Acupuncture for Coming Off The Pill

Acupuncture for Coming Off The Pill2018-10-25T22:37:38+00:00

How can Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine help regulate my period after coming off the pill?

Acupuncture can help balance the menstrual cycle, regulate the menstrual flow and ease pain. Traditional Chinese Medicine’s first aim for any gynecological disorders is regulating the menstrual cycle to an ideal 28 day cycle and a regular ovulation occurring around the middle of that cycle. A regular menstrual cycle is an indication of good ovary function and good hormone balance.

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint, irregular periods is a result of an imbalance in the energetic systems known as the ‘Liver’ or the ‘Kidneys’. These two energetic systems are responsible for the biological clock that determines the menstrual cycle.

Emotional stress such as anger, tension, frustration and anxiety can disturb the Liver Energy which will in turn lead to irregular cycles. This can also lead to stagnation of the blood and blockages in Qi flower (or energy). Acupuncture can help improve the flow of the Liver Qi and release stagnant blood.

Overworking and having several children close together are seen as very depleting of the woman’s Kidney Energy which will in turn lead to irregularities of the cycle. This can be strengthened with acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbs.

At AcuNatural, when dealing with irregular menstruation, we find that the combination of herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments are most effective. Most patients notice that when they have acupuncture their menstrual cycles become much more regular and their ovulation is more easily detected. Acupuncture appears to improve the way the hypothalamus, pituitary and ovary glands are working and communicating with each other.

Coming Off Pills

How do birth control pills work and what can I expect after coming off the pill?

Depending upon the woman, the type of pill, and the length of time you have been taking it, it may take anywhere from several weeks to several months before hormone levels regulate and allow regular menstruation to resume.

If your period was normal before you started taking the pill and it was taken purely for contraceptive reasons then you can expect regular menstruation to resume after about 6 weeks. If you have not begun menstruating after three months, you may have a condition called post-pill amenorrhea (or lack of menstruation). According to the Mayo Clinic, the reason for lack of menstruation in these women is that the body is just taking longer to produce the hormones necessary for ovulation and menstruation. Birth control pills stop your body from producing hormones that trigger ovulation (egg release) and menstruation. When you go off the pill, it can take a while for your body to re-adjust to its natural hormone production schedule. After three months of no menstruation it is recommended that you take a pregnancy test and book in for a consultation with a primary care physician for further examination. Following 6 months of complete lack of menstruation it is then recommended that you temporarily go back on the pill to induce your period and in doing so clear out any old lining to prevent the chances of endometrial cancer from forming.

If your period was not normal prior to commencing taking the pill such as irregular periods or endometriosis then it is advised that you consult a medical professional straight away as problems can worsen once you stop taking the pill. The pill can work to mask any menstrual problems you had previously but once you stop taking the pill you many continue to have irregular ovulation and other menstrual problems. The earlier these menstruation problems are dealt with the greater chances the body will return to normal.

How can Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine help regulate my period after coming off the pill?

Acupuncture can help balance the menstrual cycle, regulate the menstrual flow and ease pain. Traditional Chinese Medicine’s first aim for any gynaecological disorders is regulating the menstrual cycle to an ideal 28 day cycle and a regular ovulation occurring around the middle of that cycle. A regular menstrual cycle is an indication of good ovary function and good hormone balance.

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint, irregular periods is a result of an imbalance in the energetic systems known as the ‘Liver’ or the ‘Kidneys’. These two energetic systems are responsible for the biological clock that determines the menstrual cycle.

Emotional stress such as anger, tension, frustration and anxiety can disturb the Liver Energy which will in turn lead to irregular cycles. This can also lead to Stagnation of the Blood and blockages in Qi flower (or energy). Acupuncture can help improve the flow of the Liver Qi and release stagnant Blood.

Overwork and having too many children too close together are seen as very depleting of the woman’s Kidney Energy which will in turn lead to irregularities of the cycle. This can be strengthened with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbs.

In my practice, when dealing with irregular menstruation, I find that the combination of herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments are most effective. Most patients notice that when they have acupuncture their menstrual cycles become much more regular, and their ovulation is more easily detected. Acupuncture appears to improve the way the hypothalamus, pitutiary and ovary glands are working and communicating with each other.

How many sessions of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are needed for regulating my period after coming off the pill?

The type and duration of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment is determined based upon your presenting signs and symptoms, the type of pill, and the length of time you have been taking it. Generally acupuncture is given once a week for 3 cycles. Herbal medicine is given in a concentrated powdered extract and comes as a formula of many herbs combined together in very small dosages customized for the individual.

Are there any side effects with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine?

No, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for coming off the pill is very safe. Some patients may experience some drowsiness or slight bruising.

How should I approach Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments?

Approach acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with an open mind and the knowledge that it has the power to open doors Western medicine may not be able to.

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