Many families’ dreams to have babies are spoiled by problems of infertility. Initially, only women were considered to be the reason behind this. However, now even men are speaking up and accepting the problems of infertility. One of the direct reasons for infertility is “Low Sperm Count” or “Oligospermia”. Low sperm count means that the fluid (semen) i.e. ejaculated during an orgasm contains less sperm than normal (<20 Million/ml).
A man’s fertility generally relies on the quantity and quality of his sperm. If the number of sperms a man ejaculates is low or if the sperm is of poor quality, it will be difficult, and sometimes impossible, for him to cause a pregnancy.
If you are also facing challenges with infertility due to low sperm count & are looking for natural health tips to boost your sperm quality and quantity, go through this post in detail.
- The concentration of spermatozoa should be at least 20 million per ml.
- The total volume of semen should be at least 2ml.
- The total number of spermatozoa in the ejaculate should be at least 40 million.at least 75 percent of the spermatozoa should be alive (it is normal for up to 25 percent to be dead).
- At least 30 percent of the spermatozoa should be of normal shape and form.
- At least 25 percent of the spermatozoa should be swimming with rapid forward movement.
- At least 50 percent of the spermatozoa should be swimming forward, even if only sluggishly
- Oligospermia or Oligozoospermia: Decreased number of spermatozoa in semen
- Aspermia: Complete lack of semen
- Hypospermia: Reduced seminal volume
- Azoospermia: Absence of sperm cells in semen
- Teratospermia: Increase in sperm with abnormal morphology
- Asthenozoospermia: Reduced sperm motility
- Let us look at the properties of high-quality sperms as defined by the ancient:
- Bahal (thick)
- Madhur (sweet)
- Snigdh (unctuousness)
- Guru (heavy)
- Picchill (slimy)
- Shukla (white) in color
In Ayurveda, oligospermia is addressed as Shukranu Alpata. This is a common problem due to a disturbed daily routine, irregular food habits, stress and exertion on account of the fast life. Ayurveda outlines several ways to increase male fertility by increasing sperm quality and quantity. One of the most important parts of Ayurvedic infertility treatment includes fixing issues such as indigestion which gives rise to toxins (ama) that cause blockage in the channels carrying semen. Hence, one of the primary ways to increase male fertility includes following a healthy diet and exercise regime.
- The primary symptom of oligospermia is subfertility or infertility
- Burning while urination
- Pain, swelling or a lump in the testicle area
- Thick discharge from the penis
- Dilated veins in the scrotum and swelling
- Problems with sexual function: for example, low sex drive or difficulty maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- Infected semen
- Wearing tight or ill-fitting underpants
- Bathing in very hot water
- Sitting for long hours
- Very frequent ejaculation also leads to lowered sperm count
- Smoking and excessive alcohol intake
- Overexertion physically and mentally
- Infections present in the prostate gland
- Varicoceles (Varicose veins around the testes)
- Ejaculation problem
- Sperm duct defects
- Hormonal Imbalance
Overexposure to certain environmental elements can affect sperm production or function. For e.g.
- Industrial chemicals
- Heavy metal exposure
- Radiation or X-rays
- Overheating the testicles
- Prolonged bicycling
- Surgery or other treatments for an underlying cause of low sperm count
- Expensive and involved assisted reproductive techniques, such as in vitro fertilization
- Stress related to the inability to have a child
- Reduce the frequency of sex & masturbation: The more times you ejaculate, the less dense your semen will be. Maintain a gap of 3 days between two consecutive ejaculations. Sperm levels are often highest in the mornings.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol and quit smoking: Alcohol affects your liver function, which in turn, causes a dramatic rise in estrogen levels. Even two drinks a day will have long-term effects on sperm production.
- Exercise regularly: Daily exercise helps your muscle to shoot further than ever before.
- Eat nutritious food: Take a healthy diet low in fat, and high in protein, vegetables, and whole grains is good for your health and for your sperm. Avoid bitter, astringent and spicy foods. Reduce caffeine intake. Take lots of fruits especially mango, grapes, gooseberry, and Dates and dry fruits are also good. Onion, garlic, banana, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, cashews, and celery can help increase sperm count.
- Avoid heating of testicles: Wear comfortable, cotton boxer shorts. Avoid hot baths and saunas so that the testicles are not subjected to heat. And bath in cold water is because the scrotum should ideally be 4 degrees cooler than the temperature of the body. It’s only then that the testes can produce the best sperm count range and quality.
- Lose excess weight: Obesity or abnormal weight tends to cause testosterone/estrogen imbalances.
- Reduce stress levels: Learn new relaxation techniques to keep your mind and body healthy with the regular practice of yoga and meditation.
- Massage: Practice Body massaging with herbal oil such as ksheerabala as it increases blood circulation and sperm count.
- Try supplements: Certain natural supplements help to increase sperm production.
- Setubandhasana (सेतुबंधासन)
- Agnisar Kriya (अग्निसार)
- Halasana (हलासन)
- Surya Namaskar (सूर्य नमस्कार)
- Anulom vilom (अनुलोम विलोम)
- Dhanurasana (धनुरासन)
- Padmasana (पद्मासन)
- Fry a few cloves of Garlic in Mustard oil till it turns brown.
Usage: Massage the oil at bedtime at night.
- The flowers and seeds of tulsi (holy basil) should be added to a glass of milk.
Dosage: Take the milk once a day daily.
- Dates: Have a few dates, with a glass of warm milk.
Dosage: Drink the milk at bedtime daily.
- Ghee + milk + sugar: This classic combination is very good for male sexual life like impotence, increasing sperm count and quality, etc.
- Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds full of minerals and help to improve male sexual health.
Dosage: Eat 2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds daily to increase sperm count.
- Ashwagandha: It is an effective treatment to increase sperm count. This herb works wonders for sexual disorders and has been in use since the ancient period to improve sexual desires.
Dosage: 1 tbsp of churan twice a day should be taken with milk.
- Shatavari: Shatavari has been used to increase sperm count & sexual vitality in men since ages. Its regular consumption can increase and prolong sexual arousal and erections.
Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice a day with water.
- Safed Musli: A well-known aphrodisiac that is highly effective in enhancing sexual strength & to increase sperm count. This herb is often known as the “herbal Viagra” for its ability to increase a man’s sex power and physical stamina.
Dosage: 3-6 grams twice a day with milk.
- Gokshur: It acts as an aphrodisiac and also used in almost all prescriptions, to treat the low sperm count condition. It can increase the testosterone and it has also been proved to be active in stimulating spermatogenesis, thus it helps to increase sperm count.
Dosage: 1-2 tbsp twice a day with milk
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