By: Dr. Spence Pentland (Vancouver Fertility Acupuncturist)
A new research project 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!
Ask your doctor how you can get your semen check for herpes simplex virus. This should be a simple procedure, as well, at the same time, the semen could be checked for raised white blood cell count to see if there are any other underlying infections causing problems. If it is present in many men without them knowing, and it damages sperm, then we can also conclude that if their wife actually does end up falling pregnant, that the damaged sperm most likely points to poor embryo quality from high % sperm DNA fragmentation rate, which will often result in miscarriage.
Again, the evidence for further investigation of men is mounting daily, and the blatant ignoring of this side of fertility because their is actually no treatment for men (folks ICSI is not treatment) is unethical. Modern western medicine needs desperately to improve its treatment of male factor. I will assert that it will be the cultivation of wellness vs more drugs that will be the vehicle.
Dr. Spence Pentland is a board licensed Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and certified Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Since 2004 Spence has focused exclusively on the treatment of reproductive disorders in both men and women in Vancouver Canada. To book an appointment or for a free 15 minute phone consultation visit DrSpencePentland.com (Vancouver fertility acupuncture). He and his wife are also ‘bringing sexy back to baby-making’ with their new line of ‘fertility friendly’ men’s underwear!