Male infertility refers to a male’s inability to cause pregnancy in a fertile female. In humans it accounts for 40–50% of infertility. Male infertility is due to low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm.
In western medicine, the treatments for male infertility include surgery, infection control, hormone treatments and medications as well as assisted reproductive technology (ART) depending on the underlining causes of the infertility.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can increase the sperm count and improve the sperm’s motility and morphology. They also could strengthen the internal organs, such as the kidneys, liver and spleen, adding to the overall health of the male reproductive system. For IVF support, we recommend once or twice weekly acupuncture treatments for 4-6 weeks prior to the commencement of the woman’s IVF cycle, twice weekly acupuncture treatments prior to sperm donation and one treatment before sperm donation within 24 hours to reduce anxiety and increase blood flow to the genital area.