After reading various articles speculating on the decline of male fertility in the past 50 years, it is certainly cause for concern. It has been documented that sperm counts are declining worldwide, at a moderate but steady pace.

A French study found that between 1989 and 2005, average sperm counts fell by a third in the study of 26,000 men, increasing their risk of infertility. The amount of healthy sperm was also reduced, by a similar proportion. The study is important because, with over 26,600 men involved, it is probably the largest studied sample in the world.

Here is the Scoop on Sperm: Sperm are smaller than eggs, and therefore more vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies, toxins, smoking and alcohol.

Sperm are 50% responsible for conception, the health of the pregnancy and baby.

It takes approximately 100 days for sperm to completely mature, we can greatly affect sperm quality during the period prior to conception.

Sperm parameters can be greatly augmented by targeted nutrient therapy, antioxidants, dietary and health habits, acupuncture and botanical medicines.

A preconception program is recommended for both partners, ideally 100 days prior to conception or fertility treatments.

Testing? YES! Get tested by a reputable andrology lab. Certain labs also test “DNA fragmentation”, which is a predictor for male factor fertility.

The sperm analysis will tell you:

Count How many?

Motility Can they swim?

Morphology Heads, bodies and tails

Viscosity Thick or thin?

DNA fragmentation Are your genes tight?

If you have had results indicating that you have low sperm count, low motility, or abnormal morphology seek professional advice. Sperm have the potential to change significantly based on the environment they are developed in. I often use amino acids, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants to improve male fertility.

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