The infertility rate here in Australia is estimated to be one in six couples. In fact, in 40 – 45% of these cases, male infertility is found to be a contributing factor. However, the focus on fertility treatments always seems to be skewed towards treating the female partner. Marketing of fertility treatments is usually directed at women, reminding them that the clock is ticking. Even in IVF, a lot of stress is placed on the woman to follow strict schedules. Somewhere along the line, it has been forgotten that men play an equally important role in conception.
Male infertility is usually caused by problems that affect either sperm production or sperm transport. Through medical testing, your doctor may be able to find the cause of the problem. However how to treat the problem has always been a huge challenge in the medical world. Research has shown that acupuncture can increase sperm count and motility. It has also shown a decrease in abnormal formation after a course of acupuncture.
Furthermore, in the case of IVF and male infertility, the pressure to produce a sperm sample on the day of egg collection can be significant enough to cause a problem. Acupuncture however reduces anxiety and can increase blood flow to the genital area to help produce a good sample.
At Restore we focus on both partners, maximising fertility by treating both the male and female in the equation. We offer appointments 6 days per week, early and late appointments, to make it easier for both members of a couple to see us for help at a time which suits them.