It is known that spermogram alterations are responsible for up to 30% of difficulties getting pregnant in couples around the world.
Male infertility may be related to changes in sperm morphology, concentration and motility.
Several factors can cause male infertility, such as hormonal changes, varicoceles, genital malformations, cryptorchidism, among others.
A percentage of men with infertility may have no apparent (idiopathic) cause.
The treatment of male infertility is always a challenge in reproductive medicine, as the improvement of the spermogram is gradual and, in some cases, it may not improve even with surgical interventions or with the use of medications.
Changing lifestyle habits can contribute to an improvement in male fertility.
It is known that obesity, smoking and excessive alcohol intake can negatively influence fertility.
In addition, the use of some vitamins and supplements can improve the sperm count, such as vitamins C and E, omega 3, zinc, selenium and Korean Red Ginseng.
There are about 30 studies in the medical literature which review the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the treatment of male infertility.
According to the study, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the testicular artery and promote an improvement in nutrient delivery, oxygenation and delivery of anti-oxidant agents to the testes.
Several studies show an improvement in sperm concentration, morphology and motility.
Therefore, the use of acupuncture can be a great ally in the treatment of male infertility, with improved sperm count, morphology and sperm motility.
Acupuncture is not intended to replace conventional treatment in fertility clinics, but to be a complement to assisted reproduction cycles, thus helping to improve fertility rates.