I love tattoos. I’m kind of addicted. I have 6.
I hate any other needles, like having my blood drawn.
But I LOVE acupuncture. Granted, it’s not nearly the same as a tattoo or blood draw.
I have only had 2 sessions so far. My first was a month ago, my second was yesterday, my third is next week.
The first one we went over why I was there (not ovulating, fertility, the ectopic). She looked at my bbt chart, and checked my tongue. The tongue can tell them a lot about our health, but I’m not sure what specifically or what she was looking for. Be prepared to get detailed with your acupuncturist. We discussed my bowel movements.
I laid down on my back on a wonderful heated table with a heater on my ever frigid feet. She placed the needles in my feet, hands, abdomen, and one in my forehead. It sounded like she snapped them into my skin with a rubber band. It did not feel like that though. I didn’t watch so I can’t tell you how they are put in. I felt some of them go in, in the form of pressure or a sharp pinch. The pinch ones I could still feel briefly. Eventually I couldn’t feel any. She twisted or tweaked some as needed. Then she left me alone for a good half hour.
It took a little while to relax but not as long as I thought it would. Eventually I just melted away. A weird sensation I had was my arms felt like they disappeared. They didn’t fall asleep, it just felt like they had vanished. Like my arms were so relaxed that my muscles wouldn’t even twitch. Light as a feather. I think I may have dozed off a little too toward the end of my alone time.
She came back in, took out the needles, discussed how I felt, and that was it. There were 2 spots where I could tell I bled a little. Just a little pin prick type of bled. Not even a full drop escapes. Nothing to worry about. I was super relaxed. Just as much or more than when I get a massage. Surprisingly. I got a head rush followed by a little headache afterwords. She told me to hydrate more and that it could just be my body detoxing. I didn’t get one after the second session so I’m guessing she was right. This one session did not make/help me ovulate, but I expected that. It did relax me and make me feel better overall. That feeling lasted a few days. I felt the need to rush less too.
Session 2. Again we discussed my health and recent bodily events in detail. I told her I had a HSG test the following day and wanted to make sure my tube wasn’t in a spasm for it. I’ve read acupuncture can help with tube spasms. It cannot however unblock a tube.
This time I laid on my stomach. Needles were placed in my feet, ankles, wrists, and low back. She wanted to increase blood flow to my uterus. She hooked up a machine to the needles in my back and it felt like a massage. It was like little electric currents running through. Pulsing. It kind of made me nervous but eventually I couldn’t feel it anymore. Again, I relaxed and was almost dozing off. 30 minutes of alone time and the needles were out.
She did put in needles to go though. Sounds weird I know. They are tiny needles like 1/4 of a thumb tac if that. They’re attached to a band aid type adhesive. They look like minuscule thumb tacs on a bandaid. She put one on each leg above the inner ankle to open up my cervix and prevent spasms for the HSG. I had instructions to gently press on them if I got nervous before the test, which I did. I showered with these on that night, and slept with them on. I was weirded out at first but got used to them and all was fine. After my HSG test I took them out.
Not the best pic. The square is the size of my pinky finger nail. Under the square band aid is the little needle.
I have no idea if my tube spasms or if it ever has. This was just a precaution to prevent it from spasming if I could help it. There’s no way I want to go through another HSG. So I can’t say for sure that the acupuncture did anything physically but I didn’t have a spasm. My cervix was open, at least enough to get the catheter in without pain. Seemingly, acupuncture did it’s job. But again at the very least, it relaxed me thoroughly when I needed it most. I’m going back next week for a session to encourage ovulation.
The downside is the cost. $60 per session. My insurance may cover some of these, I still have to check that out. Even if they do reimburse me, it’s still $60 upfront. To me that can be a big deal. Especially several times a month. I’m still paying off my ectopic surgery. But right now, it’s worth a shot.
It is certainly not going to hurt anything, so why not give it a try?