Women health care- Menstrual issues

Acupuncture encourages the blood to flow more freely, helping to regulate cycles and alleviate the cramps, headaches, and other pains often associated with menstrual issue (period pains).

Period pains

4 Common Menstrual Issues

Irregular Periods

Irregular periods can be worrisome and inconvenient, but it is common to have irregular bleeding in the first two years following the start of menstruation; for example, a young woman may have two periods in one month or could sometimes go four months or more without getting another period.

The menstrual cycle is complex: hormones are made in the brain and must talk to the ovaries, which then talk to the uterus. As the body adjusts to all of these processes working together, periods should become more regular. It is important to see a doctor if periods are extremely irregular or occur more than three months apart.

Heavy Periods

Some periods are heavier than others, but if they become too heavy, they can they impact quality of life or even lead to anemia. Anemia is a condition associated with iron deficiency in which there is a low blood count. Anemia can lead to feeling tired all the time, difficulties with physical activity, lightheadedness and dizziness, and potentially, fainting. Blood work is often recommended when someone has heavy menstrual bleeding.

Red flags for menstrual bleeding that can cause anemia are:

  1. Flow lasting greater than eight days
  2. Soaking through a pad or tampon within one hour
  3. Soaking through bedding at night
  4. Clots bigger than one centimeter

Period pains

Painful periods are one of the most common reasons that girls see their healthcare provider. Prostaglandin is released during menstruation and is a hormone that can cause painful uterine contractions, leading to cramps. Heating pads and over the counter pain medications (such as medications containing ibuprofen or naproxen) can help lessen the cramping, as can light movement such as yoga. Girls should talk to a health care provider if cramps are so distressing that everyday life is affected to control the menstrual issues.

Acne

Many teenagers experience acne. The hormones that are involved in the menstrual cycle can contribute to acne as well, resulting in breakouts that become worse during periods. Sometimes birth control pills are used to treat acne.

Problems during the menstrual cycle can impact a young woman’s quality of life and self-esteem, causing her to miss school, work, or other activities. The good news is that there are many treatment options available to help.

How acupuncture help with menstrual issues and period pains?

1. Acupuncture regulates the hormones that control your period

Several hormones ensure the regular periods. One way acupuncture, also known as dry needling, can assist with regulating periods is by regulating the feedback loop between the brain and the ovaries, also known as the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian (HPO) axis. If the hormones are balanced, then the HPO axis will function properly, ovulation will occur, and menses will follow suit on a regular interval. Studies found acupuncture reduced FSH and reduced elevated levels of hormones that block ovulation. The menstrual issues will be solved naturally.

 

2. Acupuncture improves ovarian and uterine blood flow

One of the ways acupuncture can support hormone regulation, and its ultimate impact on hormone balance, is by improving ovarian and uterine blood flow. High levels of stress and aging can decrease the flow of nutrient dense blood to the reproductive organs. Acupuncture calms the nervous system and causes the blood vessels to dilate, thereby increasing the flow of blood. Well-nourished ovaries function more efficiently to deal with menstrual issues. And, adequate blood flow to the uterus ensures the endometrial lining is able to grow to an appropriate thickness to allow for menses.

 

3. Acupuncture promotes ovulation

As noted above, acupuncture regulates hormones and improves blood flow to the reproductive organs, which leads to a cascade of other effects. When the hormones are balanced and blood is flowing openly to the ovaries and uterus, then acupuncture can support ovulation to naturally occur. Further, with the HPO axis communication open, the ovaries will then support the maturation of an egg, ovulation will naturally occur, and ultimately menses will follow 14 days later if there is no pregnancy.

Your period will become more regular with acupuncture. It truly boils down to better blood flow and hormone regulation that leads to regular periods. To see these improvements, a general course of acupuncture treatment to regulate periods in three cycles. Acupuncture (Dry Needling) is drug-free medical treatment that is generally quite safe.