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Premature Ovarian Failure Acupuncture Chinese Medicine Management

Premature Ovarian Failure Acupuncture Chinese Medicine Melbourne

Premature Ovarian Failure (POF), also known as premature ovarian insufficiency, is a complex condition that can significantly impact a woman’s reproductive health and overall well-being. It refers to the cessation of ovarian function before the age of 40, leading to a range of symptoms akin to menopause. While POF predominantly affects women over 40, it can also occur in younger women, typically in their 20s and 30s.

At Almond Wellness Centre Melbourne acupuncture Chinese medicine clinics, we recognise the importance of a holistic approach to managing POF, combining conventional medical treatments with complementary therapies such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and lifestyle adjustments.

Understanding Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)

Premature Ovarian Failure involves the cessation of ovarian function, causing a decline in estrogen levels and leading to various symptoms, including irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and sexual discomfort. It is crucial to understand the characteristics of POF to effectively address this condition.

Characteristics of Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)

POF is characterised by specific hormonal changes, which can be identified through blood tests. Key hormonal changes in POF include:

  1. Elevated Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Levels: FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the ovaries to produce eggs. In POF, FSH levels rise significantly, typically exceeding 20 mIU/ml.
  2. Elevated Luteinising Hormone (LH) Levels: LH is another pituitary hormone that plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle. In POF, LH levels also increase.
  3. Decreased Oestrogen (E2) Levels: Oestrogen is a crucial female sex hormone responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and maintaining various aspects of female health. In POF, oestrogen levels decline significantly.

A common diagnostic criterion for POF is an FSH level exceeding 40 mIU/ml. To confirm this diagnosis, it’s essential to conduct at least two FSH tests with an interval of approximately one month between them.

While these hormonal changes serve as key diagnostic markers for POF, they may vary from person to person. It is essential to consider an individual’s unique presentation and circumstances when making POF diagnosis.


The exact causes of POF remain a subject of ongoing research, and it is a complex condition influenced by various factors. While the precise aetiology may not always be clear, several potential contributing factors have been identified:

  1. Genetic Factors: There is evidence to suggest that genetic predisposition may play a role in the development of POF. Women with a family history of POF are at an increased risk of developing the condition.
  2. Chromosomal Abnormalities: Certain chromosomal abnormalities, such as Turner syndrome, can lead to POF. These abnormalities may result in a reduced number of ovarian follicles.
  3. Autoimmune Diseases: Autoimmune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, may trigger an immune response against ovarian tissues, ultimately affecting ovarian function.
  4. Radiation and Chemotherapy: Women who have undergone radiation therapy or chemotherapy, often as part of cancer treatment, may be at a higher risk of developing POF. These treatments can damage ovarian tissue, leading to premature ovarian failure.
  5. Surgery: Surgical procedures involving the ovaries or uterus, such as ovarian cyst removal or surgery for endometriosis, can impact ovarian function and potentially contribute to POF.
  6. Environmental Factors: Exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants, such as asbestos, heavy metals, pesticides, and other harmful substances, may increase the risk of developing POF.
  7. Infections: Severe infections or certain viral infections, such as the herpes simplex virus, have also been considered potential factors affecting ovarian function negatively.
  8. Psychological Factors: Persistent psychological stress and emotional issues may impact ovarian function. The exact mechanisms of this relationship are still being investigated.

At Almond Wellness Centre, we recognise the importance of addressing the root causes of POF while providing holistic care that encompasses Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture treatments, diet and lifestyle adjustments. By taking a comprehensive approach, we aim to support patients in their journey towards managing POF effectively and improving their overall quality of life.

Adopting a Holistic Attitude

Dealing with a diagnosis of Premature Ovarian Failure can be emotionally challenging. We believe that adopting a holistic attitude is essential to cope with the condition and promote overall well-being. This holistic approach involves multiple aspects of life and includes the following principles:

  1. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle: Prioritising a healthy lifestyle is crucial for managing POF. This includes getting adequate sleep, avoiding excessive stress, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption, staying away from radiation exposure, and maintaining a balanced diet.
  2. Nutritional Support: Proper nutrition is essential for overall health and may help address specific concerns associated with POF. This includes incorporating calcium and vitamin D to support bone health, antioxidants such as vitamins C and E to combat oxidative stress, and omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) to reduce inflammation and promote emotional stability.
  3. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Hormone replacement therapy, particularly estrogen replacement, is a conventional medical intervention that can alleviate POF symptoms. By mimicking a natural menstrual cycle, HRT can help maintain the health of various organs in the body.
  4. Regular Medical Checkups: Regular medical checkups and consultations with healthcare providers are essential for monitoring and adjusting the management and treatment plan for POF. These checkups help ensure that the chosen treatment is appropriate and effective.
  5. Psychological Support: POF can significantly impact emotional well-being. It’s important to seek psychological support or therapy to address emotional and psychological challenges associated with the condition.

While conventional medical treatments play a crucial role in managing POF, complementary therapies and lifestyle adjustments can enhance the overall effectiveness of the treatment plan. At Almond Wellness Centre, we offer a holistic approach that includes Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, nutritional guidance, and lifestyle recommendations to support patients on their journey to managing POF.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic healthcare system with a history spanning thousands of years. It views health as the result of the balance and harmony between the body’s internal systems and the external environment. TCM offers a unique perspective on managing POF and other women’s health issues.

TCM recognises the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit and strives to address the underlying imbalances in the body. It utilises various modalities, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary recommendations, to promote overall health and well-being.

In the context of POF, TCM offers a personalised approach that aims to:

  1. Tonifying Kidney: TCM aim to nourish and tonify the Kidney Yin and Yang,  protect Kidney essence from depletion.
  2. Regulate Qi and Blood: TCM practitioners focus on regulating the flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood in the body. An imbalance in qi and blood can lead to menstrual irregularities and hormonal imbalances commonly associated with POF. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are key components of TCM used to achieve this balance.
  3. Harmonise Yin and Yang: TCM emphasises the importance of maintaining the balance between yin and yang energies. POF is often attributed to a deficiency in yin, which can lead to heat symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. TCM interventions, such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, and dietary modifications, aim to harmonize these energies.

Premature Ovarian Failure Acupuncture

Acupuncture, a fundamental component of TCM, has gained recognition in the treatment of various women’s health issues, including POF. This ancient practice involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote balance. Acupuncture for POF is designed to address hormonal imbalances, improve blood circulation, and reduce the intensity of symptoms.

Key benefits of acupuncture for POF include:

  1. Hormonal Regulation: Acupuncture may help regulate hormone levels, which are often imbalanced in POF. This regulation may lead to improved menstrual regularity and reduced severity of menopausal symptoms.
  2. Improved Ovarian Function: Acupuncture is believed to enhance ovarian function by increasing blood flow to the ovaries. This may potentially improve the quality of eggs and support fertility.
  3. Stress Reduction: Chronic stress can exacerbate POF symptoms. Acupuncture sessions provide relaxation and stress relief, which can help mitigate the emotional impact of POF.
  4. Enhanced Overall Well-Being: Acupuncture aims to address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of POF. Patients often report improved sleep, reduced anxiety, and a sense of overall well-being.

Premature Ovarian Failure Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine, another integral part of TCM, complements acupuncture in the management of POF. Chinese herbs are carefully selected and formulated to address individual imbalances in the body. These herbal formulas are tailored to the specific needs of each patient, providing a personalised approach to treatment.

Key benefits of Chinese herbal medicine for POF include:

  1. Hormonal Balance: Chinese herbs may help regulate hormonal imbalances, reducing the severity of POF symptoms.
  2. Enhanced Ovarian Function: Herbal formulas aim to improve ovarian function, potentially increasing the chances of fertility.
  3. Reduced Menopausal Symptoms: Chinese herbs alleviate common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.
  4. Improved Reproductive Health and Fertility: Chinese herbal medicine supports overall reproductive health and may increase the chances of successful conception.

ROF Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Melbourne Practice

At Almond Wellness Centre Melbourne clinics, our dedicated team of experienced acupuncturists and TCM practitioners understands the unique needs of individuals with POF. We create personalised treatment plans that incorporate acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and dietary recommendations to address the root causes of POF and alleviate its symptoms.

Our comprehensive approach involves:

  1. Diagnosis: We conduct a thorough evaluation to understand the specific imbalances and symptoms associated with POF. This includes assessing hormonal levels, evaluating menstrual irregularities, and considering emotional and psychological aspects of the condition.
  2. Acupuncture Treatments: We develop a customised acupuncture treatment plan that focuses on hormone regulation, stress reduction, and improved blood flow to the ovaries.
  3. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Based on individual needs, we prescribe Chinese herbal formulas to support hormonal balance, ovarian function, and overall well-being.
  4. Dietary and Lifestyle Guidance: We provide dietary recommendations that align with TCM principles and support women with POF in making lifestyle adjustments that promote hormonal balance and well-being.
  5. Emotional and Psychological Support: We offer a compassionate and supportive environment to address the emotional and psychological aspects of POF. Our practitioners understand the emotional challenges associated with POF and provide strategies for coping.

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Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) can present significant challenges for women seeking to manage their reproductive health and overall well-being. At Almond Wellness Centre, we believe in a holistic approach that combines conventional medical treatments with complementary therapies such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We recognise that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can play pivotal roles in regulating hormones, enhancing ovarian function, reducing symptoms, and promoting overall health.

If you or a loved one are living with POF, we invite you to explore our comprehensive approach to managing this condition. Our experienced team of practitioners at Almond Wellness Centre is dedicated to providing personalised care that addresses the unique needs and imbalances of individuals with POF. Through our holistic approach, we aim to empower women with POF on their journey to improved health and well-being.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule a consultation. Together, we can work towards a brighter and healthier future, even in the face of Premature Ovarian Failure.

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Disclaimer: Individual responses to Chinese medicine treatment may vary. Consultation with a qualified TCM practitioner is recommended to determine the most suitable herbs, formulations and acupuncture treatment based on individual health conditions. This information is for educational purposes and does not replace professional medical advice.

Menstrual Cycle and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Author: Dr. Richard Zeng (Chinese medicine)

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A typical menstrual cycle lasts between 24 and 35 days, with an average length of 28 days. The duration of menstrual bleeding usually ranges from 3 to 7 days, with a normal volume of 30 to 50ml.

However, Traditional Chinese Medicine has a more nuanced perspective on what constitutes a normal menstrual period.

Normal Menstrual Cycle and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

According to traditional Chinese medicine, a normal period should meet the following criteria:

  • the blood should be red in colour, not dark;
  • the flow should neither be too heavy nor too light;
  • there should be no presence of blood clots; and there should be no unusual odour.

In addition to these physical aspects, the absence of significant symptoms before and around menstruation is also considered indicative of a normal period. Such symptoms may include mood swings, sore or tender breasts, bloating, headaches, or migraines.

If a person’s period does not meet the aforementioned criteria, it may be seen as abnormal.

By examining various factors such as the menstrual cycle length, color, texture, volume, and odor, along with other general symptoms, one can gain insights into a woman’s overall health.

Menstrual Cycle Length

The menstrual cycle is measured from the first day of the period until its completion. If the cycle consistently starts 7 days earlier, or if there are 2 or more consecutive cycles with such early onset, it may indicate heat or blood deficiency. On the other hand, if the cycle is consistently delayed by more than 7 days, or if it lasts 40 to 50 days each time, it could suggest cold syndrome or Qi/blood deficiency (Qi/blood Xu).

Colour and Texture

The colour and texture of menstrual blood can provide clues about the underlying health conditions.

  • Light color or thin texture may indicate deficient syndromes such as qi/blood deficiency, spleen/kidney deficiency, or dampness.
  • Dark or purple color, thick texture, or the presence of clots may suggest heat, blood stasis, or Qi-energy stagnation.

For instance, the blood can be further classified as hot or cold. Hot blood is associated with a bright red color and a larger volume, while cold blood is characterised by a dark colour, small blood clots, and a cold appearance similar to black beans.


While the observation of menstrual flow is important, the volume of blood alone is not sufficient to determine the situation accurately. For example, a seemingly large amount of blood may actually be diluted by another component, indicating blood loss. Only when the colour is deep red and the texture is thick can it be considered hot. Similarly, when the flow is too light, considering the colour and texture in conjunction with the overall characteristics of the period can help determine the true state of Qi and blood.

Accompanying Symptoms

In addition to the nature of the period itself, the presence of symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), diarrhoea, mood swings, and others before and after menstruation can also provide valuable information. For example, experiencing dizziness before and after menstruation suggests deficiency. Observing the period can serve as a good indicator in such cases. Additionally, if dizziness is accompanied by pale gums, a pale tongue, palpitations, fatigue, and other signs of weakness and fatigue, it may also indicate Qi and/or blood deficiency.

If symptoms include chest tightness, a heavy sensation in the head, poor appetite, increased vaginal discharge, and the presence of phlegm, it could indicate spleen deficiency. On the other hand, if dizziness, a small amount of bright red menstrual flow, irritability, weakness in the lower back, dry mouth and throat, and redness of the cheeks are present, it may suggest involvement of the liver and kidneys.

Distinguishing the actual condition of dysmenorrhea is also possible. If the pain occurs before or during menstruation and is alleviated when blood clots are discharged, it is likely caused by blood stasis or liver Qi stagnation. However, if the pain persists throughout the menstrual period, worsens, and is accompanied by a feeling of restlessness or heat, it is more likely a result of kidney deficiency and virtual blood.

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fertility and women's healthAmenorrhea is the absence of menstruation. Regular menstrual cycles generally indicate that ovulation is occurring. While not all cases of amenorrhea automatically mean infertility, amenorrhea can have implications for fertility. Amenorrhea can have various causes and may require different treatment and management. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including acupuncture Chinese herbal medicine is a holistic approach, and treatment is tailored to each individual’s unique needs. Integrating TCM with conventional medicine may offer a holistic approach to support your reproductive health.

Types of amenorrhea

Primary amenorrhea

This refers to the absence of menstruation in women who have not had a period by the age of 15-16 or within three years after the onset of secondary sexual characteristics (such as breast development) during puberty. Primary amenorrhea may be caused by various factors, including genetic conditions, hormonal imbalances, structural abnormalities, or disorders affecting the reproductive organs. Fertility depends on the underlying cause and may require medical intervention.

Secondary amenorrhea

This refers to the absence of menstruation in women who have previously had regular menstrual cycles. Secondary amenorrhea is typically defined as the absence of menstruation for three or more consecutive cycles or six months in women who previously had regular periods. Common causes of secondary amenorrhea include pregnancy, hormonal imbalances (such as polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disorders, Premature Ovarian Failure/early menopause ), excessive exercise, stress, weight changes, certain medications, or medical conditions affecting the reproductive system. Treating the underlying cause can often restore fertility.


Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances, such as high or low levels of oestrogen, progesterone, or thyroid hormones, can disrupt the menstrual cycle. Treatment may involve hormonal therapy or medications to regulate hormone levels, as well as lifestyle changes to support hormonal balance.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that can cause irregular or absent menstruation. Lifestyle changes, such as weight management, regular exercise, and a balanced diet, are often recommended. Hormonal medications, such as oral contraceptives or insulin-sensitising drugs, may be prescribed to regulate the menstrual cycle.

Stress and Lifestyle Factors

Chronic stress, excessive exercise, drastic weight changes, and poor nutrition can all contribute to amenorrhea. Addressing these factors through stress management techniques, adequate rest and relaxation, balanced nutrition, and moderation in exercise can help restore menstrual regularity.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Inadequate intake of essential nutrients, such as iron, can affect menstrual function. Ensuring a well-balanced diet with sufficient intake of nutrients is important. In some cases, dietary supplements may be recommended.

Medication-Induced Amenorrhea

Certain medications, such as certain types of contraceptives or antipsychotics, can cause amenorrhea. Consulting with a healthcare professional or gynaecologist about alternative medications or adjusting the current treatment plan may be necessary.

Post-pill Amenorrhea

Amenorrhoea can occur after stopping the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs). This is a common phenomenon known as post-pill amenorrhea. Here are some factors that can contribute to amenorrhea after discontinuing OCPs:

Hormonal Adjustment

Oral contraceptive pills contain synthetic hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle. When you stop taking OCPs, it may take some time for your body to adjust and regain its natural hormonal balance. This adjustment period can lead to temporary amenorrhea.

Withdrawal of Hormonal Influence

OCPs provide a consistent level of hormones that suppress ovulation and control the menstrual cycle. When you stop taking the pills, there is a withdrawal of this hormonal influence, which can disrupt the normal functioning of the reproductive system and temporarily halt menstruation.

Individual Variations

Every woman’s body is unique, and the time it takes for the menstrual cycle to resume after stopping OCPs can vary. For some women, menstruation may return promptly, while for others, it may take several weeks or even months for the cycle to regulate.

Dealing with Post-Pill Amenorrhea

If you experience amenorrhea after discontinuing OCPs and you’re concerned about it, here are a few things you can consider:

  1. Give It Time: In most cases, post-pill amenorrhea is temporary, and the menstrual cycle will resume naturally. It’s normal for the body to take some time to readjust after hormonal contraception.
  2. Track Your Symptoms: Keep track of any changes or symptoms you experience after stopping OCPs. This can include the length of time without menstruation, any associated symptoms, or other noticeable changes in your body. If you notice any concerning or persistent symptoms, it’s advisable to consult with your healthcare provider.
  3. Consult Your Healthcare Provider: If you have been experiencing prolonged amenorrhea (absence of menstruation for several months), or if you have other concerns about your menstrual health, it’s recommended to consult with your doctor or Chinese medicine practitioner. They can evaluate your specific situation, perform any necessary tests, and provide personalised advice based on your individual needs.

Post-Pill Amenorrhoea Chinese medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), amenorrhea can be seen as a disruption in the body’s energy flow and balance. TCM practitioners may approach this condition by aiming to restore the harmonious flow of qi (energy) and blood throughout the body. Here are some TCM principles and approaches that may be considered for post-pill amenorrhea:


traditional needle acupunctureAcupuncture is a commonly used TCM technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and restore balance. TCM practitioners may target acupuncture points related to reproductive health and hormonal regulation to support the restoration of menstrual cycles.

Chinese herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicineTCM practitioners may prescribe specific herbal formulas tailored to an individual’s needs. These formulas often include a combination of herbs that are believed to nourish the blood, regulate hormonal balance, and promote the flow of qi. Some commonly used herbs in TCM include dong quai (Angelica sinensis), peony (Paeonia lactiflora), and Chinese motherwort (Leonurus japonicus).

Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations

TCM practitioners may also offer dietary and lifestyle advice to support the restoration of menstrual cycles. This may involve recommendations to eat a balanced diet with nourishing foods, manage stress levels, get adequate rest, and engage in moderate exercise.

Scientific research regarding the effectiveness of TCM for amenorrhea including post-pill amenorrhea is on going and more research is needed. If you have been diagnosed amenorrhea and want to know if acupuncture Chinese herbal medicine can be benefit to your health, please feel free to contact us.

Almond Wellness Centre Coburg and Ringwood clinics

Almond Wellness Centre located in Victoria’s Coburg and Ringwood area, is a multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to promoting wellness. At our clinics, we emphasise the importance of comprehensive healthcare that considers the entirety of an individual. Our approach involves treating each person as a unique individual, taking into account your lifestyle, diet, environment, emotions, and attitude.

All practitioners have comprehensive training in reproductive health including TCM gynaecology and obstetrics, fertility IVF acupuncture support, and pre/ post natal treatment. We have extensive knowledge in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern medicine, specifically related to women’s health and fertility.

As each person is different, if you or someone you care about is experiencing menstruation period or fertility issue and would like to explore the potential benefits of Chinese medicine acupuncture, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our fully qualified registered acupuncture Chinese medicine practitioners in both Coburg clinic and Ringwood clinic are here to provide information and assistance. We will assess your specific condition, take into account your medical history, and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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A study explored how acupuncture could help manage menopause symptoms in breast cancer patients. It discovered that while acupuncture effectively relieved general menopause symptoms, it didn’t significantly reduce hot flushes in patients undergoing medical menopause due to breast cancer treatments. For those concerned about hormone therapy’s side effects, acupuncture might serve as an alternative.


The study, accessible at this link focused on breast cancer patients experiencing hot flushes due to medical menopause. Instead of traditional hormone therapy, some patients chose acupuncture. The research reviewed various randomised clinical trials involving 844 women, averaging 58 years old, using Cochrane criteria to assess the acupuncture’s effectiveness.


The analysis showed that while acupuncture didn’t notably impact the frequency and severity of hot flushes (p = 0.34; p = 0.33), it did significantly improve overall menopause symptoms (p = 0.009). No severe adverse effects were reported from acupuncture treatment.


Acupuncture emerges as an effective method to alleviate menopause symptoms for breast cancer patients. However, its influence on hot flushes appears limited. For those worried about hormone therapy’s repercussions, considering acupuncture as an alternative is recommended. Further large-scale studies exploring biomarkers or cytokines could deepen our understanding of how acupuncture aids in managing menopause symptoms in breast cancer patients.

Having two periods in one month? You may just have ovulation bleeding

Author: Dr. Richard Zeng (Chinese Medicine)

menstruation health acupuncture Melbourne31-year-old Sarah came to see me at Almond Wellness Centre, our acupuncture Chinese medicine clinic. Sarah had been trying to get pregnant for over a year without any success, and was concerned that her short menstrual cycles might be hindering her chances.

Sarah’s period was so short that she almost had two periods in one month. Her first period lasts for 5 days, normal flow with mild cramping and some PMS. She then has another period a few days later. The second “period” is light or spotting only, with clear stretching discharge and some cramping or sharp pain on the sides of lower abdomen.

I suggested her to do ovulation test and check her basal body temperature (BBT). From her BBT and ovulation history we discovered that she was not actually having two periods in one month, but was experiencing ovulation bleeding instead.

So, what is ovulation bleeding?

Ovulation bleeding is light bleeding or spotting that occurs during ovulation.

The exact cause of ovulation bleeding is not clear, but it is thought to be related to changes in hormone levels that occur during ovulation. The surge in oestrogen and luteinising hormone that triggers ovulation can cause some women to experience spotting or light bleeding.

Does ovulation bleeding affect fertility?

Ovulation bleeding is generally not a concern; however, it may affect chances of getting pregnant. For instance, Sarah thought that she was having period. She avoided having intercourse during that period time, therefore missed her fertile windows and had difficulty to get pregnant.

Chinese medicine and ovulation bleeding

Chinese medicine for fertility and women's healthIn Chinese medicine, ovulation bleeding is seen as a sign of disharmony in the body’s energy, or qi. This disharmony can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, poor diet, and hormonal imbalances. A Chinese medicine practitioner will work to identify the root cause of the problem and develop a customised management plan. In addition, dietary and lifestyle changes may be recommended to support your overall health and improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Because Sarah was avoiding intercourse during her bleeding time, she was actually missing her fertile windows, which made it more difficult for her to conceive. After following her treatment plan and other advice, her period became more regular and her ovulation bleeding stopped. She could “time it right” – having intercourse during her fertile windows. A few months later Sarah successfully became pregnant, much to her delight and relief.

So, if you are experiencing two periods in one month, with light flow or unusual spotting or discharge, you may actually be experiencing ovulation bleeding. Don’t let ovulation bleeding or any other menstrual irregularities get in the way of your dreams of becoming pregnant. With the right treatment and care, you can improve your chances of conception and start your journey towards motherhood.

It’s worth noting that while some people respond positive to Chinese medicine treatment on fertility outcomes, others have found no significant benefits. You should consult with your fertility specialist and registered Chinese medicine practitioner before start any treatment.