When couples have difficulty falling pregnant, infertility treatment tends to focus on the female partner.  However, male infertility accounts for up to 50% of infertile couples and affects 7% of men (Lotti & Maggi, 2015).  Known causes of male infertility include low sperm counts, sperm abnormalities and poor sperm motility, but 70% of all cases of male infertility are from unknown causes (Kumar, 2015).

Unfortunately, male infertility is on the rise.  During the last 30 years the sperm count of healthy men has been declining between 1 and 1.5% per year (Calsen et al., 1992).  The reason for this is unclear; it may be due to environmental, nutritional or endocrine factors (Sharpe, 1993). Male infertility can be a difficult issue to talk about, despite it’s prevalence. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/12/the-male-infertility-crisis-my-failure-at-fatherhood-

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Impact of male health on live births and the health of the child

Western IVF support uses ICSI is to select the “best” sperm and increase the chances of pregnancy, however miscarriage frequently results because sperm quality contributes significantly to embryo quality. Sperm quality has been found to be important for a full-term pregnancy and a healthy baby (McQueen et al., 2019).

Chinese Medicine has long recognised that the health of both the father and mother influence the health of the child.  Chapter 54 of the Ling Shu, which was compiled 2,000 years ago, states that

The Qi of one’s mother constitutes the basis.  Those of the father serve as a shield

At conception, the father’s and mother’s essence qi merges, the mother’s qi is yin and controls the interior, the father’s qi is yang and controls the exterior and is the shield.  This means that the father’s health is essential to the strength of an embryo and to a child having strong immunity.

At AcuNatural Health, Jane Ma has used Chinese Medicine to treat many young and healthy men who had very low sperm counts of 1%.  After detoxing, taking Chinese Herbal Medicines and having acupuncture treatments, their sperm counts have improved to 15%.

One couple Jane recently treated were able to conceive but had two miscarriages. The male partner detoxed and was treated with Chinese Medicine and they are now in week 19 of a healthy pregnancy.

Another couple who initially saw Jane for infertility due to low sperm counts are now the parents of two healthy children.  The children have very strong immunity and rarely catch colds or flu.  This couple are now expecting their third child.

Scientific studies have confirmed that both acupuncture and Chinese Herbal formulas can increase male fertility.  Wang et al. (2020) explored 14 scientific studies into the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine and vitamins as treatment for male infertility.  The results show that Chinese medicine significantly increased sperm motility, viability, concentration and increased the chances of conception.  Acupuncture has also been shown to improve total motile sperm count and increase chances of conception (Dieterie et al, 2009).

At AcuNatural Health, Jane Ma combines Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern supplements to ensure optimal sperm health.    Jane has had very good results improving the morphology of sperm by helping men detox.  Jane combines western vitamin supplements which improve sperm concentration such as Coenzyme Q10, zinc and folate, with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to increase sperm quality and assist the conception of a healthy child.

Contact Jane today if you have any questions about how Chinese Medicine can assist you on your fertility journey.

 

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