Do you find yourself curled up in the fetal position clutching a hot water bottle before your period? Do you crave sweet foods and sleep? Or do you feel nauseous with a stabbing pain, not able to eat or drink?
Almost 85% of American women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in the childbearing years. About 5% of these women are disabled by PMS due to the extremely severe symptoms. PMS is most common in women between 20 years old and 40 years old but can occur in any woman of childbearing age. Symptoms can get worse as patients age and approach menopause.
PMS refers to a group of symptoms that begin to arise around two weeks before a woman’s period begins, and usually ends one to two days after the blood flow gas started. The start of menstruation most commonly brings relief. While the western medical community does not fully understand what causes PMS, a connection between the symptoms and fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone has been identified. Some women do experience more severe symptoms that others. No matter what your situation is, we are here to help.
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years as a means to regulate the female menstrual cycle and to support each woman through this monthly process, helping to naturally stimulate, as well as regulate blood flow and hormone levels. It is safe, painless and an effective way to feel comfortable throughout each month without the use of oral contraceptives or other prescription medications. For those with more severe symptoms who are under a doctor’s care, we are also happy to work with you and your doctor to maximize your relief. Because acupuncture is natural and has no side effectd, it can be used with or without western medications. Our primary objective as practitioners is to help you feel balanced and great throughout your monthly cycle.
Acupuncture treatments are generally given over 3-4 months. This gives the acupuncturist a chance to treat you pre- and post -menses, as well as pre- and post -ovulation. Regular treatments will ensure effective and long-lasting solution to your PMS problems and discomfort.
We think long term with our medicine, it’s primary goal being preventative health/longevity – most women will eventually want to conceive a child and have a healthy pregnancy. PMS symptoms can be a red flag as you plan to start a family, so call us today to book a consult and get relief from your PMS.