Saturday, 25 February 2012


The causes of low sperm count and male infertility are many, but a many of them we do have control over and you can reduce your exposure to them.
Here is a list of the top culprits which many have been shown through studies to be the cause of low sperm count and male infertility.
  • EMF’s – Electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) have been shown through studies to lower sperm count due to the heating of the testicles from the EMF’s. Do not keep your cell phone in your pocket and do not place your laptop computer on your lap.
  • Cigarette smoking – Smoking damages the sperm. Period. The good news is the damage done from smoking can be reversed… As long as you quit smoking.
  • Pesticides and hormones in foods – The pesticides found on produce and the hormones added to the dairy and meat have a HUGE effect on men’s hormonal balance. Pesticides mimic estrogens in the body while the added hormones to meat and dairy are actual hormones (like estrogen) you do not want in your system.
  • Soy foods – Soy foods mimic estrogens in the body also. As a man these xenohormones can match up with the receptor sites that testosterone is supposed to go. And create hormonal havoc.
  • Alcohol- In a study of men with poor sperm quality, excessive alcohol consumption was associated with decrease in the number of normal sperm.
  • Plastics – When plastics are heated they release xenohormones which mimic estrogen in the body.
  • Briefs/ boxers – The testicles need to keep the sperm at a healthy temperature (which is less then the bodies temperature). Tight underwear like briefs can keep the testicles from being able to hang and regulate there temperature. (Plus women like boxers on men more anyways)
  • Hot tubs/ bike riding – This again is to help keep the integrity of the sperm by allowing the testicles to regulate the temperature.
  • Stress – Stress can have a big impact on hormonal balance.
  • Get Tested
    I already mentioned making sure you know the facts. If you have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year. BOTH of you should go and get tested. There are over the counter sperm tests available (and we have tried them) but they are hard to read. Go to the doctor and get a test done.
    The results of a good test would be a sperm count of 20 million plus sperm.
    Not so good would be less than 20 million sperm. But don’t worry this guide can help men with sperm count, morphology, and motility
    You Are What You Eat
    Diet has a big impact on sperm health. How could it not. What you are eating today is impacting the sperm that will be swimming 3 months from now.
    Study findings show a range of 42 to 76 days from the time of sperm production to ejaculation in normal men.
    So the changes that you make today are impacting the sperm you will be using two to three months from now. So that is the amount of time it will take for the herbs and supplements to have there effects.
    Balance Your Hormones
    Hormone imbalance is not just something that is reserved for women only. Men can also have imbalanced hormones.
    Hormones play a large roll in semen production and men’s fertility. One of the main hormones being testosterone.

    Many of the fertility challenges men face can be linked to two main culprits, hormonal imbalance or environmental toxins.
    The Men’s Fertility Cleanse uses whole herbs and green superfoods to help the body cleanse itself of toxins and excess hormones.
    Due to our modern lifestyles and many of the culprits mentioned above, men’s hormones can become imbalanced.
    There are pollutants that “mimic” estrogens (xenohormones) in the body which means less testosterone. Excess estrogen in men produces erectile dysfunction, low/lack libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid.
    These xenohormones can come from:
    -soy foods
    -pesticides on food
    -hormones added to dairy and meat

    Here are 5 easy steps to balancing your hormones:

    1. Reduce your exposure to xenohormones
    2. Eat only organic meats and dairy
    3. Do not eat soy foods.
    4. Cleanse the body of excess hormones and toxins. This can be done with a Male Fertility Cleanse
    5. Eat lots of fiber and cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables contain a special element that helps the body to rid itself of excess estrogens. You can also take thesupplement DIM to have the same effects.
    Take Supporting Herbs
    These traditional herbal tonics have been shown through studies and hundreds of years of use to help men have healthier sperm and increased fertility.
    Most of these herbs are adaptogen which help to nourish the endocrine system so all of the hormones are working properly. For best results use these herbs for at least 3 – 6 months.
    Maca - Men who use Maca have been shown to have an increase in libido and healthy sperm.
    Tribulus – Tribulus helps to increase testosterone in the body. It has been proventribulus terrestris can increase the amount of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) produced by the body’s pituitary gland. LH stimulates the testes to secret the male hormone testosterone.
    Panax Ginseng – Studies have shown that ginseng helps to increase sperm counts, motility and quality of sperm.
    All of these herbs can be found in the male herbal blend Male Performance.
    Nutrients Necessary For Healthy Sperm
    Another necessary component of an effective men’s fertility program is to get all the necessary nutrients needed for healthy sperm and balanced hormones.
    Male Factor Formula Kit

    The Male Factor Formula kit contains all the nutrients, amino acids, and herbs to help support healthy sperm production
    Here are the nutrients specifically needed for men’s fertility health:
    Zinc- Having a zinc deficiency can actually reduce testosterone levels. And for men with low testosterone zinc raised testosterone and increases fertility.
    Folic acid – New research suggests that folic acid can boost sperm health. Men with low levels of folate had increased risks for sperm that contained too little or too many chromosomes. If an egg is fertilized with one of these abnormal sperm it could result in a birth defect such as downs syndrome, or an increase in miscarriage.
    B12- Has been shown to increase sperm counts.
    Vitamin c – Vitamin C protects sperm from oxidative damage. It will help to increase the quality of sperm in smokers and rescues sperm agglutination (when they clump together).
    L-Carnitine – It is a necessary nutrient for sperm cells to function normally. In studies supplementing with L-carnitine helps to normalize sperm motility in men with low sperm quality.
    Network Antioxidants – Antioxidants are one of the most important components to having healthy fertility that every man and women needs to focus on. Antioxidants help to protect the sperm from free radical damage. Free radicals are able to damage both sperm cell health and the cell’s DNA. The DNA of both partners is the future blueprint for a child. Damaged DNA is known to cause miscarriages or birth defects/developmental problems for the future child. Studies have also shown a connection between oxidative stress caused from free radicals and male infertility. Network Antioxidants was created by Dr. Lester Packer, the leading antioxidant expert in the United States. It contains all of the most important antioxidant nutrients in a capsule form which you can take one capsule, twice a day. This blend is great for both men and women and should be a part of everyone’s health program, especially for sperm health.

    Friday, 24 February 2012


    Fertility supplements you need to get pregnant

    When trying to get pregnant, many times we can fail to conceive because our diets are lacking in the nutrients necessary for a successful conception and pregnancy to take place. Even when we are very careful about our diet and "eat well", our diet can still be insufficient.

    When trying to get pregnant your main objective should be is to try and create the healthiest eggs and sperm possible, and in the woman, the most fertile environment possible so conception can occur.
    Often, with many couples, an ordinary diet lacks the necessary nutrients a healthy pregnancy requires. The body knows this, and until the nutrient levels are there, doesn't conceive.

    So in order for the body to receive the nutrients it needs to conceive nutritional supplements are often required to supplement even the best most carefully planned diets.
    To achieve this you may have to buy more than one supplement to make sure you cover every nutrient.

    Whether you buy a single supplement product or you need to buy quite a few different ones, it or they should contain the following:

    - Vitamins A,E,D

    - Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12
    - Biotin, Cholene, Inositol, PABA
    - Folic Acid
    - Vitamin C and Bioflavinoids
    - Calcium
    - Magnesium
    - Potassium, Iron, Manganese
    - Zinc
    - Chromium, Selenium, Iodine
    - Evening Primrose Oil
    - MaxEPA

    After taking supplements containing all of these, apart from giving your body everything it needs to conceive, you should feel greater well-being and notice higher levels of energy. How these supplements benefit you in terms of you conceiving are as follows:
    Vitamin A – For men, vitamin A is necessary for sperm production and production of testosterone. In women it keeps the cilia in the fallopian tubes healthy, and deficiencies in either men or women could lead to infertility and miscarriage. Vitamin A is a known antioxidant so it plays an important role in detoxifying your body.
    Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, PABA, Folic Acid, Inositol, Choline – These vitamins usually occur together and are necessary for balancing estrogen and progesterone, as well as the production of sex hormones. For male fertility the B group is especially important. Vitamin B5 is needed for the testes to be healthy, high sperm count and motility require Vitamin B12, and Inositol is needed for a healthy prostate gland. A deficiency in Vitamin B can result in a miscarriage or risk of the baby being stillborn.

    Vitamin C and Bioflavinoids – Because Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant it works to eliminate toxins in your system, like lead for example. Vitamin C encourages ovulation in women who haven't been producing eggs and who may be anovular. In men it prevents the sperm from clumping. However a deficiency of Vitamin C during the period of conception and early pregnancy can result in a miscarriage.

    Calcium – You need calcium for producing fertile mucus in the vagina. You know it's fertile when it is stretchy. Calcium deficiency can result in toxemia while pregnant.

    Magnesium – Estrogen and Progesterone require Magnesium if they are to be produced. If a woman has a Magnesium deficiency the muscle contractions of the Fallopian Tubes can be affected, interfering with the movement of eggs and sperm within the uterus. You know you have a Magnesium deficiency if you crave sugary foods, chocolate in particular.

    Potassium – Potassium is necessary for sperm motility and the general wellbeing of glands. Iron – Iron is essential for hemoglobin production and the correct formation of fetal blood. Without enough iron infertility can result.

    Manganese – Manganese is involved with building and breaking down genetic material, like nucleic acids. It also plays a part in the secretions from glands that affect a womans' maternal instinct, her desire to love and nurture her child. Deficiencies in Manganese reduce sperm count and can result in infertility.

    Zinc – Zinc is required for a healthy sperm count and for the sperm to be well formed. Zinc deficiency can result in chromosomal abnormalities in the sperm and low levels of testosterone. For women, low zinc can lead to a miscarriage. Whether male or female zinc is very important to your reproductive health.

    Chromium – Chromium helps with glucose metabolism, which stabilizes blood sugar levels.

    Selenium – Healthy levels of Selenium help males with sperm production and motility. It is a known antioxidant and can help remove toxins from the body. Low levels of Selenium reduce sperm production and sperm motility.

    Iodine – The thyroid gland the balance of hormones in the body and for it to function properly it needs Iodine. When a woman has a thyroid gland that is not sufficiently active she may not ovulate during her cycle.

    Evening Primrose Oil and MaxEPA – These two contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids which are important for providing what body needs for building cell membranes and body structures. They are also necessary for correct hormone balance and prostaglandin production. In females they help with bloodflow in the uterus. Deficiencies of essential fatty acids can lead to chromosomal defects and miscarriage.

    How do you take care of yourself?

    Thursday, 2 February 2012


    Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is available to be fertilized. The lining of the uterus has thickened to prepare for a fertilized egg. If no conception occurs, the uterine lining as well as blood will be shed. Tracking Ovulation:
    A woman's monthly cycle is measured from the first day of her menstrual period until the first day of her next period. On average, a woman's cycle normally is between 28-32 days, but some women may have much shorter cycles or much longer ones. Ovulation can be calculated by starting with the day the last menstrual period (LMP) starts or by calculating 12-16 days from the next expected period. Most women ovulate anywhere between Day 11 - Day 21 of their cycle, counting from the first day of the LMP. This is what many refer to as the "fertile time" of a woman's cycle, because sexual intercourse during this time increases the chance of pregnancy. Ovulation can occur at various times during a cycle, and may occur on a different day each month. It is important to track your cycle.
    The Ovulation Cycle Divided into Two Parts:
    The first part of the ovulation cycle is called the follicular phase. This phase starts the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP) and continues until ovulation. This first half of the cycle can differ greatly for each woman lasting anywhere from 7 days until 40 days. The second half of the cycle is called the luteal phase and is from the day of ovulation until the next period begins. The luteal phase has a more precise timeline and usually is only 12-16 days from the day of ovulation. This ultimately means that the day of ovulation will determine how long your cycle is. This also means that outside factors like stress, illness, and disruption of normal routine can throw off your ovulation which then results in changing the time your period will come. So the old thought that stress can affect your period is only partly true. Stress can affect your ovulation which ultimately determines when your period will come, but stress around the time of an expected period will not make it late—it was already determined when it would come 12-16 days earlier!
    Fertility Awareness is one way to track when ovulation occurs, and it includes studying the changes in cervical mucus and using a basal thermometer. Cervical fluid will change to a wet, slippery substance that resembles "egg whites" just before ovulation occurs and until ovulation is over. A basal thermometer helps track a body temperature rise, which signals that ovulation has just occurred.
    Another way to track ovulation is through ovulation kits and fertility monitors.  Tracking ovulation can help a woman get a better idea of when pregnancy can and cannot occur during her monthly cycle. Once ovulation has occurred, there is nothing you can do to increase your chances of pregnancy. Your next step is to begin watching for early pregnancy symptoms.
    From the Menstrual Period to Ovulation (the details you may not know!)
    When your menstrual cycle begins, your estrogen levels are low. Your hypothalamus (which is in charge of maintaining your hormone levels) sends out a message to your pituitary gland which then sends out the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This FSH triggers a few of your follicles to develop into mature eggs. One of these will develop into the dominant follicle, which will release a mature egg and the others will disintegrate. As the follicles mature they send out another hormone, estrogen. The high levels of estrogen will tell the hypothalamus and pituitary gland that there is a mature egg.
    A luteinizing hormone (LH) is then released, referred to as your LH surge. The LH surge causes the egg to burst through the ovary wall within 24-36 hours and begin its journey down the fallopian tube for fertilization. The follicle from which the egg was released is called thecorpus luteum, and it will release progesterone that helps thicken and prepare the uterine lining for implantation. The corpus luteum will produce progesterone for about 12-16 days (the luteal phase of your cycle.) If an egg is fertilized, the corpus luteum will continue to produce progesterone for a developing pregnancy until the placenta takes over. You can begin looking for pregnancy symptoms as early as a week after fertilization. If fertilization does not occur the egg dissolves after 24 hours.
    At this time your hormone levels will decrease and your uterine lining will begin to shed about 12-16 days from ovulation. This is menstruation(menstrual period) and brings us back to day 1 of your cycle. The journey then begins all over again.

    The time of ovulation is one of the most important things a woman should understand about her body, since it is the determining factor in getting pregnant and preventing pregnancy. The process can be confusing and somewhat overwhelming when trying to understand. The Association recommends using an ovulation kit or fertility monitor to maximize your chances and to confirm when your ovulation is occuring. There are many frequently asked questions about the ovulation process, and the Association has attempted to address those for you. If you still have further questions regarding ovulation, we encourage you to either talk with your healthcare provider. Being informed on what your body does can help you feel more in charge of your health.
    If you need assistance in tracking ovulation, you can order ovulation kits or ovulation monitors.
    Wishing you all the very best.
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