Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are two of the most effective ways to treat gynecological disorders.  Some of the more common gynecological disorders treated with acupuncture include endometriosis, infertility, polycycstic ovarian syndrome, dysmenorrhea, abnormal uterine bleeding, menopausal syndrome, uterine fibroids, chronic pelvic inflammation, vaginitis, and cervicitis.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can treat menstrual issues, pregnancy and fertility, and menopause symptoms.  Menstruation should be painless with very little pre and post menstruation discomfort.  Acupuncture causes blood vessels to dialate, which improve uterine and ovarian blood circulation to reduce menstrual pain and cramping.  Acupuncture balances the hormonal connection between the brain and ovaries to regulate the period.  Once hormones are balanced, the body will function properly, ovulation will be restored, and the menses will follow suit on a regular interval. 

Many women experience uncomfortable and even debilitating symptoms during menopause.  If you are experiencing tiredness, low back pain, incontinence, irritability, hot flashes, aversion to cold, insomnia, and night sweats during menopause you are not alone.  Many of these symptoms can be addressed using acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Recent studies have unveiled that acupuncture is an effective way to treat hot flashes, which can greatly impact sleep as well.  

Acupuncture during pregnancy is a safe and effective treatment.  During the first trimester, acupuncture can help alleviate nausea, fatigue and heartburn.  Later, in the second trimester, the aches, pains, constipation, sinusitis, and swelling that go along with pregnancy can be alleviated with acupuncture as well.  One of the most important times to receive acupuncture during pregnancy is in the third trimester to prepare the body for labour.  Pre-birth acupuncture prepares the woman's body by boosting and nourishing her body.  The acupuncture points help to relax and soften uterine ligaments and bring blood flow to the uterus.  This encourages the baby to descend into the birth canal in the proper position while preparing the cervix to soften and dialate and the uterine muscles to efficiently and effectively contract when needed. The benefits of receiving pre birth acupuncture include increased likelihood of spontaneous labour around the due date, reduced risk of medical interventions being used (forceps, C-section, epidural, etc), and increased effectiveness of natural induction labour.  If the baby is breech it is also worth receiving a Chinese medicine treatment called moxibustion.  This is a proven technique that involves burning an herb above the small toe.  This technique does not miraculously turn the baby, rather it relaxes the uterine walls to allow the baby more room to move.  Some babies will follow instinct and some won't.  I encourage women to come in before 37 weeks to try to turn the baby.  Postpartum, considered to be the fourth trimester is also a wonderful time to receive acupuncture.  After birth acupuncture can help restore balance in the reproductive hormones and relieve aches and pains associated with after birth. Poor milk supply, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and pelvic and low back pain can all be addressed post partum with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

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