Infertility in women and the ways that acupuncture, herbs, and bodywork can all be beneficial to conception have been a long-term focus of mine, which I’ve talked and written about extensively. As we all know, it takes 2 to conceive and a third of all infertility is estimated to come from men (another third from female and the final piece either a combination of the two or other unknown causes). Clinically, the definition of infertility is the failure to conceive after a year or more of regular unprotected sex.
There are many conditions that can affect sperm and its ability to get to where it needs to go for successful conception. Some factors include obstruction in the male anatomy, medications, hormonal issues, chromosomal abnormalities, low sperm count, varicoceles, retrograde ejaculation, or immune issues. Problems with sperm development can also lead to oddities in shape and movement that make egg penetration difficult, as well as the sperm count itself.
Acupuncture, herbs, and supplements can offer the same benefits to men as they do for women, in enhancing the body’s potential, including aiding in sperm quality and quantity. Men make new sperm every 72 days. It is well established that acupuncture and herbs can affect hormones and help decrease stress, two factors that play a role in fertility. One acupuncture study on sperm included 40 males with ultra-morphologic (atypical) sperm features. Those who had acupuncture showed a statistically significant increase in the percentage and number of sperm without ultra-structural defects. In other words, those who received acupuncture had an increase in the number of normal sperm. More research is ongoing, but the connection is clear.
We treat women for infertility at Element NHA, but, just as importantly, we also treat men. Our highly skilled practitioners can consult, recommend, and create a regime to help create super sperm. Acupuncture is also complimentary with other forms of assisted reproductive therapies, including IUI and IVF. Our treatments are tailored to each individual with the ultimate goal of a successful pregnancy from start to finish.
Acupuncturist, herbalist, Maya abdominal practitioner, and reflexologist Christina Morris is the founder of Element Natural Healing Arts. Writing about health and wellness gives her an outlet to express her care and concern for her beloved community. She believes everyone can achieve better health and happiness–emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.