Q. I have a problem with male infertility. How can I improve my low sperm count?
Has your doctor confirmed a low sperm count after checking two or more semen samples over time? Sperm counts often fluctuate from one specimen to the next. You and your spouse may both need tests to rule out other causes of infertility and to look for any underlying health problems.
In response to your question, sperm count may increase if an underlying cause can be identified and dealt with. There are 3 general categories to consider:
Some underlying medical conditions include: variocele (swelling of the veins that drain the testicle), infection (sexually transmitted disease, inflammation of the prostate, etc.), retrograde ejaculation, tumors, hormonal imbalances, chromosomal defects, celiac disease and certain medications (anabolic steroid use, chemotherapy, some ulcer medications, etc.).
Environmental elements include: pesticides, heavy metal exposure, exposure to radiation, overheating the testicles (don’t wear tight clothing) and prolonged bicycling.
Lifestyle factors which decrease sperm count: use of illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco; stress; being over- or underweight; men older than 35 begin to have a gradual decline in sperm production.
As you identify any necessary changes, be sure to also incorporate the NEWSTART® principles into your daily life as this will peak your health and better prepare you for the road ahead.