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How to Keep your Sperm Healthy?

Determining the sperm quality can be done through three parameters. The first and most important one is the number of sperm in around two cubic centimeters of sperm. There are usually around 35 million sperms in this amount of sperm. If the number is 50% lower, it can cause a lot of problems in male fertility. The second parameter is the mobility of those sperms. Even if someone has 35 million sperms it doesn’t mean that they are healthy. They can be exposed to mechanical damages, abnormal heat or other risk factors that can cause damage. Sperms can be damages while they are in the testicles but they can also be damages while they are on their way from the testicles to the glans penis. If more than half of the sperms are mobile this means that the man is perfectly fertile. This amount of sperms is more than enough for successful conception. The third parameter is used to test and determine the shape of the sperms. Sperms have standard form that allows them to easily fertilize eggs. According to some experts if there are around 15% of sperms with standard shape than the conception should be successful. These numbers are slowly decreasing in the recent years.

There are few ways that can help men keep their sperm healthy. For example, wearing proper underwear is very important. By proper we mean underwear that is not very tight and preferably made of natural materials especially if the weather is hot. Wearing synthetic underwear in hot places can have negative impact on the development of new sperms and the health of the ones that we already have. Try to wear clothes that allow as much air flow as possible. Even in places where it is cold try to wear the minimal amount of clothes. Boxer shorts are probably the best choice for men.

Things such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs have strong influence on the quality of sperm. Besides that they are bad for your overall health and your sex life too (they often cause decrease in sexual desire, erectile dysfunctions etc.). These substances can lower the number of sperms.

Sperm is collected in the testicles and if you don’t have sexual intercourse for a longer period, the sperm is excreted on its own mostly during the night when you are asleep. This is a completely natural way of our body to get rid of the excessive amount of sperm. Of course, it is always better to help our body by having sex or with masturbation because we speed up the process of secretion of “stagnant” seminal fluid. Keep in mind that abnormally frequent masturbation or sex can also affect the development of sperm quality in a negative way. Secretion of sperm once a day is an optimal frequency.

As we have mentioned before a good diet can keep your sperm healthy. A good diet that is consumed regularly will definitely boost your sperm quality.

Improve your fertility in a natural way

A lot of couples today have problems conceiving a child. Couples who try to conceive for a longer period, become depressed and frustrated because no matter how hard they try that can’t succeed. This situation can even lead to problems in the relationship.

Luckily there are some things that can help every person when it comes to conceiving. The good news is that all these things are natural and easy to perform.

First of all, your partner and you should quit smoking. There are numerous studies that have proven that smokers have lower sperm quality and less sperm in general. Smoking affects women too. Women smokers have bigger chances to become infertile. When it comes to fertility therapies, smokers have to follow therapies with more medications than non-smokers. Even passive smoking can be very bad for your health and that’s why both partners must stay away from tobacco. No matter when you have started smoking, you should know that once you quit smoking your health will start to improve. So, stay away from cigarettes and you will conceive much faster.

Many people don’t see the connection between their diet and conceiving. The truth is that food is really important in this process. It is a known fact that many couples who don’t eat properly have troubles conceiving a baby. Many people are not aware that their diet is wrong because they don’t feel bad. However you should be sure that there are plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. These products act as antioxidants which are especially important in our body’s fight against free radicals. Besides that, men should consume more vitamin E and C, vitamins that increase the number of sperm cells and their flexibility. When we talk about women, those women who are overweight should consider losing some pounds because obesity could be a serious problem in this process. Every few pounds that you lose will increase the chance of conceiving.

Don’t forget to relax. Stress is becoming number one factor for appearance of all kind of diseases and it also affects fertility in a negative way. Find a way to relieve stress. Learn how to cope with stress and use some relaxation methods.

According to some experts having sex at least three times a week is the perfect routine if you want to get pregnant. Ovulation can vary and that’s why It is sometimes hard to tell when is the best time for conceiving. If you practice sex at least three times a week you will be sure that you won’t miss that period.

If you are taking some medications make sure that they don’t affect your fertility. The only logical thing to do in such cases is to replace one medication with another and see the results. Try to see if there are some alternatives that include zinc and folic acid in them.

Having a good night sleep is another proven way to increase chances of pregnancy. So make sure you get enough sleep during the night and occasionally take a nap during the day.

Food And Sperm Quality

In the past few decades scientists have come to a conclusion that the sperm quality in men is getting lower and as a result of that there are more problems with fertility.

Many researches were done and almost all of them point to food as one of the reasons for this decline in quality. The link between food and sperm quality was confirmed, so the researchers have tried to see how different food intake (especially vitamins) influences the sperm quality.

The results showed that men who consumed more vegetables and fruits had better sperm quality, because in this way they were taking more vitamins, fibers, folic acid and less fat and proteins. Men who didn’t care about their diet had sperm with lesser quality.

The improvement was noticed in many aspects like mobility, concentration and morphology of sperm in men who had diet rich in lutein, beta carotene, lycopene, selenium and vitamins that are usually found in fruit like watermelon for example.

But how does exactly food affect the sperm quality? Well, first of all proper diet is important because with certain food you can regulate your blood pressure and, as you probably know, high blood pressure is one of the biggest problems when it comes to potency in men. Furthermore, problems with prostate, bad circulation, higher levels of cholesterol can all affect the sperm quality and that is why it is important to take care about what and when you eat. A glass or two of some alcoholic beverage doesn’t directly affect the potency but over a certain period of time, alcohol can lead to high blood pressure. The same thing applies for food rich in fat and red meat too.

There are certain foods that can improve the quality of sperm and it is always a good idea to consume them even if the quality of sperm is not in your focus because they are good for the health in general.

We have mentioned watermelon previously as one of those fruits. Watermelon and melon too, are fruits that include a lot of antioxidants in them. Antioxidants are the best way to fight free radicals in our bodies. Besides antioxidants, watermelons contain substances that researchers describe as natural Viagra, because they affect blood vessels in a similar way and they increase sexual desire.

Beans are also known as food that can help the quality of sperm. The best beans are peas and green beans that directly affect the levels of cholesterol and make those levels lower. They are also helpful against high blood pressure which is in a direct correlation with the potency. People who consume these beans daily can lower their blood pressure for 10%.

Besides beans, berries are very useful too. Berries like strawberry, blueberry, raspberry or cranberry contain antioxidants in great amounts. Just like watermelons they are excellent in defending our bodies from free radicals. Berries can also prevent different types of damages of the arteries.

These are some of the foods that can improve the sperm quality but if you want to notice a real difference you need to change your whole diet.

The Causes And Treatment Of Infertility

Unfortunately pregnancy, maintenance of pregnancy and giving birth to a healthy baby can be very difficult for some couples. Average healthy woman has 20 to 25 percent chance to get pregnant during each cycle and more than 80 percent of fertile couples will successfully conceive a baby in a period of one year if they have regular unprotected sexual intercourses. Unlike them some couples are faced with lots of challenges when it comes to conception.

Infertility is considered to be an inability to conceive after more than a year of regular and unprotected sexual intercourse. It is estimated that just over 10 percent of women of reproductive age have trouble conceiving. Both female reproductive system and male reproductive systems can cause this unpleasant situation and sometimes the problem lies in both of the partners. After a specialist research and treatment of both partners nearly 35% of couples can conceive a baby in a period of two years.

But what are the main causes of infertility? It is still fully not clear why some people are infertile but for most of the people the causes can be identified. There are several causes why some women are infertile and these are some of them – ovaries do not produce eggs, endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease might damage or block fallopian tubes. Sometimes the mucus in the cervix can be “hostile” to the sperm. Unlike women where there can be several causes for infertility men are usually infertile because of the problems with their sperm quality.

In order to find the source of the problem you should take detailed physical exam and research family history. Obesity and menstrual irregularity will certainly be listed and the doctor will probably ask you about occupational hazards, eating disorders, stress, sexual intercourses, previous methods of contraception, physical activity and previous life habits like drinking alcohol, smoking and usage of medicaments. Blood tests may be conducted in order to investigate the known reasons for infertility: excessive levels of prolactin (a hormone that regulates the menstrual period), excessive levels or lack of thyroid hormone or excessive presence of androgens, such as testosterone.

If you have endometriosis, cysts or polyps, the doctor may refer you to a gynecologist or endocrinologist for evaluation and further examination.

When it comes to men patients, the doctor may suggest a sperm analysis. Low level of sperm or poor  sperm quality may be responsible for the situation.

If the doctor suspects that sexual problems may be the cause he may recommend therapy.

If the ovulation is a problem, there are medications that can stimulate ovulation easily. Disorders such as polycystic ovaries, endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease can be treated. Damaged fallopian tubes in some cases can be repaired by surgery and in vitro fertilization is another method that can be efficient in this situation.

It is very important to understand the monthly menstrual cycle because in that way you can know what days are the best for sexual intercourse and getting pregnant.

As we can see infertility is not something that can’t be treated, it just takes time and patience but the results will eventually come.