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Hi all
I,m due to start stimming on 20th June and after reading on here about accupuncture, have signed up with a chinese accupuncturist and herbalist. ( just happened to pass a shop whilst out shopping)
He recommends 6 sessions and has given me some tablets to take.

However, I have since read that to get the benefits, you should have a session 25mins before and 25mins after ET. This would be impossible for me as the clinic is over an hour away.

Also, when I mentioned the tablets to a friend, she said to stay well away from them.

Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences.  I know there are loads of you out there who have accupuncture.
 

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hi i have just started accu ,had 2 sessions,my accu said should not take anything herbal as could affect chances of falling pregy,i to have read about having accu b4 and after transfer im also an hour away from my accu so would not work for me,but my accu said u dont need to do that as it could actully make your womb get rid of embies,i have been reading reports on this and the reports said although accu whilst trying to concive has good results,having it b4 and after treatment actully reduces the chance of actully keeping embies in...if i can find the report will send u it...
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Thanks Liiacbunnykins.

Well .that report totally contradicts everything I,ve read on here.
If you could find it, I,m sure everyone would be really interested.

TracyM
 

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I'd be interested too as I'm having accupuncture...

Kay xxx
 

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umm i cant find the report now..lol ,i have read so much about it,been looking for last cpl of days...have no idea where i found it....i will keep looking and post it once i can find it..
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Hi,
I have actually found an article after googling "bad accupuncture, IVF"
Its from The Guardian, October 17th 2007.
It does say that accupuncture before and during IVF could reduce a womans chance of concieving, and does give reduced percentages of the control groups for the ones that had the accu.
But they also say that this may be due to the added stress of attending the accu appiontments in time for IVF.

I probably wont panic so much now knowing that I cant get to accu before and after, feeling that I wont have done my best.
It seems that all these reports are unconclusive for and against.

TracyM
 

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Hi Tracy

There does seem to be some conflicting research regarding whether acupuncture can be beneficial when having IVF....some suggest it can be, others are not so positive.....the main thing being that there isn't enough research to say one way or another.

Ideally you should only see a registered practitioner with sound experience working with ladies who are having fertilty issues and specifically going through assisted conception of some kind.

The German Protocol is where you have acupuncture just before and just after ET (can be anywhere up to 24 hours either side)....this is believed to increase success....here's a couple of articles you may be interested in...

http://www.the-fertility-acupuncturist.com/acupuncture-and-infertility-and-results.html

http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/family/story/0,,1839093,00.html

It's really a case of making an informed personal choice.

Good luck
Natasha

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Just wanted to let you know my experience.  I had acupuncture before and after my FET but it was a good few hours before and after, as like you, the geography wouldn't allow me to have it any sooner.  I went to an acupuncturist that specialises in infertility and she was brilliant and I got a BFP and now have twins. So it worked for me.

Would definitely make sure your acupuncturist specialises in infertility, I went to 2 others before I found Dr Zhao and she was very different.  Didn't take any herbs just had the needles!

Good luck and hope this helps
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