Boost his fertility naturally
Boost his fertility naturally
Infertility is an ever increasing problem and is growing year on year; it is now estimated that it affects one in six couples. Amongst those cases there is a growing number of male infertility.
Last year more than 23,000 ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatments) were performed. ICSI is a procedure used during IVF to treat male infertility. Sperm is injected directly into an egg and then the egg is left to develop before transferring back into the uterus.
More than 23,000 procedures were performed last year which is just over half of all IVF treatments and I have been seeing a gradual rise in the number of ICSI treatments performed year on year. IVF clinics have been accused of wanting to profit from couples desperate to have a baby at any costs, but couples place an enormous amount to of pressure on clinics to give them any treatment that might improve their odds. This is particularly true in the private sector where it is such a huge financial pressure on couples, not surprisingly they want to do everything they can to optimise the chances of success.
Until recently there was little evidence to suggest that ICSI was anything but safe,although there was some theory that malefactor infertility may theoretically be passed onto a male baby. Since ICSI was such a major breakthrough in the treatment of male infertility and has enabled so many more couples to become parents, it is disturbing to read in recent research that it is now thought to be associated with a rise in birth defects.
The New England Journal of Medicine,researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia looked at more than 300,000 births and found that one in ten babies born through ICSI suffered some form of birth defect. In naturally conceived babies this is normally one in 20. They found that babies born via ICSI were 57 per cent more likely to suffer some form of abnormality.
There is an argument to suggest that couples could try more natural ways to enhance and optimise their fertility before rushing into IVF/ICSI. In my clinic I see many women who have ICSI because of male factor infertility and whose partners have been reluctant or are unaware that they maybe able to improve things through lifestyle changes. My heart sinks when I hear that couples go straight into ICSI before doing anything to try and improve their general health and although there are no certainty that by making changes the sperm will be improved in a reasonable time frame, there is growing evidence that it might. In light of the recent research I would suggest that, time allowing, it’s worth a shot!
EMMA’S TOP MALE FERTILITY TIPS
Generally I see more problems with poor morphology which is the shape of the sperm and this definitely benefits from regular ejaculation. So aim to have sex three times a week throughout the month with an increase to every other day for a week from day nine (in a 28 day menstrual cycle).
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