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#1 Ope

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:13 PM

Hi Dr Hong Yan,
My dh' semen analyzis was the follows: 13million/ml, 49% motility and only 3% normal shape. Our doctor said that although the count is a bit low, and motility is borderline, the main problem is the morphology.
Before we move on to do IVF, we like to try everything that western or eastern medicine can offer to increase the sperm quality. My husband very skeptical about eastern medicine and also afraid of needles, but he willing to try it if there is evidence from reliable source. So I spend lot of time to search for proof in medical journals for acupuncture in male infertility.
I have found many clinical trials paper which showed that acupuncture treatment caused significant improvement in sperm count and motility. However, I haven't found any which showed increased sperm morphology.
Can acupuncture help morphology at all? Could you give me some reference to clinical studies which shows it?
Thanks
O.
right now me : 37 Dh:40

TTC #1: natural TTC 1.5 yrs
Dh: 35, Severe Male factor infertility, morphology is 1-2%
Me: 32 , tubes open, no endo, regular ovulation, all hormones are good, 3rd day FSH 5.3 , antral follicle count is 12, only problem is my weight BMI: 30

IVF/ ICSI #1: 2008 February -McGill, Montreal
Long protocol: BCP for 1 month, burselin from CD21, 300 Gonal F and 150 Luveris for 10 days
ER: 11 egg , 6 mature , 5 fertilized, 3rd day transfer:a 7 cell & an 8 cell embyos, no frosties.
1st beta : 13dp3dt: 77, BFP
2008,November 19th: Adam has arrived 7 lb 4 oz, 21"

TTC #2: natural TTC 1.5 yr
Dh :39 morphology went up to 4%, we meet the IUI cutoff! count are fluctuating from 30 to 105 million, motility is great. Caryotyping is normal
Me: 36 FSH is slightly elevated and keep rising 8.5, 8.8, 8.9, 9.8 , AFC is still 12, everything else looks good.

IUI #1: Edmonton, 2011 January ,Clomid 50mg (x5), 106 mil ,68% motile, grade 4 :BFN
IUI #2: Edmonton, 2011 February, Clomid 50mg (x5), 30 mil, 57% motile, grade 3: BFN
IUI #3: Edmonton, 2011 March, Clomid 50mg (x5), 88 mil , 49% motile, grade 4: BFN
IVF#2: 2011 May, Edmonton: long protocol , nasal suprefact : CANCELLED due to high progresteron & cyst
IVF#3: 2011 August, Edmonton: short protocol/natural start: CANCELLED due to high progesterone
IVF#4: 2001 September, Edmonton: short protocol with BCP: CANCELLED due to high progresteron & cyst
Change clinic

IVF #5: 2012 March-April Hungary: stimulation starts march 28, 300 Menopur
mixed protocol: BCP for months, CD3: Menopur 300& lupron for 8 days
ER : April 8th , 4 eggs retrieved, all were mature and fertilized with ICSI and AH
ET : April 11th, 1 A quality 8 cell, and 1 A quality 4 cell embryo transferred, no frosties.
BFP on the HPT at 7dp3dt: happy 37th birthday to me :D
Beta: , 12dp3dt: 150, 2nd Beta, 15dp3dt: 550
Anna has arrived on 21st December after being induced at 39 week. She is 6 lb 9 oz, 20" , and has blue eyes, and long dark brown hair and just perfect !

#2 Dr.HongYan

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 11:42 PM

Hi Dr Hong Yan,
My dh' semen analyzis was the follows: 13million/ml, 49% motility and only 3% normal shape. Our doctor said that although the count is a bit low, and motility is borderline, the main problem is the morphology.
Before we move on to do IVF, we like to try everything that western or eastern medicine can offer to increase the sperm quality. My husband very skeptical about eastern medicine and also afraid of needles, but he willing to try it if there is evidence from reliable source. So I spend lot of time to search for proof in medical journals for acupuncture in male infertility.
I have found many clinical trials paper which showed that acupuncture treatment caused significant improvement in sperm count and motility. However, I haven't found any which showed increased sperm morphology.
Can acupuncture help morphology at all? Could you give me some reference to clinical studies which shows it?
Thanks
O.

Yes, it is more difficult to increase sperm morphology. But we do have sucessful cases of improving the deformed sperms back at my hospital in China. Before you start a TCM treatment, please go to your doctor to see whether he has prostate problems? Is he taking any drugs? Does he smoke or has any addiction? We should take consideration of all these aspects as well.
Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture
100 Anderson Road SE
Calgary, AB
Canada T2J 3V1
403 271-6662
[email protected]
www.southcentrechineseacupuncture.com

#3 Ope

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 09:15 AM

Yes, it is more difficult to increase sperm morphology. But we do have sucessful cases of improving the deformed sperms back at my hospital in China. Before you start a TCM treatment, please go to your doctor to see whether he has prostate problems? Is he taking any drugs? Does he smoke or has any addiction? We should take consideration of all these aspects as well.

He had a mechanical prostate check and so far no prostate problem showed. He has not seen an urologist yet, so we do not know any more information about prostate problem, but he has no sign of a problem except the bad semen test.
He has no addiction: he doen't smoke (never did), he may drinks one beer every second week, he doesn't even drink coffee, tea or cola. He never tried any drugs.
However he sligtly overweight BMI:27, and his cholesterol level a bit high. Also he has frequent migrane headaches when the weather change, and he used to take advil for it, no he switched to take tylenol.
Since his cholsterol has found a bit high at his the last physical , he excersice regulary and he completly cut out all the fatty food from his diet.
Since the semen test he started to take fertility enhanching vitamins( zinc, vitamin c, E, etc)
right now me : 37 Dh:40

TTC #1: natural TTC 1.5 yrs
Dh: 35, Severe Male factor infertility, morphology is 1-2%
Me: 32 , tubes open, no endo, regular ovulation, all hormones are good, 3rd day FSH 5.3 , antral follicle count is 12, only problem is my weight BMI: 30

IVF/ ICSI #1: 2008 February -McGill, Montreal
Long protocol: BCP for 1 month, burselin from CD21, 300 Gonal F and 150 Luveris for 10 days
ER: 11 egg , 6 mature , 5 fertilized, 3rd day transfer:a 7 cell & an 8 cell embyos, no frosties.
1st beta : 13dp3dt: 77, BFP
2008,November 19th: Adam has arrived 7 lb 4 oz, 21"

TTC #2: natural TTC 1.5 yr
Dh :39 morphology went up to 4%, we meet the IUI cutoff! count are fluctuating from 30 to 105 million, motility is great. Caryotyping is normal
Me: 36 FSH is slightly elevated and keep rising 8.5, 8.8, 8.9, 9.8 , AFC is still 12, everything else looks good.

IUI #1: Edmonton, 2011 January ,Clomid 50mg (x5), 106 mil ,68% motile, grade 4 :BFN
IUI #2: Edmonton, 2011 February, Clomid 50mg (x5), 30 mil, 57% motile, grade 3: BFN
IUI #3: Edmonton, 2011 March, Clomid 50mg (x5), 88 mil , 49% motile, grade 4: BFN
IVF#2: 2011 May, Edmonton: long protocol , nasal suprefact : CANCELLED due to high progresteron & cyst
IVF#3: 2011 August, Edmonton: short protocol/natural start: CANCELLED due to high progesterone
IVF#4: 2001 September, Edmonton: short protocol with BCP: CANCELLED due to high progresteron & cyst
Change clinic

IVF #5: 2012 March-April Hungary: stimulation starts march 28, 300 Menopur
mixed protocol: BCP for months, CD3: Menopur 300& lupron for 8 days
ER : April 8th , 4 eggs retrieved, all were mature and fertilized with ICSI and AH
ET : April 11th, 1 A quality 8 cell, and 1 A quality 4 cell embryo transferred, no frosties.
BFP on the HPT at 7dp3dt: happy 37th birthday to me :D
Beta: , 12dp3dt: 150, 2nd Beta, 15dp3dt: 550
Anna has arrived on 21st December after being induced at 39 week. She is 6 lb 9 oz, 20" , and has blue eyes, and long dark brown hair and just perfect !

#4 Dr.HongYan

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 10:22 PM

Yes, it is more difficult to increase sperm morphology. But we do have sucessful cases of improving the deformed sperms back at my hospital in China. Before you start a TCM treatment, please go to your doctor to see whether he has prostate problems? Is he taking any drugs? Does he smoke or has any addiction? We should take consideration of all these aspects as well.

He had a mechanical prostate check and so far no prostate problem showed. He has not seen an urologist yet, so we do not know any more information about prostate problem, but he has no sign of a problem except the bad semen test.
He has no addiction: he doen't smoke (never did), he may drinks one beer every second week, he doesn't even drink coffee, tea or cola. He never tried any drugs.
However he sligtly overweight BMI:27, and his cholesterol level a bit high. Also he has frequent migrane headaches when the weather change, and he used to take advil for it, no he switched to take tylenol.
Since his cholsterol has found a bit high at his the last physical , he excersice regulary and he completly cut out all the fatty food from his diet.
Since the semen test he started to take fertility enhanching vitamins( zinc, vitamin c, E, etc)

in this case, I think it is worth trying acupuncture and herbs. He can have it once a week and for 2 to 3 months, and then have a sperm test, to see whether there is improvement or not.
Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture
100 Anderson Road SE
Calgary, AB
Canada T2J 3V1
403 271-6662
[email protected]
www.southcentrechineseacupuncture.com