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Joined: 07 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:59 pm

Embarking on 3rd IVF cycle in April and trying acupunture along side for the first time. Any comments on, or experience of acupuncture?
Thanks Confused
Joined: 31 Mar 2010
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:26 pm

Hi McBee

I had accupuncture with one of my cycles and although I found it interesting and very nice chatting to the lady who did it - that was the best bit really - she was so nice and I felt I could really talk to her. I had the accupuncture for a good couple of months (could have even been about 3 or 4 months) before treatment and at all the right times for treatment, but it didn't seem to help me get a BFP.

Many ladies swear by it, not for the results per se, but more for the fact that they felt really relaxed. I have to say, I didn't really ever feel anything different - I was no more or less relaxed. The chat with the lady was the best bit and I could have done that without the needles! (Which didn't hurt by the way, so have no fear there). She was a fully trained Accupuncturist with specialist training in infertility accupuncture and had also trained at Zita West.

Sorry to disappoint that I have no miracle working accupuncture story to relay, but I would say try it and if its something you enjoy or makes you feel relaxed, that can't be bad.

Good luck


Both 44 years old
TTC 5 yrs
Natural BFP, Miscarriage Oct 07
Natural BFP, Miscarriage Oct 08
IVF Feb 10 - BFN
IVF Aug 10 - aCGH - 2 good embryos, but BFN
IVF Mar 11 - BFN
Natural BFP, Miscarriage Dec 11
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:18 pm

Hi Mouse
thanks so much for the lovely reply - I am glad that you found it a nice expereince in terms of the 'chat' but sorry that it did not actually help. I have had 2 sessions already and I totally agree with you - it is very interesting, the lady is lovely to chat to and the needles are painless.

I think deep down I know that it probably wont be 'the' miracle solution but hope that it will at least help me relax a little and give me something else to think about. Our 3rd IVF attempt maybe our last attempt (age and finance and living in a bubble) so I want to feel that I have given it 110%.

Looking at your history (still learning what the abbreviations mean) - but looks like you have had a tough time - well done for keeping on trying. I had a miscarriage at 16 weeks in Nov 11 after 2nd IVF attempt - really thought we had succeeded - has been hard to get over.

Good luck to us both - take care
McBee xx
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:34 am

Hi McBee,

I have had acu for a good number of my cycles, and its something that I'd regret not adding in again - but whether or not its the 'magic bullet' remains to be seen. Personally I think on a holistic level (if you believe in it all!) that it makes some difference to how you function (I know i feel better with acu than without) and therefore it must make a small difference, but its only one of a number of factors isn't it? Your motivation, which is to do everything you can, and if you enjoy it, seems a good way to approach it!

Love Briony

Joined: 07 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:44 pm

Thanks Briony - good feedback and appreciated.

I am going to continue with it throughout my cycle and see how things go - as ever, everything will be crossed.
McBee x
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:07 pm

Certainly can't hurt, good luck!


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