Go the acupuncture

I’ve been having twice-weekly acupuncture treatments at a specialised IVF acupuncture clinic, and let me tell you, the difference I feel between this cycle and the last one is amazing.

Last time – lethargy, night sweats, thumping headaches every second day when I started Gonal-f, puffiness, achy joints, a revolting period, and just general not-feeling-greatness.

This time – perfectly normal. Really – perfectly normal. And I’m also on a higher dose of the Gonal-f – 600 units, which I think is a LOT. Ok, so I did have some night sweats in the first week, but I think even they have stopped. (I had continued to get the night sweats even last month – between cycles when I was not on any drugs – so not getting them now is great, especially since it’s about 35 degrees today, and hot at night.)

Let’s hope that it has the same positive effect on the final result…ie a big fat BABY. Actually not too big, I still have to carry it around for nine months, then get it out.

What’s the deal with acupuncture?

  • Apparently in clinical trials acupuncture has been shown to be quite effective not only for reducing side effects, but also to increasing the chance of success – so I can say empirically it has worked for the side effects for me.
  • They recommend you go for a treatment on the day of embryo transfer as it can help implantation – last time I went for acupuncture a few days AFTER transfer (and not to a specialised IVF clinic) so this time, I’m more prepared.
  • It prepares the uterine lining by improving blood flow and improves hormone levels. Last time my period was, in a word, yuck. This time, I’ve hardly noticed it. Awesome.
  • Apparently it can help women who have a history of infertility or miscarriage (can’t vouch for this one as I have no experience).

So I would highly recommend anyone going through IVF to seek out an acupuncture clinic that specialises in IVF. Apart from anything else, it’s really relaxing, which is crucial in this process.

And I’ve got a week and a half off work now, so I’m relaaxxxed…………. just need the timing to go my way – ie, day in hospital for egg collection next Monday, a couple of days to recover, then back to work Thursday with no-one any the wiser. (Though I may have to take the Thursday off the put the embryos back in… but you know, c’est la vie).

Right, now I’m going to meditate on lots of healthy eggs, and a healthy, happy, fat baby.



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3 responses to “Go the acupuncture

  1. I don’t want to jinx anything, but just know that you’ve got a ton of warm fuzzies heading your way!

    And….if you read a few months back in my blog, I was doing acupuncture immediately before/after the conception. I really credit the acupuncture with why it worked so fast. I did 3 or 4 treatments total, along with an acupuncture diet. My acupuncturist spoke to me about what types of food work best with my blood pressure and organ health. It is called, “8 Constitution Medicine,” and not a lot of acupuncturists know about it. You can read more here: http://www.8bodytype.com/en/board2/8body.html

    I also loved, “5 Element Acupuncture.” I felt the best from the 5 Element, but you know, maybe the 8Constitution was the one that actually worked for the conception so I fucking ADORE and LOVE that one the most –even if I didn’t “feel” it on a conscious level. I still stressed during this time, it’s inevitable when going through something like this, but I felt more supported and my stress was something I could look at objectively and outside of myself. It was also something I had more control over to redirect, so I was able to notice I was stressing in a horrid cycle of thoughts, and then I was able to refocus and redirect those thoughts to something productive or happier.

    Personally, I feel ANY acupuncture done by a reputable and experienced practitioner will WORK. I am so happy to hear you are getting immediate benefits from this IVF acupuncture. It sounds amazing!!! And I am so happy you have found a practitioner to support you through this and to help your body find the balance to bring a baby.

    Now go munch on an apple and sit in the sunshine!

    Much love & blessings to you.

  2. Thank you! Yes I remember reading about your acupuncture and meant to look up more about the 8 constitution/5 element stuff, so thanks for the link. Will read up.

    Surprisingly I don’t feel stressed at all… but I guess give me time! I’ve still got the egg collection and two-week wait to get through.

    I would actually be doing a whole lot more natural therapy stuff because I definitely prefer doing things that way, but my fertility doctor has vetoed any Chinese herbs or the like – they even say to stop taking fish oil so I’m just doing what I’m told but keeping my healthy eating and yoga and obviously acupuncture.

    Thank you again!

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