Nobody likes to be told they’re not doing something right. This is a truth that hits on a primordial level when it comes to our fertility. Regardless of gender, if you get a test result back showing something is not ideal, it can produce a deep hit at your core and knock your self-esteem flat down to the ground. Any individual or couple struggling to get pregnant knows this feeling. Procreation is written so deep into our genome that when it doesn’t work, it can make you feel like less of a person.
Acupuncture is well-known for its ability to help women’s fertility as it pertains to things like painful or irregular periods, but what about male fertility? Many people might not know that it is also awesome and extremely effective for helping the male parameters: sperm count, motility (how well they swim), and morphology (how they’re shaped), and the depth and breadth of research that supports this is abundant. Actually, men respond faster to treatment simply because they are making new sperm every day which mature in about 90 days. What this means is that the work you start now, impacts sperm 90 days down the road.
My first fertility case as a student intern involved male-factor fertility. He came into clinic, looking defeated with test results in hand that were all below the range of normal. Ouch. He committed to regular acupuncture and herbs. Fast forward a few months. He came in again, my last patient of the evening at the end of one of the hardest nights I had as a student intern, and yet, all of that melted away when I saw the smile on his face, the relief in his eyes, and brand new, above average test results. “I’m normal!”, he exclaimed. That was the first time I saw the true power that Chinese medicine holds for male-factor fertility. In the years since, I’ve seen it again and again.
When we work with you at Selby Acupuncture, treatment involves a combination of acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle recommendations, in addition to well-researched supplements which are beneficial for male fertility. Our providers are experienced and sensitive to your unique needs no matter where you are in your fertility journey. Want to learn more? Call 651-224-6678 to schedule a free 15 minute consult or book online.
(written by Molly)