Male Infertility: Time to Man Up!
Nowadays, it is not uncommon for young couples to experience infertility issues, which makes family planning particularly complicated and can lead to significant anxiety.
In Canada, almost one couple out of six is confronted by this—twice as many than during the 80s. While this is not the most pleasant thing for men to hear, most researchers agree that men and women are equally implicated.
Male infertility can be due to various factors, including insufficient sperm quantity, quality, and motility, but also STD, hormonal issues, chronic diseases—cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, etc.—and their treatments, body composition, or even factors associated to lifestyle and their environment. A primary-care physician would likely prescribe sperm analysis and/or genetic testing for men, in order to get a diagnosis, before considering options like artificial insemination.
Can Sperm Quantity, Quality, and Motility Be Improved?
Often times, yes. Support for potentially liable illnesses can help. Improvements in nutrition, positive lifestyle changes, increasing physical activity, and better stress management can certainly increase the chances of conceiving. It has been clinically proven that certain nutraceuticals can also help improve male fertility. Ashwagandha, ʟ-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, lycopene, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), and selenium  have been shown to help individually—consider what they could accomplish synergistically! In addition to improving sperm quality, these supplements can prove beneficial in balancing hormones and the body’s ability to handle oxidative stress. They can improve fertility by acting on one or more additional conditions—called comorbidities—either cardiovascular, metabolic, immune, or cancer-related. Overcoming male infertility is a team effort. Many naturopathic solutions exist that men can consider to address this increasingly common health issue.
 Public Health Agency of Canada. “Fertility.” Canada.ca · https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/fertility/fertility.html · Updated 2019-05-28.
 La fertilité masculine sur le déclin : Entrevue avec Daniel Cyr. Les années lumière, Ici Radio-Canada.ca · https://ici.radio-canada.ca/ohdio/premiere/emissions/les-annees-lumiere/segments/entrevue/351783/fertilite-masculine-homme-spermatozoides-reproduction-contaminants-hormones · Published 2021-04-18.
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