7 Easy Ways to Boost Sperm Health

Around half of all fertility problems in relationships are down to the male partner, and more specifically, their sperm health.

Sperm mobility This article helps to advise men how to increase the quality and quantity of their sperm, but firstly, what is considered healthy and unhealthy?

“The term ‘healthy sperm’ indicates that the sperms are abundant in number, with at least 15 million sperm cells present in one mililitre of semen sample (40 million/ejaculate), they have a normal shape and structure and they have their motility intact. If any one of these qualities in majority of your sperms is missing, they are unhealthy.”

So having unhealthy sperm could mean you are infertile and your sex drive could be lowered. To help, here are some key steps to boost your sperm quality and quantity courtesy of The Health Site.

Eat right: This has to be the first step if you want to keep your fertility intact. The effects of eating unhealthy junk food may not be evident right away but it’s going to affect your reproductive system in the long run. This could be one of the reasons why more and more number of men are now suffering from erectile dysfunction and infertility. A simple, healthy diet should be rich in protein; fruits, vegetables and fibre can do wonders to your reproductive health.

Exercise: Your sperm quality is bound to degrade with age. But if you keep yourself active when you’re young, you will not face too many problems in your sex life later. Being too thin and too fat, both have been linked to significantly low levels of testosterone, loss of interest in sex and poor erections. So, exercise well and lose some weight if needed. Remember, too much exercising can also affect your fertility. So, keep it moderate.

Reduce your alcohol intake: There is a lot of evidence suggesting that heavy alcohol consumption can cause infertility in men. According to a study, having more than one drink every day can lower the secretion of testosterone, the male reproductive hormone required for healthy sperm production, and increased sex drive or libido. Another study showed that 5 units of alcohol can trigger changes in the levels of reproductive hormones and degrade sperm quality in young men. Alcohol can also change the structure of your sperms and make them immotile.

Cut on tobacco: Cigarette smoke contains carcinogens like cadmium, lead and benzo-a-pyrene. Smoking one pack of cigarettes can significantly increase the level of cadmium in your semen, while lowering the zinc levels. Cadmium can damage the DNA of your sperms, killing them, reducing them in number. If you and your partner are finding it hard to get pregnant, and you smoke, it is vital that you quit.

Sperm Count and fertilityDitch recreational drug use: It’s also no surprise that recreational drugs like marijuana and cocaine have been linked to the inability to perform sexually, also leading to infertility, and so should be cut out as well. Use can cause lowered seminal fluid production, lowered blood supply to the penis, poor sperm quality and lowered sperm count.

Don’t stress: A healthy mind is the key to a healthy body. If you keep your mind occupied with tackling unnecessary stress, all the functions of your body will get affected, including your sexual organs. A high level of stress hormones in the blood can lower sperm count, affect sperm production and also affect your sperm quality.

Minimise exposure to heat: Some studies have linked increased exposure to heat with lowered sperm count. So, if you’re planning to become a father, try to stay away from hot bathtubs, overly-hot showers and Jacuzzis for a while. Using them for a long time can obstruct your testicles and harm healthy sperms. Also try not to wear clothing that is too tight around your genitals, such as skinny jeans.

How Body Bureau Can Help:

There are many reasons a couple experience difficulties in conceiving, but Body Bureau can help. We have regular London consultations for treatment that takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. As an EU country it abides but all the same high standards and regulations and is in the UK but at about 50% (IVF from only £1275),  of the price of other private health and IVF clinics. Also we can offer affordable Egg (from £4000), Sperm, Embryo donation services in our partner clinic in Prague, Czech Republic.

No waiting lists, success rates above UK average, newest methods, assessment consultations and after-care in London, most modern clinics. For more information and book an appointment, call us NOW 0207 617 7301 or email us info@bodybureau.co.uk.

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How Body Bureau Can Help:

There are many reasons a couple experience difficulties in conceiving, but Body Bureau can help. We have regular London consultations for treatment that takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. As an EU country it abides but all the same high standards and regulations and is in the UK but at about 50% (IVF from only £1275),  of the price of other private health and IVF clinics. Also we can offer affordable Egg (from £4000), Sperm, Embryo donation services in our partner clinic in Prague, Czech Republic.

No waiting lists, success rates above UK average, newest methods, assessment consultations and after-care in London, most modern clinics. For more information and book an appointment, call us NOW 0207 617 7301 or email us info@bodybureau.co.uk.

More about our infertility treatments.

Infertility Myths and Facts

It is estimated that infertility affects 10-15 percent of all UK families. Often, however, couples avoid talking openly about it, and as a result the subject of infertility is surrounded by many myths.

About the most common myths we hear, we talk to our Northway fertility Centre doctor, Reda Ziobakiene.

Dr. Reda Ziobakiene

– Is it true that female infertility is a much more common problem than male infertility?

– This is not true. According to global statistics, female infertility accounts for 30-40%, male infertility for 30%, 20% is due to both partner’s infertility, and the remaining 10-20% is unexplained infertility. Assessment of our fertility centre data, from all procedures performed in the previous year, shows that 43% of the time the cause was male infertility issues.

– Is it true that women who use contraceptives now will have difficulty getting pregnant, or even will not be able to get pregnant, in the future?

– This is one of the most common myths and what is strange is that it is popular among medical professionals. In fact, although the use of contraceptives in the past few years dropped by almost a quarter, infertility each year is growing dramatically.  So this fact shows that there is no direct link between these factors.

Also, there are strong enough scientific arguments against it. For instance, a research study, which investigated a group of women that for a long time used a variety of contraceptives and another group, which never used them, found that for both groups of women the time from trying to become pregnant to conception did not differ.

I would also like to point out that there is a specific group of women with infertility problems due to hormonal disorders – women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  For this group of women, those who have used contraceptives in the past, experience significantly shorter time to conceive than those women who did not use contraceptives.

– It is said that assisted reproduction procedures have a negative impact on a woman’s health. Are you sure this is the case?

– Again, this is a myth, because neither medication nor fertilization procedures have long-term harmful effects on a women’s health. However, the reason or cause of the infertility may be associated with a certain diseases. For example, women who are infertile with certain hormonal disorders have an increased risk of ovarian or breast cancer. However, as I said, this has nothing to do with the procedure or the drugs that are administered in the treatment of infertility.

– Is it possible to delay having a child until a later age, in the hope that with the help of assisted reproduction techniques, older women may become pregnant?

– I would strongly recommend against that. The media constantly writes about how women aged 50 or older gave birth, and it is contributing to the formation of this incorrect opinion. In fact, fertility is absolutely associated with a woman’s age.

For women under the age of 35 years the chances of getting pregnant after fertility treatment are up to 50%, while women over 40 years have only an 18% chance, and women over 43 years only 5-6%. So it is not really recommended to wait a long time before trying. Ideally a baby should be planned before the age of 30 years, as then is the highest probability of success.

– Women’s discussion forums are full of statements saying that, when having assisted reproduction procedures, the first time you will not get pregnant, and you will need at least two or more treatments. Is there any truth in this?

– This is also not true. A substantial proportion of women – about 25-30% – conceive after the first treatment.

– Is it worth repeating an IVF procedure if the first treatment was not successful?

– Definitely. The chances of success after several procedures is higher than the chance after the first treatment.  In the United States, professionals conducted a study of 250,000 women undergoing assisted reproduction procedures over the course of 5 years. For women in the under 30 years age group, total pregnancy outcome was 78%. However for the same age group, pregnancy rates after the first procedure were 50%. But with increasing age the chances of getting pregnant in any case do decline.

– Do assisted reproduction procedures increase the birth rate of “different” children?

– It is always hard to predict what people expect and what they have in mind when they say “different”.

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Perhaps they will be ‘different’ because they are very long awaited, and probably more loved and spoiled.

If there are fears of an increased risk of birth defects, they really doesn’t need to be. It is true that after certain highly complex procedures such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), using sperm with more severe abnormalities, minor anomalies, or certain organ malformations can be 1-2% cent more likely. Most of it is kidney, urinary tract, reproductive organs, and heart and vascular lesions, but as I said, it is only a small anomaly.

But it should be kept in mind that these procedures are not advised or performed for those who are unhealthy or with certain disorders.

It is often thought that the children born by assisted reproductive techniques will also be infertile, and they will need to apply the same procedures themselves. The reality disproves this myth too. Infertility is not hereditary. If your mother had trouble conceiving, it does not mean that it will be the same for you.

For example, the first girl born with an assisted fertilization procedure – who is now 35 years old  -successfully became pregnant and gave birth to two healthy children.

 How Body Bureau Can Help:

There are many reasons a couple experience difficulties in conceiving, but Body Bureau can help. We have regular London consultations for treatment that takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. As an EU country it abides but all the same high standards and regulations and is in the UK but at about 50% (IVF only from £1275) of the price of other private health and IVF clinics. Also we can offer affordable Egg, Sperm, Embryo donation services in our partner clinic in Prague, Czech Republic.

No waiting lists, success rates above UK average, newest methods, assessment consultations and after-care in London, most modern clinics. For more information and book an appointment, call us NOW 0207 617 7301 or email us info@bodybureau.co.uk.

More about our infertility treatments.

How A Man’s Lifestyle Can Affect Fertility

It is known that 15 percent of families experience infertility problems of some sort and 5 percent will never have children at all. Infertility affects a family painfully – both the men and women who face problems with infertility experience many different reactions and feelings.

On the subject of men’s infertility we are talking to our doctor, Associate Professor Endocrinologist Birute Zilaitiene.

– In how many cases is infertility caused by male health problems?

– Various sources state that in couples suffering from infertility 40 percent of the time the cause is down to female factors, 40 percent male factors, 10 percent due to immunological incompatibility, and the last 10 percent of causes remain unclear.

In about a half of the cases of infertile families investigated by our clinic, research showed that the couples couldn’t conceive due to the pathology of the man’s sperm.

However it is true that a woman’s fertility can compensate for a man’s mild infertility problems, and so it is possible for couples to have children without medical help.

– How do men react to the problem of infertility?

– The good news is that more and more men are taking much more responsibility and most come for the necessary tests, often well supported by their wives during these difficult family periods. Often the couple raises the natural question – what we ourselves can do to improve a man’s fertility, and increase the possibility of conception.

– What causes a man fertility problems?

– Current research identifies five key determining external factors:

1. Age. A woman’s fertility starts to decline gradually from 32 years of age, with a significant decrease from the age of 35 years, and a man’s sperm quality begins to deteriorate from about the age of 45 years. There is evidence that partners of men over 45 years of age need up to five times longer time to become pregnant, compared with those of men aged 25 and younger.

It is also known that there are higher rates of newborn abnormalities found in the children of older men. Assisted reproductive techniques can not help to solve age-related infertility.

 2. Obesity. Obese men often have impaired fertility due to lower testosterone levels and higher rates of erectile dysfunction, but there is evidence that even at normal levels of testosterone in these men, their sperm quality is often worse than when compared with normal weight men.

 3. Smoking. It has been shown that smokers suffer impaired fertility more often than non-smokers, mainly due to sperm DNA damage.

 4. Alcohol. There is a proved connection between alcohol consumption levels and the probability of conception. What does the research show?

Partners of men consuming more than 20 units of alcohol per week (more than 250ml of 40 percent-proof spirits) need more time to become pregnant than those whose husbands are drinking less alcohol.

When planning a pregnancy it is safest if the couple do not consume alcohol at all. If this is not possible, a maximum of two standard alcohol units consumed per day, and there should be limited impact on the quality of semen (25 ml of spirits or a pint of beer).

 5. Sexual intercourse at the correct time. It is recommended to have a sex the three days before ovulation (including the day of ovulation) during the period.  It is generally recommended to have sex every 2-3 days to ensure better sperm quality. However, according to recent data, there is no evidence that conception was lower having sexual intercourse every day.

Unfortunately, these above factors are often ignored, and argued against by the success of other couples, regardless of their age or addictions. This is the wrong approach, because each couple’s fertility is entirely individual.

It is not possible to overcome genetic anomalies, or severe damage to spermatogenesis due to previous surgeries, oncological treatment. There are circumstances that are not always dependent on the couple, such as their age, but a healthy lifestyle and regular sex are all available means to change couple’s fertility.

 – Can diet have impact on man’s fertility?

– The question about nutrition and its relationship with fertility is frequently asked. So far, there is no final, definite answer, but some studies have shown that foods rich in antioxidants may increase the chances of conception.

Such food can be attributed to beta-carotene-containing products – carrots, spinach, tomatoes, papayas, cherries, melons, peaches, vitamin C-rich kiwi, pineapples, melons, and various berries, broccoli, cabbage, lemons and other citrus fruits.

Vitamin E is also beneficial, and with the food – lettuce, peanuts, almonds, coconuts, grains, flakes and zinc-containing products – asparagus, potatoes, vegetables, eggs, fish. It is most likely that a healthy diet ensures normal functioning of the reproductive system.

– Is it correct that male fertility may be affected by wearing too tight clothes or frequent visits to saunas?

– There are well-known adverse effects of heat on spermatogenesis. It is therefore recommended to avoid tight clothing, and spending long periods in the bath or sauna.

– So having a healthy lifestyle can solve the problem of infertility?

– Lifestyle changes are important, but often, unfortunately, they are not a sufficient tool to solve all male fertility problems.

The desired result can be achieved only after andrological tests and the application of appropriate medical interventions.

Unfortunately time is not a great ally for couples – and a partners age is one of the most important factors determining the likelihood of getting pregnant.

Considering IVF treatment? Body Bureau can help you to fulfil your dreams to start your family. More about our infertility treatments.

Up to 60% savings (IVF only £1275), no waiting lists, success rates above UK average, pre-assessment consultations in London, most modern clinic in Lithuania newest methods. For more information and book an appointment, call us NOW 0207 617 7301 or email us info@bodybureau.co.uk.