Many men don’t realize this fact, but infertility isn’t only a woman’s problem. In fact, about half of identifiable infertility cases are either related to male infertility or to infertility for both the male and female partners. One of the most common causes of male infertility is a low sperm count.
While sometimes it’s necessary to explore medical treatments for a low sperm count, there may be some things you can do on your own to help increase sperm production:
You need to eat a balanced diet that contains plenty of protein, leafy green vegetables, and whole grains. These foods help your overall health and can especially contribute to reproductive health.
There are a number of so-called “superfoods” out there that you can try which may be able to help with sperm production. Foods like maca and bee pollen have been used by both men and women to help with fertility, for example.
Say goodbye to harmful toxins
Cigarette smoking can decrease sperm production, and so can consuming alcohol. Alcohol consumption impacts the way your liver works, which can cause estrogen levels to rise. That, in turn, decreases your sperm count.
Exercise helps keep your body working as designed, and that includes your reproductive system. Do take a little bit of caution here, as strenuous exercise can sometimes have a negative impact on fertility.
Research suggests that obese men who lose 10% of their body weight can almost double their fertility. When you combine both diet and exercise as listed above, there’s a good chance the weight will start to come off, as well.
Cool ‘em down
Excessive heat to the testicles can lower sperm production and increase the number of abnormal sperm. Avoid long, hot baths, hot tubs, and other types of activities that warm the testicles.
There are a number of herbal supplements men have used to try to help with fertility and sperm production. One of the most common is ginkgo biloba, which may also help with libido. Saw palmetto is another common herbal supplement, as is ginseng. Keep in mind that herbal supplements are, for the most part, not clinically tested. You should also talk to your doctor before taking a new herbal supplement, in case there are any individual health-related concerns.
Depending on the cause of your low sperm count, these remedies may or may not do you any good. For example, no amount of ginkgo biloba or weight loss is going to help if your vas deferens is damaged and not allowing sperm to get to your ejaculate. Talk to your doctor about your low sperm count. There may also be medications or other therapies you can use to help increase your odds of getting your partner pregnant. When used along with these natural methods, your chances may be even greater.