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  • Heather Wheeler L.Ac.

What is POI (Premature Ovarian Insufficiency) and How Can Acupuncture Help



Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), also known as premature ovarian failure, is a condition in which a woman's ovaries stop functioning before the age of 40. This can result in irregular or absent menstrual periods, infertility, and symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

The exact cause of POI is often unknown, but it can be associated with autoimmune disorders, genetic factors, and certain medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation.

Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body, has been used to treat various health conditions, including fertility issues.

While the exact mechanism by which acupuncture may improve fertility is not fully understood, it is thought to help by:

  1. Regulating hormones: Acupuncture may help to balance hormones that are involved in fertility, such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).

  2. Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs: Acupuncture may improve blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, which can improve the chances of ovulation and implantation.

  3. Reducing stress: Acupuncture may help to reduce stress and anxiety, which can negatively impact fertility.

It is important to note that acupuncture should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment for POI. However, it may be used as a complementary therapy to improve fertility in conjunction with medical treatments such as hormone replacement therapy or assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF).


Want to see if acupuncture can help you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Heather Wheeler at Wheeler Acupuncture and Functional Wellness in St. Charles, MO. Specializing in women’s fertility issues ranging from natural cycles, PCOS, endometriosis, diminished ovarian function, premature ovarian insufficiency, fibroid, cysts, IUI, and IVF.


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