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    Hi TNTbub- my acupuncturist is an old school chinese guy & he's very cheap. He charges $30 for 30min or $55 for one hour. However, I was going daily for 8 days (exc weekends), just had a little break and going again daily until FET on Friday.

    I've been a bit concerned because he doesn't specialise in infertility & I don't get anywhere near as many needles as you girls have reported. He speaks good English though and he clearly understands that I wanted help with embryo implantation.

    The deeper relaxation and sense of calm has got to be a good thing, so I'm glad I've done it!

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    Sorry ladies I cant keep up with these threads.

    Rinche - EPU yesterday then? I hope all went well. How do you find fertility north.?

    Lindylou - thanks for that. Yes I am loving my fertility natropath she is working alongside the IVF drugs its great. She said she is going to keep me grounded for next cycle which will help alot.

    Eternal - Thanks for sending all that through.

    I just keep hearing how good acu is. My doctor today said it was a great road to take so I am happy. ALthough wish my DR spoke more and told me why they hurt? Or why he is putting them in certain places? Or what that thing is he burns on my belly? ANyway aslong as it works haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou78 View Post
    Hi TNTbub- my acupuncturist is an old school chinese guy & he's very cheap. He charges $30 for 30min or $55 for one hour. However, I was going daily for 8 days (exc weekends), just had a little break and going again daily until FET on Friday.

    I've been a bit concerned because he doesn't specialise in infertility & I don't get anywhere near as many needles as you girls have reported. He speaks good English though and he clearly understands that I wanted help with embryo implantation.

    The deeper relaxation and sense of calm has got to be a good thing, so I'm glad I've done it!

    Lindy.. Can you find anyone that does specialise in fertility with the ACCU because I have heard it really does help if they specialise in fertility and have had lots of success. But I guess you take what you can access hey and I am sure it all does the same. I heard this from an accu lady that specialises in pregnancy and maybe she just said that so that I went to her (although I didnt)

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    Hi Aurora,
    There's only a handful of acupuncturists close to my FS, none of them advertise as being infertility specialists or even have infertility on their list of illnesses/conditions. I'll stick with this guy for now, its the most convenient and from what I hear there's no such thing as 'bad' acupuncture. Who knows, I could be his first IVF success story !
    If I've got no BFP after multiple cycles, I'll seriously consider going someplace else. Probably the same clinic Eternal is going to, as they sound pretty good.

    Hi to everyone else in this 'Pincushion Club'

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    We were going to try an old school Accupuncturist but decided against it and went for one specialising in infertility.

    the old school one kept insisting he could help my DH genetic condition to get us pregnant. If he could do that he would be called GOD.

    TNTbub

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    HI Aurora, and everyone.

    I had just acupuncture before and after my transfer today with a new practitioner, who is also a GP. He was also really great at explaining all about acupuncture and mentioned a few things I thought I'd pass on.

    There is an acupuncture protocol for IVF (especially the before and after transfer sessions) but my understanding is that that includes a few core points and other "auxiliary points" that they choose depending on other health conditions or their intuition of us and the situation, often they include some relaxation/anti anxiety ones etc.

    It was funny because one of the points, on my inner calf, was particularly tender and I mentioned that, and he said it is traditionally a "kidney point", but for chinese medicine that also covers reproduction, and in the old days they might have diagnosed a reproductive problem based on tenderness there, but my guy today said it was a bit iffy if it is as clear as that, but the practice and the points did come from careful observation, and their practice over years and years.

    After lying there for the 15 minutes or so, he came in and twisted all the needles around for about 10 seconds or so before taking them out (which I don't remember the other acu person doing), and he said that that was to stimulate the points a bit, (sometimes that can be done with electrodes, although that can be uncomfortable and he prefers the traditional way) - Aurora, I wonder if the heat thing they use on you is another way of giving a bit extra stimulation?

    I think that was all the info I got, I hope it might be helpful.

    As a doctor he does take a bit of notice of the trials and therefore believes that before and after transfer acu is probably accepted to be helpful, but another session a few days later probably isn't. But I really think that the time of relaxation is very valuable, and the anxiety etc points would be worthwhile during the 2ww for most of us!
    He also told me about quite a few people with various medical reasons for infertility whom he has treated, who got pregnant although he did say that its always hard to know if it was the acu or not.

    Anyway, I thought it was refreshing to have someone who could talk about it objectively, and wasn't pushing more and more.

    Hope that's helpful!
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    Hi Ladies

    I had my 2nd appointment with the acupuncturist, this time a few less pins went in, basically she explained it as there was no reason for them to go in that spot this time, so she focused on the core area's relating to fertility

    It was interesting to experience that when she put the pins in just above my ankle on my left foot, there was a sharp pain when the needle went in, there were no other pains in any area of my body that were that intense. She had advised that the area where it hurt was actually my uterus spot, and the stimulation was unblocking the area and increasing blood flow. Strangely enough, I am currently on Progynova to increase uterine lining and the area was tender; whereas the area 3 days prior and before starting the progynova I hadn't had any pain there at all when the needle went in

    The only other area that tingled more then anything was my right knee, I didn't really ask about that one, because she was discussing he left ankle and the meridians going through that area

    I had one less needle in each leg as mentioned, the area this time was fine

    I definitely do feel that this has helped, I have been feeling a lot more dry in the 'down stairs' area, where as normally I would have a 'wet' feeling all month long. I have always had CM of some kind before ovulation, so this is a new experience for me all round

    30 minute session $45 there is also claimable rebates on PHI

    If anyone would like the ladies details, please let me know via PM! She is in Essondon, so for those with FS in the city area, this is only about 15 minutes away, which is rather accessable!

    For the first time during IVF and IUI I am starting to feel really confident with getting pregnant!

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    hiya

    anyone know of a good natropath
    who specialises in infertility and ivf
    in wollongong

    the one i had has moved further south

    any help was great

    thanks

    kaz

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    Hi everyone,

    I hope you don’t mind me joining this thread... I am absolutely hooked on Chinese Medicine at the moment. I was meant to start ICIS in July; however had a bad reaction to the Pill, which freaked me right out.... then a friend recommended me to see an ACU and have been seeing her for the past month. She is located in Ascot Vale.

    She is amazing, she has been pricking me all in my legs which have shown I have a bad qi flow, stagnation of blood and basically a poor spleen. NO WESTERN doctor has ever pinpointed all of these areas. She has me drinking herbs twice a day, hot water to drink only and warm foods (all abt creating a warm environment in the uterus) and I have the acu every fortnight.

    So for now I am sticking with this wonderful women, hopefully she has me on the right track for a BFP, if it doesn’t happen naturally over the next few months...I know I will definitely be in a better place to start ICIS.

    Good luck to all you ladies and I’m sure all this pricking is going to be sooooooooo worth it.

    Baby dust to everyone

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    Had second accupunture session today. Had a few different needles in different spots.

    one each in the left and right wrists.

    one each in the left and right spot below the knees.

    two each near the ankles left and right.

    One each on the foot left and right.

    one in my third eye near the brow.

    5 in my belly. two either side of my belly button. One above my belly button and one below my belly button. And one last one lower near my uterus.

    I dont know what she has done but I love it. I feel all blissful and positive.

    She felt my pulse and said oh your have a very slippery pulse that means AF is very close. Yay so I can start jabbing soon. I think its amazing how they can tell so much from your pulse. I only know that AF is near because my boobs are tender and my pelvic area feels heavy. Yet this lady was able to tell it from my pulse. Strange but cool.

    She told me that you ladies shouldnt worry if your getting accupuncture in different places because it is tailored to your needs. But that IVF accupuncture has to a set of core needles points that they have to stick to. I hope this helps those out there that are having accupuncture not in an IVF accupuncture place.

    TNTbub


 

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