A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Low Sperm Count
I had a question the other day about low sperm count.
Although some people still think of fertility as a woman’s problem, a third of all cases of infertility involve problems solely with the male.
Infertility in a man may be the only reason a couple can’t conceive, or it may simply add to the difficulties caused by infertility in the woman.
So it’s important men get tested for fertility as well as women.
It’s also important men do it early.
Though some guys may want to put off being tested — possibly to avoid embarrassment — early testing can spare their partners a great deal of unnecessary discomfort and expense.
It’s also a good way to quickly narrow down potential problems.
The most common cause of male infertility is low sperm count.
Absence of sperm in the semen is less common, affecting only 1% of all men and 10% to 15% of infertile men.
Causes of sperm count problems include:
>Hormonal problems in the testicles or pituitary gland. The pituitary gland releases hormones that stimulate the testicles to produce testosterone.
>Testicular injury or failure, either present at birth or associated with radiation or toxic chemical exposure.
>Cancer treatment with certain kinds of chemotherapy or radiation.
>Antibodies that attack sperm and also may be present in semen. Sperm antibodies sometimes develop when a man’s sperm has been exposed to his immune system (outside of the testicles). This may happen after a vasectomy, an infection, or an injury to the testicles.
>Drug use (some prescription medications, marijuana and tobacco use).
>Structural problems. These include a varicocele in the testicles, blocked ejaculation due to a surgical vasectomy, absence of a vas deferens (a birth defect that may be associated with the cystic fibrosis genes), retrograde ejaculation (the ejaculation of semen into the bladder rather than out through the penis).
>Chromosomal problems (such as Klinefelter syndrome).
To deal with low sperm count it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Review my post on candida.
*Increase exercise, relaxation techniques.
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing.
*Consume plenty of fresh, raw, unroasted pumpkin seeds.
*Increase fiber intake.
*Ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Decrease toxic exposures (food and environmental).
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, artificial sweeteners.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Consider a hair analysis for heavy metal testing.
*Wear boxers rather than tight briefs.
*Avoid hot tubs.
*Do not carry a cell phone in your pants pocket.