In my circle of friends the merest mention of trying to get pregnant means a sharing of the local acupuncturist who specialises in fertility. The passing of the number is accompanied by tales of how x had been trying for years saw him twice and bam was successfully pregnant. I am guilty of doing this myself, it’s almost like you have to justify this slightly out there course of action. Villa Boy calls it dabbling with the dark side and refuses to believe it has any benefit, which to be fair recent reports also agree with. Never one to listen to him after my last miscarriage I decided that it really couldn’t hurt and might do some good. I had my first session the day after my ERPC it felt a bit tingly and certainly was good to chill out. 28 days later my period returned, which was much much sooner that my previous miscarriages, from that point whilst I can’t pinpoint the benefit it brings as I obviously haven’t got pregnant I do think it does something. I think if you have more obvious symptoms so irregular periods, heavy or light flow the changes are more obvious. Although this article is old I think it sums up nicely what people feel about it sometimes you can’t put your finger exactly on what something does but as it seems to assist let’s not knock it! There have been studies that have shown that having it during IVF can also help, I had it on my first 2 cycles which were textbook bar the getting pregnant bit so again not a resounding you must do it but certainly it probably helped and was quite nice.
I actually haven’t had any since August as I was trying to put the whole trying to get pregnant out of my mind, you know relax and see what might happen !!! Whilst I don’t think it would have made a huge difference, who knows whether it might have meant I had more evenly growing follicles I did miss the opportunity to relax and zone out for a bit. I am definitely going to book some more sessions to commence from the end of this cycle in preparation for next time.
I know people worry about the needles and fear of the unknown, which is why I think it’s important to get a recommendation or go online for the list of registered practitioners in your area. I have seen 2 people and both have been very calming, reassuring and caring, I have had absolute confidence that what they were doing even when it felt a bit tingly and uncomfortable definitely wasn’t doing anything bad. I never really look at the needles so I can’t tell you if the are scary looking but they don’t feel bad once in, besides if IVF is the next stop or what you are doing you get quite used to needles! So if you haven’t tried it give it a go is my advice.