What we know today about fertility....
Not every couple is able to conceive. Various studies have confirmed that every fifth to seventh couple is not able to conceive despite repeated efforts. Statistically, 40% of infertility cases are rooted in male fertility disorders alone and an estimated 20% are caused by compromised fertility in both partners.
Regression of male fertility
Large scale studies in Scandinavia and France have discovered that the quality of sperm has more than halved over the last 50 years (1945 – 1995). The results confirm:
- The average quality (especially count, but also mobility and morphology) of male sperm reduces every year by 2%. A total reduction of 32% in spermatozoa was observed over the total duration of the study between 1989 and 2005.
- The scientists estimate that this trend is even more pronounced in the overall population, because the male subjects in the study were of above average health.
Three-month maturation process
The generation of male sperm (spermatozoa) is a complex process, which takes three months. The initial generation and maturation processes is very sensitive to disturbances and undersupply of nutrients. Especially vitamins, trace minerals and the amino acid L-Arginine are essential nutrients needed by the male reproductive system to produce healthy sperm.
Both the male sperm and female ova (egg) cells are particularly receptive to oxidative stress by free radicals. This oxidative stress must be minimised at all times, because it will have a significantly negative impact on both DNA quality as well as the development of healthy sperm cells.
This is where fertilsan M leverages uniquely high dosages of micro nutrients. All key semen analysis parameters (quantity, density, motility/vitality and morphology) may produce normal readings following fertilsan M supplementation.
Positive thought goes a long way....
Many couples have only one great desire: to finally become parents. That puts a tremendous pressure on both parties, particularly when the goal is not realised immediately. And no matter whether it's an issue related to the man or the woman, the partnership and individual self-esteem can take a hit. It's precisely in this type of situation that a close cohesion and an optimistic outlook are needed to give yourself the best possible chance of conception.
Scientists estimate that in most Western industrialized nations, every 5 to 7 couples wanting a child are unfortunately childless, and the number is rising. In 40% of cases, the reasons for childlessness are attributed to men. In rare cases, the infertility can be a result of solely organic issues. But more often than not, it's simply due to decreased sperm quality.
Tips for men to enhance fertility
Make sure, in addition to a balanced micronutrient-rich diet, to include other lifestyle and environmental factors. As an example, a heated car seat or extensive use of the sauna will certainly not aid fertility, because both activities result in long periods of heating your genitalia. Smoking also affects sperm quality. Restrict yourself to just smoking one cigarette, or even better: Try to stop completely. It also helps enormously if you stay relaxed, even if the baby and conception takes more time than you'd planned.
Get to know your sperm count
The path to the egg requires downright athletic performance from our sperm! You need vitality and perseverance to achieve this goal. In recent decades, sperm quality has decreased in men, across the board. The average (per milliliter) ejaculate 50 years ago was at 100 million sperm, today it's somewhere between 20 and 64 million; a significant reduction. Also, the ejaculate of 45-year-old male, compared to 18-year-old, has about a third less sperm. Something to keep in mind, when trying to conceive.
Male fertility: Normal Sperm quality (guidelines of the World Health Organization, 2010)
Sperm quality and fertilization capacity
The formation and maturation of sperm takes place in the seminiferous tubules. It takes somewhere between 60 to 64 days. About 1,000 sperm are produced per second, per hour; we're looking at 3 to 4 million. During this entire process, the growing cells are very sensitive. The journey towards the egg cell is very long and arduous, so sperm quality is of crucial importance for successful fertilization: Only the "best" come through and are able to penetrate the surrounding cell layer to reach the egg.
The long & arduous journey of sperms
Improve sperm quality with micronutrients
Male fertility can be supported by a balanced diet. Find out how:
- Zinc contributes towards normal fertility and reproduction
- Selenium contributes to the normal spermatogenesis
- Zinc contributes towards the maintenance of normal serum testosterone levels
- Vitamin B 6 , vitamin B 12 and folic acid (folate) contribute to normal homocysteine metabolism
- Vitamin B 12 and zinc have a function in the cell division process
- Copper, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc help to protect the cells against oxidative stress
Targeted combined micronutrients may therefore have a positive effect on sperm quality and may also be used in parallel with other medical fertility treatments.
Hope is key, but knowledge is paramount
Due to the complementary nature of micronutrients and their respective effect, they should be combined in a balanced manner, so they have a beneficial effect on sperm quality; especially on sperm density and sperm motility (movement towards the egg).
The decisive factors are mainly vitamins B 6, B 12, C and copper, because together, they contribute to a normal and regulated metabolism. The vitamins B 6, B12 and folic acid also contribute to normal homocysteine metabolism. To protect the cells from oxidative stress, vitamin C, E as well as zinc, copper and selenium, play a crucial role.
When your goals aren't realised immediately, it's easy to lose hope. Hope, as useful as it is, isn't enough. We also need to understand how our bodies work and make sure they're receiving all the nutritional value required to give ourselves the best possible chance of conception.