By Gail Newton, Jan 28 2013 12:08PM
Here in the West, the 'expert' reigns. We are constantly told what to wear, eat, feel, do - and we need a medical degree to know what's wrong with us. Often, we'll intuitively know what is wrong - but it can be difficult to persuade your doctor!
Example: A young woman with irregular periods went to her doctor. She told the GP that both her mother and sister had suffered depression as a side effect of the contraceptive pill and feared she'd have the same reaction. The doctor confidently informed here that there was no evidence that families had the same cycles or reactions.
Within a week of taking the prescribed medication (Microgynon), she was uncharacteristically tearful and depressed - even finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
Chinese medicine would seek to establish a normal 28 day cycle with Acupuncture and herbs - without flooding the body with hormones. I would try to establish a normal cycle and then advise about more natrual forms of contraception. Chinese medical practioners also listen carefully to the family history and constitution. I'd encourage you all to listen to your bodies with confidence. You know your body best - trust your instincts.