Men’s health is an important part of the fertility equation. If you have been trying to conceive for more than six months we recommend asking your doctor for a semen analysis and addressing your health and wellbeing.
It is generally accepted that the following factors may affect sperm health:
Health & lifestyle factors such as
- excessive drinking
- drugs including steroids and recreational use
- high Body Mass Index
Past medical conditions such as
- undescended testes
Acute viral illness may also temporarily affect sperm health.
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.
While it may only take one sperm to make a baby, in reality it requires millions of healthy sperm for that sperm to be able to fertilise the egg.
Have a quick look at this short video from Nucleus EXPLAINING FERTILIZATION Keep in mind he is talking about starting with 300 million healthy sperm and a healthy egg in the right place at the right time. It should put some perspective on things!
Whether you have been diagnosed with male factor infertility or have super swimmers and wish to support your partner, we recommend calling the clinic to see how we can help you.
Treatments will include lifestyle support, a personalised herbal formula and weekly to fortnightly acupuncture. Don’t worry, the acupuncture points we use for male fertility lie on the lower legs, around the wrists and ankles, sacrum and just below the belly button. These are some of the most powerful points on the body and can create a strong internal response.