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Postby nika » Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:36 pm


I am new to site. Hoping to have icsi in August. Doctor suggested to try acupuncture in mean time. What do you think and is there a special acupunctureist to use.

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Postby Kat » Sat Jun 04, 2005 1:08 pm

Hi Nika, welcome to the site. Try posting on the general forum - you may get more replies as more people read the posts on there.
I would suggest talking to a couple of acupuncturists and asking whether they specialise in fertility treatment. Are you in the UK? Try the website of the British Acupuncture Council www.acupuncture.org.uk for your local clinics. That's where I found mine from and I talked to him about infertility before I started having treamtent, I think some specialise in different things so have a chat with them first to see if they can help your spcific case.
Hope that helps, good luck with your treatment
Lots of love
Kat xx
Me & DH both 41
ICSI #1 - abandoned
#2 - cancelled - DH accident
#3 - 1 transferred, bfn
#4 - 2 transferred, bfn
#5 - abandoned
#6 - no eggs at EC
#7 - DE in Barcelona - bfp but lost Dec'05
#8 - DE UK - bfn
#9 - FET Sept/Oct '07....
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Postby k » Sun Jun 05, 2005 9:35 am

Hi Nika

I have just had my first ICSI cycle and got a positive. I had acupuncture once a week for approx a month prior to ET and then on the day of ET had it before and after. There have been studies in Germany and USA which show an increased chance of IVF working when you have acupuncture alongside it. If you type acupuncture and IVF in a search engine it should give you some info. Apparently it can increase the receptivity of the uterus to an embryo. I also found it very relaxing following each treatment, which cant be a bad thing when you are undergoing something as stressful as IVF!!
Good luck with your treatment
Love Kim
Me 36 DH 33 Male factor due to chemotherapy. IVF\ICSI May 05 +ve.
Jenna Grace born 19.1.06 then natural BFP!
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Postby bubblymichelle » Sun Jun 05, 2005 12:50 pm

I was never advised to do it to be honest but i know a few people have done it. I wish you all the luck in the world.
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Postby LittleP » Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:36 pm

Hi and welcome to the site.

You will find that loads of girls have tried acupuncture so there is a lot of helpful information here - have you done a search.

If you post on the General Forum as well you will get a lot more replies.

Good luck with your treatment.


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Postby Sand » Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:57 pm

Hi Nika .. Welcome to the Site. Acupuncture is something I've recently looked into to too, and am hoping it will help. We've found that some acupuncturist don't believe in running treatment parallel to IVF, so maybe you'll need to check out a couple.

Good luck !

Sandra x
Me 41 yrs old - dh 49 yrs old. ttc 110 yrs.
1st cycle (ICSI)....Mar 04 -ve.
2nd cycle (ICSI)....Aug 04 -ve.
3rd cycle FET........May 05 -ve.
4th cycle (ICSI) ... Feb 06 -ve
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Postby dancola » Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:11 am

Hi - I'm doing ICSI too (3rd cycle hopefully July) and this time I'm doing acupuncture. As the others have said, there are practitioners who specialise in treating women undergoing IVF and I go to a guy in London who works specifically in this area. He is very clued up in general about IVF procedures and also about specific clinic practises (he's on Harley Street so works closely for eg with the ARGC - the clinic that got the best results in the recent HFEA survey). I have a great cycle (his words) so haven't any specific conditions (endo etc) that he can work on, but I am going to see him as often as I can during the cycle prior to down-regging and throughout my IVF cycle. It cannot do me any harm, only hopefully some good.
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