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Thursday, July 28, 2011

acupuncture

I started going to an acupuncturist last week. Today was my third visit. I've been thinking about going for a long time because some studies have found a link between IVF success and acupuncture, but it always just seemed like one more thing to do when I already have to do so much already and a whole lot more needles than I already have to endure. Did I ever tell you that before IVF I was terrified of needles? I seriously would have rather been punched in the face or had a tooth pulled than have my blood drawn. I almost fainted several times in the beginning. I still dislike needles. I'll probably never learn to like them (does anyone?), but I've learned to tolerate them. Anyway, since I started going to my infertility support group (probably the best thing I've done in this whole process), I found that many of the other women in the group do acupuncture. They said it was relaxing. I never thought needles and relaxing could go in the same sentence together. I have no idea whether acupuncture "works." I don't know whether it will increase my chances of having a baby. But I don't know that it won't either. Maybe it's the placebo effect, but I don't really care. I'm willing to try it. I'm willing to try just about anything at this point. And it is pretty relaxing. The needles are small. Once they're in, I can't really feel them. I've even fallen asleep a couple of times.

I go to a place called Acupuncture Together that practices community acupuncture. They treat a bunch of people at the same time in the same room. Apparently, this is how they typically do acupuncture in China. It ends up being a whole lot cheaper this way ($20 instead of $100). They usually put one needle in my forehead, a couple on the ridges of my ears, a few on my hands, wrists and arms, and a few more in my feet, ankles and legs. I just roll up my pant legs and lay back in the recliner. I'll let you know whether I notice any changes.

So that's that.

5 comments:

Gwen said...

that is cool!! i am a big believer in having stuff done to your body as a way to relax. i think we underestimate touch in all senses and having time to let go and connect with yourself is sure to be a good thing. right?!

Aimee said...

I am glad you feel the support groups are worthwhile. There is something magical that happens when people sharing the same grief get together.

I have never tried acupuncture but I am a believer it helps with many things.

ellen said...

Lisa, you are so brave. I am so proud of you.

I think of you constantly and am hoping and praying this will help.

paul said...

This really sounds like a great way to relax and possibly open your mind and body for a positive response. Your attitude has always been so forward and positive. I admire and love you in so many ways

Rodger Funderberk said...

It's great that your fear of needles has lessened! Having so many needles put into you feels pretty freaky at first, right? Thankfully, the acupuncture treatment is relaxing, which helps allow for a good mindset against needles and whatnot.