Increasing Low Sperm Count and Improving Male Fertility
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The number of couples who are trying to conceive and having issues in this department is fairly common. It is estimated that about 15% of couples have issues when they are trying to conceive and this percentage is continuing to grow. Infertility itself is defined as being unable to conceive after couples have been actively pursuing conception for one year without the aid of contraceptives. Although this is normally considered a female issue, at least 40% of the time, the issue is actually with the male.
There are some methods that are natural ways to improve fertility for men; however, it is best to first determine if there are medical conditions involved that can be treated. After medical issues have been ruled out, you should try some of the following methods to help improve your fertility.
1. Improve sperm count
There are many things that you could do to help improve your sperm count. However, the first thing you need to determine is if your sperm count is actually low. Normal sperm count is measured with an average of 120 and 350 million per cubic centimeter. Men who have low sperm counts measure at lower than 40 million.
If your measurement is in this lower range, you can try several things. Try to reduce the amount of environmental toxins that you are subjected to, such as certain drugs, smoking, alcohol use, pollution and any other unhealthy toxin that you may come across.
2. Reduce Chemical Exposure
Poor sperm quality has also been shown to be an issue of couples who are trying to become pregnant. If you find that this is an issue that you are facing, there are a number of ways you can help promote the quality of your sperm.
Many of the natural products that we use on a daily basis contain items that mimic estrogen, which can lower the quality of a man’s sperm. In order to eliminate these issues try some of the following options:
- Refrain from using plastic containers
- Avoid paper products that have been whitened with chlorine and are non-bleached
- Do not drink chlorinated water or use chlorine bleach
- Eat organic foods
- Do not use synthetic deodorants
- Avoid high fat animal products, alcohol and caffeine
- Avoid fried foods as well as foods that are barbecued or charcoal-broiled
- Eat fruits and green leafy vegetables
3. Improve your Diet
One of the most important things that can help improve your sperm quality and quantity is maintaining a healthy diet. Make sure that you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains and avoiding things that are bad for you, such as tobacco, coffee, alcohol, and other artificial additives that are placed in many types of foods.
You also should work to maintain a healthy weight because overweight and obese people have been known to have problems with fertility. This means that you should exercise regularly and it is suggested that you exercise five times a week for about 45 minutes each day.
4. Take Supplements
There are also some supplements that you can take to help improve your sperm count. Two of the most popular that have been known to enhance fertility are vitamin C and zinc. This helps sperm to avoid sticking together and increases the amounts of mobility that they have. It can also increase the levels of testosterone and improve sperm count and sperm motility.
Some of the places where you can gain these nutrients are through foods, such as oysters, lean beef, nuts, and many other types of food.
Arginine has also been shown to help with the health of the sperm and can be found in foods like nuts, poultry, dairy, and chocolate.
If you are struggling to become pregnant, there is a good chance that the problem lies with your partner rather than with you. If your doctor cannot discover the reason that you are having trouble becoming pregnant, it is a good idea to take a look at your partner to make sure there is no medical issue involved with him.
If no issue is found, you should try some of the natural methods listed above which can help improve your partner’s sperm count and to give you a better chance of becoming pregnant. Make sure you talk to your doctor before you begin taking any supplements and before you begin a regular exercise regimen.
Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.