Amenorrhea is a missed period of three months or when a female fails to menstruate at puberty. There are many factors that can cause the period to cease:
- Too much exercise
- Rapid weight loss
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Thyroid Issues
- Low estradiol levels
- Pituitary tumor
- Breast feeding
Diagnosis and Treatment
When a female has not had her period it is important to rule out pregnancy. If a pregnancy test is negative, the next step is to get tested with a hormone panel and sonogram. Once a hormonal panel and sonogram are done, understanding the issue can determine the various treatments. This article will be focus on women who experience a loss of menstruation but may have “normal” hormone tests and no presence of masses.
One treatment approach to helping restart the menstrual cycle is Provera. Provera is a synthetic form of progesterone. It is taken for a certain amount of days and when it is stopped it signals the body to shed the uterine lining. The hope is this causes the body to signal the feedback loop to restart the menstrual cycle. This can sometimes happen if there is enough of a uterine lining to shed. Another more common approach is the birth control pill. The pill will help bring on the menstrual cycle. However, it is not a womans “true” menstrual cycle since she does not ovulate on the pill. A very effective ane natural approach to helping bring back the menstrual cycle is acupuncture and herbal medicine.
How Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Work To Bring On The Period
Chinese Medicine offers a great benefit to females who have the absence of their period. First, let’s break down the menstrual cycle. When pregnancy does not take place, progesterone drops and it signals the feedback loop. When an individual does not have their period, there is pathology in this natural cycle.
Patterns of Amenorrhea in Chinese Medicine
Treatment for Amenorrhea with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
If you have amenorrhea, it is important to first go see your gynecologist for testing. Chinese Medicine is an effective treatment to help resume the period.