The following email was sent to Dr. Lorne Brown from a couple who did not live in Vancouver. They had been diagnosed with male factor infertility and had traveled to Vancouver for a consult at Acubalance. After taking a detailed history of both the husband and wife and feeling her pulse, he felt confident that they actually arrived in his office pregnant and that she may not need any fertility treatments. But just in case, he provided both with a plan if her menses was to arrive.
I have male factor fertility issues with regards to motility, morphology, and count. I decided to seek alternative medical help and consult with Dr. Ryan Funk at Acubalance in Langley. He started me with a 3-week detox cleanse and acupuncture 1/week. Upon completion of the cleanse, I began taking supplements which included a multivitamin, coQ10, and pro EPA.
After six months of treatment with Acubalance, the following results occurred:
I think when us guys hear the words "fertility issue," we tend to look for ways to fix what's broken. My wife and I have been through the grinder and every test conceivable (<-yeah it's a pun) for Western medicine. There was no easy fix for what was quickly starting to look like an "infertile couple." Our last option was surrogacy but we still needed healthy eggs from my wife and good sperm from me to proceed. We asked around about what we could do to increase our chances of having success with creating healthy embryos. Acubalance was mentioned a few times so we gave it a whirl.
We underwent the standard series of available medical tests only to learn that the reasons for our infertility were solely male related. More specifically, morphology, motility and overall counts were all well below the established thresholds for successful natural conception. An examination by an urologist (which included an ultrasound to rule out Variocele) failed to identify any treatable factors affecting sperm production etc. Disappointed, we returned to our OB/GYN to learn where to go from there.
After my wife and I tried unsuccessfully to conceive for two years, we were faced with the daunting prospect of finding out "why"? Through a series of tests, it was determined that my sperm morphology was a likely culprit. Thus began my adventure with Spence Pentland and the Acubalance team.