Ovulation Pain

ovulation pain

Pain is a protective mechanism for the body. It lets us know that something is wrong. Ovulation pain is no different.

Ovulation pain or mittleschmerz (‘middle pain’) is low, one sided abdominal pain that occurs around ovulation (or egg release). It is really commonly experienced in women of all ages in varying degrees. Some women experience a mild twinge, alternating between sides each month and some women get debilitation pain over days with vomiting and diarrhea. This can be a cruel form of irony when it comes to trying to fall pregnant. It can also become worse after giving birth because of the extreme drain this process has on the body, taking possibly years for the body to replenish itself without specific help. This may also be contributing to problems falling pregnant after your first child.Western medicine is unable to completely explain this physiological process, often attributing it to hormone fluctuations or fluid metabolism dysfunction.

In Chinese medicine theory however, ovulation is the exact moment where Yin (the nourishing, egg development and oestrogen dominant stage) switches to Yang (the growth and progesterone dominant stage). Yang energy quite literally bursts out of the follicle for the egg to begin its journey down the fallopian tube. When you have imbalances between Yin and Yang energy, pain and ovulation dysfunction occurs. A Yin and Yang imbalance can occur for a number of reasons; an energy or blood stagnation, a deficiency in energy or cold in the uterus. Each pain pattern presents differently and is therefore treated differently.

Acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese medicine work really well to move stuck energy, increase energy and blood, remove cold from the uterus and balance Yin and Yang to reduce pain and encourage a healthy and pain free ovulation.

If you have any further questions, please contact the clinic on (07) 5539 2362.

*disclaimer – the information provided in this post is general advice only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for individual healthcare.


How Does Acupuncture Work?

You love your acupuncture treatments, but when someone asks you why you go to an acupuncturist or how does it work, you mumble a few things like ‘it’s relaxing’, ‘I feel calm’ or ‘I don’t know, I just feel good’. Sound familiar?

The difficulty with explaining acupuncture, is that the terminology used to describe it often needs definition itself (Qi, Yin and Yang, dampness, Spleen deficiency etc). This is why Chinese medicine frequently uses metaphors to describe the body’s function – explaining the unknown with the known.

So imaginLake stream reservoire your body as a mini ecosystem with your organs as large lakes and each ‘lake’ is connected by series of streams. These streams are the meridians or the energy pathways through the body where acupuncture points (or reservoirs) lie. The reservoirs, like acupuncture points, are used to prevent overflow and maintain the level of water in the stream (or energy in the meridians). This is the same in acupuncture. If there is excess energy (or water) in one organ (or lake), then the acupuncture points (or reservoirs) are used to correct it and bring balance to the ecosystem.

Each lake (or organ) holds the potential for keeping the animals and plants (cells, blood and body fluids) healthy in the surrounding area so they can flourish. If there is an oil spill or rubbish dumped in the lake (poor eating habits) or no rain for months (dehydration or poor diet) it can’t maintain the health of the rest of the ecosystem. Other lakes become drained (organ becomes deficient) by the reservoirs to compensate and eventually if there is no rain at all for months, years on end, the organs and cells can’t function and obvious disease occurs.

Acupuncture works to balance the energy in the organs and Chinese herbs supplement the organs with energy to maintain a healthy ‘ecosystem’. Subtle signs and symptoms are used to diagnose early imbalances to prevent disease.

To simplify further – just remember ‘balance’. Acupuncture works to balance the energy of your body. If you have heat (eg. inflammation, fever, infection), it will cool, if your Liver’s energy is too high (headaches, vertigo, high blood pressure), it will reduce it, if the Kidney energy is too low (tiredness, low back pain, low libido, infertility), it will build it, if your Heart energy is stagnated (palpitations, anxiety), it will move it.

The calmness you feel when you leave an acupuncture treatment is your body ‘balancing’ your internal ecosystem, ensuring each organ is nourished and all meridians are blockage free. However, depending on how well you nurture your body after a treatment, will determine the length of time you stay in this calmness. Stress and poor eating habits will reverse the effects.

I hope next time someone asks you acupuncture works, you can remember the ‘water’ metaphor.

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Chinese Medicine and Your BBT

If you’re trying to fall pregnant, you have most likely heard of or started to fill in a basal (base) body temperature chart. These charts are a daily record of your temperature as you first wake in the morning. The medical theory is that prior to ovulation, your base temperature remains low. At ovulation, the increase in eostrogen, progesterone and luteinizing hormone (LH) cause your body temperature to increase until you either find out that you are pregnant or the temperature drops and you get your period. They are primarily used to determine ovulation as you should see a sudden rise in temperature, indicating you have ovulated.

In Western medicine, these charts do not hold a lot of ground as predictors of fertility. However, in Chinese medicine, which is all about subtle changes to your body, they can give us some really useful information relating to energetic balances of your internal organs. For example, if your follicular (period to ovulation) phase is too short, you may have too much internal heat which is causing the follicle to develop too quickly, an unstable follicular or luteal phase may indicate an energy block due to stress or anxiety and an absent spike at ovulation may indicate a Kidney energy deficiency. This are all things acupuncture can treat.

I’ve found these charts most useful for women who have been diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility’, as we can usually see the subtle reason for difficulty conceiving where a blood test or ultrasound may not. However, as with all Chinese medicine diagnoses, the BBT chart is only one piece of the puzzle. We look at how this fits in with all your other signs and symptoms to decide on a diagnosis and individual treatment plan.

If you would like to know more about what your BBT chart means, please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic on (07) 5539 2362.