The World Health Organisation defines male factor infertility as the presence of one or more abnormalities in the semen analysis, or the presence of inadequate sexual or ejaculatory function (Rowe 2004). In 50 % of involuntarily childless couples, a male infertility associated factor is found together with abnormal semen parameters (Dohle 2010)
Making some small lifestyle changes can positively affect the sperm. Let’s look at some.
- Obesity - a healthy BMI improves sperm
- Deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals can affect sperm
- Alcohol – cut back on alcohol it lowers sperm count
- According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, smokers have lower sperm counts, decreased movement and increased number of abnormally shaped sperm
- Marijuana, anabolic steroids, and other recreational drugs should also be avoided as evidence suggests they also negatively affect sperm quality.
- Anything that overheats or constricts the testicles is not good. Don’t keep laptops directly on your lap, place them on a dinner tray or coffee table. Saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms are not good. Wearing tight fitting trousers and shorts is not advisable
It takes approximately 3 months, for new sperm to be generated. Fertility acupuncture can assist and support your body in this function. We use points that have been traditionally used for nourishing and tonifying sperm. Stress is often a large factor with any fertility issue.
If you look in our research section (insert research link) you will see articles that show acupuncture can help male fertility by:
- Increase in successful pregnancy rates when used in conjunction with IVF
- Improving sperm quality
All the pages in our Fertility section: