Male Infertility

Male infertility

Many cases of unexplained infertility and sub-fertility are thought to be attributable to male factors.

Male infertility is defined as the presence of abnormal semen parameters in the male partner of a couple who have been unable to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse.

For couples who are unable to conceive a male infertility associated factor is found in 50% of cases. [1] Studies show that acupuncture has substantial effects on reproductive function and helps male fertility by improving sperm count concentration, [2] sperm quality [3] and sperm motility. [4]

Causes of male infertility can range from physical problems to psychological problems and hormonal imbalance.

How to improve male fertility and some of the factors which can affect male fertility:

  • Smoking and other recreational drug use
  • Alcohol abuse
  • The use of anabolic steroids
  • Toxins and heavy metals
  • Extreme exercise regimes
  • Poor diet, malnourishment and vitamin deficiency
  • Stress

Fertility often reflects a man’s general overall health and well-being. A healthier lifestyle is more likely to produce healthy sperm.

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Ref: [1]Dohle. (2010). male infertility. Available: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1136:.... Last accessed 20th Nov 2012.

[2]Siterman . (2009). male infertility. Available: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1136:.... Last accessed 20th Nov 2012.

[3]Pei; Gurfinkel . (2005;2003). male infertility. Available: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1136:.... Last accessed 20th Nov 2012.

[4]Dieterle . (2009). male infertility. Available: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1136:.... Last accessed 20th Nov 2012.