Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Male Fertility

When we think of fertility and preparation for conception many of us focus on the mothers health and dismiss the male partner as simply a bystander... Not So!

One obvious barrier to conception is erectile dysfunction. Stress and anxiety can play a significant role in sexual performance; and you may be surprised to know that emotional stress can also effect sperm quality.

Male fertility can also be affected by exposure to chemicals, radiation, toxic metals and nutritional deficiencies or excesses. Oxidative stress from these factors can damage sperm motility, function and quantity. Exposure to heat or ionised radiation such as from mobile phones, microwaves or laptops have also been found to negativly impact sperm health. Xeno-estrogens such as BPA found in plastic water bottles (see our previous article on the dangers of BPA's!) have also been found to reduce testicular steroidogenisis which reduces the size and weight of male sex organs.
So... what can we do to ensure your sperm are swimming along well with plenty of their mates around?

Well the process of developing sperm takes about 3 months so you need to start looking after them at least 3 months before trying to concieve.

First things first, clear your cupboard: Avoid exposure to environmental factors such as using plastics, direct heat or radiation and chemicals found in pesticides, cleaning agents and food.
Then, clear your mind: improve your response to psychological stressors, or find ways to help you better cope with these pressures. Maybe take up more exercise, start reading or walking... anything to help you relax during the day.
Next, look at your nutrition. Try to always eat food that is as close as possible to its natural form. Most research on male fertility and nutrition is based around anti-oxidants including Vitamin C and E, Carnitine, Alpha lipoic acid, Zinc, CoQ 10, Selenium and Lycopene. Essential fatty acids such as those found in fish oil are also important for sperm health and motility; whilst herbs such as Tribulus, Panax Ginseng and Damiana have been used traditionally as male fertility and libido tonics.

Herbs of Gold and TNP both make great general male fertility tonics which provide a range of nutrients for preconception care.

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