January 27, 2010

things are moving along

* Warning: Kinda gross stuff ahead. *

Acupuncture is moving things right along. The period's still happening (even though it's been a month, it's been a month of pantyliners, so nothing too much). AcuBabyMaker's thrilled because stuff is moving, as am I.

Moving so much, though, that on Tuesday night I passed a mass. (Seriously insanely gross pic here of the mass.) I called After Hours Nursing Line, and based on what I told them they said I could wait to see Dr. Nice Lady first thing in the morning. So I placed the mass in pill jar filled with water, and waited.

Next morning we went to Dr. Nice Lady, and she said the mass didn't worry her. She did a biopsy just to be safe -- and that hurt like a BITCH. Apparently my cervix is tilted (thanks so much for adding that to my list of plumbing issues), so she had to twist and lock it into a convoluted angle just to get the biopsy.

We'll get the results next week. Fingers crossed.

January 10, 2010

acupuncture, basal body temp and flow

We've been tracking my basal body temperature (BBT) since early December, and it's interesting to observe these little data points of my body in action.



One of the concerns AcuBabyMaker* has is my generally-a-little-low BBT (in the 96.3-97.2 range on most days), so he's also be working on raising the warmth of the womb/and my body. On one of my last visits, he placed one of the needles on my pubic bone (oh, don't act righteous and grossed out, I've been talking about my insides for almost two years on this blog).

Normally, when he puts the needles in there's only a slight twinge. When he put it there, I jumped. Visibly. Turns out that's indicative of blood stagnation. It worked in getting the blood moving, though, because a couple weeks later, my BBT dropped noticeably one morning, and I started bleeding that day. (My BBT stayed the same temp during most of the cycle as well. I'm still learning how to read it all.)

Acupuncture worked in crossing the first bridge - inducing menstruation!

For the first time in years (3, maybe 4) I had an actual, honest-to-goodness period -- without the help of any medication.** So in late December/early January I had a full flow. There were a few tiny clots here and there, but overall it was bright, red and all mine, medicine-free.

We're so excited about this first small victory!

* There's AccuWeather for meteorologists, so I'm going with AccuBabyMaker for my acupuncturist.
** I'd had spotting and a couple days of menses here and there over the years since going off the pill. I'd also had a Provera-induced period. But to be clear, this one we're talking about in this post is all mine.