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Saying Goodbye to Birth Control- Acupuncture & Chinese herbs to regulate period cycles

Updated: Jan 29, 2023

After years of being on birth control, many women find themselves wanting to ditch the pills and explore other methods of contraception. If you're considering making the switch, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be a great way to regulate your period cycles naturally. Here's what you need to know about using this approach to contraception.

Why you might want to stop taking birth control?

For many women, taking birth control can be a very helpful solution to managing reproductive hormones and planning their future. However, there are some women who may want to re-evaluate their decision. Side effects of some birth control pills can include nausea, mood swings, and headaches. Other rarer side effects can include blood clots and longer-term changes such as decreased bone mineral density. If any of these side effects become too overwhelming or concerning for an individual, they should talk to their doctor or healthcare provider about other options - such as switching to a different kind of medication or removing it altogether - that would be best suited for them.

What to expect when you stop taking birth control?

When you stop taking birth control, it is important to be aware that your menstrual cycle may not return to normal for quite some time, or ever. Irregular periods are a common side effect of coming off of hormonal contraceptives, so don't panic if your period doesn't come back as scheduled after a few months. It might take several weeks, months, or even longer to resume regular bleeding depending on how long you were taking the medication. Not to worry: Eventually, the balance of hormones in the body will re-establish itself and your periods will become predictable again. In addition, it's also possible that your fertility level may take some time to settle before you're able to conceive. All in all, stopping birth control is bound to cause changes - but with patience and understanding, everything should eventually return to normal.

How acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help regulate your period cycles?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be useful tools to help regulate women's period cycles. These treatments use ancient Chinese medicine practices that have been used for hundreds of years to restore balance in the body. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points along meridians, or energy pathways, improving the flow of qi, your body’s vital energy. Chinese herbs nourish underlying imbalances in the body with tonics that focus on strengthening reproductive organs and hormone production, allowing you to achieve the regularity you are after. Combining acupuncture with herbs gives an extra boost to see real results in menstrual cycle regulation within 3-4 months. Women don't have to struggle through painful irregular cycles any longer; now they have an all-natural option with proven efficacy.

Herbs and supplements to replenish the body after the pill

  • Vitamin B (B12, B2, B6)

  • Zinc

  • Vitamin C

  • Fish Oil

  • Ginseng

  • Ashwagandha

  • Chaste Berry Extract

These are all herbs and supplements that support hormonal balance and regulate ovulation.

Although getting off the pill can feel daunting, a little patience and care with the help of acupuncture can help lessen the initiation. The holistic approach may take months, but your body will thank you!

*This article is for education from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine only. The education provided by this article is not approved by FDA to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure human diseases. It should not stop you from consulting with your physician for your medical conditions. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on Qi, which is an invisible force that usually cannot be observed by modern science. Because science focuses on testing ideas about the natural world with evidence obtained through observation, these aspects of acupuncture can’t be studied by science. Therefore acupuncture and Chinese herbs are often not supported by double-blind, randomized trials, and they are considered alternative medicine therapies in the United States.

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