Acupuncture for Regulating Periods and Hypothyroidism
I started having irregular periods in 2007 and then suddenly in June of 2007 I had a period for the whole month that lasted 30 days. After all tests, it was concluded I had Hypothyroidism with a TSH of 16.
I was immediately put on Synthroid 50mcg and my levels came within the normal range. My dose was increased to 75 mcg and since then the range was always normal. At the same time, I was also put on BCP to regulate my periods. I had periods regularly then but because of the birth control pill.
After that in 2009 April I stopped my pills to get pregnant, but I didn't get my period naturally. Two months went by, my doctor put me on Progesterone pills and I got a period. The progesterone pills continued for the continuing cycles too, since I wasn't getting my periods naturally.
In October I was put on Clomid. I ovulated exactly on the 12th day and on the 28th day I had my period. All 3 cycles of Clomid made me ovulate and have my period like clockwork, but I didn't conceive.
My Progesterone levels were checked on the 21st day of my cycle and they were 22 something, so that was normal. I got my thyroid checked during Clomid cycles and found out it had gone up. The TSH was 3 or 4, but the doctor said that was still normal. Interestingly, the doctor said that wasn't the case earlier. Maybe Clomid caused a rise in TSH? My dosage has since been upped to 100 mcg and this week I will check if my thyroid is regulated once again.
But since OVULATION did happen because of Clomid I thought my body is triggered again for ovulation. Hence I thought I should try alternative therapy to induce ovulation naturally and get my cycles back on track and then hopefully conceive. I do have a good balanced , healthy diet and I have never smoked or consumed alcohol.
I started doing acupuncture recently for 3 cycles. Initially, it was gonna be twice a week and then once a week. My doctor will check my thyroid and will adjust my dose if required. My OB-GYN has already done some blood tests for prolactin etc and said they were all normal. He also did an HSG and my tubes are also clear and my uterus in perfect shape.
So do you think Acupuncture combined with good diet and lifestyle will help me regulate my cycles in spite of the hypothryoidism? My Acu doc hasn't given me any herbs. I am drinking "Female Toner Tea" from Traditional Medicines company once a day, which I bought in local grocery store. My Acu doc puts needles only on my hands and legs. Is that sufficient? He didn't give me dietary recommendations either. Should I be concerned?
Should I go to an RE to check my full endocrine system? Can you suggest what I need to do now or should I just wait and watch for few more acupuncture sessions? I am feeling good because of acupuncture and feel less anxious also but I want to be going in the right direction.
I forgot to mention I do BBT also and am well versed with it to recognize my ovulation pattern because of the perfect clomid cycles. I am on cycle day 13 and hoping Acupuncture helps me this cycle. Please HELP!