Acupuncture for Fertility: Naturally Knocked Up?


acupun.jpgI’m kind of disappointed. When we were in Colorado on vacation, I got acupuncture as a natural treatment for my infertility. It wasn’t cheap ($85 for the consultation, $35 for one type of Chinese herbs, and $80 for another), but it was a natural, holistic approach and I like that. I don’t like the idea of taking pharmaceutical drugs to get pregnant, especially with the risk of multiples. We all know raising multiples is not frugal or green!

Unfortunately, we can’t just pick up and move out there so I have to find someone here where we live to do the acupuncture treatments. Imagine my surprise when I found someone through the wonders of Google that practices acupuncture in my small town with a population of 1,500. I was ecstatic. I could walk to the appointments. How convenient! I gave the woman a call on Friday, she called me back that day, left me a message at home, I returned her call when I got home Friday night, and she called me on Saturday.

I was excited to see that the caller id was her number when the phone rang. After she asked me how could she help me, I filled her in that I had an acupuncture treatment in Colorado, was on Chinese herbs for infertility, and that I thought it was illegal in our state to use needles to do acupuncture.  She informed me right off the bat that she doesn’t use Chinese herbs and that she could refer me to someone that did.

Whoa, what? Did she really just turn me away and try to give my business to someone else?  Just because she don’t use the herbs doesn’t mean that I don’t (didn’t) want to go to her for acupuncture.  I can get the herbs from the first acupuncturist.  Not a problem.  I really need someone for the acupuncture treatments, as I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to just start sticking myself in random spots with needles.

I guess I’m just really disappointed. I had high expectations that this woman would be warm, friendly, and someone who could really help me.  I didn’t think that she would want to turn away my business.  Had I been in her shoes, I probably would have let my potential client know that I don’t deal with herbs but would be happy to administer the acupuncture sessions and do whatever else I could.  I surely wouldn’t turn away a potential client!

Now here’s my dilemma. I need to find someone else who is willing to do the acupuncture.  Do I just call her back and tell her I am fine with just the acupuncture treatments because she is so convenient, or do I look for someone else I’ll have to travel further to have it done?  I really don’t want to, but I also don’t want to waste my money if it’s not going to be as effective.  I’m still trying to get over the fact that she was referring my business to someone else.

What should I do- suck it up and go with her, or find someone else to do it that’s a little further away?

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7 thoughts on “Acupuncture for Fertility: Naturally Knocked Up?

  1. Kacie says:

    How far away would the next available person be? If it’s not TOO far, it might be worth checking out. Maybe the 1st lady is really busy and isn’t taking new clients.

    Or, you could call back and explain a little more to see what she says.

    I dunno! Good luck!


  2. Mrs Money says:

    @ Kacie- The other places wouldn’t be too far from work, but I would feel better about swinging by this other woman’s place on the way home. I think I may just call her and ask how much she charges. If I go once, that doesn’t mean I have to go again. I’ll just hope it goes better next time!


  3. Alisha says:

    How much do you know about your infertility? Are you charting your cycle already? Have you used other natural methods of determining your fertile days?

    My spouse and I use natural family planning (NOT the rythem method) to deterine which days of the month I am fertile. We use this as contraception and also to plan our children. So far, we are two for two on our efforts to plan our births. Next month, we will be attempting to conceive child #3, which (God willing!) will make our three children all have birthdays in June and spaced 2 years apart. I’m just saying it works for us and I can’t believe how much fertility treatments cost – natural or not!

    Things to look up: Basal Body Temperature, changes in cervical mucas, charting your menstral cycle. There are some great support groups that can give you some insight and encourgement. You could contact your local Catholic church, even if you are not Catholic. If you have tried all this already, I’m sorry to bore you. I’ll pray for your success! – and hey, at least this endeavor is one thing where the practice is fun too!


  4. Mrs. Accountability says:

    I would think you probably frightened her by stating that acupuncture is illegal in your state. Too bad. I wonder if you could visit her in person and start over again. Like Alisha, I’m curious to know if you are tracking your fertility, I’m telling you Mrs. Money, I’m starting to think you’re my twin, LOL. I have used fertility awareness for contraception! Do you have the two “bibles” of NFP? I consider Toni Weschler’s to be the big book with lots of technical information and examples, etc., but the companion must have book is Katie Singer’s Garden of Fertility. This page of Katie Singer’s has some info about PCOS She is also a big advocate of the Weston Price Foundation. Lots and lots of good information!


    Mrs Money Reply:

    I’ve read TCOYF by Toni Weschler and found it amazing. Thanks so much for that link. I’ll have to try it out.

    As far as acupuncture goes- it is so expensive! It makes no sense to me that I can go to the pharmacy and fill my prescription for Clomid for $9 even after my insurance doesn’t cover it, but to do it naturally and try Chinese herbs and acupuncture I’ll be paying so much! It just seems backwards to me. :/


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