We are now getting close to the end of the second trimester of pregnancy and want to reflect on the experiences leading up to our positive result. As you know, this was our 4th IVF cycle and only during the last cycle did we see you for acupuncture treatment.
Both of us saw you for a series of treatment sessions in between the 3rd and 4th cycle for stress reduction and some pain management, which was also very, very helpful in preparation for the last cycle. I saw you twice a week, just prior to the final and successful transfer. This cycle was different from all previous cycles. I found that I was more relaxed and less anxious about the outcome of the cycle. To our amazement, we did conceive and everything is progressing wonderfully.
We want to emphasize our perception of the therapeutic benefit of the sessions that accompanied the medical treatment cycle. I came to see the acupuncture sessions as relaxation or meditation. We feel that the acupuncture greatly assisted us in attaining our happy outcome. We only wish acupuncture with you had been recommended to us sooner. Who knows if it would have led to different outcomes earlier; it surely would have diminished the stress associated with ongoing fertility treatments. There is lots of literature to support our feelings about the helpfulness of acupuncture in IVF/ICSI cycles.