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Male Infertility2018-11-06T01:34:52+00:00

Male Infertility

A  common misconception about infertility is that it’s a woman’s problem. Research indicates this isn’t true. In actuality, 35 to 40 percent of the problems are caused by male conditions, 35 to 40 percent by female conditions, and 20 to 30 percent are unexplained or a combination of the two.1 This means that up to 50% of the time the issues can be attributed to the male. There are many causes of male infertility which may be effectively treated by acupuncture and/or herbal medicine. We often suggest treatment for both the man and woman because it really does take two.

There are many causes of male infertility which may be effectively treated by acupuncture and/or herbal medicine. We often suggest treatment for both the man and woman because it really does take two.

At one’s initial visit, we will assess the health issues of both the male and female. If a sperm analysis hasn’t been performed, we will recommend this as an initial level of screening. If this testing reveals that the sperm count, morphology, and/or motility are outside of normal limits, we may suggest acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine. Research has shown that acupuncture and herbal medicine can substantially improve sperm quantity, motility and morphology.2

More importantly, it is necessary to keep in mind that if the sperm analysis is “normal”, this doesn’t necessarily mean there may not be a problem. The sperm analysis is designed to assess only three criteria: sperm quantity, motility, and morphology. Newer scientific technology is now able to ascertain DNA fragmentation in sperm that appear to be normal in the routine sperm analysis. This is extremely important to assess in most couples especially if you’ve been trying to conceive for over six months or if you have a history of spontaneous miscarriage. Sperm can become fragmented due to a number of reasons including pollution, chemicals, poor diet, age, urogenital infections, smoking, etc.

Sperm can become fragmented due to a number of reasons including pollution, chemicals, poor diet, age, urogenital infections, smoking, etc.

We are trained in identifying which factors may be contributing to suboptimal sperm and offer a number of solutions to help you optimize your fertility.

1 Hudson, B. (1987). The infertile couple. Churchill-Livingstone, Edinburgh.
2 Gurfinkel et al., Effects of acupuncture and moxa treatment in patients with semen abnormalities. Asian J Androl. 2003 Dec;5(4):345-8.