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Male Infertility

by | Aug 20, 2020 | Preconception and Pregnancy

Male Infertility

by | Aug 20, 2020 | Preconception and Pregnancy

Male Infertility – how to boost fertility naturally

Ironically, couples spend years trying not to get pregnant, and when the time comes to start a family; there is a sense of shock at how long it can take to conceive a child. Many do not understand their personal fertility and the factors that may affect their chances of having a child.

What is Infertility?

A couple is considered to be experiencing infertility if they are unable to conceive after one year of having unprotected sex. This is what 15-20% of couples trying to fall pregnant will endure.

The male often gets overlooked….

But often what is overlooked is the male contribution to the pregnancy picture. Sure, we all understand that it takes a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm to create a baby. Even if you are a single woman, same sex couple, or using donor sperm, you still want to ensure that the sperm is of optimal quality. Often the women carry the burden, and will leave no stone unturned to work out why they cant fall pregnant, only to discover that perhaps their partner should have been doing preconception all along!

Why should you get your sperm checked?

Males are found to contribute to 50% of infertility cases overall and are solely responsible for 20-30%. As many as 2% of all men have suboptimal sperm parameters, this means poor sperm production, poor quality and motility and abnormal shape (think two heads and two tails!). Many miscarriages are also caused by sperm nuclear DNA damage. These chromosomal abnormalities increase the chances of miscarriage significantly.

Why is preconception care important?

Men, its time to step up to the plate, and start being proactive about your fertility and supporting your partner with preconception care. There is simply too much at stake, we are talking about your child, the next generation who deserve to be given the best possible head start possible. The healthier you are, the healthier the quality of your sperm and eggs are going to be. And for those couples that are invested in or are contemplating IVF, preconception care may just save you time, emotional liability, relationship stress and money.

Did you know sperm counts have plunged 52% in only 40 years?

More now than ever before, we are realising how environment and lifestyle choices are impacting fertility. Sperm counts have plunged by nearly 52% in just 40 years among men living in Australia. Those numbers are shocking, and really give us an insight into why so many couples are having fertility troubles.

What factors can affect your fertility?

Possible reasons for this dramatic decline – sperm count and quality is affected by environmental influences and lifestyle factors:

  • endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • pesticides
  • heat
  • diet
  • stress
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • obesity

How can I improve my fertility?

Its not all bad news though, because there is plenty that you can do to improve your fertility and the quality of your sperm. Sperm are continually regenerating and with the right treatment, lifestyle adjustments and appropriate diet you can see significant improvements in as little as three months.

Fertility Support Nutrients

  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • L-Arginine
  • DHA
  • Taurine
  • Folate
  • Tribulus – hormone balancing
  • CoQ10 to improve cellular energy
  • Antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress
  • Probiotics strain specific for immune control

Our preconception program looks at dietary changes, nutritional deficiencies, improving egg and sperm quality, improving stress tolerance, balancing hormones and improving immune health. We thoroughly test and investigate your health – and based on your individual results we tailor a treatment plan to assist in restoring your fertility.

 

References

NCBI – Male Factor Infertility

Australian Family Physician – Infertility Rates

NCBI – Infertility contribution by males

Oxford Academic – Decline in sperm counts

Agarwal, A., Mulgund, A., Hamada, A., & Chyatte, M. R. (2015). A unique view on male infertility around the globe. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology : RB&E, 13, 37. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12958-015-0032-1

Levine, H., Jørgensen, N., Martino-Andrade, A., Mendiola, J., Weksler-Derri, D., Mindlis, I., Pinotti, R., & Swan, S.H. (2017). Temporal trends in sperm count: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis, Human Reproduction Update, 23 (6), 646–665.

Kumar, N., & Singh, A. K. (2015). Trends of male factor infertility, an important cause of infertility: A review of literature. Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences, 8(4), 191–196. http://doi.org/10.4103/0974-1208.170370

 

 

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