Anovulation is a lack of ovulation, or when an egg is not released from the ovaries during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Having anovulatory cycles can often be the cause of infertility.
Amenorrhea is a lack of blood flow, or a missed period. Symptoms of ovulation and menstrual disorders include having no periods or an irregular menstrual cycle, as well as a lack of a rising basal body temperature during the expected time at mid-cycle.
Acupuncture increases blood flow to all reproductive organs; this increased blood flow means that the organs are supported as they receive the maximum amounts of oxygen and nutrients, and that hormones are being adequately produced or regulated. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, the body’s “qi” is allowed to flow freely, healing and nourishing the body is it is naturally meant to.
Often, the most likely cause for many ovulation and menstrual problems is a disruption in the endocrine system. There may be a problem with the pituitary or hypothalamus, which regulate reproductive hormones. A woman might be suffering from a disorder like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), for instance, which causes hormone disruptions. There also may be too little or too much estrogen in a woman’s body. A lack of ovulation is not always the cause of infertility: other unrelated infertility issues may or may not be a cause, like endometriosis, fibroids, or stress. If your menstrual cycle is irregular due to the cessation of oral contraceptives, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help your body return to a natural cycle.
If you are not pregnant, some common causes of no period or irregular menstrual cycle, including no ovulation, are:
- low body weight
- anorexia or bulimia
- intense exercise or endurance training
- stress on the body, which can include emotional swings, illness, or travel
- birth control medication, and other medications
- hormone imbalances, including thyroid issues
- use of illegal drugs
- PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- breast feeding – often a period will not return until breast feeding is complete
Acupuncture increases blood flow to all reproductive organs; this increased blood flow means that the organs are supported as they receive the maximum amounts of oxygen and nutrients, and that hormones are easily moving through the body. If your menstrual cycle is irregular due to the cessation of oral contraceptives, Chinese medicine can help your body return to a natural cycle.
Additionally, we provide treatments for stress, endometriosis, PMS, cramps and other problems that can disrupt a normal menstrual cycle. Acupuncture treatments can reduce anxiety — a major factor in hormone imbalances. Usually within three to six months of regular treatment, acupuncture patients will experience drastic improvement with ovulation and menstrual health that is ongoing. Best of all, they can experience these benefits naturally and without the use of synthetic hormones or other drugs.
If having no period is caused by weight problems, we are happy to support you in finding a healthy relationship to your weight that helps you achieve greater reproductive health. Chinese medicine views food as one of the nourishing building blocks to good health. Often, certain foods consumed can affect the body’s qi. An adjustment in the kinds of foods you eat, adding some and eliminating others, can help readjust your systems to work more optimally. A healthier you means that every aspect of your body becomes healthier, naturally.