Treating Miscarraig with Traditional Chinese Medicine
MiscarriageThough rarely spoken about in conversation, miscarriage is much more common than most of us realise. It can also be one of the most heartbreaking and emotionally devastating times for women trying conceive. To explore further why some women experience recurrent miscarriages, we must first rule out certain conditions. Firstly we need to know if structural abnormalities are present such as fibroid, polyps or an unusually shaped uterus. An ultrasound will generally highlight any of these issues.
Blood tests can also be used to look for certain immune system markers that may predict a clotting disorder. Older woman's eggs can be more susceptible to chromosomal abnormalities which sometimes results in miscarriage. While these are not common causes, they are part of the bigger picture of miscarriage for some women. It is a good idea for you to obtain as much information as possible in order to rule out these things mentioned above.
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine do to prevent miscarriage?
Traditional Chinese medicine concentrates firstly on preconception. Acupuncture is used here to increase increase blood flow to the reproductive organs so that eggs and sperm are bathed in nutrient-rich blood while they are maturing. With this we produce better quality eggs thus leading to healthier embryos.
Sometimes hormone levels (such as low progesterone) can be a factor in miscarriage. If this is the case we can use acupuncture to help strengthen the quality of the follicles so that they are better producers of progesterone after ovulation. In addition to this, woman experiencing very light periods and thin endometrial lining can be treated by increasing blood flow to the uterus and working re balance hormones.
Herbal medicine can also be used in some cases if necessary but it is usually best if the body can operate fully on its own during conception. In the months leading up to conception we may use herbs to help build the blood and induce good quality cervical fluid if it is lacking.
How many treatments will I need?
It is important to take a health and reproductive history and then your TCM practitioner can determine a treatment plan tailored for your individual needs. A typical plan would be to come for treatment once a week for the first three weeks of a cycle (day 1 is considered the first day of your period) and then take a break for the last week and during your period. When pregnancy occurs, we will treat either once a week or every other week during the first trimester.
What other tools am I given to ensure my treatments are effective?
The health of your eggs and your partners sperm reflect both of your general health. If you are leading a very rushed, hectic lifestyle and grabbing your meals on the go while your sleep schedule suffers, you body will be lacking the extra energy needed to have a baby. Slowing things down, giving your body plenty of rest and eating nutritious energy rich foods will give your body a greater chance during acupuncture treatments. We wish you success on this very fulfilling and happy journey.