FIVE EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE SPERM HEALTH1st August 2017
Sperm counts are at an all-time low according to a new study – and the Western lifestyle is getting the blame.
Sperm counts have dropped by more than 50 per cent over the past 40 years, a decline that is showing no signs of slowing say researchers.
A low sperm count is one of the main reasons men need fertility treatment to become fathers – which if extreme enough may necessitate the use of donor sperm.
Although there is no ‘cure’ or treatment for a low sperm count, there are things you can do to improve the health of your sperm. And they’re really easy to implement:
Cut down on alcohol: Too much alcohol can negatively affect your sperm and your hormone levels. So cut back the booze - your sperm will thank you for it!
Quit smoking: Smoking can increase DNA damage in sperm, which can be a hidden cause of unexplained infertility and miscarriage. If you need help to stop smoking, check out these six top tips from the NHS.
Assess your diet: Are you significantly overweight? There’s emerging evidence that a high BMI impacts on sperm quality. Lose weight through a healthier diet and regular exercise and you’ll not only be in better shape physically and mentally, you’ll be more fertility fit too.
Keep calm and sleep well: Changes in hormone levels caused by stress can affect sperm production. Help manage your stress levels through regular exercise and good quality sleep.
Watch the temperature: Warm testicle temperature is bad news for your sperm. So keep them cool where you can – don’t use hot saunas, hot baths, wear tight underwear or have your laptop in your lap for too long.
Sperm donation process: Get your sperm checked
When you apply to become a Semovo sperm donor, we analyse your sperm count, how well your sperm moves and the shape of your sperm. If your sperm isn’t found to be the right quality for sperm donation, it doesn’t mean you’re infertile or can’t have children.
Remember that donor sperm needs to be of the highest quality to successfully fertilise eggs in fertility treatment, and capable of withstanding the freezing and thawing process.
We’ll explain to you the results of your test, which happens soon after you apply to be a sperm donor, and what it means for your fertility and ability to donate sperm.
Donate sperm in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool with Semovo
Apply online to be a sperm donor with Semovo and get your sperm checked. We have no-obligation appointments now at our sperm donation clinics in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. Or call our friendly team on 0345 266 1272.
To donate sperm to us you must be aged 18-45 and fulfil criteria relating to your health. You’ll receive £35 compensation for every clinic visit you make, and the knowledge that your sperm donation is truly changing lives by helping people to achieve their dream of a family.