It takes approximately 90 days for a single sperm to be created. The state of your health today will continue to affect the quality of your sperm in two to three months. Sperm are more vulnerable than eggs as they are smaller and more exposed to environmental factors.
Of the known causes of male infertility the most common (affecting 66% of cases) is issues with production. The production of sperm are affected by heat, pressure, infections, genetics, age, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, hormonal imbalances, undescended testes, vasectomy and exposure to certain drugs, chemicals and radiation. 15% of cases are due to blockage of tubes and the third most common aetiology is due to anti-sperm antibodies which attack the sperm whilst in the uterus. Less than 1% of infertility cases are due to sexual problems often due to secondary factors such as diabetes, prostate surgery, and nerve damage due to spinal cord injury, certain medications and infrequent intercourse.
Pre-conception health care for males is therefore essential, especially during the 3-4 months when sperm are being created. The factors leading to male infertility need to be identified and then the appropriate diet, lifestyle, nutritional, herbal and acupuncture treatment applied. As potential dads need to consider how their health can impact the health of the offspring. As research has linked asthma, respiratory diseases, leukemia and mental development to the health of the father and his sperm.
What to expect at Acumedica?
At Acumedica, our approach to male fertility is integrative and complementary and that is primarily why we are so successful in treating our patients. We will ask you for a copy of all your current pathology tests from GP or specialist. If you have not had any tests we ask for you to wait until after your consultation as we often request further testing sometimes not routinely performed.
Your treatment at Acumedica may include nutritional, dietary and lifestyles modifications to improve sperm parameters, functional pathology testing, genetic testing, fertility supplements, herbal medicines, and/or acupuncture. Our dietary and lifestyle approaches to men’s health and fertility are all based on the latest research findings to help improve your sperm parameters.
Our ground breaking Male fertility protocols at Acumedica can help with:
- Low sperm count
- Low levels of testosterone
- Low Libido
- Low Sperm Motility
- Low Sperm Concentration
- Low Sperm Morphology
- Erectile Dysfunction
- High FSH
Acupuncture is applied to the abdomen, the lower legs and arms according to research protocols and your individual constitution.
Acupuncture: 1 – 2 times per week for 5 – 10 weeks (10 – 15 treatments in total).
If you are considering a pre-conception programme, or if infertility is unexplained, the aim is to maximise sperm quality. To this end we recommend using mild electro acupuncture on points which increase blood flow through the small blood vessels of the testes, improving delivery of nutrients to developing sperm and promoting optimal sperm vitality.
Acupuncture: 1 or 2 times per week to complete a course of 10.
Healthy Sperm Protocol
This is based on our signature protocol involves an in-depth questionnaire covering dietary, environmental, lifestyle, and occupational health screening, followed by a number of testing procedures performed in the clinic and outsourced to functional pathology centers in Australia or overseas.
Based on this assessment dietary and lifestyle modifications are applied along with individualised nutritional and herbal supplementation based on pathology findings, symptoms and current research findings to improve sperm parameters and overall health.
Acupuncture as above is recommended to further improve outcome of the healthy sperm protocol.
Better Health Channel www.betterheatlh.vic.gov.au
Lyttelton, J., 2013, Treatment of Infertiltiy with Chinese medicine. Churchill Livingstone, Sydney
World health organization www.who.int/