The endometrial scratch I had a few days ago was quite a bit worse than last time but maybe that’s a good thing. I had a different doctor this time and she really scraped me up. Hopefully that translates to a super awesome endometrial lining next month.
While she was shoving a catheter into my uterus I asked her (you know… it seemed like a good time) about some naturopathic treatments: acupuncture and arvigo massage. I had been wanting to ask for a while now but the doctors are always rushing around everywhere and it’s hard to get a word in edgewise. The first answer I got was the answer I had reached from my own research. There has been no data or studies to support that they help in the treatment of infertility. Her answer was actually about a paragraph of very carefully worded sentences that had obviously been practiced.
However, upon further discussion, she advised that it could be helpful if you found it relaxing. If the thought of lying naked in a dark room with a bunch of needles was stressful (sounds plausible, right?) then she thought that it might be harmful. I don’t think I really fit into either category nor do I want to promote or perpetuate pseudoscience. I feel that lots of infertile women are taken advantage of financially and emotionally because are willing to try anything that’s advertised to help bring them a healthy baby. If the only benefit is it’s relaxation effects, I can think of better ways to de-stress with my money. Something the doctor did recommend was practicing mindfulness. Apparently there has been a study on using mindfulness as a relaxation tool and that a study had discovered a small positive correlation for chronic illnesses outcomes. So I have downloaded the free mindfulness app and will be using it for my next cycles instead.
I would like to stress (ha ha) that feeling stress does not CAUSE infertility and relaxing does not cure it. This is a widespread myth that promotes self blame and, ironically, even more added stress to infertile couples. Infertility is a medical disease/disorder to which healthy coping mechanisms are beneficial just like in any other (cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc). You can’t relax away any of those medical problems. It slightly helps improve outcomes, and the same goes for infertility. As you may have guessed, the ‘stress causes infertility’ myth frustrates and angers me, which is why I addressed it today in my blog. I see many of my infertile friends struggle with advice to relax given to them by friends and family who are very well-meaning but sadly misinformed. Infertility has been taboo for so long that myths are rampant. It’s time for truth and support. Thank you to everyone following my journey who is committed to learning along with me and who have given me and my hubby so much support.