Bringing new life into the world is an exciting time for new parents. Unfortunately, it is not always as straightforward as we hope.
Perhaps you are just looking for some dietary or lifestyle guidance before a planned pregnancy. We have a lot of experience in this area. If you are having problems with conception, fertility or during pregnancy then the team at ben&biao may be able to assist.
‘We never forget that you are our patient and that your priority is the live birth of a healthy baby.’ Heidi Dunn, ben&biao health director
When we work with women or couples who are trying to have a baby we use our knowledge in nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, exercise and nutri-ceuticals to get your body into the best position possible to bring about a live birth.
How can we assist?
Nutrition Advice for Fertility
We know that good nutrition is the cornerstone to laying the foundations for creating healthy eggs and sperm.
There is a lot of information and advice on line, from friends and family and it feels like every day there is something ‘new’ to know and sometimes this information conflicts with previous information.
At ben&biao we attempt to cut through the generalisations, the new fads and the out of date information. Our practitioners know that no two people are the same and therefore what may be needed for the best possible outcome in fertility is a personalized and targeted nutritional plan.
If you feel that your diet could do with an overhaul prior to conception or during pregnancy then book an appointment with our clinical nutritionist.
- She will coach you through your nutritional needs.
- Provide meal and snack plans
- Provide you with details on what foods to add in or take away
- Advise what supplements you need
How can acupuncture help female fertility?
There is evidence to show that acupuncture may improve fertility rates in women. This is because acupuncture stimulates the nervous system which in turn regulates the endocrine (hormonal) system. The result is regulated hormones, improved egg quality, improved follicle-stimulating hormones, luteinising hormones and progesterone levels, increased energy and libido, and decreased menstrual irregularities.
Can acupuncture help IVF support?
Acupuncture has been shown in studies to improve IVF success. Leading IVF clinics across the world now recognise the positive impact acupuncture can have in the lead-up to IVF. Acupuncture improves anti-Mullerian hormone levels, increases number of follicles during stimulation, decreases hyper-stimulation, increases endometrial growth and improves live birth outcomes.
How much is needed?
Statistically, the best results are achieved when acupuncture is used for 2-3 months in the lead-up to conception. However, if you don’t have that much time acupuncture can still have an effect even during a short cycle of IVF. Call the clinic to discuss how much acupuncture you will need for your situation or ask for a consultation with one of our directors.
If you would like more information on our guide to IVF read ‘top 5 things to help make IVF successful’
For women who have inhibitors to a successful pregnancy such as unexplained infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome or fibroids we will advocate herbal medicines which are stronger in action and or nutritional supplementation as well as recommend next steps with your doctor of IVF specialist.
Is treatment at ben&biao right for me?
If you recognise any of the above the answer is possibly. Our practitioners have treated 100s of women before, during and after babies. We pride ourselves on knowing the right steps to take and will happily work with IVF specialists, gynaecologists and obstetricians for your benefit. We never forget that you are our patient and that your priority is the live birth of a healthy baby.
Make an appointment with one of our Health Directors to find out how we can help. Book now for an appointment
Is there more to know?
It’s not just a woman’s world – men can have fertility problems and we have treated them successfully too Read how we can help you.
You may also want to read our blogs link to the 3 blogs below
Shen C, Wu M, Shu D, Zhao X, Gao Y. The role of acupuncture in in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2015;79(1):1-12.
Qian Y, Xia XR, Ochin H, Huang C, Gao C, Gao L, et al. Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2016 Dec 19.
Jo J, Lee YJ. Effectiveness of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med. 2017 Jan 11.
Jo J, Lee YJ, Lee H. Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Primary Ovarian Insufficiency: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:842180.