When my wife Lina and I started trying to conceive I never even thought about the health of my sperm. Fast forward several years later — after a still birth and a miscarriage plus struggling to conceive — I had a lot of questions. I read books, met fertility experts , and explored various products that purported to help improve health from random herbs to lifestyle changes. I also learned about the link between sperm health and miscarriage and the largely unspoken role that men play in both the ablity to conceive as well as early pregnancy health. Through my journey I found answers to a lot of my questions so I wanted to share some here to help others navigate this learning easier.
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A low sperm count has often been linked with a zinc deficiency or a lack of essential vitamins. These include some antibiotics, anti-androgens, anti-inflammatories, antipsychotics, corticosteriods, anabolic steriods, exogenous testosterone and methadone. In most cases, once a person stops taking the drug his sperm will return to normal or increase, but it is worth checking with your GP if you have any worries. This is because when the body is stressed, it conserves energy and focuses on surviving, rather than reproducing.
Male infertility affects around half of all infertile couples. The most common causes include lifestyle factors, problems with sperm production, movement or shape, sperm antibodies, chromosome and DNA abnormalities, hormonal problems or erectile and ejaculation difficulties. Fortunately most causes are readily diagnosed and most can be treated or overcome to help a couple conceive. There are a number of ways that men can improve the quality of their sperm to help achieve a successful pregnancy with their partner. The lifecycle of sperm is only 72 days so with a few lifestyle changes many men can improve the quality of their sperm within just a few months.
You've probably heard of antioxidants as cancer and heart disease fighters. They may also increase male fertility. Researchers found that men who took antioxidants in supplement form had less DNA damaged sperm than men who did not take antioxidants. Also, some researchers found that couples had higher pregnancy rates when men took additional antioxidants. There are many antioxidants, but the ones that have been specifically studied in regards to improving sperm health are:.