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Article - Research on Male Infertility

For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has used acupuncture and herbs to increase Male infertility due to various causes. Below, several recent studies have been included that support the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of male factor fertility. Acupuncture can improve sperm quality which can greatly improve a couple’s chance of a natural pregnancy or IVF/ICSI success. By helping to improve the quality of the embryo and decreasing the chances of miscarriage, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be utilized successfully in IVF protocols.

Acupuncture can improve sperm quality and fertilization rates in assisted reproductive technology.

The clinical effects of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in sperm parameter and on therapeutic results in assisted reproductive technology were investigated. 22 patients failed in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with idiopathic male infertility were treated with acupuncture twice weekly for eight weeks, followed by ICSI treatment again. The sperm concentration, motility, morphology, fertilization rates and embryo quality were observed. Quick sperm motility after acupuncture (18.3% +/- 9.6%) was significantly improved as compared with that before treatment (11.0% +/- 7.4%, P<0.01). The normal sperm ratio was increased after acupuncture (21.1% +/- 10.4% vs 16.2% =/- 8.2%, P<0.05). The fertilization rates after acupuncture (66.2%) were obviously higher than that before treatment (40.2%, P<0.01). The embryo quality after acupuncture was improved. Acupuncture can improve sperm quality and fertilization rates in assisted technology.

Source: "Influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproductive therapy." Dr. M. Zhang et al. J Huazhong University SCI Technology Med SCI 2002; 22(3):228-30

Acupuncture may be a useful, nontraumatic treatment for males with very poor sperm density.

Classic therapies are usually ineffective in the treatment of patients with very poor sperm density. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of acupuncture on these males. Semen samples of 20 patients with a history of azoospermia were examined by light microscope (LM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), with which a micro-search for spermatozoa was carried out. These examinations were performed before and 1 month after acupuncture treatment and revealed that the study group originally contained three severely oligoteratoasthenozoospermic (OTA), two pseudoazoospermic and 15 azoospermic patients. The control group was comprised of 20 untreated males who underwent two semen examinations within a period of 2 – 4 months and had initial andrological profiles similar to those of the experimental group. No changes in any of the parameters examined were observed in the control group. There was a marked improvement in the sperm counts of severely OTA males following acupuncture treatment (average=0.7 +/- 1.1 x 10(6) spermatozoa per ejaculate before treatment vs. 4.3 +/- 3.2 x 10(6) spermatozoa per ejaculate after treatment). A definite increase in sperm count was detected in the ejaculates of 10 (67%) of the 15 azoospermic patients. Seven of these males exhibited post-treatment spermatozoa that were detected even by LM. The sperm production of these seven males increased significantly, form 0 to an average 1.5 +/- 2.4 x 10(6)spermatozoa. Two pregnancies were achieved by the IVF-ICSI procedure. It is concluded that acupuncture may be a useful, non-traumatic treatment for males with very poor sperm density, especially those with a history of genital tract inflammation.

Source: "Does acupuncture treatment affect sperm density in males with very low sperm count? A pilot study." Andrologia. 2000 Jan:32:31-9, Siteman S, Wltes F, Wolfson V, Lederman H., Bartoov B, Institute of Chinese Medicine, Tel Aviv, Isreal.