Improving Sperm Motility
Many men suffer from difficulties with trying to conceive due to a problem with their sperm. The three main areas where men see issues with their sperm are:
- Sperm Count- The number of sperm in the semen is too low so conception has a lower chance of occurring.
- Sperm Morphology- Sperm are incorrectly formed and they may not be able to fertilize an egg.
- Sperm Motility – The sperm are having a hard time moving through the cervical mucus and through the female reproductive tract.
Fortunately, there may be some ways to improve sperm motility.
Diet, Life Style and Low Sperm Motility
Examining your lifestyle and diet is a good starting point for improving your sperm motility and overall health.
Stop smoking and excessive alcohol consumption in order to improve your sperm. These things affect your overall health, in a negative fashion, and can, most definitely, cause issues with your body’s ability to produce healthy motile sperm.
What you do or don’t put into your body in the form of nutrition can also play a part in healthy sperm formation.
Some studies suggest that a diet that is low in carnitine may cause problems with sperm motility. Specifically, the two proteins L-Carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine are thought to help improve sperm motility by transferring fatty acids into a place where they can be turned into energy for the sperm to use in their long journey. Red meats typically have these proteins in them.
Deficiencies, in certain vitamins and minerals, can also play a part in sperm quality and motility. Make sure you are getting enough vitamin A and C along with eating foods that are naturally high in zinc. Adequate folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids will also prime your body for healthy sperm production.
Sometimes, you are just not able to eat the right types or amounts of food to provide you with the nutrients necessary for healthy sperm health, including proper sperm motility. If this is the case, taking a high quality supplement can help. FertilAid for Men, on it’s own, for overall sperm health, or combined with MotilityBoost, to give a more complete coverage of the nutrients that promote good sperm motility, are good supplement choices.
Hormone Deficiency and Low Sperm Motility
In some cases, low sperm motility can be caused by a deficiency of the hormone, testosterone. There are several ways you can natually increase your testosterone level.
- If you are overweight, make an effort to lose the excess weight. This will help improve your overall health and your testosterone levels at the same time.
- Short intense exercise can help build your testosterone levels. The increase is not usually seen with longer amounts of moderate excercise though.
- Get plenty of sunshine to boost your vitamin D levels or take a good quality supplement. Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to increase testosterone levels in men.
- Reduce the amount of stress you are experiencing or find ways to effectively destress. When you are stressed out, your body produces cortisol, which effectively blocks the effects of testosterone. Exerise and meditation are effective stress reducers.
- If you find that making lifestyle changes isn’t making a big enough difference in your testosterone levels, there are medications that can help you.
Physical and Genetic Issues In Low Sperm Motility
Unfortunately, in some cases, there may be no way to improve sperm motility. In some men, sperm motility is caused by a genetic defect, which cannot be corrected with supplements, hormones, or medicines.
In other cases, low sperm motility may be caused by some other physical defect, such as a varicocele. Correcting the physical problem may or may not even improve sperm motility.
Unless you have had a doctor tell you that you have these physical or genetic issues which affect your sperm quality, you may find that the other lifestyle and supplement changes may make a positive difference for you.