Numerous research studies have demonstrated the benefits of acupuncture in treating male sub-fertility by improving sperm quality and quantity.
In one study of 40 men with poor sperm count, 28 received acupuncture twice a week for 5 weeks, while 12 in the control group received no treatment. In the treatment group there was a statistically significant increase in the percentage and number of sperm, plus improved sperm motility.
In another study, 22 males with idiopathic infertility who had just failed an ICSI cycle were treated with acupuncture twice weekly for 8 weeks, followed by ICSI treatment again. This time, sperm motility was significantly improved after treatment. The normal sperm ratio was also better and embryo quality as well as fertilisation rates (66.2%) were higher than before treatment (40.2%).
Acupuncture can be given at any point after a man has had a sperm test and would like to improve his results. Even men who don’t have poor sperm results can optimise their health and well-being by having acupuncture and be sure they are at their best when beginning their new family.
Because it takes 60-90 days to develop mature sperm, treatment is ideally given over a 3 to 6 month period for the best results when you are trying naturally, or before you begin an ICSI, IUI or IVF cycle.
In Assisted cycles it can be very beneficial to also have acupuncture on the day, or day before sperm collection.