What do patients say about us?
‘I am absolutely thrilled to be able to tell you that I started my period today. Of course it is very light at the moment at the start and I suppose it may be light for its duration as it is my first natural period in a very long time. I would like to check whether or not I should take the herbs while on my period (I think not?). This is very exciting for me!’
Isabella was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at the age of 22. Have used HRT for some years and came to us in the summer of 2017. She later reported a full natural period in November 2017.
‘Hi Professor Au, I’m just updating you on my situation to say that I have come on my period. It is heavier than the one I had in November and feels more like a normal period to me. I’m very pleased. Best wishes.’
Isabella wrote to us again in February 2018 after she had a second period.
‘I am not sure if you remember me but you treated me last year. I just wanted to give you an update on my situation.
Following the very disappointing amh results I had after the 6 cycles (I think) of Chinese herbs, I did not see my period for 6 months…. My period came a month after and following this I used an ovulation kit which gave me a positive reading and we tried to conceive. We were successful and I’m now 24 weeks pregnant with twins!! All is well so far with the pregnancy. I do not know if I was/am approaching menopause as was suggested by doctors or if my earlier miscarriage caused an imbalance. ..
Anyway I just wanted to let you know and say thank you for your support and positivity at what was a very difficult time for me. I wish you both all the best.
Warm wishes’ August 2017
Betty lost her periods for some months before she came to us at the age of 40. Her doctor suggested that she is approaching menopause (early menopause) and nothing could be done. She saw us for 6 months. Although her periods did not come back during this time and her AMH did not improve, we found her reproductive and general health improved. She stopped treatment after 6 months and she wrote to us half a year later.
‘I have good news. Since this morning I saw some tiny blood in the toilet tissue several times. Is that real period? I don’t believe it. I am so happy. I have to continue or stop my herbs?’ – Early March 2017. She then told us during consultation in March 2017, ‘I had 3 days of bleeding, I can’t believe this.’
Miriam is a young student (aged 27) from the Middle East who has not had menstrual cycles for many years. She had to fly to London once a month. On the second month, she sent the above e mail to us. Her menstrual cycles started for the first time.
‘My arthritis symptoms are all gone. I feel cramps, pain and emotional at times now. I have not had these experiences for a very long time.’ – February 2017
Victoria is 28. She came to us 4 months ago from the West country. She lost her menstrual cycles and was diagnosed with premature menopause at 18.
What is Premature Ovarian Failure (Primary Ovarian Insufficiency) ?
Premature ovarian failure (POF), also known as premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), or primary ovarian insufficiency is the loss of function of the ovaries before age 40.
How is POF diagnosed?
POF is diagnosed when a woman:
- does not have periods
- has abnormally high level of FSH
- has abnormally low level of Oestrogen
The high level of FSH indicates that the ovaries are no longer responding to circulating FSH by producing oestrogens and developing fertile eggs.
The age of onset can be as early as the teenage years, or can even exist from birth, but varies widely. If a girl never begins menstruation, it is called primary ovarian failure.
Many women also report emotional trauma of some kind as they found the diagnosis hard to accept.
In practice, when a woman reports lack of period over time, two FSH measurements with one-month interval have been a common diagnostic procedure.
What are conditions that are associated with Premature Ovarian Failure?
Women that have POF may find themselves to have additional health issues. These may include:
- Osteoporosis or decreased bone density
- Cardiovascular risks
- Arthritis (esp. in young women)
- Higher level of anxiety and depression
What causes Premature Ovarian Failure?
The causes for specific cases are often unknown. The literature cites arrange of causes that may include:
- Genetic disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Tuberculosis of the genital tract
- Radiation and/or chemotherapy
- Ovarian failure following hysterectomy
- Prolonged GnRH (Gonadatrophin Releasing Hormone) therapy
- Enzyme defects
- Resistant ovary
- Induction of multiple ovulation in infertility
Treatment by conventional medicine
Once diagnosed, conventional medical practitioners may prescribe HRT to deal with symptoms of menopause.
As regards fertility, IVF with donor eggs may be suggested.
At TCM Healthcare, we have experience in helping women with premature Ovarian Failure with a good track record of success.
How we treat Premature Ovarian Failure?
Prior to coming to us, patients will undergo some basic hormone tests (Female infertility Profile test and AMH test) to establish a baseline of hormone levels. These will be re-tested around 3 to 4 months time to ascertain progress.
The first consultation will last for 45 minutes where detailed but non-invasive and pain-free Chinese medical diagnostic procedures will be carried out. This will ensure we understand your particular condition and circumstances thoroughly. This in-depth understanding will allow our specialist to prescribe a unique herbal formula, which usually consists of around 20 kinds of herbs, tailor-made for you only. You will be asked to make drinks out of them and consume them twice a day for 24 days in a month.
A month after the first consultation, you would have finished the herbal remedy. You come back again for a second consultation, which will last for 30 minutes. Again, a diagnostic procedure will be carried out to see how well you respond to the treatment. Another unique herbal prescription will be formulated for your improved condition. This monthly cycle will repeat 3 to 4 times before you are asked to have another hormone test carried out.
Who would benefit from our treatment?
Women with Premature Ovarian Failure would benefit from our treatment. Our clinical experience tells us that the younger you are, the more likely you will respond to our treatment faster and more positively.
If you had lost your cycle for over a year, are in your late 30’s AND your FSH is at post menopausal level (> than 26), it is much harder to treat for the simple reason that menopause may indeed have occurred naturally albeit early and it would be difficult to reverse the process.
We make a distinction between ovarian failure which is a result of the natural process of menopause even though it is starting earlier than normal average (aged 51) on the one hand and that caused by severe hormonal imbalance on the other. The former we are unlikely to be able to treat while the latter we have a good track record of treating.
You are likely to respond to our treatment well if you fall into at least one of the categories as follows:
- You suffered from missed periods or lost your cycles before you were 30 and you are younger than early 30’s (regardless of what your hormone tests results are)
- You have never have periods naturally (periods induced by contraceptives are discounted)
- You are older than 35 but your FSH is still < 26 (lower than 26)
- You are older than 35 and your FSH has been fluctuating i.e. has been going up and down for a while.
We would only accept patients where we know we have a good chance of helping as time and financial commitment on your part are involved. Should you wish to seek further clarification, please call us on 0207 096 0283.
How do we know we can successfully treat Premature Ovarian Failure?
We have successful helped patients who have been diagnosed with premature ovarian failure to bring back their menstrual cycles (Please see previous section for who may be more likely to respond well). Most patients we accept see improvements by seeing improvement in hormone tests results. Many patients report feeling of cramps, sore/tender/heavy breasts, loss of arthritic symptoms etc. Some report bleeding even during the first course of treatment (see Google reviews)
We also have extensive track record of improving hormones. We have successfully helped many patients to:
- Improve AMH
- Reduce FSH
- Deal with PCOS effectively
- Lower oestrogen when it is too high and improve oestrogen when it is too low (see testimonials)
- Lower prolaction when it is too high (see testimonials)
See also to How do we treat hormonal imbalance page.
How much are the fees?
The all-inclusive fees are about £386 per month on average.
How often do I need to come?
Once a month. Each course of treatment is for 3 months. The maximum course of treatment attended will be 3 courses i.e. up to 9 months. Most patients see us for two courses of treatment.