Male Factor Infertility

We offer a wide range of services for men's health.  From stress, back pain, insomnia, to male factor infertility, our experts handle many different conditions when it comes to men' soptimal health.

Male Factor Infertility can result from abnormalities in sperm which can include:

  • 1. Low sperm count
  • 2. Low motility
  • 3. Poor morphology
  • 4. Sperm DNA fragmentation

When patients come to Eastern Bench for fertility treatment we always ask if they or their partner, if they have one, have had a semen analysis. Women* who are not getting pregnant often assume that the problem lies with them and many are surprised to find out that for 40% of infertile couples the problem is male factor*.

The semen analysis measures a number of aspects of male fertility

  • Semen Count – Anything over 20 million sperm per milliliter is considered normal.
  • Morphology – This measures the shape of the sperm. A sample is considered normal if more than 30% of the sperm is a regular shape. But some labs assess morphology differently so it’s important to consult your doctor on what is normal.
  • Motility – This looks at whether the sperm can swim and are able to move forward. A sample where more than 60% of the sperm has a good forward motion is considered normal.
  • Volume – This measures the semen volume with any measurement between 1 ml and 6.5 ml being considered normal.
  • Liquefaction – When semen is first produced it has a gel-like consistency. This gel is formed by proteins from the seminal vesicles which are broken up as the semen becomes more liquid. It normally takes less than 20 minutes for a semen sample to change from a gel to a liquid. An abnormally long liquefaction time may indicate an infection.
  • Other – the test may also look for white blood cells that may indicate an infection, the PH of the sample, and fructose levels.

The good news is that new sperm generates every 72 days and so they can affect their fertility quite quickly by making lifestyle adjustments. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been very effective in resolving all these issues. Research shows that acupuncture, herbs, and proper nutrition improve sperm count, morphology, motility and fragmented sperm DNA. However, it is also important that they see an MD to make sure that there are no underlying hormonal or structural problems that are affecting their reproductive ability. 

Avoid environmental toxins especially synthetic estrogens, commonly found in beef and dairy products. They are even found in poultry and eggs. Buy hormone-free meats and dairy products. Some reports indicate the presence of synthetic estrogen in sources of drinking water. Therefore, filtered or purified water is highly encouraged.

We recommend eating only organic fruits and vegetables, as pesticides and other chemicals found in non-organic produce hinder sperm production.

Take measures to keep the scrotum cool, ideally between 94 and 96 degrees fahrenheit. Men with slight varicoceles, are encouraged to use cool packs daily on the testicles.

Avoid saturated fats, hydrogenated oils, coconut, palm and especially cottonseed oil (contains gossypol which inhibits sperm formation).

Include polyunsaturated oils and essential fatty acids.

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