Fertility and Impotence

It is important for men to understand the difference between fertility and impotence, many experts have found that some male still confuse fertility and virility.

The majority of problems involve low sperm production, which may have hormonal, pathological or environmental causes. Blockages, or sexual dysfunction that has a psychological basis, also can be responsible.

Pathological problems:

  • Blockage or scarring of any of the passages along which the sperm passes on its way to ejaculation and, hopefully, union with an egg will render a man infertile. 
  • Retrograde ejaculation
  • Congenital abnormality
  • Varicose veins around the vas deferens
  • Mumps
  • Trauma
  • Infection or other genital problems lead to sperm autoimmunity.

Also, sperm quality decreases with age.

Emotional Considerations

The term sexual dysfunction covers a number of conditions, including premature ejaculations and impotence. 

Tests For Men

  • Semen Analysis
  • Blood Test
  • Testicular Biopsy

How Can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Help?

Male infertility accounts for 30% - 40% of infertility problems. So it is important for a man to get a full sperm analysis to check his sperm count, motility and morphology. 

In the case that there are sperm pathologies, both acupuncture and Chinese herbs help to: 

Increases sperm count 

Increase sperm motility

Increase sperm morphology

female infertility 

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IVF and Acupuncture 

What are the best times to have acupuncture

If you are a woman seeking help with fertility related issues, naturally or assisted, there are certain times during your cycle that we like to see you.

In general, the most important times to have acupuncture are:

During the follicular phase - day 5, 6, 7 or 8 of your menstrual cycle (day 1 being the first day of heavy flow)
The day before, day of or day after ovulation (as indicated by your LH surge)
During implantation time (6 - 10 days after ovulation).

If you are going through an IVF cycle, it is best to start acupuncture 6 to 8 weeks prior to transfer. The most important times to have acupuncture are the same as above, however, once you begin your stimulation medications you may be seen twice a week.

For the best outcome, treatments should start 3 - 4 months prior to conception/transfer, this will allow us we assist in general wellbeing, work on cycle or lining irregularities, address any nutritional concerns, and help reduce stress. All this will assist you in the progress to conception.

Book now to arrange a time to talk a treatment plan that best suits you, even if you don't start the treatment plan until later.

Getting that first appointment early also allows you the opportunity to determine if acupuncture is right for you and if it is something you want to continue to pursue.

If supplementation or herbal medicine are necessary, they take time to work, so beginning earlier is best so that your eggs are going to have the opportunity to grow and mature in a nutrient rich environment. 

Infertility can be divided into three parts: 

  • Pathological (caused by disease)
  • Hormonal 
  • Idiopathic (unexplained)

By its nature, the latter can be the most frustrating and difficult to treat, but with Chinese medicine we take a holistic approach to support your overall health with the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Pathological problems 

  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian Tubes
  • Uterus
  • Cervix
  • Endometriosis

Hormonal problems

Hormonal imbalance frequently causes temporary sterility; occasionally, the condition is permanent. Because fertility relies on a stable menstrual cycle, factors such as serious illness, emotional trauma, fatigue or overwork that disrupt the monthly pattern make conception unlikely. 

The pursuit of pregnancy can be extremely stressful, and many women worry unnecessarily that they will have difficulty conceiving, especially if a close family member has or had fertility problems.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help.

After all the fertility tests have been done, we can apply acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments to optimises ovary function and hormonal balance.

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menstrual and premenstrual symptoms

influence the immune environment

promote quality sleep 

reduce oxidative stress