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Hi All,

I have mod/severe Endo. I am currently on Menopur injections with IUI having had 2 failed Clomid cycles.

I have read a bit about alternative therapies such as Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine that can help with Endo and assist IF.

I am interested to know if any of you have tried alternative therapies while on Menopur and is so what would you reccommend?

Lots of positive thoughts to everyone.

Nini

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hi nini, i've been having acupuncture since april & chinese herbs (yuk!) since may & have noticed big difference. i'm actually working through period & now not taking any painkillers. i really believe both above are helping.
my endo pain was still horrific following surgery last year & has been steadily improving since turning to trad chinese medicine. i can recommend it, although expensive & herbs v nasty.
best of luck! t xx
 

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Hi Nini

I have been having acupuncture for about 18 months for endo (symptoms being pain, irregular periods and infertility). After the first 3 months the pain reduced dramatically and have been having regular 30/31 day cycles which I had never had in all my life!!

I find it really helps to calm my emotions too - especially going through my first IVF attempt.

I haven't ever taken Menopur so can't comment on it, but I would definitely recommend acupuncture. You have to stick at it and can't expect a miracle cure in the first session, but it's the only alternative therapy that I really believe in having experienced positive results.

Good luck!
Love Alison xx
 

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i am wondering if i have endrometrosis. i have some very painful periods but every once in awhile i ll have a period with no pain at all. but the others are crampy or extremly painful. i dont have very regular periods give or take a few days. i also have painful ovulation
 

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Hi Giries,

Thank you Alison and Tanny for your replies. I think I am definitely going to try it - it is worth a try. My cycle is regular now due to the drugs that I am on but it is still very painful and I don't like to take too many painkillers.

Apart from that anything that helps the overall feeling of well being is worth while.

Kate, you may have endo, I am 31 and was only diagnoised with it this year! I did not realise I had it until I had investigations for infertility. While my cycle was painfull for a couple of days I thouught this was normal! You should talk to your doctor about it, there are also some good websites out there such as www.endometriosis.org

Lv to you all.
Nini
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Hi!
I lately realised that excrutiating periods were not normal and mentioned it to the fertility unit. I was referred to a pain management specialist, who could not believe that despite vomiting, fainting and being huddled in a ball for 2-3 days each period I was still trying not to take painkillers as I did not want to adversely affect any chances of conceiving.

I had laser treatment to remove the endo as much as they could but despite this the pain is there. The doctor told me that the painkillers remain for such a short time in a patient's system that there is no way you can affect pregnancy. "Let's face it, if you are having an agonising period the fact is that you are probably 99.9% not pregnant!" She also said that you should start taking painkillers as soon as you know that a period is coming that way you have built up a level of pain-resistance in your system ready for the worst of it. We also talked about the fact that when you know you are not pregnant as you get your period, psychologically you are disappointed and uptight, which creates more pain.

In short I am now having reflexology, osteopathy and am doing yoga as a means of relaxing. The less stressed you are, the lower the pain. I am now taking the prescribed anti-inflammatory painkillers and am using codeine when things get really bad. All of these are out of my system within 24-48 hours of a period anyway. My last period was shorter and much less painful with fewer painful clots. This has left me much happier for trying to conceive and I am awaiting my next bleed to book IVF again.

The secret is not to suffer in silence as I did but to ask for help and take the advice seriously.

Please seek help and all the best.

Elaine R ;)
 

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Hi All,

I'm new here but just wanted to add my pennies worth! I've suffered for about 5 years now and tried Danazol, and the mini-pill, both of which had avderse reactions! However, I was referred to the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (NHS) by my GP and have been taking homeopathic remedies for the last 4 months - and I can honestly say I have never felt better since diagnosis. The medicines are tailored to your own symptoms, mood, eating, sleeping habits etc.. I would recommend it!

 
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