I did it with my first IVF which was successful and with my 2nd which was not. I’ve been pregnant on my own with no acupuncture at all. While those both ended in miscarriages, they were chromosomally abnormal which acupuncture may or may not have had any impact on anyway.
I think that if it helps promote relaxation, go for it. This was true for me the first time around. The second time around, it was a lot more expensive and it was a real pain getting to the appointments and arranging child care. I think it actually caused me more stress.
If we do IVF again, I’m not going to worry about adding it in. At the most, I may go the day of the transfer.
This last miscarriage was a total surprise pregnancy. I was running, drinking wine and coffee, eating a healthy diet and doing a great job of managing my stress. I was finally in a good place and at first thought this was going to work out. I’d finally found the answer.
After all this time, I’m at the point now where I believe much of this is completely out of our hands and out of the hands of our doctors. We can certainly do things to help us get there, but in the end how it all happens and comes to be remains the mystery of life. This last pregnancy and loss has taught me to let go of controlling it. Running didn’t stop or impede implantation. Having sex didn’t keep the embryo from implanting. Drinking coffee? Made no difference. Supplements? I wasn’t taking any except a prenatal, metformin, vit D and fish oil. I took hot showers, carried my three year old around and cleaned the house with regular old cleaning supplies. I got pregnant anyway - while it wasn’t successful, I’ve had crappy eggs for a long time and have done EVERYTHING under the sun to change it. I did have one successful IVF, and my son is a true miracle. He was one of 14 embryos and by day three, 11 had fallen apart and three were not great. We transferred two and none froze. I believe he was probably the only chromosomally normal one out of the bunch. I was 31 at the time.
Sorry for the rambling…my point is I lost a lot of years and happiness at the altar of controlling my reproductive system and I wish I’d learned to let go a long time ago. I stopped doing things I loved (drinking coffee, running, eating certain foods, having a glass of wine) and spend so much time choking down expensive pills and taking herbs and spending money to get poked with needles. It really didn’t change a darn thing and just made me unhappier because I couldn’t control what was happening to me.
I hope you find peace and success soon.