MALE FERTILITY: HOW ACUPUNCTURE AND CHINESE MEDICINE CAN HELP
The male factor of fertility is often overlooked yet 50% of the cases of infertility are due to male pathology. As a matter of fact, semen quality has seen a steep decline in the last three decades and assisted reproductive technology is limited for men. The go-to medical solution only offers Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) where the sperm is injected into the egg after an IVF egg retrieval. However, when choosing this procedure, the external appearance of sperm is what determines its eligibility, by-passing the root causes of pathology. Furthermore, since sperm quality contributes to embryo quality, if the sperm’s genetic information is poor it has less chance to be carried to term successfully.
The good news is Chinese Medicine can look at the whole picture of what is happening in the body and correct those imbalances that could be at the root cause of what may be affecting sperm quality. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been employed to treat Male Infertility for more than 2000 years, holism and syndrome differentiation are at the essence of TCM treatments yielding satisfactory results. It has been demonstrated that TCM can regulate hormones through the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis and boost the function of testicular cells, it can also alleviate inflammation, prevent oxidative stress, and reduce DNA fragmentation of sperm (Zhou et al. 2019).
In particular, Acupuncture has been shown to improve male fertility by optimizing sperm morphology and density (sperm shape and quantity); your acupuncturist will do a full assessment to determine where your body has lost homeostasis and offer useful advice, as lifestyle can have a huge effect con sperm quality. Studies have shown that the key aspects that generally affect sperm count, motility, and morphology include exposure to heat, smoking, cannabis use, stress, diet, and lack of sleep, amongst others. You can read more on what you can do to optimize sperm parameters here:
In conjunction with ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) or for TTC naturally, acupuncture treatments in combination with Low-Level Laser Therapy is a simple, non-invasive method that can improve sperm quality. Given that sperm production takes about 72 days to form in the testes, an appropriate treatment plan at Acubalance would look at biweekly sessions and the inclusion of supplements and lifestyle advice. It is important to maximize your chances of having a healthy baby by treating both mother and father-to-be to increases your chances of success.
If you have any further questions on how we can help, I invite you to book a 15 min discovery call with our practitioners here.