Another period post, hooray! As a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, I absolutely love working with women’s health. This includes everything from period problems (PMS, pain, irregularity, no period), infertility, pregnancy, post-partum and menopause. I am fascinated by the complexity of the female reproductive system and not just as it relates to being able to having babies, but also as a reflection of overall health for women. Many women that I treat have been prescribed the birth control pill to “regulate” their cycles and to “alleviate” PMS symptoms. You can read more about my thoughts on that here. Women are told that they just have to suffer through pregnancy symptoms, get through postpartum challenges and continue to struggle as their body shifts in to menopause. This is just not the case!
In Chinese medicine we believe that there is such a thing as a “perfect period.” Calling it the “perfect period” is something I got from my yoni steam teacher, which I thought was brilliant. By that I mean there are certain criteria that indicate a woman is in good health and that everything in her system is working well. Anything outside of these boundaries means that there is imbalance in her system. This so called, “perfect period,” should be 4 days long, the bleeding should be a medium flow (not too light and not too heavy), there should be no clots, no pain or other PMS symptoms and should arrive every 28-30 days. So where does your period fall? Also keep in mind that the birth control pill can mask irregularities by giving you a seemingly normal monthly bleed or can cause your period to disappear all together. It can be interesting to go off of the pill and to consider other methods of birth control for a time to see what your body’s natural cycle looks like.
If you notice some deviation from the so called “perfect period” don’t fret, I can help! With regular acupuncture treatments, the use of Chinese herbs and/or yoni steaming women’s cycles can move closer to the “perfect period” guidelines. All of the treatment techniques can also be used for women that are peri or post-menopausal even if they have had a hysterectomy. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and yoni steaming are great alternatives to the pill (in terms of cycle regulation and symptom relief). I would love to see you for any of your women’s health needs!