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fran

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Tuesday, January 9th 2007, 6:16pm

** ACUPUNCTURE CHATTER **

Hi
Has anyone had accupuncture before/during IVF? I am thinking about it, if anyone can recommend an accupuncturist in Devon, please let me know.
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Tuesday, January 9th 2007, 7:31pm

RE: accupuncture

Hi Fran,

I'm having it now while going through IVF. I'm London based so can't recommend anyone but I would go through the BMAS

I'm having it twice a week for the 4 weeks prior to EC and then I have it done on the day before EC, day before ET and day of ET.

DH is also having 2 treatments to make sure his sperm is in tip top condition!

I can really recommend it. I'm DRing and a few days ago I walked in feeling lethargic, moody, hot flushes, stressed - by the time I left I felt great. It has definitely taken the side affects of the drugs right down for me and helped keep me focussed and stress free.
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Tuesday, January 9th 2007, 8:18pm

Hi Fran

I went for accupuncture during my 3rd IVF. The difference between that and my second cycle was amazing. I had no dr symptons, so much so that I thought it had not worked. I got 12 decent embies and the previous I got 2 below average ones. I have also noticed a dramatic change in my periods. Not as scanty and light as they used to be but rich red blood from day 1, sorry tmi!! I can only take from that that the blood supply to my womb has improved. I also had a great lining from very early on in stimms. I went once a week during dr and then twice a week during stims and the day before ec.

Hope this helps and good luck.

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Tuesday, January 9th 2007, 9:31pm

I am glad you asked this question Fran, as i am thinking of having that too.

If anyone can recommend a good accupuncturist in Liverpool/Wirral
please PM me too :)

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Wednesday, January 10th 2007, 7:20am

Girls
I agree.
My first ISCI went 20 eggs, 18 ebmies, 2 transferred, none frozen...BFN

Second with accupuncture
27 eggs, 20 embies, 2 transferred, 8 frozen...BFP

I really think it made the difference between coping with DR and brezzing through it
She also was able to bring my DR bleed on within an hour of leaving her

Caz xxx


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Wednesday, January 10th 2007, 8:04am

It's good to hear that Libby as I was worried I wasn't DRing as my side affects are so scant! I'm finding my acupuncture AMAZING. It makes me feel relaxed, less stressed, healthier and just mroe positive really.
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Friday, January 12th 2007, 2:35pm

Just to add, my acupuncturist also brought my DR af on within a few hours and when I was scanned today, after 9 days of DRing they said everything was perfect and I was ready to stim so had first injection today. I am certain the acupuncture has helped and the nurse at the clinic told me UCH are planning an accupuncture trial because they have heard such good things about it. My acupuncturist says in studies it increases your chnaces of IVF suceeding by 40%.
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Friday, January 12th 2007, 3:04pm

Just so you get both side (good and bad so to speak) accupuncture totally messed up my ivf cycle, i was getting 22+ eggs on the previous 4 cycles, on the cycle i tried accupuncture (with an ivf specialist) i got only 9 eggs, and only 1 to transfer and obviously a BFN

Didnt do it the next cycle, got 23 eggs, 9 excellent top quality embryos and pg with twins so it just goes to show.

Accupuncture did really help with my anxiety.

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Monday, January 15th 2007, 2:05pm

acupuncture

hello

i have my first acupuncture session tonight i am a littel nervous


anyone else had acupuncture?

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Monday, January 15th 2007, 2:35pm

Hi Andrea - I'm having it twice a week - see other threads ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES & DIETS and ACCUPUNCTURE

Don't be nervous - it isn't 100% pain free but it really isn't that bad. Some points don't hurt at all and others are like an electric shock. There are a few that cause a sort of dull ache and very few - maybe one or two that produce a sharp, stinging pain for a few seconds. It's nothing approaching the pain of injecting!

Overall I feel so well afterwards and even during the treatment that any pain is worth it! I sometimes feel a bit spaced out but it works brilliantly to get rid of side affects of IVF and to lower the anxiety and stress.

make sure your therapist is trained specifically in fertility accupuncture as well as general acupuncture.
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Monday, January 15th 2007, 3:01pm

Yep, I've had it - I'm really bad with needles, but I managed. I actually came out feeling really relaxed ready to take on the world :D good luck

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Monday, January 15th 2007, 3:28pm

i was given the name by other ladies who have been to her for fertility problems

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Monday, January 15th 2007, 8:31pm

I had accupuncture done and am now having reflexology once a fortnight. It's really important that your accupuncturist comes reccomended - the person I was seeing happily took my money for very little effect. However, the reflexologist I am seeing is excellent. If anyone is based in Braintree and wants her details let me know.

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Monday, January 15th 2007, 9:13pm

i had my first session and it was very nice, very relaxing.

she has adviced me to have a session a week for 3 weeks then cut it down to one mid cycle and one before my period.

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Wednesday, January 17th 2007, 12:35pm

You brave things!

Can i ask a technical question please? I have been considering trying acupuncture but i don't know anyone personally who has. I am a wuss when it comes to injections but willing to try anything that helps.

Where do they put the needles? How many do they use and how long does it take?

Thanks

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Wednesday, January 17th 2007, 2:31pm

Hi Tracey

Just to let you know Ive been having accupuncture for about three months and I was absolutely terrified of the needles but it really doesn't hurt and they are so tiny. I have mine put on my feet, legs, arms and hands, they are supposed to create blood flow and stop stagnation. I don't know if it works but mine really relax me and I sleep so well after having it done, so every little helps I suppose. I also used to have awful af's (sorry if tmi) which used to make wake me up and Id not sleep for a couple of nights but I now have near enough no pain, so its all gotta be a bonus. I also sometimes have a couple on my tummy but not every time. Also my accupunture man was recommended by several of my friends, which is probably the best way of finding one.

Hope this is of help.

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Wednesday, January 17th 2007, 2:43pm

i agree it does not hurt and is so relaxing i had them put in my head belly hands legs and feet

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Wednesday, January 24th 2007, 8:03am

acupuncture

hello

any of you that has had acupuncture when did you start feeling the affect?

i have had 2 and i am due on this friday will i feel any affect this month?

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Tuesday, January 30th 2007, 7:39pm

Can anyone recommend a fertility accupuncturist in Chester/Ellesmere Port area?

I have reflexology every 2 weeks but thought accupuncture may help with weight loss & the upcoming IVF/ICSI

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Friday, February 2nd 2007, 8:14pm

Hiya

I tried it for my 2nd ivf cycle - i found it very relaxing and I had a much easier cycle second time round with double the amount of eggs collected too. Keep going with it - its worth trying xxx


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Saturday, February 3rd 2007, 10:39am

I felt different after a couple of sessions. I had it twice a week throughout ivf and got 15 very high quality eggs, 11 fertilised and we ended up with 6 blastocysts - well over the expected rate of surviving blastocysts - usually about 40%.
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Saturday, February 3rd 2007, 12:59pm

I found the first month that my af was quite bad (sorry to be negative) but after that initial one the pain is a lot less and I really hardly notice them. My accupuncture man did say the first af would probably be quite bad as its flushing the system out but dont feel discouraged by that. Only thing that relaxes me at the mo is accupuncture.

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Saturday, February 3rd 2007, 5:21pm

There are quite a few references and threads re acu...try searchig on it and you will find some interesting stuff hon




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Monday, March 19th 2007, 7:10pm

postponing ivf for more acupuncture?

Hello
I have just returned from my first acupuncture appointment. I am due to start taking northestorone in 3 weeks(instead of the pill) then start DR about the middle of APril. I was pleased to be finally getting started with the ICSI but then my acupuncturist has recommended I postpone my icsi for another month - so I have at at least one month of acupuncture before IVF. She thinks this will increse my chances of success. Obviously I want to do everything I can to increase my chances but I don't know if I can stand waiting another month for IVF. Has anyone got any advice about what I should do.
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Monday, March 19th 2007, 7:13pm

i was told to have at least 3months acu to have an effects.....saying that, that is all i know about it.....
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Monday, March 19th 2007, 7:22pm

I saw an immediate reaction from acu in terms of my reactions to the drugs..I started acu just after I started stimming...my drugs weere reduced the day after my 1st treatment




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Monday, March 19th 2007, 8:07pm

Hi,

I too responded very quickly to acupuncture. Didn't start acu until I started stimms cos I didn't realise it was such a good thing to do. I'm so glad I used it and am still visiting her now! I feel I see a difference in my treatment outcomes week by week.

What we need is Emilia44!
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Emilia?? :listen

She has had lots of experience with acu and alternatives.
There's a thread somewhere on ICSI/IVF... Search "Alternative Therapies Thread"

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Tuesday, March 20th 2007, 2:22am

I was told the exact same thing and opted to do the extra treatment. It worked! All my responses were far better than any cycles that I had without it. Good luck with whatever you decide.

The extra month is torture though...completely understand.

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Tuesday, March 20th 2007, 2:02pm

I had my acupuncture twice a week in the 3 weeks before egg collection so from the point you're at now and then 3 times in the weeek of ec and et. Sure it might help to get your body really balanced with lots of acupuncture first but in terms of helping the IVF cycle the standard protocol is twice a week for the three weeks before EC, then day before EC, day before ET and day of ET. I think an extra month will just be excessively expensive on top of the ivf and not really make a huge difference.
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Wednesday, March 21st 2007, 6:55pm

Hi ladies

I had my first accu session today and just wanted to ask how others found it. I thought it wasn't really going to hurt just feel a bit strange, but it actually really hurt in pretty much all the points she inserted in and the areas still hurt now. I got home and just cried because it just felt like one more piece of pain to add to the vicious cycle of all the horrible things we have to go through. The £50 price tag didn't help either. I'm due to go back next week but really don't want to, but then feel like it's me giving up on something that might work where nothing else has.
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Wednesday, March 21st 2007, 11:22pm

Hi Kirstie,

just wanted to give you some encouragement for the acupuncture. my acupuncturist was recommended by a friend who swears she manages 40 winks during treatment so i was quite looking forward to it. what a shock i got! it wasn't at all relaxing and some of those little suckers were really quite painful. still i persevered (no pain, no gain) and the next time wasn't so bad. I've been 7 times now and whilst i can't say i find it pleasurable i've never found it as bad as the first time.

of course, the handing over of cash has never got less painful - just the sticking in of the needles ! I'd say give it another go and tell your acupuncturist it hurt the first time - don't suffer in silence!

good luck,
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Thursday, March 22nd 2007, 7:24pm

Thanks Jensqui, am booked in for next Tuesday so will give it one more go and then reconsider. Hopefully it won't be quite so painful next time.
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Thursday, March 22nd 2007, 9:39pm

Accupuncture

Hi, I've seen an accupuncturist for nearly a year now and start my first ICSI treatment in 3 weeks time. I feel really good about myself but don't feel I can 'rely' on my treatment to get a positive result, just feel glad I'm doing what I can to help.

From reading other replies it seems that having a bumper course a month leading up to EC/ET really does help. You need to go with your instincts as to whether to pospone a month or not. You will never know the 'right' decision. Good luck with your treatment!

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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 1:16pm

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Originally posted by kirstie
Hi ladies

I had my first accu session today and just wanted to ask how others found it. I thought it wasn't really going to hurt just feel a bit strange, but it actually really hurt in pretty much all the points she inserted in and the areas still hurt now. I got home and just cried because it just felt like one more piece of pain to add to the vicious cycle of all the horrible things we have to go through. The £50 price tag didn't help either. I'm due to go back next week but really don't want to, but then feel like it's me giving up on something that might work where nothing else has.


Kirstie I find it excruciating nearly every time but the reason it hurts so much is because my body is responding - as yours is so it's a very good sign. With my first few IVF treatments the needles in the kidney points were beyond agony but after a few treatments they stopped hurting so much. After IVF they hurt again.

It is painful but the bottom line is it gets great results. I felt anxious at the start that I was going to be injecting myself daily and going through that pain twice a week but it did get a little better and the benefits outweighed the pain. I was less stressed during IVF than I am in my normal day to day life. The acupuncture took all that stress away, made me sleep well and kept me very calm.

I produced 15 really high quality eggs and I swear it's down to the acupuncture. I know it's tough when you find it painful but try and think of all the good it's doing. I ask my acupuncturist to just put the needles in very fast and I found that was a bit better.

Why don't you try 2 more treatments and see how you go. If it stresses you more than it helps you then I can understand you giving it up but you might find it gets a little easier. Hang in there and I really hope you get a BFP from your cycle.
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Saturday, March 24th 2007, 12:59am

RE: postponing ivf for more acupuncture?

Hi. I had an Day 3 FSH level of 11.1 in Aug 06 and an FSH level of 11.2 three months earlier in the Jun 06. In Nov 06 I started acupuncture and I've just had me FSH test results for Mar 07 and it is 7.2! My instinct is that acupuncture has lowered it, and the acupuncturist encouraged me to have a test saying it may well be lower, but obviously I can't say for definite it was the acupuncture. I'd say have as many sessions as you can fit in before treatment. I also keep reading how important it is to take zinc supplements and eat zinc rich foods, for what it's worth, as zinc is needed for the development of healthy eggs. Best of luck!

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Tuesday, April 17th 2007, 4:12pm

Can you tell me the costs involved in this (roughly), I have been told it maybe a good thing to do..

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Tuesday, April 17th 2007, 9:18pm

mine costs 40 for a session (roughly an hour). i started by having 1 session a week for 2 months and have now dropped down to once a fortnight.

good luck if you decide to go for it!


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Tuesday, April 17th 2007, 9:21pm

RE: Recommend one?

Can anyone recommend one for me to try?, I'm getting ready to start again, if I can cope with one more!"^&*() and based on everyone's experience when I was cycling in January I want to give it a go, either one in SW London or the West end. Can you PM me?

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Thursday, April 19th 2007, 11:27pm

aoife.......the london acupuncture clinic were fantastic for me and most of their work is for IVF I beleive

http://www.londonacupuncture.co.uk/

there has been LOTS of talk about acu on previuos threads.......try searching and you will find some interesting posts




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Can you tell me the costs involved in this (roughly), I have been told it maybe a good thing to do..

Thansk

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Mine was £40 per session but most charge around £45-60. I had a couple of sessions a month while ttc and then had 2 per week for 3 weeks before IVF, during dring and stimming etc. Then day before EC, day before ET, day of ET.
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Friday, April 20th 2007, 8:06am

RE: Recommend one?

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Can anyone recommend one for me to try?, I'm getting ready to start again, if I can cope with one more!"^&*() and based on everyone's experience when I was cycling in January I want to give it a go, either one in SW London or the West end. Can you PM me?


Mine is N London hun so probably too far to go. It helps to have treatment close by as you need quite a few sessions during ivf and its stressful enough with clinic visits etc without added travel. Hope you find someone good - Tinkerbell's suggestion sounds perfect. I really believe it helped me so wish you lots of luck with it.
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Sunday, April 29th 2007, 5:00pm

Trying acupuncture for first time!!

Hi

Just had recent BFN yesterday, and on one og my more positive moments :eyebrows:thought i would look into acupunture whilst having a break from treatment. Just wondered on anyones experiences??? I have quite long cycles so??? ovulating, and possible pco on scan but not any other signs ie hormone levels normally ok. Thought i would give it a try but would welcome any views as to what it can help withand what its like. Thanks troops!

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Sunday, April 29th 2007, 10:22pm

I went for a while and will probably go again in a few months, I didn't really look into it properly for ttc but even so found it relaxing and enjoyable.


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Sunday, April 29th 2007, 11:05pm

Hi

I'm not ovulating and have really hit and miss cycles. Am now looking into acupuncture as I keep reading about its benefits for general well being etc. Am also thinking about reflexology as DH's cousin has PCOS, doesn't ovulate, has been having reflexology for 6 months and is now ovulating.

My thoughts are - worth a shot, even if these things only help relax us and make us feel more positive.

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Monday, April 30th 2007, 7:27pm

Sorry to hear that Radley . On the A/C note tho i had very painful periods which were very irregular afterreading freat things about A/C I found and started seeing an Accupuncturist which leveled off my periods and made them regular and made them less painful and after 6 sessions I also recorded my first ever BfP after TTC for 7ish years at that time :D (sadly didnt hold that time). Good Luck xx
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Tuesday, May 1st 2007, 8:06am

Well I think most girls on here know I swear by it and credit it with getting me my BFP with my first IVF. Acupuncture is great for all aspects of fertility and general health. How much you need is very dependent on the state your body is in internally and how you respond.

I think the main thing to remember is it is only as good as the therapist so make sure you find someone registered with the british acupuncture council - google them and you can search for a acupuncturist on their website and then make sure you ask if they are experienced in fertility treatment. Might be worth checking if they are trained for the proper ivf protocol in vase you decide to use acu during your next cycle. Best to establish a relationship now as its good to know and trust your acupuncturist well.

What's it like? Well you feel fabulous afterwards, very relaxed and destressed. I find it quite painful sometimes during treatment as I respond very well to it. How it feels depends on how you respond but when it hurts the pain is very brief - just when needles go into certain points - others don't hurt at all - and it shows it's working.

If you find it painful first time stick at it as often a point hurts first time and then doesn't the next. I find certain points - the ones for toxins always hurt me as my body is obviously quite toxic but others I barely feel.

Overall it is so worth it as it can regulate periods, boost fertility and ovulation, prime the uterine lining and help maintain a pg and stop a mc. If you have the proper protocol during ivf it increases your chance of success by 40%.
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Tuesday, May 1st 2007, 1:12pm

Emilia yeah ive read a lot of your post actually thanks. Would you be able to pm me the ivf protocol just so i can check with them when i go? Thanks very much for everyones input going tom for first appt. happydance

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Wednesday, May 2nd 2007, 7:02am

I changed my A/c therapist in March after having a break from acupuncture since my BFN at x - mas and after 3 treatments with this newbie lady i have now recorded my 2nd ever BFP which i will credit yet again to acupuncture definately this helps me - i agree with Emilia with the pain issue some hurt some don't - No pain no gain ? My new lady is a Traditional 5 point practitioner and she does odd things like insert needles and turn them and take them out immediately i come out of her office feeling fantastic and relaxed i sleep well afterwards I truly believe it can work for some people and it really does depend upon the practitioner as i started with some one new in the Autumn of last year as my original lady finished working because she was expecting and sadly the new man and i didnt gel i didnt trust him even though he is world renowned for being a fertility specialist I think a huge amount of it is positive mental attitude .Good Luck xxx
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Friday, May 4th 2007, 7:34pm

Well had first session wednesday, booked in for next week. Dont know what i was expecting really. Felt very relaxed, needles didnt hurt really going in. lady really nice felt confident with her. She said any changes will be subtle at first as she is concentrating on shortening my cycles (35-47days!). Is this normal was i supposed to feel anything??

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Friday, May 4th 2007, 9:50pm

hi there - i don't usually feel anything. well, sometimes sensation when they go in and a bit woozy afterwards (but that could be because i'm also needing my tea!).
i did notice a change in my period immediately though (came after about 3 sessions) - i didn't feel bloated the week before, i still had pain but for less time and the heavier days weren't as heavy. i have also noticed i get spots around ovulation and AF - i haven't had these since i was a teenager!! my acupuncturist sees this as a good sign that my hormones are stronger but i think i preferred life without skin volcanoes!

i guess it depends on what they're trying to treat as to what changes you'll notice...?


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