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Foundations of Men’s Natural Fertility

These three foundations of men’s natural fertility provide a starting point for understanding the important role the male partners fertility has on a couples desired outcome.

Often people come to me looking for simple solutions to a fertility problem however in my professional experience, when a couple is having difficulty getting pregnant it is nearly always a combination of multiple factors.

And while helping couples to understand exactly what those individual factors may be is key to our success, it is as important that a couple understands the bigger picture and natural fertility perspective in order to successfully address the multiple key factors affecting male fertility. These include:-

  1. Male Contribution to a Couples Fertility Picture
  2. The Necessary Foundation of Preconception Health
  3. Baseline Semen Analysis

1. Men’s Contribution

Fertility statistics in Australia are not encouraging. One in six couples has a conception difficulty and one in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage. One in 17 babies is malformed. One in four babies has a learning difficulty, and the really interesting statistics here is that male fertility problems are an issue for at least 40% of couples seeking fertility treatment. The one thing that I must absolutely stress here right now is that a lot of people think that for example if a woman has a miscarriage that is female fertility problem. Yet a woman may miscarry because of sperm parameter problems.

 

In 2010 my partner Andrew and I found out the heartbreaking news that our only option to have a child would be through IVF/ICSI. We were only 21 and could not imagine having to go through something like that so early on in life. We found out the news when Andrew had a semen analysis done and, with a sperm count of less than .2 million and very poor motility and morphology, he was almost infertile.

Click Here to read Hilary & Andrew Mann’s Success Story

 

If you want to support your partner in creating the healthiest possible pregnancy, this is the time. It’s really about making the changes that are going to give you the best possible outcome in regard to your health and fertility.

It’s a really important distinction for us to make because particularly when we talk about male fertility, what we often see and what we often hear is there’s IVF. Do IVF, or try ICSI, which is a technique that is used for male fertility problems.

That’s all well and good, yet we work by on the basis that we need to first find out what the problem is, and address why is this taking place. We help couples see what they can be doing individually on a personal level and also as a couple to improve the chances of creating the healthiest possible baby.

2. Preconception Healthcare

Mens Health Fertility _ men's natural fertilityPreconception healthcare, is the preparation prior to a conception attempt. By 8 weeks’ gestation, the baby’s health is already pretty much set. The baby’s health blueprint is set for the rest of their life at that point, and the baby’s health or a child’s health then becomes the lowest common denominator of the parent health, of both parents’ health prior to a conception attempt.

There are some studies that show that a lot of the developmental problems that children are experiencing today ranging from dyslexia to ADHD to even autism are things that basically start very early on in the pregnancy between day 20 and 23 even when a woman mostly doesn’t even know she’s pregnant.

In Chinese medicine – and this has been around for over 5,000 years – by the time the child is born they are already 1 year of age. What they qualify that as there is 9 months of pregnancy and 3 months of preconception. This is the very interesting point that brings me to my next point, which is the health of your egg and sperm today.

For the men your sperm is basically the result of everything that has happened in your day-to-day lifestyle over the last 120 days. Over the previous 4 months, whatever is happening in your body right now is the result of your daily choices over that period of time.

The health of your egg and sperm in 4 months from now, the health and your fertility in 4 months from now will be what you start implementing today. That’s a really key thing to know; that you can take responsibility and that you can take ownership for improving your sperm parameters and for improving your fertility. This is something that is not talked about very often in the medical arena or even in the media, but it is something that is so very easy to address.

For most men, on average, improving sperm parameters is quite an easy process. Of course there are men who have genetic problems and there are men that have traumatic problems in regards to previous accidents or say cancer treatment that has impacted on their fertility.

3. Semen Analysis

The best and the easiest way to find out where you’re at even before you start making any changes is actually to go and have a semen analysis because when you have a semen analysis, you’ll be able to find out exactly where you’re at. You’ll be able to have a picture at that moment of what is actually happening for you and your fertility. That means you’ll be able to make specific changes, and then later you’ll be able to repeat the tests, see the results and know that your specific changes have made a difference to your outcome.

Remember, if the changes you are making haven’t made a difference, yet, it doesn’t mean that the things you’re doing haven’t worked. It just means that you may need to do things a little bit differently. That’s where a practitioner and more information and more education will definitely very much support your efforts.

Do make sure that if you haven’t had a semen analysis yet or if you haven’t had one for more than 6 months, that you repeat that. A very key factor here: when you do a semen analysis, make sure you do one with a specialist fertility lab. No point going to a general kind of lab where you just normally go and have blood tests because they don’t have parameters that are going to be stringent enough to really know where your fertility is at.

Next week’s post Top 10 Factors Affecting Male Fertility is a continuation of the above information in which I address areas of concern to male fertility and provide action points that men out there can start implementing to boost their natural fertility.

 

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