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3/24/10 10:38 A

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I figure I will give the acupuncture 4 months. If I don't see any improvement in that time, then I will decide if I want to continue it. Right now, I have my usual post ovulation spotting issue going on which has me totally bummed...feel like AF will be coming soon. Hopefully the next cycle will be better with the help of acupuncture. At this point, I am not even asking to be pregnant...just a normal cycle with a normal luteal phase would be nice!

Have to admit, the infertility thing has me down today. Sometimes it feels like I am never going to have a kid...between the cost of fertility treatments and adoption...it's just all so expensive. Trying not to give up hope though!

DH has a follow-up SA today. We don't expect any improvement since he has yet to get into the male infertility specialist he needs to see for some hormone shots, but we're praying for a miracle.

Edited by: SUNNYD76 at: 3/24/2010 (10:39)
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3/23/10 7:37 P

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I'm not convinced yet. I've been doing treatments every 1-2 weeks for about 2 months. My cycle definitely has not gotten more regular. But at least its relaxing, which is why I keep going. Actually, I was noticing an improvement with my running, until my injury that is.

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3/23/10 6:38 P

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I hope you get some positive results for your treatments! I'm currently doing weekly acupuncture fertility treatments as well. This coming saturday will be my 6th treatment. I PCOS and wanted to give this a try before moving on to clomid. My Acupuncturist told me I have a blood deficiency.

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3/23/10 5:09 P

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Hope it helps!! I did an acupuncture fertility consult before we TTC and it was really relaxing. I felt comfy because the acupuncturist said she did not think I would have problems so did not feel a need to schedule follow-up appointments. I respect that. I am preggo now and will use her if I start to develop any body aches.

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3/23/10 3:33 P

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He didn't prescribe me herbs yet. He gave me a list of foods that are good to include like walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. He said he wanted to do a few acupuncture sessions and see my progress before prescribing herbs. He looked at my charts though (I've been charting for a LONG time now...) and he could tell a lot from them. In fact, I think he understood them better than my gyno!

I did have a row of needles across the abdomen. I also had some in my legs, ankles, and wrists. It is funny how some of them sting a bit and some I didn't feel at all! And I was shocked at how relaxed I became...my legs and arms were warm and tingly, but also felt so heavy. I have a low pain tolerance so I just assumed it would hurt me, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Overall, a really nice first experience. I am actually looking forward to going back next week.

DH is going for his second treatment today. He has to go 2x per week for 3 weeks and then will be once a week like me.

Edited by: SUNNYD76 at: 3/23/2010 (15:35)
Everyday is a winding road/ I get a little bit closer/ Everyday is a faded sign/I get a little closer to feeling fine. -Sheryl Crow


Fall down seven times. Get up eight. -Japanese proverb.

"I can do all things through Christ Who Strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13







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3/23/10 1:57 P

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I'm so glad you liked it!! I think I also have a yang kidney deficiency. He didn't tell me that because I guess not all Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners like to diagnose. But given the things he was asking and the answers to my questions, I later diagnosed myself. :) Did he prescribe you herbs? He gave me a formula called Wen Jing Tang, which is the "warming menses" formula. It's for "cold" people, who don't menstruate frequently or ever, amongst other things. Sadly, I think I had an allergic reaction to the herbs - hives galore.

Your first experience sounds SO much like mine. I kept my eyes closed and then later looked and wasn't grossed out. Though, it can tingle/pinch when you move places that have needles. Do you get the whole row of needles across your lower abdomen? The one point on my right lower abdomen always stings when he puts in the needle and has bruised a couple times. But some of the other places I barely feel when he puts in the needles (like the middle of my forehead - doesn't hurt at all).

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I was the same way. My husband had it done before and told me it didn't hurt, but I kept telling him "I have a low pain tolerance...it might hurt for me!" Luckily, I really didn't feel anything other than a TINY prick (which didn't even hurt) and I didn't even feel that in places. I kept my eyes closed when he was putting it all in and later when I was brave enough I opened my eyes and saw all the needles he had in me. Honestly, it was VERY relaxing...like a really good massage. I felt warm and tingly and my arms and legs felt really heavy, but no pain! My husband said the same thing...the only additional thing he had was his stomach was making weird noises, but they are treating him for some digestive issues as well as fertility stuff.

If you decide to try it, just tell them your fears and they will do their best to reassure you and make sure you have a good experience. Also, they say to have a light snack about a hour or two before acupuncture so you don't get dizzy.

I'll let you know if I get results. I ovulated yesterday (the day I got acupuncture) but I felt like that was happening anyway. I go back next monday, so hopefully I will have a better luteal phase...if not this cycle, then with time!

Everyday is a winding road/ I get a little bit closer/ Everyday is a faded sign/I get a little closer to feeling fine. -Sheryl Crow


Fall down seven times. Get up eight. -Japanese proverb.

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3/23/10 10:11 A

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Thank you for sharing about your experience. It is something I have considered looking more into and having done, but was nervous about it hurting, especially since I am not a huge fan of needles. But after reading about your experience I think I may finally take a leap of faith and try it!

Thank a million again for sharing and best of luck with your journey! :-)



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3/23/10 10:01 A

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So, I had my first acupuncture appointment for my luteal phase defect. I first had to fill out a long list that listed various symptoms, etc. Then I sat down and talked with the acupuncturist for awhile. He had me tell him what is going on, asked a few more questions, etc. He told me that I have a yang kidney deficiency and told me a few good foods to work into my diet to help it. Then we did the acupuncture. I was so afraid that it was going to hurt, but it really didn't. In fact, it was incredibly relaxing. I just felt some warmth and tingling.

I will be going once a week for the next few months. Hopefully, it will help my cycle to straighten out, but if nothing else, it is incredibly relaxing!

Everyday is a winding road/ I get a little bit closer/ Everyday is a faded sign/I get a little closer to feeling fine. -Sheryl Crow


Fall down seven times. Get up eight. -Japanese proverb.

"I can do all things through Christ Who Strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13







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