acupuncture for irregular periods in reading

Acupuncture for Irregular Periods

What is an irregular period:

Irregular periods means when length of your cycle is always changing. Regular or typical length of a cycle is 28-29 days long. Women should have period at least every 35 days. Irregular cycle is usually longer the 35 days or shorter then 23 days

Symptoms of Irregular Periods:

Women can have different symptoms during period, with irregular periods will be the difference each month on the length of the cycle other symptoms will be:

  • PMT, feeling emotional, agitated
  • Lower abdomen cramps
  • Tender breasts
  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Late periods over 35 days long
  • Short periods around 25 days long
  • Long follicular phase
  • Lack of ovulation known as anovulatory cycle

Causes of Irregular Periods:

  • Stress
  • Extreme weight loss or gain
  • Medical conditions like PCOS- Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • High levels of prolactin (hyperprolactinaemia)
  • Underactive Thyroid- Hypothyroidism
  • Perimenopause
  • Side effects post hormonal contraception like contraceptive pill

Western treatment for Irregular Periods:

To decide on the best treatment the correct diagnosis first need to be made by your GP. Simple blood test to start with to rule out hormonal imbalance would be good or referral to endocrinologist. Very often patients are just given the pill again to “regulate the cycle” but this will not help if you are trying for a baby or if you have PCOS, the pill will make symptoms worse.

Can Acupuncture help with Irregular Periods and how?

I have seen many times in my clinic the true power of acupuncture and how can it help to regulate women’s cycle. Thanks to acupuncture hormones can be regulated, flow of blood to the uterus can be directed to help with the regular flow but also acupuncture can help with lowering the stress and anxiety and other uncomfortable or painful symptoms during the period.

Acupuncture can help during period with:

  • Mood swings, PMT
  • Eases or stops Lower back pain, abdominal cramps, tender breasts
  • Regulates AMH levels
  • Regulates hypothalamus
  • Regulates insulin levels, which can influence regular ovulation
  • Improves thickness of endometrium lining
  • Nourishes follicles
  • Supports implantation process

If you are suffering from irregular periods, does not matter if you are trying to conceive or not, please contact me directly to discuss treatment or to book your first appointment with me. I am based in Caversham, Reading.

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