Perimenopausal Women CAN Still Get Pregnant with Acupuncture!

Do you suffer from hot flashes, sleep problems or mood swings?  If you’re in your mid-30s or older you may be suffering from perimenopause, or even early menopause.

Perimenopause is the time around menopause when your body is in transition.  You may notice things like menstrual irregularity in your 40s.  Some women, though, will notice a change in their mid 30s.  During this time, your estrogen level rises and falls unevenly.  You may have longer, or shorter, menstrual cycles and you may not ovulate each month.  Your symptoms may also mimic menopause with hot flashes, sleep problems, slowing metabolism or vaginal dryness.

If you are looking for a natural way to delay the onset of menopause and handle the hormonal changes while optimizing fertility, you should consider acupuncture.

How acupuncture works to ease symptoms

Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and natural supplements treat women and the hormonal changes that come with perimenopause.  It works by weakening the severity of hot flashes and helping to control your mood.  It may help you feel more relaxed and less anxious overall by lessening sleep disturbance.

Over the past several years, various well-published studies have examined the link between acupuncture and menopause.  A 2010 published study found acupuncture helped reduce hot flashes and menopause-related symptoms in perimenopausal or postmenopausal women.  Another study published in 2009 also found acupuncture played a role in reducing hot flashes and increasing quality of life in postmenopausal women.

Why acupuncture may help you

Researchers suggest it might be because acupuncture boosts the production of endorphins, stabilizing the body’s temperature controls.  Acupuncture is safe and can be combined with other healthy choices like eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and getting a good night’s rest.

Sources:

Menopause. 2010 Mar;17(2):269-80.   Effects of acupuncture on hot flashes in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women--a multicenter randomized clinical trial. Kim KH, et al.  Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Meridian Research Center, Division of Standard Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea.

Menopause. 2009 May-Jun;16(3):484-93.  The Acupuncture on Hot Flushes Among Menopausal Women (ACUFLASH) study, a randomized controlled trial. Borud EK, et al.  The National Research Center in Alternative and Complementary Medicine, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway.