Two Years and Counting

Eastern Medicine?
March 3, 2008, 10:55 am
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I’m thinking about acupuncture. It’s sort of been in the back of my mind for a few months now, but I keep pushing the thought away, thinking, “I’m not ready to look at that yet.” It sort of freaks me out, to be honest. But I’ve never heard anything bad about it, and the only things I’ve heard or read from people who’ve done it have been overwhelmingly positive. There’s one blog I read by a girl who’s pregnant now after doing acupuncture towards the end of last year, and I just discovered a girl in my book club who’s pregnant did acupuncture with IVF in November, and it worked. And that was after many years of treatment. She’s definitely a believer. I do hear about it more when it’s coupled with IVF, but I’m wondering if maybe it’ll help conception rates with IUI as well.

I really like the idea of doing something completely natural to help the process along, rather than jumping into meds and treatments right off the bat, but I just don’t know if I buy into the whole chi thing. Do you need to fully believe in it in order for it to work? Will my chi know that I don’t believe in it? I don’t even know what chi is.

I think I’m going to call the nurse and ask their opinion on acupuncture. I feel like they’re probably going to be on board with it, because they have a supply of business cards from an acupuncture specialist in their office. My 3rd IUI will be sometime this weekend, and I’m wondering if it’d be worth trying to get in to see her this week so maybe it’ll affect the procedure this weekend.


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I looked into acupuncture, too, but I haven’t felt ready to give it a try yet. I borrowed the book, “The Infertility Cure,” (by Randine Lewis) from a friend and browsed through it, but I never took any steps beyond that. When I talked to my doctor, he seemed to think its main benefits were relaxation, which can be achieved in less expensive, less unusual ways. I haven’t ruled it out completely, but so far I’ve been inclined to stick with more traditional options. (Plus, I found out the main cause of our IF is/was structural, which acupuncture can’t really address.) I’ll be curious to find out what you end up doing!

Comment by andrea_jennine

I’ve been doing acupuncture since July and I love it. For me it’s all about improving my egg quality due to my age (39). Our main issue is my husband’s sperm which is why we can’t conceive naturally, but when doing IUI or IVF, I need all the egg quality I can get. Acupuncture not only heops you relax, but it brings blood flow to the ovaries and uterus. I highly recommend the book Andrea mentioned, The Infertility Cure. I have it and I refer to it all the time especially when it comes to the diet suggestions. Best wishes.

Comment by Soapchick

I have that book the PP mentioned if you want to borrow it, just let me know. I had the same thought process you did…do I really believe in chi? I never tried it, but got really close. Not sure if you remember telling me this, but it has always stuck with me…make the decision that brings you the most peace. Take Care!

Comment by T.

Hey there,
I found you on Andrea’s blog. I’m always encouraged to find another IF blogger! May I add you to my blogroll?
I have a book called “The Infertility Cure” by Randine Lewis. It’s a pretty comprehensive look at Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s convincing at points, and I would definitely be open to acupuncture if we were pursuing any treatments right now.

I hope your 3rd IUI works!!!


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