Acupuncture and Absent Periods

Acupuncture and Absent Periods

Acupuncture and Absent Periods - How is it treated?

Absent periods indicates failure of hypothalamus-pituitary gland-ovaries axis as well as the cyclical changes in the womb lining to sex hormones, resulting in periods. Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation either because it never began (primary amenorrhea) or later ceased (secondary amenorrhea).

Causes of Absent Periods

May be due to anatomic abnormalities, hypothalamic dysfunction, chronic anovulation (absent ovulation), pituitary dysfunction, endocrine dysfunctions, PCOS, ovarian failure, age, early menopause or genetic defects.

 



Acupuncture and Absent Periods Research

Western medicine may treat absent periods with ovulation inducing drugs such as Clomiphene, In vitro fertilization (IVF) or Donor Eggs or Surgery. Evidence suggests that the hypothalamic dysfunction is sensitive to emotional and physical stresses, diet, body composition, exercise, environmental factors etc. Acupuncture is used clinically for the treatment of amenorrhea. In one study, electrical acupuncture helped restore regular ovulation to more than a third of women with polycystic ovary syndrome.[1]

A review of acupuncture and female infertility, by physicians from New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, identified that acupuncture can normalize the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, improve ovulation, and enhance pelvic blood flow, which may help with implantation.[2]

[1] Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Tagnfors U, Lundeberg T, Lindstedt G, Janson PO: Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2000, 79:180-188.

[2] Chang R, Chung P, Rosenwaks Z. Role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility. Fertility and Sterility. December 2002; 78:1149-53.

Acupuncture and Absent Periods Testimonial

Acupuncture and Absent Periods Case Study

The London Acupuncture Space has undergone extensive training in Fertility Acupuncture and Obstetrics Acupuncture at the Royal College of Physicians in London and at the reknowned Zita West Fertility Clinic.

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