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What's a Period Problem?

Most Period Problems are pretty obvious and if you've got 'em you know it. Things like severe cramping, flow that makes it hard for you to leave the house, and any other symptom that regularly disrupts your life, are most definitely a problem.

Not feeling like yourself emotionally - crying over commercials, yelling at strangers and loved-ones alike, and feeling like you can't get out of bed - are also signs that your hormones need help.

Some Periods Problems are less obnoxious but can be equally problematic. Really light periods or cycles that only come every few months can be a sign that your body isn't managing your hormones properly. Hormones that your body needs to work its best.

I'm Diagnosed with Unexplained inFERTILITY. Can You help me?

Yes! Unexplained infertility is a common and frustrating diagnosis in Western Medicine. It usually means that after going through the standard lab tests and diagnostic screenings your doctor hasn't been able to figure out The One Thing that is causing your fertility struggle. 

What I do is different. 

I use all your symptoms from head to toe, any lab results you may have, and things I observe about your body. This allows me to identify imbalances within and between your major organ systems. From there I use tailored acupuncture treatments, herbs, and specific lifestyle homework to help you get to the bottom of your 'unexplained' imbalance. 

I'm Doing IVF. Can you help me?

Yes! Acupuncture leading up to and throughout your IVF cycle can increase the quality and quantity of your eggs and result in healthier embryos and improved live-birth outcomes. 

It's important to know that both sperm and eggs take approximately 3 months to mature, so the sooner you start prepping for your cycle the better.

I will also help your partner improve sperm parameters like motility, morphology, and total count. 

I feel Like I'm Doing All The Hard Work trying to have a Baby. Is there anything my partner can do?

Yes! If your partner is a man, the first thing that NEEDS to happen ASAP (if it hasn't already been done) is to get a semen analysis.

The fact is that 1/3 of fertility struggles are due to women-only factors, 1/3 to male-only factors, and the final 1/3 having combined male and female factors. That means that in 2 of every 3 cases, the male partner is contributing to the fertility issue. To further complicate things, what we consider normal sperm parameters these days are far inferior to what they were even a couple of decades ago.

Its heart breaking when I'm seeing a woman for fertility treatment and there hasn't been a semen analysis due to resistance from her partner - and it often ends up being a significant factor.

Whether your partner is a man or a women, there are so many things they can do to support you through your challenges and treatments. My first suggestion is to make sure you keep your communication open and supportive. You are both going through this and are both going to have a lot of feelings come up. Professional counseling can be a life saver during this time. 

My teenager is having a Hard time with her period. Can You help?

Yes! The teenage years can be challenging under the best of circumstances but throw in sucky periods and haywire hormones and things can get... tense. The good news is that because teens are young and resilient, they often see results really quickly - reduced cramps, regularly occurring periods, more stable moods, and less breakouts are typical results of regular treatment.

What can I do right now to improve my period problems or fertility?

Start charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT). Your basal body temperature is an excellent resource for figuring out what's going on with your hormones.

By taking your temperature every morning at about the same time, before you get out of bed or move around too much, and charting your temperature on a graph, you will have most of the information I need to make a diagnosis and begin treating your unique hormonal hardships.

Do Kids Really Get acupuncture?

Yes! I've treated kids as young as a few days old and into the teenage years. With the rise in chronic conditions like food and environmental allergies, asthma, eczema, leaky gut and other digestive issues, and autoimmune conditions in kids, I am happy to be able to offer an alternative treatment for parents and kids that want something other than life-long prescriptions and symptom suppression.

Sometimes I use needles, and often times I don't. Kids don't have to lay on the table for any length of time like my adult patients. Sometimes mom or dad holds them, sometimes they play on the floor, and sometimes I follow them around the treatment room while they try to touch everything. Basically, I go with the flow and meet your kid where they're at. If they're not excited about needles - which is pretty normal - I have plenty of non-needle tools to use and can almost always find one that works for your kid. 

 

My period comes every 28 days,So I'm good. Right?

Maybe. Maybe not. The regularity of your cycle is definitely important but it's only one piece of the period puzzle. Other things that need to be considered are how many days you bleed, how much you bleed, the presence of clots, pain, and PMS related symptoms. All of these factors offer insight in to whats going on with your hormones and how this can affect your overall health. 

What's the problem with the Pill?

The problem with The Pill is that it suppresses your natural hormones that have important functions for your overall health and well-being. The Pill is made up of synthetic hormones that mimic your natural hormones, but are NOT REAL hormones. These synthetic hormones cause you to stop ovulating which is how The Pill  prevents pregnancy. This may sound reasonable on the surface, after all  why do you need to ovulate if you're not trying to start a family? However, ovulation is the only way that your body makes Estradiol and Progesterone. Both of these hormones have valuable, if not vital, functions in your overall health.

Estradiol, is one form of Estrogen that your body makes. And arguably it's your best form of estrogen - your Bestrogen, if you will. Estradiol is a Happy Hormone. It increases the production of serotonin and dopamine, has beneficial effects on your metabolism, your skin, and your sleep, and contributes to bone health and sexual desire.

Progesterone is made by the follicle left behind in your ovary after ovulation. Progesterone has a calming effect on your nervous system and also helps rev up your metabolism.

Without ovulation you get none of this. 

My doctor wants to put me on the pill to regulate my periods. Is that a good idea?

The Pill (and other hormonal forms of birth control) may provide temporary or even lasting relief to certain period problems. But it won't actually fix them. Period problems are generally the result of imbalanced hormones. This could be thyroid, pituitary, ovary or liver related - just to name a few. The Pill works by shutting down ovulation.

For some women this can be helpful to get some relief after years of suffering from debilitating pain or heavy bleeding. In other cases, The Pill can make things worse.

In many cases even if The Pill helps temporarily, your problems will return - maybe even worse than before - after going off The Pill.

If you are looking to prevent pregnancy, using The Pill for short periods of time might be right for you, but if you want to resolve your period issues, The Pill is likely not your best option.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Mostly no. But it is nothing compared to a blood draw or injection. Sometimes you may feel sensations in the realm of uncomfortable, but more often than not you won't feel anything at all. If there is a sensation, it typically passes very quickly and for the majority of your treatment you will experience nothing but relaxation and comfort.

When people tell me that they are afraid of needles or that acupuncture will hurt, I usually encourage them to weigh the pain that they are experiencing monthly or daily against the possible and typically minor discomfort of acupuncture.

Acupuncture falls into the category of short lived, momentary uncomfortableness if there is any sensation at all. Chronic period or muscular pain, or any symptom or condition that is affecting your life on a regular basis, can put you out of commission for days or weeks at a time and can last a lifetime if you don't get it treated. 

How many treatments will I need?

When working on period problems and fertility struggles we are working with the natural ebb and flow of particular hormones over the course of your menstrual cycle.

Because different things are happening at different times of your cycle, I have to tailor my treatments to where you are in your cycle and what obstacles you are facing at each phase. 

Everyone is different and your unique health history and circumstances will play a significant role in how long it will take to get better. 

The biggest factor in determining how many treatments you will need to meet your goal, is your own level of commitment. When you commit to keeping your prescribed appointments and to making the changes that I suggest outside of the treatment room, we will be able to make greater change in a shorter amount of time and treatment.

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