You’ve been trying to conceive for a while now, and you’re still waiting for your baby. Your cycles are regular and you have no health issues, so you’re starting to wonder – could it be your partner’s sperm?
So often I see the emphasis being put on the female in couples trying to conceive, yet the male plays an equally important role. I’ve even seen couples that have been trying to conceive for years, and while the female has had tons of investigations and subsequent treatments, the male hasn’t even had a basic sperm analysis performed. The health of the sperm is so important, and often upon investigation I find the male needs more work on his health than the female to improve their fertility as a couple.
Usually I find improving sperm health to be quite easy (in comparison to female fertility factors). There are a number of herbs that can help with improving sperm viability, morphology and motility. When these herbs are used in conjunction with a preconception plan (including dietary changes and lifestyle improvements), good results are often observed.
Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) is one of my go-to herbs when the sperm’s motility needs to be improved. Korean ginseng is a stimulating adaptogen – it makes the user feel more energetic, a bit like caffeine – and it has the same affect on sperm. If your swimmers are a bit lazy, Korean ginseng may be the herb for you.
Velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens) seed powder has been shown to improve both sperm count and motility, as well as regulating hormones in males (which then affects sperm production also). Velvet bean also acts as an aphrodisiac and can help improve libido. I find velvet bean particularly helpful in cases with low sperm count.
Withania (Withania somnifera) is a herb I use with SO MANY of my clients because of it’s amazing effects on stress levels. Withania is an adaptogen (meaning it helps the body adapt to stress), and it’s also a calming & sedating herb, so I find it has a relaxing effect on stressed clients. Stress has a detrimental effect on many factors of our health, including sperm health, so addressing stress is an important step in preconception care for men. Withania has also been shown to regulate hormone levels in males and improving overall semen health. Withania is a particularly useful herb for men presenting with fertility issues in combination with stress and/or sleep issues.
When you’re trying to conceive, looking after sperm health is just as important as improving female reproductive health (that is, egg quality). Improving the quality of your partner’s sperm could be the missing link between you and your baby!
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Disclaimer: information in this article is general in nature and does not replace medical advice. It’s advised to see a health professional before self-prescribing to ensure no contraindications with your current medications or health conditions.