Male Infertility

The factors contributing to male infertility are complex. There are several causes which encompass physical, genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. The most common however, is having a low sperm count.

Ways you can increase your sperm count naturally:

  • Weight loss and exercise in obese and overweight individuals can lead to improved or increased sperm counts
  • Reduce stress
  • Stop smoking – smoking consistently reduces sperm count
  • Avoid excessive alcohol use and drugs
  • Get enough vitamin D and calcium
  • Increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods
  • Increase healthy fat intake and reduce unhealthy fat intake
  • Avoid or limit exposure to environmental or occupational toxins and contaminants
  • Avoid too much soy or foods with non-human estrogen
  • Get enough folate and zinc

Foods that can improve sperm count:           

Foods high in sperm count-boosting nutrients include:

  • Walnuts
  • Citrus fruits
  • Whole wheat and grains
  • Most fish, especially wild salmon, cod, and haddock
  • Most shellfish, especially oysters
  • Vitamin D enhanced milk and milk products
  • Dark chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Ginseng
  • Turmeric
  • Asparagus
  • Most leafy greens, especially spinach and kale
  • Nuts and seeds

Can Male Infertility be prevented?

There is usually nothing that can be done to prevent male infertility caused by genetic problems or illness. However, there are actions that men a take to decrease the probability of infertility.

These include:

  • Avoiding sexually transmitted diseases
  • Avoiding illicit drugs
  • Avoiding radiation exposure when possible
  • Avoiding exposure to toxic substances
  • Avoiding heavy or frequent use of alcohol
  • Observing good personal hygiene and health practices
  • Avoiding long, hot baths, hot tubs or saunas
  • Wearing loose-fitting underwear

Fertility Tests for Men

To help diagnose if fertility problems, and to provide a tailored treatment plan, you may be asked to perform one of more fertility tests including:

  • Medical history assessment
  • Sperm and Semen Analysis
  • DNA/Genetic Fertility Testing
  • Hormone Evaluation
  • Scrotal ultrasound
  • Post Ejaculatory Urinalysis

There are several medicinal options available to help improve your sperm count and quality.  Consult with a King’s Urologist to find out the best options available to you.

 

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