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.
I have seen men with anti sperm antibodies have children, and the place to start usually is IUI (as recommended by Canadian RE's). There is some evidence that the washing of the sperm 'shakes-off' antibodies, so it is definitely worth a few tries (especially after a TCM course of treatment) before jumping into IVF/ICSI.
There are many genetic reasons for male infertility, and many are still being discovered. The fact that many of these can be passed down to our offspring puts a new responsibility on people wishing to become parents. Epigenetics is a new area of genetic science that studies how lifestyle affects the way our genes express themselves in our lives. Yes, this means that the way we live our lives effects whether or not certain genetic factors will manifest or not. Conclusion; live a healthy life and reduce the incidence of genetic disease. The following are just a few male genetic causes of infertility.
Just read a study from the Asian Journal of Andrology on scrotal temperature and sperm counts. To the group with lowered sperm counts and higher scrotal temperature they added acupuncture, and what they found is a scientifically significant number of these men had a lowering of scrotal temperatures and increases in sperm counts. Read study abstract here.
Conclusion: foetal to pubertal subnutrition is accompanied by changes in testicular structure and lower Sertoli cell numbers in adult life, strongly suggesting lower daily sperm production.
In my experience, and I know with many of my peers, the major inhibiting factor in the successful treatment of male disorders is treatment compliance. Bottom line, unless something is literally falling off or aesthetically grusome, men most often fall short of finishing a course of recommended treatment. One way of improving fertility/sperm rates, would be to actually complete treatment protocols given by their healthcare provider. I was looking looking through my past treatment schedules, and whether they are dragged in by their girlfriend or wife, or they actually decided on their own to 'check it out', most men stop treatment very early into the program protocol. OK guys, its time to take more responsibility for your health, especially when it is affecting someone you love.