known Member

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    Hi mandy1971-I need to apologise for not replying sooner. I love this site, but I've only read posts until now, never got 'stuck in.'

    I took my gonal fs and suprecur and had scan on day 8-hospital panicked a bit as they realised that the ideal day for the IUI would be on the Saturday, so they brought it forward to the Friday (day 10), with a good sized follicle (18mm) and one not so good (13mm). On the day, DH produced his sample, we dropped it off, returned and THERE WAS ONLY FOUR HEALTHY SPERM! So they abandoned the procedure. You need at least 5-10 MILLION apparently. We'd had tests last summer and all looked good, so this was a complete blow. Now, DH has to produce another sample so that they can check his motility again, and that is tomorrow. I was completely gutted.
    In the meantime, I've had three sessions with an acupuncturist-after the second session I was like an absolute zombie, having sensations of high blood pressure, although this could also have been because of the drugs for IUI. Acupuncturist is concerned that AF only lasts for two days, which may mean the lining isn't thick enough for embryo to embed. Also, I'm running to 'heat' which means I'm out of balance. My kidney pulse is quite faint-and this looks after reproduction. It's all completely fascinating, but worth sticking to.
    Back to IUI, and sorry for essay, despite the fact that I wasn't inseminated, I had still ovulated early because of the drugs, and blasted AF arrived on day 20, which is incredibly early, and may suggest a luteal phase defect, or maybe I'm completely clutching at straws.
    I am happy to share IUI woes with you-good luck with your experience and let me know how you're getting on. Babydust to you and everybody else on here! :hugs:
     
  18. Jax41

    Jax41 It only takes one...

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    Hi Cedarwood - I might be stirring up a right hornets nest here but, deep breath, here goes! I know we want to have best treatment but I feel an awful lot of people have jumped on the infertility/fertility bandwaggon and can then charge extortionate prices because of it. However, you are in London and of course acupuncturists will be more expensive there compared to me in Berkshire!! I see my acupuncturist for half an hour probably twice a cycle, once around ovulation and again either just before or during my period, he tells me when he needs to see me, and charges £20 per session. He doesn't particularly specialise in fertility issues but EVERY acupuncturist will have knowledge of how to help menstrual, fertility, pregnancy issues. I've not got my BFP yet but I have every faith that it helps me enormously!! Is there not somebody local to you that can be recommended? Do you have a health food shop nearby or something like that as they would advertise there?

    Hope this helps and good luck hun, we're all in this together:flower:xXx
     

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