There are five main factors that contribute to overall sperm quality. They include sperm motility, speed, count, concentration and morphology (shape and size).
Motility: - Sperm motility is a term that describes sperm's ability to move in an active fashion: in other words, are the sperm "strong swimmers?" In healthy sperm, typically more than 50% are active with over 25% moving forcefully in one direction. Motility enables the sperm to travel through the cervical canal, into the uterus and the fallopian tubes and, finally, to penetrate the egg.
Speed: - The forward movement of sperm called progressive motility, forward progression or rapid linear progression. There are also several different ways to classify forward movement. According to the World Health Organization (1999), in a healthy male, greater than 25% of sperm will exhibit progressive motility. It is thought that these are the sperm with the best chance of successfully fertilizing an egg.
Sperm Count: - Sperm count refers to the number of sperm in the fluid that is ejaculated (semen). There are over 40 million sperm in a normal ejaculate. A total count below 40 million may indicate decreased fertility. With the Berkley Center's unique protocol of acupuncture, herbal medicine and supplements, count increased more than 14 % after four months of treatment.
Concentration: - Concentration is a measure of the number of sperm cells in a milliliter of semen. Normal concentration is at least 20 million sperm cells per milliliter of semen. With the Berkley Center's unique protocol combining acupuncture, herbal medicine and the appropriate supplements, concentration improved after four months of treatment.
Causes of Low Sperm Count: -
• Problems with sperm production - such problems can be genetic (for example Klinefelter's syndrome) or based on a hormonal disorder • Testicular injury and disease - injuries that affect the testicles may affect sperm production and cause low sperm count • Overheating - excessive heat from saunas, hot tubs, etc. may decrease sperm production and lower sperm count • Smoking - smoking cigarettes may impair male fertility since it is known to reduce sperm count and sperm lifespan • Drugs - the use of cocaine and heavy marijuana is known to reduce sperm count by 50% • Excessive alcohol consumption - alcohol is toxic to sperm and may reduce sperm count and quality
Natural Remedies to Increase Sperm Count: -
• Avoid tight underpants to provide an ambient climate for the testicles • Have a good massage therapy with herbal oils to improve blood circulation • Loose excess weight • Have a healthy diet containing whole grains and vegetables rich in proteins and vitamins • Sperm levels are at the highest in the morning and afternoon making it the best time for love making. • Stay away from cigarettes and alcohol • Practice yoga and meditation to be stress free • Try to exercise regularly • Try to maintain a three day gap between two consecutive ejaculations to remain fertile • Avoid bitter, spicy and acidic foods • Celery is one of food products known to have great properties for sexual stimulation. It contains and roster one, an odor free hormone which is very inviting for women. Raw celery is the best way to increase that desire.
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