I am sure you are wondering why i decided to choose this topic. Well, in as much as a woman’s issue is everyone’s issue likewise a man’s issue is everyone’s issue.
I come from a continent(Africa) where most mother’s are keen in protecting their daughters to avoid reproductive problems but their sons are mostly left behind. So in a married home if the couple are having issues with child bearing the problem is always associated to the woman. But men have reproductive issues too.
So let us have an open dialogue on low sperm count.
WHAT IS LOW SPERM COUNT?
Dr Paul says,
Low sperm count is when the fluid (semen) a man ejaculates during sex or the orgasm contains fewer sperm than normal.
WHAT IS A NORMAL SPERM?
Averagely, a normal semen contains about 15 million to 200million sperms per millitre of semen.Which means when the semen is less than 15 million sperms per millitre then there is a problem.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF LOW SPERM COUNT?
When a man has low sperm count, his sexual drive becomes low or what is n termed as low libido.
Other times, getting erection becomes a problem; either there is no erection at all or erection takes too long.
You may also esperience pain in testicles or see a thick white discharge with urine.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF LOW SPERM COUNT
When one has testicular cancer, the testicular cells become abnormal in one or both testicles. It is a common cancer in 20- to 35-year-old men.
Luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone in the male organ helps in producing testosterone (male hormone) which aids in giving male features and in sperm production.
When the gland called the pituitary gland which produces these hormones get affected with a pituitary tumor, it produces lower level of hormones.
(Pituitary tumors) are abnormal growths that develop in your pituitary gland. These tumors can cause your pituitary gland to produce lower levels of hormones.
Serious infections such as chlamydia, trichomoniasis,Urinary thrust infection, gonnorhea, syphilis, genital herpes can also lead to low sperm count. Sex is free but always be keen in protecting yourself.
Surgeries, especially prostate surgeries
can have a defect in the tubes in which the sperm passes through.
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses one or more anti-cancer drugs as part of it medical treatment. The treatment can lead to low sperm count.
FOODS THAT CAN DECREASE SPERM COUNT
It is not clear how these foods affect the sperms, but medical practitioners continually cautions on the intake of these foods.
I know how delicious they taste,perhaps you can’t forgo it but you can start by reducing it intake.
Includes food that has been cooked, canned, frozen, packaged or changed in nutritional composition with fortify or preservation.
High fat diary products
Some dairy foods, are high in saturated fat, sodium or sugar, which decreases their nutritional value. Milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, puddings,custard, and other dairy foods are important in a healthy eating plan as a result of their nutritional value, but going for the best brand is good for your overall health.
Men who eat alot of soy product may have low sperm count as compared to men who do not.
Soya products might lower sperm count by interfering with other hormonal signals that drive sperm production in the testes.
Foods stuff containing a lot of pesticides
Most farmers use chemicals to ripen fruits and other food stuff. The chemicals contains some xenoestrogens which can cause damage in sperm concentration.
Some farmers also use these pesticides to kill pests but it might spread unto the crops and cause harm.
Hot tub baths
Hot water bath can decrease your sperm count. . .
FOODS THAT CAN INCREASE SPERM COUNT.
Fish and seafood, especially salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines can increae sperm count because of it high content of omega 3.
What maybe you didn’t know is dark chocolate is great for your sperm count as well. It contains an amino acid called L-Arginine HCL known to increase semen volume and sperm count. It also increase orgasm intensity.
Garlic has a number of powerful antioxidants that can help increase your sperm count. As some experts say, garlic contains a chemical compound called allicin, which improves the motility of your sperm.
Foods rich in vitamin C,D and calcium
Vita oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna, orange juice, soy milk, cereals,beef live,milk.
Fill your diet with foods rich in vitamins and calcium. Add fruits and vegetable in your diet plan although it is questionable due to what the farmers are doing now.
Reduce smoking and drinking and don’t forget to exercise and have a good sleep to reduce stress.
Obesity can cause low sperm count..Be mindful of your weight.
Pay attention to your semen if there is anything different from the usual see a doctor.
Source of information:Dr Paul Amoah
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