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Simple Tips to Increase Male Fertility

sperm-donation-bankYou can increase male fertility simply by adopting a healthy lifestyle routine. Taking on too much stress can reduce a man’s sexual desire and impair a couple’s chances of pregnancy. About one in three cases of infertility is due to a male-factor such as:

  • Low sperm count
  • Low sperm production
  • Abnormal sperm function – motility
  • Blockages

Lifestyle Tips to Increase Male Fertility

  • Exercise and be active regularly – Exercise will increase your testosterone level and improve your sexual performance.
  • Vitamin C Supplementation – Antioxidants are known to counter the harmful effects of oxidative stress. Studies have shown that Vitamin C improves sperm count and motility.
  • Vitamin D Supplementation – Men deficient in Vitamin D are found to have lower testosterone levels. Vitamin D may also increase sperm motility.
  • Avoid taking on more stress – Prolonged stress can raise cortisol levels and may decrease your testosterone level. Too much stress also reduces your sexual desire, performance, and satisfaction.

Other Helpful Tips to Increase Your Male Fertility

  • Cease testosterone therapy
  • Cease smoking
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Get better quality sleep
  • Maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Meditate regularly
  • Try acupuncture

A Semen Analysis

A computer assisted semen analysis is a simple – yet sophisticated – diagnostic test used to judge a man’s sperm quality and quantity.

  • Sperm Concentration is the number of sperm in the ejaculate
  • Sperm Motility is the percentage of sperm moving and the qualities of movement, such as speed and straightness
  • Sperm Morphology is the percentage of sperm having a normal appearance in size and shape

Optimum Sperm Quality is Important

A man’s sperm quality is critical – even if his sperm count lab results fall within a normal range.

  • Morphology
  • Motility
  • Forward progression
  • Semen volume
  • Liquefaction time

ICSI in Conjunction with IVF

A very effective treatment for male-factor infertility is IVF using the intricate fertilization procedure known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). A single sperm is injected directly into an egg using ICSI technology. ICSI is an enhanced egg fertilization method that can be implemented using either the known male partner’s sperm or donor sperm.

ICSI Enhances Egg Fertilization

ICSI is used during IVF to individually fertilize each egg for optimal results. ICSI maximizes the rate of fertilization and lessens the chances of the sperm not being able to penetrate the wall of the egg.

  • After the semen sample has been prepared, a single sperm is picked up into a tiny glass pipette under the guidance of a microscope
  • The sperm is injected directly into an egg by passing the pipette through the surface of the egg
  • The sperm cell is released into the egg and the pipette is withdrawn
  • Simultaneously, a second polar body is released from the egg

Customized IVF Protocols

Male Fertility Expertise

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the research and clinical experience required to design the best male-factor fertility treatment plan for you. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.

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