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.
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.