In couples having difficulty conceiving, it is helpful for both men and women to take positive actions towards conception. Once infertility issues arise, couples often see IUI or IVF as their only options for having a child. Both can be difficult emotionally, physically and financially. Both can strain a relationship.
You may have already made some changes to improve the likelihood of conception and a healthy baby. Some things to consider are:
1. Avoiding artificial lubricants that may stop the sperm from reaching the cervix
2. Avoiding or reducing alcohol, which reduces sperm count
3. Avoiding smoking or second hand smoke which lowers sperm count
4. Being aware of how prescription drugs affect sperm, including medication for high blood pressure, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, testosterone, steroids, epilepsy, urinary function, fungal infection, and cancer
5. Cleaning up your diet. There is a how to book that makes this pretty simple and remarkably easy to do. The book is "10-Day Detox Diet" by Mark Hyman, MD
6. Balancing your life and reducing long hours
Couples can also consider treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine, which may include herbal formulas and acupuncture. This treatment is less stressful and less expensive than conventional medicine, and is a very effective method for promoting fertility. It is also frequently used in conjunction with conventional medicine.
Herbal formulas and Male Infertility:
From the standpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine, following are three common patterns in reduced male fertility:
1. Male infertility with Heat:
This type of infertility can show up as reduced number of sperm, low numbers of normally shaped sperm, poor motility, or DNA fragmentation with signs of Heat. Signs of Heat can include a red tongue, rapid pulse, excessive thirst and a ruddy complexion. Sometimes high libido or premature ejaculation can also indicate excess Heat.
Through Chinese medicine and herbs, Heat can often be treated to reduce Heat, nourish the sperm, invigorate and nourish blood, and supplement energy.
2. Male infertility due to Yang deficiency:
With this type of infertility, there are no signs of Heat, libido can be low and there may also be issues with erectile dysfunction. Other Yang deficiency signs may include lack of motivation, sluggishness, getting cold easily, and a pale tongue. Blood tests may also show low testosterone levels. Yang deficiency signs can be very subtle.
Yang deficiency can often be treated with herbal formulas that are similar to those used for Heat without the heat clearing herbs. They work to promote sperm production and motility, as well as sperm activity.
3) Male infertility due to Blood Stagnation:
Blood stagnation basically means there is a form of abnormality in the blood flow. This is often associated with vasectomy reversals, anti-sperm antibodies, varicoceles, chronic prostatitis, and frequent skin infections – especially around the groin. Anti-sperm antibodies can result from a breach in the barrier between sperm and blood which sometimes occurs with these conditions. These antibodies can become attached to the sperm and make them clump together, making it difficult for them to move.
Through Chinese medicine and herbs, Blood Stagnation can be treated by improving blood flow in the area of the testicles and removing excess Heat.
This blog deals with male infertility. There are two blogs on female infertility on my webpage, which can be found at: http://maureenfoxacupuncture.com/blog/
To further discuss how herbal formulas can help with conception or to schedule an appointment to begin treatment, please call 636-220-7658