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I am passionate about educating women about their cycles.

I am also passionate about supporting women to balance their cycles with natural medicine. Chinese Medicine offers effective support for women to get to the root of hormonal issues. We support women throughout the cycle with acupuncture and herbs to help restore hormonal balance. Many women will see a positive shift in the health of their cycles in three to four months of regular treatments.

If you are trying to get pregnant or if you are planning to conceive in the future, balancing your hormonal cycles is vitally important to optimize fertility.

In this series, I share the four signs of a healthy menstrual cycle as well as healthy steps you can take to connect to your body.

Please note that women on hormonal birth control and IUDs will not be able to use these signs to understand their hormonal health since these forms of birth control over-ride the bodies’ natural cycle. I still think it’s important information for all women to understand, so please read on.

Sign #1: Regular Cycles

Healthy cycles are typically 25-35 days apart. The average length is 28 days. 

If you track your cycles, you will notice that your periods usually occur with the same frequency from month-to-month within a couple of days, for example every 27-28 days. This is considered your normal cycle frequency for your body. Some women may have 29-30 day cycles and this would be considered their normal frequency.

Healthy Step: I encourage all women to track their cycles.

It’s as easy as downloading an app for your phone or writing it down on your calendar. Start tracking the first day of your period (the first day of bleeding is considered Day 1 of your cycle). Even better is to start tracking any symptoms you might notice during the whole month (irregular spotting, headaches, acne outbreaks, mood shifts, etc).

If you observe that your cycles are consistent within a couple of days with 25-35 days between cycles, this is considered a sign of hormonal health.

If your cycle is consistently longer or shorter than 25-35 days for three or more menstrual cycles or if you aren’t menstruating at all, seek support from an OB/Gyn to determine any possible health issues.

Chinese medicine can help regulate menstrual cycles with a natural approach. If your doctor gives you a diagnosis or even if no specific diagnosis is found, Chinese Medicine can help balance the cycles. Chinese Medicine is also helpful to regulate the cycles if they are inconsistent from month-to-month; for example, some cycles you menstruate on day 25 and some cycles you menstruate on day 31.

I am always happy to consult with you and let you know if Chinese Medicine is a good option. Feel free to set up a free 15 minute consultation with my office.

Next up on the series: I will discuss Sign #2 which is observing the pre-menstrual time of your cycle.

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