Acupuncture and Heavy Periods (Menorrhagia)

What is The Menorrhagia?

Menorrhagia is the excessive duration and/or amount of blood loss during a period. Normal periods last three to seven days and involve a blood loss of about 4-12 teaspoonfuls (20-60ml). Menorrhagia is defined as a loss of blood of more than 80ml. A period is defined as heavy if it leads to frequent changes of sanitary towels (every two hours or more), the need to use double sanitary protection (tampons plus towels), passing of large blood clots, flooding clothes or bedding at night, prevention of normal activities and/or anaemia.

Causes of Heavy Periods

Usually, this condition is not due to an underlying medical condition but it can be caused by a hormone imbalance, the use of an IUCD (intra-uterine contraceptive device), uterine fibroids or polyps, endometriosis, infection, uterine cancer, injury to the reproductive organs, or hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid).

Acupuncture Treatment of Heavy Periods

The combined oral contraceptive pill, progestogen-releasing IUCD (Mirena coil), Tranexamic acid (Cyklokapron) are sometimes prescribed to reduce heavy bleeding or Mefenamic acid (eg Ponstan) as a painkiller. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers an natural alternative to medical intervention. It often refers to heavy periods as 'heat in the blood', usually deriving from liver qi stagnation. Using a selection of acupuncture points, we aim to restore a normal blood flow during the period, free from clots and menstrual pain.