A man’s fertility is largely dependent on the quality and quantity of his sperm. Having a low sperm count, or low sperm motility, can mean sperm are unable to fertilise an egg.
This can be caused by a number of reasons – some of them genetic. But in many cases, simple changes to diet and lifestyle can have a huge impact on the quality and quantity of a man’s sperm.
Dr David Knight from Demeter Fertility shares the facts:
A common issue: If you have low sperm count, you’re not alone – studies show that around one in five men experience problems with fertility.
Eat healthily: Diet and nutrition help to form the building blocks of our DNA – so if men are missing crucial vitamins and minerals which help support healthy sperm development, their sperm aren’t going to be as healthy as they could be. Diets high in zinc, selenium, vitamin C and essential fatty acids are crucial in the role of healthy sperm development.
Quit smoking: Not only is smoking is harmful to sperm health and motility, but if a father smokes at the time of conception, it can have a negative impact on the health of the baby. Quitting smoking, as well as cutting down on excess drinking, will help boost your chances of conception.
Exercise: It seems exercise is good for everything, and increasing your sperm count is no exception! Regular exercise to boost your body’s overall health, especially in men who need to lose weight, can help increase your sperm count.
Seek help from an expert: For men experiencing fertility issues, the first point of call is to seek professional advice. More often than not, if there is indeed an issue, it can be treated – but it’s important to know exactly what you’re dealing with and what your options are.
For more information, head to www.demeterfertility.com