4 Ways Acupuncture Can Help You Have Regular Periods

4 Ways Acupuncture Can Help You Have Regular Periods

Between 14 and 25% of women of childbearing age are affected by menstrual irregularities. Persistent or long-term menstrual irregularities can increase a woman’s risk of several health problems including anemia, cardiovascular disease, endometrial hyperplasia, and osteoporosis.

Irregular periods can also affect a woman’s fertility making it difficult for her to become pregnant. Some common causes of irregular periods include underlying health conditions such as PCOS, type-1 diabetes and endometriosis, natural hormonal changes, and stress.

Various studies have shown that acupuncture may help regulate periods. Acupuncture for fertility in San Francisco works by reducing stress and improving blood flow to the pelvic area and uterine lining.

Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to wellness which involves considering the whole person and understanding how different parts of their body interact. Unlike many treatment modalities that focus on the symptoms of a health problem, acupuncture treats their root cause.

Here are four ways that acupuncture can help with irregular periods.

Helps Regulate the Hormones That Control the Menstrual Cycle

Acupuncture helps regulate the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian (HPO) axis. The feedback loop between the ovaries and the brain regulates several physiological processes including metabolism and immune response.

Acupuncture treats hormonal imbalances allowing the HPO axis to function properly. Studies show that acupuncture can also regulate the levels of FSH and hormones that affect ovulation.

Improves Blood Circulation to the Ovaries and the Uterus

Age related deterioration and stress can reduce blood flow to vital reproductive organs such as the ovaries and the uterus. Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture can calm the nervous system and cause the blood vessels to dilate. This improves blood flow to reproductive organs.

When the ovaries are well nourished, they are able to function effectively. Increased blood flow to the uterus contributes to a thick endometrial lining, helping regulate periods.

Promotes Ovulation

By increasing blood flow to reproductive organs and balancing hormones, acupuncture can cause ovulation to naturally occur. When the HPO axis functions properly, eggs begin to mature, ovulation naturally occurs and menstruation follows 14 days after.

Helps With Stress

Stress is a common cause of irregular periods. Acupuncture helps reduce stress by stimulating the brain to produce feel-good hormones such as dopamine, endorphin, and serotonin. At the same time, acupuncture helps reduce the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and vasopressin.

If your acupuncturist determines that stress is causing irregular periods, they may recommend lifestyle changes and may want you to add exercise to your routine or meditate regularly to manage stress.

The benefits of acupuncture for fertility are amplified when combined with herbal therapy. TCM practitioners swear by the benefits of traditional Chinese herbs and herbal medicines. These herbs can relieve the symptoms of menstrual disorders.

Anchor Acupuncture & Wellness is a leading acupuncture clinic in San Francisco. We use acupuncture to treat everything from mild headaches to menstrual cramps. To make an appointment, call (415) 855-3112.

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Amanda Moler is a licensed acupuncturist and certified fertility acupuncturist (FABORM), serving San Francisco, CA.  Her educational background includes receiving a bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Antioch College in 2001 and in 2010, her master’s degree from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2008, she also attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, IL for education on acupuncture and oriental medicine. Asa Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, she has gained recognition for treating complex women fertility cases, providing guidance on painful side-effects of drugs, hormones, and maintaining the overall well-being of women. Follow Anchor Acupuncture and Amanda Moler on Facebook , Instagram, LinkedIn.