Men’s health is an important part of the fertility equation. If you have been trying to conceive for more than six months we recommend asking your doctor for a semen analysis and addressing your health and wellbeing.
It is generally accepted that the following factors may affect sperm health:
- Health & lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive drinking, drugs including steroids and recreational use, and a high Body Mass Index
- Past medical conditions such as an undescended testes, hernia, STD or severe trauma.
- Acute viral illness may also temporarily affect sperm health.
Even if you have been told your sperm is OK, it is worth taking a second to think about what this actually means. Current WHO values for healthy sperm and for 10 years ago are as follows:A few generations ago, in the 1940s, the average sperm count was 113 million per ml, with a higher percentage of motility and morphology. By 1990, the average sperm count had dropped to 66 million.
Average Sperm Count Over Time
This sharp decline in sperm quantity and quality has been linked to increased exposure to environmental chemical (such as pesticides), food additives (such as m.s.g), recreational drugs (alcohol, smoking, etc) and pharmaceuticals (such as antibiotics).
Whether you have been diagnosed with male factor infertility or have super swimmers and wish support your partner, we recommend giving us a bell to see how we can help you.