Women's Business

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To Baby Or Not To Baby?

Some people who hope to have a baby nominate not to go down the IVF route and to just try naturally. This is referred to as natural fertility. Others have no intention of having a baby and some of those women may also prefer not to take the oral contraceptive pill or use implants, injections or IUD’s. This is often referred to as ‘natural family planning’ – a combination of the rhythm method, basal body temping and cervical mucous observation.

 Either way, in both instances it’s pretty important to know when you are ovulating and if your menstrual cycle is irregular this makes it rather tricky to track ovulation and you may risk either ‘missing the moment’ or conversely find yourself laden with child when this was not your intention.

 We notice that many women who come to us for assistance are in need of knowledge, and often seek guidance developing strategies on issues such as:

  • how to identify ovulation
  • diet
  • best time for intercourse when trying for a baby/trying not to conceive
  • type and intensity of exercise when trying to conceive
  • how to record the menstrual cycle
  • what tests might be helpful
  • unbiased recommendations

In this way we work as Fertility Coaches* (see Definitions Of Terms Used On This Website).

 

Period Pain

(Dysmenorrhoea) can significantly impact on quality of life for many women. Its presence suggests an imbalance in the eyes of Chinese medicine and depending on the array of other signs & symptoms may sometimes be diagnosed as ‘Qi Stagnation’ by your Acupuncturist. (There are several reasons why you might experience period pain according to Chinese medicine, this is one of them). This pattern of imbalance, this ‘Qi Stagnation’ can also be associated with irregular menstruation in some women – particularly the ‘sometimes early, sometimes late’ pattern. Obviously if a menstrual cycle is irregular it is likely that ovulation will also be irregular in this case.

 Are you aware that acupuncture and moxibustion have been shown to assist pain relief and improve some aspects of quality of life for some women who suffer period pain?

 

Acupuncture & Menopause

Some of the questions we often hear are around how we might come to grips with women’s health issues such as peri-menopause and menopause.

In the eyes of Chinese medicine, all our symptoms are inter-connected. So we might ask you questions about your stress levels, your menstrual cycle and your sleep, for example. It may seem that some of the questions we are asking are a little unusual however this information greatly assists us in zeroing in on the reasons your symptoms have manifested.

 Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in improving sleep quality and quality of life in primary insomnia, also in secondary insomnia including menopausal, peri-menopausal, post-menopausal and depression-related. Acupuncture has also been shown to improve quality of life and symptoms such as hot flushes in menopausal women.

 

References

 

DYSMENORRHOEA (Period Pain)

Abaraogu, U. O., & Tabansi-Ochuogu, C. S. (2015). As Acupressure Decreases Pain, Acupuncture May Improve Some Aspects of Quality of Life for Women with Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis. J Acupunct Meridian Stud, 8(5), 220-228.

Smith CA, Armour M, Zhu X, Li X, Lu ZY, Song J. Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;4:Cd007854.

Xu, T., Hui, L., Juan, Y. L., Min, S. G., & Hua, W. T. (2014). Effects of moxibustion or acupoint therapy for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: a meta-analysis. Altern Ther Health Med, 20(4), 33-42.

INSOMNIA

Chiu, H. Y., Hsieh, Y. J., & Tsai, P. S. (2016). Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol, 127(3), 507-515. doi:10.1097/aog.0000000000001268

Choi, T. Y., Kim, J. I., Lim, H. J., & Lee, M. S. (2016). Acupuncture for Managing Cancer-Related Insomnia: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials. Integr Cancer Ther. doi:10.1177/1534735416664172

Dong, B., Chen, Z., Yin, X., Li, D., Ma, J., Yin, P., … Xu, S. (2017). The Efficacy of Acupuncture for Treating Depression-Related Insomnia Compared with a Control Group: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. BioMed Research International, 2017, 9614810.

Lan, Y., Wu, X., Tan, H. J., Wu, N., Xing, J. J., Wu, F. S., . . . Liang, F. R. (2015). Auricular acupuncture with seed or pellet attachments for primary insomnia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med, 15, 103. doi:10.1186/s12906-015-0606-7

Lee, S. H., & Lim, S. M. (2016). Acupuncture for insomnia after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med, 16, 228. doi:10.1186/s12906-016-1220-z

Shergis, J. L., Ni, X., Jackson, M. L., Zhang, A. L., Guo, X., Li, Y., . . . Xue, C. C. (2016). A systematic review of acupuncture for sleep quality in people with insomnia. Complement Ther Med, 26, 11-20. doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2016.02.007

MENOPAUSAL HOT FLUSHES & INSOMNIA

Chiu, H. Y., Hsieh, Y. J., & Tsai, P. S. (2016). Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol, 127(3), 507-515. doi:10.1097/aog.0000000000001268

Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Menopause. 2015 Feb;22(2):234-44.

Dodin S, Blanchet C, Marc I, Ernst E, Wu T, Vaillancourt C, et al. Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013(7):Cd007410

PERIMENOPAUSAL & POSTMENOPAUSAL INSOMNIA 

Chiu, H. Y., Hsieh, Y. J., & Tsai, P. S. (2016). Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol, 127(3), 507-515. doi:10.1097/aog.0000000000001268

Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Menopause. 2015 Feb;22(2):234-44.