Most doctors will put a woman with irregular periods on the contraceptive pill (birth control pill). This will regulate menstrual cycles but unfortunately doesn’t treat the root cause of the irregularity. Consequently, when a woman discontinues the pill, the irregularity will most likely return. What happens is that the pill tricks the body into thinking that it’s pregnant and suppresses ovulation. No egg is released from the ovary and pregnancy can’t occur. Essentially, the hormones override the body’s natural hormone balance.
Chinese Medicine Perspective of Irregular Periods
An irregular cycle is always due to an imbalance of the liver and kidneys according to Chinese Medicine. “It is the rhythmic ebb and flow of blood and essence that give rise to periods”.
Emotional stress causes the liver Qi (Qi is energy) to stagnate causing blockages in the body. The liver is referred to as the “woman’s organ” as it stores the blood and is the main organ responsible for menstruation. Anger, frustration, tension, and anxiety all will have an effect on the liver organ as it’s also in charge of the emotions. As one of the functions of the liver is to promote Qi flow through the body, emotional stress leads to blockages in the meridian system resulting in organ imbalance.
Overwork can lead to a deficiency in the kidney system. The kidney system is involved in reproduction and development. As far as the meridian system goes, the kidneys and uterus are directly connected. If there is a deficiency in the kidney system, this causes the uterus to become depleted leading to irregular periods.