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Acupuncture for gynaecological conditions
Many women have problems with their hormones and their cycles, leading to symptoms which can be distressing. Acupuncture can help for these problems help to establish a more balanced hormonal balance, and helping blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.
Acupuncture is effectively used to treat many kinds of gynaecological problems. The main ones being:
- PMT (Premenstrual tension):
Most women of reproductive age experience at least mild premenstrual symptoms at some time in their lives. Around 2–10% of women have premenstrual symptoms that severely disrupt daily living which is termed premenstrual tension. These symptoms usually abate by the end of the menstrual cycle
Diagnosis of PMS is based on the presence of at least five symptoms, including one of four core psychological symptoms, from a list of 17 physical and psychological symptoms. The 17 symptoms are depression, feeling hopeless or guilty, anxiety/tension, mood swings, irritability/persistent anger, decreased interest, poor concentration, fatigue, food craving or increased appetite, sleep disturbance, feeling out of control or overwhelmed, poor coordination, headache, aches, swelling/bloating/weight gain, cramps, and breast tenderness.
The cause of PMT is unknown but changes in neurotransmitter balances in the brain such as serotonin and endorphin levels may well contribute to this condition.
Acupuncture is known to help these types of conditions, and can be effectively used to treat this condition
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS):
A condition characterized by multiple abnormal cysts in the ovaries. It can cause absent or irregular periods and infertility. Acupuncture can help regulate periods and in many cases, lead to a more normalized menstrual cycle.
A gynaecological condition in which patches of endometrial tissue, which normally found only in the uterine lining (endometrium) grow outside the uterus. The misplaced endometrial tissue can adhere to the ovaries, bowels, bladder, vagina, and appendix and in rare cases, endometrial tissue can migrate into the lungs. The endometrial tissue responds to hormonal changes, and will bleed during the menstrual period. They form what are called chocolate cysts, and can cause localized inflammation, which in turn causes pain and discomfort. and the formation of adhesions and scar tissue or cysts. Endometriosis can be asymptomatic but in many instances can be associated with pelvic pain , painful, heavy periods, painful intercourse, and even bowel symptoms if there are bowel adhesions.
Acupuncture can significantly reduce endometriosis symptoms and support fertility where the endometriosis is not impairing the physical anatomy of the womb.
Acupuncture and fertility issues
More and more men as well as women are experiencing fertility issues. In some cases, there is a very definite Western diagnosis, but most have what is called unexplained infertility.
However, a lot of couples are given the distressing diagnosis of “unexplained fertility”. Stress can be a bit factor as this can inhibit the production of some hormones, and indeed in acute stress stop periods altogether. This can be helped with Acupuncture.
Acupuncture can also be used alongside such treatments as IVF to help promote conceptions as there is evidence to suggest that Acupuncture helps stimulate uttering blood flow.
- Vasomotor Symptoms:
Hot flushes and Post-menopausal symptoms. Menopause occurs naturally at an average age of 50 and involves the natural cessation of menstruation. Menopausal women may feel warm or hot and may perspire, sometimes profusely and experience hot flushes.
Symptoms including fatigue, irritability, insomnia, inability to concentrate, depression, memory loss, depression and anxiety.
Acupuncture is well placed to help alleviate these troubling symptoms
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