Male infertility is the inability to produce healthy sperm. Male infertility is indicated when, after checking both partners, problems in reproductive function have been identified in the male partner. Approximately 40% of reported cases of infertility are due to problems in the male; another 40% to problems in the female; the remaining 20% are of unknown cause or due to problems in both the male and female.
In fact, infertility is a very common problem affecting up to 15% of couples. Couples are generally advised to seek medical help if they are unable to achieve pregnancy after a year of unprotected intercourse. Although a man might be embarrassed to admit that he has a fertility problem, it is equally important that he undergoes fertility testing. Sperm production is controlled by a series of hormones produced in a small gland called the pituitary. Most men have normal levels of these hormones but occasionally, the pituitary gland can malfunction and production of these hormones is affected. Spermatozoa (sperm) are relatively fragile cells and are easily damaged by a number of environmental and life style habits. Increased body temperature resulting from illness, prolonged periods of sitting in hot tubs, or tight clothing can affect sperm production and function.
Male infertility is a highly manageable condition with current medical treatment but there are also many natural remedies to help increase male fertility. These usually increase sexual desire, raise testosterone levels, increase sperm count and help maintain an erection longer.
For instance, Panax Ginseng, also known as Chinese or Korean ginseng, is a popular infertility remedy in traditional Chinese medicine. It is believed to increase firmness and length of an erection, as well as increase testosterone levels, sperm count, and sperm motility. The other benefits that ginseng has, is that it is a natural male tonic that helps stimulate the immune system. Standardized Asian ginseng or Siberian ginseng can be taken daily. The dosage for either of them should be around 100 to 200mg per day.
Ashwagandha commonly known as Indian ginseng has been used for centuries by the Indians as a male sexual tonic. A teaspoon of Ashwagandha stirred into a cup of warm milk should be had twice a day to help treat this deficiency.
Astralagus has long been used to treat male infertility. It is thought to improve conception rates by improving sperm motility and concentration. A de-concoction can be prepared by simmering one ounce of dried Astragalus root in a cup of water for 30 minutes. Once the liquid is reduced by half let it cool. You should take this once a day regularly for best results.
Zinc and folic acid are also great sperm builders. These additional nutrients to maca root and orange juice should all be taken in high-quality natural supplement form-as well as in diet form. Zinc deficiency can lead to reduced numbers of sperm and impotence in men, although the correlation between blood levels of zinc and sperm quality remains controversial. Reportedly, infertile men have lower levels of zinc in their semen, than men with normal fertility. Besides, Pumpkin seeds are known to be naturally rich in zinc and essential fatty acids. You can boost your sperm production and also help increase the functioning of male reproductive system with the help of them.
However, a healthy diet and natural supplements are not enough to overcome infertility. Men must avoid smoking, alcohol drinking, having hot baths and wearing tight underwear that causes them to be uncomfortable. Wearing loose trousers that lets their skin breathe also helps to increase the sperm production drastically.