The importance of male fertility is a huge focus in my practise. Because, really, no one cares to ask the blokes a damn thing. Which is quite scary really, considering that an embryo is equally made from 1 egg and 1 lucky sperm. The determinants in conception are not just timing in the cycle to coincide with a woman’s ovulation, but the actual health of the egg and sperm themselves. A sperm is 200 times smaller than the female egg, rendering it much more vulnerable to damage and deficiency.
The vast majority of men are astounded to find out the extent that their health plays in their fertility as a couple.
Nutrients and antioxidants such as selenium, zinc, lycopene, co enzyme Q10 are just a handful of a bucket load of important nutrients required for the development and maturation of sperm, a process which takes approximately 76 days, but also for the volume and consistency of the seminal fluid. Think about it, apologies in advance for the crudity, but if sperm has to travel to meet the egg, what is a better vehicle, Clag or egg white? Hydration levels play a huge role in the health of semen, whereas micro nutrients, anti oxidants, vitamins and minerals ensure the DNA content of sperm is quality.
Poor nutrition leads to sperm that is wonky, missing bits and swimming in the slow lane.
Factors other that nutrition that can adversely affect sperm health and quality include occupational pollutants, heavy metal toxicity, past and current recreational drug use, smoking, alcohol consumption and stress.
I find that most guys appreciate being part of the process and are more than happy to do what ever it takes also. A man’s desire to father a child is no less strong that a woman’s desire to mother, never underestimate how much this means to guys.