FERTILITY: IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A PRIORITY
In Chinese Medicine preservation of fertility has always been an important focus. According to a study in the British Medical Journal, as many as 1 in 3 women in the next decade may face fertility issues. Fertility for us at Urban Wellness goes beyond hormone levels and body temperatures. We address the whole person, including emotional and physical needs.
At Urban Wellness we consider preservation of a healthy woman’s cycle a priority long before she ever considers whether or not to have a child. Sometimes we can have a slightly cavalier approach to menstrual cycle and fertility – that it will always be there when/if we need it. Or may even consider it a hassle, a bother that gets in the way of our life. A regular and pain free cycle however, is a vital to fertility in Chinese medicine. When women have a regular cycle, hormones are regular and the body is more likely to be ready for another potential life when we choose. Balancing our cycle can in many ways can also balance our emotional life. At Urban Wellness we work with women to consider ways of preserving fertility way before they may need it.
Acupuncture has proven effective in regulating hormones associated with PCOS:
Fertility is related to a key part of our ability to create in general. Feeling ‘fertile’ can mean having the resources in life to expand, grow, reach out, give and receive. Consider pregnancy to be like an extra-curricular activity in the body; if the resources aren’t there our body will conserve energy, and may resist supplying things that it doesn’t feel it has the energy for. At Urban Wellness we focus on rebuilding a woman’s vitality, so she is nourished enough to be ready and receptive to nourish another. We bring back the natural inherent strength; the allowing, relaxing, powerful part of the feminine that is in us all. This applies to women who are seeking to become pregnant.
For those undergoing fertility treatments, acupuncture is an excellent adjunct therapy to increase chance of a successful pregnancy. Recent research includes:
Acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rates in women who undergo IVF:
Higher ovulation and pregnancy rates for women receiving acupuncture combined with clomiphene:
Acupuncture boost Fertility:
PREGNANCY AND BEYOND
We recommend women continue acupuncture throughout pregnancy to manage symptoms such as:
digestive disorders — reflux and GERD
hemorrhoids, constipation, etc.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatments for these symptoms and can reduce or eliminate the use of medication which may not be desired.
NEW MOM HEALTH
So much focus can go into conceiving pregnancy that many women aren’t ready for what happens after the baby actually arrives. Many times a woman’s resources are depleted in pregnancy or in giving birth and never truly get a chance to recover. We at Urban Wellness concentrate on Post-Birth Health and Rejuvenation – Rebuilding the body’s resources beyond just getting the body back in shape, but helping with some of the pregnancy symptoms that may continue after birth, such as;
Breast soreness/ milk flow
Healing from episiotomy or Caesarian
As well as:
Emotional Balance – A woman’s hormones post-birth go through a huge adjustment and change. Acupuncture can help with hormonal transitions, as well as psychological shifts to new family dynamics. Even good events can be stressful at times.
Sleep Issues- Adjusting to a new routine and helping to nourish deep and restful sleep. P.S. Great for new dads, too!
Remember the story of the frog? In eighth grade science class many of us were told a ‘frog will jump out of hot water’, but if you put him in cold water and gradually heat up, the frog will sit in hot water until the end. For some women the road to peri-menopause and menopause can be the same, a gradual change which goes unrealized until a point of crisis – “Hot Flashes”, “Insomnia” and more. And like the frog, many women may ‘deal with the increased body changes’ before realizing it’s time to ‘jump out of the boiling pot’!
One of the factors seen is the gradual change in hormones that affects women far before they actually reach menopause. Think about it – when you first hit puberty, you had never been through anything like it. The changes were all new and dramatic and hard to miss. The hormonal shift into menopause is in some ways just as dramatic, but drawn over a much longer and slower course. And many of the symptoms can be so gradual and already a part of our life that they are easy to dismiss. You might notice you’re a bit more annoyed by things, more impatient and moody. You figure this is due to the fact you’ve gradually been sleeping less soundly, having to wake to use the bathroom several times at night. Or you may have noticed gaining weight and finding your digestion wasn’t like it used to be.
Like most women you may attribute these changes to age or stress. And like most women you’ve found ways of coping with these changes as they came up. But gradually these changes can be overwhelming and one’s ability to cope can fail, leading to frustration and betrayal. As one woman stated; ‘I felt that this body that I had lived in for so long wasn’t complying. I was used to things working the way I wanted and here I was facing my own body not doing what I desired.’ Acupuncture can help with a variety of symptoms both physical an emotional associated with peri-menopause.
MENOPAUSE: CHANGE IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
Menopause is a shift in both our physical and emotional lives. As our hormones change, our literal perception of the world changes as well. In her book The Female Brain, Dr. Louann Brezendine speaks of the effects of the decline in estrogen that menopausal years brings on our point of view. She speaks of estrogen as the ‘Vaseline on the lens of life’ allowing women to keep social bonds necessary for the raising of children. Once this drops, perception of relationships and life dramatically shift.
(Highly recommend book for women at all stages of development: http://drlouann.ning.com/)
The energy we used focusing on creating a career and/or raising a family is now possible to use in other areas of our lives. Sometimes in these transitions, other emotions come to light, and at times become a deep transitional process of letting go of the old and welcoming the new.
Acupuncture can be very effective in helping relieve a variety of both physical an emotional symptoms that menopause might bring including:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats/ Cold Sweats
- Insomnia/sleep issues
- Frequent urination
- Vaginal Dryness
- Low Libido
- Loss of concentration
- Digestive issues
The time of menopause is a highly sacred and powerful time of transition in a woman’s life. Here at Urban Wellness we are able to address all the changes that are happening, both emotionally and physically to prepare you for the next stages that life has to offer.
POST MENOPAUSE: VIBRANT LIFE CONTINUED
Older women have not always had the best reputation in history. And even today, many women wrestle with the concept of identity past fertility. We at Urban Wellness see post menopause as a powerful time of creativity, wisdom and growth. In Chinese Medicine blood is related to emotional life and creativity. When we are no longer having a monthly release and need to rebuild blood, a woman is now able to use that creative energy that was to potentially be for a new life to now create what she wants. Post menopause in Chinese Medicine can prove to be a dynamic and creative time where women are able to use their energy in whatever manner they desire. And personally, we feel the voice of our elder women is greatly needed in our culture today and strive to support the Gracious Queen in all of us.
Sex doesn’t have to end. At Urban Wellness we address sexual concerns along the way so that pleasure is always possible and part of a healthy and gracious aging process. Strong, sexy, we at Urban Wellness think women are best when they have a little wisdom in their heart.