Male infertility treatment has advanced a great deal over the last decade. Procedures such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), PESA (percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration) and microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA) have helped many couples struggling with fertility issues, and have provided them a way of conceiving a child they might not otherwise have had. However, there are other male infertility treatments that can be used in conjunction with surgical procedures to aid in insuring a successful outcome of a couple’s attempt at conception.
It may sound like a broken record, but the production of healthy sperm relies on the proper diet. A food plan that includes natural foods, whole grains and lean meats promotes health sperm with good motility. Eliminating processed foods, such as flour and sugar, has been shown to contribute to good sperm health, as does eliminating alcohol, caffeine and saturated fats. Research has indicated eating ¼ to ½ cup of pumpkin seeds per day provides necessary zinc and essential fatty acids to help men produce strong sperm. Increasing water intake can also help with sperm motility, and these changes can augment the efforts of other male infertility treatments without interfering with the surgical process.
Some experts contend it is difficult, if not impossible, to receive all the vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy sperm production from diet alone. Therefore, daily supplements are suggested for men undergoing male infertility treatment. To increase sperm count, supplements such as vitamin B12, arginine and CoEnzyme Q10 are believed to help. Sperm motility can be improved with supplements such as selenium. Flaxseed oil provides essential fatty acids for sperm production, while L-cartinine, zinc and vitamin E contribute to sperm function and health. A multi-vitamin is also recommended. Men undergoing male infertility treatment should consult with their health care specialist to discuss what supplements are best for them.
Although many herbs have not been subject to strict scientific study, there is much anecdotal evidence to support the theory that certain herbs are safe and effective to use in conjunction to standard male infertility treatment. Herbs such as ginseng, astragalus, sarsaparilla, and saw palmetto are believed to promoted a healthy male reproductive system and healthy sperm production. Note that the use of these herbs should be discussed with a health care specialist before implementation into a man’s daily routine.
Although male infertility treatment has come a long way over the years, without healthy and motile sperm, most treatments will be unsuccessful. In order to insure successful conception, no avenue should be overlooked. Simple changes in diet and proper supplementation can substantially increase the odds of conceiving a baby without interfering with other necessary male infertility treatment.