Having acupuncture during the menstrual cycle
On this page
- Phases of the menstrual cycle
- When to have acupuncture treatment
- Self-help book
- Video guide
A lot of my patients ask me when is it beneficial to have acupuncture in their menstrual cycle. There is growing research that demonstrates acupuncture can regulate a woman's menstruation and reduce premenstrual symptoms thereby improving their fertility.
It is beneficial to have accupuncture during most parts of the menstrual cycle as it aids qi and blood. By regulating qi flow it helps to regulate hormones in the body and improve menstrual health thereby creating regular cycles.
Acupuncture is a medical treatment and can remove premenstrual symptoms (PMS), stomach cramps, tender breasts, menstrual pain, headaches and more.
2. Phases of the menstrual cycle
The are 4 phases of the menstrual cycle:
- Menstrual phase (days 1-7)
- Follicular phase (days 8-14)
- Ovulation (day 15)
- Luteal phase (days 16-29)
3. When to have acupuncture treatment
You can have acupuncture during any part of your menstrual cycle, as it can help with different aspects during the month.
From around day 4-5 of your cycle, when fertility hormones (FSH) start to rise, having acupuncture can help with egg growth and maturation.
During the ovulation phase, acupuncture can help maturation of the egg and aid blood flow to the uterus lining.
In the second part of your menstrual cycle (luteal phase), after you have ovulated, acupuncture can help with the anxiety and emotional stress of wondering if you are pregnant or not and aid implantation of the embryo into the uterus lining.
It's not necessary to have acupuncture treatment during your menstrual bleed as your follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels are still low and you maybe more sensitive to the acupuncture needles.
4. How to get pregnant book
To boost your chances of getting pregnant you need to know the basics about your fertility. Read my self-help book on how to get pregnant titled My Fertility Guide. Here is a summary of what you need to know to get pregnant fast: