Chinese Medicine and acupuncture has a long history of treating women’s health conditions, drug and surgery free. Here at Quiescence, it is an area of health we are passionate about.
As women we first become aware of our reproductive health at menarche, however we tend not to give it much thought to until we are trying to conceive. We tend to spend most of our reproductive lives on the pill and taking painkillers but when this stops being a viable, or desirable, option there seems to be little else readily available.
The true strength Chinese Medicine has to offer women is the importance it places on seeing the intricacies of each individual. How well the body is functioning day to day will give us an indication of why certain symptoms are appearing in the menstrual cycle. We focus on the quality and consistency of menstrual flow, levels of pain, emotional states, pre-menstrual symptoms, digestion, sleep and energy levels to guide our treatments.
Over the years women have come seeking our help to manage the symptoms of a variety of gynecological conditions including:
- Pre-menstrual tension
- painful periods
- heavy bleeding
- irregular cycles
- amenorrhoea (no periods)
- hormonal acne
So what’s a normal period anyway?
It’s no secret many of us have no idea of what a normal period looks like. So if you are interested this is what Chinese Medicine considers to be normal:
Your period ideally starts during the night of the 27th day or the morning of the 28th day, although a cycle between 26 and 30 days is still considered normal so long as it’s regular. The menstrual blood starts fresh red and at a moderate flow. The flow continues to get heavier over the next couple of days. On the heaviest day, the flow should require a regular sanitary napkin/ tampon to be changed approximately every 3 hours. It should then taper off and finish cleanly, still fresh red in colour around day five.
Ideally there should be NO clots, pain, bloating, mood changes, sore breasts, increased vaginal discharge, headaches or fatigue before, during or after.
If you are interested in more detailed information about the different stages of the menstrual cycle, and what you can do to improve your menstrual health, please read our menstrual health blog entries.