12 Different Ways to Improve Male Infertility

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Infertility is growing exponentially worldwide. The problem currently affects 15 to 17 percent of couples around the world. Roughly a third of these cases are strictly attributed to the male partner. Male infertility is caused by many factors, including lifestyle habits. If you smoke tobacco cigarettes, get rid of them. Cigarettes can reduce fertility in men, particularly those who have difficulty conceiving.

Infertility in men might be treatable at a fertility clinic. In addition, there are scientific ways to increase male fertility. Some effective techniques include the consumption of certain foods, supplements, and lifestyle adjustments. Here are the many different ways you can use to increase male fertility:

1. Limit stress

‘Motility’ is the ability to move. Men who have experienced two or more stressful life events in the year prior to trying to conceive are found to have lower than average sperm motility. It can be hard, but keep the stress at bay. When you keep calm and manage stress, this can increase one’s ability to conceive.

2. Loose underwear

Sperm need to be kept relatively cool. Tight underwear increases testicle temperature by 1 degree Celsius. Multiple studies have found that wearing loose boxers, rather than tight briefs, is associated with higher sperm concentration, sperm count, and motility. Although it can be a change, looser underwear can help increase sperm count in a good way.

3. Vitamin C

There’s evidence suggesting vitamin C supplements improve semen quality. Using 1,000 mg of vitamin C twice a day, sperm motility in some men may increase up to 92% and sperm count by 100%. These are very impressive numbers and the supplements will also reduce the number of deformed sperm cells.

4. Increase exercise

Exercising 4-6 times a week increases testosterone production and improves physical performance overall. It will create better semen quality for men, although too much exercise actually has the opposite effect and can potentially reduce testosterone levels. If you’re exercising, be sure to take adequate zinc to minimize the risk of over-exercising backfiring.

5. Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris is a medicinal herb used to enhance male fertility. One study found that 6 grams of this herb, also known as puncturevine, helped improve erectile function and libido. Although it won’t raise testosterone levels, it can possibly enhance libido and has certain aphrodisiac properties.

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6. Antioxidants

The body’s overwhelmed with oxidative stress from age, disease, unhealthy lifestyle, and environmental pollutants. Antioxidants minimize oxidative stress, bringing it down from harmful levels to manageable. High levels of oxidative stress are related to infertility in men. It is also linked to inflammation and an increased risk of several chronic conditions. More antioxidants is the answer. 

7. LactoLycopene

LactoLycopene is essentially concentrated tomato puree, and as it turns out, 14 mg of this supplement is shown to produce in men up to 40% more fast-swimming sperm, in addition to improvements in sperm size and shape. It can be a little tough on the stomach for those who aren’t a fan of tomatoes, but it suggests a lot about male fertility with these numbers.

8. D-AA acid supplements

D-aspartic acid (D-AA) supplements are an amino acid. It is usually present in certain glands including the testicles, semen, and sperm cells. Researchers believe D-AA is implicated in male fertility. Supplements at a rate of 2.6 grams per day can increase testosterone levels by as much as 30-60%. It can increase sperm count and motility by as much as 100%. If you have low testosterone levels, this may be one avenue to consider.

9. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is another medicinal herb that can help increase male fertility. A recent study found that, when taken at a rate of 500 mg of fenugreek extract daily, testosterone levels increased, libido improved, and sexual performance also showed positive differences. It is recommended fenugreek in extract form as opposed to whole fenugreek, which is used in cooking and herbal teas.

10. Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplements can boost testosterone levels in men with lower-than-average levels. Vitamin D-deficient men are more likely to have low testosterone. The recommended dose is approximately 3,000 IU of vitamin D every day. A study analyzing this amount in men found in 1 year, testosterone levels increased by 25%.

11. Zinc

Zinc is an essential mineral found in high amounts in meat, fish, eggs, and shellfish. Researchers believe zinc is a major puzzle piece to male fertility. Zinc deficiencies are found in males with low testosterone, poor sperm quality, and an increased risk of male infertility. Zinc supplements can produce the opposite effects in men at risk.

12. Selenium

Selenium supplements can improve testosterone levels and help in male fertility by boosting semen quality. There are a few foods, such as Brazil nuts, where you can naturally add selenium to your diet. However, supplements pack a heavier punch to them. When selenium is taken with vitamin E, an even bigger impact was found with improved sperm motility and other positive sexual benefits.