Acupuncture: how much/how long before IVF?

Discussion in 'Acupuncture Trying to Conceive' started by sjpa1, Mar 14, 2012.

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    sjpa1

    sjpa1 New Member

    For those of you who have done or are doing acupuncture with IVF, how long of a protocol of acupuncture did you do (or are you doing)? Did you start weeks before IVF, or several months?

    Of course, I'd especially love to hear from women who feel it has made a difference in getting pregnant with their IVF.

    I know the acupuncturist will have some input on this, but we're trying to decide when to schedule our first round of IVF, and we have some other time constraints from work projects and constraints. . . . . Feeling stressed today about trying to juggle the timing.
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    Hope_and_pray

    Hope_and_pray New Member

    [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']With my first IVF cycle, I went a week before I started stimming. My acupuncturist said she wished I came earlier to her. My first cycle I produced a lot of eggs but only one made it to blast. I froze it because of OHSS.[/FONT]
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    [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']I am now starting my second IVF cycle and started to see her right after my last one. I go once a week until I start stimming, then 2x a week until retrieval. I will get acupuncture the day of the transfer, right before and after, then the next two days thereafter to help with implantation. With this cycle I am on some herbs to help cleanse my kidneys and blood to help with my egg quality, but I will stop those once I start stimming, which is next week. [/FONT]
    [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif'] [/FONT]
    [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Since I am in the process of it, I can't let you know if it worked but it relaxes me and in this time of stress going through all of this, we need it. It does get costly if your insurance doesn’t cover it, mine doesn't, but if it helps me in any way, it is worth it to me.[/FONT]
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    Hope_and_pray

    Hope_and_pray New Member

    With my first IVF cycle, I went a week before I started stimming. My acupuncturist said she wished I came earlier to her. My first cycle I produced a lot of eggs but only one made it to blast. I froze it because of OHSS]

    I am now starting my second IVF cycle and started to see her right after my last one. I go once a week until I start stimming, then 2x a week until retrieval. I will get acupuncture the day of the transfer, right before and after, then the next two days thereafter to help with implantation. With this cycle I am on some herbs to help cleanse my kidneys and blood to help with my egg quality, but I will stop those once I start stimming, which is next week.
    Since I am in the process of it, I can't let you know if it worked but it relaxes me and in this time of stress going through all of this, we need it. It does get costly if your insurance doesn’t cover it, mine doesn't, but if it helps me in any way, it is worth it to me.

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    Shawnshawntae

    Shawnshawntae New Member

    I credit our success to the acupuncture we did 4 cycles this was our last attempt ,... Was a frozen transfer....I started 2 weeks before 3x week before and after transfer and 48 hours after to assist with implantation mine was 75$ per treatment and I had 9 treatments!!! Total heaven!! Definently recommend:cheer:
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    HopefulinCO

    HopefulinCO New Member

    I've had 5 total cycles (3 fresh and 2 frozen) and one of the only commonalities with the 2 successful cycles was once or twice weekly acupuncture with an acupuncturist here in town (not fertility specialist per se, but my RE recommended her) for about 2-4 months prior to ER/ET. With the first, I went twice weekly during the follicular phase before ovulation and once weekly during the luteal phase after ovulation. With the last I couldn't ever make twice weekly due to my work schedule having changed, but I went faithfully every week.

    I did do acupuncture provided by my REs office just before and just after ET with the 3 unsuccessful cycles. That was done right in the hospital where the procedure was done which was very convenient! But for me not successful.

    Anyway, it might just be concidence, but there's my $0.02!
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    Kate2010

    Kate2010 New Member

    I started acupuncture in Jan. and my FET is Saturday. The cost could be expensive, for me it's $60 per session,I go 1x per week until TD. My acupuncturist will come to IVF facility the day of transfer that session is $200, thankfully my mOm said she would pay for that session so that helped. Won't know if it worked until April 2nd but my blood levels are better then my 1st attempt, my lining is thicker this time and defiantly less stressed. Good luck to you
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    Hope_and_pray

    Hope_and_pray New Member

    Edit to my earlier post as I now got my :bfp: with :preg: :preg: . I am continuing my TA and I opted for the laser acupuncture my clinic offers the day of transfer.
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    99pcangel

    99pcangel New Member

    I first went in about 3 weeks before starting lupron and went twice a week till i was 14 week pregnant. We will are looking in to FET now so i will definitely start going again. Its expensive but so worth it.
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    shaese

    shaese New Member

    acupuncture

    We are going to do another IVF cycle in April and I was wondering if acupuncture truly helps so I was reading this thread. Does it hurt? Do you feel relaxed while it's being done? Thanks in advanced for any feedback.
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    shaese

    shaese New Member

    Thank you

    all for your experiences. I think I will go for it!
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    angelrush

    angelrush New Member

    I had my second treatment yesterday. It didn't hurt. It was like a pinch and it's not painful. The session is pretty relaxing.

    What I noticed for myself with the 2 treatments, it helped ease my stomach bloat. I tried to get rid of that feeling of being so full all the time. My ovulation period is too uncomfortable with the symptoms. Now, it's a relief.

    As far as the progress of getting a positive result and change/improvement of blood test, haven't done it this month. I will find out in march or april. :cross:
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    anilorak13ska

    anilorak13ska New Member

    I went more regularly (weekly) with my first FET, which was a chemical, and slightly more irregularly with my second (bfn). Both times I had acupuncture either the day before or the day of transfer, and several days afterwards as well.

    This time around, I started going every 2 weeks back in December, then 2 weeks ago started going weekly, and will go twice a week once I'm cycling (in about 3 weeks), as well as the day before or the day of, then again a few days afterwards.

    My acupuncturist said ideally she'd recommend twice weekly for 3 months. Not sure if it depends on what exactly you're doing it for. For me, it's to regulate my cycles, which started to get a bit irregular after last year's FET, as well as to make my uterine lining nice and receptive for the embies.

    The protocol may be different if your goal includes affecting your eggs prior to retrieval.

    I also ate pineapple core (NOT the pineapple itself, just the core) for five days starting day of transfer both times - once it worked, once it didn't, so not sure if there's any truth to that, but will be doing it again this time anyway. It's cheap and easy, so why not.
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    alexi

    alexi New Member

    With my December 2013 FET cycle i did not do any acupuncture (I did once a week for 3 months for the 2 cycles prior to this). The blasts still implanted. So i dont think acupuncture really helps with implantation. If its a strong embryo it will no matter what. Similarly if it's not a strong embryo it will not implant no matter what you do. So just save your money and spend it on other things that are proven to increase your success rate. Also if you have male factor issues, whatever you improve on on your body will not make a difference unless you both do it together.

    P/S: my acupuncturist is specialized in fertility and did the before and after FET sessions in addition to once week sesions according to the German protocol.
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    abeadinpath

    abeadinpath New Member

    So...can't answer anything relative to acupuncture and IVF bc I'm not even close yet. I have been going 4x per week for almost a month now and will need to continue for about 6 months before even considering IVF or IUI. Do you think this is really going to help?
    I have low AMH at .16 and high FSH at 15.99 with 7 follies.
    I see tons of baby pictures on her wall of success and dealing with mostly my issue...HELP!
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    Just1morebaby

    Just1morebaby New Member

    Acupuncture

    I have been doing Accupuncture once a week for the last 5 weeks. I did my transfer today and went right from there to acupuncture and then home to rest. I can't tell you yet how it worked I will know in 9 days. We did it because our dr recommended it and since all of our expenses are out of pocket we decided to try everything possible to increase our chances.
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    ChiliPepper

    ChiliPepper New Member

    For IVF2, I started getting acupuncture treatment twice a week prior to stimmimg and continued treatment until 8dp3dt. I'm half way through my 2WW and will provide an update in a week. :pray:

    I did not get acupuncture with IVF1 which was :bfn:

    We did try acupuncture once a week while we were TTC on our own, but it didn't help.
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    bethanno2003

    bethanno2003 New Member

    IVF Accupuncture

    Hi! I am on day 7 of my first IVF cycle. I was advised to start acupuncture 6 weeks before the cycle started. Obviously, I'm not sure if it has helped me conceive or not BUT I think it has really helped me CALM down, de stress. I will also do a session right before and right after transfer. Best of luck!!! :cross:
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    abeadinpath

    abeadinpath New Member

    Just1morebaby: Please let us know how it goes.

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    JulesSK

    JulesSK New Member

    I'm a firm believer it helped me. I went once the week I started the stim drugs. I went the night before the transfer and immediately after the transfer. I went a final, 4th time 4 days later. I believe it helped.
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    ChrissyNY

    ChrissyNY New Member

    I think that it does help. I have been doing acupuncture for months, but with this new acupuncturist, I started a little before my last FET. It did implant, but I lost the baby due to Trisomy 22 at 8 weeks. So, it was a bad embryo. This acupuncturist is 70 ea time and I feel she is more focused on me. The last place I was my insurance pid, but I had a 30 co-pay and it was only 15 minutes. With this lady, sometimes I'm there 1 hour and she does cupping too. So, I am going 2 times a week not, but was going once a week after my DNC-

    So, now as I prep for my new Fresh cycle I will make sure i go 2xs per week. It is relaxing.

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