Did you know that it can be just as important for a man to prepare for IVF as it is for a woman? Whether you have low sperm count and/or health, or not does not matter; it is still extremely beneficial for a man to prepare in advance of IVF. When a couple begins the journey to considering IVF, they must have a good reason why this is their best option. It may be fertility struggles with the woman, but this may also be an issue with both partners. If IVF is planned in your future it is important to get testing for sperm count, motility, morphology, hormonal balance, or other fertility concerns prior to giving your sperm for the procedure. It is very important to have healthy sperm because this will be half of the genetic make-up of your future child.
IVF is a very stressful and very expensive procedure. Most couples will only get 1-2 shots at IVF if they can afford it. You will want to be as healthy as possible; this will increase your chances of the procedure being successful. You will not want the guilt or weight of feeling as though you did not do everything possible to give your partner/wife and child the best chance at a healthy life. A man who prepares for IVF alongside his partner/wife is a man who shows he truly cares! A woman who is going in for IVF needs this to help ease her mind that everything is going to be as it should! If you can take care of yourself and prepare for IVF as well, her mind will be more at ease through the procedure.
When to Begin Preparation
The life cycle of sperm, from production to maturation for ejaculation ranges from 42 to 76 days. So to make a plan for increasing fertility and boosting sperm health should be at least 2-3 months prior to giving sperm for IVF. In this time frame sperm are effected by everything you eat and drink, as well as other factors. Lets take a look at three easy steps for IVF preparation.
- 1. Cleanse
Step 1: Cleanse For Healthy Hormone Balance
Begin your preparation for IVF with a Male Fertility Cleanse. Maybe you have heard of our Fertility Cleanse for women, but did you know we also carry one specific for men? You do not have to have male factor infertility to reap the benefits of fertility cleansing for men. It is always best to begin any journey toward conception with a Fertility Cleanse. Our Male Fertility Cleanse supports liver health for proper hormonal balance, healthy liver function and gentle cleansing of environmental toxins and pollutants. The Male Fertility Cleanse is nourishing and alkalizing, while aiding in digestion for the body through Green Renewal Drink supplementation. Hormonal support comes from nourishing herbs for the endocrine system; aiding in proper testosterone levels. The herbal blends also increase circulation to male reproductive system while supporting healthy libido. Detoxifying herbs aid in the removal of heavy metal pollution.
A Note About Male Hormonal Balance: What alters hormonal balance for men? Many of the same things that effect women’s hormonal balance effect men’s as well. These include environmental pollutants that “mimic” estrogens (xenohormones) in the body. These pollutants lower testosterone, which may cause erectile dysfunction, low/lack libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid.
The Male Fertility Cleanse lasts for 30 days. This timing is perfect for a couple to do Fertility Cleansing at the same time! The Male Fertility Cleanse would be best done in Month 1 of the preparation for IVF.
Simple Ways to Keep Hormones Balanced Daily:
- 1. Avoid eating and drinking out of Plastic containers, foods wrapped in plastic that you heat in the microwave. This includes Teflon coated pans. Plastic is a known xenohormone, that when heated leaches into the food or liquid you consume. If you store your food in plastic, do not heat it in the microwave.
2. Eat Organic! The pesticides found on conventional produce and synthetic hormones added to dairy and meat have a HUGE effect on men’s hormonal balance. Pesticides mimic estrogens in the body while the added hormones to meat and dairy are actual hormones (like estrogen) you do not want in your system.
3. Avoid Soy Foods. Soy contains phytoestrogens that can mimic estrogen and block hormone receptor sites in the body. Soy foods can actually increase estrogen in men. This includes soy milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, tempeh, ect. Soy is often found in many processed foods as well, such as prepackaged breads, cookies, cakes, salad dressing, vegetable oil and the list goes on. This is mainly because these foods are made with soy oil. Be sure to read the labels of the foods you are purchasing and avoid soy when possible.
4. Avoid Alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption in general has been found to damage the quality of the sperm health. If the egg is fertilized by a sperm that is unhealthy, malformed or has damaged DNA, it may cause miscarriage, or worse; birth defects and/or long term health problems for your child. If you drink beer made with hops, studies have shown that hops may increase estrogen levels in the body as well.
5. Consume fertility superfoods daily! Fertility superfoods are one of the easiest ways to boost overall nutrition, improve libido and maintain hormonal balance.
Step 2: Nourish Your Body
Good Nutritional Habits are the Foundation for Healthy Sperm
Eat a Fertility Diet specific to Male Fertility and Sperm Health
Diet and exercise are the foundation for health. Every cell in your body is made up from foods you consume, this includes your genetic make-up; DNA. Eating well is the best habit you can create when preparing for IVF. If you are unsure of where to begin changing your diet, talk to your wife/partner about joining the 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge. This diet challenge will help you to learn healthy eating tips, about fertility superfoods, the importance of drinking water, as well as offer support and guidance when needed. Over 4,500 people to date have joined! The great thing about eating a whole food, nutrient rich male fertility diet is that you can do this with your partner, because many of the foods in our woman’s fertility diet are the same for both of you!
Take a Multivitamin
A whole food multivitamin specific for men will help you to get essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that may be lacking in your diet. Whole food multivitamins are easily absorbed and digested.
Be sure to drink 8 glasses of clean filtered water a day.
Protect your Fertility with Antioxidants
Learn the benefits of Antioxidants! One of the best ways to protect the DNA in your sperm is by taking a complete antioxidant formula. Antioxidants help to protect DNA from being altered by free radicals, reducing chances of miscarriage, birth defects, and developmental problems in your future child. They also help to improve sperm motility, percent of live sperm, and the percent of normal spermatozoa, which may increase chances of conception and a successful IVF.
Try Fertility Superfood Maca
Maca is one of the best nourishing foods for the endocrine system, aiding in hormonal balance. It may help to increase seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculation, and sperm motility. Maca also aids the body in times of stress, promoting healthy stress and immune response.
Step 3: Nuture Yourself and Your Partner
Most of the focus is usually on the woman when it comes to IVF. This is for good reason, as it has already been determined she has fertility issues of her own. This can leave the male partner not only feeling left out, but also actually being left out of some of the important considerations to be made prior to giving a sperm sample. Many men can feel out-of-sorts, stress, worry or have feelings of resentment surrounding IVF. IVF can leave many men and women vulnerable to depression. Not only is it important for the woman to care for herself mentally and emotionally, it is for the man as well. Along with Step 1&2 be sure you are also nurturing yourself. It may seem odd to combine the words nurture and man, but nurturing yourself increases your chance for healthy sperm, and a healthy mind through your upcoming IVF procedure.
Get up and get moving! Exercise is one of the best ways to naturally detoxify the body, reduce depression and relieve stress. Exercise at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes a day. Want to combine an exercise routine that is proven to lower stress levels? Learn about Fertility Yoga. Fertility Yoga is a great practice that both you and your partner can do together!
Recent research tells us that stress boosts levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, which inhibits the body’s main sex hormones GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) and subsequently reduces sexual activity and sperm count. IVF can be one of the most stressful scenarios in a couples relationship. Fertility Yoga, acupuncture, regular exercise and meditation are great ways to reduce stress and keep hormones balanced.
Consider talking to a counselor with or without your partner. This may help you to make a stress management plan, get your feelings out and help you to have a clear vision of health.
What if I Already Know I Have Male Factor Infertility?
If you already know you have low sperm count, or poor sperm quality, or a combination you may want to learn about more supportive herbs and supplements for sperm health.
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Do you have more questions on why it is important for men to prepare for IVF? Please let us know! May you have a successful IVF and go on to have healthy, happy children!