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Acupuncture and Gynecology

The uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes in East Asian Medicine are named  Zi Gong Xue, which translates into The Palace of the Child.

Navigating normal when it comes to how the uterus and ovaries 'should' function can be daunting. If you have a uterus, education surrounding what is normal and what is not, is glaringly absent. Most with a uterus don't even realize that pain is not normal. Let me say that again, PAIN IS NOT NORMAL. Once again for those in the back. . .PAIN IS NOT NORMAL. 

Most people don't realize how much or how little bleeding is healthy vs unhealthy - how much is  too much and how much is too little (no the little pink period is not necessarily healthy). Things like clotting almost never get discussed. 

Many things come in to play when it comes to having a healthy menstrual cycle. When you get treated, and start young enough working toward achieving a healthy menstrual cycle, life can be less painful, you optimize fertility, and you start taking care of yourself early on!

At the onset of menstruation, it's actually normal for the cycle to be irregular. While immediately going on hormones can 'regulate' the cycle, Acupuncture is a more natural way to help regulate the cycle.

Monitoring the cycle can also help when it comes to improving and enhancing fertility. Knowing what changes are going on - and yes the rhythm method has it's pluses when it comes to seeing what is going on, you can often determine whether or not you are ovulating from monitoring changes in body temp.  Changes in cervical discharge, knowing what normal is vs abnormal discharge. 

When a patient has been on chemical/ hormonal cycles (birth control pills (estrogen or progesterone), IUDs) oftentimes it takes a while for the body to return to normal. Acupuncture and herbs can help to get a cycle back on track and ready for pregnancy. 

Ones sexual experiences, and experiences around their sexuality can impact menstrual cycles. 

If you have a uterus, we want to make sure it is being cared for with love and compassion.

Regular Acupuncture with or without Herbal Medicine can help you on the path to a happy, healthy uterus and ovaries!

About Endometriosis

Endometriosis, a condition where the endometrial-like tissue -  or tissue similar to the endometrium lining of the uterus - grows outside of the uterus on various places throughout the body, affects 1 on 10 people who menstruate, which translates into 176 million (11%) worldwide.

Some of the most common symptoms include, and are concerns Dr Stephanie treats:

- Dysmenorrhea (the fancy word for painful menstruation)
- Dysparunia (painful intercourse)
- Pain before, during, and after menstruation
- Painful Urination
- Increased chances of Urinary Tract Infections
- Metrorrhagia (excessively heavy bleeding)
- Bleeding/spotting between periods 
- Passing of large clots
- Painful bowel movements - Diarrhea OR Constipation
- Nausea and/or vomiting 
- Gas
- Bloating
- Extreme fatigue
- Leg pain 
- Back pain
- Generalized pelvic pain
- Anemia
- Infertility 
- Abdominal cramping
- Headaches and/or migraines
- Allergies
- Compromised mental well being
- Chemical sensitivities
- Frequent, repeated surgical procedures for diagnosis and treatment

Treating Endometriosis

Treating Endometriosis from the perspective of East Asian/Traditional Chinese Medicine is an approach that treats the whole person and addresses the multitude of symtoms that coexist for endometriosis patients. 

It's a misconception that Acupuncture and Herbs can completely help with anything in one treatment visit. Most patients, especially if they have been in pain for a long period of time, need to see Dr Stephanie more frequently at the onset of their treatment to work more effectively to reduce symptoms and start getting endometriosis under control. Studies have shown that Acupuncture is more effective in the treatment of Endometriosis as it has been shown to lower CA125 markers, whereas pain medication only blocks the pain.

Treatment protocols vary from patient to patient but include some of the following modalities:
Acupuncture
Auricular Acupuncture
Chinese Herbal Formulas
Supplements
Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes
Anti-inflammatory Diet
Cupping Therapy
Gua Sha
Celluma Light Therapy 
Infrared Therapy

Additionally, Dr Stephanie may recommend adjuct therapies to compliment her treatment plan. Examples include:
Chiropractic
Physical Therapy
Changes to Exercise Plan 
Massage Therapy
Blood work panels 

Once patients have reached the level where their pain has decreased, their lives have improved, Dr Stephanie adopts a maintenance plan that she works on with her patients. 

Fertility

When it comes to fertility, whether patients are having challenges or just want to make sure they are as healthy possible at the time of conception, we are here to help. 

When trying to conceive (TTC) the state of health of the egg and sperm are the keys to a healthy embryo.  If the parents are not eating well, smoking, drinking, etc, the health of the embryo might not have the same start as the embryo conceived when parents are checking all the boxes  - not that either scenario guarantees the healthiest conception, but giving the best start can come from the months leading to conception. 

When couples face challenges, whether they are straight, gay, trans, single, etc, we want to help patients through those challenges. 

We like for our patients to start treatments and devote 3 months to improving their health before conception. 3 months of regular Acupuncture and Herbs will improve sperm and egg quality, help to improve the quality of uterine lining, and start soon to be parents on the path to wellness. 

Often patients read that Acupuncture can help with embryo transfer and call Acupuncturists the week of a scheduled transfer. While we can do that, we know that your chances are greater for that treatment when you have been receiving Acupuncture in the months prior to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). 

Meds that are administered for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and IVF can often cause emotional strain. Patients that receive acupuncture while undergoing treatment for fertility have less emotional outbursts, are not as weepy, and are less likely to feel like a soda can that was shaken and is ready to pop!

For more information about how Acupuncture can improve fertility contact Dr Stephanie!