Myth-busting; Fertility is always related to women!
Becoming a father was never considered a challenge. In today’s world, it is still hard to admit that infertility affects both men and women equally. The incidence of male infertility is increasing, and it is common in cities where people are exposed to stressful lifestyles.
Many male factor infertility problems go undiagnosed and untreated for a variety of reasons, such as the misconception that infertility only is a woman’s problem.
After the age of the woman, the male infertility factor is the second most common reason why a couple may have difficulty conceiving. According to research, one in five healthy young men between the ages 18 and 25 have abnormal sperm numbers.
The most effective way to assess a man’s fertility is through a male fertility test, Semen Analysis. For this reason, Team Miracle recommends a simple semen analysis as one of the first tests an infertile couple should have. Not only is semen analysis affordable, but it also provides important information that can help the fertility professional better assess the case and recommend an appropriate course of action.
That said, the good news is that male infertility is no longer an unsolved riddle. With the improvements in reproductive medicine, male infertility can be treated in the majority of cases with remarkable results at the Cyprus IVF Centre.
What Causes of Male Infertility?
A man’s fertility generally depends on the quantity and quality of sperm.
The main causes of male infertility include low sperm production, hormonal problems, abnormal sperm function, sexual problems (erection and ejaculation problems), blockage of sperm transport or sperm antibodies. While these problems are sometimes the result of underlying health issues, certain lifestyle habits can affect a man’s fertility, such as wearing tight or restrictive underwear or smoking tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.
What is the treatment of male factor infertility?
There are many ways to treat male infertility at the Cyprus IVF Centre, depending on the cause of the problem.
Fortunately, the most common causes of male factor infertility are easily diagnosed and can be treated with some lifestyle changes, if necessary, fertility treatment such as IVF with:
- Intracytoplasmic Morphologically-Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI)
- Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (PESA)
- Micro-epididymal Sperm Aspiration (MESA)
What to do to have better quality sperm?
Many things can help boost fertility and affect your sperm count, but what runs for you depends on the cause of your fertility issues. There are some actions you can take that may improve your sperm count and boost your chances of conceiving. Eating well, quitting smoking and exercising are all lifestyle changes you can make to grow your general health and boost your fertility.
Some Natural Ways to Boost Male Fertility and Increase Sperm Count
Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight
Exercising regularly can boost testosterone levels and improve fertility besides being good for your overall health.
Fat accumulation in the body can decrease testosterone levels and reduce sexual performance and libido. Also being overweight can lead to various health concerns like cardiovascular issues, diabetes and even low sperm count. So, exercise and healthy eating habits to lose weight and improve your sperm count.
Get enough zinc
Getting enough zinc is one of the foundations of male fertility and acts a huge part in the reproduction of sperm cells.
Foods such as meat, eggs, barley, fish, beans, and shellfish are rich in zinc and should be incorporated into your diet to have a higher sperm count. The deficiency of zinc can even lead to a reduction in sperm motility, decreasing fertility.
Maca root is a great plant food that increases sperm counts and fertility. You can consume this herb as a supplement to have an improved quantity of semen as well and also maintain sperms of healthier motility.
Take more antioxidants rich foods
Antioxidants help in reducing the amount of free radicals within the body. These free radicals can induce inflammation, which in turn can lead to several problems and diseases. Increasing the number of antioxidant foods in the diet can improve sperm count.
Things to remember
Myth: Fertility is always related to women.
Fact: Men can be affected by infertility just as much as women!
So the next time you hear someone say infertility is a woman’s issue, you can bust that myth!
Team Miracle works continuously towards granting your wish to start a happy family. At Cyprus IVF Centre, you will not only find leading medical professionals, cutting edge technologies and state-of-the-art facilities but also friendly people that are by your side from day one and onwards, even after you are holding your little miracle in your arms!