Have you been trying to conceive with no luck? Give these 6 tips for improving male fertility a try, and see our recommendations on the next steps to take.
This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.
Making babies can be fun or extraordinarily frustrating, depending upon your circumstances. I was very fortunate in that I got pregnant immediately, both times we talked about it.
The first time was the weekend we got married. We joked around about having a baby right away (I was 29 at the time). Less than 2 weeks after our wedding I just knew I was pregnant. I took a test a couple days later and sure enough I was.
The second time was the week we got down to Uruguay. We were in celebration mode again, and excited for the adventures that were in front of us. We talked about how great it would be for Zoë to have a sibling.
Sure enough I found out I was pregnant 2 months later (I was 8 weeks along before I got a positive pregnancy test that time).
I am so grateful that I never faced fertility challenges. I'm not sure that I'm emotionally strong enough to go through what I've watched friends go through trying to conceive.
It's awful seeing friends having so much trouble conceiving, sometimes blaming themselves unnecessarily. Sometimes medical intervention is a godsend in these instances. But before going down the modern medicine route, I always like to try the natural approach first, when it makes sense.
You'll find tons of information online to help guide women to support their bodies naturally to make it more likely to conceive. However, male fertility isn't talked about quite as frequently or openly.
Low sperm count or motility can unknowingly be a real challenge in some instances. Fortunately, there are some natural ways for improving male fertility that you can try.
6 Tips for Improving Male Fertility
Up Your Antioxidant Intake
Antioxidants are all over the news for cancer prevention, but they can have an impact on male fertility as well. Some antioxidants you'll want to focus on include Folic Acid, Lycopene, Selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Zinc.
Smoking cigarettes is one of the worst things you can do for your health, and for your fertility. Studies that looked at the impact smoking has on semen quality discovered that smoking does affect several characteristics of sperm health like lower sperm counts, lower sperm motility as well as sperm shape.
Quit the Booze
Most women know to avoid alcohol when they're trying to conceive. Alcohol can also have a negative impact on male fertility. So if you're struggling to conceive it's time to put down that drink.
Stop Eating Soy
Soy is not the health food many people want you to believe it is. Some studies are now showing that men who eat soy have lower sperm counts. According to one study, men who consumed the most soy had 41 million/milliliter fewer sperm compared with men who don't consume soy.
Watch Your Weight
If your BMI is outside of the healthy range, it's time to address that if you want help improving male fertility. Being overweight can impact your ability to conceive. Take a look at your whole lifestyle – food, exercise and chemical exposure – to see where you might be able to improve.
Be Wary of Chemical Exposure
Toxic chemicals are all around us these days, but make sure you do your best to avoid the ones you can. Switch to natural personal care products and natural cleaning products, avoid plastic, don't purchase household items that emit VOCs and do anything else you can to avoid toxic chemicals.
Heat can be detrimental to sperm health. Make sure that you skip hot tubs and hot baths and don't use the seat heaters in your car. If you sit for long periods of time, make sure to get up and walk around frequently to keep things cool.
When Natural Remedies for Improving Male Fertility Aren't Enough
If you've tried all of the tips for improving male fertility and other natural paths to conception and none have worked for you, then it's time to give something else a try. The Stork OTC Home Conception Device can be a shortcut to conception for many couples.
The Stork OTC Home Conception Device is a uniquely designed innovative device that you use at home, during ovulation, to help improve your chances of becoming pregnant.
This FDA–cleared, over-the-counter device uses cervical cap insemination. This smart technique enables the sperm to quickly bypass the vaginal tract and places the sperm as close as possible to the opening of the cervix, right where it needs to be to swim up through.
A recently published clinical study demonstrated that in 85% of subjects, The Stork OTC delivered 3.23 times the sperm score value within cervical mucus compared to natural intercourse and … presents a greater concentration of sperm to targeted cervical mucus than natural intercourse.1
Up to 20% of women who use cervical cap insemination, the technique employed by the Stork OTC, become pregnant. Compare that to IUI with recorded success rates that range from 16-21%.2
Unlike many fertility treatments, there are no shots, no scans, no prescriptions and no procedures of any kind. Everything is handled in the privacy of your own home.
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