Acupuncture and the two week wait

Anyone who has done an IVF cycle, knows the emotional torture that is the “two week wait”. In IVF this comes after a period of much intervention and attention; so much to do, going to clinic, looking at the growing follicles, injecting yourself, egg collection etc. There are many things to do and to keep you busy. But when it all stops and you are left to your own devices it can be quite a stressful time.

Every sign, twinge, thought takes on new meaning as your emotions swing like a pendulum between hope and despair. One of the reasons that the two week wait is such a challenge is that out lives have become full of doing and this is especially true during IVF. I really urge you to practice the gentle art of just being and accepting where things are in this moment.

The 2 week wait is the perfect time to have acupuncture; keeping a gentle blood flow and calming the mind are the main focus in this time. Most of the research on acupuncture and IVF has been around pre and post embryo transfer. But I like to focus on different stages of the IVF cycle depending on the individual case.

Having acupuncture during the two week wait helps support women and alleviate the anxiety of waiting. Implantation is a complex series of events and it helping the woman relax is very important. We are only just beginning to understand the impact of stress on fertility and pregnancy outcomes.

The two week wait exercise

Instead of letting your mind continually wander to wanting a baby, set aside five minutes of the day to be completely alone and look inwardly. I want you to pay attention to subtle details. Perhaps note how you are breathing, how does your body feel, do you ache? How do you feel emotionally? Are you hot or cold, how does your abdomen and your breasts feel? Note all of these things and then let them go. Don’t look for meaning in them – this is simply about being aware and in the moment. See this as a practice, in other words something that the more you do, the better you will get. Perhaps through the process of being quiet, emotions may come up that you would like to address or that dissolve naturally just by being allowed to come to the surface and let go of.

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