Monday, September 3, 2012

Human Pin Cushion – For Fertility’s Sake

After having cancer I never really thought I would be able to get pregnant, let alone multiple times.  The problem with my getting pregnant is the keeping pregnant.  I can remember asking Dr. L, numerous times, if there was ANYTHING I could do to help me get pregnant and stay that way.  I told him I was willing to do absolutely ANYTHING no matter how ridiculous it was.  Was there some sort of rare Peruvian herb, Mexican shark skin tea, or some sort of diet that would help with conception?  The answer is always NO.  I don’t understand there are all these things on the internet that say that they are sure fire ways to cause conception.  So it has to be true…right? 

We all want to cling to the idea that there is an easy fix to getting pregnant out there and we just haven’t found it yet.  We all want to believe there is an answer for our infertility and we just need to make a dietary change and that baby will be ours.  I can’t say that I have bought in to the old wives tales that you read about online.  I haven’t eaten massive amounts of pineapple core or walked around rubbing the bellies of pregnant women.  However there was one thing that kept coming up in research that really intrigued me…Acupuncture. 

I was hesitant for a very long time to try acupuncture.  I was sure that there was no way this could do anything for me, I mean how could it?  Not to mention the whole needle thing.  It wasn’t until I read an article in the Resolve Newsletter (The National Infertility Association) that I decided to give it a try.  The article said that there was research that showed women who received acupuncture in conjunction with ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) had an increase in conception.  Upon further research I learned that there are recent studies that show acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus which can assist in conception as well as helping with relaxation.

My first appointment I was so incredibly anxious about what it would be like.  My acupuncturist is great and was very calming.  Believe me I have had my fair share of needles over the last 2 years, but the thought of having dozens of them sticking out of my body at one time was just a little nerve racking!    The needles were so small and for the majority of them I did not feel a thing.  It was so weird.  He would push on a certain part of my body and I would feel pain and then he would push a pressure point on another part of my body and the pain would go away then he would know where to put the needle.  After the needles are inserted he dims the lights, has aroma therapy and relaxing music and leaves you alone to “cook”.  He usually changes the needle positions 1-2 times during a session to handle different aches, pains and gearing them for fertility.  I tell you I don’t know if it works or not, but I feel much more relaxed and acupuncture days are the best night sleep of the week!  So if nothing else the relaxation aspect is worth it!

Hey, like I said…I will do anything to bring home my little bundle of joy even if it is becoming a human pin cushion!!!

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