In each menstrual cycle, there are main events that occur. These include:
Day 1- 5: Estrogen and progesterone levels are low, and the pituitary gland starts to make FSH and LH, promoting follicular growth.
Day 7: One of the follicles becomes the main follicle and grows while producing higher levels of estrogen.
Day 7-12: Higher levels of estrogen then stimulate the uterine lining to grow. Glands in the cervix create fertile mucous.
Day 12 and 13: High levels of estrogen induce an LH surge which stimulates the production of lytic enzymes and prostaglandins in the main follicle.
Day 14: Egg is released from the main follicle.
Day 15-25: The empty follicle becomes the corpus luteum and produces progesterone. Progesterone stimulates the growth of the endometrial lining.
Day 25-28: When fertilization does not happen, the corpus luteum dies and the estrogen and progesterone production drop, allowing the pituitary to produce FSH and LH.
Our acupuncture treatments follow the four phases: follicular, ovulatory, luteal and menstruations phases to facilitate these main events of the menstrual cycle. During each phase we use different combinations of acupuncture points with the overall goal of regulating the sympathetic nervous system, endocrine system, and neuroendocrine system. As these systems start to regulate, women notice slight differences such as: decrease in PMS symptoms (breast tenderness, moods, cramping), cervical mucous or menstrual flow.