Acupuncture for Male Infertility

By Yan Jin, Lic. M. Ac.
Senior Staff Acupuncturist
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health

IVF is a treatment for infertility that many seek when other methods of assisted reproductive technologies have failed. We are proud of the more than 30,000 babies born through Boston IVF’s exceptional  patient care.  However, for many different reasons, there are some that were unsuccessful in their quest for a baby.  Some of these reasons can be: low sperm count, issues with sperm mobility or issues with morphology.  In these cases I highly recommend Acupuncture treatment at the Domar Center.

Recent research shows that even after three weeks of treatment there were statistically significant improvements in sperm count and quality.  I believe that acupuncture helps hormonal disorder, including testosterone.

I highly recommend that men start their acupuncture treatments at least two weeks before egg retrieval in order to maximize your efforts for conception. 

Although some men may be leery of acupuncture, rest assured that this is a pain free procedure and does not involve any needle placement in the pelvic area.  Needles are placed primarily in the upper body and legs.   

I’d also like to mention that treatment is often very relaxing and peaceful.  We can all certainly use some of that!


Yan received his medical degree from the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982 and is a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology with the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists.

He has practiced at the Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Longhua Clinic, and the Clinic of the New England School of Acupuncture, and provides services at the Chinese Natural Health Clinic and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He has taught in China, Japan, Watertown, and Brookline. His expertise lies in the areas of male infertility, male sexual dysfunction, neurological disorders, and pain management.