Postpartum Hormonal Imbalances
Great website! I was hoping to get your opinion on TCM for my current situation - postpartum hormonal imbalances (anovulatory).
Just a little background - I went through infertility treatments last year (male and female issues)and conceived with my first IVF, even though I responded poorly to the drugs (GonalF.) Only three eggs were retrieved. We lost our baby 5 months into the pregnancy (Jan '08).
I am 5 months postpartum and had what I thought was my first period six weeks after delivery, but then 30 days later started bleeding again continuously. I used Chinese herbs in April to stop the bleeding, but it started again 9 days later and is continuing.
The doctor's test last week showed low progesterone, and he has prescribed Provera to induce a period so that he can do a saline ultrasound and rule out placental tissue remains. If this is ruled out and the bleeding is being caused by lack of ovulation (as we suspect), what can I do from a TCM perspective before resorting to birth control pills (which is what the doctors have suggested)?
I have been getting acupuncture since the end of January, but not sure about whether herbs can help? I was taking some herbs prior to all this bleeding in Mid-March(for Kidney yin deficiency I believe), but stopped with all of the bleeding.
I was hoping to get your thoughts on treatment. Also, how do I evaluate the quality of my acupuncturist?