Did you know that 90% of male factor infertility is due to low sperm counts, poor sperm quality or both? In western provinces 60% of sperm counts have plummeted in the last 40 years as modern life has impacted men’s health.
1 in 6 couples in Canada experience infertility. This number has doubled since the 1980’s. Infertility can be traced to either the male/female or combination of both.
Sperm count and other semen parameters have been associated with multiple environmental influences such as long term or intensive exposure to certain types of chemicals, pesticides, heat, stress, insomnia, depression, tobacco use, obesity & lifestyle. Some other contributing illnesses or diseases like diabetes, cancer, chemotherapy, radiation or surgery also have a major impact.
Exposure in certain work environments such as welders, firefighters, truck drivers, or habits such as excessive hot tub use or tight clothing are also contributing factors. Dietary and lifestyle factors may also play a role. Choosing organic foods may help as an observational study found that men who ate organic foods had a 43% higher sperm count compared to those that consumed conventional foods.
How can Traditional Chinese medicine help?
In both men and women strong Kidney energy plays a key role in conceiving (our seeds of life). Traditional Chinese Medicine views our Kidneys as a yin organ; yin organs store, secrete, make and transform our essence, spirit, Qi and blood fluids which decrease as we age. Stress and work overload will also deplete this energy. In many cases, acupuncture alone can prove helpful. Combining acupuncture with naturopathic medicine, which focuses on overall health in addition to underlying fertility issues, can help a couple’s chances of conceiving along, or while undergoing ART. Acupuncture when timed with your partner’s ovulation is also beneficial, keeping in mind It can take up to 3 months before changes are evident. An acupuncturist will work with you to discuss a treatment plan based on your individual need. Points used during your sessions will vary, majority of them are located on your lower back & limbs.