Menopause, Infertility and Hormone Regulation
Hormones have many important effects on women’s health. Their influence on a woman’s reproductive health, from menstruation to pregnancy to menopause is significant. The regulation of these hormones is essential, as symptoms arise when they are out of balance.
- Irregular cycles and PMS including headaches
- Endometriosis, cysts and fibroids
- Trouble conceiving and infertility
- Menopause symptoms including
- Loss of Libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Heightened emotions
- Poor sleep
Women do not have to feel like they are coming out of their skin! 75% of women suffer from some form of menopause symptoms.
These symptoms are not inevitable and can be treated with a natural approach. While conventional treatments relay on synthetic hormone replacements which mask symptoms and make patient dependent on the drugs, acupuncture, herbs, and functional medicine effectively treat symptoms, leaving your hormones and body balanced.
Infertility has many causes, it is our practitioners goal to find the cause and bring your body into balance and able to conceive naturally.
The delicate balance of hormones and stress are capable of preventing a woman from ovulating entirely. This can contribute to the cause of female infertility. Stress can also create spasms in both the Fallopian tubes and the uterus, which can interfere with movement and implantation of a fertilized egg. In men, stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture infertility treatment counters the effects of stress and cortisol by releasing endorphins in the brain. An herbal impotence cure is also an option for men and can reduce stress.
In addition, Acupuncture can increase fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research. “The goal of an infertility treatment from a Chinese medicine perspective is not just to get pregnant, but to stay pregnant and to have a healthy baby,” says Deb Davies, LAc, a Pacific College alumnus. Among many other benefits, acupuncture can provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term.
When used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, acupuncture increases conception rates by 26%. A recent study from Tel Aviv University reports, ““When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5 percent of the test group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 percent of the control group, who received no herbal or acupuncture therapy.” For the 4.5 million couples experiencing infertility each year, acupuncture may be just what the doctor ordered.
Irregular Menstrual Cycles and Symptoms
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports 80% of women report having symptoms during their menstrual cycle and 30% of women have irregular cycles during child bearing years. While common, both symptoms and an irregular cycle are clues to a body that is out of balance, usually a hormonal imbalance.