Male Infertility Treatments to improve sperm quality
Acupuncture treats low sperm motility, poor sperm morphology, low seminal volume, incorrect seminal pH, low sperm density / concentration, poor sperm vitality, slow semen liquefaction time, and high seminal white blood cell count.
Acupuncture can improve male fertility by
- Improving sperm parameters, such as motility and morphology
- improving sperm maturation in the epididymis, increasing testosterone levels, and reducing liquid peroxidation of sperm
- Improving pregnancy rates of IVF treatment
- Regulating male hormones by reducing stress
- Lowering scrotal temperature
- Improving blood flow to testicles (enhancing local microcirculation, by increasing the diameter and blood flow velocity of peripheral arterioles)
- Aiding relaxation
- Enhancing immune system (reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors)
How long does it take for sperm quality to improve?
In total, it takes around 100 days for sperm to develop from stem cells. That’s 74 days for sperm to be formed (spermatogenesis), and then roughly a further 25 days to mature completely.
Although some male fertility problems such as low sperm motility and liquefaction problems may be improved more quickly (as semen rather than sperm may be the root cause), we recommend that you have 6 – 12 weeks of treatment to make improvements to sperm quality and quantity.
We can configure a sperm improvement programme that suits your needs based on the results of your sperm analysis. Call us to discuss what would be appropriate for you, or read more about our comprehensive sperm quality programme here.
What else improves sperm quality?
We rarely use acupuncture on its own to improve sperm motility, morphology and volume. We will also fully review your lifestyle and diet and provide you with detailed advice. Herbal medicine and dietary supplements have also been shown to have big impacts on sperm quality, and we will advise you on this as well.
No needles are inserted into your penis or testicles
Needles will only be used on your arms, legs, and torso. An average of ten needles are used at each treatment.
Acupuncture Research for Male Infertility
- Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility (2004). Pei. J., Strehler, E., Noss, U., Abt. M , Piomboni, P., Baccetti, B., Sterzik, K. (2004). Fertility and Sterility, 84:1, 141-147. Twenty eight men with too few sperm, poor motility or poor morphology received acupuncture twice a week for 5 weeks. There was a significant improvement in the percentage and number of normal morphology sperm as well as improvement in total motility.
- Effects of acupuncture and moxa treatment in patients with semen abnormalities (2003). Gurfinkel E, Cedenho P, Yamamura Y, Srougi M. (2003). Asian J Androl. 5:4, 345-8. Nineteen men with low sperm concentration, poor motility or poor morphology were given treatment for ten weeks. There was a significant increase in the percentage of normal-form sperm.
- Does acupuncture treatment affect sperm density in males with very low sperm count? Siterman S, Eltes F, Wolfson V, Lederman H, Bartoov B. (2000). Andrologia. 32:1, 31-9.
- A study of men with azoospermia (no sperm in semen). This is one of the most intractable forms of male infertility, and very few therapeutic regimens have provided effective treatment for azoospermic or severely oligozoospermic patients. 20 patients were given acupuncture twice a week for five weeks. Following treatment, 13 out of 20 patents in the treatment group exhibited a considerable improvement in sperm density.
- Influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproductive technology. Zhang M, Huang G, Lu F, Paulus WE, Sterzik K. (2002). J Huanzhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci. 22:3, 228-30. 20 patients with male infertility (less than 20 million perm per ml., less than 20% rapidly motile sperm, less than 30% normal form sperm) who had all failed at least twice with ART, were treated with acupuncture twice weekly for eight. Rapid sperm motility after acupuncture was significantly improved and the normal form sperm ratio was increased after acupuncture. Fertilisation rates after acupuncture (66.2%) were obviously higher than that before treatment (40.2%, P < 0.01), with four pregnancies (18.2%). The embryo quality after acupuncture was improved, but the difference was not significant (P > 0.05).
- Effect of acupuncture on sperm parameters of males suffering from subfertility related to low sperm quality. Siterman S, Eltes F, Wolfson V, Zabludovsky N, Bartoov B. (1997). Arch Androl. 39:2, 155-61. Semen samples of 16 acupuncture-treated subfertile patients were analysed before and one month after treatment (twice a week for five weeks). The fertility index increased significantly (p < or = .05) following improvement in total functional sperm fraction, percentage of viability, total motile spermatozoa per ejaculate, and integrity of the axonema (p < or = .05), which occurred upon treatment. The intactness of axonema and sperm motility were highly correlated (corr. = .50, p < or = .05). Thus, patients exhibiting a low fertility potential due to reduced sperm activity may benefit from acupuncture treatment.