MotilityBoost for Men
Male factor infertility affects one out of every 20 men, and fertility experts point to poor sperm health as the primary cause of male infertility and sub-fertility. There are three key parameters of sperm health: sperm count, sperm morphology, and sperm motility. A problem in any one of these areas can present a challenge for trying to conceive couples.
Sperm count refers to the concentration of sperm in a given amount of semen. The accepted standard for normal sperm count is 20 million sperm per ml of semen. Low sperm count, a condition known as oligospermia, can reduce male fertility, as fewer sperm are available for fertilization. Sperm morphology refers to the size and shape of sperm. Abnormally shaped sperm may have difficulty fusing with the egg, thereby decreasing the chances of successful fertilization. Sperm motility is defined as the forward, swimming motion of sperm. In order for a sperm to fertilize the egg, it must travel quickly through the female reproductive system, which requires strong swimming action. The World Health Organization defines normal sperm motility as 50% of observed sperm, or at least 8 million sperm per milliliter of semen, showing good forward movement. When sperm motility is impaired, a condition known as asthenozoospermia, fewer sperm are able to reach the egg.
Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle takes a significant toll on sperm health, and specifically sperm motility. According to fertility experts, sperm motility is decreased as a result of free radical damage to sperm cells. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, and chronic exposure to environmental pollutants cause an increase in the production of free radicals. On the other hand, the diets of many men lack sufficient amounts of the antioxidant nutrients that the body uses to battle free radicals.
The good news is that a growing body of scientific research suggests that supplementing your diet with key antioxidant nutrients can improve your sperm motility.