Fertility, Healthy Menstrual Cycle, Hormonal Imbalance, Infertility

How do Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help post-pill amenorrhea and achieve pregnancy?

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 focus on helping the body correct itself and improve the 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 a 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 do 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.

Fertility, Health, Healthy Diet

Bad Diet may hinder female infertility

As discussed previously here and here, diet can impact Fertility greatly. A recent study in 2018 explored the correlation between diet and time spent achieving conception. Women who consumed fruit 3 times daily, for example, were found to have lowered risk for infertility. Additionally, women who did not consume enough fruit in their diet had a longer time to pregnancy than those who consumed daily. Basically, frequent consumption of fruits tends towards higher and faster chances of conception. Intake of fast food is another factor impacting infertility, those who consumed fast food 1-2 times a week reported an 18% and 34% reduced risk for infertility. Those who consumed no fast food had a 41% reduced risk for infertility. (Source) Based upon all of these findings small, easy modifications in diet may have benefits in improving fertility and should be pursued by couples seeking pregnancy.

Fruits and vegetables should be vibrant in color and are crucial antioxidant-rich foods. They can provide protection and nourishment during the cycle of an egg from primary stage to ovulation, and help create a healthy egg, which is optimal for conception.

A healthy fertility diet can influence the reserves of nutrients necessary for reproductive hormone systems to work properly and balance the environment that fosters conception.

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Chinese Medicine, Fertility, Infertility, IVF Support

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine effectively work for female infertility

Studies show that Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine effectively work for female infertility:

Studies have shown that Chinese herbal medicine is effective in cases of female infertility. Additionally it has also been shown to have a positive effect on pregnancy rates. One study conducted a systematic review by consolidating many abstracts from research databases to see TCM’s effect on infertility.

The review concluded that Chinese Herbal Medicine used to treat female infertility can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medicine fertility drug therapy or IVF. Additionally, the quality of the menstrual cycle, which is integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility. (Source).

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What Dr. Zhou can do for you:

In the case of infertility, the diagnosis and emphasis on herbal formulas are considered more complex at different times in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Dr. Zhou personally develops her formulas to enhance the body’s efficiency and receptiveness prior to pregnancy; she modifies the combinations to suit different patients and the stage of their cycle. Being a specialist in infertility, Dr. Zhou’s extensive knowledge and experience enables her to customize her prescriptions precisely and ultimately more effectively for each individual patient with extremely positive results. Dr. Zhou has been treating numerous patients who have succeeded in conceiving naturally and producing excellent egg quality by following cycles of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).

If you would like to conceive naturally or have a better IVF outcome, please contact our office at 972-671-6688 or by emailing us in the contact form. We will provide you a personal herbal prescription for your needs in addition to Acupuncture.