How to increase sperm count
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A lot of men now have fertility issues. Male sperm quality has decreased by 40% over the last 70 years. A low sperm count is known as oligozoospermia. The volume of semen in a typical ejaculation is 2.5-5mL, with 50-150 million sperm per mL.
The parameters for a semen sample are set by the World Health Organization (WHO). Some countries use the old parameters and some the new. According to the latest report (fifth version), a normal sperm count should be more than 39 million in total.
Clinical studies have confirmed that chronic consumption of alcohol and nicotine causes a decline in testosterone levels and sperm count.
A lot of man-made chemicals act like oestrogen causing a decrease in testosterone levels in men, which affects sperm count and quality. Exposure to chemicals such as PFCs and electromagnetic waves can decrease sperm count.
4. Treatment for a low sperm count
Moxibustion has been shown in research to improve a low sperm count in men.
These supplements have been shown to improve sperm count:
These specific foods can increase sperm count:
- White and dark fish
- Shell fish
- Organic food
These foods can reduce sperm count:
- Red meat
- Cow's milk
For optimal male fertility, try and sleep before 10pm and for 7 to 8 hours.
Try and exercise (cardio) for at least 30 minutes, three times a week. Don't over-exercise as this can reduce male sperm count.
Try and cut down on alcohol intake to two beers a week. No more!
Avoid heat on the lower abdomen near the testicles. Avoid hot baths, saunas, sun beds, heated car seats and laptops on the lap. Heat can affect sperm production.
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