On Acupuncture

Since a couple of people asked about acupuncture in my last post, I thought I’d write about my experience. First, I hate needles. I am a complete needle phobe. I squeeze my eyes shut and hyperventilate every time I give blood, which lately is something like 1x week. When my husband gave me trigger last month I thought was going to faint. I have no idea how I’m going to move on to injectables next month. And yet, acupuncture is no big deal. It does probably help that I’m lying down with my eyes shut while she’s doing it. The needles are really thin and barely prick your skin. The only thing I feel is when she is “tuning” the needles to get my chi moving. Then, I’ll sometimes feel a twinge, but it feels nothing like getting stabbed by a needle.

I’ve been going 2x a month since December. The lady I see is also a licensed Naturopath, and she’s had me on various herbal supplements since February. Since starting the biggest change is with AF. I barely have cramps. Maybe I’ll take an aspirin, but honestly, I rarely need that anymore too. The sessions leave me feeling relaxed and centered and I find I have more energy, overall, when I’m doing it consistently.

When I told my RE I was doing acupuncture she was really supportive. She said, though she didn’t understand it, her success rates are higher with patients who are doing acupuncture.

That’s about my take on it. I don’t understand it. Maybe I’m just fooling myself? Whether it works or not, it makes me feel better. It’s my pocket of peacefulness in the madness that is infertility.

  1. Lya said:

    I LOVE my acupuncture sessions! For roughly 5 months I did it on a weekly basis, then I switched to monthly and during our current IUI cycle I’m going twice a week. While it has not changed AF or my FSH levels I definitely contribute my good response to the meds to my work with TCM.
    You’ll be doing fine with injectables.

    • hazel said:

      I actually am starting to wonder if the herbs are what have changed my AF. She has me take a supplement called Free & Easy Wanderer starting a week before AF to day 2. Maybe that could be it? I do wonder if my low response this month (as opposed to last) is because my acupuncture timing was off. I’ll see how my follicles look tomorrow I guess!

  2. WTW said:

    Hi from ICLW! I considered acupuncture with this IVF cycle but then just never got around to booking appointments! If we end up doing another cycle (which I certainly hope we won’t!) then I think I’ll look into it further. Glad to hear that it is working so well for you. Best wishes with your IUI!

  3. thanks for saying that – I have had some irrational fear of acupuncture but for some reason haven’t actually found the injectables that bad. the first time I was *terrified* to do the Gonal-F but you get used to it pretty quickly and they don’t really actually hurt.

    • hazel said:

      I am terrified to do Gonal-F so this is reassuring! I hate hate hate needles.

  4. SM said:

    Here from ICLW! I’ve considered doing acupunture but I hate needles too. I’ve always wondered if it would help though. Maybe I should look around and see if I can find a good acupuncturist!

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