I have to tell you that my first visit to acupuncturist was everything that I thought it was going to be and nothing that I thought it was going to be. Yes, it was awkward. . . at first. Nope, it didn't hurt, though I was jumpy. I don't really know anything about Chinese Traditional Medicine, nor did I really want to learn a lot about my Chi. I was scared that I was going to get a bunch of mumbo jumbo about "releasing my inter spirit" or whatever. It didn't happen. I was pleased.
The guy made some comments that won my mind over to him and this process. He said that there wasn't anything that he could do about my blocked tubes. No hard sale on something I am positive is totally broken. He did say that he could increase the blood flow to the uterus. But that the drugs that I was about to take was going to control the entire process more than anything he could do. He said that it would take months/years to increase egg quality with acupuncture and herbs . The comment that he most impressed me with was that acupuncture can be used to relieve some of the side effects of the drugs that I am about to take. I hadn't thought about that but it made sense in my mind.
It made even more sense after my first session. After the initial awkwardness and a few giggles at the mental picture of myself laying on the table with about 30 needles from my neck to mid calves, I really began to relax. It was right up there with dental gas for me. I think I fell asleep at the end. My hands got cold. I wish that I had been brave enough to ring the bell and ask for cover. For anyone wondering (I know I was before I went), I removed all my clothes except bra and underwear, put on a paper gown, face down on a massage table, with a towel over my bum. The heat lamp on my feet was especially nice. Lights down low. Flute music playing in the background--yeah, I giggled over that too.
The first session included a long question and answer period. He looked at my tongue and felt my pulse. A trainee was with him, but he asked permission before inviting her into the room. The first visit for fertility cost $130 and lasted an hour. I have 3 more sessions scheduled over the next couple of weeks (at my request, no hard sale from him). The follow up visits are a bit cheaper at $70 each.
I was lethargic and slow moving when I left. The dreamy state continued through out the evening---though that might have had something to do with the chocolate martinis that I was drinking at a party later than evening, rather than the acupuncture. ;-) I am really looking forward to going back.