Infertility

Acupuncture

Heyo!

I have my first ever acupuncture appt shortly. Can you tell me what you wear during treatments? Do you strip down? Can you leave your socks on? Random, I know but my feet are a mess and I don't feel like addressing them before my appt. Big Smile

Unmedicated and medicated IUI's: all fail
IVF #1: Dec 2012 16m/15f 12/9: 5dt of 2 beautiful blasts and 5 frosties
TWINS!
15w4d:baby a-pProm
March 25: 18w...2 baby boys born sleeping
July 29: FET-BFN

Sept: TAC placed

Oct 27: FET #2-Cancelled-monster cyst producing insane amounts of estrogen

Nov 13: FET #2-take 2
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Re: Acupuncture

  • You don't have to take your clothes off. But wear loose fitting pants or skirt. The accupuncturist will probably put needles on your knees, ankles, near your belly button, and arms and head. I usually take socks off - can't remember if there are needles in my feet.

    I hope it goes well!

    Me:38 - TTC for 3+years - Multiple failed IUIs (w/clomid, femara,injectibles - all BFNs) IVF #1 - Jan 2012, CP -IVF#2 March 2012, CP - Went back to IUIs all summer. Multi-Cycle Egg banking for FET. Egg retrieval #1 October, 2 frosties. Retrieval#2 January 2013. 6 eggs banked - waiting to be fertilized in March, FET March! Zero eggs survived thaw process - FET Cancelled. New RE - Now banking Embryos for PGS - July ER- 3 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized

  • The thought of accupuncture gives me the hibby jeebies. No advice but wish you the best of luck!!
    Married 9-10-11

    Together 6 years before marriage

    Me 26 DH 28

    TTC since 9/2011

    Dx endo 2007 Sx laparoscopy

    End bcp 9/2011

    Dx annovulatory, DOR, Low AMH

    Hysteroscopy due to polyp 2-1-12

    IUI#1-3 Cancelled due to low response

    IUI#4 BFFN

    IVF#1 8/30 Beta#1 256, 8/31 Beta#2 482 BFP!! M/C 5w3d

    FET#1 Cancelled due to uterine fluid and thin lining

    FET#1.2Cancelled due to abnormal bleeding

    Hysteroscopy 12/28/12 All clear

    FET#1.3 2/2013 Cancelled

    FET #1.4 Start meds 2/19

    Good Luck to All!!

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  • When I get nervous my feet sweat! Embarrassed

    Unmedicated and medicated IUI's: all fail
    IVF #1: Dec 2012 16m/15f 12/9: 5dt of 2 beautiful blasts and 5 frosties
    TWINS!
    15w4d:baby a-pProm
    March 25: 18w...2 baby boys born sleeping
    July 29: FET-BFN

    Sept: TAC placed

    Oct 27: FET #2-Cancelled-monster cyst producing insane amounts of estrogen

    Nov 13: FET #2-take 2
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  • I've decided to try it for our next cycle.  Let me know how it goes!!!  I'm sooooo nervous!!!
     36 DH 33 TTC for over 3 years
    First mini-IVF Sept 2011... Only 1 egg! ... BFN
    Switching RE
    IVF#2 May 2012 9 eggs and only 2 sperm, WTH!
    BFN
    IVF #3 March 2013~Tesa with back-up Donor Sperm,Tesa, unsuccessful used DS~ Chemical :(   

    Switching RE's within practice

    2 frosties waiting for us, November 2013!!!!!   Transferred 2 "average" blasts 11/20/2013
    BFP!!!!!!!  Boy/Girl Twins!!!!!! Due 08/08/2014

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  • No reason to be nervous! I find it to be VERY relaxing. My acupuncturist always puts needles in my feet. You can leave your socks on and let them tell you if they want you to take them off. I always make sure to wear separates (no dresses or jumpsuits...how I love my Dickies though lol) so they have access to my belly.

    ETA: I also wanted to add that most times I don't feel the needles go in at all. Sometimes there is a little pinch but it goes away and doesn't really hurt.


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    Stopped BCP 4/2010.
    Multiple clomid rounds from 11/2010 to 6/2011. ~ All BFN
    IUI w/clomid 7/2011. IUI w/clomid & injectables 11/2011 & 1/2012. ~ All BFN
    IVF:EPP 5/2012 ~ (4R, 3M, 2F w/ICSI). Both embryos txfrd. ~ BFN
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    Beta 1: 503(12dp5dt) Beta 2: 1035(14dpt) Beta 3: 3001(16dpt)
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  • I usually take off my socks and pants. I wouldn't worry about them seeing your feet - they've seen it all!

    Its seriously the most relaxing thing ever. I am a total baby when it comes to pain and I don't think it hurts at all! 

    Dx PCOS 2006 - on Metformin
    Dx Hypothyroid 2009 - on Synthroid
    TTC since 12/2009
    DH - Low Sperm Count

    IVF with ICSI Cycle #1 - October/November- 10/11 Begin Lupron, 10/20 Begin 300iu Gonal-F, Trigger 10/31, ER 11/2, 12 retrieved, 11 mature, 6 fertilized, ET 11/5 - 2 Grade 1 8 cells, 2 frozen blasts (5BA, 3BB), Beta #1 @ 8dp3dt: 7, Beta #2 @ 11dp3dt: 2 :(

    IVF with ICSI Cycle #2 - January - 12/30 Begin Lupron, 1/8 Begin 300iu Gonal-F, ER 1/20, 13 retrieved, 11 mature, 6 fertilized, ET 1/25 - 2 blasts (grades 4BA, 1)

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    I usually take off my socks and pants. I wouldn't worry about them seeing your feet - they've seen it all!

    Its seriously the most relaxing thing ever. I am a total baby when it comes to pain and I don't think it hurts at all! 

    I've never been asked to take by bottoms off. Do they give you a sheet or gown?


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    Him: 28 ~ perfect swimmers
    Laparotomy w/partial oophorectomy 8/2009 to remove cysts/endo.
    Stopped BCP 4/2010.
    Multiple clomid rounds from 11/2010 to 6/2011. ~ All BFN
    IUI w/clomid 7/2011. IUI w/clomid & injectables 11/2011 & 1/2012. ~ All BFN
    IVF:EPP 5/2012 ~ (4R, 3M, 2F w/ICSI). Both embryos txfrd. ~ BFN
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    Beta 4: 8503(19dpt)
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  • Usually they put needles in my stomach area, so I just pull my undies down a little bit to give them access and then they put a sheet over the area. They also put needles in my thighs, so it doesn't cover up much.
    Dx PCOS 2006 - on Metformin
    Dx Hypothyroid 2009 - on Synthroid
    TTC since 12/2009
    DH - Low Sperm Count

    IVF with ICSI Cycle #1 - October/November- 10/11 Begin Lupron, 10/20 Begin 300iu Gonal-F, Trigger 10/31, ER 11/2, 12 retrieved, 11 mature, 6 fertilized, ET 11/5 - 2 Grade 1 8 cells, 2 frozen blasts (5BA, 3BB), Beta #1 @ 8dp3dt: 7, Beta #2 @ 11dp3dt: 2 :(

    IVF with ICSI Cycle #2 - January - 12/30 Begin Lupron, 1/8 Begin 300iu Gonal-F, ER 1/20, 13 retrieved, 11 mature, 6 fertilized, ET 1/25 - 2 blasts (grades 4BA, 1)

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  • No need to be nervous!  I hate needles, yet I love going to acupuncture!  As the other girls have said, be sure to wear pants that can go over your knees, or a skirt.  When I forget, I just take my pants off and she covers me with a warmed blanket.  Sometimes I purposely "forget" about the pants thing because the blanket is SO comfortable!  

    Before treatment, my acupuncturist wipes the areas she's going to work on with alcohol.  Then she begins with the needles.  If I don't feel it go in, she removes it, reassess where it should go, and then re-sticks.  She said that you should feel a faint response, similar to when a doc tests your reflexes.  It's very faint and quick, but I def can feel it! After the initial response, I don't feel a thing.

    After all the needles are in, she turns off the lights and I lay there for about 30 minutes.  It's quite relaxing!  And if s/he wants to put a needle between your eyebrows, as weird as it sounds, go for it!  It's for the "third eye" and "6th chakra"...my favorite point!  (helps to alleviate stress, anxiety, insomnia, sinus problems to name a few)

    Enjoy, and good luck! 

    ttc since fall 2009 me: 32, PCOS, high FSH, DOR, HSG normal DH: 35, perfect 4/7/12 Clomid - Trigger - IUI#1- 2 HCG boosters = BFN 5/11/12 Clomid - Trigger - IUI#2 - 2 HCG boosters= BFN switched RE's 7/2012 8/27/12 Gonal-F, prog - IUI #3 = BFN IVF #1 November 2012 - BFN All are welcome! image
  • Don't be nervous!  Acupuncture is amazing!!!  I usually semi-undress (leaving undies on) because it's more comfortable and also because sometimes needles are inserted into my back or legs.  I hope you enjoy it!  :)
    Happily married Since May 2008. TTC#1 Since May 2010.
    Me: 29, Mild DOR
    DH: 31, SE mostly normal, 1st SE morph 5%, 2nd SE morph 15%...yeah!.
    BFP July 2011, Natural MC August 2011.
    3 cycles of 50mg Clomid = BFN
    *New RE* Feb/Mar 2012 100 mg Clomid + Trigger + IUI = BFN
    *3rd RE* April-June -Break Cycles begin prep for IVF by doing 2 Heparin injects daily....fun fun!
    IVF #1 - ER 7/19, ET 7/24, 2 beautiful embies transferred. Beta 8/2 = BFN
    *New RE...yes again* FET Nov 2012 with our lone ranger = BFFN
    RE Suggests Trying IUI Again, Jan. 2013 IUI #2 =BFN
    Feb. 2013 IUI #3 = BFP!!!, Beta #1 (15dpIUI) = 90, Beta #2 (17dpIUI) = 210, U/S Scheduled for 3/18
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    You don't have to take your clothes off. But wear loose fitting pants or skirt. The accupuncturist will probably put needles on your knees, ankles, near your belly button, and arms and head. I usually take socks off can't remember if there are needles in my feet.
    I hope it goes well!


    This has been my experience I leave my socks on too, good luck!

    Me 38 MH 40 - TTC since June 2010 - dx with Severe MFI. Straight to IVF with ICSI. IVF #1 - ER 06/13/12 - 9 Eggs Retrieved - 4 ICSI'd - only 2 fert. 06/15/12 - 2DT - 3 cell & 6 cell with fragmentation. Beta 06/29/12 - IVF #1 = BFN. 07/20/12 - WTF Appt -Told by our RE to quit IVF. Second Opinion from RE is good. IVF#2 - November 2012. Estradiol Pills Started 11/6. Stims start 11/16. ER 11/26 - 7 eggs retrieved - all mature. 4 fertilized with ICSI. ET 11/29 Transferred 3 embryos. Beta is 12/10. 1st Beta 81 2nd Beta 160 and 3rd beta 360!!! First U/S 12/21/12 - We saw one beautiful gest. sac. 2nd U/S is 01/04/2013 - H/B 183 02/05/13 - NT Scan - everything looks good and IT'S A BOY!  Aiden born 08/20/2013.  TTCing on our own and contemplating when to begin IVF treatments again for baby #2.


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  • I had to remove my pants and socks but there is always a sheet covering my naughty bits. I found it relaxing and had a few good naps while I was there. At my ER I had the more eggs retrieved than in previous cycles. Granted I do have a different RE but I think it helped me.

    I love my acupunturist. She is like an old friend. She works with many clinics and came to my transfer.
    Pursing Domestic Infant Adoption through a local agency. In the meantime, our dog is our baby.  Bumping from Portland, Oregon. 
  • Session 1 is in the books. I feel weirdly calm. I can't really explain how I feel but I will definitely be going back. And I was able to keep my socks on...pants off though! Stick out tongue

    Unmedicated and medicated IUI's: all fail
    IVF #1: Dec 2012 16m/15f 12/9: 5dt of 2 beautiful blasts and 5 frosties
    TWINS!
    15w4d:baby a-pProm
    March 25: 18w...2 baby boys born sleeping
    July 29: FET-BFN

    Sept: TAC placed

    Oct 27: FET #2-Cancelled-monster cyst producing insane amounts of estrogen

    Nov 13: FET #2-take 2
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  • Wow, everyone's experiences are so varied!!

    I have never taken my pants off for acupuncture.  I do always take my socks off and if she's doing needles in my back, sometimes I take my shirt off.

    As PP said, don't worry - they've seen it all :-)  Enjoy!

    Natural m/c Oct. 2005

    Dx: balanced translocation and LPD

    TTC since Oct 2011

    BPF 02/19/12, EDD 10/31/12, natural m/c 02/28/12 (4w6d)

    IVF (BCPs starting 10/30/12, ER 11/18/12, 5dt of 1 beautiful, healthy embryo 11/23/12)
    BFP 12/02/12, u/s @ 6w,5d showed 2 HBs! Identical twins!!
    Bed rest from 21w-35w due to short cervix, hospital bed rest from 23w-32w due to PTL
    Our rainbows were born 07/19/13 (36w, 5d)

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  • I just had my second acupunture appointment today. I also wasn't too sure about it but the needles are really small. If one does not feel good just let him/her know and maybe it can come out. 

    My question for people is about the nutrition and supplement advice and how closely people follow it. Mine suggested cutting out wheat, dairy, and sugar and adding a ton of supplements, wheat grass juice, and kale/spinach green drinks daily. I mean I am for trying alternative treaments but it seems like a lot and I do enjoy eating! Did other people follow through on everything? thanks!

    Me:30 low AMH; DH:30 MFI (count, motility, morphology)
    2 rounds clomid 100 mg -BFN
    IUI#1- 25 mg clomid- July 2012= BFN!
    IUI #2 August = BFN!
    IUI #3 September = BFN!

    IVF #1 November - converted to IUI #4 due to poor response = BFN
    IVF #1.2 February- converted to IUI #5 due to poor response = BFN
    IVF #1.3 April- micro dose Lupron flare with HGH; 14R, 13M, 11F! Transfer of 1 day 5 blast on 4/30, 4 frosties. BFP! Beta #1 9dp5dt= 179; Beta #2 11dp5dt= 442; Beta #3 4106 Stick baby stick!!

    *trying to keep hope*




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