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  #1  
May 15th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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Never thought I’d seek out acupuncture but I am. I have my first appointment next week. It’s my RE protocol for IVF before and after Transfer so since we are resorting to IVF in October, I thought I’d start the acupuncture early and maybe we will get lucky.
A friend of mine has been ttc for 2 years, 2 RE’s, multiple IUI, Stims – basically everything except IVF. She quit TTCMA and did acupuncture for 2 months and is now 2 months pregnant.
If it worked for her maybe, by the grace of God , it could work for me. I am trying to get DH to go too since he has a lot of our issues are male infertility issues – we will see if I can get him to go.
I flipping hate needles so I can’t even believe I am doing this… I’ll let you know how it goes next week if I don’t wuss out first.
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Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
Clayton and Colton Born @ 34 weeks 11/22/13
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May 15th, 2012, 03:37 PM
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good luck! I would love to try it but nowhere around here specializes in fertility acupuncture, and the cost is too prohibitive right now.
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May 15th, 2012, 03:44 PM
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I've been doing acupuncture and TCM since just before starting TTC (to get my body ready for pregnancy) and we were able to get pregnant on the 3rd cycle trying. But that was before DH started having issues as well. It definitely helped *me* though! Our ND isn't doing acupuncture with DH, but supplements and the like. If you're seeing a ND rather than somebody who just does acupuncture, then they'll be able to do alot more. Make sure you check your insurance to see what exactly is covered!

As for the acupuncture itself, it's really not that bad. The ears and toes hurt pretty badly, but I don't even notice most of the points! I'm terrified of needles, so that's saying alot
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May 15th, 2012, 06:00 PM
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Good for you, Gretchen! I hope that this helps you become successful in expanding your family...please keep us updated!
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May 15th, 2012, 06:12 PM
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I'm toying with the idea so I don't have to quit nursing my 7.5 month old. Good luck!
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May 16th, 2012, 08:17 AM
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Ummm did you say ears and toes? YIKS
I hope I can skip that part.
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Gretchen
Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
Clayton and Colton Born @ 34 weeks 11/22/13
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May 16th, 2012, 09:31 AM
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Yeah, but she eased me into those ones. (Like did easier points at my first couple appointments) It's worth it
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Due with #2 after 5 years of TTCMA. FET #1 after IVF #2 and immune therapy was just the ticket apparently!
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May 16th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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I agree with Muffin (sorry I don't know your name). Acupuncture actually was really relaxing for me. I would fall asleep during sessions and would feel like weight was lifted off me when I left. The ears and toes are the worst part, but the needles are so tiny that you hardly feel a thing elsewhere. When he would do my ears, he'd count to three & I'd take a deep breath in...that seemed to help.
My insurance only covered 10 sessions per year, so I'm done with it for this year with my IVF cycle that didn't happen.
Good luck to you! I hope it works and you get a BFP like your friend, Gretchen!
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