Friday, August 04, 2006

Quick update

Ok, a quick update on acupuncture. 

To preface it, I was/am very skeptical about acupuncture and similar treatments.  I have a scientific background and am generally a logical person, which is why I did end up going to acupuncture.  I looked at quite a few journal article in Fertility and Sterility and found that the scientific evidence is pretty good.  Nowhere is there any sort of explanation as to why it might work but the evidence suggests it does.

That being said, one is supposed to 'relax' (hhmmmm, where have we heard that before??), and I hadn't gotten that reaction yet.  After one session, they added massage to the treatment and let me tell you that was the most painful massage ever.  I have some nerve damage in my arms from previous surgeries and so certain areas are extra sensitive.  I thought I was going to cry, but I let him do what he was going to do.  As I said to H, injecting all the meds hurts too, but we don't balk at that.

My lower back was killing me the next couple of days too, but anyway.  The following week, massage came first and it really did help me to relax.  I might even have dozed off for a minute or two during the puncturing, which to me is kinda amazing.

The woman said that this treatment was to 'bring on my period' which I just shrugged at since I have been 5-7 days late the last few months.  She put a few extra needles in and asked me to her when there was shocking pain.  There was! 

The following day I began to spot.  Weird.  Today seems to be day 1, which is 1 day late.  To me that is a huge difference from 5-7 days late, so I am impressed.  They also told me to avoid very cold things during this time, but have they seen the weather!?!  Ice cream is a requirement.  I will see what I can do, but I can't promise anything.

Oh, and I wore the dress for our 3-year anniversary the other night.  I will post the 'final product' pictures as soon as I get them loaded.


J Fife said...

3 years already? Wow. Congratulations!

The acupuncture treatment is fascinating. Keep us updated.

Nico said...

I missed this when I checked your site yesterday.

I totally agree on the skepticism about acupuncture, but the literature does seem to suggest that there's something to it. I do feel like it helped me (although obviously there's no way to tell for sure). But 1 day late vs. 5-7 sounds like a definite improvement to me. I hope it continues to get better and more relaxing.

The Town Criers said...

I'm so interested in acupuncture. You would think since you're already jabbing yourself with needles that you'd be fine with it, but it sort of freaks me out.

It will be interesting to hear about the next few sessions--what happens in your cycle.

Congratulations on the anniversary.