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Infertility Breakthroughs for "Fathers to Be"

May 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 134

Leaving a legacy, a "mini-me" in this world, be it boy or girl is what you are meant to do. Is it not the ultimate reason for our existence-procreation? Infertility can get in the way of handing over the baton, especially for fatherhood. Statistics show that 25 per cent of problem cases represent male infertility. In 15 per cent of couples with infertility problems the men are blamed for the failure of pregnancy. This is naturally a difficult and deeply personal reality for a man's ego and "manhood."

Infertility, however, is just a label, a static description of a wholly dynamic person or couple. In fact the term "infertility" is defined as: the failure to achieve pregnancy after at least one year of regular unprotected sex and typically occurs when you are trying for the first baby-called primary infertility-or after a subsequent successful pregnancy, called secondary infertility.

It therefore means you are not confined to this term. Many couples have gotten over the first hitch or two (primary and secondary infertility) of unsuccessful pregnancy only to have their greatest moment of joy happen when they least expect it. You should be mindful that infertility is a shared term between the man and woman and is therefore not restricted to one gender over the other. In times of infertility both partners should be examined by their doctors.

There are five (5) main barriers to fatherhood, pointed out by the experts.

Barriers to Fertility

1. Sperm disorders: specifically, the number of sperm count (normal volume of semen is 2-5 ml), their movement or shape. Problems with erectile dysfunction, failure to ejaculate, and ejaculating too soon are all factors considered. A surprising number of dead or abnormal sperm can be present in a given sample.

2. Blockage of the tube that carries the sperm-associated with groin injury, surgery and sexually transmitted disease.

3. Injury sustained, or a disease to the testicles.

4. Hormone problems.

5. Genetic abnormalities affecting chromosomes.

Note that sperm count tops the list. Conflicting studies improperly assign weight to the total amount of sperm ejaculated without focusing on quality. Sperm count is only an indication of fertilising capacity and does not guarantee fatherhood success. Sperm counts that are of a higher quality are of greater importance, and sperm health is the deciding factor.

What you can do to create a better environment, quality of sperm, and increased normal volume:

1. Adopt a healthy lifestyle: fruits, veggies, grains and heart pumping exercise 2. Studies have shown that "zinc" supplements significantly improve sperm quality 3. Belly fat is reportedly associated with low sperm count and quality, another bonus point for exercise. 4. Boxer shorts are preferred to briefs; tight pants should be avoided entirely. Essentially, heat is the enemy of quality and quantity sperm. 5. Stress is said to lower testosterone levels acted on by the hormone cortisol. 6. CoQ10 has been reported in studies to increase sperm motility as well as sperm count.

In anticipating fatherhood, whether it is the first or second time around, the emotion is inexplicable. The role of becoming a dad is what you are meant to play. Improve your options for success at fatherhood with these basic guidelines for success.

Margaret Le Monnier has over 20 years-experience as a qualified natural health professional in the UK. She is well known for giving intuitive and expert advice to people regarding natural approaches to correcting a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Margaret is now writing articles for a website solely devoted to bringing a comprehensive range of natural health advice to everyone. To find out more about fatherhood visit her website at Natural Health 4 Life.

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