Conditions Men With Low Sperm Counts Should Have Checked

• Be sure your husband is aware of any food allergies he may have.

• Some cases of male infertility are linked to viruses. It would be helpful for your partner to do a parasite cleanse. Investigate whether your guy has an infection, which could be lowering his sperm count.

• Micro-organisms and bacteria may be the cause of fertility problems. Approximately 15% of cases of male factor infertility are reportedly caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses.

• Chlamydia

• Elevated prolactin levels

• Triglycerides: a sign of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance

One More Thing:

• There is some research that suggests that sperm levels are highest in the morning, and this could be something to speak to your doctor about when scheduling IVFs and IUI’s.

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Foods That Could Hurt A Man’s Fertility

• Your partner should eliminate, or at least cut down, on alcohol, beer and wine while you are trying to get pregnant. Alcohol can lower sperm count, weaken sperm, and impede the secretion of testosterone. Studies have shown that alcohol can decrease sperm count for as much as three months after a big drinking fest.

• Encourage your partner to avoid sugar. Eating lots of sugar often results in hormone imbalances and robs the body of key nutrients.

• Cut down or avoid whenever possible white flour or gluten. If someone is sensitive to gluten, it can cause malabsorption of important nutrients, such as zinc, and increase inflammation throughout the body.

• Reduce or avoid foods with hydrogenated oil as much as possible.

• Reduce or avoid caffeine, which can reduce sperm count and motility. Caffeine is also detrimental to adrenal function, a gland key in productive hormones. The constant stress of caffeine can cause the body to focus on dealing with stress hormones, instead of reproductive hormones.
• Reduce or avoid animal products with a high fat content that contain hormones.

• No fried foods

• No hot sauce

• Avoid fried, charcoal-broiled or barbecued forms of cooking.

• Avoid soy. Soy is high in phyto estrogens, which can upset the hormonal balance in man. The estrogen-like compounds in soy can dramatically lower sperm counts. Texturized soy protein is in many meat substances used in fast food chains, and is also found in cereal, snack crackers and protein shakes.

• Avoid soda

• Stop drinking milk for now, since many dairy cows are fed estrogens to produce more milk. If you must drink milk, try to drink milk that is organic and not from estrogen-fed cows. Dairy that is not organic may contain hormones and antibiotics which can contribute to increased estrogen levels in the body. Keep dairy to a minimum.

• Avoid processed grains, GMO corn and corn products, and corn chips.

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Fertility-Enhancing Foods for Men

Here are the foods your guy should eat to maximize his fertility.

• Lots of Green Vegetables: Green vegetables are needed to make your guy’s body more alkaline. Juicing a glass of green juice each day is one way to ensure your husband has the greens he needs.

• Spinach is high in potassium, which improves sperm concentration.

• Cauliflower provides choline, that has been shown to improve sperm quality.

• Add extra tomatoes to his salad, as some studies have shown that the lycopene in tomatoes increase sperm count.

• Red peppers, kiwi, lemons and strawberries are all high in Vitamin C which has been shown to improve sperm count and motility.

• Sardines are rich in Omega 3’s and a good source of Coenzyme Q10.

• Avocado has L-carnitine which promotes healthy sperm, can boost sperm motility and is packed with Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and folic acid.
• Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, loaded with omega-3 and should be a daily part of his diet.

• Broccoli is high in selenium

• Wheat germ and almonds are high in Vitamin E

• Whole grains like oatmeal and brown rice

• Extra-virgin olive oil

• Oysters contain a high level of zinc, which helps increase production of sperm and testosterone.

• Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral that boosts sperm production and mobility.

• Walnuts contains arginine, which increases semen volume and Omega-3s that improve blood flow to the penis.

• Molasses

• Apricots
• Watermelon

• Sesame seeds
• Maca
• Spirulina

• Foods High In Antioxidants: Sperm is damaged by free radicals and antioxidants can prevent cell damage. High antioxidant foods include: blueberries, blackberries, kale, garlic, Brussels sprouts, plums, red peppers, broccoli and red peppers.
• Asparagus: contain high amounts of Vitamin C, which prevents sperm from oxidizing and protects the cells of testes.

• Bananas: contain bromelain, that help increase stamina and boosts the body’s ability to make sperm.

• Wild fish

• Dark chocolate contains L-Arginine, an amino acid related to the arginine in walnuts.

• Garlic contains allicin which increases blood flow to the genitals.

• Pomegranate contains an intense cocktail of antioxidants that can lower a chemical in the blood called malondialidehyde that destroys sperm.

• Organic Free Range Meat: Some nutritionists recommend eating organically-raised, free range meats, instead of conventional meat that contains hormones and antibiotics. Eat grass fed and organic cattle.

Conventionally raised cattle can sometimes contain high levels of hormones and antibiotics which can contribute to estrogen dominate conditions.

• Free Range Organic Chicken: Conventionally raised chicken is sometimes full of antibiotics and hormones which can negatively impact hormonal health.

• Kiwi fruit is high in zinc, which helps protect sperm from chromosomal and bacterial damage.

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What Your Guy Should Avoid To Protect His Fertility

• Keep It Loose: Have your partner wear loose fitting boxer shorts, instead of tight underwear. Avoid boxers, briefs or bikinis.

No tight clothes around the genitals please.

• Just Say No To Lubricants: Avoid lubricants during sex. Lotions or lubricants can interfere with sperm motility.

• Don’t Let His Sperm Get Too Hot: Heat can deter the healthy development of sperm. Genitals should be kept cool when possible. Lap top computers can increase scrotal temperature, which hurts sperm production.

Avoid hot tubs, saunas and Jacuzzis. Wear cotton boxer shorts rather than jockey shorts to keep sperm from overheating. Avoid long drives, and never let him put his cell phone in between his legs while driving. Avoid hot baths or overly long hot showers.

If your guy has a job that requires him to sit a lot each day, this could be causing high testicle heat. Encourage him to get up and walk every few hours.

Avoid heated car seats, electric blankets and heating pads that increase testicular temperatures—always remember sperm works better when it is cool!
If there is a chance that your partner is experiencing too much heat in his genital area, you may want to try artificially cooling his testicles with ice, a cold bath or shower. Always remember: Sperm counts are higher in the cold weather and in the morning.

• Stop All Cigarette Smoking: Smoking reduces sperm count and motility. It also increases the risk of genetic defects in an embryo. All smoking should be stopped.
• No Marijuana: Chemicals from marijuana have been reported to build up in the testicles and can cause impotence and a lower sperm count.

• Take A Look At Prescription Drugs: If your husband is on medication, you may want to evaluate if it is safe for him to take a break while you are trying to conceive. Some prescription drugs can negatively effect sperm count. This is a matter to be decided with a doctor’s approval and notification, as some medications are absolutely necessary for various mental and physical health conditions.

• Reduce Bicycling Activity: Bicycling can raise scrotal temperature and critical arteries and nerves can be damaged by repeatedly banging the groin against the seat.

• No Oral Sex: Saliva can kill sperm. Avoid oral sex at this time.

• No Extreme Exercise: Extreme exercise can lower the sperm count.

• Cut Down Or Reduce Alcohol: Alcohol interferes with the secretion of testosterone and lowers sperm count. Alcohol can also depletes vitamins and minerals in the body and an overworked liver can cause a rise in estrogen

• Stay Away From Water Bottles That Contain Bisphenol A (BPA): Be aware of Bisphenol A (known as BPA) a hormone-disrupting chemical that is a common ingredient in water bottles, canned goods, and other products. Researchers have found that men with higher urine levels of BPA have decreased sperm concentration, decreased total sperm count, decreased sperm vitality and decreased sperm motility. BPA can also be found on cash register receipts and metal cans.

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10 Things Your Guy Can Do To Improve His Fertility

• Visit The Dentist: Make sure your husband has his teeth cleaned, thus eliminating the possibility of infections in the gums or teeth.

• Consider His Weight: Too much or too little body fat can disrupt production of reproductive hormones, thus reducing sperm count. Try to help your husband/partner lose weight, especially scrotal fat, which can act like a warm blanket over the scrotum and elevate sperm temperatures, which in turn, kill and immobilize sperm. Excess fat around the waist is often associated with decreased male fertility.

• Reduce Stress: Encourage your husband/partner to take steps to reduce stress, as stress has been shown to negatively impact male reproductive hormones and lower testosterone.

• Drink Lots of Water: Make sure your partner is drinking plenty of high-quality, filtered water each day.

• Touch, Touch and Touch Some More: Stimulation increases hormones and improves fertility. Touch each other at length before intercourse to increase hormones, both his and yours.

• Ejaculate Often: Sex is good for sperm, because the less time spent in storage, the higher quality it will be and less DNA damage.

• Enjoy More Sunshine: Encourage your guy to get outside 10 to 15 minutes a day.

• Balance The Body’s Flora: Eating a diet rich in nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables can help encourage healthy sperm. Limit sugar, processed foods and encourage your guy to take a probiotic to improve digestive health and reduce inflammation. Reducing the amount of gluten consumed is also important.

• Alkalize His Body With Greens: Lots of healthy vegetables can help restore the acid-alkaline balance in the reproductive system to the proper sperm pH. A diet high in acid-producing foods such as meat, white flour, sugar, alcohol, coffee and soft drinks is to be avoided.

• Nourish His Endocrine System: The endocrine system is responsible for hormone production and secretions. Low sperm count or morphology is often caused by hormonal imbalance, and an over-stressed endocrine system.

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Vitamins and Supplements To Help Male Infertility

• Vitamin C: High-quality vitamin C supplements enhance sperm development. Some recommend 2,000 to 6,000 milligrams daily to prevent sperm from clumping or sticking together.

Foods that contain lots of Vitamin C include strawberries, citrus fruits, cherries, cantaloupe, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet peppers, mangos, kiwi, pineapple, grapes, peas, potatoes, parsley and spinach. Keep a bowl of these foods washed and easily available.

• Zinc: is very important to sperm quality because it increases testosterone levels, sperm count and sperm motility. Men should consider taking a zinc supplement or a high-quality multivitamin that contains zinc, as a zinc deficiency has been shown to cause or reduce male infertility. In addition to taking a supplement, foods high in zinc include oysters, organic meats, lean beef, turkey, lamb, herring, wheat germ, beans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

• L-Arginine: is an amino acid that enhances low sperm counts and poor motility. It is found in high amounts in the head of the sperm. Studies show that sperm and semen volume double with this amino acid.
Food sources of L-arginine include nuts, raisins, sesame seeds, brown rice, peanuts, almonds chocolate, meat and poultry.

• A Multivitamin: taken daily.

• Vitamin E: Studies have shown that Vitamin E increases sperm health and motility.

• Folic acid: Studies suggest that men with low levels of this key B vitamin have trouble producing healthy sperm. Folic acid reportedly improves sperm motility and sperm structure. Food sources include leafy greens, orange juice and spinach.

• Korean Ginseng: enhances testosterone and sperm levels.

• Selenium: should be taken as part of a quality multi-vitamin.

• Coenzyme Q10: increases energy production in the sperm and can increase motility and quality of sperm.

• Omega-3: acts as a hormone regulator.

• Vitamin A: helps enhance male hormones.

• B-complex: This vitamin is very important to male fertility. Vitamin B6 and B12 have been reported to improve sperm counts. Vitamin B12 can increase the quantity and quality of your guy’s sperm. Foods that contain B vitamins include lamb, sardines and salmon.

• Calcium-Magnesium: aids Vitamin B absorption.

• Vitamin A: increases male hormones. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, oily fish and dark green leafy vegetables.

• Royal Jelly: can help optimize hormonal balance.

• Manganese deficiency: is known to result in testicular degeneration. Foods with manganese include: whole grains, green vegetables, carrots, broccoli, beans, nuts, pineapples, oats, rye and eggs.

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Getting Your Guy Ready: The Ultimate Male Fertility Preparation Program

Along with getting yourself prepared for pregnancy, it is important to help your husband and/or partner become as fertile as possible. Don’t panic if your guy was diagnosed with a low sperm count. Just as there are many things a woman can do to maximize her fertility, there are also many things a man can do to improve the quality, quantity, and speed of his sperm.

Whether or not your guy was diagnosed with any specific problem, it is important to address his fertility because underlying, undiagnosed problems could exist that are not being caught.

Some causes of inadequate sperm production include hormone imbalances, post-testicular issues with plumping or ejaculation, trauma or accidents, varicocele, or dilated veins in the scrotum, undescended testis/testes, excessive xenoestrogen, which are environmental estrogen exposure; infectious disease of the epidydimis, a diseased endocrine (glandular) system affecting the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and the testes, resulting in low DHEA and testosterone levels, congenital abnormalities, urethral stricture, malnutrition, especially protein deficiency.

It can sometimes take two to three months to improve the quality of sperm, so you’ll want to begin preparing as soon as possible.

Tests For Men
Here are some of the tests your husband/partner can request:

• Sperm analysis, including a sperm antibody test, which can determine sperm count, motility, morphology (shape), seminal fluid, volume of ejaculation, and pH level.

• A Hormone Analysis: Hormones include testosterone, follicle stimulating hormone, and lutinizeing hormone which are critical to sperm production. You may also want to have analyzed prolacin levels, thyroid stimulating hormone, sand ex-hormone binding globulin.

• Scrotal Doppler Ultrasound: measures the size of the testicle and look for blockages that involve transport of sperm out of the testicle.

• Transrectal Ultrasound: ultrasound technology is used to image the reproductive tract.

• A blood test to check for infections and hormone levels.

• A white blood cell count to detect infection, past infection, inflammation, low levels of inhibin B, or the compound alpha-glucosidase.

• Forward progression: this test measures the amount of forward movement in the sperm.

• Kruger morphology: if an abnormal morphology is found, this test allows the specialists to examine the sperm structure in great detail.

• Anti-sperm antibodies: this means the male has created an immunological response toward the sperm cells

• Sperm agglutination: sperm is examined to see whether there is any clumping together of the cells. Sperm agglutination can indicate the presence of sperm antibodies or bacterial infection.

• Viability: this test is performed if the sperm analysis shows that less than 30 percent of the sperm are motile. This test determines whether or not there is a presence of live sperm.

• Fructose: this test determines whether there is a blockage or no sperm at all being produced.

• An often overlooked cause of infertility in men is low-grade infection in the male urinary tract. Symptoms are often subtle and hard to diagnose, but they can include chills, fever, increased urination and intense burning during urination. Some physicians recommend culturing a semen sample to detect this mild infection.

• Cleanses

Here are some cleanses for men to consider before beginning infertility treatments.

• A Parasite Cleanse: Parasites can weaken sperm on a very hard-to-detect level. Health food stores carry 30-day parasite cleanses that can effectively remove parasites from the body.

• Heavy Metal Cleanse: Chemicals, pesticides and toxins in our environment have greatly impacted male fertility. Many men suffer from low-quality sperm because of these environmental toxins and chemicals. If possible, consider a heavy metal cleanse that can help remove these chemicals.

• Liver Cleanse: Just as detoxifying the liver is key to healing female infertility, it is equally important for men. Consider having your partner do a liver cleanse. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones.

• Candida-Yeast Cleanse: can help rid the body of toxins.

• Colon Hydrotherapy: A colon cleanse can eradicate years of toxins in the large intestine, reducing the burden on the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and kidney.

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