Sperm Matters

It takes two to make a baby and the quality of the sperm matters in fertility. Current tests for sperm are very basic. They cannot test for the quality of the sperm or the DNA present inside. Below are simple yet effective ways to improve the quality of your sperm.

Good quality men’s vitamin containing:
Vit C
Vit E
Co-Enzyme Q10 in the form of ubiquitol. Around 200mg/day
Vit B12
As in most things quality counts. Taking the cheapest supplements you can find ( Jamison, Centrum and Kirkland etc) is kind of pointless and defeats the purpose. Spend a bit more and get a quality supplement. You’ll be able to feel the difference.

Eat a balanced diet with lots of colourful fruits and vegetables. Diet is the cornerstone of good health in many ways so it’s not surprising that it affects sperm. As a side note- I have noticed in my practice a link between excessive hot sauce use and morphology issues!

Reduce exposure to toxins which has been shown to damage DNA in both eggs and sperm
eg: Phalates- found in cologne and perfume, laundry detergent, air freshener, flexible plastic, shampoos, shaving cream, deodorant. Its best to look for products that are phlalate free.
BPA- found in canned food and reusable plastic. This has been shown to effect motility, lower count and cause DNA damage.

Reduce alcohol consumption.

Cell phone exposure- do not keep your phone in your pocket!

Stay cool where it counts! This includes boxers not briefs and avoiding hot showers or baths where you are exposed for prolonged periods of time.