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Acupuncture for premature ovarian failure

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  1. Overview
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatment
  5. Self-help book

1. Overview

Premature ovarian failure is a lack of eggs left in the ovaries in women of fertile age. Premature ovarian failure is also known as premature ovarian insufficiency.

Premature ovarian failure is not a common problem amongst women affecting about 1% of woman under 40 years of age. A diagnose of premature ovarian failure can be very emotional and difficult to accept.

2. Symptoms

The symptoms of premature ovarian failure include:

3. Causes

The causes of premature ovarian failure include:

  • Genetics
  • Prolonged emotional stress
  • Poor diet
  • Western medical drugs
  • Repeated miscarriages or terminations
  • Repeated IVF cycles
  • Smoking

Women who smoke are likely to have premature ovarian insufficiency 3-5 years earlier than normal. This is caused by catechostrogens that block estrogen. Some women may develop autoantibodies to thyroid, adrenal and ovarian endocrine tissues, which may lead to ovarian failure. In such cases, hormone therapy and acupuncture can restart ovulation.

4. Treatment for premature ovarian failure

It is possible to treat premature ovarian failure with the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary changes, lifestyle improvements and specific supplements.

Acupuncture for premature ovarian failure

Both acupuncture and electroacupuncture have been shown in research to reduce and treat premature ovarian failure

Chinese herbs for premature ovarian failure

Chinese herbal medicine has been shown in research to treat premature ovarian failure. Specific Chinese herbal formulas such as Jin Feng Wan can help treat premature ovarian failure.

5. My Fertility Guide

Read more on how to improve premature ovarian failure in my self-help fertility book My Fertility Guide. Available in paperback and Kindle.


Zhang H, Qin F, Liu A, Sun Q, Wang Q, Xie S, Lu S, Zhang D, Lu Z. Electro-acupuncture attenuates the mice premature ovarian failure via mediating PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway. Life Sci. 2019 Jan 15;217:169-175. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2018.11.059. Epub 2018 Dec 3. PMID: 30521869.
Wang S, Lin S, Zhu M, Li C, Chen S, Pu L, Lin J, Cao L, Zhang Y. Acupuncture Reduces Apoptosis of Granulosa Cells in Rats with Premature Ovarian Failure Via Restoring the PI3K/Akt Signaling Pathway. Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Dec 13;20(24):6311. doi: 10.3390/ijms20246311. PMID: 31847241; PMCID: PMC6940951.
Hu YY, Zhong RH, Guo XJ, Li GT, Zhou JY, Yang WJ, Ren BT, Zhu Y. Jinfeng pills ameliorate premature ovarian insufficiency induced by cyclophosphamide in rats and correlate to modulating IL-17A/IL-6 axis and MEK/ERK signals. J Ethnopharmacol. 2023 May 10;307:116242. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2023.116242. Epub 2023 Feb 10. PMID: 36775079.


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