Menstrual irregularities may involve many different aspects of menstruation, such as the regularity of the cycle, premenstrual tension, duration of the period, amount of bleeding and pain or the absence of menstruation.
The reproductive system influences and is influenced by other aspects of your physiology and can therefore be affected by changes in your general and emotional health. For centuries, acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been used to regulate the female cycle and balance the hormonal system.
Conception, Pregnancy, Childbirth and beyond
Well&Good Acupuncture takes not only a holistic approach, but looks at the medical side of fertility, whilst also focusing on other areas of your life that may impact on your ability to conceive naturally.
Specific care is taken when treating pregnant women and this includes avoiding contraindicated points or point combinations and needle techniques. We take heed from midwives, obstetricians and doulas, to deliver the best possible care.
Hormonal disorders – PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids
By improving blood circulation to the pelvic organs, including the ovaries and uterus, acupuncture and Chinese medicine enables the reproductive organs to work to their full potential.
The time in a woman’s life from reproductive to non-reproductive reflects a gradual physiological process throughout life. Some women may not experience symptoms during this time, however, some can be very severe, influenced also by lifestyle factors.
Fertility and IVF support
Acupuncture influences hormonal systems in the body, including the systems that govern reproduction, and via ultrasound studies, stimulates the flow of blood to the uterus and ovaries, therefore making the lining of the womb more receptive – whether conceived naturally or via assisted fertility.
The use of acupuncture is growing amongst couples turning to IVF to have a baby. As a viable and effective option to help maximise fertility and IVF outcomes, many clinics overseas and now in Australia have acupuncturists as members of their team or otherwise refer actively to external Acupuncture clinics.
Significant interest in the area of acupuncture to support IVF has led a recent Cochrane review analysing results from thirteen clinical trials and concluded that acupuncture performed on the day of embryo transfer results in a higher birth rate.
On another positive note, acupuncture reduces anxiety and stress levels by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, both which can negatively impact fertility success in males and females alike.