Male fertility isn’t discussed nearly as often as female fertility, and yet….it takes two to
tango! If you are considering having children — even if it is months to years away — you
may want to read on!
Prior to conception, women often make many diet and lifestyle changes to improve the
health of the child-to-be. However, not much thought is given to the health of sperm!
Since sperm is 50% responsible for making a baby, lets talk about things you can do to
ensure your swimmers are healthy!
Testosterone – Did you know that stress increases your cortisol levels, drops
testosterone, and worsens sperm health? While many herbs and supplements
can improve testosterone levels, stress management is important in addressing
the root cause.
Heat – Simply put, overheated testicles damage sperm! The most common ways
testicles are overheated include tight underwear or pants, electronics around the
genitals, seat warmers, and varicoceles (dilated veins around the spermatic cord
bringing more blood to the area). Try wearing looser bottoms, avoid using your
laptop directly on your lap, and don’t store your phone in your pant pockets!
Antioxidants – DNA damage to sperm often leads to failed fertilization or poor
pregnancy outcomes. In fact, miscarriage rates are 1.7x higher when sperm have
more than 30% fragmentation! Antioxidants have been found to reduce DNA
damage and improve sperm quality. You can increase antioxidant intake through
your diet (think bright coloured veggies) and with supplements. Some of the best
choices for this include CoQ10, Zinc, folate, and Vitamin D. Talk to your
Naturopathic Doctor about dosage and whether these supplements are
appropriate for you.
Omega 3s – Not only are these anti-inflammatory fatty acids essential for brain
and skin health, they are important for sperm! In fact, a study found that eating
18 walnuts a day for 12 weeks improved sperm’s DNA, space, and movement.
There were also fewer chromosomal abnormalities.
Acupuncture – This is a great option for balancing hormones, improving sperm
quality, reducing stress, and addressing many seemingly unrelated symptoms!
Did you know that it takes 3 months for sperm to fully mature? This means that lifestyle
changes take at least 3-6 months to improve sperm health! The good news is that
sperm are typically quite responsive to treatment, often increasing in quantity and
If you and your partner are considering trying-to-conceive, book a consultation to
determine which factors and supplements are most relevant to your needs.
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