Ladies, It is time to Man Up
Guys we need to do our part. I get that back in 2000 when I started to practice the data and evidence was not there when I encouraged men to be proactive in supporting their partners through diet, lifestyle, supplements and acupuncture. But it is 2019 and the evidence is there, sperm health (or lack of) contribute to poor embryo development, miscarriages and setting your future child up for risk of preventable diseases.
It has become apparent to me that educating and asking guys to participate in maximizing their health and sperm has not motivated them. And it is not just me, I have received the same feedback from my colleagues and also from Dr. Paul Turek MD (see videos below). I understand it is a male cultural thing. The majority of men I do see when asked why they are here in my office say because "my wife told me to come". So, I am asking the ladies, to man up, and get the contributor of your child's DNA to show up and do his part.
My colleague, Dr. Emilie Salomons, share tips for guys (see excerpt below) to help them maximize their fertility. I have also included three short video clips discussing the evidence and data presented by a reproductive endocrinologist (IVF doc) and a reproductive urologist (a male fertility expert)
From the beginning of time, I feel that women have borne the burden and blame of miscarriages. New research however, is finally shedding light on the important role of sperm in leading to a healthy pregnancy, and conversely, to miscarriage.
A recent article published in Science Alert highlighted the growing evidence that poor sperm quality may be an important factor in repeat pregnancy loss (RPL).
We know men bring 50% of the genetics to an embryo. We know 60% of miscarriages are due to genetic problems within the embryo….so why aren’t men flocking in for treatments after their partners miscarry? Seriously?! Where are they?
Even if a man has been told that he has normal semen parameters (count, motility and morphology), this does not exclude him from being a factor in miscarriages due to genetic abnormalities. Improving quality, no matter how ‘good’ the semen parameters are, is always a valuable way to help reduce the chances of another miscarriage in the future.
Here are some basics to follow:
Step one: Have a semen analysis if you haven’t already (or if it’s been over a year since your last one)
Step two: Take supplements to improve quality, quantity and motility. At Acubalance, we like the KISS supplements.
Here are some of my favorite suggestions: Read more >>
Echart Tolle in his book The Power of Now talks about surrender in Chapter 10 and accepting what is. He says when you are present you become clear and basically have three options.
1. Change or improve the situation
- This would be following the recommendations we make and offer at Acubalance and the advice in the videos below.
It comes down to:
- A comprehensive antioxidant supplement
- Acupunture 2/week for 5 weeks
2. Remove yourself from the situation
- If your significant male in your life is not going to do his part and you want to give yourself the best chance to conceive and to positively influence your future child's health blueprint, then look into donor sperm.
- If your man is really not supportive then maybe reflect on how you two handle this conflict (you want a baby and want him to be supportive and proactive and he refuses to participate) and how will this carry over when you have children. Time for a courageous conversation as kids do not fix relationships, they only bring to the surface that which needs to be healed between you.
3. Accept what is
- Byron Katie and other great authors and teachers of joy state when you fight with reality you lose, 100% of the time. Learn to love what is (if # 1 and # 2 are truly not options) can prevent suffering from your thinking of what it should be like instead of what is.
Wishing you the best of luck.
Video: Poor Embryo Development. Maybe It's Him.
Dr Paul Turek, reproductive urologist, shares how poor embryo development can be related to the guy in many casess. And how diet, lifestyle and a good antioxidant supplement can help with sperm DNA fragmentation. Find out why all roads to fertility lead to Chinese medicine.
Video: Male Factor Infertility. What about the Men!
It seems so much of the emphasis is on the female and very little on the men even though up to 50% of a couples infertility can related to the male partner. Dr. Paul Magarelli, a reproductive endocrinologist in Colorado Springs chats with Dr Lorne Brown of Acubalance Wellness Centre about men's health and sperm and its impact on IVF success and the health of a couple’s future child?
Video: Reading the cards. What the Semen Analysis Really Means.
Dr Paul Turek, reproductive Urologist, talks about the pros and cons of the semen analysis and what men can do to improve their sperm quality. How important is the health of the man and his sperm quality when it comes to infertility? The full lecture is available for acupuncturists on Healthy Seminars.