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  Department: Classical Chinese Medicine
  Units: 1.5
  Description: One of the little known secrets of treating couples with infertility is that male factor infertility contributes to at least half of the cases. A 2012 study in the British Medical Journal showed that out of close to 5,000 men, only 1 in 4 men had optimal semen quality. Despite this, a disproportionate amount of fertility treatments are focused on the female. Rather than addressing the underlying problems, the definitions of "normal" sperm are simply updated to reflect that poor semen quality is now “normal” and in many cases it is not sufficient to achieve a natural pregnancy. In this course, Jeffrey Yuen will discuss the treatment of males to optimize their reproductive capacity and treat a variety of conditions that lead to subfertility. Some of these conditions include: poor motility, poor morphology, poor count (including strategies to treat azoospermia), DNA fragmentation, varicoceles, prostatitis, erectile dysfunction and hormonal issues. From a Chinese medicine standpoint Jeffrey will be exploring the preservation and optimization of jing including strategies for replenishing jing, removing pathogenic factors from the jing level and treating a variety of stagnations that can occur at various levels to affect male reproductive function and libido.