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.

Sperm Count and Fertility – Why Are Rates Dropping and What Can Be Done.

Sperm Count and fertilityOnce upon a time, not so long ago, difficulty in conceiving and problems with fertility were seen to be mainly a female problem. Women all over the world would have to undergo endless tests, and only then would the man be asked to undergo testing.

But thankfully times, and attitudes, have changed with the knowledge that in 4 out of ten couples, infertility is due to male causes. This means in many cases the diagnosis stage is quicker and couples can be given the right treatment for them earlier.

However studies show that male fertility is dropping. A survey of 26,609 men in France showed a drop in fertility measured by their sperm count.

Sperm samples from these men were analysed and showed a 32% drop from 74 million/ml in 1989 to 50 million/ml in 2005.

This result, although a worrying decline, should be not strike fear into our hearts juts yet. 50 million sperm/ml is still well over the limit for normal fertility, which is 15 million/ml. So the lower sperm count a man has, the longer it will take him and his partner to conceive, not that they won’t conceive at all.

However any drop below 40 million/ml may become significant when taken together with his partner’s own fertility issues, if they have them as the fertility of a couple is the sum of their fertilities.

For instance if a woman, as many do in this day and age of longer life-spans and high-pressure careers, decides to wait until after she is 35 to try and conceive then her fertility will have dropped from an earlier age, and will continue to drop a significant rate going forward.

Even a young, healthy couple has no more than a 25% chance of conceiving in any one menstrual cycle.

Add to this, that her partner’s sperm count may have dropped below 40 million/ml they may find themselves trying for a baby for a lot longer than hoped. This can lead to impatience or even desperation, and after trying for a long time couples often decide to find a quicker option in IVF or similar procedures.

Research indicates that a sperm count of under 40 million/ml leads to a rapid fall in the chance of conceiving, so it would be best for would-be fathers to cut out all those things known to reduce their sperm counts. These include smoking, drinking, obesity, sitting down all day at a desk or in a car and wearing tight underpants, which can lead to an increase in heat in the testicles which are designed to try and the keep sperm inside cool.

As with many things, focusing on a good, healthy diet and keeping fit is the best way to keep your body working optimally, which hopefully in turn will keep your sperm count high.

But, women can help their sons too. It’s known that the size of a man’s testicles, and therefore his sperm count, was determined when he was growing in his mother’s womb.

It is understood that if a pregnant woman drinks or is obese, this can lead to small testicles in their son meaning, as always, our choices can affect our bodies in all sorts of ways.

Keep it natural and healthy!

 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 £1275) of the price of other private health and IVF clinics.

No waiting lists, success rates above UK average, newest methods, assessment consultations and aftercare in London, most modern clinic in Lithuania. 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.