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.