Why Is Acupuncture for Male Infertility a Good Idea?
While 40% of infertility is thought to be a female issue, 40% is attributed to the male. But another 20% is classified as “unexplained infertility.” Since some part of this unexplained group is also likely due to an undetected male factor, that means closer to 50% of infertility could be a male issue. That number’s simply too big to ignore. The most effective approach is to use acupuncture to improve both the man and the woman’s fertility. If you want to have the best chances of conceiving it makes sense to support healthy sperm production as well as focusing on egg quality. This is true whether you’re trying to conceive naturally or using advanced reproductive technologies.
Treating the male as well as the female is equally important in acupuncture for IVF protocols. Although ICSI (intra cytoplasmic sperm injection) is widely used today to assist conception for IVF cycles when the sperm are unable to penetrate the egg on their own, it’s always preferred to have the healthiest sperm possible to work with. Acupuncture can help improve poor sperm factors so your reproductive specialists have a higher number and better quality of sperm to choose from.
How Effective is Acupuncture for Male Infertility?
Studies have shown that acupuncture may improve the number, motility and morphology of sperm by modulating hormones and regulating scrotal temperature. Other factors that interfere with sperm quality like diet and exercise, overworking, the use of recreational drugs and exposures to toxins can also be addressed with acupuncture and herbal medicine.
How Long have People Used Acupuncture for Male Infertility?
There’s a long history of Chinese Medicine treating both men and women to help them have children. The use of herbal medicine and acupuncture for male infertility has been around for thousands of years.