As a leading IVF centre in India, our records indicate a disturbing sperm count rate in males. This has resulted in numerous male infertility cases registered at our centre in the last two years. According to the latest studies conducted, sperm count in males has fallen by 50% in the last 40 years.
The challenging issue of male infertility would perhaps be solved by Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), but the depressing fact is that 70% of infertile couples hardly afford the treatments.
The fertility expert at Eva Hospital explains that urgent action is required from each male, whether interested in a family or not. The odds of impregnating a woman are affected by various factors beginning from erectile disorders, stress or psychological issues in both partners, genetic factors, and sperm morphology.
The metamorphosis of sperms has to be aided right from childhood. There are various cases where babies are born with undescended testicles, which may go unnoticed for a period of time. This is one of the major reasons for male infertility, but when earlier detected, a surgery can help correct the issue to promote sperm production.
Possible solutions to the Diminishing Sperm Count include;
- Increasing Vitamin Intake
Vitamin C and D are a prime nutrient for male fertility. Studies indicate that vitamin D can enhance testosterone levels, whereas sufficient vitamin C can help reduce the effects of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when the number of reactive oxygen species (ROS) hikes. This causes tissue damage and increases your chances of chronic diseases. In addition to vitamins, antioxidants can offer help in suppressing these effects
- Regular Physical Exercises
Regular exercises have various benefits that include improving your mental state, normalizing your hormones (testosterone), improving semen quality, and increasing blood flow. Exercises will also improve erection and overall body strength
- Combating Stress
Stress is currently confirmed as the main trigger factor for male and female infertility, yet its mechanism for triggering infertility is not exact. Getting enough rest, perhaps sleeping for 8 hours is one of the major ways of improving body function.
It must be noted that psychological stress reduces one’s libido and reduces male fertility naturally.
- Diet & Dietary Supplements
A number of men are opting for testosterone supplements to improve their fertility, but high levels of infertility are ideally a risk factor for male infertility. In case required, a male should primarily have a blood test to evaluate his testosterone levels and embark on the supplement as prescribed by the doctor or fertility expert. Best foods to include in your diet include;
- Maca Root
- Green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and kale
- Fruits & nuts like bananas, walnuts, and Fenugreek. Having 500mg of Fenugreek extract per day can improve testosterone levels, reduce fat, and enhance strength levels.
- Herbal supplements
This basically means Ashwagandha, one of the commonest therapeutic herb in India. Studies confirm that consistent intake of Ashwagandha extremely aids in improving testosterone levels, semen quantity, motility, and count. Another herbal drug is Tribulus Terrestris, commonly recommended to solve male infertility