By definition, missing three periods in a row likely means that you have amenorrhea, a condition we commonly see at Eastern Bench. Patients often come to our center to seek help in reestablishing their menstrual cycle. Oftentimes, these patients have not been too concerned about missing their period until they decide to try to conceive. However, amenorrhea can be a sign of an underlying issue and should always be addressed. Having a menstrual cycle means that you are rhythmic in nature and any disruption to that rhythm can have consequences for your general health. Think of your period as your fifth vital sign, meaning menstruation is as important a health indicator as changes in body temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure.
COMMON CAUSES OF AMENORRHEA:
- Low body weight
- Too much exercise
- A failure to reestablish a cycle after stopping the birth control pill
- A thyroid imbalance
- A side effect of medication e.g. corticosteroids
- A hormone imbalance
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Premature ovarian Failure
- A Pituitary tumor
Some of these conditions are more serious than others, so we always advise our patients to see their OB/GYN to find out why they are missing their periods and rule out a serious disorder.
Most of the patients who seek our help do go on to get their period again after 3 – 6 months of treatment with regular acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Acupuncture treatment focuses on balancing hormones, improving blood circulation,and promoting ovulation as well as treating any underlying condition.
We usually prescribe a specially tailored herbal formula for our patients that is written specifically to address their Chinese medical diagnosis. Often the patient takes different herbs at different times of the month. These herbs are associated with specific phases of the cycle and are aimed at helping the body find it’s rhythm.