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Increasing Low Sperm Count and Improving Male Fertility…

Increasing Low Sperm Count and Improving Male Fertility…

Low sperm count and infertility in men is more prevalent than most couples think. People tend to think that if a woman is not getting pregnant the fertility issue must be with the woman, but that is not necessarily always the case. There is an equal chance that male factor infertility can be the cause of a couple’s difficulty in achieving pregnancy. In fact, 40% of infertile couples find male infertility or male fertility-health problem contributes to their inability to conceive naturally, according to the University of Utah Health Science Center. While women have many tests to try to find out the cause of infertility, men have only a couple, the sperm analysis being the easiest. In this article we’ll be discussing the different causes of low sperm count, diet and nutrients needed for healthy male fertility, different herbs commonly used for male fertility and sperm health, and natural therapies like male fertility cleansing.

Getting Tested

If you have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year, make sure that both of you go and get infertility testing. There are at-home sperm count tests available in stores, or you can have a complete semen analysis performed at your doctor’s office.

The results of a good test would be a sperm count of 15 million or more sperm with healthy motility and morphology. Suboptimal levels are less than 15 million sperm. According to Resolve, the National Infertility Association, “Counts below 10 million are considered poor; counts of 20 million or more may be fine if motility and morphology are normal.” If you find that your sperm levels are low or are having issues with mobility, motility or morphology, this article will share with you some natural therapies you can use to help improve sperm count and health.

Note: While most doctors still hope to see 20 million sperm/mL in a semen sample, in 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) revised lower reference limits for human semen characteristics, determining that sperm concentrations in healthy men at 15 million spermatozoa/mL are adequate. (Journal of human reproductive sciences)

Causes of Low Sperm Count

Natural ways to increase sperm healthThere are many potential causes of low sperm count (oligospermia) and male infertility, fortunately many of them we have control over by reducing exposure to them.

Here is a list of the top culprits:

  • EMF’s – Electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) have been shown through studies to lower sperm count due to the heating of the testicles from the EMF’s. Do not keep your cell phone in your pocket and do not place your laptop computer on your lap.
  • Radio frequency electromagnetic waves (RF-EMW) – A study performed in 2011 (Fertlilty and Sterility) showed that RF-EMWs emitted from devices connected to Wi-Fi (wireless internet) decrease sperm motility, while increasing sperm DNA fragmentation. Men should avoid using laptop computers running on a Wi-Fi connection directly on their lap. In addition, be sure to avoid carrying a smart phone in your front pocket.
  • Cigarette smoking – Smoking damages the sperm. Period. The good news is the damage done from smoking can be reversed… As long as you quit smoking.
  • Pesticides and hormones in foods – The pesticides found on produce and the hormones added to dairy and meat have a HUGE effect on a man’s hormonal balance. Pesticides mimic estrogens in the body while the added hormones in meat and dairy are actual hormones (like estrogen) you do not want in your system.
  • Soy foods – Highly processed soy foods (soy milk, TVP, soy burgers, etc.) contain concentrated amounts of isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen shown to block estrogen receptor sites that are needed for testosterone.
  • Alcohol– Rat and human studies alike have proven that alcohol has a harmful effect on both male hormonal balance, interfering with luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) secretion, and testicular function, interfering sperm formation and maturation. Researchers in the Asian Journal of Andrology note many of these studies, one being a 1973 study about which they say, “In a historical study performed on 685 men who drank alcohol (beer and wine) systematically in a 30- to 60-min period,16 a delayed seminal fluid liquefaction was found associated with low sperm motility. The authors speculated that the asthenozoospermia of these patients was secondary to inflammatory or irritative prostatitis due to the excessive alcohol intake.”
  • Plastics – When plastics are heated, they release xenohormones which mimic estrogen in the body.
  • Hyperthermia (overheating) – The testicles need to keep the sperm at a healthy temperature (which is less than the body’s temperature). It is thought that this may be in part why the male reproductive organs are external. Heat is known to damage sperm, so it may be best to avoid repeated exposure to activities that may elevate the temperature of the testicles. Examples are frequent use of saunas or hot tubs. In addition, tight underwear like briefs can keep the testicles from being able to hang and regulate their temperature. Boxers could be an alternative to briefs.
  • Stress – Stress can have a big impact on hormone balance which can in turn have an effect on sperm production.

Additional factors according to the Mayo Clinic could be:

  • having a pre-existing genetic condition
  • severe mumps infection after puberty
  • Anti-sperm antibodies
  • hormone disorders
  • a blockage caused by a previous infection
  • injury to the groin area or hernia repairs


Diet & Nutrients for Healthy Male Fertility

Diet has a big impact on sperm health and male fertility. What you are eating today is impacting the sperm that will be swimming 3 months from now.

“One production cycle, from spermatogonia through formed sperm, takes approximately 64 days. A new cycle starts approximately every 16 days, although this timing is not synchronous across the seminiferous tubules [where formed sperm are released into the duct system of the testis].” (BC Open Textbooks Anatomy and Physiology). Other study findings show a range of 42 to 76 days from the time of sperm production to ejaculation in healthy men.

The changes that you make today are impacting the sperm you will be using two to three months from now. This means that it will take about 2-3 months for diet, herbs and supplements to have an effect on sperm health.

Here are the nutrients specifically needed for a male fertility diet; they should be added to the diet as well as supplemented:

    In men, zinc is considered one of the most important trace minerals for fertility; increasing zinc levels in infertile men has been shown to boost sperm levels, improve the form, function, and quality of the sperm, thus decreasing male infertility.
    Food sources: Calf liver, oysters, beef, lamb, venison, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, turkey, peas, and shrimp. Zinc can be damaged by cooking so it is important to eat some foods high in zinc in their raw forms.

    Selenium is necessary for the creation of sperm. In studies, men with low sperm counts have also been found to have low levels of selenium.
    Food sources: Brazil nuts, liver, snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, salmon, sardines, shrimp, and turkey.

    Necessary for every cell in the body for energy production, CoQ10 is an important antioxidant that helps to protect cells from free radical damage, thus protecting DNA; it is necessary for sperm motility in semen. Additionally, studies have shown that CoQ10 can increase sperm health.
    Food sources: Found most abundantly in seafood and organ meats, though it is very difficult to obtain through the diet. CoQ10 Ubiquinol supplementation is the best way to obtain CoQ10 – keep in mind that amounts in the body decline with age.

    Vitamin E
    Vitamin E has been shown in studies to improve sperm health and motility in men. Studies have also shown a diet deficient in Vitamin E to be a cause of infertility in rats. The meaning of the name for vitamin E ‘Tocopherol’ literally means to bear young. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant to help protect sperm and egg DNA integrity.
    Food sources: Sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, spinach, papaya, and dark leafy greens.

    Folic acid – Research suggests that folic acid can boost sperm health. A systematic review and meta-analysis of electronic databases from 1966 to December 2016 produced 6 studies on sub-fertile men proving “…folate plus zinc showed statistically higher effect on the sperm concentration (P < .001), morphology (P < .001), and serum folate level (P < .001) as compared to placebo." (Urology Journal). Men with low levels of folate appear to be at an increased risk for forming sperm that contain too little or too many chromosomes. If an egg is fertilized by an abnormal sperm it could result in a birth defect such as Down syndrome, or an increased chance of miscarriage.
    Food sources: Liver, lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, asparagus, spinach, black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, and collard greens.

    Vitamin B12 – Also known as cobalamin, vitamin B12 is involved in cellular replication and studies indicate a deficiency can lead to reduced sperm count and motility. Supplementation is advised for any man whose sperm count is less than 20 million or who has a motility rate of less than 50%. Studies indicate that supplementation with vitamin B12 at 1,000mcg per day may increase sperm count.
    Food sources: Clams, oysters, muscles, liver, caviar (fish eggs), fish, crab, lobster, beef, lamb, cheese, and eggs.

    Vitamin C – For men, vitamin C has been shown to improve sperm quality and protect sperm from DNA damage; helping to reduce the chance of miscarriage and chromosomal problems. Vitamin C also appears to keep sperm from clumping together, making them more motile.
    Food sources: Abundant in plants and fruits including red peppers, broccoli, cranberries, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, and citrus fruit.

    L-Carnitine – Carnitine is a necessary nutrient for sperm cells to function normally. Sperm require high concentrations of carnitine for energy metabolism. Studies indicate that the level of free carnitine in seminal fluid directly correlates with sperm count and motility. The lower the concentrations of carnitine in the seminal fluid, the lower the sperm count. Italian research published in Fertility and Sterility shows that supplementing with L-carnitine for a minimum of 4 months helps to increase sperm count and motility in men with low sperm count and quality. Carnitine and CoQ10 have been shown to work synergistically when combined.
    Food sources: Red meat and dairy products.

    Antioxidants – Antioxidants are one of the most important components to having healthy fertility and are something that every man and women needs to focus on. Antioxidants help to protect the sperm from free radical damage. Free radicals are able to damage both sperm cell health and the cell’s DNA. The DNA of both partners is the future blueprint for a child. Damaged DNA is known to cause miscarriages, birth defects, and/or developmental problems for the future child.

    In one systematic review of the effect of oral antioxidants on male infertility in the journal Reprod Biomed Online, researchers found that 82% of 17 total trials (including 1665 men) shared results of an improvement in either sperm quality or pregnancy rate as a result of antioxidant therapy.

    Studies have also shown a connection between oxidative stress caused from free radicals and male infertility. FertilicaTM Choice Antioxidants contains all of the most important antioxidants nutrients in a capsule form. This blend is great for both men and women, but especially for men with low sperm count and poor sperm health.

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Hormone Balance

Hormone imbalance is not just something that is reserved exclusively for women. Men can also have imbalanced hormones. Hormones play a large roll in semen production and a man’s fertility. One of the main hormones in men is testosterone. Due to our modern lifestyles and many of the culprits mentioned above, men’s hormones can become imbalanced.

There are pollutants that “mimic” estrogens (xenohormones) in the body leading to a reduction in testosterone. Excess estrogen in men produces erectile dysfunction, low/lack of libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid.

These xenohormones can come from:

  • soy foods
  • pesticides on food
  • hormones added to dairy and meat
  • plastics

5 steps to balancing your hormones:

1. Reduce your exposure to xenohormones

2. Eat only organic meats and dairy

3. Do not eat soy foods.

4. Cleanse the body of excess hormones and toxins. This can be done with a Male Fertility Cleanse

5. Eat lots of fiber and cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables contain a special element that helps the body to rid itself of excess estrogens. You can also take the supplement DIM to have the same effects.

Herbs for Male Fertility & Sperm Health

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These traditional herbal tonics have been shown through studies and hundreds of years of use to help men have healthier sperm and increased fertility.

Most of these herbs are adaptogens which help to nourish the endocrine system so all of the hormones are working properly. For best results use these herbs for at least 3 – 6 months.

American Ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius)
American Ginseng may support a healthy sex drive, resolve erectile dysfunction and enhance sexual performance in men. It strengthens the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis, aiding hormonal balance, stress management, and immune function.

Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera)
Traditionally used to improve sex drive and low sperm count, Ashwagandha supports endocrine system function for overall hormonal balance.

Epimedium, also known as horny goat weed (Epimedium grandiflorum)
Epimedium is known as an aphrodisiac, increasing sexual desire and performance. The active ingredient Icariin has been shown to increase nitric oxide. In turn, nitric oxide increases circulation to the extremities. It has been shown useful in aiding a sustained erection.

Fo-ti, also known as Ho Shou Wu or He Shou Wu, root (Polygonum multiflorum)
Fo Ti has been traditionally used for men who have low libido, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction, and poor sperm motility. This root supports fertility longevity.

Ginkgo leaves (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginkgo is the #1 remedy for erectile dysfunction. It increases circulation to the reproductive organs and is high in antioxidants, shown to be important for sperm health.

Goji berry, dried fruit (Lycium barbarum, L.chinense)
Goji berries have been shown to protect sperm from hyperthermia (overheating), helping to preserve and improve sperm quantity and quality through its high antioxidant content. Goji berries support hormonal balance through improved liver function support and they are extremely nutritious.

Maca root (Lepidium meyenii)
Regular consumption of maca has been shown to increase libido, seminal volume, and sperm count per ejaculate, and improves sperm motility (Asian J Androl). Maca is a wonderful superfood which can be taken in capsules or added to fertility smoothies in powder form.

Saw Palmetto berries (Serenoa repens)
Saw Palmetto has been traditionally used to improve prostate health, impotence, testicular atrophy, and low libido.

Schisandra fruit and seed (Schisandra chinensis)
One of the most supportive and protective herbs for liver health (important for hormone balance), Schisandra has been shown to support immunity, and enhances endocrine and nervous system function. In Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health by Dr. Aviva Romm, contributing author Angela J. Hywood, N.D., shares, “Schisandra chinensis… demonstrated hepatoprotective and hepatorestorative activity and assist with improvement of liver function and the detoxification processes in the body.” Studies have also shown it may help to increase sperm count. This berry helps the body to adapt to stress, making it useful for stress-related infertility as well.

Tribulus, aerial parts and fruit (Tribulus terrestris)
Tribulus has been shown to be effective in aiding sex hormone production, increasing luteinizing hormone (LH), DHEA, and testosterone production in men. This makes Tribulus useful for erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, and poor sperm health related to hormonal imbalance.

Yohimbe bark (Pausinystalia yohimbe)
The bark of this tree supports healthy circulation to the male reproductive organs, making it useful for erectile dysfunction. Yohimbe has been shown to help men sustain an erection and may help to make an erection firmer. The increased circulation to the reproductive organs has also been shown to increase libido.

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Have Sex at The Right Time

There is a right time to have sex to optimize your chances of conception and to give sperm an extra boost.

Here are some fertility/sex tips:

  • Know her cycle – Know when she is ovulating. Become interested in knowing the timing of her fertility cycle. If she does not know, find out when her period is. Roughly 12-14 days after the first day of her period is when she may ovulate. This is a rough estimate because women are all different in their cycles. Some other signs that she is ovulating is she is way more interested in sex and has cervical mucus resembling egg whites. You can learn more about fertility charting here.
  • Timing is everything. You will not want to have sex 2 -3 days before ovulation so that your sperm supply is built up.
  • Use sperm-friendly lubrication.
  • Don’t have sex standing up. This makes it harder for the sperm to reach the cervix.


If you are experiencing low sperm count, there are many natural therapies that have been shown to increase sperm count and health. Here is a summary of steps you can take to increase your sperm health:

1. Get a sperm analysis done.

2. Reduce and/or eliminate exposure to EMF’s, pesticides, cigarette smoke, soy foods, alcohol, plastics, briefs, hot tubs, bike riding and stress.

3. Eat a diet and take supplements rich in nutrients specific for sperm and male reproductive health. These nutrients are zinc, selenium, CoQ10, vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin B12, L-Carnitine, and a wide range of antioxidants.

4. Support male hormonal balance and use supportive herbs.

5. Time baby-making sex at the right time.



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    My husband has gone through chemotherapy (6 cycles) and radiation for 1 month (daily). I learnt that cancer treatment kills sperms and he did a test but confirmed absence of sperm cells.
    Is there any herbs he can use to recover his sperms production? We have been struggling to get a baby for 11 years in our marriage to no success. We had tried but failed 3 IUIs and 1 IVF, before his diagnoses. The only feedback I got after IVF was poor eggs quality. I am 42 and he is 56.
    I will appreciate your feedback.

    • Dear Lisa,

      I am sorry for all you are going and have been through. You will want to discuss with his doctor the potential for sperm production to return post chemotherapy. There may be cases sadly, when it won’t be possible, but I can not know if this is the case for him.

      My best!

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    There are many supplement for Male Infertility, but the one that stands out for me is the Acetyl L-carnitine (ALC carnitine) which has many benefits aside from improving Mens Fertility.

    This supplement improves the Memory Problems, my brother used this before, I even noticed that it provides him more energy.

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    This article is very interesting and simple to follow. The only suggestion or comment I can give is that researchers expect to see detailed information on the sources being referred to.
    Thank you,
    Mansur Tavakoli, Ph.D.
    Education and experience; Food Technology and Biochemistry

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    Hi, I’ve been married for a year and some months unable to conceive, My husband and I did a test, his results was he has azoospermia, and later did a scan that revealed VERICOCELE. Doctor advised on sugery but we re not convinced enough. Please is there any natural diet or herbs to cure that?

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    hi, my husband spent his entire maybe from age 8 to 25 having soy milk for breakfast, and to be honest that has definetly affected his sperm motility, i was wondering if there was anything that he could do to reverse the efects

    • Dear Zoe,

      Men produce new sperm very very regularly. If soy milk consumption affected his sperm when he consumed it and he has stopped, new sperm have been made. These new sperm may not have been affected to the same degree, if at all. Yet, there are still many things he could learn about if he’s interested in naturally supporting sperm health now and any that are produced in the future. This very guide shares of these things.

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    I am 62 years I have 40 yrs wife ,i am looking for medicine to be good on bed

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    It was great…I think I will keep all I read so I can improve my motility and sperm count. I am presently now on macaroot

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    Hi- it says up here that : “Timing is everything. You will not want to have sex 2 -3 days before ovulation so that your sperm supply is built up.”
    Based on my research it is actually recommended to have intercourse 2 days prior to the expected ovulation. Can you please help clarify? And is this specific for low sperm count only – what about higher than average count but low morphology and motility?

    Thank you

    • Dear Jessica,

      Yes, this advice is specific to men who have fertility health issues and low sperm count. If a man has average or higher sperm count, intercourse daily during the female’s fertile window is fine.

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    My son a 30 year male working in a govt. sector married for one year six months . Recently during his semen analysis it was noticed that he have “Oligo Astheno Zoospermia”. His Sperm Count is 1 Million/ml, Motility of Sperm 15%, Morphology (normal) 02%, Pus Cell <1 mil/ml. Can you suggest any good Ayurvedic or Allopathic safe medicines to overcome this type of sexual problems.

    • Dear Subhamoy,

      Our focus is on educating about Western herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies. It would be best to find a practitioner of Ayurveda for support if that approach would better suit his needs. As you contemplate this, the tips in this very guide would be wonderful to consider. Consider also learning more from our guide Azoospermia – Know Your Options for Treatment.

      My best!

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    Dear Sir,
    I have low sperm count.Before marriage I did too much mustarbation.Now what can I do ?please help me .can you tell me there are any medicine which can increase my sperm increase ?

    • Dear NIL,

      I see our Customer Care team has been in communication with you and sent this link. I hope you find the information here helpful!

      Know that what we suggest are herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies, which are not the same as medicine. Have you stopped masturbating frequently or too much? If you’re not sure, perhaps our guide Male Fertility Q&A: Fertility Health Implications of Spermatorrhea will help with understanding that.

      The tips in this guide, which you’ve read above, can be considered as a starting point. Knowing when your wife’s fertility window is will help as well. These are the days during each menstrual cycle during which she can conceive… the three days before, day of and even day after ovulation. These are the days to have intercourse on, especially her day of ovulation.

      I hope this is helpful!

      If you are still unsure of where to begin, or how to proceed, please consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs. This is offered through a Fertility Consultation.

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    I need products to improve low sperm count and also fertility cleansing for men .My son in Nigeria recently informed me he has low count based on his test result. he is 32years and is recently married,.I am based here in USA and would want to get the products and send them to him.

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    Please can all these supplements be found in Nigeria cos my spouse is having low sperm count . Thank you

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    i can not make a child i did a sperm exam the doctor told your sperm count is very low doctor need a tablets but not improve please help how to improve sperm count is immediately

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    I can not make a child. I did a sperm exam the doctor told me that the amount of my sperm is low and I have the chlamydia and the herpes. please what treatment can you give me?

    • Dear Jean,

      It will first be best to work with your doctor to treat the Chlamydia and herpes. It would not benefit your partner’s or wife’s fertility health to contract either. The tips suggested in this guide about nutritional/dietary ways to support sperm health (count) could be considered now and through treatment. We can not suggest herbs while taking medications, so for now at least learn about them to decide which might benefit you most after treatment.

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    could you recommend something to increase the quality of sperm. My husband has a good count now after a change of diet and use of supplements but his sperm quality and motility is still not good. Also He has erectile dysfunction and is using viagra but the viagra does not always work. Is there something else he could take to support his erections.

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    Quick question. Would I be able to combine some of these for a more potent blend? Specifically the Ashwagandha Root, Goat Weed, Goji Berries, Maca Root, and Saw Palmetto Berries? Those are the ones more specific to what I think my SO needs. Thank you!

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    It is really an informational post. I learned many new things for improving sperm count.
    Thanks for great share.

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    Is mastrubation daily cause low sperm count? INow We are trying for a baby , now three months are over but it was not sucess.

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    I am haven problem of low sperm and quick early sperm release with out satisfying my partner. Please what can I do, is there any drug that can help me over come this problem?

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    I had a semen test and found following results
    physical Examination=>volume:1 ml; ph: 8.0; color: Gw,Liquefaction: 20 min,viscosity: 14.5 thick
    microscopic examinations=>sperm count per ml : 30 million,sperm count per ejaculation: 30 million,sperm viability: 40%
    sperm motility (%) after 60 min
    excellent forward progressive 40
    Good forward progressive 30
    Sluggish forward progressive 20
    non progressive 10
    total 55%
    sperm morphology
    1leucocytes 8-10
    Epithelial cells pl
    Macrophages pl
    Agglutination +
    Pus cells 15-20
    The doctor has suggested me following medicines
    1.Hope M 2.Roxid 150mg 3. Addyzoa 4. Neurobin forte 5. CoQ forte
    should I take these medicines and how long will it take to recover

    • Dear Deepak,

      This is a great question to ask of your doctor or pharmacist. I am not qualified to speak to the efficacy or proper use of medications. I hope you are able to reach them to ask. Best wishes!

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    first of all, this is a great website! kudos!

    i am 35, did a sperm test 4 years ago and just recently. generally the condition has not worsened (thanks for thousand of dollars spent on supplements) but yet to succeed in getting a baby. one issue that has not improved is the sperm morphology – it stays at 2% with high head defects (78%) and i am being diagnosed with teratozoospermia. what is the best supplement that i should take (and food to avoid) to improve on this particular aspect? i am interested on the ‘anti-oxidants’ supplement mentioned above but would it be helpful in my scenario?

    thanks much in advance.

    • Dear Mark,

      As I am sure you know, teratozoospermia, also referred to as teratospermia (a form of azoospermia), often has not known cause, but it may still be helpful try learn the cause. If a cause can be determined, creating a natural sperm health program may be easier.

      Morphological alterations of sperm are thought to happen in the last stage of spermatogenesis (last stage of sperm production). Nictone use, advanced male age, being overweight or obese and infrequent ejaculation or sexual abstinence (along with past infections, diseases and their treatments, and genetics) can all play a role in or impact sperm morphology.

      5 Quick Tips to Improve Sperm Health
      1. Eat a whole food, nutrient dense fertility diet that includes whole grains, a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, good fats, lots of clean water and clean protein.
      2. Reduce and maintain a BMI between 19 to 25 through diet changes and regular moderate exercise.
      3. Make sure that you are climaxing and ejaculating more than 4 times a month. This will help prevent oxidative damage to sperm.
      4. Avoid processed junk foods high in trans fats, alcohol, nicotine and caffeine consumption; all of these have been shown to reduce sperm count and quality.
      5. Implement all these changes for at least 3 months to change the health of your sperm.

      Consider learning more about essential fatty acids, specifically DHA (click DHA and read point #1), and about the fertility herb Tribulus terrestris and the powerful antioxidant CoQ10 Ubiquinol. There is also evidence that Acupuncture may improve sperm health – count, motility and morphology.

      I hope this is all helpful as you continue to learn how to best support your fertility health!

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    Had a VR after more than 24 years in Thailand. Now 2 years after the fact no pregnancy. I’ve discovered Thai doctors not to be helpful compared to the US! I’ve had a few SA dr says low sperm, motility here’s clomid, and zinc! Had a second doctor tell me I had testicular blowout and that I’m 100% infertile. Shouldn’t the operating doctor discovered this and stop procedure? Anyway, Im not convinced I have blowout biggest problem is finding a doctor in Thailand that’s actually experienced in reversals and fertility issues. To me Thailand truly is the medical marketplace for medical procedures. But not saying this is the way to go. I regret having the VR in Thailand instead of traveling. ADVICE?

    • Dear Michael,

      I am sorry you are regretting your decision! While you continue your search for a healthcare practitioner able to support you, the tips in this very guide could be considered. It may help to also learn about Systemic Enzyme Therapy.

      All my best!

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    I did a sperm analysis test and found out that my sperm active cell are just 40% while the dead ones are 50%. The only cause trace to it is my wearing of tight under wear for the whole day.
    How can I boost it because my wife and I are still looking on to God for a baby?

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    I love your article. Today low sperm count in male affects 1 out of 7 males. It is one of the most rampant causes of infertility. Well proper nutrition could boost it. However that might take time. Seeking treatment options such as Intrauterine Insemination or In Vitro Fertilization can be better options. I have worked with many patients with this condition and experienced excellent results.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts Stephanie!

      We know that IUI and IVF aren’t feasible options for many couples and have seen wonderful results for those who change their diet and lifestyles.

      Thank you for the work that you do!

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    I just find out my sperm counts is 5 millions. I need massive an advice from you. How can i improve my sperm count fast and healthy Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

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    Hi Respected Madam,
    I am 32 now. i doing masturbation from the age of 16, from last 15 Years, i Daily did masturbation 4, 5 times regularly in these past 15 years.
    I never released naturaly. i never done SEX.
    Now i want to marry but i am too much afraid that will i am able to satisfy woman,
    i am afraid because my penis is weak and thin at the bottom, its not straightand and turned to left side. its gain erection ut loose erection.
    My Question is ” if i stop masturbation for one year than can i become a normal man and can i make marriage and successely satisfiy my wife??
    i will not marry whole life and spend whole life alone???
    Please guide me as i am in big trouble and tension.

    • Hi Tanveer,

      Thank you for your questions. It seems you are not alone, as we have been getting similar questions and concerns from other men about the same subject matter. While masturbation itself cannot cause infertility, it can cause issues in a man’s ability to perform with a woman if he feels that he can make himself better than his partner can. The perfect example of this is the movie Don Jon. In the end of the movie, what really mattered was that he just needed to find a sexual partner that he truly connected with as a friend and lover. Thinking of sex as purely pleasure only is naive; when it can be a merging or bonding of two souls which is more of a spiritual experience that can also be pleasurable. Your concerns are valid, and dealing with the mental/emotional aspects of what you are going through is what is really going to make the difference in your life.

      Our recent Male Fertility Q&A on the same subject may also help you to figure out what is the best way to resolve your fears. You can read it here…

      If you are truly worried and this is affecting your life and ability to find a woman to marry, it may be a good idea to get in to talk to a sex counselor about this! There is no shame in asking for help!

      All the best!

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    My Semen Analysis report is;
    volume: 2.5 ml
    count: 162 mil/ml
    active motile: 48 %
    non motile: 52 %
    normal: 3 %
    abnormal: 97 %
    head defects: 60%
    neck defects: 30%
    Post wash results:
    count: 60 mil/ml
    motility: 91 %
    Is my sperm quality is ok. What can I do to improve morphology. My age is 31.

    • Hello!

      It is always best to have your healthcare provider explain what your test results mean for you. He/she can also help you understand the cause of poor sperm health if that is determined to be an issue. Given the information shared here, it appears to me that it may be worth considering naturally supporting sperm motility, morphology and overall health. This very guide shares how to naturally support male fertility health. There is a link above “Click here to buy natural products for sperm health…” that will lead you to products to consider.

      All my best!

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    Thank you for this info: are there any mens supplements you would recommend ? I am not ttc yet but I want to start preparing both my own body and my husbands for when we do start.
    I track my cycle and take various supplements but I would like to get something for him to boost levels ! thanks

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    My husband sperm count is 7.1 and immediate motile is 2. Doctor said he has vericocele. What do we do?

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    My Semen Analysis report is below :

    Volume – 2.0 ml
    Color – off white
    Viscosity – low
    pH – 7.5

    Sperm count – 22 millions/ml

    Mobility at 30 min
    Actively motile —- 30%(app)
    Sluggishly Motile 10 %
    Non-motile 60%
    what can i do. My Age 33

    • Dear Sujoy,

      This very guide is designed to educate men about the best herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies to support male fertility health and sperm health.

      Now that a sperm analysis has been done, move forward by reducing exposure to those things known to harm sperm health, eating a diet and taking supplements rich in nutrients specific for sperm and male reproductive health and considering herbs to support male hormonal balance and use supportive herbs. Revisit the information under the heading Diet & Nutrients for Healthy Male Fertility.

      You may also be interested in reading the article Sperm: 10 Interesting Facts Everyone Should Know.

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    I am glad I can have all this useful info. My husband and I have been seeking the fruit of the womb for over 13 years. I am 41 and he will be 50 next year. I believe there is still hope, but I must do something quick. My husband has no (zero sperm count). Doctors say it’s azoospermia – probably I guess due to hormonal imbalance (I guess because analysis here is not quite accurate and nobody really explains results to us). He’s got no infection, neither do I. He has just one testicle which is atrophied. Please, I need great help. Can you propose a pack for someone with azoospermia and atrophied testicle? I am also in need of a fertility pack and natural herbs for fibroids. Thanks and God bless!

    • Dear Esther,

      I am sorry you have been faced with this challenge!

      An atrophied testicle means that it is shrunken to a small size (diminished in size) and may have loss of function. It will be important to talk with a healthcare provider about why this happened for him. If it is due to a birth defect, past infection or physical damage, it may not be well supported by natural therapies alone. We have a guide to Azoospermia that may be helpful in explaining the causes and possible treatment options.

      With uterine fibroids, it is important to support the body in achieving hormonal balance and its natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths. Here is a holistic approach to consider taking to help your body…

      I hope this is all helpful!

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    I have a vitamin B12 deficiency. I am taking Nuerobion 100 mg tablets twice a day. I am also eating vitamin b12 rich foods now like milk, yogurt, leafy vegetables, Kellogs cereals, etc.

    My sperm count analysis was normal when I did it 2 years back. But, due to the vitamin B12 deficiency, I am feeling body weakness, loss of energy, etc., whish I think is making me have an erection problem. I am wondering whether I need to do another sperm count analysis now.

    • Dear Raviprasad,

      It is great that you are taking a multivitamin and eating better. Consider learning more about eating a healthy Male Fertility Diet as well. The effects of the supplement and this healthier way of eating can take a little bit of time to appear.

      Sperm count is not linked to erectile dysfunction. If concerned about sperm count, an analysis could certainly be inquired about. Your doctor may suggest waiting to allow the dietary and lifesytle changes you have made enough time to be effective.

      My article titled the 3 of the Most Common Fertility Issues Men Experience offers tips to consider about how to naturally support erectile dysfunction.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    my husbands semen analysis done
    sperm count-12 millions/ml,
    actively motile- 1st hour-45%, 2nd hour-40%, 3rd hour-35%
    sluggishly motile- 10%
    dead/non motile-45%
    morphology-55% Normal
    Please advice what to do. Thanks.

    • Hello Sruthi!

      We are not legally able to interpret medical test results, but may have information to share if you share with us what you were told these results indicate or mean.

      Please contact us directly with this information and we will assist you the best that we can.

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    Thanks a lot for this useful article, I hope that it will help me during coming period.
    Just a question, My friend’s report says:
    Motile: 60%
    Nonmotile: 35%
    Vol. : 3 ml.
    Count: 42.7
    Slugish: 9.5%
    PH: 6.0

    Report is OK? . Doctor said he has low sperm count please advice. Thanks

    • Dear Amit,

      It is believed that sperm count is “good” test results show 20 million or more sperm with healthy motility and morphology. Less than 20 million sperm in a sample would be considered low. This very article shares how to consider naturally supporting healthy sperm production and function.

      I hope this information if helpful!

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    I am taking a homeopathic liquid medicine (30 drops twice a day in water) made of bael tree either leaves or fruit, because my sperm count is less. Kindly advise if it really works.

    • Dear Suraj,

      We find homeopathy a complementary and alternative therapy valuable for many experiencing infertility. I believe in the power of homeopathic remedies and have experienced their effectiveness. This being said, I can not know if the remedy you are taking will work for you. I do hope so!

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    It has been reported that with increased sperm count more ejaculate is also produced. Is this true?

    • Dear Scott,

      While I have not read these reports, it does make sense that there would need to be more seminal fluid to carry the sperm. I am sorry I can not offer detailed information on this topic.

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    I had been taking Psychiatrist treatment for 5 years. Initially my doctor prescribed me PRODEP and OLEANZ, now I am taking FLOATIN and OLAN. The intake of medicine for long period of time has resulted in lack of sex desire. I consulted a doctor and he said the reproductive cells become dry and no Siddha will be effective. I tried Siddha for six months, with no results. Is there any way to gain the potency?

    • Dear Rajesh,

      I am sorry you are having to deal with this.

      Can you please help me understand what “Siddha” is? Is the side effect of either medication decreased libido?

      We are not able to suggested combining herbs with medications, but there may be some dietary and lifestyle ways to consider supporting a healthy libido which you can learn in this article, 10 Natural Ways to Increase Baby Making Libido. If you are interested in trying any herbs or nutritional supplements, please speak with your healthcare provider about taking them with your medications.

      Best wishes!

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    I suffer from varicose testicles problem. I have little pain for both testicle and abdomen. please suggest any things to solve this problem.

    I have follow the below activity’s for each and everyday! Kindly tell me now, have i follow this activity’s.

    * Warm Up Exercises & Meditation.
    *Eat Vegetables in break fast and i drink Nutrient flour, Lunch Almonds & Rice. Dinner is diet foods.

    Note- I haven’t Smocking & Drinking.

    Thank You: 🙂

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    I got my semen analysis done and found that my sperm count is 0.01 million/ml. This is a real worry for me. Is there any chance of increasing sperm count through medicines? How long does it take to get the required sperm count.

    • Dear Rags,

      First, I have to share that what we support the use of herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies which are not medicines.

      The herbs and nutritional supplements discussed in this article are backed by scientific studies regarding their ability to support sperm count and health. Regarding how long it takes to increase sperm count, I can not be certain for you. Studies show however that the time it takes for new sperm to mature is a range of 42 to 76 days (from the time of sperm production, through maturation, to ejaculation). In general we suggest following our programs for a minimum of three months time.

      Best wishes!

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    I have encountered many cases of primary sterility where the liquefaction time of semen was 30 minutes or more. Sperm count too was border line. Advising female not to move about 45 minutes after intercourse caused conception in most of the cases.

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    Thanks a lot for this useful article, I hope that it will help me during coming period.

    Just a question, will # of times having sex in a week or day during the diet period affect the sperm count & fertility? What’s the recommendations on this regard?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Badr,

      I am not certain I understand what you are asking. What do you mean by “during the diet period?”

      For most men, there is no limit to the amount of sperm that can be produced. While frequent ejaculation is actually healthy for sperm, for men who struggle with sperm health – motility, morphology and motility – frequent ejaculation may mean there is less sperm in each subsequent ejaculation. Studies show that the time is takes for new sperm to mature is a range of 42 to 76 days (from the time of sperm production, through maturation, to ejaculation).

      Is this helpful?

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    This article has been very educative to me. I suffer from low sperm count, but with this I think i’m on the right path of finding solution. please I want to find out if taking supplements in terms of capsules/tablets can help. Thanks.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Ebitimi,

      We have learned through our studies and work with our clients that sperm health may be naturally supported by the herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies discussed here.

      Best wishes!

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    You have a contradiction on this page! is wearing briefs good or bad for testicles?
    Also, I have varicoscele and wish to know how this affects my sperm quality and count?
    Is there any natural remedy you can recommend please?

    I would like to know how much

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Edi!

      I am sorry if this was confusing. Because of the tighter fit of briefs, they hold the testicles closer to the body and increase their temperature which may damage sperm. Boxers have been found keep testicle temperature from increasing to the point where they may damage sperm health.
      Varicoceles (varicose veins) of the testicles is known to be the number one reason for this blockage. Varicoceles is usually treated with surgery. Often sexually transmitted disease (STD’s) such as gonorrhea or Chlamydia may cause a blockage, so it is important to be treated for any STD right way to prevent damage to the reproductive organs. While this blockage or varicocele may not directly affect sperm health, it does not allow them to travel properly and that which leads to the varicocele may affect fertility.

      In regards to natural remedies to help your body rid itself of varicoceles, I am not certain of one. To my knowledge they may need to be taken care of surgically after which you can supporting your body’s ability to break down fibrin (the substance that makes up scar tissue and also support sperm health.

      I wish you well!

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    my fsh level normal (7mIU/ml) but semen analysis says Nil sperm (Azospermia). testicular biopsy done it also shows no sperm. scan reports says no problem, what to do? thanks

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Kumar,

      There are three different classifications of azoospermia about which you can learn more here… We know of very few natural remedies that alone will support men with azoospermia, however there may be ways to do so in combination with medical support from your doctor.

      I wish you well!

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    I just did semen analysis test after 7 days abstanance my result goes thus volume 4.0ml motile 10 percent non-motile 90 percent, active 10 percent non-active 90 percent morphology: normal 60 percent abnormal 40 percent. Scanty pure cell seen pure cell 6-8 /HDF cell – 6*10 cells and the doctor said I have low sperm count Please advice me on what to do. Thanks

    • Hi babson,

      I am sorry to hear of your negative test results! Please discuss with your doctor the possible causes for your poor test results. If the cause is genetic or physical, natural therapies mentioned in this article may not be effective.

      If your counts are poor due to lifestyle factors such as diet, weight, antibodies, etc., the natural therapies listed in this guide may help the body to improve sperm counts and health once again. Most of these items can be found in our Male Factor Formula Kit. Best of luck to you.

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    Thanx for the thread as it has been so educative to me

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    hi My husband have the problem of azoospermia. we have gone for every test even karyotype also every result is normal , even no harmonal inbalance .every test results are normal please give me the solution ,even we are not getting what was the problem if every test results are normal

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    Is it save healthy to take all these diet and nutrient for healthy male fertility and still take hormone balance drug at the same time?

    • Hi Adeoye,

      No, we do not recommend taking all of the herbs and supplements in this guide with hormone fertility medications prescribed to you by your doctor. Taking a whole food men’s multivitamin and cod liver oil is fine.

  49. My husband have the problem of azoospermia.After their test we find that there is no live or dead sperm. In biophsy report show that sperm cyle is not completing plz give a solution immidiately.