Know that you're not alone if you and your husband are having trouble getting pregnant. Fertility problems are more common than you would expect. It affects about one out of every six couples, with researchers estimating that one out of every three cases is due to male partner fertility issues.
Low sperm count refers to the number of sperm in the fluid (semen) you ejaculate during an orgasm. The term oligospermia refers to a low sperm count (ol-ih-go-SPUR-me-uh). azoospermia is a condition in which sperm are completely absent. If you have less than 15 million sperm per milliliter of sperm, your sperm count is considered below average.
With a low sperm count, the chances of one of your sperm fertilizing your partner's egg and resulting in pregnancy are reduced. Even with a low sperm count, several men may still father a boy.
What Are The Symptoms Of Low Sperm Count?.
The inability to conceive is the most common symptom of a low sperm count. Other apparent signs or symptoms can not exist. In certain males, signs and symptoms can be caused by an underlying problem such as an inherited chromosomal abnormality, a hormonal imbalance, dilated testicular veins, or a disease that prevents sperm from passing.
The following are some other signs of a low sperm count:
Low sex drive or trouble sustaining an erection are two examples of sexual function issues (erectile dysfunction). The testicle region can experience pain, swelling, or a lump. Hair loss on the face or body, as well as other gene or hormone abnormalities.
What Are The Causes
The testicles (testes) as well as the hypothalamus and pituitary glands — organs in your brain that contain hormones that activate sperm production — must all act normally for sperm production to occur. When sperm are produced in the testicles, they are transported through delicate tubes until they combine with semen and are ejected from the penis. Any of these systems may cause sperm production to be affected.
Aspects of sperm shape (morphology), movement (motility), and function may also be problematic. Low sperm count is often caused by unknown factors.
Here are 5 scientifically proven methods for increasing sperm count and fertility in men.
1. Regularly exercise
Regular exercise can increase testosterone levels and enhance fertility, in addition to being good for general health. Regular exercisers have higher testosterone levels and better sperm content than inactive males, according to studies.
Excessive exercise, on the other hand, may have the opposite effect, lowering testosterone levels. This risk can be reduced by getting the proper amount of zinc. Make being physically active one of your top goals if you don't exercise much but want to increase your fertility.
2. Ensure adequate vitamin D intake.
Male and female fertility can benefit from vitamin D. It's yet another nutrient that could help you increase your testosterone levels. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to low testosterone levels in men, according to one observational report.
These results were backed up by a randomized study involving 65 men with low testosterone and vitamin D deficiency. They raised their testosterone levels by about 25% after taking 3,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily for a year. Increased sperm motility is related to high vitamin D levels, but the evidence is mixed.
3. Consume much zinc.
Animal foods, such as beef, fish, eggs, and shellfish, are rich in zinc. One of the most important factors in male fertility is getting enough zinc. Low zinc status or deficiency has been linked to low testosterone levels, poor sperm quality, and a higher risk of male infertility, according to observational studies. Zinc supplementation also boosts testosterone levels and sperm count in zinc deficient males. Zinc supplements can also help to prevent the loss of testosterone that comes with too much high-intensity exercise.
4. Relax and reduce stress.
When you're nervous, it's difficult to get in the mood for sex, but there may be more to it than that. Stress will affect your fertility and decrease your sexual satisfaction. Long-term stress increases cortisol levels, which lower testosterone levels.
Testosterone levels begin to fall as cortisol levels rise. Although medicine is usually used to treat serious, unexplained anxiety, relaxation exercises may help to alleviate milder types of stress.
Taking a walk in the woods, meditating, exercising, or socializing with friends will all help you relieve your stress.
5. Consume maca root
Maca root supplements have been shown to boost libido, fertility, and sexual health. The maca root is a common Peruvian plant food. It's been used for libido and fertility enhancement for centuries. Taking 1.5–3 grams of dried maca root for up to three months increased self-reported sexual desire or libido in men, according to several reports.
Maca root can also help with sexual performance, according to studies. Taking 2.4 grams of dried maca root for 12 weeks improved erectile function and sexual well-being in men with moderate erectile dysfunction.
Infertility is a common problem that affects many men around the world. If you're having trouble conceiving, one thing you should do is work on your overall wellbeing. A balanced lifestyle includes many of the suggestions mentioned above.
While there is no surefire cure, if nutritional deficiencies or low testosterone levels are contributing factors, these lifestyle changes can be beneficial.
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