Why your belly ring is messing with your fertility (& last day to rego for my cleanse)

Here’s a tip – theres a great chance your belly ring is causing your body more harm than you may realise. The conception vessel is the meridian than runs through the centre of your body – connecting you from top to bottom. From a TCM perspective, this is where all the communication occurs for the events involved in reproductive health including hormone regulation, ovulation, menstruation, implantation, and all your lady (and man) inner workings (think egg and semen quality, hormone interaction…. you get the drift right?) Now the belly ring poses two major issues from my perspective. Firstly, it creates a permanent obstruction in the acupuncture point CV (or REN) 8. This acupuncture point is never needled in a clinical situation. It is in fact ‘forbidden’ to do so in TCM practice. And secondly, as I’ve outlined, being on the conception vessel, it is one of the most important meridians influencing fertility.

When a piercing is placed in CV 8 (or anywhere for that matter) it creates a physical blockage – meaning that the energy flow is compromised and can’t pass freely (if at all) through the channel. If it all sounds a bit hippy – there is now research that confirms acupuncture channels exist. Now, obstruction of energy flow around the body may not sound like a big deal to you – but for me as an acupuncturist, it kinda makes me grimace – a lot. And here’s some news for you – I was a victim to the channel blocking belly piercing too. Mine spat itself out within the first 2 months of my first pregnancy. Seems my body was clever enough to realise it wasn’t on my best ideas list.

So if you’re suffering from amenorrhea (no periods), dysmenorrhea (period pain), heavy periods, irregular periods, fertility issues, endometriosis, poly cystic ovarian, syndrome, fibroids or you just resonate with what I’m saying – it may be time to take it out. It’s especially relevant to those trying for a baby without too much luck. Just because you don’t already show signs of it being an issue doesn’t mean they won’t develop.

It’s just another way we can help take another step toward a more fertile, healthier you.

Oooh and whilst I’m on the topic of being more fertile and healthy, don’t forget – today is the last day to register for the February round of my gentle body cleanse. Come join in the fun – there’s another big group of us doing it again next week. Find out the full list of details here, how to register and why it will have you hi-fiving your computer screen because it is seriously the best thing going!


  • February 8, 2013 By Danielle 9:39 am

    Wow! Thank you for this! I haven’t had my period in over a year (since I went off the pill) and I have had my belly button peirced since I was 15 (I am 22 now)

    I literally removed my peircing whilst I was reading this article! Fingers crossed it makes a difference! <3

    • April 5, 2018 By Love 1:33 pm

      Did it worked

  • February 8, 2013 By stephane 10:27 pm

    Soo interesting Nat – I have had my belly pierced since i was 17 I’m now 29 and I have had a sluggish digestive system, and really bad period pain, PMS for years. I’m now wondering if my belly ring contributed to this 🙁 I took it out last night. It will be interesting to see if it improves. Love your blog 🙂

  • January 19, 2015 By Shida Leacock 12:03 pm

    So if piecing is taken out it shouldn’t cause any problems anymore?

  • September 8, 2015 By Nat Kringoudis 11:06 pm

    I’d love to hear how you go! x

  • September 17, 2015 By Nat Kringoudis 4:02 pm

    Keep us posted! x

  • July 5, 2018 By Necole 9:17 pm

    I am 17 and I Haven’t had my period for 2months but I also have had my belly pierced for 2months and every since I got this piercing I havent came on…However I don’t want to take it out but I also want to do what’s right for my period flow??‼

    • July 8, 2018 By Nat Kringoudis 5:07 pm

      So tricky! But it may be the reason….

    • April 27, 2019 By Destiny 5:50 pm

      Did your period ever come back ? The reason I ask is because I’m 17 going threw the same problem and need answers

  • January 7, 2019 By Paigie 11:33 pm

    I was warned about menstrual cramping right after I got my belly button pierced and I thought it was just some old housewives tale. I have had the piercing in for about a year and a half and when the piercing was healed, I noticed my cramps were about 1000 times worse. Now, if I don’t have painkillers on me all the time during the first three days of my period, the pain can get so bad that it temporarily paralyses me. Not kidding. Thank you for this.

  • April 4, 2019 By Hayley Connor 9:30 pm

    I took mine out tonight after reading this. I have not had my period for almost 2 years. Am interested to know if anyone had any luck?

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