Infertility, Our Infertility story

Going eastern?

March 10, 2011

I had a consultation tonight with a Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist.  I’m truly not sure whether I think this could help me have a baby, but I certainly think it would be good for my overall health.  It just comes with a pricetag.  Also, it would require a lot of patience for something that might not happen.  There are never any guarantees.  All I have is blind faith that something will work eventually and whatever level of tenacity I might be feeling on any given day.  I sort of feel like it’s all used up though.

He thinks he can help me, but it will take at least a 6 to 12 month commitment from me to do it.  I would go for it, if not for the money issue.  He would want to see me for treatment (acupuncture and other things) once per week.  At $70 per treatment, that is $280 per month, which is close to $3500 per year.  He’s willing to do whatever I want him to do, but that’s his opinion.

  • He thinks that my periods are completely wacky and that we need to work to make that more normal and regular.  He said that pregnancy and miscarriage really take a toll on your body and would suggest waiting at least 6 months before any more IVFs. This is not what I wanted to hear. But at the same time, I feel so tired of all of this, so I guess that is what my body is telling me.  I just feel like my biological clock is quickly ticking away, so I feel propelled to take action, even if I don’t want to.
  • I asked if he wanted to hear the western diagnoses and he said, sure.  I told him luteal phase defect, clotting issues and immune issues.  He said, of the three, if anything were the problem, he’d bet on immune issues based on what he knows about me so far.  I thought that was very interesting.
  • He did my first acupuncture treatment and it was fine.   A couple of year ago, I know I would have been scared and hesitant, but after all the scary needles I’ve seen recently, these were nothing.  They are VERY small needles and do not hurt, just a small stinging sensation going in.
  • He also told me that he senses I have trouble truly relaxing.  Hmm….
  • He said no plastics.  No microwave.   And, absolutely, no plastics in the microwave.  This I agree with wholeheartedly and have already been trying to avoid these things as much as possible.  Especially the combination of plastic in the microwave.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do at this point about anything.

As for the western medicine front, I’m still waiting to hear if insurance will cover the blood tests Dr. Sher ordered.  If they won’t, that will cost me $1400.  I’m just really sick of all of this.  I don’t know at what point enough is enough.

I can’t imagine not doing all of this, yet I can’t imagine doing it.  Makes for rough decision making.

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  • Hey, I just found you via ICLW and saw you were seeing Dr. Sher and had immune issues. I am headed there for IVF 2.5 in May. Have you met him in person? I also do acupunture weekly, the price is high but I think worth it. Good Luck!!

  • I think it’s so hard to know what to do, and what to spend your money on. You can do everything, or you can do some of it, and is it ever too much? I don’t really know. You have to go with your gut on a lot of this, and I had a really hard time listening to my gut – what is it saying? Good luck in these decisions!

  • Found you on ICLW, your story is so simalar than mine. I have lost 10 babies, busy with my last try now.