The Male Factor
Acupuncture for Male Fertility
The world of infertility has long been dominated by focusing on the woman, but men have a significant role in the ability of a couple to conceive. Sperm counts and sperm quality have decreased by more than 40% in the past half century due to sperm’s sensitivity to heat, environmental toxins, diet and stress. Approximately 40-60% of all fertility problems are related to male factor issues.
Benefits of acupuncture for male fertility
Recent studies have shown acupuncture to have the following benefits for male fertility:
- Increases sperm motility levels
- Increases the number and percentage of healthy sperm
- Beneficial changes to sperm structure and quality
Common causes of male infertility:
The most common culprit will be a sperm disorder, such as low sperm count, slow sperm motility, or a deficiency in forward progression (the sperm's quality of movement). And any of these problems could be caused by a variety of factors. Here are some of the main ones to keep in mind though:
his sperm count may not decrease but it starts to lose motility around age 40.
IMMUNE PROBLEMS -
this can also impact on motility and the sperm's ability to implant itself in your egg.
WEIGHT ISSUES -
if he is underweight or overweight, this may be taking a toll on his sperm function.
untreated STDs could impact on sperm transportation, however, this can be significantly improved if he seeks treatment.
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