Acupuncture and sperm

Does acupuncture treatment affect sperm density in males with very low sperm count? A pilot study.

Siterman S et al Andrologia. 2000 Jan;32(1):31-9. Andrologia

Siterman S et al Andrologia. 2000 Jan;32(1):31-9.
Andrologia

 This small before and after pilot study showed a positive effect of acupuncture on sperm count – but this time on men with such low sperm counts (or no sperm) that they would usually require a testicular biopsy to extract sperm for use in an IVF cycle. Seven of the 15 men with no sperm at all produced sperm detectable by the light microscope after a course of 10 acupuncture treatments (p < 0.01) ie enough sperm could be produced for ICSI to be performed without recourse to testicular biopsy. The control group with similar semen analysis had no treatment and showed no change after 3 months. Larger trials are needed to confirm these findings. 

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Effect of acupuncture on sperm parameters of males suffering from subfertility related to low sperm quality.

Siterman S et al Arch Androl. 1997 Sep-Oct;39(2):155-61
Archives of Andrology  
 
 

In a small RCT, a group of infertile men with abnormal semen analysis were randomly divided into 2 groups; one group was given 10 acupuncture treatments over 5 weeks, and the other group, no treatment. Significant improvements (p < 0.05) were demonstrated in the acupuncture group compared to the control group, in particular improved motility and morphology. Larger trials are needed to confirm these results.  Read More