Acupuncture can help improve the quality of your sperm

By Lucy Townsley | All Posts

Nov 24

Did you know that your sperm could be the problem?  In fact, 40% of infertility problems are down to the male factor. That’s tough to hear.  But do not panic! You can do so much to improve your sperm!

The first thing you need to do is go to your doctor and do a sperm test to find out how your sperm is.  Then you know where you stand.

Things that can cause a poor sperm results!!!

  • Hormone imbalances,
  • Poor lifestyle habits,
  • Childhood illness,
  • Abnormal genetics,
  • Disease
  • Recreational drugs
  • Smoking marijuana
  • Smoking
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Intense exercise this can result in testosterone deficiency
  • Poor diet choices
  • Lack of vitamin C and Zinc
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Tight clothes, underwear, tight lyric bicycling shorts
  • Environmental hazards and toxins, pesticides, lead, paint, mercury, heavy metals
  • Laptops and phones in pockets heating the testis
  • Overweight or underweight

Men who lead healthy lifestyles usually produce healthy sperm.  Unhealthy lifestyle choices can lead to poor sperm quality.

Your result could show even one or all three of these.

  • Sperm count (not enough sperm)
  • Morphology this is abnormal shaped sperm
  • Motility the movement of the sperm, the way the sperm swims up to meet the egg

What you can do to help your sperm be super-efficient!

  • Make changes to your lifestyle
  • Acupuncture/Acupressure points - Men sometimes come into my clinic reluctantly, usually dragged in by a wife or girlfriend. But you’d be surprised to know they keep coming to me long after their baby is born.  Why acupuncture? It helps you rebalance your hormones, improves the production of sperm count, motility and morphology.  Also dealing with health issues that are going on; poor energy, insomnia, stress, etc. Within 3 months acupuncture can more than double your sperm count.  You have nothing to lose by trying.
  • Exercise - A study conducted by Vaamonde et al. in 2009, it was noted that men who are physically active, exercising at least 3 times a week for 1 hour, typically scored higher in almost all sperm parameters in comparison with men who engaged in competitive sport or were athletes. So get exercising!
  • De-stress – There can be a lot of pressure put on you to perform. This can be very stressful - STOP HAVING PASSIONLESS SEX – This is one of my top tips; sex often becomes a chore, mechanical and quick when it comes to ovulation time and the ovulation kit say go now. We need to get PASSION back into your sex life. Testosterone is the hormone of desire, arousal is so important as it affects the amount of sperm you produce. If sex is passionless it can have a negative effect on your Make sure you take regular exercise, meditate, EFT, visualisation and rest to help you de-stress.
  • Start taking vitamin C and Zinc supplements and a good male multivitamin
  • SEX and lots of it! Yes, saving sperm is a complete myth, the more fresh sperm there is the better the quality and more chances of a pregnancy
  • Cut down your alcohol intake.
  • Stop smoking
  • Cut out recreational drugs
  • Eat a diet rich in foods to help produce healthy sperm -
  • Dark cholate
  • Oysters
  • Eggs
  • Bananas
  • Spinach
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Galic
  • Carrots
  • Red bell peppers
  • Dried apricots
  • Goji berries
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Maca
  • Ginseng

All of these superfoods foods improve the quality of your sperm, have a cooling effect on the testis, improve testosterone levels, improves virility, increases sex drive and your sexual performance, also your overall health, full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help you fight free radicals.  Free radical cause damage to the sperm cells.

Did you know - Sperm cells take 11 weeks to mature in the testicles before they are ready for ejaculation. If you start  your diet changes today, along with any of the other tips I have given you, it will take three months for the better sperm to be produced not only that but you will feel much healthy and have more energy.  So start eating a healthy diet and take supplements do your acupressure/acupuncture points, you are doing your bit to start your family!

Reach on male fertility

“The World Health Organisation defines male factor infertility as the presence of one or more abnormalities in the semen analysis, or the presence of inadequate sexual or ejaculatory function (Rowe 2004). In 50% of involuntarily childless couples, male infertility associated factor is found together with abnormal semen parameters (Dohle 2010).”

Some researchers believe that carrying too much weight around your middle is bad for the quality of your sperm, they say it interferes with the release of sex hormones that help with the development of sperm.

At Harvard University researchers there found “that man who ate the most processed meat had much lower counts of normal-shaped sperm compared to those who consumed the low amounts of processed meats.” But those who eat fish, especially fish like salmon and tuna had a 65% greater sperm concentration that those that didn’t.  The researchers found that fish is full of omega-3, polyunsaturated fatty acids this plays a huge part in good healthy sperm production.

Also, that men who got their blood pumping in moderate to vigorous exercise 15 hours or more a week had a sperm concentration that was 73 percent higher than guys who didn’t work out at that intensity.

Why exercise helps, it stabilises your weight, has a positive effect on your fertility and sperm health, it also increases the antioxidants through your body helping the fight against free radicals from damaging the sperm according to the researchers of Harvard university.

A UK study in 2012 showed men who wore boxer shorts instead of tight fitting underwear were 25% less likely to have poor swimmers this is the motility of the sperm.  The sperm needs to be able to swim to reach the egg.

Andrew Povey, PhD quotes “loose-fitting underwear may result in lower scrotal temperatures compared to tight-fitting underwear, hence an improvement in semen quality,” he says “So if you want to be on the safe side, let your junk breathe”

So, why not change your underwear, no big deal, right!

Cork fertility doctor on today FM quoted “there was a rugby match on the television Ireland against all blacks and at least 2 of the players will have fertility issues”

Research done in Demark found if you have a high level of BPA in your urine (you need to test for this) it can reduce the motility of your sperm, how they swim, then those men who had a low BPA.  What is BPA you ask?  It a chemical, bisphenol-A and it can leak from anything plastic especially when you heat the plastic up, say in a microwave, so if you are thinking of heating up left over’s from last night’s dinner take it out of the plastic container and put in a glass or ceramic bowl/plate. Or if you have left a water bottle in a hot car don’t drink the water. Easy! And better for your sperm.

The scientist believes that BPS has an effect on oestrogen and androgen activity in the epididymis in the testicles affecting the production of sperm.

Look after your bits… you need them.


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Written by Lucy Townsley

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Lucy Townsley Lic TCM Trained in the Zita West IVF and Natural Fertility Method Also Acupuncture, Cupping, Tunia Massage, Facial Rejuvenation, Reiki, Prepared Herbs, Acupressure