Irregular Periods and Pregnancy

Getting Pregnant When You Have Irregular Periods

We understand that many parts of our life and health play a role in fertility, which is why we look at the entire picture.

Healing Through Stability

Menstrual cycles can differ from each woman to the next and it is even common to experience cycle irregularity at some point. However, when you’re trying to become pregnant, this unpredictability in ovulation can be a significant roadblock. We’ll help you address the causes of these irregular periods and/or menstruation so you can see success in your fertility journey.

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Our Holistic Approach to Dealing with Irregular Periods and Pregnancy

Our bodies are composed of wonderfully complex systems, and your menstrual cycle is no different. There can be many causes of irregular periods and fluctuating cycles, from hormone and thyroid issues to stress levels and exercise habits.

We understand that many parts of our life and health play a role in fertility, which is why we look at the entire picture when treating irregular periods and fertility. We’ll work closely with you to create a treatment plan that is perfectly suited to the beautiful mosaic that is you.

Getting Pregnant with Irregular Periods Naturally

The great news is that there are many natural ways to increase fertility and treat irregular periods. Your OB/GYN or other doctor may recommend treatments depending on the cause of the irregularity, and we’re here to give you extra support with natural therapies. After speaking with you, we may recommend acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, or a combination of both.

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Acupuncture

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Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture for Irregular Menstrual Cycle and Infertility

Acupuncture helps stabilize the entire monthly cycle by rebalancing yin and yang, qi, and blood flow. Treatments also bring balance to hormones, which promotes a regular menstrual cycle. Treatment works to address the root causes of irregular cycles, such as low blood quantity, iron deficiency, anemia, low blood sugar, etc. Addressing these root causes helps reduce the severity of menstrual related symptoms such as cramping, dysmenorrhea, PMS, breast tenderness, headaches, and back pain.

During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the abdomen, legs, arms, and sometimes elsewhere, such as the ears. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to feel results within 6 months of receiving weekly treatment. We will likely recommend combining acupuncture with Chinese herbs to maximize effectiveness.

Herbs for Infertility and Irregular Periods

Chinese herb formulas are customized to each patient to address their needs while considering their medical history and current concerns. Natural herbs for fertility are most typically used to promote the movement of qi and blood, providing the body with necessary nutrients and rebalancing hormonal levels. To promote a more regular menstrual flow, the medicine works to address the root causes through the lens of Chinese medicine which can impact low blood quantity, iron deficiency, anemia, low blood sugar, etc.

Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to experience sustained results in 3-6 months. After discussing your health history, we may recommend combining this therapy with acupuncture. We see better outcomes with improved results when these treatments are paired together for fertility treatments.

Stability and Peace

KW

My chronic pain and migraines have gone down and my cycles have been more regular.

I've been coming to Transformational Acupuncture for just over a month now and have experienced excellent results from working with Jamee Pineda. My chronic pain and migraines have gone down and my cycles have been more regular. We are now working on my fertility and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together. The space is very inviting and LGBTQ-friendly! Highly recommend!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Phase of the Menstrual Cycle Is Associated with Fertility?

The entire menstrual cycle is to prepare the body for pregnancy. During ovulation, around day 14 of a 28-day cycle, hormone levels change to regulate the release of a mature egg from the ovary. Conception is successful if sperm fertilizes the egg and it attaches to the lining of the uterus.

When Are You Most Fertile During Your Menstrual Cycle?

Pregnancy is possible during the “fertility window” of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The length of this window varies among women, but it is when the egg is released from the ovary and the five days preceding that release. This time period is the best time to try for pregnancy.

What Part of Menstrual Cycle Is Least Fertile?

The fertility window (see above) varies from woman to woman, but one easy way to check your chances of conceiving is to track your periods. This can help you know when you are fertile. However, lifestyle changes and experiencing irregular periods can make tracking less effective. Consult your doctor for alternative methods for checking fertility.

Can Irregular Periods Cause Infertility?

Irregular periods do not cause infertility but having unpredictable menstrual cycles can make it more difficult to conceive. Consult your doctor if your periods have been irregular (lasting longer than 35 days or shorter than 21 days) for three or more months. Menstrual or period irregularity can be an indicator of ovulation issues, a hormone imbalance, or thyroid issues.

When Do You Ovulate with Irregular Periods?

You ovulate about 14 days before the start of your period. While that timing is always true, having irregular periods can make it difficult to know what day to count back from. It’s a good idea to track your periods so you can notice patterns and so your doctor can better diagnose any underlying issues. Irregular periods may also indicate an issue with ovulation, so it’s important to check with your doctor.

Can You Get Pregnant with Irregular Periods?

Yes, you can get pregnant with irregular periods. Having irregular periods makes it more difficult to conceive.

How to Get Pregnant with Irregular Periods

There are many ways you can increase your chances of getting pregnant if you have irregular periods. There are some medications and treatments your doctor may recommend, but natural therapies such as acupuncture and taking Chinese herbal medicine can help regulate your menstrual cycle and also address the root causes of irregular periods. You may also find that some simple lifestyle changes like lowering stress levels and avoiding excessive exercise can help with irregular periods.

How to Get Pregnant with PCOS and Irregular Periods

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormone disorder and one of the most common causes of infertility for women in their reproductive years. This hormone condition creates ovulation issues, making it more difficult to conceive. Your doctor can recommend treatments for PCOS and you can also make lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet can help improve irregular periods.

How to Track Ovulation with Irregular Periods

Since tracking your periods on the calendar can be tricky, predicting ovulation with irregular periods can be difficult. Some other ways to track ovulation include tracking your basal body temperature, checking cervical mucus, and using ovulation predictor kits. Discuss tracking methods with your doctor to see what can work best for you.

Can Acupuncture Help to Regulate My Menstrual Cycle?

Yes, acupuncture can help to regulate your menstrual cycle! Acupuncture helps stabilize the entire monthly cycle by rebalancing the hormone levels in the body. Treatment works to address the root causes of irregular menstrual cycles, such as low blood quantity, iron deficiency, anemia, and low blood sugar.

What To Expect

You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.

At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.

At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Your Patient Journey

At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve. 

Learn more about your complete patient journey.

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Begin your holistic health journey by scheduling an appointment today. Schedule online or give us a call at (202) 297-7404.

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