So, I have a little surprise to share with readers. If you read my personal journey from surrogate to owner of a surrogacy agency, then you know that I’ve been a surrogate twice (in 2002 and 2013). Well, I must love being pregnant, because I have decided to give it another go.
Actually, the true reason behind this third (and final, I believe) surrogacy journey, is because I absolutely love helping couples become parents. As I grow older, my biological ability to be an ideal surrogate is quickly diminishing. In other words, the surrogacy window is closing for me, so it’s now or never if I want to directly help one more family.
I will be sure to tell you more about that journey as it unfolds. Right now, we are at that antsy stage after the in virto fertilization treatment. It’s all about the wait now. As a surrogate, I can tell you that this part of the process can be incredibly nerve wracking. The couple has wagered a lot of money on my uterus to come through, and I’m willing to do everything I can to help the process move in the right direction.
With IVF, that means taking all of the right medications at the right time and dutifully obeying the doctor’s orders for bed rest after the procedure. I’ve also made the personal choice to receive acupuncture before and after the IVF treatment.
Is Acupuncture Helpful for IVF?
I know a lot of people have very different opinions about acupuncture. Some people swear by it, while others think it is a complete crock.
Those in favor of acupuncture believe that it can increase blood flow, which can help create a thick and rich lining of the uterus to feed eager little embryos.
What does the latest and greatest research say about acupuncture and IVF? Oddly, the answer is a big, fat “maybe.” Some studies show no difference in outcomes between women who received acupuncture as part of their IVF treatment and those who did not. Other studies find small, statistically significant increases in pregnancy rates when acupuncture is combined with IVF.
At the end of the day, the research is split. To me, this actually makes a certain sort of sense. Women come to IVF for a wide variety of reasons and may be battling very different conditions. Acupuncture may be able to improve some of these conditions while having little effect on others.
Why I Chose Acupuncture with IVF
Ultimately, I chose to receive acupuncture before and after my IVF treatment, because I believe that it can only help. Under the guidance of a skilled and certified acupuncturist, there is virtually no risk of acupuncture causing any harm.
I’ve also had very good results when using acupuncture for other conditions. I once experienced massive allergy relief after going to an acupuncturist.
If nothing else, acupuncture is a great stress reliever. It can be a wonderful and calming experience and makes you feel great – which is just what I needed after pumping myself full of hormones and undergoing IVF. Mindset can’t be overlooked or underestimated during the IVF process.
Please know that I do not judge any woman regarding her choices on whether or not to choose acupuncture. Remember, the data is inconclusive. There is no right or wrong answer here, just personal preference. At Circle of Life Surrogacy, we offer our surrogates the option of receiving holistic care, which may include acupuncture, as part of their experience.
I would enjoy hearing other people’s respectful thoughts on IVF and acupuncture. Also, if you are curious about surrogacy, I am actively looking to recruit surrogates for my database and always welcome contact from couples who are considering surrogacy to help them create a family.