What Constitutes Healthy Sperm?
50% Of The Responsibility Is His
In spite of the fact that you and your partner have been trying to conceive for several months, nothing has changed and there is no baby-bump on the horizon. However, a year has not yet come and gone, which means that technically, as a couple you are not considered infertile. Fertility treatments are not deemed necessary at this point. While a lot of pressure rests on a woman to be sure she's in top condition to conceive, there is an equal amount of responsibility in the guy's direction to be sure he's doing everything possible to ensure his sperm are healthy and up to the task.
Male fertility depends upon the quality and quantity of his sperm, which can be affected by any number of things. Life proves you cannot control everything that happens, but there are many things that are in your control when it comes to maximizing your sperm health and performance.
What Determines Fertility In A Man?
The criterion for male fertility is determined by three factors, quantity, quality, and motility (ability to move). A guy is considered fertile if he has more than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. Of all the millions of sperm ejaculated in semen, only about 200 of them successfully make it to the destination and of them, only one does the job of fertilizing the egg. It isn't good enough to have enough. The sperm must be of high quality as well. Normal sperm look like little ovals with long tails. If the shape or structure of the sperm is off, then they can't do the job. Sperm that have curly, kinky, or split tails or misshapen, oversized, or undersized heads are unlikely to be able to fertilize the egg. If one-third of your sperm is normal, you are considered fertile. Finally, the sperm have to be Olympic standard swimmers. Getting into the water is great, but the wave only carries the sperm so far. Once inside, the sperm have to swim and squirm their way to the fallopian tube where the egg waits. Then, it has to be strong enough to penetrate the egg. If half of your sperm are in motion, you're in the park and considered fertile.
Easy, Practical Ways To Improve Sperm Health
There are always things a man can do to improve the fertility factor of his sperm, doing his part in the process to ensure pregnancy. Of course, diet is critical. Eating a good balance of fruit and veggies, which are high in antioxidants, help to improve sperm health. Taking a multivitamin every day provides trace minerals and nutrients like zinc, folic acid, and selenium-all important to sperm production. These two things alone can go a long way to helping you keep a healthy weight, which is important to sperm health as well. Too much or too little body fat messes up the reproductive hormones and may reduce the number of healthy sperm you are able to generate. Exercise, the other side of diet, is great. Just don't overdo it. Too much exercise can lead to exhaustion, which hampers production.
Keep stress in check and treat yourself well. Your healthy sperm will be better able to do their job.