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How does acupuncture help post pill amenorrhea & achieve pregnancy?

by. Dr. Lin Zhou, OMD, l.Ac., FABORM

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 focuses on helping the body correct itself and improve 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 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 does 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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