Getting pregnant with low sperm count is still possible. Fertility experts have various management therapies to help men with low sperm count achieve the life dream of fathering a child. Find a good fertility clinic or expert around you to get the best treatment for low sperm count. This brief article nevertheless, highlights certain things that can help you improve low sperm count.
The ultimate goal in male infertility treatment is to get a sperm to fertilize an egg. A well timed sexual intercourse is vital in achieving this. A woman has special times in her menstrual cycle when she secrets more cervical fluids, that is when the woman is ovulating and it is her most fertile period. This cervical fluids help sperm to travel better to fertilize the egg.
Once a couple can detect that period and engage in sexual intercourse, their chances of getting pregnant is higher even with low sperm count. Research has also shown that frequent ejaculation helps improve sperm motility. A man with low sperm count will need to frequently have sex with his partner to increase his chances.
Free radicals from oxidative stress caused by contact with certain chemicals, radiation and other environmental and lifestyle factors destroy sperm cells and reduces the chances for a man with low sperm count father a child. It is important to reduce these free radicals in order to important sperm count and fertility. Experts from Fertility Focus Clinic have enumerated 7 tips that can help you do just that, they include;
Eating a diet high in antioxidants
Antioxidants help to ‘mop up’ free radicals, reducing the amount of damage to sperm. Foods high in antioxidants include berries, fruit and vegetables (particularly those that are brightly coloured), nuts and seeds, cereals and dark chocolate.
Taking a targeted multivitamin
If you have reduced sperm count or sperm quality, a specially formulated fertility multivitamin may help. The key vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy sperm production are: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium, Folic Acid, L-Carnitine, CoQ10 and Glutathione.
Ditch the cigarettes
Smoking causes free radical damage to sperm DNA and lowers sperm quality. Men who smoke are four times as likely to have children who develop childhood cancer. Smoking marijuana is also thought to affect sperm health. Remember, it takes about 72 days for sperm to fully form, so even after you cease smoking, it may take several months for the effects to be reversed.
Reduce alcohol intake
Alcohol is a testicular toxin and affects sperm production and sexual function in men. Research suggests that alcohol should be limited to 5 standard drinks or less a week (one standard drink equates to a 330ml can or bottle of beer, a 100ml glass of wine or 30ml of straight spirits).
Avoid hot baths and spas
Heat is bad for sperm production (that is why the testicles hang outside the body!), frequent hot baths are likely to interfere with the level at which your testes produce new sperm cells. You may also like to try wearing boxers instead of tight underpants.
Maintain a healthy body weight
Being overweight can reduce sperm count, particularly if excess fat leads to an increased temperature around the testicles. Keeping BMI within a normal range is advisable.
Avoid environmental toxins and pollutants
Organic solvents, pesticides, lead, toxic fumes, phthalates and other chemicals are suspected in lowering male fertility, so it is advisable to reduce exposure to these toxins where possible and wear protective clothing when necessary.