Wednesday, March 4, 2009

acupuncture

a few people i know In Real Life that have gone through infertility highly recommended i do acupuncture.  one woman had 5 failed IUI's and 3 failed IVF cycles.  with her 4th IVF, she coupled it with acupuncture and now has a healthy baby girl. i figured it was worth a shot.

i have been going to acupuncture once a week since december, when i began fertility testing.  it costs $60 per 1 hour session.  mr.m and i decided that since it was (hopefully) short term, it was worth finding the extra money in our budget.  i love it!  sometimes the needles pinch a tiny little bit, just for a second, but then i can almost feel the energy waving through me.  it is very relaxing and i almost feel a little stoned at the end.  my acupuncturist, Jeanne is great.  she is quiet and calm in a wise sort of way.  she is very accommodating and was willing to fit me in before and after each IUI, no matter what day of the week they fell on.  

she is going on vacation on sunday and will be gone next week, just when i need her the most.  i am sad and disappointed.  she is calling another acupuncturist in the area to see if they can work with me for my IUI's, which is very kind of her.  i feel like after the relationship i've developed with her, it will be a little weird to go to someone for the first time before and after my IUI's.  i also can't imagine they will be as flexible with their schedule as she is.  we will see....

9 comments:

jones said...

I've been contemplating acupuncture - like you I kind of figure why not. Plus, my insurance doesn't cover any treatment of IF, so acupunture seems pretty reasonable.

S said...

I've been going to acupuncture (and taking herbs prescribed by the Chinese medicine doctor who does it) for the past 6 weeks. These particular Chinese medicine practitioners specialize in the treatment of infertility, were recommended to me by my OB/GYN's office, and have worked with many of our REs' patients during their treatment cycles.

It costs more than yours--$95 per session, plus the cost of herbs, which is usually $20-35 a week--but I believe that it can help. And it is definitely less expensive than any ART intervention.

Hillary said...

Wow, that sounds lovely! I'm glad you have a great acupuncturist.

I also wanted to stop by and welcome you to the IF blogging world!

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Mary said...

I'm glad that you joined the blogging world. It really is a great community of women with lots of wonderful information. Glad to see you here. Stop by anytime.

kate said...

Hi, I'm Kate, and I'm the Stirrup Queen's (aka Melissa, aka Lollipop Goldstein, etc.) "clicker" for the "In The Beginning" category of her giant infertility blogroll. As new blogs are listed there, I try to stop by and introduce myself and also formally welcome you to our happy little corner of the blogroll. So. Formally, Hello, Nice to meet you, etc. and WELCOME!

Anyhow, as a clicker, it is my job to click through all the blogs in this category and report back any news to Mel so that she can post it in the Lost and Found/Connections Abound (LFCA). She usually posts daily, and the news we share is typically stuff like birthdays, anniversaries, blogoversaries, big news, or calls for information or support. So, by virtue of choosing to list yourself on Mel's blogroll, you are now on my Google Reader list, and I will stop by periodically to skim for news.

However, the last thing I want to do is to step on anyone's toes, so if you would rather not have your news shared with the rest of the IF community, please let me know now so that I can honor that wish. Otherwise, you don't need to do anything, since you're already on my list!

And, as always, if you have news that you want to share, and I haven't gotten to it yet, please feel free to list it yourself on the LFCA page (go to the Stirrup Queen's homepage, there should be a link in the topmost post to the current LFCA. Click that, and then in the header on the LFCA page, there's a button that says "submit news"). Or, you can always leave me a comment on my blog letting me know that you'd like me to share something on your behalf.

Anyhow, it's always nice to see new faces, so WELCOME again. And I wish you the best with your upcoming IUI.

Lea said...

That's weird. My acupuncturist will be gone for the next week too and my IUI will be Sunday or Monday! I'm going to try a different acu just while she's gone. I have to admit, I'm kind of nervous to try someone new as well. Good luck!

S said...

its good reading about others that have done acupuncture.

I'm considering acupuncture for the next cycle too. always wanted to try it, the thing that holds me back is the logistics of getting there and back.

and its not like I'm afraid of needles, haha.

Cassandra said...

Here from Lost and Found to welcome you to the blogosphere...

If you can find an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility, they should be used to doing treatments planned around an IUI.

Good luck!

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