Ways to Improve Sperm Motility and Morphology Naturally

Ways to Improve Sperm Motility and Morphology Naturally

Low sperm motility and abnormal sperm morphology are the common causes of male infertility. This is found to be one of the reasons why some couples are not able to conceive today. Unfortunately, medical treatment aimed towards male infertility doesn’t have higher success rates. Above all, these treatments are found to have some unpleasant side effects. But, fortunately, these are some natural ways to improve sperm motility and morphology. Let’s see them here…

Natural Remedies for Male Infertility:

The following natural remedies are known to improve the sperm motility and morphology. Let’s know about them now:

Maca:

This is a South American herb that is being used as a male libido. This can be used as a natural remedy to treat infertility. It has been shown that Maca supports testosterone production, although it is not found to have hormonal effects on the body. In addition, Maca is known to support the adrenal glands and will help maintain thyroid functionality. Some clinical studies that have been conducted in this regard have shown that supplementation with this herb would improve low sperm quality caused by lower testosterone levels.

Tribulus:

This is another herb that helps stimulate the testosterone synthesis. Some clinical studies have shown that Tribulus helps stimulate the secretion of LH by the pituitary gland in males with lower testosterone levels. If you are not already aware, know that the LH (Lutenizing Hormone) is the hormone that stimulates the testes to secrete more testosterone. Moreover, Tribulus is found to have a positive effect on the overall health and well-being of men.

L-Carnitine:

As some of you might already be aware, L-carnitine is essential for the normal functioning of sperms. This is found to be playing an important role in the maturation of sperms. In addition, it is also known to provide energy for the metabolic processes involved in the ejaculation. Various clinical studies have shown that L-carnitine helps to increase all the parameters of the health of the sperm. Thus, L-carnitine supplementation would improve your sperm count, morphology, as well as motility.

Antioxidants:

It has been observed that abnormal sperm morphology is often the result of poorly integrated DNA of sperm cells. In this line, if you could supplement your diet with a specific blend of antioxidants, you could improve your sperm health by preventing the DNA damage. An important antioxidant that has been found effective in this regard is the coenzyme-Q10. Remember, if a damaged sperm is fertilizing your partner’s egg, then the embryo is likely to be miscarried. Your antioxidant supplementation would help you in this regard as they would help your body fight against the DNA damage by neutralizing the effects of free radicals.

Nutritional Supplements:

In addition to the above natural remedies, our common nutritional supplements can also help improve the sperm health. As such, zinc has shown to enhance the sperm quality and count. So, zinc supplementation would be of help. Also, folic acid is found to have an important effect as some studies have shown that men with low folic acid levels have lots of sperm DNA defects. So, consider folic acid supplementation. Finally, your vitamin B12 and vitamin C are also known to increase sperm count and quality of sperms in smokers.

Thus, improving the sperm motility, as well as the morphology is naturally possible.

References:

  1. Lenzi, A., Lombardo, F., Sgrò, P., Salacone, P., Caponecchia, L., Dondero, F., & Gandini, L. (2003). Use of carnitine therapy in selected cases of male factor infertility: a double­blind crossover trial. Fertility and sterility, 79(2), 292­300.
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  6. Muller V. (2002). South American Herb Maca as Alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy. Whole World Botanicals Report
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How Can Basal Body Temperature Charting Support Fertility?

The timing of intercourse is very important when it comes to becoming pregnant. By doing so at the right time, you can save your time and energy being spent on trying. Because the timing is important for successful conception, monitoring the days of fertility is also becoming important. If you can find out the days you are more fertile, then you can plan it very well. In this line, one must remember that each and every month, our body would give us the signs that we are ovulating. All we have to do is to identify those.

The Importance of Basal Body Temperature:

As you might be already aware, there are various methods to determine whether you are fertile. One among these is your basal body temperature charting. The method of basal body temperature charting would help determine when you are likely to ovulate. So, how to use this method? Let’s see here now:

While using this method, you will be tracking your body’s basal temperature. In simple terms, the basal body temperature can be defined as the lowest temperature that the body would experience in a 24-hour period. In order to note down your basal body temperature, you need to take the readings when your body is completely idle. This is why it’s advisable to track the basal body temperature immediately after waking up from your sleep.

It’s to be noted here that your basal body temperature will be more or less stable with just some minor fluctuations. While this is the case during all the days of a menstrual cycle, you would see a slight, as well as steady rise in the basal body temperature during the ovulation window. You could see an obvious increase of 0.1 to 1.0 degree during the fertile window. Although this is a minor change, it’s an important sign of ovulation. Therefore, the women who are trying to conceive are recommended to chart down the basal body temperature to determine whether you are ovulating.

Understanding the Changes in Basal Body Temperature:

So, why is there a change in basal body temperature during ovulation? Let’s try to understand this here. During the menstrual cycle, two hormones will reach their peak levels. As such, during the first half of the cycle, estrogen will be at highest levels. If you do not know about estrogen, understand that this would help your ovaries to produce an egg to be released during ovulation. On the other half part of the cycle, the hormone “progesterone” will be at its peak. Note that this hormone will be dominating until it decreases in expectation of your periods.

Now, the theory can be easily explained because estrogen is a cooler hormone, while progesterone is a warmer hormone. Thus, before ovulation, when estrogen is higher, the basal body temperature will be low, whereas, after ovulation, when progesterone is dominant, the basal body temperature will be high.

Thus, tracking your basal body temperature will help determine if you are fertile or not. Although this method has its own set of pros and cons, this is still considered to be one of the common methods to track ovulation.

References:

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/evaluation-of-the-menstrual-cycle-and-timing-of-ovulation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12468181

http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824(02)00288-3/fulltext

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24845657

We always talk about egg quality but what about uterine quality?

Whether you are trying to conceive naturally, undergoing IVF, or considering an egg donor (like my patient I was talking to today), you need a healthy uterus to support the growth and development of an embryo into a child. There are some key things you can look for to determine the health of your uterus.

 

One of major factors that your doctor can test for you is your uterine lining. Optimal thickness of the endometrium is greater than 8mm for implantation. The endometrial lining is primed by healthy estrogen levels through the follicular phase. If the lining of the uterus is not thick enough, there can be multiple factors affecting it.

First, of course, the estrogen’s affect on the uterus to support the development of the endometrium. Beyond that however, the optimal blood flow and nutrients to the uterus are crucial. In my practice we support the uterus with two different treatments: Mercier Therapy and Low Level Laser Therapy. Those are the two most effective treatments that I have found for the uterine health. Also, we want to ensure proper nutrient levels. At our clinic, we like to do that through functional nutritional analysis and support the body to have the nutrients that it needs.

Last but not least, the uterus, implantation, and embryo development are affected by something a little more difficult to analyze– how the immune system affects the uterus. To this affect, there are many expensive tests that can determine which exact immune cells are out of balance in the body (CD+, NK, or T – Cells. But, at our clinic, we prefer to test general immune and auto-immune factors. If any of those are elevated, we really ought to consider finding a resolution for bringing the immune system into balance. First and foremost, that usually involves healing the gut. A non-inflammatory diet may be recommended, in addition to supplements that will support immune balance. Then, we proceed to monitoring the previously out of balance immune cells to see if they have changed. Usually, they will resolve in 2-3 months, which has a promising affect on uterine quality.

The three treatments I have talked about here are crucial to uterine quality:

  1. Mercier Therapy
  2. Low Level Laser Therapy
  3. Immune re-balance through gut healing

I have seen a decrease in miscarriages because of this holistic approach, as well as better implantation and pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF and Egg Donors. If you have had frequent miscarriages, are undergoing another IVF cycle and want to increase your chances for success, or are using an egg donor for your next cycle, I highly suggest calling us first. We can greatly improve your chances within just 6-8 weeks of treatment.