At least 50% of fertility difficulties are attributed to male factors. Over the past several decades male reproductive health has declined dramatically. Environmental toxins, lifestyle, and nutrition are now being linked to this decline. Traditional Chinese Medicine has proven to be effective in increasing sperm count, motility, and morphology.
It’s often recommended that male partners come in for an evaluation, even if no Western diagnosis has been given. Men are often pleasantly surprised by the fact that treatments are pain-free and offer an opportunity to relax and unwind.
Unlike women, who are born with all of the eggs they will ever have, men produce sperm throughout their lives, this allows us to make significant changes to male fertility more quickly. Unless there’s a structural issue – lifestyle, nutrition, and acupuncture can have an enormous impact. Oriental Medicine excels at finding subclinical imbalances that impact fertility.
To be considered fertile, a man needs 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen with a good percentage of them being well formed and forward moving. Sperm develop over a period of about 48 days and mature fully in the following two weeks. Because of their long maturation time, events such as stress, fever, poor diet, and lifestyle choices can have far reaching effects on a man’s fertility.
In addition to trying to conceive, another reason to evaluate men for infertility is that it may be a symptom of other significant but silent diseases to come. Emerging research is providing evidence that there’s a relationship between semen quality and life expectancy. In short, addressing underlying disharmonies now could effect your long term health.
Sage’s program for male infertility takes 5 weeks to 3 months to effect sperm count and motility, and at least 3 months for morphology.