Ready to try for a baby? Congratulations, this is a huge and a rewarding step! If you want to know what men can do to help the process, read further on.

This journey is going to be very exciting and hopefully results in a positive overall experience. There are, of course, the lucky couples who manage to conceive a baby with the first attempt, but there are also other couples whose journey takes a little or a lot longer than initially expected. There are several steps one can do to speed up the conception.

And what is it that men can do, to help?

1. CHECK THE SPERM QUALITY

You have got to know, what you are working with – and it is easy!

Ordering a SwimCount™ Sperm Quality Test online, taking the test at home and reading the result after only 30 minutes is simple and trouble-free. If this step is done early in the process, and the result turn out to be LOW, you can act fast and do timely improvements to speed up the conception.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHECK SPECIFICALLY THE QUALITY AND NOT SO MUCH THE QUANTITY?

A man can have a high sperm cell concentration in his ejaculate, but without knowing if that sperm can swim properly, it doesn’t really matter how many sperm cells he has. On average, there is around 60-80% actively moving sperm cells (also known as motile sperm cells) in the ejaculate, but even this information does not mean, that it will be easy to fertilize a woman’s egg.

Why?

Because not all motile sperm cells have the ability to reach the woman’s egg. Many motile sperm cells are not moving progressively, which means that they cannot swim to the egg, but instead they swim actively in circles or different directions.

The only sperm cells that can reach and fertilize a woman’s egg are the Progressive Motile Sperm Cells (PMSCs). SwimCountTM Sperm Quality Test is the only home-test that can measure specifically the amount of PMSCs. This kind of analysis is also done in the fertility clinics when testing the fertility, but going to a fertility clinic involves many different tangible and intangible costs that you might not have thought about. You can read about them in our previous blog here.

BUT WHAT IS PROGRESSIVE MOTILITY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

The simple definition of Progressive motility is “the ability of an organism or fluid to move forward”. Having Progressive Motile Sperm Cells (PMSCs) in a man’s semen is the most important factor, as it indicates if the sperm has the ability to find their way to the cervix and into the womb. This is actually the first step that occurs in order to achieve pregnancy.

Sperm motility (movement ability) is classified in three groups:

Progressive motility – these sperm cells are the one which are actively moving forward in a straight line

Non-progressive motility – this refers to the sperm that are moving, but they swim in circles or in any other patterns except moving forward

Immotile – this is the sperm that is not moving at all

The SwimCount™ Sperm Quality Test measures the concentration of the sperm cells that can swim (PMSCs). We encourage to try this home-test at any time in your adulthood, because sperm quality is an indicator of the man’s overall health.

If changes in diet and lifestyle must be made, because they are affecting the sperm count and quality, we suggest sticking to the usual improvements that not only will help with fertility, but also all other health aspects:

2. FOCUS ON A HEALTHY DIET

Eat the rainbow variety of foods for sperm-boosting antioxidants: berries, green vegetables and carrots. You should also include good fat from avocados, nuts (especially walnuts), olive oil and salmon, and complete your diet with lean protein, whole grains and high fat dairy foods.

A good idea is to replace some of the animal proteins with vegetable protein sources, such as beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.

Studies have shown that a diet high in trans-fat is linked to infertility in both men and women. So, limit the use of vegetable oils, margarine, processed and fried food.

3. OPTIMISE YOUR WEIGHT

Your chances of having a baby are optimised when you are within the normal weight range for your height. Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) – a healthy fertile BMI range is between 19 and 25.

The other side to this is that body fat plays a significant role in reproduction which means that also low BMI translates to fertility, so balance is the key.

4. QUIT SMOKING

If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit. Smoking harms sperm, causing havoc on your hormones and damaging DNA. The risk of fertility problems increases with the number of cigarettes smoked daily. Your chances of conception will increase by 40% once you have kicked the habit out and your body will thank you. And so will your family’s health in the long run.

One of the ways tobacco is influencing sperm quality is by disturbing the DNA quality causing mutation of sperm cells. In order for sperm to be healthy, the sperm cells have to have positive vitality, morphology, motility and sperm count.
Tobacco is influencing 3 of them – sperm count, motility and morphology. Influencing these factors might result in fewer sperm cells, sperm cells that are not able to swim or sperm cells that are morphologically abnormal.

5. LESS ALCOHOL

A previous study of 1221 Danish men from 2014 had shown that high alcohol intake is decreasing sperm quality by 1/3. It is important to highlight that sperm quality, whether it is positive or negative is not a constant measure. Sperm quality can change and reverse within 3 months, as that’s approximately how fast new sperms are created.
It is important to remember that nowadays, you can check your sperm quality with home tests, without the need to visit the doctor’s office several times.

6. LOWER CAFFEINE INTAKE

The way caffeine may harm male fertility is by causing damage to the sperm DNA. A meta-analysis on how coffee and caffeine intake influence male infertility discovered that independent of age, healthy non-smoking men whose daily coffee intake amounted to more than 308 mg (∼2.9 cups) have shown increased sperm DNA damage, thus prolonged time to pregnancy.[1] It is recommended to lower caffeine intake to 1-2 drinks per day

7. EXERCISE

If you are new to exercise, choose lower-impact activities that keep you moving without triggering a stress response. Try Yoga or brisk walking. Include 30 min of simple, moderate exercise in your daily life. A more active exercise for men at least 3 times a week is recommended to increase the number of “healthy swimmers”. Exercise also helps with relieving stress, another factor that impacts sperm quality.

8. SLOW DOWN AND DE-STRESS

Stress affects hormone levels that are required for conception. Men who feel more stressed have lower sperm concentration, and the sperm they have is more likely to be misshapen or have impaired motility.

The Columbian University of Public Health had made a study proving a connection between stress and semen quality. Stress was negatively influencing motility of sperm cells, as well as morphology and number of sperm cells in the ejaculate. It is also not the first study investigating relationships between stress and sperm quality.

Previously made studies in the U.S. have been able to detect associations between stressful life events and the number of motile sperm cells. Seek advice of a health care professional if you feel stressed or anxious and need help managing it.

9. TAKE MALE FERTILITY VITAMINS

It takes a minimum of 10-12 weeks (90 days) for a man to produce new sperm cells in his body, so remaining on a helpful supplement for 3 months can help with male fertility and reproduction.

Ingredients with a clinical evidence for efficacy on the sperm[2]:

  • Selenium – helps to achieve linear progression and concentration
  • Zinc – helps with sperm concentration and morphology
  • Vitamin B12 – helps with sperm count
  • Folic Acid – helps with sperm count, motility and lower DNA damage
  • Vitamin C – helps with sperm concentration, motility and lower DNA damage

SwimCount™ SpermCare Food Supplement includes all the above ingredients plus more to provide the body with the needed nutrients to maintain a normal sperm production, fertility and reproduction as well as maintain a normal testosterone level.

It is always advised to focus on an adequate vitamin intake through available vitamin-rich foods. It is important to remember that fertility vitamins are a supplement to a healthy diet for men. They are not a replacement for a healthy diet. Ask a medical professional or a pharmacist for their recommendations.

 

KEY TAKE-AWAY:

Take a sperm quality test early in the process to be aware if you have to do some adjustments in your life, to improve your sperm quality. Also, sperm quality decreases with age, so if you are trying for a baby, every day counts, so testing the sperm sooner rather than later can pay off.

 

 

[1] Ricci E., Vigano P., Cipriani S., Somigliana E., Chiaffarino F., Bulfoni A. Coffee and caffeine intake and male infertility: a systematic review. Nutr J. 2017;16:37. [PMC free article] [PubMed] [Google Scholar] [Ref list]

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7284793/ Dietary Supplements for Male Infertility: A Critical Evaluation of Their Composition

Smoking cigarettes is a recognized problem when it comes to sperm quality. The decline in the quality of sperm has been found more significant when it comes to the heavy smokers (more than 20 cigarettes a day) compared to moderate (10-20 cigarettes a day) or mild smokers (1-10 cigarettes a day).

One of the ways, tobacco is influencing sperm quality is by disturbing the DNA quality causing mutation of sperm cells. In order for sperm to be healthy, the sperm cells have to have positive vitality, morphology, motility and sperm count. 
Tobacco is influencing 3 of them – sperm count, motility and morphology. Influencing these factors might result in fewer sperm cells, sperm cells that are not able to swim or sperm cells that are morphologically abnormal. 

Furthermore, cigarette smoke contains the reactive oxygen species also called ROS, which is the major reason for LeucocytospermiaLeucocytospermia means the presence of white blood cells in the ejaculate. Higher levels of ROS are negatively influencing the performance of sperm cells and therefore lead to lower sperm quality. 

So, if you do not consider other health risks connected to smoking cigarettes, you might consider quitting at least for 3 months to try to improve the quality of your sperm cells.  

It is definitely easier said than done to quit smoking cigarettes, but some people found it quite helpful using apps to measure their progress in quitting. Healthline.com made a great overview of Apps for both Android and iPhone.  
One of the very well rated apps for iPhone is the My Quit Coach by Livestrong.comThe great thing about the app is that besides a customized quitting plan, you get access to community where you can share your experience and support with other people. The SmokeFree for Android provides motivational tips, personal statistics and even financial stats on how much money you saved.

The Harvard Medical School had also published a great article on quitting smoking that recommends a two-pronged approach, which is a combination of a behavioural strategy and a nicotine replacement. When it comes to behavioural strategy, it can be anything from consulting with your doctor to a friend, but social support seems to be an important factor when quitting smoking. 
Nicotine replacements offer a wide variety of products from chewing gums, to patches and inhalators.
In case of a combination of nicotine replacement, one should take into consideration the amounts of nicotine in each in order to avoid overdosing with nicotine.  
Whether you decide for one or the other option of quoting, the Smokefree.gov provides never-ending suggestions on quitting, but also staying cigarettes free.  

According to a study published in the Andrology journal moderate alcohol intake appeared positively associated with sperm quality. The study was made between September 2014 and December 2016, on a sample of 323 male patients.

As the study states, in most cases sperm quality does not always have a clear explanation, but there is evidence linking lifestyle habits with male fertility. One of lifestyle habits is definitely drinking alcohol.

This surprising study defines, moderate drinking of alcohol as 4-7 units per week and the comparison with the men that drank less alcohol (1-3 units per week) and the men that drank more alcohol (more than 8 units a week) showed that the moderate consumers of alcohol had bigger semen volume and total sperm count.
It’s hard to say what is 1 unit of alcohol equal to, because it depends on the type of the drink and alcohol %.
NHS created this simple guide for alcohol units that you can use for having a better idea, or you can use the alcohol units calculatort o be able to control how many units you consume:

  • 250ml glass of wine: 3 units
  • Pint of beer with 5,2% of alcohol: 3 units
  • Can of beer with 5,5% of alcohol: 2 units
  • 25ml Shot of spirt with 40% of alcohol: 1 unit

However, a previous study of 1221 Danish men from 2014 had shown that high alcohol intake is decreasing sperm quality by 1/3. It’s important to highlight that sperm quality, whether it’s positive or negative is not a constant measure. Sperm quality can change and reverse within 3 months, as that’s approximately how fast new sperms are created.
That’s why it’s very important to remember that nowadays, you can check your sperm quality with home tests, without the need to visit the doctor’s office immediately.

Even though moderate drinking could possibly help with the sperm volume and total sperm count, it doesn’t mean that men that are not drinking alcohol should start drinking or going for a preventive beer a day. Non-drinkers have still the best sperm quality.

It’s also good to remember that heavy drinkers can be influenced by long-term effects of alcohol, which are besides sperm quality, liver disease, cancer or high blood pressure and heart-related diseases.

All in all, it’s not the end of the world if you have a beer now and then, but as with many things in life, it’s important to remember the healthy balance.

Sperm quality is generally talked about in the connection with conceiving and parenting. It is indeed a crucial parameter in the journey of becoming parents. However, sperm quality is not only an indicator of future possibilities of making babies, but it’s also a general health indicator.

Sperm quality is closely related to what is going on in the body. Men with low sperm quality are more likely to have other health problems such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.[1]
Of course, lower sperm quality might be temporary and can also be influenced by medication taken at the time or simply just having influenza what can possibly also influence the sperm quality.

It’s important to know that a sperm cell has the amazing ability to reproduce within 3 months, so the first negative result might change over a rather a short period of time and it is not a reason for panic. It’s worth making sperm quality tests at home over a period of time just as a prevention self-check before heading to the doctor’s office.

If you’re curious about your general health and don’t have the time or just don’t feel like having an appointment with your general practitioner, try to take a home sperm quality test which can indicate your health status. It’s always better to know that something might be off earlier than later.
Sperm quality is in most cases not a constant. Sperm quality changes accordingly with what we do in our lives. Have you spent a week drinking at a festival? Well, your sperm quality might be temporarily lower because alcohol is not really good for our general health. Sperm quality can really be a mirror to our lifestyle and all the external forces that influences it. That doesn’t only include our lifestyle choices of drinking, smoking or partying all night, but also chemicals in the environment influencing our bodies.

Chemicals disrupting our bodies influencing our hormones production which again influences the production of testosterone in males. The problem with chemicals is not only in huge cities with big production sites. It’s everywhere. For example, BPA is unfortunately commonly used in plastic bottles or food containers. BPA works as an endocrine disruptor, influencing the amounts of testosterone and thereby the number of sperm produced.

Sperm Quality Test is not only for men that are planning to conceive as soon as possible but also for men that simply would like to know what their health status is. Try to monitor your health at home with a sperm quality test over a few couples of months and if you feel concerned always visit your doctor for further investigation.

[1]https://www.reuters.com/article/us-semen-health/semen-quality-linked-to-overall-health-idUSKBN0JP01C20141211

Well, if you are stressed out, your sperm is most likely as well. Stress influences our general well-being, our mood and how we react to our environment, but there are also less visible effects of stress. Some of the less visible effects of longer exposure to stress without intervention can lead to cardiovascular diseases, upper respiratory diseases such as cold and also lower sperm quality.

To determine a man’s sperm quality or fertility potential, one of the single best predictors is the determination of the number of Progressive Motile Sperm Cells (PMSCs) in a man’s sperm sample (Ref. Tomlinson et al.). PMSCs are the cells that can swim forward and up in a straight line. There is high correlation between PMSCs and the morphology and healthy DNA of the sperm cells.

The health of semen cells is crucial on the journey to a natural pregnancy. As mentioned in our previous blogs, many external factors that can influence the quality of sperm cells and stress is one of them.
The Columbian University of Public Health had made a study proving a connection between stress and semen quality. Stress was negatively influencing motility of sperm cells, as well as morphology and number of sperm cells in the ejaculate. It’s also not the first study investigating relationships between stress and sperm quality. Previously made studies in the U.S. have been able to detect associations between stressful life events and the number of motile sperm cells.

Stress is a body’s reaction to danger.  In the old days, it kept mankind alive, preventing us from dangers in our environment, but long-term exposure to stress might cause serious health problems and that’s why it’s important to manage stress before it’s too late.

First of all, identify what is it that is causing your feeling of stress. It can give you a feeling of gaining the control back and it can help you to move forward. When you find out what causes stress try to think, whether there is a way you can avoid the stress. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you will stop the stressor and completely cut it out of your life. Sometimes, it might be necessary to completely avoid a stressful situation, but many times its small fixes that can help. Small fixes can be either getting more control over the situation or just introducing something you enjoy doing to your daily routine.

Sleep. There’s nothing like waking up rested after a good night sleep. There might be times in life, where having a good sleep seems impossible, but rest is one of the most important things for a well-functioning body.

Say no. If you have too many things on your plate and it’s stressing you out, you need to stop. Slow down, write all your tasks down and prioritize. You can’t do everything at the same time, so you might as well do it well and one at the time.

Exercise. Exercise can help take the stress away even if you do it for only 30 minutes. You don’t need to run a marathon the first time you do something active. You can just bike around your city, go for a swim or go just for a walk – no subscription is needed for that. Exercise has also a positive influence on sperm quality.

If you feel like it’s getting out of your hands, always seek professional help before things get too serious. Stressing yourself without any help or improvement can influence the overall health and lead to serious problems with heart or reproduction.

Challenges with male fertility and quality of sperm is not a very usual dinner conversation, even though there are many people facing this challenge. What is even more rare is that people may know that sperm quality can be improved, and that a LOW result may be changed and improved over a period of 3 months. It takes app. 3 months for a new sperm cell to fully mature.

Just in Denmark, the ongoing study between 1996-2010 conducted by Rigshospitalet showed that 77% of men did not have optimal sperm quality at the time of testing.[1]The decline in sperm quality is not only a challenge in Denmark, but rather a global challenge and unfortunately there is increasing evidence proving this development. [2]

But what is it that actually determines sperm quality?

First of all, semen contains of 4 types of sperm cells, dead sperm cells, non-moving sperm cells, morphologically abnormal sperm cells and progressive motile sperm cells (PMSCs).

The PMSCs are the good ones and the only ones that can reach and fertilize an egg and thereby make woman pregnant in a natural way. A PMSCs is thus a sperm cell that can swim all the way up to the egg and penetrate it. Sperm quality means how many of these good swimmers (PMSCs) there are in a semen sample as PMSCs has consistently been seen as the most predictive factor with regard to outcome:
See Tomlinson et al. Human Fertility, 2013; 16(3): 175–193 below:

 

One can measure sperm quality either at a laboratory, hospital or specialized doctor’s office using a Microscope or by using the SwimCount™ Sperm Quality Test. You can also watch a video explaining the PMSCs here.

What is a NORMAL sperm quality?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a normal sperm quality as being higher than 5 Million PMSCs/mL .TheSwimCount™ Sperm Quality Test can besides NORMAL sperm quality also detect high sperm quality where the concentration of PMSCs is more than 20 Million PMSCs/mL.

But after all, it only takes one cell to fertilize an egg. 😉


Sperm quality can be influenced by many different factors such as occupational factors, lifestyle and stress. So, if you are not a person that enjoys a visit at the doctor, the stress factor can influence the quality of your sperm quality, while taking the test and therefore make it less valid. That is why it is very important to be as comfortable as possible while taking the test, whether it is a home test or a test taken at the doctor. However, it is clear that for most men it is a very stressful and not a very comfortable situation to go the Laboratory and deliver a test which is why an at-home test like the SwimCount™ Sperm Quality Test can be taken in the comfort of your own home.

Lifestyle factors can be many things for many people. For some people it is the clothes they wear, for some it is going to gym 3 times a week, taking steroids from time to time, eating healthy or having a beer for lunch on Fridays and sometimes having a bit too much of beer or being a party smoker.  Even though in real life some of these things might not be connected at all, there is one thing that connects them all. All of them have a potential influence on sperm quality.

Over the next couple of weeks, we shall try to explain why these factors influence sperm quality and give simple suggestions on lifestyle changes that will not turn your whole life around but could potentially help to improve the quality of sperm cells, before heading to a doctor.

Of course, every person is different. Every person has a different health stage and we are definitely not trying to talk you out of visiting your general practitioner. If in doubt always visit your doctor.
We do trust and value work of doctors. After all, one of the Co-Founders of the company is an Embryologist.

That is also why we know that sperm reproduction takes up to 3 months and changing your lifestyle can improve sperm quality. Then you might as well just have fun at home performing the SwimCount™ Sperm Quality Test instead of spending time in a waiting room of a hospital and waiting for the results.

We are not saying that there is one solution that solves everything and works for everyone, but in the upcoming weeks we will try to gather useful information in blog posts on the following, most influential factors when it comes to sperm quality such as:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Balanced Diet
  • Obesity and BMI
  • Psychological stress
  • Caffeine

For the past few months there have been ongoing rumors about how the Covid-19 vaccine affects fertility. Without a background check and own research, you can easily get tangled in all the fake information floating around in the sea of Facebook posts and random “news” articles, created for click-baiting. These posts are also being shared by your relatives and friends, whose judgment and knowledge you would usually rely on and trust.

In the urge of calming down the society, especially young adults who are yet to plan their future and family, Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, reproductive urologist, has initiated a study in The University of Miami about the Covid-19 vaccines potential impact on sperm and reproduction.

“We’re evaluating the sperm parameters and quality before the vaccine and after the vaccine. From the biology of the COVID vaccine we believe it should not affect fertility, but we want to do the study to make sure that men who want to have kids in the future knows it is safe to go ahead and get the vaccine”, said Ramasamy in an interview with Local 10.

Along with our previous blog about the Covid-19 virus effect on male fertility and how it can damage sperm quality and quantity, the outcome of this research could possibly show, that by taking the vaccine, men can protect their reproductive health.

The study began in mid-December and is estimated to finish in June 2021, to conclude a primary outcome.

The factors being measured are[1]:

Sperm motility

Sperm motility is “the ability of an organism or fluid to move forward”. Progressive motility indicates if the sperm has the ability to find their way to the cervix and into the womb, so having more progressive motile sperm will greatly increase the chances of achieving pregnancy.

Sperm concentration

Sperm concentration refers to the number of sperm per unit volume (milliliter) of semen and the total sperm count is the total number of sperm in the entire ejaculate. If the sperm count is low but the sperm is of high quality and good progressive motility, sperm count levels might be considered in the normal range.

These two factors will be evaluated in approx. 60 men (aged 18-50) before and after receiving Covid-19 vaccine and for a time frame up to 6 months post vaccination. The men will also receive a health check, to exclude other conditions that could affect reproductive health. There are listed many exclusion criteria for participants, such as infertility, a recent positive Covid-19 test and others, so that the results would be valid and reliable.

Goal of the Study

Ramasamy, MD, specialized in reproductive urology, mentions that since the vaccine production was rushed for “urgent use,” more research is needed. While the researcher claims that, most likely, there will be no impact on male fertility, he is hoping for reassurance from the findings. “Based on the mechanism by which mRNA acts, we do not expect the COVID-19 vaccines will have an impact on male fertility. But obviously, we want data to confirm that hypothesis,” says Ranjith Ramasamy, MD according to Verywellfamily.com

Important takeaways

  • The University of Miami is performing a research on Covid-19 vaccines effect on male fertility.
  • The study will track the motility and concentration of sperm for 6 months to see how they are impacted by the mRNA vaccine.
  • Current research shows that the COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility, and researchers hope to confirm this.

[1] https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/study/NCT04665258 COVID-19 Vaccine and Impact on Fertility – Study

If couples encounter problems when trying to achieve pregnancy, the first thought in a woman’s mind usually revolves around the female reproductive issues, but according to studies, of all infertility cases, approximately 40%–50% is due to “male factors”. It may be one or a combination of low sperm concentration, poor sperm motility, or abnormal morphology.[1]

THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO IMPROVE MALE FERTILITY.

1. “TAKE CARE OF YOUR ASSETS”.

DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR TESTICLES TO HEAT.

  • Sperm is best produced when the scrotum is about half a degree cooler than the rest of the body. No wonder why, because if we look at the difference between male and female reproductive system — ovaries are inside a woman’s body, where they are protected and kept warm. Testicles are housed outside of a man’s body, which indicates that their natural preference is to be cooler
  • Avoiding long hot baths and spas is preferred, but if you cannot resist a steamy shower, at least keeping the temperature below 38 degrees would be the best option
  • Hot water is not the only way to produce high scrotal temperatures, which may decrease sperm production. Sitting down is as well, so avoid sitting down for very long periods of time
  • Avoid using heated car seats or often holding a laptop on your lap
  • Also, when having trouble fathering a child, consider switching to boxer shorts, since briefs keep the testicles closer to the body. Having testicles “hang” can keep them cooler[2]

DO NOT KEEP YOUR MOBILE PHONE IN YOUR TROUSER POCKET.

  • According to a study conducted by Cleveland Clinic Foundation of Ohio, USA, the use of cell phones decreases semen quality by reducing sperm count, motility, viability and normal morphology. Keeping the cell phone in front pockets for over 4 hours daily is found to be associated with the percentage of immature sperms. Holding your phone in the back pocket is a better option

2. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO TEST YOUR FERTILITY. IT IS EASY.

It is always a good idea to become aware of how fertile you are. Fertility rate in men younger than the age of 30 years has decreased worldwide by 15%.[3] This trend has been confirmed in many studies in different countries, which indicates an overall rising public health issue. If we look at the lifestyle of men 60 years ago and now, there is a significant difference – less active lifestyle, more chemicals in food and beverages and overall worse diet. This all is an almost inevitable issue, due to the fast lifestyle we all have been dragged into.

Thanks to the modern science, male fertility tests can be bought over the counter without a doctor’s referral, which gives the possibility for a discrete handling of the issue without the discomfort of going through a healthcare specialist first.

The single best predictor for male fertility is the number of Progressive Motile Sperm Cells (PMSCs), the only cells that can fertilize a woman in a natural way. Other living sperm cells (motile sperm) are active, but their movement, which is not straight, cannot succeed in fertilization.

SwimCount™ Sperm Quality Test is the world’s first valid and patented over the counter sperm quality test for home use that can measure the concentration of Progressive Motile Sperm Cells (PMSCs), the only sperm cells that can achieve pregnancy in a natural way.

3. MALE FERTILITY VITAMINS

It takes a minimum of 10-12 weeks (90 days) for a man to produce new sperm cells in his body, so remaining on a helpful supplement for 3 months can help with male fertility and reproduction.

Ingredients with a clinical evidence for efficacy on the sperm[4]:

  • Selenium – helps to achieve linear progression and concentration
  • Zinc – concentration and sperm morphology
  • Vitamin B12 – sperm count
  • Folic Acid – count, motility and lowers DNA damage
  • Vitamin C – concentration, motility and lower DNA damage

SwimCount™ SpermCare Food Supplement includes all of the above ingredients plus more to provide the body with the needed nutrients to maintain a normal sperm production, fertility and reproduction as well as maintain a normal testosterone level.

It is always advised to focus on an adequate vitamin intake through available vitamin-rich foods. It is important to remember that fertility vitamins are a supplement to a healthy diet for men. They are not a replacement for a healthy diet. Ask a medical professional or a pharmacist for their recommendations.

 

4. IS THE AGE OF A MAN ALSO AN IMPORTANT FACTOR WHEN PLANNING A BABY?

Yes, age plays an important role in regard to sperm quality. Men below 40 years of age have a better chance of fertilizing a woman than those over 40. The quality of the sperm produced declines as they get older. The amount of semen (the fluid that contains sperm) and sperm motility (ability to move towards an egg) decrease continually between the ages of 20 and 80.[5]

According to a study – sperm cell motility decreases around 0,17% to 0,6% a year. Most men produce millions of sperm cells every single day, but men above 40 have fewer healthy sperm cells than younger men. We have heard stories about men in their 80s and 90s fathering children, but this is extremely rare.

Man’s age also affects the chances for achieving pregnancy. It takes longer to conceive for couples where the man is older than 40 years.

According to Your Fertility, assuming a woman is younger than 25; if her partner is also younger than 25, it takes an average of five months to get pregnant. If her partner is older than 40 years, it takes around two years, and even longer if he is older than 45.

Also, the risk of miscarriage is higher for women whose male partner is older than 45, compared to men younger than 25 years of age.

For couples having IVF, the chance of having a baby is higher if the man is younger than 41 years of age.

Bear in mind that taking care of yourself and your well-being will always result in a positive impact to many aspects of your physical and mental health.

 

[2] https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Conditions-That-Affect-Fertility Conditions that affect fertility

[3] Martin JA, Hamilton BE, Sutton PD, Ventura SJ, Menacker F, Kirmeyer S. Births: Final data for 2004. Natl Vital Stat Rep. 2006; 55:1–101.

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7284793/ Dietary Supplements for Male Infertility: A Critical Evaluation of Their Composition

[5] https://www.yourfertility.org.au/everyone/age Why age matters for men and women who want to have a family.

A healthy food diet is important when it come to improving your sperm quality. BBC have som very interesting points, so I would recommend that you read their article to gain more insight on how to improve your sperm quality.

“A number of studies have shown that a good dietary intake of antioxidants and micronutrients is critically important for normal semen quality and reproductive function. Healthy men with a higher antioxidant intake from both diet and supplements are likely to have more sperm and their sperm will be more motile”

Click on the picture to read the article from BBC.

What should you do if you get a bad result (low sperm quality) when testing with the SwimCount device?

Our founder Steen Laursen, PhD and experienced fertility-doctor explains in the video below: