Acupuncture and IVF

You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. 
~Pablo Picasso

So Thursday night I went to my first acupuncture session. I’ll be doing this weekly until egg retrieval, and then will do it both before and after retrieval and then after embryo transfer. If the cycle is successful, I may just continue it once a week until the second trimester.

I’ve never done acupuncture before and I don’t know if it’ll help. There’s a plethora of literature out there that says it helps (my own person says she has a 90% success rate in her IUI/IVF patients in the two states she’s practiced in), but there’s also a bunch that says it doesn’t work. One thing I HAVE NOT seen is that it’s harmful.

So, since it couldn’t hurt and might help, Huzzy and I figured it was worth the additional money in order to give this cycle the best shot it can. I don’t want to leave the cycle with regrets or “what if we had tried…”

My acupuncturist sat down with me and discussed my cycle and my health and everything else in between. She then had me take off my shoes and socks, lay down on a bed, roll up my pant leg, and pull down my pants a bit to show my belly.

She then put a heat lamp over my belly because she said the uterus is an incubator and likes to stay warm (also told me I shouldn’t eat ice cream or drink really cold drinks from now until I get my pregnancy test back since cold is a shock to the body when it needs to be “warm”). She then put one acupuncture needle in the underside of each forearm, the arch of each foot, one in each shin, and three in a curve on my uterus area.

First of all, I don’t like people touching my feet so I wasn’t a fan of the foot needles. The left one had an off and on dull ache the entire time (she said that was actually good and releasing bad energy). My entire left arm felt completely heavy to me by the end and she said that was also good.

I didn’t sleep through the hour or so that was the “relaxation” time after the needles were inserted. There was a period where I went into this odd catatonic place where I was truly relaxed but not quite asleep. Some construction from next door woke me up from that and I was kinda tense the rest of the time.

I’m not sure what to think after my first session. It’s not bad, but I guess I’ll know more in a few weeks if I start feeling any benefits. And of course, I will know in December if the cycle worked.

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2 thoughts on “Acupuncture and IVF

  1. Thank you for describing your acupuncture experience! I’ve seen so many people talking about how it can benefit fertility treatments and I’m thinking about giving it a try. I just hope I can be as brave as you if they get near my feet with those little needles. Eep! 😉

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