The Other Half of The Equation
Acupuncture for Male Fertility
For any woman trying to conceive, sperm quality matters. It matters even more when there are issues such as low ovarian reserve, or few eggs to collect during an IVF cycle for example.
New research is also revealing that sperm quality may be a factor in recurrent miscarriage, making it all the more important that the male partner or donor has the knowledge to be able to do everything possible to support their sperm quality in the months before conception
As many as two out of every five couples with fertility problems require treatment of both spouses, and in 25 percent of the couples their fertility problem rests with the male partner alone.
The female is usually the focus of fertility treatment with regard to scans, medications, procedures, injections, appointments and, beyond motility, morphology and count, there is often an assumption that not much can be done to improve sperm quality.
Granted, if donor sperm is being used, there is not much that can be influenced beyond the clinic screening process. But in other cases, there is much that can be done to improve sperm quality and male fertility.
Firstly, it’s important to be aware that sperm production takes around 3 months, so it is vitality important that preparations are made well ahead of the planned fertility/IVF window.
Some adjustments that can be made include the following:
Take a daily multivitamin, preferably one containing folic acid
Take daily anti-oxidant supplement
Take a look at your diet – is it good enough? Really?
Reduce alcohol consumption
Reduce exposure to toxins -phthalates, BPA, lead and the chemicals in commercial lubricants
Don’t keep your mobile phone in your jeans pocket
Keep cool where it matters!
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