Sometimes a man’s ability to conceive a child is affected by his own level of nutrition. Vitamins are certainly not an option that should be discounted as level of nutrition is important apart from the desire to conceive.
Many vitamins and minerals have been known to help male fertility but I have listed the five major ones. I have listed these five in the recommended doses and/or given tips on how to increase their value in your diet.
Zinc for Male Fertility
An important vitamin/mineral to fertility is zinc. Zinc has been known to dramatically improve sperm motility in some men. Sperm motility refers to the ability of the sperm to swim and meet the egg for conception to begin. The recommended dosage of zinc is 240 milligrams per day.
Arginine for Male Fertility
Arginine is another important amino acid for male fertility. It is the key mineral in the production and development of new sperm cells. It can increase both the number and quality of the sperm. Dairy products, poultry, meat and fish are some sources of arginine. Some types of chocolate also contain arginine. It is best to consume arginine in food rather than use supplements.
B12 Male Fertility
Vitamin B-12 is important for male fertility. It has been known to increase the value of semen and the number of sperm. Vitamin B-12 comes in pills and also in injection form. The pills should be 1,500 micro grams a day.
Vitamin C for Male Fertility
Another vitamin important for fertility is one that is also important for protecting against colds. Vitamin C prevents the sperm from bonding together thus also improving sperm motility. The recommended dosage of Vitamin C is 200-1,000 mg a day.
A better way than popping a vitamin pill is to consume this vitamin in fruit. Oranges are extremely yummy and full of vitamin C. I know I’m not a male but I swear by pineapple. The two months I consumed pineapple were the two months we had positive pregnancy tests.
Vitamin E for Male Fertility
Vitamin E is another important vitamin to help male fertility. This Vitamin is believed to be an antioxidant and protect sperm from being damaged by free radicals. It is recommended both partners use 100-200 IU of Vitamin E each day while trying to conceive.
Two New Things that May Help with Infertility
There is good news for both male and females suffering from infertility. The male breakthrough has to do with antioxidants to boost fertility, and the female breakthrough will help correct some fertility problems for women. Both look promising for those that have to deal with this devastating diagnosis.
Antioxidant Supplements For Infertility
The University of Auckland in New Zealand found in one of their recent studies that men who took antioxidant supplements while their partners were having artificial insemination or IVF procedures, where more than four times more likely to get their partner pregnant then men who were not on the antioxidant supplements. While there are some critics of this study, saying that there is no way that antioxidants could be the sole factor in causing their partner to be successful in getting pregnant, it seems like a harmless practice for males who are currently dealing with infertility.
Many doctors have said that antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables and so practicing a healthy lifestyle has always been a recommendation for couples who are trying to conceive. So, adding these antioxidant supplements could very well help you on your road to parenthood.
The new instrument that could help millions of women who are affected by female infertility is the Fertiloscope. According to PR Newswire, the scope was developed by French surgeon Dr. Antoine Watrelot, and is for screening for problems that could lead to infertility. The scope can be used in a doctor’s office and will require less invasive procedures for women trying to figure out what factors have been affecting their ability to conceive.
The scope is able to let doctors look at the pelvis, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and to do a dye test, all in a relatively short period of time. This will not only shorten the amount of time to do procedures, but will also lessen the amount of procedures that a women needs to have done before diagnosing the fertility problem. It will also lessen costs for patients, who usually have little insurance coverage for infertility treatments. Hopefully this new device will be available in your obstetrician’s office soon.
While both of these news reports will affect the treatment of infertility in both men and women, we still don’t know how much they will affect future infertility cases. Any couple who is going through infertility knows that some things work while others don’t. So, don’t put your hopes into any one thing, such as the antioxidants or the Fertiloscope. Practice a healthy lifestyle and keep trying for that positive pregnancy test. Your happy ending may be right around the corner.
- Mikaela Conley, “Antioxidants May Boost Baby Making” ABC News
- Norgenix Pharmaceuticals, “Co-Promotion of a New Medical Device for Female Infertility Announced” PR Newswire