Ways to a Healthy Sperm Count

on Sep 05, 2012

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Healthy Sperm Count

If you're trying to get pregnant and having difficulties, it could be either male or female factor infertility. If the issue is with the male, then try these tips for improving a healthy sperm count.

The poor quantity or quality of the man’s sperm can undermine the efforts made by the couple to conceive a child. If that is the case, the man must consult a specialist in reproduction, in order to obtain advice on what tests he should undergo in order to find out where he stands from the point of view of the sperm’s number and motility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

A healthy sperm count involves that the number of spermatozoa found in a milliliter of seminal liquid exceed 15 million. They must also swim rapidly and in a straight line, or at least in curved formation. If the general criteria in determining a good sperm count are not fulfilled, taking herbal extracts and following a healthy diet should be the first measures to be taken in order to increase the quantity and quality of the semen. Here are 6 of the best known “allies” of men in the battle against low sperm count.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is highly beneficial for the whole body, playing a capital role in the proper functioning of many organs, including those of the reproductive system. It increases the production of sperm and improves its motility. The richest sources are fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruits. Among the vegetables, broccoli and peppers are well known for their high content of vitamin C.

Maca herb

Herbs have been used for millennia to treat various affections and also to ensure a healthy sperm count. One of the most popular and effective remedies of this kind is based on a plant called “maca“, that can be found in the Andes. It is known to boost the men libido, improving considerably the amount and quantity of the sperm.


Zinc is another nutrient very helpful in generating good quality semen and in increasing the volume of the seminal liquid ejaculated. It can be found in foods like beans, whole grains and red meat.


Lycopene is among the most powerful antioxidants, playing an important role in the production of healthy sperm, with a good motility, especially when combined with certain amino acids. You can take it from tomatoes, papaya, watermelon and pink grapefruit.

L-Carnitine & L-Arginine

L-Carnitine is a substance obtained from two important amino acids, methionine and lysine. It has a positive influence on the process of generating new sperm, maintaining its quality at a higher level. L-Arginine is a natural amino acid, present in many foods, such as oatmeal, nuts, beef and a lot of milk-based products. It plays an important role in increasing men’s sexual appetite, while at the same time maintaining the production of sperm at a high level. By consuming L-Arginine rich foods, you experience a tremendous improvement not only of the amount, but also of the quality of your seminal liquid.

Beginning with these measures, a man can boost his fertility and thus improve the quality and quantity of his sperm.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

  • bruceLucki

    How can a man help to get his woaman to have a baby

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    There are a couple of things you can do to help your partner conceive. First, make an appointment to see your doctor, especially if you have a chronic disease; take any medication, or experience problems with erections, ejaculation, or loss of libido. Certain drugs (including any steroid or hormone) can affect either the quality or quantity of sperm and cause male fertility problems. Be sure to let your physician know about everything you’re taking, whether it’s prescribed or over-the-counter. Additionally, ask your doctor about any hazards you may be exposed to on the job or elsewhere. Exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, and organic solvents, for instance, can affect the quality and quantity of your sperm. Live a healthy lifestyle and avoid smoking, drinking, drugs, and unhealthy diet. Best of luck!

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  • Mie

    Hi my husband & i is trying to have a baby.. He undergo semen analydis. i would like to ask abt the lab result. he has lower amount tor sperm than the normal value and poor motility. His morphology is 85% normal.. Is he fertile or infertile? Thnx

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