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How does Chinese medicine enhance male fertility?
Common causes of fertility problems in men:
- Low sperm count or no sperm
- Low sperm motility (movement)
- Abnormal morphology (shape and size of sperm)
- Problem with semen – volume, liquefaction time, pH, white blood cell count, fructose level
- Problems with sperm delivery – obstruction, previous vasectomy, or retrograde ejaculation
- Problems with erections or other sexual problems
Male infertility can be treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Both sperm quality and quantity can be improved with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. It is also effective for low libido.
There are many factors that may contribute to infertility in men, such as inflammation which is the presence of white blood cells in the semen, smoking, alcohol and poor diet may also be contributing factors leading to inflammation. High morphology may be seen along with low sperm count. You may have a history of urinary tract infections (UTI), sexually-transmitted disease (STD) or prostate problems.
Another factor is having a history of injury or surgery to the testicles. Varicocele, needs to be surgically corrected for fertility; however, some reports say that varicocele correction may not improve fertility. Patients with this pattern often have low sperm count with low motility and high abnormal morphology.
The cause of infertility is different for each patient, the treatment will be different as well. Also, it is very important to change lifestyles and improve diet for best results.
How often is treatment needed?
Since sperm takes 2-3 months to form, acupuncture treatment for at least 3 months is generally recommended once a week treatment for 12 weeks, or twice a week for 5 weeks especially when there is not enough time before IVF, IUI etc.
Acupuncture has a very good calming effect, reduces stress and helps couples get through the frustrating and stressful process of having a baby. Usually, Chinese herbs may be recommended in addition to acupuncture.
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