PCOS, infertility and electro-acupuncture ... my story

(7 Posts)
Noodlepip Wed 15-Aug-12 08:54:13

This is my first post but I am a long-term lurker. I wanted to share my experience in case it helps (even if it helps only one person). Its a bit of a long one but here goes ...I am 38 and have had PCOS symptoms since I was 15 but was only finally diagnosed when I was 33 and the insulin resistance turned into full blown Type II diabetes. Although I struggled with my weight I never had a BMI over 29 hence they looked at other causes for the diabetes.

We had been trying to conceive for a number of years and had managed one pregnancy that turned out to be ectopic. Then after 2 more years of infertility, last year we decided to go down the IVF root. At the clinic we had all the tests, husband had lovely sperm (!) and I had an ovarian reserve of about 5 years. They told me I would never conceive naturally and had a 3 in 10 chance with IVF.

My friend had some fertility issues and had tried acupuncture successfully and had nagged me to try. I was incredibly sceptical and only when we were going down the IVF root did I make an appointment. My acupuncturist took a full history, said she could help my body prepare for IVF but, as I had 3 months to wait for first cycle of treatment, said she would like to see if she could work on the PCOS with electro-acupuncture and started me off on some Co-Enzyme Q10 and fish oils. I felt like I'd been kicked in the ovaries by a donkey but she advised when was the best time to have sex and low and behold, 2 weeks later I had a big fat positive on my test!

I continued with the acupuncture but sadly I had a failed pregnancy and had to have an evacuation at 9 weeks. I was devastated but my acupuncturist said she could help my body get back on track quickly, so I continued - including charting. I had the electro-acupuncture as soon as I had my next period after the evacuation (which was surprisingly only 4 weeks) and, despite having sex being the last thing I wanted to do (I was extremely distressed after the loss) we followed her advice and, by some miracle, I conceived again. I am over-joyed to say that I am almost 25 weeks now. It has not been without its stresses - I had a massive bleed at 6 weeks and had a very irregular little yolk sac but it's held on in there.

I still have some way to go and the diabetes, so well controlled with diet and exercise has started to go somewhat berserk this week .. (I came off the metformin as soon as I had the BFP this time - I had stayed on it last time so wanted to remove it from the equation - more from a mental perspective and was aggressive with my blood sugar control with diet and exercise) but that's being monitored ...

I guess I wanted to share this in case there is a chance for someone else who sounds like me to give acupuncture a try. I'm not on commission BTW, lol, but I was so very cynical and have had success that I hope it helps someone who is stuck in the distressing and wretched cycle month after month ...

I am happy to give details, etc, about the type of treatment I had and the qualifications to look for in the acupuncturist but didn't want to seem like I was being an 'infomercial'.

Wishing people every luck in their journey.

rabbitonthemoon Wed 15-Aug-12 17:38:21

Congratualtions smile it's so nice to hear of people gettng there in the end. I'm feeling somewhat helpless at the moment.

I've actually been having acu for most of my sorry 17 months of ttc BUT I've just bought some coenzyme q10 and fish oil just a few hous before I read this. Do you think this might have helped?

ILiveInAPineapple Thu 16-Aug-12 21:26:14

Congratulations, great to read your story.

Can I ask how you go about finding an acupuncturist specialising in fertility?

Noodlepip Fri 24-Aug-12 09:38:30

Bugger, just wrote a long reply and lost it when I tried to post it ... Sorry .. have now lost the will to live so this is the shortened version!

Apologies for delay - I have been away.

In a nutshell I think it was the electro-acupuncture as I ovulated after the first session of it before I had taken the supplements. However it wasn't a viable pregnancy and as soon as I knew this I started taking them again so the next time I conceived I had been on them for about 5 weeks ...

I truly believe that the elctro made me ovulate and then helped me know when that was. Prior to this my cycle was all over the place, 29 days then 38, then 32 etc. The predictor kids ALWAYS gave me a positive, no matter if I did them everyday for 2 weeks (which I did once just to prove to myself that it was my hormones that were messed up)... so basically we had no idea if or when I had ovulated which meant having to cover all the bases and left us both feeling fed up and exhausted. It turned out that when I did ovulate it was far later in my cycle than I had ever expected (between day 20-22) and by that point of the month we had usually given up!! So maybe it was simply the timing ...

By the point of starting the acu, if someone had said that lying down in the middle of the M25 was good for fertility I would have done it! I am just glad that I tried it before we started the IVF cycle ...

I'm so sorry that it hasn't been the answer for you so far ... I had 6 years of infertility before I had the ectopic and nearly 2 years after that so I can empathise with your struggles. I was adamant that I didn't want IVF and thought I had accepted my infertility until I had the ectopic and then it lit a fuse in me that made me want to try anything and everything ....

I found my acu via word of mouth and the fact that she has a clinic 3 minutes walk from our house but she turned out to be a Zita West trained practitioner. Pineapple, if you google Zita West, the website has a section that will help you find a practitioner in your area ... here's the link ....

http://www.zitawest.com/national-network-of-affiliated-acupuncturists/find-an-affiliate/find-an-affiliate-in-uk/

I wish you both oodles of luck in your journeys and I hope that you have some joy soon.

L xxx

aveen Wed 26-Sep-12 15:46:58

acupuncture can be used for any number of conditions from period problems to conception difficulties. the best way to find some one specialised in womens health is by word of mouth. eft and matrix reimprinting can also be used to address imbalance in the body

ericcartmell Thu 07-Apr-16 01:06:31

I know this is an old thread, but in case anyone stumbles upon it and has the same question - the best way to find a good acupuncturist is by personal recommendation, or, failing that - look for a blog on their website- the best practitioners usually share some kind of information on their blog, the worst ones usually don't because it tends to give away their lack of knowledge. Choosing acupuncturists by professional body (often recommended) is irrational- no one professional body has a monopoly on good practitioners, and the one most usually recommended actually has the inverse- a preponderance of sub-standard practitioners, but they have a prolific marketing department.

NeedFaith Thu 21-Apr-16 23:42:10

Hi everyone! This is my first time commenting on here.

I have indeed stumble upon this thread in search of an acupuncture who is experienced in treating PCOS.

Noodlepip - not sure if you are still reading this, but your sucess story is very inspiring and certainly brings some faith. Just wondering if you could please post your acupuncture's details here?

Or anyone who can provide a personal recommendation please? I would really appreciate it.

Many thanks in advance!

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