Fertility problems affect both men and women. As many as two out of every five couples with fertility problems require treatment of both spouses, and in 25 percent of the couples their fertility problem rests with the male partner alone. All too often however I only see the female partner at my clinic.
If a semen analysis reveals low sperm count, poor sperm motility or morphology then a technique known as intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is usually used alongside the females IVF protocol.
The male partners’ role, whether ICSI is required or not, is often overlooked. Sometimes I think the male doesn’t realise how much they can do or share with their partner and sometimes I find they feel positively left out or helpless. Whether or not the male partner seeks acupuncture treatment is of course up to the individual, but since sperm production takes 3 months, it is important that both partners are on board with any lifestyle changes.
Sometimes just an occasional relaxation treatment can be really beneficial.