Monthly Archives: December 2017


How to Boost Your Sperm Count by the New Year

2015-8When a couple under the age of 35 cannot conceive after having regular, unprotected sexual intercourse for one year, there is a 30 percent chance it could be due to male-factor infertility. Why is this important? Even if a man’s sperm count has been analyzed and determined to be normal – it may not be optimal. Bottom Line: It is advisable for men to seek out fertility boosting treatment in conjunction with their female partner’s fertility plan.

  • Male-factor infertility = 30 percent of cases
  • Female-factor infertility = 30 percent of cases
  • Unexplained – idiopathic – infertility = 10 percent of cases

Checking Your Sperm Count With A Semen Analysis

A computer assisted semen analysis is a simple – yet sophisticated – diagnostic test used to judge a man’s sperm quality and quantity.

  • Sperm Concentration is the number of sperm in the ejaculate
  • Sperm Motility is the percentage of sperm moving and the qualities of movement such as speed and straightness
  • Sperm Morphology is the percentage of sperm having a normal appearance in size and shape

Average Sperm Counts Have Diminished Significantly

Studies have shown that over the past 50 to 60 years, average sperm counts have diminished significantly. The average sperm concentration in a milliliter of ejaculate has been cut in half since the 1940s. Men with normal sperm counts may be contributing a couple’s struggle to get pregnant naturally.

  • Normal sperm counts show a baseline of 15 million per milliliter of ejaculate
  • Optimal sperm count baseline = 40 million+

Optimum Sperm Quality is Important

A man’s sperm quality matters a lot – even if his lab results fall within a normal range.

  • Morphology
  • Motility
  • Forward progression
  • Semen volume
  • Liquefaction time

Read more: How to Boost Your Sperm Count by the New Year

New Hope’s In-House Acupuncture for Fertility

4540703 - close-up of acupuncture needles on belly - selective focusAcupuncture in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has been proven by studies to increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant by up to 50 percent! National Institutes of Health research has shown a direct correlation between acupuncture and pregnancy. Why is this important? Because New Hope Fertility Center has incorporated an in-house acupuncture service as an integral part of our all-encompassing infertility treatment options. Bottom line: Acupuncture is a useful tool during the practice of the vast array of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures offered at New Hope Fertility Center.

Acupuncture Increases Pregnancy Success

Acupuncture is the holistic practice of inserting ultra-thin, sterile needles into the body’s specific trigger points serving as meridians to a woman’s reproductive system. The insertion of needles into one’s reproductive trigger points through specific channels serves to regulate the body’s functions.

What’s the real story? This remarkable Chinese medicine has been used in conjunction with Western medicine for centuries. According to the American Pregnancy Association, acupuncture helps increase a woman’s fertility by alleviating medical conditions preventing her from getting pregnant.

Look: Acupuncture . . .

  • Reduces patient stress and produces a calming effect during infertility treatment
  • Reduces uterine spasms after embryo transfer
  • Improves clarity and overall whole body wellness during infertility treatment
  • Improves egg quality – FSH level
  • Improves embryo implantation – conception – success
  • Reduces chance of miscarriage

Our acupuncture practitioners are skilled in determining a patient’s individual medical challenges in overcoming infertility.Read more: New Hope’s In-House Acupuncture for Fertility