According to statistics, the cause of infertility in 1 in 3 couples is due to male factors. This is most often caused by the man’s inability to produce sperm with sufficient quality to fertilize the woman’s egg.
This means the man may have a low sperm count, or there is a blockage of the sperm delivery tube, semen abnormalities, testosterone imbalance, certain diseases or medications, including lifestyle (stress and smoking).
One of the most common causes of male factor infertility is Oligozoospermia. It is a condition in which a low number of sperm is ejaculated. A more severe case is called Azoospermia, which means there is ejaculation but no sperm comes out. Both of these symptoms require specialized treatment. Azoospermia requires the extraction of sperm directly from the testicles and the most qualified and motile sperm will be selected for ICSI procedure.
Diet and lifestyle changes can help
Maintaining and increasing sperm count can be done, but it takes time along with efforts to change lifestyles that affect sperm production. Before getting to what men can do, men must know that it takes 72 days to produce a new lot of sperm, or about 2 months. Within 2 months, it is the time when men have to take care of themselves and change their lifestyle.
Cigarettes – If you are a man who smokes, it is recommended to stop or reduce the frequency of smoking as much as possible because the substances in cigarettes can cause poor sperm motility. It makes the sperm weak and deformed, causing genetic damage in the sperm.
Alcohol – If men drink too much alcohol, it will result in decreased sexual performance. However, occasional drinking is not harmful to sexual potential.
Underwear – Avoid wearing underwear that are too tight. This is because the testicles that produce sperm need a cool, well-ventilated environment.
- Coenzyme Q10 is a fat molecule that provides energy to cells and acts as an antioxidant. The best food sources of this nutrient are meat and liver, olive, grape seed, soybean oil, many types of nuts, including peanuts, and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and avocados.
- Folate: This nutrient is found in some types of nuts.
- L-Arginine is beneficial in releasing hormones. It is found in meat, dairy products, and nuts.
- L-Carnitine, an amino acid that helps break down fat and convert it into cellular energy. It also has antioxidant properties. It is found in meat, dairy products, avocados, and asparagus.
- Selenium is a nutrient that plays an important role in developing the structure of sperm by making it stronger. It is found in asparagus, mushrooms, fish, and meat.
- Vitamin E is useful for creating energy and is an antioxidant. It is found in oils, nuts, green vegetables, and many types of fish.
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and essential for health. It is most commonly found in fruits, especially citrus fruits.
- Zinc is important for testosterone production. It is found in seafood, meat, oats, sesame seeds, and yogurt.
Prime Fertility Center, we not only provide infertility treatment services but what we aim and continuously develop is the customer service with care, being ready to provide consultation, taking care and paying attention to every emotion like a family member. As we well understand the feeling, pressure, and stress of those who are unable to have babies. So, we aim to deliver warmness and offer full services to facilitate our patients. We work with the passion and attention of our specialized doctor, embryologists, and skillful staff in taking care of the patients and providing a comprehensive counseling service.
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