When nature is saying no
The heartache of trying to conceive is so overwhelming deep.
Month after month, when your period comes, you are grieving the child that has not yet come. Will it ever happen? Why can’t you conceive when your friends so easily can? It takes two to conceive a baby yet why is all the focus on you, the woman? Male infertility is a factor in fertility issues and male fertility is declining at an alarming rate.
The sperm factor
There is so much focus on eggs. We are constantly reminded that our eggs have an expiry date; that we are born with them, and only have a finite number. Do you think that nothing can be done about the quality of your eggs? That question is for another discussion. Here we are talking about sperm.
What about the quality of his sperm? Since the 1980’s the World Health Organisation has been publishing recommended levels of sperm quality needed to conceive a baby. In the 1980’s it was considered 80% of the sperm ejaculated needed to be normal to have a baby. Normal sperm is defined as 1 head and 1 tail. Since then the quality of sperm has been drastically reduced and good sperm is now considered containing only 4% of normal sperm. I wonder how that impacts on your ability to conceive. Yet why is all the emphasis on the health of your eggs?
It takes 2 to have a baby
There needs to be more emphasis on the fact it takes 2 to make a baby and when this is not happening to wonder why nature is saying no.
Nature is saying no because something is not functioning well. In men, if their sperm is too hot, it can affect its quality and quantity. If he is sitting down all day, wearing tight underpants or clothing it can affect the quality of his sperm. It could be being sick, being stressed. There are a number of factors that can affect quality of sperm. It takes 90 days for sperm quality to change, and men also have a responsibility to focus on their health to improve his sperm. And this doesn’t mean just taking a supplement.
Sperm quality does not equate to manhood
Why are men so reluctant to have a sperm test? Perhaps there is an underlying view that they are not man enough if they have poor quality sperm. However poor quality sperm is a health issue. There are conditions where men are unable to have children. Where they do not have any sperm. However the majority of cases sperm quality and quantity can be improved by focusing on better health and lifestyle choices.
Steps towards improving health
- Sleeping well
- Good digestive function
- Healthy diet
- Stress management
Steps for improving sperm quality and quantity
- Eat pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
- Take Vit C and zinc supplements
- Decreasing the amount of chemicals in the household – this includes cleaning products and personal care products
Taking further steps for sperm quality and quantity
Sperm quality and quantity is a health issue. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs along with diet and lifestyle advice is a good place to start. You can book an appointment here. Ensure to bring in a recent sperm test results to the initial consultation.
When treating sperm quality and quantity, Chinese medical diagnosis takes the whole picture into consideration. This includes constitution, health history, lifestyle, emotional and physical health. The body is a like a machine that works together, like an engine in a car. All areas need to be functioning well for it to run smoothly. Create a healthy vehicle and we should have healthy sperm. Fix what is not working, add the right ingredients and stop what is causing problems. It takes dedication and perseverance. It may take changes to your lifestyle. However the thing to remember is the plan is to make a child. You will be creating its vehicle that it will spend its life in. And you want to give it the best possible start to its life.