Healthy Menstrual Cycle

Fertility, Healthy Menstrual Cycle, Hormonal Imbalance, Infertility

How do Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help post-pill amenorrhea and achieve pregnancy?

What is post-pill amenorrhea?

Post-pill amenorrhea is defined as the loss of menstrual periods for at least 6 months after stopping birth control pills. This situation is a sign that you have not started ovulating yet, and it can be very frustrating for women who are ready to try to conceive.

Why acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help?

The good news is acupuncture and Chinese medicine focus on helping the body correct itself and improve the function and overall health of the entire reproductive system.

What is the natural hormonal cycle?

The normal menstrual cycle consists of several distinct phases.  Each phase correlates to physical changes before pregnancy. These phases are linked with fluctuations in the levels of certain hormones during ovulation and menstruation.

What does birth control pills do to your cycle?

Birth control pills are a synthetic form of the hormones estrogen and progesterone.  Pills artificially alter the normal hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian feeding mechanism and affect the entire body’s natural mode.

What to expect after coming off the pills?

Most of the time after stopping pills, the synthetic hormones are gone, and your body needs to start again on its own to function.  Unfortunately, some women fail to resume a normal rhythm, which means the endocrine system does not re-establish its natural body function.  Eventually, they may face difficulties for pregnancy.

How does Chinese medicine explain the cause of post-pill amenorrhea

From the acupuncture and Chinese medicine perspective, liver Qi is fundamental to regulate the interplay of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian-uterus axis.  Prolonged birth control pills can interrupt natural liver function, and cause liver Qi stagnation.  These result in the cycles do not easily re-establish themselves.

How do acupuncture and Chinese medicine help amenorrhea?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help sooth liver Qi, nourish blood and essence, and remove stagnation; therefore leading an improvement of the reproductive axis, regulating the hormonal interplay, and helping re-establish natural ovulation rhythms.

How does acupuncture & Chinese medicine help achieve pregnancy?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a holistic medicine.  Any common symptoms of post-birth control syndrome include anxiety, depression, mood swings, headaches, migraines, breast tenderness, and abdominal gas or bloating can all be helped.  This holistic approach not only restores normal body cycles but also improves your overall health as you are preparing to conceive, thereby achieving the success of pregnancy.

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Is your menstrual flow healthy?

Menstrual flow is all about shedding the uterine lining. The health of your menstrual flow can significantly influence embryo implantation. The orderly shedding and rebuilding of the uterine lining is important to stop any stagnation.

Pain is the main indicator for poor menstrual health which includes stabbing pain and cramps. Other main indicators include color and quality of the menstrual flow. If the menstrual blood is dark and black, this can indicate blood stasis. Likewise, if the flow is scanty or clotty this too can indicate poor menstrual flow.

Ideally, the menstrual flow should start and finish cleanly without any dark or clotty spotting before and after a period. The blood should also be a bright red, with no clots and not too thin or thick. There should also be little to no cramps or pain and should run relatively smoothly. This is the ideal menstrual flow that Acupuncture can help you restore. Therefore the previous cycle’s uterine lining should be completely shed so that a smooth base is provided for the healthier new lining to be built for the next cycle.

If you exhibit any of the above symptoms, or have a thin uterine lining and failed several frozen embryo transfer cycles please call our office at 9726716688 or visit our website.

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Signs you have blood circulation issues for fertility

As discussed in previous posts, bad blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus can cause infertility. Today we will discuss how to know if you have poor blood circulation to your reproductive organs.

Below are some signs that could indicate that you have a blood circulation issues particularly for fertility:

  1. Menstrual Cramps
  2. Ovulation Pain
  3. Varicose or spidery veins
  4. Menstrual blood clots
  5. Dark brown menstrual flow
  6. Cold hands and feet
  7. Breast lumps
  8. Diagnosed with endometriosis or uterine fibroids or uterine polyps
  9. Dark spots on tongue
  10. Blood clotting disorder

In Chinese medicine, the signs above does mean you have blood flow issues if you do have a few of the symptoms listed above and you are trying to conceive please give us a call at 9726716688 to discuss treatment plans to help improve pelvic blood circulation