Integrative Treatment for Men’s Infertility
Tending the Other Side of the Garden
Men suffer from infertility issues just as frequently as women.
Male related factors account for about 30-40% of the issues that occur during conception. This essentially means that almost half of the infertility cases are due to male factor.
Male sperm counts are declining, and environmental elements such as pesticides, exogenous estrogens and heavy metals may be having a negative impact on the male reproductive system. Whether the cause is a single physical factor or multiple sources, the ramifications are stressful for couples wanting to start a family. According to the CDC, 1 in 8 couples has trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant.
“It is critical to test your partner, no matter the circumstances”. The semen analysis should be the first test to be ordered. It is low cost and non-invasive and will reveal a tremendous amount of information. Sergio Oehninger, MD, PhDThe Sher Institute, New York
Chinese medicine can offer a large percentage of men a significant improvement in sperm count, morphology, motility and liquefaction. Research studies have shown that both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine affect hormone levels and testicular blood flow, thus promoting the production of healthy sperm.
The use of acupuncture, and specific herbal formulas assist the following systems and have a positive effect on sperm parameters:
- Strengthens Adrenal Function
- Improves Circulation
- Enhances Sperm Quality
- Boosts Sperm Concentration
- Promotes Liver Function
- Decreases Psychological Stress
- Cultivates Sperm Volume
Acupuncture and herbs can also increase sperm motility, concentration and survival rate.
Certain herbs improve liquefaction time by stimulating the secretion of important enzymes into the prostate fluid. Acupuncture has been shown to improve both sperm quality and quantity when carried out regularly over several weeks. One study also suggested that acupuncture carried out at time of their partner’s ovulation greatly enhance the sperm’s activity.
At Many Lives Chinese Medicine we do a full intake to consider what disharmony exists and prescribe herbal medicine or acupuncture to establish equilibrium and improve sperm count, morphology and motility. We recommend a Strict-Kruger semen analysis, also like to see other results of the sperm tests.
Our team is Board certified to treat male factor and issue relating to infertility. Assisting couples on the fertility journey is one of our great passions. Let’s discuss your possibilities.
Please schedule an appointment for a fertility assessment.
We look forward to working with you!
We were fighting a battle against unexplained infertility for a long time. In spite of western medicine including IVFs and IUIs we did not meet success. I started seeing Beth and team from December for acupuncture treatment. They put me on their special herbal formulas as well. As recommended by Beth my husband also started seeing Beth. In march we got this miraculous news of my pregnancy…”
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon does Acupuncture work for sperm improvement?
Recent research shows that even after three weeks of treatment there were statistically significant improvements in sperm count and quality. I believe that acupuncture helps hormonal disorder, including testosterone.
Does age impact a man’s fertility?
Yes. The quality of a man’s sperm decreases with age starting at age 40. Declining fertility, however, occurs much more slowly in men than in women.
Are there "symptoms: of infertility"?
Yes! Infertility Symptoms for men can include:
- Pain, lump or swelling in the testicles
- Problems with erections and ejaculations
- Small, firm testicles
- Changes in hair growth
- Changes in sexual desire
How often should I receive treatment to maximize sperm results?
A 1997 European controlled study investigating acupuncture for male infertility found that treatment two times a week, for five weeks, produced significant improvements in all sperm parameters.
When should I start treatment?
The sperm maturation cycle averages 70-90 days. Therefore, it is most beneficial for men to receive acupuncture and herbs for at least three months before trying to conceive.