Tips for Healthy Sperm

For the males, your fertility matters too!

Males may experience infertility either due to a problem producing sperm of good quality or a problem with delivery of the sperm to the egg.

Sperm parameters-

Did you know that sperm health depends on various factors, including quantity, movement and structure:

Quantity:

  • Males are most likely to be fertile if their ejaculate (the semen discharged in a single ejaculation) contains at least 15 million sperm per millilitre. Too little sperm in an ejaculate may make it difficult for conceiving to occur because there are fewer sperm available to fertilize the egg.

Movement:

  • To reach and fertilize an egg, sperm must be able to move. The sperm has to wriggle and swim through a woman's cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes. I mean that’s a long way for tiny sperm to travel. This is known as motility. You're most likely to be fertile if at least 40 percent of your sperm are moving.

Structure (morphology)

  • Normal sperm have oval heads and long tails, which work together to propel them forward. While not as important a factor as sperm quantity or movement, the more sperm you have with a normal shape and structure, the more likely you are to be fertile.

So, you might be thinking how can I improve my sperm quality? Well you can take simple steps to increase your chances of producing healthy sperm.

Fertile You Sperm Quality Tips:

Maintain a healthy weight:

  • Research suggests that increasing BMI is linked with decreasing sperm count and sperm movement.

Eat a healthy diet

  • Choose plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants - and might help improve sperm health.

Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

  • Sexually transmitted infections - such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea - are a cause of infertility for men. To protect yourself, limit your number of sexual partners and use a condom each time you have sex - or stay in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who isn't infected.

Manage stress:

  • Stress can decrease sexual function and interfere with the hormones needed to produce sperm.

Get moving

  • Moderate physical activity can increase levels of powerful antioxidant enzymes, which can help protect sperm.

But wait! There’s more...

Environment and Medication Can Affect Sperm Quality Too

Sperm can be especially vulnerable to environmental factors, such as exposure to excessive heat or toxic chemicals.

Tips on how to protect your sperm friends:

Cut smoking, especially when trying to conceive:

  • Men who smoke cigarettes are more likely to have low sperm counts. Smoking can also decrease sperm movement and cause sperm to be misshapen.

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink:

  • Heavy drinking can lead to reduced testosterone production, impotence and decreased sperm production. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.

Avoid lubricants during sex:

  • While further research is needed on the effects of lubricants on fertility, consider avoiding lubricants during intercourse. If necessary, consider using a fertility friendly lubricant, such as Pre-Seed.

Talk to your health care provider about medications.

  • Calcium channel blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, anti-androgens and other medications can contribute to fertility issues. Anabolic steroids can have the same effect.

Cancer treatment:

  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer can impair sperm production and cause infertility that might be permanent. Ask your doctor about the impact on your fertility - or the possibility of retrieving and storing sperm before treatment.

Watch out for toxins

  • Exposure to pesticides, lead and other toxins can affect sperm quantity and quality. If you must work with toxins, do so safely. For example: wear protective clothing and equipment, and avoid skin contact with chemicals.

Stay cool

  • Increased scrotal temperature can hamper sperm production. Although the benefits have not been fully proven, wearing loose-fitting underwear, reducing the time you spend sitting, avoiding saunas and hot tubs, and limiting scrotum exposure to warm objects, such as a laptop, might enhance sperm quality.


The future if fertile for our fertile you male friends, don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about you! We are currently developing new & exciting products that will help support male fertility & encourage healthy sperm quality. Stay tuned.