Can TCM Treatment really improve egg and sperm quality?

The road to parenthood can be fraught with challenges, particularly when it comes to egg and sperm quality. While conventional treatments offer viable options, many are turning to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a complementary approach.

Understanding Infertility in Singapore

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year or more of regular, unprotected intercourse. Common fertility challenges in Singapore include

Egg Quality

  • Definition: The viability of an egg to be fertilized and develop into a healthy embryo.
  • Factors: Age is a crucial determinant, as the number and quality of eggs decline over time. Lifestyle factors like diet, stress, and environmental toxins also play a role.

Sperm Quality

  • Definition: The ability of sperm to fertilize an egg, influenced by count, motility (movement), and morphology (shape).
  • Factors: Age, genetics, lifestyle choices like smoking, and environmental toxins affect sperm quality.

How TCM Approaches Egg and Sperm Quality

TCM views infertility and suboptimal reproductive health as signs of underlying imbalances within the body. The theory of Yin-Yang, Qi (vital energy), and blood flow forms the basis of TCM’s approach to health. When it comes to egg and sperm quality, TCM aims to nourish the body’s reproductive system by balancing the flow of energy and blood.


  • Regulate Hormones
    Acupuncture can enhance the neuroendocrine system, regulating menstrual cycles and improving ovarian function.
  • Increase Blood Flow
    Better blood circulation to reproductive organs ensures a healthier uterine lining and higher-quality eggs.
  • Reduce Stress
    By calming the nervous system, acupuncture reduces stress hormones that negatively impact egg and sperm quality.

TCM Herbal Prescription

  • Nourish Liver and Kidney
    Enhance egg and sperm quality.
  • Boost Qi and Blood Circulation
    Improves Uterine health, promote regular menstrual cycles and egg quality. 
  • Strengthens Kidney 精 (Jing)
    Improves reproductive health and sperm motility.

TCM Complementing Fertility Treatment

Combination with ART

  • TCM can complement assisted reproductive technology (ART) like IVF or IUI by preparing the body for conception.
  • Acupuncture and herbal medicine can improve ovarian response and uterine lining before embryo transfer.

Pre- and Post-Treatment Support

  • Acupuncture before ART reduces anxiety and stress.
  • Post-procedure, acupuncture and herbs promote implantation and reduce miscarriage risk.

Can TCM treatment really improve egg and sperm quality? Evidence suggests that the holistic nature of TCM can enhance reproductive health by restoring the body’s natural balance. By combining herbal medicine, acupuncture, dietary changes, and lifestyle modifications, TCM provides a comprehensive approach that can significantly improve the quality of both eggs and sperm.

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