Male factor infertility is a cause of 40% of couples who are not able to conceive naturally within the first 12 months of trying. In the past 30 years, overall male fertility has fallen by 32%. This is a very worrying trend.
A modern lifestyle is thought to be the problem. Smoking, drinking alcohol, exercising too little, eating too many processed foods, getting too little sleep, which reduces testosterone in men and too much stress at work. They all have a negative effect on sperm cells because they can increase the oxidative stress in men’s sperm.
Oxidative stress is induced by free radicals that interfere in the proper duplication of the genetic information during the cell division process. Over time, this results in fewer high-quality sperm cells. Sperm cells are very sensitive. The results of the oxidative stress mean that they do not perform their job as they should. Many of them may not swim fast enough or even in a straight line. They may look abnormal and have different shapes, and this is why we produce so many of them. On average 1500 every single second. Such a high rate of production increases the chance of that one perfect sperm cell being in the right place at the right time to fertilize a female egg cell.
Clinical studies have also shown that a variety of pollutants significantly contributes to the decrease of fertility in men. Heavy metals in air and water are just as dangerous as pesticides, plasticizers and hormones used to produce higher meat field in food production.
The psychological condition is yet another contributing factor to infertility. Stress at work or even a sleep deficiency can ruin the hormonal balance, having a negative effect on a number of important bodily functions, including of course fertility.
There are many things you can do to improve male fertility and your sperm quality. One of the major things you can do is regularly exercise. Low impact sport such as jogging, swimming are thought to be effective at increasing male fertility by increasing testosterone production. This promotes a feeling of well-being and general balance. This also helps to shed excess weight that is also been shown to have a positive effect on fertility.
More testosterone will also increase your libido and make you more attractive to your partner increasing the chance of fertilization.
Another important yet simple thing you can do is is make sure you eat the correct foods. One of the biggest contributing factor to male infertility is a lack of proper micronutrients from foods. These nutrients are used for energy supply such as L-carnitine, the building block for sperm cells L-Arginine, or antioxidative protectors such as Vitamin C, E, Glutathione or pine bark extract. Supplying these micronutrients in ample dosages has been found highly effective at improving male fertility. A shortage of certain nutrients such as Vitamin C and L-Arginine will lead to what is known as male subfertility.