Infertility is a problem that affects millions of men and woman in the U.S. every year. Some estimates believe that as many as 15% of couples experience infertility at some point. Finding the cause of the problems can result in a couple spending thousands of dollars over many months and sometimes years. To avoid much of the expense that modern procedures cost, many women try unconventional methods. One of these such methods is acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years by cultures in an attempt to increase the fertility of a woman. And in many circumstances, it seems to work.
Although researchers can’t explain why, women who use acupuncture in combination with infertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization, are more likely to become pregnant than women who have not had acupuncture. This has been confirmed, so far, in at least two different studies.
But what if the problem is not with the woman, but with the man?
Acupuncture and Fertility and Men
To date there have been few studies on men and infertility but there is no evidence that infertility for a couple is improved by the male having acupuncture.
The interesting thing you find when looking through ivf message boards is that when a couple is having trouble conceiving, it’s often assumed that it’s the fault of the women. But a recent study is making a bit more concrete what many researchers have suspected for a while. It indicates that as men pass their mid 30’s their chances of fathering a child gradually diminishes from over the years. The study shows that, on average, when a man passes the 40 year old mark, the odds of his partner becoming pregnant decreases significantly. And when their partner does conceive, the odds are increased that their partner will have a miscarriage. The surprise was in just how much effect the male partner’s age had on the ability of his spouse to become pregnant.