A Holistic Approach to Male Fertility Issues

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Many men experience male fertility issues that prevent them from expanding their families. It’s natural to think that fertility problems are usually with the female, but it may surprise you to learn that up to half of couples who try to conceive fail due to male infertility. Why is it happening to you, and what’s the solution? Our male fertility specialists hope you find the following information helpful.

Male factor infertility may be linked to many things including alcohol or tobacco use, obesity, stress, depression, infections, toxin exposure, hormonal imbalances, radiation exposure, varicocele, hepatic cirrhosis, and more. Low sperm count is far more common than you might think.

Proper nutrition plays a key role in male fertility and sperm health. From the foods you eat to supplements and herbs, what you put into your body will affect sperm health two to three months from now. Herbs and nutritional supplements encourage sperm production and improved motility. Antioxidants, B vitamins, amino acids, and herbal formulas tailored to your unique needs are essential for treating male infertility.

Hormonal imbalances are common in men and may interfere with semen production. Testosterone is the primary male hormone, however men can also have excess estrogen which is a female hormone. Indications you may have a hormonal imbalance include reduced sex drive, reduced growth of body hair, and erectile dysfunction (ED.)

So, what’s a man to do? Male factor infertility isn’t something you simply have to live with. While male factor fertility doctors may prescribe Clomid or other medications there are more natural, non-invasive ways to deal with low sperm count and other issues that impact the chances of conceiving a baby. You are in control to a much greater level than you think!

First, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. A healthy body is important for proper functioning of all organs and systems including the male reproductive system. Zinc, B vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, L-arginine, and herbs such as ginseng and astragalus can encourage sperm production while protecting sperm cells from damage. Incorporate more shellfish, nuts, beans, whole grains, leafy greens, fruits, dairy products, plant-based oils, chicken, beef, and fish into your diet. Limiting your intake of soy and alcohol is also important.

Make good lifestyle choices. If you do consume alcohol, do so in moderation. Two drinks per day at the most is advised by the CDC, but even less is great for men with fertility issues. If you smoke, try to quit – it really is mind over matter, but we know it’s hard to break an addictive habit. Don’t take potentially harmful drugs, and lose weight if you’re carrying a few extra pounds. De-stress by practicing meditation, deep breathing, or exercising. You would be surprised at how much better you feel physically and mentally by taking a walk or doing some other type of exercise for just 20 minutes each day. Your brain releases those “feel good” hormones otherwise known as endorphins.

Consider the benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture is well-known for its ability to relieve stress and promote relaxation. The stress hormone cortisol reduces sperm production, so stress reduction is essential. What you may not know is that this ancient Chinese practice also works to balance hormones and promote blood flow to nourish all of the cells, tissues, and organs in your body. Acupuncture and herbal medicine is a powerful combination that coaxes your entire being into a state of balance and health. Acupuncture facilitates hormone metabolism, improves organ function, and bolsters proper hormone signaling. If you’re serious about boosting sperm count and quality, you will want to schedule an appointment with our male fertility specialists.

The stress and anxiety many men feel under pressure to perform is a common problem can also result in ED. You may not feel that romantic intimacy when it seems that sex is a scheduled chore to mark off your “to-do” list. As a sex coach, I can help you deal with and conquer these issues.

Are you ready to take your fertility problems into your own hands? If you are in the Santa Monica or West Los Angeles area we encourage you to give a holistic approach a try; you won’t be disappointed!