Men’s health is an important part of the fertility equation. How you are feeling both physically and emotionally can effect the quality of your sperm. If you have been trying to conceive for more than six months we recommend addressing your health and wellbeing, regardless of what your sperm test says.
Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or through IVF, it makes sense that by improving your sperm quality you can increase the chance of creating a healthy pregnancy.
We have noticed that many of the men we see have a reasonable sperm count but their motility (movement) and/or morphology (shape) are not so great. This means the sperm are going to have trouble getting to where they need to go and/or have trouble penetrating the egg.
Even if you have been told your sperm is OK, it is worth taking a second to think about what this actually means. Current WHO values for healthy sperm and for 10 years ago are as follows:A few generations ago, in the 1940s, the average sperm count was 113 million per ml, with a higher percentage of motility and morphology. By 1990, the average sperm count had dropped to 66 million.
Average Sperm Count Over Time
This sharp decline in sperm quantity and quality has been linked to increased exposure to environmental chemical (such as pesticides), food additives (such as m.s.g), recreational drugs (alcohol, smoking, etc) and pharmaceuticals (such as antibiotics).
Whether you have been diagnosed with male factor infertility or have super swimmers and wish support your partner, we recommend having a chat to us to see how we can help. Normally we would recommend regular acupuncture, herbal medicine and a few simple lifestyle changes. The the aim of the treatment will be to improve your overall health and wellbeing as well as the quality of your sperm.