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    Male Infertility Overview

    First step when infertility is suspected is a full evaluation of the woman by a gynecologist or fertility specialist (IVF doctor). Somewhere within this time frame, the male partner may be asked to give a semen sample. When the semen analysis comes back, the man will either hear 'it's fine' (which may actually mean that it is 'fine' for an ICSI procedure), or, it's 'abnormal' (according to somewhat archaic lab ranges). It is at this point couples are quickly given the news that their best chances for conception is IVF/ICSI.

    The above displays a simplified version of the management of 'sub-fertile' couples. In the new age of medical care, it is recommended for the evaluation of the male partner be more extensive, and all treatment options, both surgical (i.e. varicocele, TESE) and non-surgical/alternative (i.e. Chinese medicine) be explored for appropriateness and exhausted before assisted reproduction is considered.

    According to Chinese medicine your reproductive health is the result of your body being in proper balance. Stress, poor lifestyle, inadequate diet and other factors can disturb your natural balance. This results in poor health including impaired semen quality and quantity.

    It takes 100 days for your body to create and mature sperm. Our treatment protocol treats you for this crucial period to balance your health and to improve your semen quality.

    After a detailed consultation Dr. Spence Pentland will create an individualized program of herbal formulas, diet, lifestyle counseling, and acupuncture. This is designed to relieve stress and restore your normal reproductive functioning.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown to:

    • Significantly increase sperm production
    • Increase the percentage of healthy sperm
    • Improve sperm movement (motility)
    • Improve the levels of hormones responsible for fertility/li>
    • Increase the rate of pregnancy when used in conjunction with ART

    “In conjunction with ART or even for reaching natural fertility potential, acupuncture treatment is a simple, non-invasive method that can improve sperm quality.”
    (Dr. Jian Pei, Fertility and Sterility 2005: 84:141-147)


    Dr. Spence Pentland focuses on the treatment of men's & women's reproductive health in Vancouver. To learn more about Spence click here. To book an initial in-person consultation click here. If you are unsure about how Spence may be able to help your condition, take advantage of his free 15 minute Q&A phone conversations by calling the clinic now to check his availabilities at 778.228.4700


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