Tuesday, December 9, 2008


I am seriously looking into acupuncture. Why? Because I've heard it's relaxing and it might be beneficial. I know that some studies have shown that IVFers do better when they have acupuncture done. I don't imagine too many studies have been done on Clomid users.

This really started when I was planning to get the HSG done. I thought that a massage might be a nice treat after the procedure... but visions of me leaking all over the table make that not sound like so much fun.

On the other hand, acupuncture is about the same price and may have additional therapeutic benefits. I think maybe it sounds weird to say that I'm doing acupuncture at this stage of TTC, but it probably would not sound strange to say that I'm getting massages. So let's just call it a glorified massage... but with needles.

So the only other challenge is finding the right acupuncturist. There are 4 in the area. One is out b/c she isn't in on Mondays and I want a treatment before my HSG on Monday. Another is suppose to call me today and we'll talk. He has lots of hours, a definite plus. If he doesn't work out, then I'll try the other 2.

By the way, 3 of the 4 are chiropractors that also do acupuncture. It also happens that my oldest brother is a chiropractor that does acupuncture (he lives too far away to use). There is a pretty well known chiropractic college around here and they probably all went there and have the same training. I'm tempted to call my brother and ask him what I should look for, but I would have to tell my brother why I'm going and I don't want to do that. Also, I kinda think chiropractors are quacks (and even though I have my personal doubts, I do believe that there is value in chiropractic services and that some people are helped by it, this is my personal belief and not something I will debate with anyone) and I try to avoid that discussion with my brother.

Ok, so if I think chiropractor are quacks, why am I doing this? Because I've heard it's relaxing and I need to relax (I know, I said it), and it's this or massages... and this might actually be cheaper. I bet I can use my flexible spending account to pay for this too. Should have put more money in it.


Anonymous said...

I did acupuncture, two years ago, for about six months. I did it mostly for migraines, but she also knew that I wanted to try to regulate my cycles naturally. The acupuncturist I chose was great. I really liked her, and if I hadn't moved, I might still be going to her. It was definitely relaxing, and helped my headaches, but didn't do much for my cycles, and that was even with the disgusting herbs I bought from her. That was before metformin though. Perhaps I didn't give it enough time. It was expensive, that's for sure, but I think it can certainly be helpful.

There doesn't seem to be many options for acupuncturist where I live now, so I'm just getting massages once in a while. Either way, relaxing is good! Good luck!

Celia said...

I am toying with the idea. I had no luck online trying to figure out what it costs. Acupuncture is not covered by our insurance, so I would probably only seriously investigate if we get to IVF. Because we only get three IVF's and I would stand on my head and sing The Lumberjack Song if I thought it would help IVF.

Plus Mr.Mostly practically craps looking at bills now, I don't want to throw anything extra at him if I can help it.

Rob said...

Hi Amanda,

Both acupuncture and chiropractic visits would be eligible for your flexible spending account (assuming it is a normal plan set up). Massage therapy would require a doctor's note however. Just thought you would like to know!

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Kitty said...

I'm looking into accupunture or massages too. I enjoy massages but thought accup might help more. I have to wait til Jan bc i have a $300 deductable I haven't touched yet. Good point about the flexibile spending accounts, although we haven't gotten one yet. Maybe next time.

Anonymous said...

I don't think its too early at all!

Darn it though...why didn't I think of an HSA for accupuncture! Dang it all...

Good luck, I hope it works!

Offshore Wife said...

I too am thinking of doing this before, during, & a few days after our next IUI. Our clinic has an in house acupuncturist. I've read it is suppose to increase BFPs so any potential help can't hurt.