Regulating the Menstrual Cycle
Medical Research Design
Limited medical research design has indicated that menstrual cycle length is related to live birth outcomes. More medical research is required to ascertain the relationship or not between menstrual cycle irregularities and live birth rates.
In general research on infertility is quite limited. For example, a systematic review found that there is limited evidence available on how to best advise couples to try for a baby. At Aquilia Acupuncture we use consensus guidelines produced by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. We do find that many couples are unaware of how to optimise their approach towards natural conception or assisted reproductive technology and the quality of evidence for add on ART techniques and some routine care processes is limited.
Some questions that we ask to help us measure menstrual cycle irregularities according to the Chinese medical model include:
- Cycle regularity: is the cycle early or delayed?
- The colour of the menstrual fluid: is it bright red or dark red?
- Flow: is there spotting?
- The amount of menstrual fluid lost: are periods heavy or light?
- The consistency of the menstrual flow: are clots present and are they big or small?
- Pain level and type?
Regulating the menstrual cycle involves acupuncture treatment management around these phases:
The number 1 reason for assisted reproductive technology in the UK is male factor subfertility.
Men are less likely to seek overall healthcare services. However, when it comes to fertility, men seem to break the rule of thumb. A large majority of men undergo tests and investigations and participate in fertility treatments that are supportive of their family and outcome.
We use a few acupuncture points on the foot and leg!
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