Acupuncture and premature ovarian failure

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Monday, August 4, 2014

DEAR Dr. Fritz,

Call me Emma. I am 45 years old. I have some fertility issues where my last menstruation was about 8 months ago. The last two menstruations were scanty. I had a anti-mullerian hormone blood test; the result of which was premature ovarian failure. I fear that I am now on the edge of my fertility. What are my chances? What should I do? Do you think acupuncture can help me? By the way, do you know of anyone who gives training on acupuncture? I’m really interested.

Thanks and more power to you!


Emma of Cabantian


Dear Emma of Cabantian,

Whooo! Premature ovarian failure. This is when your ovaries fail to produce the normal amounts of estrogen, so, they can’t release the eggs regularly. With your age, right now, I hate to say. It seems that it looks like you’re in the end of the game. Of course, there are treatments. But, you should couple them with mega doses of prayers – or else, you’ll be one of those who would likely fail. I think it would take a miracle for you to succeed. But, everything is possible, when you have faith and you believe. Right? So, pray – hold on and even when you’re at the end of the rope, tie a knot!

What are the treatments? Let’s start with the hormones. You would have to be prescribed by your physician – medroxyprogesterone acetate 10 mg once a day for the first 12 days for approximately 10 months. This should be combined with estrogen, but those in patches are most preferred in your case.

It’s also important that you use antioxidants because this could help your eggs’ quality should they be produced.

Hmmm…acupuncture. Yes, they can help. Let me cite to you a study in Tianjin University and the Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing on the effects of acupuncture on premature ovarian failure. That study concluded that acupuncture may relieve anxiety, reduce mental stress and improve ovarian function.

Well, you can always try them. Combine the Eastern and the Western modalities of treatment – guided by your physician. Who knows? Some miracle is waiting for you!

I am glad you are interested with this 5,000-year old therapy. For acupuncture trainings, the PalancaAcuwelness Group will be conducting a seminar on Medical Acupuncture this August 14-16, 2014 at Urban Spa at Ecoland Davao. For more inquiries, you can contact Meme at 09999724419.
Well, I hope that helps. Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 05, 2014.


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