male infertility

Male Infertility

“It takes Two to Tango.” So, why is male infertility often ignored when discussing recurrent pregnancy loss and miscarriage? Recent studies are shedding light on the significant role of the male factor in embryo development and fertilization. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry, poor sperm quality and DNA defects are important risk factors for consecutive miscarriage.  

Similarly, Dr. Paul Magarelli, a reproductive endocrinologist claims that sperm affects the development of the placenta. So, what exactly is it about men and fertility that we should analyze? What is the role of men in creating a healthy baby? Do men matter? Read on for more information about sperm health as the blueprint of child health. 

Lifestyle changes may improve male infertility.

According to the renowned urologist, Dr. Paul Turek, male infertility is the canary in the coal mine to reproductive and overall health. What is the basis of his assertions? During a recent interview with an acupuncture expert, Dr. Magarelli helped explain the issue of male infertility. He says that men are the major group that can benefit from lifestyle changes. Why so?  

We now know that the sperm contribute 50% of the genetic makeup of the growing fetus. It is also easier to improve the health of sperm in comparison to eggs. Female eggs develop before birth, and nearly 1000 eggs are lost every month. 

On the other hand, sperm response to the environment is delayed for about 3 months, and thousands of sperms are produced per heartbeat. What does this mean for fertility treatments? The brand-new sperm cells can be rapidly improved by modification of lifestyle and nutrition.  

Male infertility may also be attributed to other underlying medical conditions. A study appearing in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics shows that abnormalities of the male reproductive system, including testicular cancer and cardiovascular health problems, coincide with poor semen quality. 

Acupuncture for Male Infertility 

How can acupuncture help with male infertility? According to a growing body of scientific research, traditional Chinese medicine may help to improve sperm quality and embryo development. “Acupuncture may be a useful, nontraumatic treatment for males with very poor sperm density, especially those with a history of genital tract inflammation.” This was the conclusion of an Israeli study on the impact of acupuncture treatment on sperm quality. In another prospective study in the Archives of Andrology, acupuncture significantly improved the integrity, motility, volume, and viability of sperms.  

In addition to improving sperm quality, consulting with acupuncture practitioners at Centre of Balance Hamilton will may help to improve your quality of life. Traditional Chinese medicine may help with better sleep, boosting libido,  stronger erections, and reducing depression.

To find out more about how acupuncture may help with your fertility and general health, call us at Centre of Balance on 07 846 7956.


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