Acupuncture for Amenorrhea

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ten months after ending birth control, and I have no period. Still. The Provera challenge to get it started didn't work, and the OB/GYN the Navy referred me to told me to go back on birth control if I'm not trying to get pregnant. Fail.

I'm 30. I should have a period.

A nutritionist put me on a GAPS diet that included fermented dairy, ghee, and cheese, but my acne is worse. Still, other aspects of the diet work well: bone broth, beef, cooked veggies. I'm now adding acupuncture because at least according to Google, it has a good track record for fixing amenorrhea where Western medicine fails.

I got an odd diagnosis today. While all my symptoms point to a blockage between my upper and lower body (we're talking Chinese medicine here), when she took my pulse, she said she was surprised that my body was telling her that it wants relief from my migraines and nightmares. Weird.

So here we go. Drinking Chinese herbal tea, drinking bone broth, eating beef, eating a low-fiber diet and NOTHING RAW because I don't have the "digestive fire" to process it. I always did find that I did better with longer periods in between meals, but I got too hungry.

I'm also reducing the intensity of my exercise. Today, I did an hour of stationary biking with my heart rate below 100. Tomorrow, I plan on doing yoga. Friday, I have a barre class scheduled. The acupuncturist said that human bodies want to make babies: that's what they're designed to do. When the body's health is threatened in some way, reproduction is one of the first things to shut down, so when my body isn't threatened, fertility will return. It wasn't her recommendation to lighten up on the exercise, it's my own decision, and I'm finding there's a fine balance. We'll see.

I consider myself open-minded, but this is really going to stretch my limits. Thank goodness acupuncture is thousands of years old and even Western medicine is starting to show that it isn't hokey. So, with open heart and open mind, I embark.

1 hour of stationary biking left me pretty wiped out.

Wellness shakes for breakfast and snack made my tummy rumbly, as did bone broth, but digestion was good.

Eggs and turkey bacon were delicious but a little slow to digest.

Beef short ribs and sweet potato were awesome, as was some dark chocolate I really savored.

Digestion was overall pretty good today.

Skin looks like garbage. But today is Day 1 of dairy-, gluten-, and nightshade-free diet. Not many options means it's hard to over-eat.
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