Spence Pentland Dr. TCM, graduated from the acclaimed International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He completed his internship at Anhui Hospital of TCM, Hefei City, China. Since 2004 Spence has been treating pain, stress, & reproductive health in Vancouver BC. To learn more about Spence click here. To book an initial in-person consultation call 604.873.9355.
My vision is to help change the face of men's health. Very little support is offered to men as far as diagnosis & treatment are concerned. Andrological issues such as infertility, impotence, prostatitis/pelvic pain (CP / CPPS), & BPH are the focus of my practice. Call Yinstill Reproductive Wellness @ 604.873.9355 to set upp a free 15 minute phone Q&A. Please browse this site for articles, research, and other related information. Some recommended products for treatment are listed, as well as information on acupuncture, Chinese medicine, & environmental concerns.
When treating male factor infertility, you often treat female fertility also, this makes sense. Research and understandings of female infertility also help us better understand what to investigate when it comes to men. An area of female infertility that is generally overlooked, misunderstood, and treated poorly is issues of the thyroid. Since thyroid health is showing more and more importance in female infertility, it makes sense to start investigating its role in male factor as well. First off, we now know the ranges of TSH on lab reports are not specific enough when it comes to a woman wanting to conceive. Could this hold true for men also? Does TSH need to be 'more' specific for optimal sperm production and health?
Enhancement of ATP generation capacity, antioxidant activity and immunomodulatory activities by Chinese Yang and Yin herbs
Pharmacological studies on Yang and Yin tonifying herbs suggest that Yang tonifying herbs stimulate mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate (ATP) generation, presumably through the intermediacy of reactive oxidant species, leading to the enhancement of cellular/mitochondrial antioxidant status. Yin tonifying herbs, however, apart from possessing antioxidant properties, exert mainly immunomodulatory functions that may boost a weak immune system and may also suppress overreactive immune responses.
The results demonstrate a negative association between semen analysis parameters and sperm with fragmented DNA. Since extremely poor semen samples are the indication for intracytoplasmic sperm injection, there is a high likelihood that sperm with fragmented DNA may be selected by chance and used for oocyte injection, resulting in poor fertilization and/or cleavage rates.
We have recently established that poor-quality semen samples have a greater percentage of spermatozoa with DNA fragmentation than normal fertile samples (Sun et al., 1997; Lopes et al., 1998). In addition, we demonstrated a negative correlation between the percentage of spermatozoa with fragmented DNA and fertilization rates in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) (Sun et al., 1997) and in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) (Lopes et al., 1998). At present the aetiology of sperm DNA fragmentation in infertile men is unclear.We hypothesize that ROS may be involved in the DNA fragmentation seen in these germ cells since several studies have shown that ROS can cause DNA damage in somatic cells (Buttke et al., 1994; Ratan et al., 1994).
OK, I just posted a research abstract that showed men that do not experience herpes symptoms may still have it in their semen, and that it negatively affects motility and morphology, thus causing infertility and poor IVF results. The herpes was interestingly more present in the semen in the winter months (study was done in Russia). With this information, it makes sense that all mens sperm that has lowered parameters should get their semen checked for herpes simplex virus,...and really give it the boy scout try to conceive in summer months!