Does Acupuncture hurt?
This is the most common concern for new patients at the Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic. Most fertility patients have never considered using acupuncture in the past and they may never have been likely to use acupuncture if it was not for their fertility problem. If this is you, do not worry, most patients are surprised at how little acupuncture needles hurt.
When the acupuncture needle is inserted you will feel a slight prick sensation. The degree of this sensation will depend on which anatomical location the needle is being inserted. Acupuncture needles on the abdomen and the back are mostly pain free. Once you receive acupuncture needles on the extremities, that is when the sensitivity will increase. This becomes noticeable when you receive acupuncture either lower than the elbow or lower than the knee. The most sensitive place to receive the acupuncture needle is on the feet and the hands.
Do not worry, you will be fine. Very few patients who have received fertility treatment at the Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic have had an issue with the needles. This even is the case for those who believe they are afraid of needles. Dr Kirk Wilson (PhD) is very experienced in needling those who are sensitive. He is very gentle, patient and considerate. He will not force you to receive needles if you are uneasy. If you have any fears, just let Dr Wilson know and he will do his best to accommodate your concerns. It is important to put acupuncture needles into perspective and understand they are far finer than the dermal needles you receive at the doctor, dentist or IVF clinic.