acupuncture for amenorrhea in reading

Acupuncture for Amenorrhea

What is Amenorrhea?

Amenorrhea is another word for absent period. We have two types of amenorrhea:

Primary Amenorrhea when period just never came to start with.

Secondary Amenorrhea is when period s absent for about 3-6 months sometimes even more. Hypothalamic Amenorrhea is most common cause of secondary amenorrhea

Symptoms of Amenorrhea:

  • Lack of periods

Causes of Amenorrhea:

  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Perimenopause
  • Due to stress, Illness, Trauma, Surgery

In cases of stress, the Hypothalamus, which is in charge of your hormones, may decide to temporarily suppress reproduction and stop your period. It is type of protective mechanism, if you are stressed could mean you are in dangerous situation like illness and your body thinks is not the best time to have a baby. That kind of period suppression can become chronic and is called Hypothalamic Amenorrhea.

Under-eating can also cause Hypothalamic Amenorrhea.

Post pill amenorrhea, body after stopping contraception may need few months for detox and to start having regular periods, roughly it should comeback after 3 months but if still no sign after 6 months this should be investigated.

Lack of periods can be also caused by:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Celiac disease
  • PCOS
  • High Prolactin level, which should only be present in your body while pregnant

High prolactin will suppress ovulation completely or slightly, if so ovulation will still happen but the corpus luteum function (old follicle) which produces progesterone is suboptimal.

Eating too much soy as soy is high in plant estrogenic-phytoestrogen

Western treatment for Amenorrhea:

Common treatment is contraceptive pill, hormonal medication, you may decide to see functional medicine nutritionist.

Can Acupuncture help with Amenorrhea and how?

In short yes it can. Very often patients are deficient due to lack of nourishment from diet, from over exercising. Contraceptive pill especially when taken for a long time can cause delays in getting period back. How I treat amenorrhea in my clinic all depends on each case, but those patients need regular treatment once a week and very often change in lifestyle.

If you decide to see an acupuncturist, make sure you are seeing someone who is specialising in women’s health and fertility acupuncture. I am fertility support trained acupuncturist. Contact me for more information.

If you would like more information about how acupuncture could help you please get in touch.