Male fertility is extremely vital for men to impregnate a woman. However, male fertility has been linked to several myths that will be covered within this article. It is vital to separate facts from myths as this can either save or endanger one’s health or life.
Sex and Sperm Myths
Probably, the most common misconception that surrounds male fertility is frequent sex and masturbation can result to sperm supply depletion. This is simply not true. In fact, having frequent sex entails many health benefits. The recurrence of sexual intercourse or recurrent ejaculation does not decrease sperm count. Even if, a man lose all his sexual sensations or sexual functions as an effect of injury to the spinal cord normal sperm count is still there.
Closely Related Myths
- Rear entry or better known as “Doggy” style sex position can impregnate a woman easily. The ability for a woman to conceive does not rely on sexual position, even standing position can make a woman pregnant. Sexual positions are there for variations and better simulations.
- Low sperm count cannot impregnate a woman. There is a significant difference between low sperm count and poor quality sperm. In fact, this contrary to the popular belief that men having low sperm count cannot make a woman pregnant. As long as the quality of sperm is good, it will make through the final stage uniting with the woman’s egg in the ovary. On the other hand, there are men with higher sperm count but not able to promote fertilization. Sperms having two tails or heads and sperm with an oversized head, or sperms with irregular shapes will not be able to fertilize the egg.
- Viagra helps increase sperm count. Viagra and other prescribed medication such as Levitra and Cialis are intended for a man to achieve and maintain erection, and not for improving or increasing sperm count.
- Tongkat Ali, Qigong and other traditional Chinese medicine help achieve better potency. These medicines may help enhance or improve male fertility but may not be effective for some people.
- The bigger penis size means better sperm count. Penis size has nothing to do with male fertility, and that means, bigger penis size do not guarantee impregnation, but pleasure perhaps.
- Couples who do not have a child means the woman is infertile. Probably, this is the most popular myth when it comes to couples who are able to have a child. Keep in mind, it is not only women who is infertile, sometimes it is the man as sperms do not get the egg fertilized. Research found that around 30 percent of couples seeking medical help for pregnancy purposes, the issue is male infertility. Hence, anyone reading this who are on the same situation, consult a medical professional to be diagnosed and be guided accordingly.
Wearing tight pants and underwear can destroy the sperms. This is one is true, but it is not enough to be consider as a birth control. The internal temperature of the body can reach up to 98 degrees Fahrenheit, which is too hot for sperm production. Probably, this is the main reason why the testicles are hanging and not inside the body as an internal part. Research have found there is a decrease in sperm production on men wearing tight pants and underwear. However, not all men show the same results. Normal sperm count is around 20 million sperms or more.
Poor health and diet can destroy or deter sperm production easily. It takes 100 days for a sperm to develop fully.
Causes Of Male Infertility
- Extreme much heat around the male testicles can affect sperm count.
- High levels of free radicals such as smoking heavily.
- Drinking excessive alcohol.
- Too much stress.
- Infections during childhood stage such as mumps may affect male testicles and sperm count.
- Abnormal position of testicles.
- Abnormalities related to genes.
- Imbalance of testosterone and estrogen cause by obesity.
- Male impotency or erectile dysfunction.
- History of prolonged illness of the liver, and kidney failure.
- Certain medications can affect sperm production and male hormones.
- Groin trauma caused by accidents or injury in sports.
- Prostate cancer.
- Cancer chemotherapy.
- Varicoceles, or the enlarging of varicose veins in the scrotum or testicles.
- Retrograde ejaculation
Improving Male Fertility
- Practice living a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet.
- Stop smoking and avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
- Avoid drug intake and keep caffeine at minimum, 1 or 2 cups of coffee every morning is acceptable.
- Regularly consult a health care professional.
- Do a liver detoxification.
- Minimize or eliminate stress through meditation, stretching, deep breathing, relaxation on a regular basis.
- Regular acupuncture treatment can help promote good health, smooth flow of energy and improve blood flow in the entire body and reduces stress, as well.
- Maintain active physical activity such as a regular workout, taking the stairs, cycling or walking, swimming, etc.
- Engage regular sexual activity with your girlfriend or wife.
- Always drink enough amount of water daily. Semen is compose of water mostly.
- Take a multivitamin or supplement to boost semen production.
Essential Nutrients For Increasing Male Fertility
- Amino Acids
Amino acids can be found in male supplements such Male Extra pill. Some health professionals prescribe L-Arginine as Amino Acids to boost fertility.
Sources: meat, fish, eggs, lentils, beans, dairy, brown rice, nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds as well as Quinoa.
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A has an antioxidant property that protects cells from free radicals within the body and vital for the production of male sexual hormones.
Sources: yellow fruits and veggies, whole milk, eggs, dark-green-leafy veggies and fish oils.
- Vitamin B6(Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 along with zinc is both vital for the production of male sex hormones.
Sources: whole grains, nuts, egg yolks, fish, legumes, poultry, seeds, green leafy vegetables, molasses, and brewer’s yeast.
- Vitamin B12
Synthesizing of RNA and DNA require folate and vitamin B12. Deficiency can cause abnormal production of sperm, decreased sperm count and motility.
Sources: salmon, sardines, lamb, fermented foods with bacteria contents.
- Folic Acid or Folate
Folate is required for proper production of sperm, low morphological abnormalities and motility.
Sources: whole grains, oysters, salmon, milk, brewer’s yeast, organ meats, broccoli, root and dark green leafy veggies, asparagus, dried figs, oatmeal and avocado.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C has an antioxidant property that protects against free radicals and necessary for healthy sperm production, as well as increase sperm count and motility.
Sources: rose hips, cherries, sprouted alfalfa seeds, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, sweet peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries, grapes, mango, black currants, spinach, watercress, parsley, peas, and potatoes.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is another good source of antioxidant. Helps healthy sperm production for easy egg penetration so that fertilization can occur.
Sources: wheat germ, organ meats, cold pressed oils, leafy vegetables, eggs, molasses, whole grains, seeds, nuts and avocado.
- Vitamin K2
According to Kate Rheaume-Bleue, author of the book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox, Vitamin K2 help men boosts fertility.
Sources: Notable source of Vitamin K2 is fermented vegetables like kimchi.
Deficiency in selenium may cause male infertility as it is required for proper shape formation of the sperm as well as maintain sperm count. Selenium’s antioxidant property protects sperm cells from high-fat contents.
Sources: brewer’s yeast, herring, tuna, whole grains, sesame seeds, wheat germ and bran.
Taking manganese supplements along with vitamin C and foods rich in proteins is highly recommended. However, manganese competes with iron when it comes to absorption. Symptoms of the deficiency in manganese include congenital malformation, sterility, testicular degeneration, increased in epididymis, low sperm count, and low sex drive.
Sources: eggs, oats, rye, nuts, legumes, ginger, carrots, broccoli, whole grains, green leafy veggies, and pineapple.
It is quite common for men to have a deficit in zinc. Zinc is vital for the healthy sperm production and cell division. In fact, zinc is considered as the most crucial trace of mineral with regards to male sexual fitness. Zinc is vital for testicle growth, testosterone metabolism, production of sperm, increase sperm count and motility, and reduce excessive estrogen in male reproductive tissue. It is estimated that approximately 5mg of zinc is lost upon ejaculation.
Sources: fish, seafood, eggs, chicken, lean meat, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, whole grains, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, parsley, ginger, legumes, and oats.
- Co-enzyme Q10
Coenzyme is vital for energy production. Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection(ICSI) fertilization rates could increase when taking Coenzyme. A large amount of coenzyme is present in seminal fluid, and it helps facilitate proper blood flow. Additionally, co-enzyme protects damage against free radicals present in the body increasing sperm motility and energy.
- Essential Fatty Acids(EFA)
EFA is a hormone regulator and crucial for impregnation. Omega 3 and 6 are essential for the cell membranes structural elements, fetus brain development, and body tissue. Male sperm contains a high concentration of Omega 3, particularly DHA.
Sources: Omega 3 – mackerel, sardines, salmon, tuna, herring, flax seed, green leafy veggies, and walnuts; Omega 6 – seeds and seed oils.
Herbs like Radix Ginseng, Ren Shen may increase testosterone levels. Additionally, Tribulus has been proven to aid in healthy sperm production, as well used to treat impotence and increase libido. In fact, Tribulus can now be found on male supplements like VigRX Plus. However, not all herbs can increase or improve male fertility. Herbs like Saw Palmetto, Echinacea and John’s Wort may affect fertility adversely.
IMPORTANT!: For recommended daily intake, consult a doctor, or nutritionist, or follow the recommended dosage as instructed by supplement manufacturer.
Male Fertility Testing
Pesticides and GMO’s
In recent years, there are studies that linked various health conditions like cancers, erectile dysfunction, and infertility in both men and women to the used of pesticides. One review found that erectile dysfunction as a causal effect for infertility in men due to pesticides like Atrazine. Also, in a different study, UC Berkeley researcher and developmental endocrinologist Tyrone B. Hayes found Atrazine affected frog’s sexual development.
Moreover, what’s shocking is that one study shows for the firs time the negative effect of glyphosate(an active ingredient of Monsanto’s herbicides sprayed on genetically modified crops) on reproductive development of male offspring from dams treated with it. The researchers conclude;
We conclude that the exposure promotes behavioral changes and histological and endocrine problems in reproductive parameters and these changes are reflected by a hypersecretion of androgens and increased gonadal activity, sperm production, and libido.
In another study conducted by Friends of the Earth Europe found people from all over Europe both in EU and none EU countries have glyphosate residues in their urine. With all these research findings and possibly more research out there that haven’t published, yet it’s a good idea to avoid genetically modified or engineered food products. However, the majority of the packaged food products sold in major supermarkets contained some degree of genetically modified ingredients. It may be impossible to avoid GMO totally, but try to minimize exposure whenever you can.
The best way to minimize GMO exposure is to buy fresh produced from local organic farmers. Avoid as much processed foods and even using vegetable oils like canola and soybean oils as these are heavily modified genetically, plus vegetable oils are not suitable for cooking although it has been sold in the mainstream market today.
Reversing Male Infertility
Here great and helpful tips from Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D. on reversing male infertility.