FAQ: How Can I Increase Sperm Count?
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to Increase Sperm Count
When it comes to infertility issues, there are many myths and misnomers out
there to be avoided. Avoided because fertility myths typically discourage
trying-to-conceive couples with discouraging (or simply frightening) misinformation.
Among the most common myths? That it's mostly the woman who is to blame
for infertility problems or delays in conceiving a baby.
Looking at Male Fertility & Sperm Health
The fact is about half of all infertility obstacles are contributed
A second common (male) fertility myth is that sperm health is just about numbers
- or sperm count. And while a healthy sperm count is a vital dimension of male
fertility, there are clearly many other physiological factors (called sperm
parameters) that are equally important. Let's clear up these myths and see what
one can do to improve male fertility health - as well as sperm counts. And if you need products to improve sperm count and motility, or products to help you determine if sperm count/motility are an issue for you, pay a visit to the male fertility section of our store.
Increasing Sperm Counts Just
as with female fertility, male fertility is quite complex - and there are many
variables impacting sperm health. Let's first look at sperm count and
then we'll examine other key male fertility parameters - including sperm
motility and morphology.
Sperm count is the number (or
concentration) of sperm that should be present/measurable in a given sample.
The World Health Organization provides guidelines for a healthy sperm count.
The benchmark for a "normal" count is 20 million sperm per milliliter
- given a total semen volume of 2 ml. That equates to a total number of sperm
per/sample of 40 million. The SpermCheck Fertility Test is an inexpensive, at-home test that can be used to determine if your sperm count is in the normal range (over 20 million per milliliter).
If these large numbers are startling, one conclusion one may quickly draw is
that it generally requires large numbers of sperm to ensure that a
pregnancy is achieved. That's because only a relative few of these 20 to 40
million sperm are capable of making the long and difficult journey through the
cervix to fallopian tube to the awaiting egg. And as there is typically only
one egg released during ovulation into one fallopian tube, approximately 50%
of any awaiting sperm will likely gather around the "wrong" fallopian
tube entrance. Complicating things even more, under ideal circumstances, sperm
can only live for a handful of days, so an egg must be "punctual"
if conception is to take place.
If conceiving is a "numbers game", then sperm count is important.
At the same time, a lower than average sperm count does not consign you to an
infertility category. In fact, a low sperm count does not mean that you cannot
conceive, it simply means that 1) it may take longer to conceive a
baby 2) dietary, lifestyle, or health interventions may be required 3) ovulation
prediction/timing intercourse in accordance with a prescribed frequency of intercourse
may be advised or 4) more formal medical interventions may be suggested by your
doctor. Also, a "low sperm count" should not be confused with more
serious issues like azoospermia, or not having any measurable sperm
count at all (whether due to physiological obstructions or spermatogenesis issues).
Timing Intercourse and Sperm Counts Most
doctors recommend that trying-to-conceive couples have sex regularly, even when
its not your "fertile time" of the month. However, in cases of documented
sperm count issues, time is a variable. Why? Time is a factor - as is the frequency
of sex - because it takes time for sperm to both mature and/or accumulate.
Thus, sperm counts can be boosted by simply increasing the time interval
between sexual encounters. If you are trying to conceive, it is therefore doubly
important that you chart fertility and predict ovulation in order to time intercourse
for both female fertility as well as maximizing sperm counts. In the case of
lower than average sperm counts, your health care provider will be able to suggest
a frequency/schedule for procreative intercourse to ensure healthy counts.
Beyond Numbers: Other Sperm Parameters While
sperm count is clearly vital, numbers are not everything. Sperm must
be able to swim in a sustained, forward manner. They must be normally shaped.
And they must exhibit metabolic attributes that promote longevity,
speed, or endurance.
Sperm motility is defined as the capacity for sperm to propel themselves in
a forward direction for a sustained period of time. No matter what
the counts, if sperm are not motile - or do not have the metabolic qualities
to sustain normal motility - then they will not be able to make the long journey
required to reach and fertilize an egg. The same may be said of morphology,
or "normal" sperm shape.
The origin of problems with these three fundamental sperm parameters (count,
motility, and shape) may be diverse - from hardwired genetic issues to nutritional
deficiencies to stress, smoking, or previous infections. So now we have identified
the parameters and the problems, let's examine possible solutions.
to Increase Sperm Counts
So the good news? Improving sperm counts and promoting overall male fertility
health is something all men can achieve through simple changes in diet and/or
lifestyle. Let's take a look at some of things you can do...
• Needless to say, bad
health will lead to a compromised sperm count. If you are TTC, you should refrain
from illicit drug use, quit smoking, and moderate or quit drinking alcohol.
• On the topic of sound
health, consider cutting out unhealthy processed foods and switch to a high
protein diet rich in vegetables and whole grains but low in fats. Organic foods
when possible are also suggested!
• Regular exercise is also
a big part of a healthy lifestyle and will reduce stress hormones that may damage
sperm. Getting in shape is good idea for fertility in general for both women and
men. At the same time, over-exercise can be detrimental, and in particular avoid
any exercises that my impact or stress the testicles. If you're an avid cycler,
make sure you don't ride too much. A doctor can tell you more. Also consider
stress-reducing exercise like yoga, tai chi, or meditation practice.
• If you have a documented
sperm count issue, then timing intercourse and regulating the frequency of sex
(to around three day intervals) may be advised. However, your doctor can provide
you with more specific details based on your unique circumstances.
• Its been suggested that
sperm counts are highest during the morning hours. That would mean having procreative
sex in morning to afternoon hours.
• Heat can compromise sperm
health. Avoid hot-tubs and even tight underwear! Switch to jockey shorts and
ensure a cool climate for the swimmers.
• Consider supplements like
Men. When it comes to sperm health, minerals like zinc & selenium, amino acids like l-carnitine, and antioxidants like Vitamin
C and Vitamin E are very crucial to sperm health. L-carnitine is particularly
important for sperm motility. A recent clinical study revealed that FertilAid
increased both sperm motility and count.
Supplements & Sperm Count
Supplements like FertilAid for Men
contain proven fertility-enhancing ingredients that have been shown to support
key sperm parameters like motility and count.
Clinical studies continue to demonstrate that antioxidants, the
amino acid, l-carnitine, and minerals like zinc an selenium help promote sperm
motility and concentration. A recent (2007) FertilAid for Men study further
substantiates these claims.
a vital role in spermatogenesis & sperm development - and in ensuring the
maintenance of sperm quality and vitality. L-carnitine supports the metabolic
processes of sperm and therefore helps sustain normal motility.
damaging free radicals from our systems. Free radicals cause oxidative stress
to tissues and may impair vital cellular and metabolic processes, including
spermatogenesis. There are many antioxidant forms, including vitamins like C
and E, as well as natural agents like Grapeseed Extract. Numerous studies indicate
that supplements rich in antioxidants can dramatically improve male reproductive
health and boost sperm counts.
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