Women's Health and Fertility

Blog posts in: Women's Health and Fertility

If you’re wondering if Chinese medicine can help you with your Women’s Health and/or fertility problems, then spend some time in this blog category to learn more about how I approach the treatment of many of these issues.
These blogs cover topics such as: what treatment for these conditions looks like with me, typical real-life patient success stories, acupuncture studies showing how beneficial Chinese medicine can be for Women’s Health problems, and more! Visit Fertility blog page for posts ONLY on that topic.

Acupuncture is commonly used to balance hormones One of the most common things that brings women into my Fort Collins Acupuncture practice is imbalanced hormones. Either women have lab confirmation that their hormones are out of whack, or they just know they have a hormone issue because they have symptoms such as hot flashes (whether menopausal or not) or irregular periods, etc. While as acupuncturists we understand hormones and how important it is that they’re...

If you’re in Fort Collins area and you’re looking for help from acupuncture with a gynecology problem, this blog should help you figure out if I might be a good fit for you. Because treating women’s health/gynecology issues comes with its extra challenges, successful treatment requires a complex use of Chinese medicine. I’ll explain not only these complexities, but also my gynecology training and experience. If you just want to see my gynecology training/experience, scroll...

Does Every Hormone Imbalance or Menstrual Problem Require Herbs for Successful Treatment? I get this question frequently enough that I thought I’d take the time to answer it in writing. The short answer is yes. The longer answer is usually. Treatment of Women’s Health in China Historically, if you were to enter a clinic in China complaining of irregular or problematic periods, you would be sent to the herbalism wing. When I lived for a...

If you’re considering starting acupuncture for fertility, this blog will help you understand what exactly Chinese medicine helps with in all the various phases of your hormone cycle. The main gist of what we’re doing is supporting the normal function of what SHOULD be happening in each phase. Women who have normal menstrual cycles where everything happens when it should, and how it should, usually won’t have problems with fertility. When women first start fertility...

Of all the great things that acupuncture can do to help fertility, one of them is improving your egg quality. Acupuncture for Fertility: the goal isn’t to just get pregnant In Chinese medicine, the goal is that you end up pregnant with a strong viable fetus in a strong balanced body that can sustain that fetus. This prevents miscarriage, and increases the chance of your pregnancy resulting in the live birth of a strong, healthy...

If you’re reading this post then you likely not only know what PCOS is, but you have it. Your symptoms might include those I most typically see in my patients: no or very irregular periods no or infrequent signs of ovulation trouble losing weight increased male pattern hair growth infertility acne Many PCOS patients also have hypothyroidism, but discussing that is beyond the scope of this blog, so perhaps I’ll write about that in another...

I’ll never forget when I first started studying infertility. Learning the incredible intelligence of the body where everything works together in perfectly coordinating unison, like an orchestra, just confirmed not only everything I believe about the body’s wisdom, but all the reasons I love doing what I do. The entire reproductive cycle, down to which hormones do what, which then triggers the next process, is simply amazing. But for whatever reason, learning about the simplest...

My experience using acupuncture for endometriosis A very common ailment I treat in my acupuncture practice is endometriosis. Sometimes women come in with an actual diagnosis based on a laparoscopy; other times it’s just suspected based on their severe pain which might be just around their period, or in bad cases commonly causes various symptoms throughout their cycle. It’s a condition for which unfortunately western medicine just doesn’t have great treatment options. I’ve seen women...

Since I just had two fertility patients this week give birth to bouncing little perfectly healthy babies, I thought I’d share a write-up of what the treatment process looked like for them both. Their cases were about as opposite as they come on the scale of both difficulty, as well as time to conceive & live birth. So I thought outlining the two cases would give people a perfect — and realistic — look at...

One of the most common things I see in new acupuncture fertility patients, is that they don’t have good fertile cervical mucous. Or, not enough. Most of us grow up as teens and then women, noticing that our cervical mucous changes throughout the month. But we might not notice it has a pattern to its quality, and that this pattern follows the rhythm of our cycle. Or, at least it should. The flow of cervical...

For fibroids of a certain size, and/or if a gynecologist says the fibroid needs to come out immediately, then Chinese medicine is not a treatment option. But the most common consensus among acupuncture gynecology specialists is that for fibroids around 3 cm and smaller, there’s a good chance Chinese medicine can successfully shrink them. Many acupuncturists actually report successfully treating larger fibroids; and in fact most of the patients I’ve treated for fibroids have actually...

An acupuncture study in Australia confirmed what I see clinically with so many of my patients: that acupuncture is very beneficial for menstrual/period pain. They found that acupuncture was “effective for reducing both pain intensity levels and the duration of menstrual cramping and pain. In addition, the researchers document that acupuncture reduces secondary symptoms including back pain, headaches, and nausea.” There are so many things I love about this report: First: it reflected what I...

If you’ve gone through the horrible experience of multiple miscarriages, then you’ve probably been tested for blood clotting factors. While western medicine doesn’t really have any great treatments for this, Chinese medicine really excels at helping this condition. That’s because we recognize the underlying cause as an imbalance that we commonly treat every day: Blood Stagnation. And we have very effective ways to address it using both acupuncture and herbs. I’ll get back to that...

In Chinese medicine, there’s no such thing as a “menopause” treatment. There are no acupuncture points or herbs for hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, or brain fog. What there ARE acupuncture points and herbs for are all the various underlying reasons for those symptoms. Unique patient, unique menopause treatment The entire basis of Chinese medicine rests on analyzing each patient as an individual. Unfortunately, in modern times – in an effort to standardize the medicine...

Natural Fertility vs. ART/IVF If you’re hoping to get pregnant naturally, feel better than ever once baby comes; and you’re willing to potentially make some necessary lifestyle changes to bring that about, then you’re probably a great fit for our practice! For three reasons, I have chosen to focus my fertility/infertility work specifically with women who are trying to get pregnant without the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Before I get into those reasons,...

If you’ve been struggling with periods that just won’t seem to end, or they’re just so heavy that they leave you exhausted and depleted, Chinese medicine can probably help. When women call saying they’re “hemorrhaging”, I tell them they need to get to western care immediately! It’s also good for women of any age to visit their gynecologist for a western diagnosis to rule out issues like massive fibroids that are too large for Chinese...

Since one of my acupuncture specialties is Women’s Health, a common issue that brings women in is endometriosis. If you’re suffering from severe menstrual cramps, have unexplainable abdominal pain that tends to worsen around your period, causes pain with intercourse, and/or affects your urinary or bowel functions, you may have endometriosis.  The good news is, we can help! This quiz can asses your likelihood of an endometriosis diagnosis. However, this entire post applies to any...

What is your Basal Body Temperature (BBT)? Your basal body temperature is your temperature when you first wake up in the morning, before you have gone to the bathroom, had sex, started a conversation, or done any other activity. It changes throughout your cycle and tracking your temperature gives us crucial information regarding when and whether you are ovulating, how well your hormones are regulating a healthy and balanced cycle, and the likely health and...

It seems that almost every day, new studies are showing the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, both of which are components of Chinese medicine. This latest study is good news for any woman (and those around her, for that matter!) who suffers monthly from PMS. Acupuncture for PMS An analysis of 8 acupuncture studies and 11 herbal studies showed success in the reduction of PMS and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), to the point that...

One of the most common issues I treat in my acupuncture clinic is fatigue, and the conglomeration of symptoms that commonly go along with it. Because we are currently in fall season, and the energy is waning everywhere around us, I thought I’d focus my success stories of this week around fatigue, since more and more people are coming in for treatment at this time of year for this issue, and see me throughout the...

The latest study on hot flashes revealed that acupuncture dramatically improved hot flashes for the study participants. The women were either given real or sham acupuncture, and those who received real acupuncture reported dramatic improvement after receiving their acupuncture treatments. Participants received 2 acupuncture treatments per week for 10 weeks during the study period. See prime-time TV clip below: Acupuncture Relieves Hot Flashes: Study Results A huge chunk of my practice are women in the...