December 15, 2009

taking a break from the bighmo fertility facility

It's been awhile since the last post, and honestly it's because there hasn't been much to report. BigHMO wanted me to do the HSG test, but there was a small catch: you must do it within 10 days of your period starting. Problem? My period over the spring and summer, when I did get it, it would last longer.

Not, like, massive hemorrhaging for 2 weeks. More like consistently spotting and a little heavier.

Toward the end of the summer, I visited friends in Palm Springs, one of whom is a Hawaiian Kahu (translated as minister, but also caretaker of knowledge). While I didn't talk to him directly about our attempts at conceiving, I stayed open as he talked about the healing arts he practiced.

Into the autumn, I continued to ponder whether I wanted to continue with dyes and pills and Western Medicine. I know it works for many folks, including my friends who've had beautiful babies.

For some reason, I just didn't want to do it. Yet.

Eastern alternatives weren't something totally new to me. One of my Toastmasters friends works at an acupuncture office, and we've talked on and off again about me visiting her boss' practice. 17 of his patients, who were having issues getting pregnant, conceived while under his care.

Shortly after the Palms Springs trip, a girlfriend from back East visited, and gave me a gift certificate for a massage to a place downtown she found during a walkabout. When I visited it, I found out it also does acupuncture.

It was a sign.

That was 6 weeks ago, and I've now had 3 acupuncture treatments. My acupuncturist is wonderful. He's very knowledgeable, and spent the time to find out my goals and health to craft a plan to basically, well, make a baby.

As a bonus: he's family. Liza-lovin', card carryin' friend of Dorothy family. Another sign.

So I'm feeling good -- literally. I saw results after the first visit, and am continuing to feel better all over.

I am being open to this as a viable way to conceive our baby. I know that Western medicine will always be there. I can inject the dye, take the pill, get things going. I just want to try a more natural way first.

BigHMO? Hold please.

For more info on acupuncture, visit the acupuncture section of the National Institute of Health's (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.