Super sperm… the winner takes it all
One sperm is all it takes to fertilise the women’s egg. It is a race, only the fastest swimmer (motility) with the best shape (morphology) gets to penetrate the outside layer of the egg declaring it the champion.
Male fertility is under increasing threat with studies supporting a sharp decline in number and quality of sperm over the past two decades. The proportion of normally formed sperm has declined by about a third, being described as being ‘poor swimmers, misshapen and ineffective’.
Why so many, when we only need one to do the job?
Creating a hard-fought contest is nature’s way of ensuring survival of the fittest. Each ejaculate produces around 100 million sperm. The sperm need to navigate the vagina, through the fallopian tube and be there, ready and waiting for the ovulated egg. Many sperm can survive for up to five days, but it is best to count on two days. Ramping up sexual activity two days prior to ovulation is being ready and prepared.
Why the demise of healthy sperm?
Like many other examples in nature, humans are under threat of our less than healthy environment. In fact, modern food contains herbicides, pesticides and fungicides unless it is organically grown. It is of a much poorer quality than the diet our grandparents consumed - it’s increasingly processed, nutrient-depleted and sugar-laden. Did you know that conventional broccoli has 33 pesticide residues – 5 are carcinogens, 6 are neurotoxins, 15 disrupt hormones?
Other contributing factors include:
Endocrine/hormone disruptors -think plastics, phthalates
Stress - physical, mental, emotional
EMF ‘s – electro- magnetic frequencies
Rising rate of prescription drugs
Creating champion sperm
What greater gift to your child than undertaking preconception-care and preparation? Allow 3-4 months to grow quality sperm. Spermatogenesis takes around 3 months from the get- go. What you choose to do in this timeframe will impact quality of form and movement and greatly increase sperm numbers.
Eat real food
Tend to relationships
De stress - yes, you can change or adjust how you live and work
Green-up your environment, exchange commercial personal- care and cleaning products and make your own using essential oils and base products like vinegar and bi carb soda.
Ditch any products containing fragrances (endocrine disruptors)
Get that laptop off your lap
More sex and more ejaculation… prolonged abstinences decrease sperm quality and can lead to oxidative stress reducing quality of sperm
In the event of a conception being difficult to achieve, an investigation will assess number, morphology and motility. Know that the situation can dramatically change over the course of a few months. Prior to each assessment be sure that you are well and in good form. Even a recent stressful event prior to collection can impact the sperm result.
Nutritional support can help
DHA omega 3 fish oils and cod liver oil (flavoured), wild salmon can improve sperm morphology and motility
Vitamin C can improve sperm quality and protect against DNA damage
Zinc and folinic acid increases sperm volume