Ever since I got my copper IUD my PMS and period pain caused me to suffer (often on the floor in child pose). It made it impossible for me to continue my day to day activities or work.
Ever since I got my IUD removed the symptoms relieved however, they never really disappeared.
In this blog post I will describe one of the ways I'm working on getting my normal and pain free period back!
Today I will be telling you about my acupuncture experience!
For diet, supplements and exercise stay tuned!
Before we dive into that, here's a small list of symptoms you may or may not experience during your PMS or period.
Emotional and behavioral symptoms:
Tension or anxiety
Mood swings and irritability or anger
Appetite changes and food cravings
Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
Change in libido
Joint or muscle pain
Weight gain related to fluid retention
Constipation or diarrhea
Stinging pain in lower abdomen
Personally I experienced all of the above and therefore was desperate to find a cure.
I went to see a number of conventional doctors none of which could really helped me treat the actual problem. All they offered me were painkillers and antidepressants (which I didn't take).
What they did find out was that during either placement or removal of my IUD, my womb had shifted backwards and was now connected to my lower back muscles causing extreme pain, dizziness, migraines, muscle weakness and who knows what else...
The funny thing is that I actually thought that there was something wrong with my womb and went to see a doctor to have it checked.
I explicitly told him that I though my womb was shifted backwards but he told me that that wasn't possible and he refused to check it, let alone treat it.
Ok, so now that I've kept you hanging for so long...
Play the video below to get a brief idea of what you'll look like in an acupuncture appointment.
--- MY ACUPUNCTURE STORY in Q&A ! ----
Could they help you?
I had become so used to hearing '' yeah, we really can't do anything since you suffer from so much and it just doesn't add up." that I was blown away when this doctor told me that all my symptoms suited the description of 'stagnated flow' which caused my issues with my womb.
And I hadn't even told him about my IUD or shifted womb yet!
Does it hurt?!
Well that's a tricky question because placing the needle in your skin doesn't hurt at all.
However, this treatment can be very painful depending on how much pain or discomfort you experience. I'll explain this more clearly later.
Do you bleed?
No, except if you place the needle in a vain which rarely happens.
What's the main difference between other conventional pain relieving methods such as physiotherapy or dry needling?
Well it's 100% different.
Let's say you have a lot of shoulder pain that you want to get rid of and you go and visit a physiotherapist or some one who does dry needling. They'll go and work on your shoulder and maybe the surrounding areas.
Whereas with an acupuncturist you would tell them where it hurts and they'll measure out the point of pain on your body, find the opposite spot on your body from the pain and place a needle there.
The pain in your body is projected to the area where the needle is placed and then in the next hour or so your body is able to start the cure and relieve you of your pain.
This brings me to the most important question.
Because if you have a lot of shoulder pain then the needle will sting like crazy since the pain is being projected to where the needle is placed, as I mentioned before. However, since your body is fast to react, the pain will only last up to 30 seconds max (from my experience).
So how does it work?!
Traditional Chinese medicine works by the belief that every pain, discomfort or condition is caused by an energy blockage.
By placing a needle and projecting the pain to a different place on the body your energy is able to flow through your initial pain point again and the pain or condition will be relieved.
Will this work for me?
World Health Organization have produced an answer to this in more detail.
They state that acupuncture can treat the discomforts listed below.
Side note: the list is probably much longer since they only recently started with scientific research towards the power of acupuncture.
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Low back pain
Periarthritis of the shoulder
Acute and chronic gastritis
Induction of labor
Breech birth presentation
Nausea and vomiting
Acute bacillary dysentery
What are the side effects?
Acupuncture works by removing the energy blockages so there aren't any side effects.
However, your body starts to recover and detox the toxins that have been stored for so long that there is a possibility of fatigue or headaches.
Also. since you relieve superficial pain, first you'll discover that you probably also have pain in other or deeper tissues so the relief of one can shed light on another. Which is a good thing! Since that'll eventually lead you to the root of the cause.
As seen in this photo, you can get bruises but this only happened to me once. When I went there to cure almost unbearable pain.
What does conventional medicine say about acupuncture?
Good question. I already pointed out the the world health organization recognized that acupuncture could cure symptoms listed above. The MDA regulated acupuncture products.
Many conventional fertility clinics and doctors specialising in curing chronic pain and illnesses collaborate with an acupuncture practitioner to help provide the best possible health care.
What does it cost?
For me it costs 50 euros per treatment (for 1 hour). However, my insurance didn't cover it. Many other insurances do, so best to look that up for yourself!
How to find a good practitioner?
I did quite some research and eventually I found one that really suited me.
My practitioner had studied for more than 10 years in America and China and he also teaches at a medical school. I think it's very important to look for a well educated practitioner with good reviews. Remain critical of the progress you're making during your treatment. Because as always it is of major importance to have a good practitioner.
And that's it! Thank you to my readers.
For further questions feel free to contact myself or Femina & Co. We would love to help you in your process.
Lotsss of love and a very big virtual hug,