Reader Kevin P. writes:
My wife and I have been trying to get pregnant for 2.5 years. Last month we went to a clinic and got full workups. Not great news. My semen analysis results came back at 30 million which is almost considered low sperm count but just above the cutoff. I’m going back for additional tests but I was wonering if you have any tips for producing more sperm. Are there supplements or foods I should be taking to make more sperm? It just seems like going through all the trouble of getting medical treatments could be avoided if I could just make more of what I’m already making naturally as a guy.
Kevin, I’m sorry to hear about your fertility problem. You should know that male factor infertility accounts for at least 40 percent of infertility cases. The good news is that you don’t suffer from azoospermia, the condition of having no measurable number of sperm in your ejaculate. It sounds like you’re on the right track by seeing a fertility specialist.
There are several sperm supplements to help men produce more sperm and improve sperm motility and quality, including:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B-12
- Asian ginseng
Keep in mind that increasing your sperm production shouldn’t be your only goal. You also want to increase the quality, motility, and function of your sperm.
Here are some more tips on increasing sperm quality, motility, and function
- Take L-arginine and L-carnitine supplements. Preliminary research indicates that these supplements may help improve sperm quality.
- Increase how frequently you have sex. Increasing the frequency of sex may increase your sperm count.
- Use lubricants your doctor recommends. Some popular lubricants such as Astroglide, K-Y jelly, and saliva have been shown to reduce sperm mobility, which decreases your chances of conceiving.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes. Smoking has been linked to sperm abnormalities.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation. Alcohol has been shown to lower your sperm concentration and sperm quality, so keep your drinking to one or two servings a week.
- Don’t smoke marijuana. Smoking pot has been linked to abnormal sperm function
- Get regular exercise and eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits. Obesity is shown to lower men’s sperm count.
- Avoid getting overheated in your groin area. Heat has been shown to reduce men’s sperm count, so avoid cycling and switch to boxers while you’re trying to conceive.
Unfortunately there is no magic pill to cure your fertility problems, but doing these things should help boost your chances of conceiving a child. Good luck getting pregnant!
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