SPERM COUNT AND HEALTH*
When it comes to infertility people assume its ithe woman who is to blame for problems or delays in conceiving a baby.
The fact is about half of all infertility obstacles are contributed by men.
Secondly it is believed that sperm health is just about numbers – or sperm count. And while a healthy sperm count is a vital dimension of male fertility, there are clearly many other physiological factors like motility and morphology (called sperm parameters) that are equally important
*Sperm count*is the number (or concentration) of sperm that should be present/measurable in a given sample. The W H O provides that the benchmark for a “normal” count is *20 million sperm per milliliter* – given a total semen volume of 2 ml Sperm count is considered lower than normal if you have fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen
While sperm count is clearly vital, numbers are not everything. Sperm must be
able to swim in a sustained, forward manner.
They must be normally shaped.
And they must exhibit metabolic attributes that promote longevity, speed, or endurance.
A low sperm count is a called *oligospermia* A complete absence of sperm is called *azoospermia*
[12/13, 04:57] Mrs Davidson: Factors that can cause any of the sperm parameters to be out of synch can be medical, environmental or life style choices
Low sperm count can be caused by a number of health issues and medical treatments. Some of these include:
Varicocele. is a swelling of the veins that drain the testicle.
Infections (STI's ) can interfere with sperm production/ health
Ejaculation problems .
Certain medications might result in ejaculatory problems.
Antibodies that attack sperm. (ASA)Anti-sperm antibodies
.Tumors. Cancers and nonmalignant tumors
Surgery, radiation or chemotherapy
Defects of tubules that transport sperm.
Chromosome defects Inherited disorders such as Klinefelter' disorder or cystic fibrosis
Celiac disease. A digestive disorder caused by sensitivity to gluten.
Extended exposure to industrial chemicals
Heavy metal exposure.
Radiation or X-rays exposure
Overheating the testicles. Elevated temperatures impair sperm production and function. Please note
sitting for long periods,
wearing tight clothing
or working on a laptop computer for long stretches of time can increase the temperature
Drug use. Anabolic steroids cause the testicles to shrink and sperm production reduces
Alcohol use. Drinking alcohol can lower testosterone levels and cause decrease sperm
Occupation. Certain occupations might be linked with infertility, e.g welding truck driving such
Weight. Obesity can impair fertility in several ways.The following herbs have been shown to increase not only sperm count, but the overall health, motility and morphology of sperm.
*Ginseng root* (Panax quinquefolius): Ginseng may support a healthy sex drive, help with erectile dysfunction and enhance sexual performance in men. It strengthens the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis, aiding hormonal balance, stress management and immune function.
*Cordyceps mushroom* (Cordyceps sinensis): Cordyceps has been shown to enhance male sexual function, enhance sperm production and motility.
*Horny goat weed* (Epimedium grandiflorum): An aphrodisiac, Epimedium increases sexual desire and performance. The active ingredient Icariin has been shown to increase nitric oxide; increasing circulation to the extremities. It has also been shown useful in aiding a sustained erection.
*Ginkgo leaves* (Ginkgo biloba): Ginkgo is considered the #1 remedy for erectile dysfunction. It increases circulation and is high in antioxidants.
*Goji berry* dried fruit (Lycium barbarum,L.chinense): Goji berries protect sperm from hyperthermia (overheating), increase hormone levels, sperm quantity and quality through their high antioxidant content.
*Maca root *(Lepidium meyenii): Men who use maca have been seen to have an increased libido and healthy sperm. Additionally, increased seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculate, and sperm motility have been observed.
*Saw Palmetto* (Serenoa repens): Saw Palmetto is traditionally used for improving prostate health, impotence, testicular atrophy and improved sex drive in men.
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