How Does Lifestyle Affect Fertility

Well, there are a number of things that will decrease oxidative stress, which is the main problem that both men and women have, that interferes with their fertility. Women, who adhere to diets that have more antioxidants, omega 3s, have a higher success rate with in vitro fertilization. The man, who are infertile, who have abnormal sperm, have more oxidative stress and have diets, that are lower in antioxidants.

Saturated fat reduces the chance of success with IVF, so women should avoid meat, or eat less meat, and eat more fish. Trans fat should be avoided, so avoid Danish pastries, doughnuts, and fried foods in general

And mono-unsaturated fats turn out to be helpful for fertility. Olive oil and avocados, macadamias that contain high levels of mono-unsaturated fats.

It turns out that the same amount of physical activity that we recommend for all adults is also favorable for fertility. So that’s thirty minutes of moderate exercise most days of a week. Women should not have excessive physical activity. More than three to five hours of aerobic exercise per week has been shown to reduce the outcome with the IVF.

Sperm volume supplements are able to boost sperm count and sperm quality because of the natural ingredients, so you can use products like Volume Pills, Spermomax, Semenax for better fertility rate. You will need around 3-4 weeks to see the increased sperm production. Five times more sperm than usual, the amount is important, that’s why men use sperm boosting pills to increase their fertility.

So anything that relaxes a patient, and that includes acupuncture. The patient finds it relaxing, yoga certainly, the mind-body programs, which teach methods to relax, and to avoid the effects of stress on the body. All of those things can improve the success rate with treatment, particularly IVF.

What Is a Semen Analysis?

Another very important component on infertility workup is to do a semen analysis. Semen analysis basically evaluates the malefactor, and it is known to be responsible for forty percent of the reasons for infertility.

Semen analysis is taking after three to five days of abstinence; it is collected by masturbation. It is very important that the sample is collected either at the lab or it is brought to the lab as soon as possible, because environmental factors, such as excessive heat or excessive cold, will decrease the motility.

Once you collect the semen analysis, the lab will check for several things:

  • Concentration;
  • Motility;
  • Morphology.

Sperm count is basically how many sperms for milliliter are in the ejaculate. Normal, according to the World Health Organization, is 20 million per milliliter.

Motility, basically what they do in the lab is they take a sample, and they look under the microscope, and they count what percentage of motile sperm they see. So normal motility, again, according to the World Health Organization, is forty percent or more.

And morphology scans for the shape of the sperm, in other words, the sperm need to have a certain shape in order to be a competence sperm. So, there are criteria called the strict criteria, where the head, the midpiece, and the tail need to have certain proportions, in order to call that a normal sperm. And as we see with strict criteria, 4 percent or more is considered a normal sperm morphology. Patients typically are upset when the doctor tells them “you husband’s sperm or you partner’s sperm is 4% normal”. Well, that sounds very low, but actually, 4 percent or more is normal sperm morphology.