Infertility affects many couples and either party can be the culprit. In men, low sperm count, poor sperm motility and changes in hormone levels are some of the main causes for infertility.
Sperm counts have been declining since 1940. A review study showed they had decreased 42% when compared between 1940 and 1990. Over those 50 years, environmental toxicity has increased and in the last 24 years since the conclusion of the study, there has been very little effort to decrease their use. Toxins such as increased estrogen exposure, phthalates, pesticides and PCB’s can all disrupt hormone function. Premature sperm cells are very susceptible to oxidative stress and their function is dramatically reduced under those conditions.
For couples hoping to conceive, there are things that can help you achieve this. Here are our top choices.
1) Zinc supplementation – helps promote increased sperm count and motility.
2) Clean diet – remove exposure to environmental toxins by eating whole, organic foods. Avoid foods that contain trans fat, brominated vegetable oil, and your food allergies (consider testing to find out what is affecting you).
3) Antioxidant support and supplementation – Substances like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, B Vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids. These all help contribute to healthy sperm counts and motility.
By undergoing testing for food allergies, thyroid and testosterone hormone levels, dietary interventions and stress management options, you and your Naturopathic Doctor can devise a plan to give you and your partner a greater chance of conception.